January 30 – February 17, 2013
For two weeks every winter, the world meets in Tucson as it becomes a bustling, international marketplace of buyers and sellers at the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.
The Tucson Gem Show is much more than a single event at one location. Rather, there are thousands of participants and attendees at more than 40 sites around town. Dozens of shows take place at the same time – in giant white tents, at hotels and resorts and at exhibit halls.
There’s something for everyone at the many open-to-the-public shows – from gold and diamonds to granite bookends and glass beads, and from fine specimens of dinosaur fossils to opals dug from the Australian Outback.
While you’re downtown you may wish to pay a visit to the Arizona Geological Survey Map & Bookstore at 416 W. Congress St. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the shop is a repository of all things related to the state’s geology. That includes more than 2,000 maps, along with trail guides, and a variety of books of local interest .
The Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast guests have returned many times to enjoy this wonderful event in Tucson, AZ. They also get to enjoy the great weather and many fine restaurants Tucson has to offer.
A favorite dining place is the El Charro