BEST BETS: Worldly winter events

Compiled by Pablo Espinosa

The beginning of the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase on Jan. 31 marks the start of a two-week period filled with festivities.

Brazilian Carnival: Feb. 7

Live music by Sambalanço and a costume contest highlight the annual event celebrating Brazilian culture. Festivities at Club XS, 5851 Speedway Blvd., will also include a Hot Rhythm DJ.
In addition, Brazilian food and drinks will be offered. Tickets cost $12 at the door or $10 with costume or with advance purchase at Antigone Books. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Details: Carolina Ibanez-Murphy,, 206-7026


Tucson Plein Air Painters Society Exhibit: Through Feb. 28

Local artists will exhibit their landscape paintings at Plaza Palomino, 2960 N. Swan Road. All paintings will be “plein air,” a French phrase meaning they were created outdoors.
The exhibit will be open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free and all paintings will be available for purchase.
Artists are encouraged to come and join the fun.

Details: or 603-5666


Chinese New Year Festival – Year of the Sheep: Feb. 7

The Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road, will celebrate the Lunar New Year to welcome the Year of the Sheep. Highlights include Chinese arts and crafts, performances, children’s games and food for sale.
The festival will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission costs $2 for adults, and $1 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. Free parking.

Details: or 292-6900


Arizona Renaissance Festival:  Feb. 7-March 29

The festival just outside of Phoenix is a 30-acre medieval amusement park with 12 stages, an arts/crafts fair and jousting tournament.
The 26th annual festival runs every Saturday and Sunday from Feb. 7 through March 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will also be open on President’s Day on Feb. 16.
Parking is free.
Tickets cost $20-22 for adults, with various discounts available. From Tucson, take Highway 70 to Florence Junction. Go west 7 miles on Highway 60 to Festival Village.



Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase: Jan. 31-Feb. 15

More than 40 shows set up across the city in tents, hotels and exhibit halls. Items on display range from precious jewels to mineral crafts to dinosaur fossils.
Most citywide shows are free and open to the public.
The main event is the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Feb. 12-15 at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Admission to the convention center show costs $10, with discounts available.

Details: or or 622-GEMS (4367)


Tucson Sculpture Festival: Jan. 31-Feb. 14

The Tucson sculpture center will be hosting its sixth annual sculpture festival at The Art Gallery, 1122 N. Stone Ave.
The opening reception will be from 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 31 and the show will continue for another two weeks.
The festival will include sculptures, paintings and metal work and feature artists from Texas, New York, Germany and China as well as submissions from three local galleries. Admission is free and open to all ages.

Details: or 304-8869

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