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2014 Aztec Press/ Nick Meyers

Compiled by David Pujol

Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase

Jan. 31-Feb. 14

The Gem and Mineral show is a Tucson tradition and brings in thousands of guests to our city each year. There are more than 45 shows set up across Tucson in tents, hotels and exhibit halls. Some of the pieces that will be on display are precious jewels or minerals, crafts and even dinosaur fossils. Most citywide shows are free and open to the public. The main event of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show takes place on Feb. 11 to 14 at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Admission to the convention center show costs $10.


Arizona Renaissance Festival

Feb. 6-March 27

This festival just outside of Phoenix is a 30 acre medieval amusement park with 12 stages, an arts/crafts fair and jousting tournament. The 28th annual Renaissance festival runs every Saturday and Sunday from Feb. 6 through March 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $23 for ages 12 and up, with discounts available and parking is free. Although no pets are allowed, maybe you will find a dragon or two. For directions and a list of activities, visit their website.


Flame Off 2016

Feb 5

Local and visiting glass artists will compete and create in front of a live audience at this fundraiser featuring fire, some food trucks, live music and beer on tap. Flame Off features glass artists competing solo and in teams to make glass art creations in various categories. This year’s competition theme is “what a long strange trip it’s been.” There will be an auction onsite and online to bid on pieces made at the event and proceeds benefit the Sonoran Glass School. The event is open to all ages and takes place on Feb. 5 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Sonoran Glass School at 633 W 18th St. Admission is $20.


Savor Food and Wine Festival

Feb 6

Indulge yourself with a collection of meals from many of the finest chefs and local restaurants in the area. The menu tastings offered are sure to please the foodie’s heart. The Savor food festival showcases the culinary diversity throughout the Arizona region and presents examples of some the desert’s best cooking. Along with a variety of opportunities to nosh away, there will be live musical performances on two stages from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event takes place at the Tucson Botanical Gardens at 2150 N Alvernon Way from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Feb. 5. Tickets are $65 and include admission to the gardens, food and wine samples, activities and entrance into a raffle.


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