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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Feb. 11-14

The Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., will be filled with rocks, gems, coins, fossils and other rarities for the 62nd Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

With a theme of “Shades of Blue: Minerals of the World,” the event will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission costs $13, while children 14 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Discount coupons are available.


Chinese New Year Festival

Feb. 13

A celebration for the Chinese New Year will be held at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road.

Food and drinks accompany activities including silent auctions, children’s games, and arts and crafts. The festivities start at noon, with authentic performances kicking off every hour until 9 p.m.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children 12 and under, and free for children under 5.


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Cruise, BBQ & Blues Festival

Feb. 20

Old-school classic cars will be on display alongside new-school motors in Oro Valley, with the smooth sounds of blues in the background.

Live performances from the George Howard Band and Bluz Nite will fill the air, while BBQ off the grill fills people stomachs.

Judges will examine 43 categories of cars and award trophies based on make, model, color, engine and interior.

The festival takes place at the Oro Valley Marketplace, on the southwest corner of Tangerine and Oracle roads, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Admission is $5 for ages 10 and up, with proceeds benefiting the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.


La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros

Tucson Rodeo

Feb. 20-28

A Tucson tradition lives on as Pima Community College students are given two days off from school to celebrate the cowboy lifestyle.

The Tucson Rodeo grounds are located at 4823 S. Sixth Ave. Parking costs $7.

Rodeo admission starts at $14, or $28 for VIP tickets. Children’s mutton bustin’ begins the day at 11 a.m., with additional events such as barrel racing, team roping  and steer-wrestling running until shortly after 4 p.m.

Barn dances costing an additional $5 close out the day.


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