Dillinger Days at Hotel Congress

“I rob banks for a living. What do you do?”

| By Amanda Oien
| Photography courtesy of Hotel Congress

Tucson might have just rung in the New Year, but we’re already headed back in time.

The annual Dillinger Days is back this weekend at the historic Hotel Congress, Jan. 18-19; celebrating the capture of one of America’s most notorious gangsters, John Dillinger and his gang.

Grab your dancing t-strap heels, that long strand of pearls, your best pinstripe suit, and your suspenders and start the weekend off at the Dillinger Speakeasy on Saturday.

The first night of Dillinger Day’s weekend at the Dillinger Speakeasy will feature whiskey tastings, small bites, live music, premium cigars, a gun trick show, and entertainment that’ll have you feeling nifty. Ticket proceeds benefit the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. 

If daytime activities are more the bees knees for you, spend the day downtown.
See reenactments of the moment when Tucson law enforcement did what the FBI couldn’t: capture Public Enemy #1.

Reenactments will be held at 11a.m., 1p.m. and 3p.m.

Enjoy historical artifacts exhibits, a vintage car show, and historic lectures and walking tours of downtown. 

If you’re looking to enjoy some festive juice, make an appearance at the Cup Cafe for one of Congress’ classic cocktails: the Dillinger Sidecar, made with Maker’s Mark Whisky, Cointreau, Lemon, Agave Nectar. 

Bonus Tip:

Get the mob together and watch Public Enemies about John Dillinger, starring Johnny Depp to really set the mood for the weekend.