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Oro Valley celebrating 20 years of arts and culture with free museum days, concerts, galleries and more

Celebration of the Arts

Next month, the Town of Oro Valley will celebrate its 20th anniversary of the 1% for Public Art Program, which has resulted in more than 150 pieces of public art throughout the Town. In those 20 years, the Town’s arts and culture offerings have grown far beyond public art, to include everything from live music to gallery-style exhibits.

August 16, 2017

So this September, Oro Valley invites you to join us for a month-long celebration of the arts, including free admission days at Tohono Chul Park and the Children’s Museum Oro Valley. For more information on the events below, please visit or contact Economic Development Manager Amanda Jacobs at 520-229-4735 or


Tohono Chul Park
7366 N. Paseo del Norte
FREE admission on Saturday, September 16, 2017
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Children’s Museum Oro Valley
11015 N. Oracle Road, Suite 101
FREE admission on Saturday, September 30, 2017
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Toscano Studio and Gallery
9040 N. Oracle Road
20% off all art September 23 – 30, 2017
Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 12 – 4 p.m.
Toscano Gallery owner Linda Ahern is a local artist.

Mystic Rhythms Ballroom
8035 N. Oracle Road
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (45 minute lesson and 45 minute free dance)
Special $5 admission on Saturday, September 23, 2017 (paid at the door)
Join Peter Lisanti and Eileen O’Daly to learn East Coast Swing! Pre-register by calling 520-399-2464.

Lucky Cat Social Art
7872 N. Oracle Road
Special $10 admission on Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Enjoy a group painting class (The White Pumpkin) for just $10. To register and learn more, visit:


The Town of Oro Valley offers free concert series every month, August through May. So even if you can’t make the September dates, visit us at for the entire year’s lineup of free music!

Oro Valley Kids Concert Series: The Adventures of Victoria the Violin
Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive
Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 10 a.m.

Oro Valley Marketplace Concert Series: Greg Spivey Band (Classic Country)
Century Theatres Courtyard, 12155 N. Oracle Road
Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 6 p.m.

Oro Valley Community Center Concert Series: Gabriel Ayala
10555 N. La Cañada Drive
Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 6 p.m.


Oh, for the Love of Music
Oro Valley Community Center, 10555 N. La Cañada Drive
Monday, September 4 and September 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.
This FREE community music group is open to musicians of all ages and skills! If you are looking for a music outlet, want to dust off your skills, or enjoy like-minded musicians, come on down and make some music with us!

Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch
Saturday, September 9, 2017
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Enjoy the Heirloom Farmers Market, tours of Pusch House, the gardens and youth summer art. The children’s craft of the day will be “Rock Art Garden Sitters.”

Public Art Tours
Enjoy a free, guided tour of the Town’s many public art works. Tours offered year-round.
Tuesday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, September 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
To reserve your space, contact Margie Adler at or 520-229-4758.


Artist Nest at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort
10000 N. Oracle Road
5 a.m. – 11 p.m.
September 1 – 30, 2017
Featured artist: Linda Ahearn, professional painter, sculptor, instructor and owner of Toscana Gallery.

7th Annual Roche Tissue Diagnostics Campus Exhibition
1910 E. Innovation Park Drive
To view this exhibition, advance notice of at least 48 hours is required. Please call the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance at 520-797-3959, ext. 1. Visits may be scheduled Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Southern Arizona Arts Guild Exhibit at the Oro Valley Community Center
10555 N. La Cañada Drive
Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pop Up Arts Exhibit at the Oro Valley Marketplace
Exhibit open 24 hours
1880 E. Tangerine Road (near State Farm)
Art is popping up in vacant store fronts around Oro Valley, thanks to a partnership with Oro Valley’s public and private schools. During the month of September, check out the exhibit from Casas Christian School.

Pima Federal Credit Union Steam Pump
11025 N. Oracle Road
Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
During the month of September, stop by to see their sculpture The Promise by local artist, Linda Ahern.

In addition to the above specials, concerts, events and exhibits, don’t forget about our friends at the Western National Parks Association (12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive), with their lively calendar of free weekly events, monthly speakers, exhibits, book signings, special craft sales, classes, tours and more. Visit There’s also the Oro Valley Gaslight Music Hall (13005 N. Oracle Road, Suite 165), with its entertaining mix of concerts and family-friendly entertainment. And coming soon is The Artful Space (12995 N. Oracle Road, Suite 165), a unique, mixed-use venue that celebrates the arts and those who embrace the creative side of life.