graphicMoney magazine has named Tucson one of the top six places to retire in the U.S. and Hispanic magazine recently rated Tucson as one of the top 10 U.S. cities for Hispanics. Tucson is one of only 14 American cities that maintain their own professional opera, symphony, ballet and theater companies.

Along with opera and the symphony, music lovers can hear a melodic blend of cultures at annual mariachi, Norteño, Tex-Mex, and Blues festivals, and at dozens of concerts sponsored by the Tucson Jazz Society. Tucson’s downtown club scene features the latest alternative and rock bands.

Art lovers can feast their eyes on contemporary art and photography at thriving local galleries. In winter, the sparkling skies compete with the sparkling displays at the annual Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Showcase, one of the largest in the world.

graphicIn springtime, the local Yaqui Indian community opens their Easter pageant and deer dances to the public. Every fall, Tucson’s ethnic communities come out for the Tucson Meet Yourself Festival: a weekend full of performances, folk art demonstrations, kids’ events, and an enormous variety of ethnic cuisines.

And how many children can claim they get a day off from school each year to attend the Rodeo parade? Every February, the rodeo ignites a citywide spur-kickin’ celebration of ridin’ and ropin’.


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