Tucson festivals abound in spring

By CHELO GRUBB

aztecpress@pima.edu

Every February, a variety of Tucson-area festivals and celebrations fill the calendar. From a massive gem show to a cowboy poetry gathering, there are events that appeal to every schedule and set of interests. 

 Here’s a sampling of events taking place during the first half of February:

Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase

Jan. 29-Feb. 13

 The largest gem and mineral show in the United States will take place Jan. 29 to Feb. 13 at more than 40 locations around Tucson. Most exhibits do not charge admission and are open to the public.

 The biggest event, the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, will be Feb. 10-13 at the Tucson Convention Center.

 The event showcases museum and private collections, and features more than 250 booth displays by mineral, gemstone, jewelry and fossil retailers.

 For details about locations and hours, visit visittucson.org or tgms.org.

2010 celebration - Aztec Press photo by Steve Choice

Lunar New Year

Feb. 5

The Tucson Chinese Cultural Center will ring in the Year of the Rabbit with a family festival featuring traditional Chinese arts, crafts, performances and food.

“Taste of China” festivities will take place Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road. There is no admission fee, but food and crafts will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit tucsonchinese.org or call 292-6900.

Art Safari

Feb. 5

A free 6 p.m. walking tour of the Warehouse Arts District near downtown Tucson offers chances to view photography, painting, glassworks and sculpture. Area galleries will hold receptions during the event. For details, visit ctgatucson.org.

Tubac Festival of the Arts

Feb. 9-13

The 52nd annual Festival of the Arts will bring hundreds of artists, crafters and musicians to Tubac Feb. 9-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Activities include horse-drawn trolleys, roving entertainment and a food court.

Tubac, an artist community located south of Tucson off Interstate-19, started its festival in 1959. For additional information, visit tubacaz.com.

Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering

Feb. 11-13

In a celebration of cowboy culture, Western poets and musicians will perform Feb. 11-13 at the Buena Performing Arts Center in Sierra Vista. Visitors can meet the performers during informal sessions on Saturday.

Tickets are required for the Friday and Saturday headliner performances, but performances following the headliners are free.

General admission costs $18, with discounts available. For details, visit cowboypoets.com.

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Look for more festival listings in the Feb. 10 issue of Aztec Press.

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