Dillinger Days at Hotel Congress downtown Tucson


Dillinger Days – Celebrate Dillinger’s Famous Capture & All Things 1930’s at Hotel Congress

In one fateful day in January 1934 Hotel Congress caught fire and the Tucson Police caught a gangster. 

Big Day for a sleepy desert town!  

In honor of this Tucson First Responder accomplishment, The Hotel Congress hosts the annual two-day spectacle celebrating the capture of America’s most notorious outlaw by the Tucson Police Department and the Tucson Fire Department. Experience the re-enactment of his downfall at the hands of Tucson law enforcement, famously known for succeeding with Dillinger’s arrest when the FBI couldn’t. Mobs of history buffs, fans of the 1930’s, and pop culture enthusiasts 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. Part of the proceeds from the event go to the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation to raise funds to assist with the unmet fire-service community needs in the areas of advanced training, technology, survivor’s help, education campaigns, firefighter health and wellness, and other support services. 

Speaking of firefighters, The actual fire truck that assisted in saving the Hotel Congress on that day, will be here as well! 



Dillinger Days Speakeasy  

Dillinger Days weekend begins with the Dillinger Speakeasy, an exclusive Hotel Congress experience to travel back to the 1930’s. Celebrate the first night of Dillinger Days weekend with exclusive whiskey tastings, tasty snacks, live music, dancing, premium cigars, a gun trick show, and era-related entertainment, including old gangster movies screenings.  This event has sold out in the past, we suggest getting tickets early. 
WHEN: Saturday, January 20, 2024, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
WHERE: Hotel Congress, 311 East Congress Street, Tucson, Arizona 85701 
WHO: Ages 21 and older 
COST: Tickets are $15 per person. 

Dillinger Days 2022 Hotel Congress Downtown Tucson


Dillinger Days Celebration and Reenactments 

The 2024 Dillinger Days family-friendly block party includes three Dillinger capture reenactments, historical artifacts exhibit featuring the actual Tommy Gun, vintage car show, historic lectures, historical walking tours of downtown, and live music From Bees Knees. 

WHEN: Sunday, January 21st, 2024, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm  
WHERE: Hotel Congress, 311 East Congress Street, Tucson, Arizona 85701 
WHO: Family-friendly, open to public