What is HOCO Fest?
HOCO Fest is an annual festival hosted by the historic Hotel Congress that takes over Downtown Tucson, AZ for Labor Day Weekend. The festival includes musical performances, DJ sets, panels and lectures, experimental after parties, daytime pool parties, holistic workshops, art openings, food and beverage tastings, Sonoran desert explorations and so much more.
When is HOCO Fest?
HOCO Fest kicks off with a series of warm up events on Thursday, August 29th, 2019, and the festival proper takes place Friday, August 30th, Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st. Daily schedules TBA. The festival will take place rain or shine, unless otherwise posted.
Where is HOCO Fest?
Specifically, HOCO Fest events are spread throughout downtown Tucson, with festival HQ at Hotel Congress.
Geographically, the festival is located in Southern Arizona, roughly 70 miles from the border with Sonora, Mexico and at the intersection of the Sonoran Desert and four diverse mountain ranges, all built out with some of the best hiking, climbing and day-tripping around. Sabino Canyon, anyone?
How spread out are the events? Can I walk to them all?
Yes! A majority of our events are within walking distance from Hotel Congress - either on 4th Avenue or Congress St. If you’re not up for walking, we recommend getting a 3 day pass for the Sun Link, a streetcar that runs through Downtown Tucson (and slightly beyond, for the more adventurous). If you are driving to the festival, parking downtown is limited, but there are garages scattered around.
Ok I’m sold. How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets can be purchased on our website through Eventbrite or at the door of any HOCO Fest event. Full festival passes (21+ only), daily passes (for 16+ and 21+) and VIP packages (21+ only) are available. There are no refunds permitted, so please read the fine print before purchasing tickets on Eventbrite.
What does the VIP Package include and can I purchase it on the website?
The VIP Package includes a night’s stay at the Hotel Congress (have you heard it’s haunted?!), breakfast at the award-winning Cup Cafe (vegan and gluten free options available), a day pass for the day of your choice plus a fast pass to skip the lines, and all the HOCO Fest goodies you could ever dream of. Oh, and this package is 21+ only.
You can purchase the VIP Package on this website through “Tickets” above, and then take the steps to book your stay. Once you have selected your nights, your room (package only applies to rooms with one or two double beds), you will be prompted to select the VIP upgrade, and voila! You’re a VIP! We will have your wristbands and swag ready for you at check in.
Can I upgrade my full festival pass to a VIP Package?
Yes of course, assuming there are still VIP hotel packages available. Please email email@example.com and we will refund your original purchase so the VIP Package can be purchased.
I just bought a day pass. Does it get me into that night’s Semiotic Sunrise?
No. Semiotic Sunrise tickets must be purchased separately.
What even is a Semiotic Sunrise?
Well, dear attendee, Semiotic Sunrise is a series of experimental afterparties named for the majestic daybreaks of the mountainous Sonoran Desert. They are hosted at an undisclosed location during the wee hours of the night. Last year’s DJs included Debit, M.E.S.H., Bearcat, Endgame and a surprise set from Dean Blunt himself. Tickets and location TBA.
Will HOCO Fest ship festival wristbands?
No. We are not offering wristband shipments for this event. They will be available for pick up at Hotel Congress starting August 29th through September 1st.
Can I purchase HOCO Fest tickets from outside of the United States?
Of course! We would love to have you join us here at HOCO 2019!
How old must I be to attend HOCO Fest?
HOCO Fest events range from all ages to 21 plus. There are no refunds permitted, so please read the fine print before purchasing tickets on Eventbrite.
Can I bring my kids to HOCO Fest?
Yes! This festival is kid friendly and if your little one is 6 years old or younger they can get in FREE at specified venues before 10pm! It is highly recommended for children to wear protective gear over their ears. Age limitations may vary by programming.
Can my project play at HOCO Fest?
The 2019 lineup is now closed but email firstname.lastname@example.org with links regardless. We do our best to review all submissions for future events.
How do I volunteer at HOCO Fest?
If you’re interested in volunteering for HOCO Fest, please email email@example.com with availability and related experience. We always need help and are known to give passes in exchange for hard work…!
How do I apply for a Press/Media Pass?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for all press/media inquiries. Include the name of your publication, intended festival coverage, and any other relevant information.
How do I partner with or sponsor HOCO Fest?
Please email email@example.com for all partnership/sponsorship inquiries and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.
What CAN I bring to HOCO Fest?
- Summer friendly gear ie. sunscreen, hats, shorts, etc. (It may be the end of August, but it will be hot and sunny!)
- Bags including small bags and purses and single compartment backpacks. All bags are subject to search.
- Personal cameras with no detachable lenses. Please no flash photography unless coordinated through proper press channels.
- Cash (small bills) and credit cards. Most HOCO venues will accept cash and card.
- Ear protection for young children is highly recommended.
What CAN’T I bring to HOCO Fest?
- Pets of any kind after 10pm (However, Hotel Congress is a pet-friendly hotel.)
- Outside beverages / bottles of any kind and food
- Tents, canopies, or other big pointy obstructions
- Weapons of any kind, or any item that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd, and/or inflict damage to people and goods
Can I take photos and video at HOCO Fest?
No professional photography, video, or audio recording equipment will be allowed without prior approval. If you are a member of the press and need media access, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there ADA access at HOCO Fest?
There will be plenty of ADA accessible parking throughout downtown Tucson and all HOCO Fest venues are ADA accessible. Should a line form at any HOCO venue, you may proceed to the front and ask a gate manager to help expedite your entry. Additional details regarding ADA access will be updated closer to the event. If you have specific requirements that you’d like to discuss with a HOCO staff member, please send an email to email@example.com with “ADA Access” in the subject line.
What if I become ill at the festival?
For strangers to the desert, it is easier to get dehydrated than you might think. Please drink plenty of water and seek shade as often as possible. However, should you become ill for any reason, please alert the nearest HOCO Fest staff member or volunteer and we will reach out to the Downtown Tucson Fire Department EMTs to assist you as needed. We are here to help you!
HOCO Fest aims to create a festival experience you won’t forget, and we certainly do not want to involve memories of harassment. As a result, we have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to non-consensual contact, non-consensual photography or recording, inappropriate and/or offensive comments of any nature, verbal or physical intimidation, stalking, and physical, verbal or sexual assault.
We are here to help you feel safe and seen, so we ask that all participants notify HOCO Fest security or other staff if they experience or witness these kinds of behaviors and we will make sure, through means you are comfortable with, that they do not happen again.
We strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment free from racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, misogyny, agism, ablism, and classism.