How to spend your evenings in Tucson
There’s much to see and do during those long desert days in Tucson. Yours will undoubtedly be filled with memorable gems in the form of jewelry, people and experiences. If you’re headed to Arizona a bit early or staying a little longer and want some ideas for great ways to spend your days before and after JCK Tucson, read our Tucson To-Do List before you go. But how about the evening hours? Many consider this a vacation, after all. It’s a chance to let loose after a busy and tiring holiday sales season. So hitting the town is a must! These night-time treats are perfect for evenings when you aren’t attending the celebratory Gems After Dark (Thursday, February 7).
See a Show
Tucson’s historic Rialto Theatre is very close to celebrating its 100th anniversary! Established in 1920, the non-profit venue is the place to go for everything from musical acts to ballets. Events around the dates of JCK Tucson include indie bands, a hip-hop act and a number of cover bands (including a Prince tribute show!). See the lineup at the Rialto’s website.
Take a (Beer) Hike
Tucson has a big craft brewing scene, so the beer enthusiast in you will enjoy visiting its range of breweries. Many are located downtown, so it’s easy to brewery hop. (Ride shares are available, so please don’t drink and drive!) For a full list of breweries organized by neighborhood, go to tucson.com.
See the Stars
If you’re looking for serenity, why not enjoy an evening under the stars? You could just head to the desert and look skyward—but Spencer’s Observatory offers some seriously cool equipment for getting a close up view of the heavenly bodies—and you might learn something. Spencer’s is a custom-built observatory with a retractable roof, offering a host of high-tech telescopes and a tour led by guides who know their stuff. Reservations are available for individuals and groups. Find out more at spencerobservatory.com.
See a Ghost
Locally owned and operated, the Tucson Ghost Company offers haunted walking tours of downtown Tucson. With historic tidbits woven into visits to 12 spooky locations, the experience is as educational as it is eerie. To book a tour online, go to tucsonghosttour.com.
And of course, there’s always something to do at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, home to JCK Tucson! For more entertaining ways to while away your evenings, visit the Nightlife page of visittucson.org.