by Andrea Doyle | October 12, 2018
Colloquially known as The Old Pueblo, Tucson, Ariz., a melting pot of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and American Southwest influences, has venues just as varied as its culture to host meetings and events. And with 350 days of sunshine a year, many events include an outdoor component. Groups meeting in Tucson have two new exciting outdoor venues to experience all that sunshine: MSA Annex (pictured) and City Park.
The MSA Annex, an expansion of the Mercado District's public market, Mercado San Agustín, has seen the addition of 13 local small businesses to the area, bringing a total of 26 shops and restaurants to Avenida Del Convento. Housed in shipping containers, the new coffee shops, bars, burger joints and more now add up to a 31,755-square-foot, mixed-use project. The grounds of the MSA Annex can be used festival-style to accommodate 500 people seated.

Another new spot to bring groups in the works, City Park, located downtown on Congress Street. Slated to open next year, the top floor of the building will have 3,861 square feet of dedicated indoor/outdoor meeting and event space; a fifth-floor boardroom accommodating 42 people inside and 66 outside; a banquet room for 32 people inside and 112 outside; and a classroom-style room accommodating 90 people inside and 207 outside.

The first floor of the building will house a food hall that is also set to open next year.   

"We definitely hear from meeting planners that they want to get out of the ballroom, at least for an evening, to see the city, experience more of Tucson," said Dan Gibson, Visit Tucson's director of communications. "Having MSA Annex and, soon, City Park, as places that are set up for groups, but still offer a distinctly local experience in food, drink and vibe makes that so much easier."