Dillinger Days returns to Hotel Congress in Downtown Tucson to mark the time in 1934 when the Tucson Police Department captured and arrested John Dillinger, who was the most wanted outlaw at the time.
The weekend begins tonight, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. with the 25th anniversary of the Dillinger Speakeasy, an exclusive Hotel Congress experience to travel back to the 1930s. That event will feature live music, a 1930s costume contest, whiskey and beer tastings, cigars, memorabilia from the era, and more. Proceeds go to the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation to raise funds to help with the unmet needs in the fire service community in the areas of advanced training, technology, survivor’s help, education campaigns, firefighter health and wellness, and other support services.
The family-friendly festivities begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Hotel Congress, complete with re-enactments of the historic capture. Actors dress in period garb and drive vintage cars to make the scenes realistic.