Upcoming Events:

FEATSAZ  Member Webinar Series: Building Your Brand, Attracting Your Audience & Making the Most of Every Dollar!
February 13,  2020
11:00am – 12:30 pm

Tucson Parks and Recreation Administration
900 S Randolph Way, Mesquite Room

Click here for more info and to register (free for members, $20 at door for non-members).

FEATSAZ  3rd Wednesday Mixer
February 19,  2020
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Location: Unscrewed Theater
4500 E Speedway Blvd #39, Tucson, AZ 85712
Topic: Fire Inspections with Glenn D’Auria (Fire Inspector, City of Tucson)

(Mixer begins at 5:30 PM; presentation follows PROMPTLY at 6:00 PM)
Click here for more info and to register (free for members, $10 at door for non-members).

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The January 2020 mixer featured a panel of local experts on emergency preparedness for events. We learned so much! An overview of the mixer program follows below. More information that you can use will be posted soon. Special thanks to the Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee & Rodeo Parade Museum for hosting FEATSAZ!

January mixer topic: Are you prepared for the unexpected at your event?

Join us for a special “nuts & bolts” expert panel session. You will learn vital steps needed to create safer events – from preparing for active killers – to creating safety and security plans, and training volunteers and staff.

Get tips from event pros who will guide you through a sample plan and show you a real-life example of an action plan used for New Year’s Eve in downtown Tucson.

This session is not to be missed – after the presentation we’ll open the floor for an in-depth Q&A with the speakers. Gain essential knowledge in a supportive atmosphere!

Your panel speakers:

Ofc Sarah Leiner, Oro Valley P.D., Community Resource Officer

Sergeant Allen Smith, Tucson Police Department, Emergency Management Homeland Security, Special Duty Supervisor, TLO

Brandi Haga-Blackman, Event Producer & Administrative Director, Rio Nuevo District

FEATSAZ News:

At our November Annual Meeting-Mixer, we heard about the Metro Tucson Tourism Master Plan and how festivals and events collectively impact tourism in Tucson and Southern Arizona and are featured in the plan as a strategic area of focus. Our thanks to Vanessa Bechtol from Visit Tucson for clearly describing this 10-year initiative and its potential for collaborative positive results and also to Tucson Marriott University Park in Main Gate Square for hosting us. Take a moment to download the plan at the link above and review the Culture section, beginning on page 48, which includes Events & Festivals.

  • We thank the members and guests who attended our October Haunted Hayrides Fall Mixer, brought to you by Oro Valley Parks & Recreation, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019,  at Steam Pump Ranch.
  • We are way proud of Tucson’s prestigious designation as a 2017 WORLD FESTIVALS AND EVENT CITY,  bestowed by the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA)!
  • We are grateful to IFEA for this significant recognition for Tucson and also for choosing Tucson for the three years (2017, 2016, 2015) as the location of the international IFEA Annual Conference and Retreat.
  • FEATSAZ also thanks Visit Tucson, the City of Tucson, Pima County, those who contributed to the development of the successful entry to IFEA, and to the many Tucson area festival industry professionals, suppliers, vendors, and volunteers for creating the diverse and wonderful festivals and special events that make Tucson special.

IFEA World Festival & Event City Award

The IFEA World Festival & Event City Award, was designed and created as a way for the global festivals and events industry to openly encourage, support, learn from and recognize positive local environments for festivals and events worldwide.

Here’s Tucson’s video submission:

Here’s the accompanying written entry (pdf):

Tucson IFEA Entry document


Benefits of FEATSAZ Membership

  • FEATsAZ & IFEA 2017 Annual Conference discounted registration fee
  • Promotional Opportunities for Products and Services
  • Access to the Membership Directory
  • Member Rates to Seminars, Conferences, and Socials
  • Advocacy, Legislative Monitoring
  • Networking Opportunities targeted to this industry
  • Peer to Peer Q & A
  • Social Media Promotion
  • Membership Logo to add to your email signature

Membership Dues

FEATSAZ is a membership association.  Please visit our Membership page for more information: Become a FEATSAZ Member today!