Tucson EventsIn addition to its many cultural and historic landmarks, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals and events that may coincide with your visit.
In February the city boasts a superlative: the world's largest gem and mineral show with more than 40 shows across town. The focal point of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is at the Tucson Convention Center, which is filled with some 250 dealers selling to the public.
If you like horses and cowboys, Tucson is the destination for you mid- to late February during La Fiesta de los Vaqueros , held at the rodeo grounds. This classic professional rodeo event features a parade with people on foot, on horseback and in every size and shape of horse-drawn vehicle. The fiesta ends with the rodeo finals, in which some of the best riders and ropers on the circuit compete.
In March and again in December Tucson's 4th Avenue holds a huge street fair filled with artisans selling and demonstrating their crafts. Enhanced by music and food vendor booths, these weekends attract visitors and residents alike. The annual Tucson International Mariachi Conference and music festival comes to town in late April. Mid-month brings the Pima County Fair . In May, the Tucson Folk Festival attracts thousands of traditional music fans for a weekend of entertainment by the genre's top acts.
Tucson's fall activities begin in late September and early October with Oktoberfest on Mount Lemmon . In early November, a Tucson artists' organization presents the annual All Souls Procession . Inspired by Mexico's Día de los Muertos, thousands of people walk 2 miles through the streets of Tucson to commemorate the passing of loved ones, carrying photos of the deceased, wearing the departed's clothing or dressed in skeleton costumes.
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Arizona's statewide sales tax is 5.6 percent; an additional 2 percent is levied in Tucson. The tax on a hotel room in Pima County is 13.05 percent, plus an additional $2 per room per night in Tucson. There is a combined state and county rental car tax of 10 percent, plus a Pima County rental car fee of $3.50 per rental; a concession fee of 11.1 percent is added if the car is picked up at the airport, and an additional 2 percent tax is added if the car is picked up off airport property but within the Tucson city limits.
(520) 791-6813 (8 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, (520) 873-3000; Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, (520) 872-3000; Northwest Medical Center, (520) 742-9000; Tucson Medical Center, (520) 327-5461; University Medical Center, (520) 694-0111.
The visitor information center is open Mon.-Fri. 10-2; closed major holidays.
Ten miles south of downtown,
Hertz, (520) 573-5201 or (800) 654-3131, offers discounts to AAA members.
The Amtrak station is at 400 N. Toole. For advance ticket and schedule information phone (800) 872-7245. Tickets may be purchased at the station.
The terminal for Greyhound Lines Inc. is at 471 W. Congress St.; phone (520) 792-3475 or (800) 231-2222.
There are many independent taxi companies in Tucson. Rates are not regulated by the city. Companies that serve the area include Discount Cab, (520) 388-9000; VIP Taxi, (520) 300-3000; and Yellow Cab, (520) 624-6611.
Sun Tran, (520) 792-9222, operates a fleet of buses running throughout the metro area as well as a streetcar line downtown.