The El Casino Ballroom crew is getting ready for a weekend to remember, celebrating 75 years in business. Theyre holding an event at the ballroom Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 10, featuring several music groups, food trucks, and lots of dancing.

Theyve never done anything like this celebration before, and theyre excited to give back to the community after all their years of support.

Families from all over Tucson have celebrated weddings, quinceaera, events of all kinds throughout those 75 years the ballroom has been in business.

Everybody has a story. Oh grandma got married here in 1952. And generations of people have been coming here, said Fred Martinez, manager of El Casino Ballroom.

Martinez has nearly 30 years of experience managing the place, following in his fathers footsteps. Hes worked at the ballroom since he was six years old, and has dedicated most of his life to keeping it going.

After a microburst put the ballroom out of business for nine years in 1991, he said it was a community effort to bring it back.

They would come after work, wed work till 8-9 at night, and fixed it up little by little and reopened in February of 2000, Martinez described.

He said its a history worth fighting for, with talents like Selena Quintanilla and Lalo Guerrero passing through the doors, Martinez pushed to keep them open.

Preserving history for generations to come is also the inspiration for artist Luis Mena, bringing it to life on the walls of the El Casino Ballroom.

We have to understand that its very important, the treasures that were left behind by these great artists, said Mena.

Beyond the talent, his mural features Fred Martinez’s parents for having kept the place running for years.

During Fred Martinezs management, hes had Gil Federico by his side, sharing his life-long appreciation for the ballroom and working to make events like these accessible to the community.

We ask the community to come celebrate with us, and its free of charge, said Federico.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, the event is planned from 10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10.

The ballroom is located at 437 E. 26th St.