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


Oro Valley, Arizona (August 16, 2017) – Next month, the Town of Oro Valley will celebrate its 20thanniversary 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. 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 SeriesThe 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, Artisans craft and western art Vendors, tours of Pusch House by the Oro Valley Historical Society, and youth summer art show, the Heirloom Farmers Market, the gardens in partnership with Hands on Archaeology and an archaeology craft, 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, advanced notice of at least 48 hours is required. Please call the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance at 520-7973959, 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.