Tucson’s annual Dillinger Days celebration is getting the COVID-19 treatment with a scaled-down festival and a virtual twist to the decades-old capture of one of America’s most notorious gangsters.
The event is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, and will feature a concert by longtime Dillinger Days swing band, Kings Of Pleasure.
The celebration, which will take place at the hotel, 311 E. Congress St., also includes a costume contest, BBQ and Depression-era cuisine at the cookout food truck, vintage cars and the historic fire trucks that helped put out the 1934 fire at Hotel Congress that eventually led to the outlaw’s capture.
Hotel Congress was forced to cancel the annual Dillinger Days festival because of the state’s increasing COVID-19 positive infection rates.
- A virtual tour of the hotel, highlighting its history.
- A video of the annual reenactment of the Dillinger capture that was filmed a few years ago as part of the annual Dillinger Days celebration.
- And a video from 1994 of the very first Dillinger Days reenactment performed in the Hotel Congress lobby.