The acclaimed Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® is held every year on the second full weekend of February (starting with a Thursday). It has set the standard for gem and mineral shows and is now the “largest, oldest, and most prestigious gem and mineral show in the world.” The Show is open to the public.
There are an estimated 250 retail dealers sharing the Exhibition Hall and the Arena areas of the Tucson Convention Center throughout the weekend. An unparalleled variety of mineral, fossil, jewelry, lapidary crafts, and related publications are presented under one roof.
The show is sponsored by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, a local organization committed to studying and advancing earth sciences.
This year’s theme is CRYSTALS AND CRYSTAL FORMS.
Proceeds from the Show remain in the Tucson economy and are used to support mineral knowledge and appreciation.
What are the dates for the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®?
February 8-11, 2018.
Where is the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® located?
The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® will be held at the Tucson Convention Center at 260 S. Church Ave in Downtown Tucson.
What are the hours?
- Thursday, February 8: 10:00am-6:00pm
- Friday, February 9: 10:00am-6:00pm
- Saturday, February 10: 10:00am-6:00pm
- Sunday, February 11: 10:00am-5:00pm
Why would I go to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®?
- To purchase and/or admire gold, silver, diamonds, and other gems.
- To view private and museum collections from around the world.
- To get your kids interested in earth science and geology.
- To attend a lecture or seminar. Held Thursday through Saturday in the Crystal Ballroom and Turquoise Ballroom at the Tucson Convention Center. Free of charge and open to the public.
How much does it cost?
Admission is $13 per day per adult. Children 14 and under are free with a paying adult. Clip this Tucson Gem & Mineral Show coupon for $2 off admission.
Are there discounts for seniors or military members?
Friday, February 9, 2018 is Military (active & retired) and Senior Citizens Day (62 and older). Receive $2.00 off the regularly priced ticket (cannot be used with any other discount).
What is the parking situation?
Parking is available at TCC, at several adjacent lots, and on the street (toll).
What should I wear?
Tucson temperatures in mid-February are generally in the 50s-70s with blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Wearing short sleeves, skirts, dresses, and sandals are certainly acceptable – but you’ll definitely want to pack lightweight sweaters and pants for the cooler evenings and early mornings.
What should I bring with me?
Water bottles and a camera [Note that flash photography is not permitted inside the Tucson Convention Center].
Are bathrooms available?
WHERE TO STAY
What hotels do you recommend for visitors to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®?
- Arizona Inn
- Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
- Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
- JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa
- Loews Ventana Canyon
- Omni Tucson National Resort
- Tanque Verde Ranch
- The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
- Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
- White Stallion Ranch
Another terrific option is to find a vacation rental thru Tucson Vacation Rentals.
Is outside food allowed at the Tucson Convention Center?
Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the convention center. That said, there are PLENTY of outstanding dining venues within a 1-mile radius (see below).
What dining venues are available on-site?
A limited selection of snacks and drinks are available for purchase on-site, but we encourage you to venture into the downtown area for some great eats and fun photo opps.
What restaurants are located NEAR the Tucson Convention Center?
Our top picks within a 1-mile radius include:
- Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, 135 S. 6th Ave (0.3 miles away) – dinner, desserts, happy hour, gourmet American cuisine prepared by a renowned chef
- Cafe a La C’Art (inside Tucson Museum of Art), 150 N. Main Ave (0.3 miles away) – Monet inspired garden patio, pastries, breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Cafe Poca Cosa, 110 E. Pennington St (0.4 miles away) – upscale urban bistro, “imaginative Mexican cuisine,” menu changes twice daily, reservations required
- Hub Restaurant & Ice Creamery, 266 E. Congress St (0.4 miles away) – fun atmosphere, burgers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, beer + wine, ice cream
- 47 Scott, 47 N. Scott Ave (0.4 miles away) – neighborhood bistro, dinner daily (4-10pm), happy hour (4-6pm), weekend brunch
- Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink, 101 E. Pennington St (0.4 miles away) – lunch, dinner, spirits, wine, beer garden, bar
- La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave (0.4 miles away) – brunch, lunch, dinner, sandwiches, salads, southwestern fare, indoor + outdoor seating, live music
- Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave (0.5 miles away) – indoor + outdoor seating, sandwiches, salads, beer + wine
- 5 Points Market & Restaurant, 756 S. Stone Ave (0.5 miles away) – brunch, lunch
Feel free to tweet us at @TucsonTopia for more recommendations around town!
Remember that you can hop on the Tucson Streetcar to easily get around the downtown and university area.
What else should I do while I’m in town for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®?
Don’t miss the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – beautiful scenery and fun for all ages!
If you are traveling with small children, the Children’s Museum Tucson is sure to be a hit!
BABIES & KIDS
Can kids attend the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®?
Yes! There is a Jr. Education Area of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® on February 9-11 at the TCC. Kids can walk through a maze of educational experiments, go on a mineral scavenger hunt, and take home a variety of clearly identified specimens.
Activities for kids will be taking place on Friday (2pm-6pm), Saturday (10am-6pm), and Sunday (10am-4pm).
Should I bring a stroller?
The Tucson Convention Center is stroller-accessible and wheelchair-accessible. That being said, the City of Tucson website states that “Most events do not allow baby carriages or child strollers in the venue. Strollers can be checked-in at designated Administration/Guest Services Offices.”
Is there a designated area for nursing moms?
Are changing tables available?
Yes – in the restrooms.
Is the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show active on social media?
- LIKE the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society on Facebook.
- FOLLOW the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society on Twitter.
- We also recommend that you follow TucsonTopia on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the inside scoop on Tucson hotels, restaurants, activities, and weather.
What else do I need to know before I go to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®?
That just about covers it. Have a great time!