Tucson After Dark

What do to during your post-show evenings

As you’re reading this and preparing for JCK Tucson, you may think, “Sure, like I’ll have the energy to do anything after a long day on the show floor.” But as trade show veterans know, you almost always get a second wind. One minute, it’s 3 p.m. and you’re longing to lay down and rest—the next, it’s 7 p.m. and you’re roaring and ready to hit the town. What is that all about? Something in the show’s atmosphere fills you with energy. You’re surrounded by people you adore spending time with, so you don’t want to miss a moment. And you’ve just enjoyed another great day, so you’re in a celebratory mood. Why stay in? If you’re looking for ways to spend your time when the sun sets in Tucson, here are some suggestions.

In addition to the fabulous offerings at the JW Marriott Starr Pass resort—don’t miss the late afternoon happy hours, nightly tequila toast, and warm bonfire gatherings (see our proposed schedule, here)—the city of Tucson is brimming with fun things to do.


Movie Night

This is no ordinary movie theater. The Loft Cinema is a favorite among Tucson locals, and the member-run, nonprofit organization is part of the Sundance Institute’s Art House Project. Long story short, if you’re into indie films, it’s a must. You can catch up on Academy Award–nominated movies or check the schedule for special events.

For live shows, there’s the historic Fox Tucson Theatre, opened in 1930.The Fox offers a wide range of events, including a Tom Petty tribute band that just happens to align with your time in Tucson.


Hit the Town

After enjoying dinner at one of the fabulous JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass restaurants, get ready to explore downtown Tucson—and hop between a few bars. Options range from Sky Bar, an under-the-stars spot with drinks, dancing, and telescopes (yes, telescopes—and astronomers to assist!); the Surly Wench Pub, an old-fashioned-yet-bold venue with live music and burlesque shows; and The Still, a speakeasy serving up Prohibition-era cocktails “somewhere in Tucson” (text them for directions). And that’s just to name three—there are plenty of other tempting choices for a night out.



You’re in for a wickedly memorable night when you visit the Unscrewed Theater, a non-profit organization dedicated to live entertainment. Show tickets run $5 a pop, so you don’t have to dig too deep into your wallet for a feel-good evening of fun. Only Friday and Saturday.

Another good bet when you’re looking for a laugh is the Tucson Improv Movement, also $5, which offers family-friendly shows on select nights. Visit their website for the full schedule.


Gems After Dark

If there’s one show-related event you must not miss (hopefully, you’ll attend many or all of them!), it’s Gems After Dark. This night of celebration for the whole industry is held in partnership with GenNext, the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), and AGS Young Titleholders. Read more about what’s in store here, and be sure to RSVP for the Feb. 1 event by visiting this link.

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