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Upcoming Event: Agave Heritage Week

A celebration of all things agave!

April 11, 2016

Upcoming Events

What: Agave Heritage Week hosted by Hotel Congress
Where: Multiple locations in downtown Tucson (see schedule below)
When: May 3-8, 2016

Just after April’s Bike Fest, get ready for May’s Agave Heritage Week! The last seven years of Agave Fests have been so popular that Hotel Congress was inspired to make an entire week of honoring this beautiful tequila-producing succulent. Join us in celebrating the art, science and cultural traditions behind the production of agave-based spirits.

Below are some of the week’s highlights. We’ll be sharing more details in the weeks to come, or you can click the links below to get more information on each event.

May 3rd

La Ley at Rialto Theatre

Latin Grammy Award-winning, all-male pop sensations.

7:00pm, $40 – 45 general admission, all ages show.

Tickets and more information here.

May 4th

Industry Trade Show at Hotel Congress

Invitation-only event for liquor reps, bar owners/manager, restaurant owners/managers.
Guests will sample over 30 tequilas, mezcals, sotols, and bacanoras, many of which are not currently available in the United States.

May 5th

Cinco De Mayo Celebration at Hotel Congress

Doors open at 6:00pm. $3 entry fee, attendees must be over 21.

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers play Club Congress at 7:00p.m. Tickets are $30, available soon.

United States Bartenders’ Guild Educational Seminars – Educational classes taught by agave experts Aaron Defeo, Layla Linn, and Sergio Inurrigaro held in Maynards Drawing Room.

Classes are $20 per person, per class. More information about the 5:30 p.m. session here, and the 6:45 p.m. session here.

May 6th


2nd Annual Agave Dinner with Janos Wilder at The Carriage House

The four course dinner, featuring agave-based spirit pairings, will benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH.

Saúl Hernández of Jaguares at Rialto Theatre

Tickets start at $26 for this all-ages show. Tickets and more information at and 520-740-1000.

El Tambo Dance Party at The Hotel Congress

The party starts at 10:00 p.m., and admission is free.

May 7th


8th Annual Agave Fest at The Hotel Congress

The fun begins at 6pm. Sample 50+ agave-based spirits and cocktails, along with foods from various agave-producing regions as well. Live music by Tesoro, a local bartender cocktail competition, and the Agave 101 Seminar are among the evening’s highlights.

May 8th

Bloody Maria Bar

Recover from the weekend with a breakfast at The Cup Cafe, and enjoy Bloody Marias, an agave-based variation on the traditional Bloody Mary cocktail.

Stay tuned for more coverage about these individual events. In the meantime, visit Hotel Congress’ website for more information.

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