2nd Saturdays celebrates 4th anniversary - Tucson News Now

2nd Saturdays celebrates 4th anniversary

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

One of downtown Tucson's most popular events turns four this year.

2nd Saturdays celebrated its 4th anniversary on May 10 with a special lineup of performances.

The Odaiko Sonora Taiko ensemble kicked off the evening's events, followed by a performance by Mel Rivers, formerly of The Drifters.

Organizers said the event draws in thousands of people to downtown. About 10,000 to 16,000 people attend 2nd Saturdays every month, nearly double the number of people that attended four years ago, according to event organizers.

Since the event's inception in 2010, businesses along Congress Street, Scott Avenue and Broadway Boulevard have gained exposure from 2nd Saturdays.

Certain businesses have modeled themselves specifically for downtown crowds like Broken Arrow Boutique, a mobile art and clothing store that operates in a truck.

The founders said they've seen downtown evolve in recent years.

"Especially since it's growing into itself a little bit more and more people are finding out about it. It's growing into something that's a legitimate downtown scene, Where before, it might have just been a couple of little things and now it's really developing into itself," Nikki Welch said.

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