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Dillinger Days


Come to the annual event at Downtown Tucson’s historic Hotel Congress commemorating the capture of PUBLIC ENEMY No.1, John Dillinger! Hosted on Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24, 2015.


America’s Most Notorious Outlaw Would Be Damned at Hotel Congress’ Annual Celebration of His Famous Capture Taking Place In January

Tucson, AZ (October 1, 2014)  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 23, continue with a free family-friendly, all-day event starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, and conclude with Whiskey Weekend at 7 p.m.  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 2015 Dillinger Days festivities include:

  • Dillinger’s capture reenactments
  • Historical artifacts
  • Historical walking tours of downtown
  • Vintage car show
  • A Speakeasy
  • Turn of the century magic shows
  • Whiskey Weekend
  • Award-winning food from the Cup Café
  • Historical lectures
  • Art exhibit
  • Arts and Crafts Fair
  • Live music
  • Fire truck rides for the kids

Friday, January 23 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, whiskey tastings, turn of the century magic show, pop up memorabilia museum, photo booth, award-winning bites from the Cup Café, a “John Dillinger” gun show, and local craft beer by Borderlands Brewing Company.  Tickets to the ages 21 and older event are only $25 and limited to 250 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


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