Ride Sun Link to 2nd Saturday Downtown in August


Most of Tucsonans know by now that the  new Tucson modern streetcar started operation with 8 cars on Friday, July 25.  If you missed being one of the 60,000 passengers who tried it for free, plan on catching it easily to downtown from the UA, Main Gate Square or 4th Avenue (or even from out west at the Mercado de San Agustin or the Luis G. Gutierrez bridge on Cushing St.) to downtown,  for the monthly, very popular urban street fest called 2nd Saturday Downtown.  This fest has been celebrating downtown since May, 2010.

How to ride Sun Link: http://www.streetcarfriends.org/faq/. A round trip pass costs $4.00 (get tickets at the kiosks) and the streetcar runs till 2 a.m. on Saturdays (Sunday mornings).


  • 8 AM – 10 PM EVERY 20 MINUTES

  • 10 PM – 2 AM EVERY 30 MINUTES


Photo above of a Sun Link streetcar on Congress St., courtesy of Donovan Dean Durband.

There’s always lots to do on 2nd Saturday Downtown, with several music stages, shows at the Rialto Theatre and Fox Theatre, plus street vendors (food, crafts, art, gifts, etc.)  Most of the happenings occur on Congress St. right where the Sun Link is running, and also on Broadway Blvd. , one block south.

Full schedule here at their website, www.2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).