Celebrate Dillinger’s Famous Capture and All Things 1930’s at Hotel Congress This January



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Tucson, AZ (November 17, 2015)  Mobs of history buffs, fans of the 1930’s, pop culture enthusiasts, and more crowd the historic Hotel Congress annually to pay homage to the man that famously earned the title Public Enemy No. 1 and his nationally-renowned apprehension.  Each year The Hotel Congress hosts a two-day spectacle in honor of the capture of America’s most notorious outlaw by the Tucson Police Department and the Tucson Fire Department. The festivities commence with a fundraising Speakeasy at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 22 and continue with a free family-friendly, all-day event starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 23.  Gas up your speedster because all roads lead to Hotel Congress for the cultural and historical event of Southern Arizona.

The larger than life event is not only popular with attendees, but also for local downtown businesses.  Derrick Widmark, owner of Diablo Burger and Good Oak, believes in the overwhelming success of the event, “Dillinger Days 2014 were great for downtown businesses.  Hotel Congress is ever more vital as the heart of Downtown Tucson, giving folks the chance to explore all of the changes and new venues downtown.  At Diablo Burger and Good Oak Bar we are extremely fortunate and grateful to be neighbors to such a venerable local landmark as Hotel Congress, and greatly appreciate everything that Richard, Shana and all the good folks at Congress did to make Dillinger Days a reality”.

The 2016 Dillinger Days festivities include:
·         (3) Dillinger’s capture reenactments ·         Historical artifacts exhibit
·         Historical walking tours of downtown ·         Vintage car show with over 40 cars
·         A fundraising Speakeasy on January 22 ·         Turn of the century magic shows
·         Historical lectures ·         Art exhibit by Danny Martin
·         Live music by Kings of Pleasure ·         Art & Crafts
·         Award-winning food from the Cup Café  

Friday, January 22 kicks-off the spirited celebration with a Speakeasy.  This slap-happy speako is every bootlegger’s paradise and happens to be for a good cause with proceeds benefiting The Greater Tucson Fire Foundation.  Guaranteed a good time with live music by Kings of Pleasure, local Whiskey del Bac whiskey tastings, turn of the century magic shows, pop up memorabilia museum, photo booth, award-winning bites from the Cup Café, a “John Dillinger” gun show, and local specially-crafted Smoke & Irons Dillinger brew by Borderlands Brewing Company.  Tickets to the ages 21 and older event are only $25 and limited to 200 guests.  Get your tickets, dress in your 1930’s best, practice the password (Dillinger’s famous catchphrase “I’ll be damned”), and get down to Club Congress.

Celebrate the icon and his downfall by the hands of Tucson law enforcement, famously known for succeeding with Dillinger’s arrest when the FBI couldn’t. For tickets or more event information please call The Hotel Congress at 520-622-8848 or visit their website at