Labor Day in Tucson, AZ

There are plenty of activities for kids and adults alike to enjoy if your family decides to venture south to Tucson, Arizona for the long Labor Day weekend. Tucson was the backdrop for many classic Western movies, and the city celebrates its cinematic history to this day. A visit to the Old Tucson Studios will show you some of the actual sets that John Wayne and Clint Eastwood used, and you can enjoy some of these old Western movies at Cinema La Placita, a venue that shows classic movies outdoors from August through October. To enjoy even more Old West action, attend the annual Rendezvous of the Gunfighters, which takes place every Labor Day weekend. The four-day festival features Old Western gunfighter groups who reenact gunfights in authentic costumes.

If you are a rodeo fan, the Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo is an annual Tucson tradition. The three-day event is an Old-West themed rodeo with competitive events such as barrel racing and team roping, as well as pee-wee events for the kids. As for more artistic pursuits, check and see if this year is one where the Arizona Biennial will be visiting Tucson. Every other year, this juried art exhibition highlights work by Arizona artists during August and September. The Tucson Jazz Society is also known for hosting a big concert over Labor Day, featuring contemporary jazz musicians from around the country. Other Tucson attractions include the Pima Air and Space museum, featuring over 75 aircraft; the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson's premier natural history museum and zoo; and the Tucson Botanical Gardens, which give visitors and locals a primer on desert ecosystems.

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