2017 provided the opportunity to return for my second trip to the Tucson, AZ Gem and Mineral Shows. Tucson melds in at the end of the Quartzite, AZ show which starts early January. The Tucson shows start late January and go until sometime mid-February. Putting exact dates on these events is tough as there is no definitive start and stop time. This is due to there being several shows at one time with various amounts of overlap. In Tucson you will find the big shows of Kino, Pueblo, 22nd Street, Riverside, Oracle, AGTA, JOGS, bead shows, African Art village and more. Near the end the "main show" called the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show takes place at the Tucson Convention Center.
You can find rough, fossils, beads, jewelry, findings, thousands of amethyst cathedrals, rare minerals, mass produced boxes and spheres, table tops, carvings and much, much more.
Parking is a bit fearful for the first time attendee but with a little looking around you can find free or very cheap parking close to all the big shows and if you detest the driving and parking just park once and take the Gem Shuttle around to nearly all of the venues for free!
For the official information book go to: http://www.tucsonshowguide.com
Food trucks are plentiful in Tucson. As well as conventional dining options. There are about 8 breweries in town. This food truck was outside Dragoon Brewing on Grant Ave. Delicious!
For this year's trip my wife and I drove to AZ. This put on 4,000 miles on my truck and over ten days put over 65 hours of windshield time. there are many fascinating stops along the way. Including a quick photo op in Winslow, AZ.
Not the largest sphere we ran across but it was impressive.
This 10 grouped chisel chip was one of my favorites. The theme for the main show was "Mineral Treasures of the Midwest"
This show ran Feb 9-12, 2017. There is an admission and parking nearby is $10 per car.
Cathedrals were found at every turn.
Many good deals are to be had in town. In particular I was impressed with the crew manning the Starr Gem booth at the Convention Center.