October 12-21 Schedule

TENWEST Kickoff Weekend

Friday, Oct. 12

Film Fest Tucson

Scottish Rite

30+ new narrative and documentary films alongside workshops, visiting filmmakers, live-music-accompanied films, and the annual Desert Pitch Film & TV Pitch Competition. Passport holders enjoy 1 free entry to any FilmFest movie presented in the Red Room of the Scottish Rite, any day of the three day festival. Must come 15 minutes before to secure a seat. See full details at Film Fest Tucson.

Affiliate Partner: Film Fest Tucson

Screening Science Fair


Bring the whole family to this heartwarming and inspiring film that follows one mentor and nine students from around the world as they follow their passions to the International Science and Engineering Fair. Presented with support from the Marshall Foundation. Additional assistance by SARSEF. Come at 5pm to engage in family-friendly STEM activities provided by the Pima County Library and the Children’s Museum.

Agave Tasting Reception


Before the outdoor screening of Agave: Spirit of a Nation, join us for an exclusive Agave Tasting Reception that features Agave Spirits. Experts will be on hand to tell the unique stories behind each one. In partnership with the Agave Heritage Week and Mexican Consulate.

Agave: Spirit of a Nation


Mexico is home to the highest biodiversity of agave varietals in the world. Tequila and Mezcal spirits derived from the heart of the agave are the fastest trending spirits in the marketplace. This expressive documentary takes viewers beyond the spirit to discover how one plant can carry the weight of a culture and the people trying to protect it. Presented by Agave Heritage Week and Congress Hotel.

Tucson Meet Yourself

The festival has been held annually in Downtown Tucson, Arizona since 1974. It was founded by University of Arizona folklorist and anthropologist Dr. James “Big Jim” Griffith, who in 2011 was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with a prestigious recognition as a “National Heritage” treasure. This event is an affiliate event with TENWEST Festival.

Affiliate Partner: Southwest Folklife Alliance

Saturday, Oct. 13

“A” Mountain Hill Challenge

In light of Thursday’s news, we are canceling the TuGo “A” Mountain Hill Challenge. Instead we encourage all to join the community-organized memorial ride to honor the life of a biker fatally struck on “A” Mountain.  Beginning on Saturday at 5:30 pm, this is a ride for past bikers, this biker, future bikers, and a reminder of how important it is to creating safe, community-minded streets for all to enjoy.

Localism and sustainability are at the core of TENWEST’s mission, and we support the continued protection of safe, equitable, and community-centered streets for all.


How to be a Master Podcaster Workshop


KXCI Studio Congress Street Studio

What does it take to record and produce an original podcast? Find out on Saturday Oct 13, in KXCI’s beautiful new studio located in the lobby of the historic Hotel Congress. Bridgitte Thum is the education and production coordinator at KXCI, Tucson’s beloved community radio station. As the creator of The Lonely Hearts Club, Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson special category “most idiosyncratic podcast”, Bridgitte has a few things to share about the art of podcasting. Discuss the various stages of production and how to create quality audio and compelling content. This presentation includes tips and advice on how to get hosted, get noticed and stay inspired. The world of podcasting is growing fast. At KXCI, we will show you how you can make your own, and be a part of it all. Space is limited to 10. First come, first served.

Bear Down Town


Downtown Tucson

In partnership with the University of Arizona, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Second Saturdays, the City of Tucson, Tucson Meet Yourself, City Center for Collaborative Learning, and countless downtown merchants, TENWEST Festival will help welcome incoming freshmen to Tucson with a whimsical scav hunt to help them explore the incredible gems in our downtown neighborhood. Secret stations of festival fun will be hidden around downtown. Each station will be loaded with prizes and giveaways. Find all five to enter a grand prize drawing. The drawing and finale party will take place at CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, 37 E. Pennington St 8:00pm. Music provided by DUSK music festival.

Downtown FilmFest Screenings:

1:30–3pm | Scottish Rite

Woman Walks Around film screening

6:30–8pm | Scottish Rite

Little Pink House film screening

6:30–8pm | Fox Theater

2018 Tribute Event

6:30–8pm | Outside the Scottish Rite

Chef Flynn outdoor film screening

8–10pm | Fox Theater

Lords of Dogtown + Q&A with Director Catherine Hardwicke

8:30–9:30pm | Scottish Rite

Sky High film screening with Jeff Haskell accompanying the silent film with live music

8:30–9:45pm | Outside the Scottish Rite

Brewmaster outdoor film screening

Sunday, Oct. 14

Fuel Up!


Tucson Museum of Art

What better way to start the day than to join Savaya Coffee and Let’s Sweat to Fuel Up? Get moving and wake up with some fun, doable energizers to start an unforgettable day at the Tucson Museum of Art.

Discover Local


Tucson Museum of Art

Discover Local invites every community to discover how to engage in localism. Hands-on workshops and creative activities focus on sustainability, local food, and more. Located at the Tucson Museum of Art. Partners include Local First Arizona, LeadLocal, Vib’n, and Mrs. Green’s World.

Partner: Local First Arizona, LeadLocal, Vib’n, and Mrs. Green’s World


La Cocina

Fuse brings together dance, comedy, and music into one incredible night. The evening kicks off with a dance-off between local crews, each representing their favorite charity. The winning crew earns bragging rights and a donation to support their cause. After a comedy set by the Comedy Alliance of Tucson, we have an incredible lineup of local talent—Adam Townsend, Seanloui, and Juju Fontaine.

Monday, Oct. 15

Stem Connect


Tucson Convention Center

A partnership between UA STEM Learning Center, SARSEF, and the Waters Foundation, the STEM Connect conference brings together leaders in education, business, nonprofit, government, and more to identify areas of cross-sector collaboration. You’ll help create STEM learning and career opportunities that will benefit Southern Arizona for years to come.

NOTE: Due to organizing cross-sector activities, after purchasing your passport, you must register separately for this event using this link.  Registration closes Oct 11th.  

Partner: UA STEM Learning Center, SARSEF, and the Waters Foundation

CELEBRATE: Molecular Happy Hour


MOCA : Museum of Contemporary Art

After a day of STEM discussion– time to apply those science-minds to gastronomy and mixology! Witness the magic of chemistry as it transforms the ordinary into extraordinary.

Tuesday, Oct. 16



Tucson Convention Center

IdeaFunding is your best opportunity to connect with startup leaders, learn key skills to launch your company, and take the next steps to raising funds and launching your company. The day includes a morning pitch competition, VC Unplugged Luncheon, and educational tracks.

Startup ShowCase


Tucson Convention Center

IdeaFunding day programming is followed by an exciting evening lineup. A happy hour mixer with prizes and game, is followed by Keynote Speaker Cristie Street. On the mainstage, startups companies will battle it out for pitch competition grand prize of $25,000. The evening will also recognize community leaders of innovation through the Thomas R Brown and Larry and Sherry Awards.

Partner: Startup Tucson

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Sonoran Cloud City


Tucson Convention Center

Sonoran Cloud City is focused on highlighting what sustainable and innovative solutions look like within a cloud city based in the desert. This event will focus on how the Sonoran Desert region will use the cloud, big data, and innovative technologies to impact areas such as transportation, water, energy, and waste. Mixer happy hour to follow on the patio.

Partner: UA College of Optical Sciences

Thursday, Oct. 18

Social Impact Summit


Tucson Convention Center

The Social Impact Summit brings together individuals, nonprofits, and corporations to discover ways to maximize social impact and drive innovation strategies. Through a series of workshops, panels, and roundtable discussions on attendees explore trends, changes, and future innovations necessary to drive social innovation.

Social Impact Pitch Competition


The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to present the Social Impact Pitch Competition with $30,000 in awards from Microsoft and the United Way. The Social Impact Pitch Competition is open to individuals, nonprofits, and social ventures that are starting new programs or services to solve needs in local communities or around the globe.

Partner: UA McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship

Friday, Oct. 19

YWCA Women’s Leadership Conference


JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort

What can you expect at the 30th anniversary of the largest and longest-running conference for women in Southern Arizona? Two incredible keynotes, two empowering workshop tracks, networking with 400 bold leaders all at one amazing conference. Tracks and workshops are open to all TENWEST passport holders to attend for free. An additional add-on ticket is available for passport holders interested in participating in the full event, including lunch and the keynotes, as part of their TENWEST passport experience (limited number available).

Affiliate Partner: YWCA

9th Annual Veterans Conference


Pima Community College

The Pima Community College SBDC continues in its vitally important service to veterans as well as active military that are business owners or desire to be so. Pima Community College SBDC will be holding its widely acclaimed 9th Annual Veterans Conference. The theme this year is “The Right Stuff”. By sharing the successes of veterans, we hope to inspire others to either start businesses, grow their business or strengthen them. The whole intent of the Conference is to inform and inspire our veteran attendees. This is free event, in affiliation with TENWEST Festival.

Affiliate Partner: Pima Community College SBDC

Women’s Hackathon Kick-off Event


UA Mall Stage in front of Bear Down Gym

Join us for a fun and relaxing evening featuring a thought-provoking keynote speech, professional networking, music and refreshments including a beer garden.

Affiliate Partner: Women Techmakers and UA Libraries

LatinX in Tech: Techstars Startup Weekend


The Railyard

Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech brings exposure, awareness, and an experiential way to learn about tech to the community. We aim to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the Latinx community to breathe life into their ideas and learn how to bridge the gap from ideation to prototype with customer validation. We’re gathering 100 Latinx entrepreneurs in the making and allies over 54 hours, in different cities to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community. Open to select passport holder.  Contact the organizer for more details.

Affiliate Partner: Startup Unidos

Saturday, Oct. 20

Tactical Urbanism


Intersection of 6th Avenue and 7th Street

Join your neighbors and transform a downtown intersection into a community park during Tactical Urbanism. Using paint, planters, community art, and other tools we’ll work together to reclaim space for the neighborhood while also calming traffic. After the park is complete on Saturday, October 20, celebrate with a street party with DJs, food trucks, and more!

TENWEST Exclusive! Complete Streets Workshop


Exo Coffee Patio

Join the Living Street Alliance and the City of Tucson Department of Transportation for a behind-scenes peek at the innovations and initiatives that will be shaping the landscape of our city in the years to come.

Affiliate Partners: Living Street Alliance, Railyard Arts District



Leo Rich Theater

The goal of TEDxTucson is to be a catalyst for change—bringing thinkers and doers in the Tucson community together to have meaningful conversations that lead to positive change. The Salon, entitled “Food for Thought,” features five speakers on the topic of food and our regional future. Followed by a native and heritage foods reception on that patio of TCC.

Partner: TEDxTucson

Sunday, Oct. 21

Puppy Yoga



Puppy yoga, also called Doga, is becoming a popular trend worldwide. The benefits to both pooch and person are relaxation, bonding, and fun! While free for passport holders, we will be taking suggested donations to raise money for animals in need. At this special yoga class, you don’t have to be a pet owner to enjoy. The Playground will be whipping up fun, furry-friendly treats like PUP-sicles and canine cookies!  

Please be thoughtful about whether your pet is a good fit for this environment.

AFFILIATE EVENT: Women's Hackathon

U of A Library

The University of Arizona Women’s Hackathon is a women-founded, non- competitive, free hackathon designed by and for women and allies. The event is open to campus and community members from high school youth to senior citizens. Since its inaugural year in 2015, the Women’s Hackathon served as the only women’s-led hackathon in the Southwest. In 2017, the Hackathon expanded to invite attendees across all gender identities and expressions to participate, while maintaining its commitment to the mission. The Women’s Hackathon includes intensive design thinking/rapid prototyping training, workshops around topics like coding, 3D modeling, drones, virtual reality, bot building, group hack time, mentoring, and a final project presentation and awards ceremony.


MSA Annex

Wrapping up TENWEST will be a pyrotechnic extravaganza! This event will feature the Flam Chen performances with music by Santa Panchita and Rarity Rock Radio. Coinciding with the lighting of “A” Mountain, we will celebrate TENWEST with a bang!