• 8:30AM - Doors Open
  • 9:00AM - 10:00AM - Greg McCown / Keynote - Getting Lucky
  • 10:00AM - 11:00AM - Emily Carpenter / Severe Weather Cloud Identification / Meteorology of the Monsoon
  • 11:00AM - 12:30PM - Lunch
  • 12:30PM - 1:30PM - John Sirlin / The Perils of Storm Chasing and How to Avoid Them
  • 1:30PM - 2:30PM - John Henz / Arizona Tornadoes and Twisting Things: Less Recorded Than Meets the Eye
  • 2:30PM - 3:30PM - Jeremy Perez / Storm Profiling and Focused Persistence
  • 3:30PM - 4:00PM - Q&A / Wrap up




About the Venue

The 98 acre Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium. Beyond merely an attraction, the Museum's conservation and research programs provide important information to help conserve the Sonoran Desert region.

Getting There

The Desert Museum is located west of Tucson, within Tucson Mountain Park. Cars should exit I-10 at Speedway Blvd, and travel west for about 12 miles. At Kinney Road, turn right, and the Museum will be on your left in about 2.5 miles. Larger vehicles should take I-19 to Ajo, and travel west to Kinney Road instead. After entering the Museum, you will see brightly colored signage directing you to the Special Events parking area. Full directions and parking guide.

Do's and Don'ts

  • Do wear sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Sunscreen is available in all Museum public restrooms, and water stations to refill your bottle can be found throughout the grounds. Consider purchasing a Monsoon Con sports bottle to bring with you!
  • Don't smoke (including e-cigarettes) outside of the designated smoking areas. The closest designated area is just inside the Special Events gate.
  • Don't bring your pets. They are not permitted on Museum grounds, and must not be left unattended in vehicles. Service animals are welcome.
  • Don't bring your drone - for the safety of animals and guests, the use of drones is strictly prohibited.
  • Do bring your camera! Personal photography and filming at the Museum is encouraged for non-commercial use. However, written permission must be obtained from the Desert Museum to publish any images taken on Museum grounds.
  • Do consider staying at one of these suggested accommodations if you are traveling to attend Monsoon Con.
  • Don't bring weapons, noisemakers, balloons, or masks - these items are prohibited on grounds.


Outside food is not allowed on Museum grounds, except to accommodate food allergies/intolerances or religious restrictions. There is a small public picnic area just outside the Museum's entrance. The nearest dining options outside the Museum are in Tucson Estates (about 12 minutes south), or Picture Rocks (about 13 minutes north). Dining options at the Museum are as follows:

  • Phoebe's Coffee Bar offers hot and cold drinks, pastries, sandwiches, ice cream, and other snacks, and is open all day.
  • Ironwood Terraces offers a grill menu, including children's items, sandwiches, and other snacks, in a casual multi-station food court setting, and is open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • The Cottonwood offers hot and cold drinks, and ice cream, and is open from 10:30 a.m.

After the Con

Your Monsoon Con registration includes the right to stay afterwards for the Museum's popular Cool Summer Nights event. This astonomy-themed event includes a talk by UofA astronomer Dr. Kevin Hainline - full details here. In addition, the Ocotillo Café will be open for fine dining from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.