Signature Events

Throughout the year, Arizonans and visitors gather to celebrate Arizona’s traditions and cultures. They meet to observe and participate, gather and collect, clap and cheer, ooh and ahh, run or ride, eat and drink and shop til they drop. These ‘signature’ events represent only a portion of Arizona’s celebrations. For a more complete list, see http://www.visitarizona.com/events

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

3-9          WINDOW ROCK: Navajo Nation Fair - A camera will be number one on your list to capture all the color and excitement. The Navajo Nation Fair is similar to a County Fair in that it has a rodeo, a parade, concerts, dances, exhibits, competition, amusement rides…  all the elements that go into having a fair. On paper it would appear to be the same thing. But once you get there, you’ll discover that’s where the similarity ends.  This is a county fair, Indian style!! As the largest Indian Fair in the country, the Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock is the fair of choice for visitors. Opportunities abound for cultural experiences with the Contest Pow-Wow, Traditional Song & Dance and the Saturday favorite, the Night Performance: dances performed in the arena by various Indian tribes. Pageantry has its own flair with the Miss Navajo competition. Navajo Arts & Crafts, known for their beauty and quality, are abundant at fair time. This event provides a safe environment for visitors to be around thousands of Indians, from everyday non-stereotypical people attending a fair to those who are dressed in magnificent regalia participating in an activity they love. Tel: 928-871-6647 or https://www.facebook.com/NavajoNationFair/

5-7          WILLCOX: Rex Allen Days - The annual celebration honors the late Rex Allen, Willcox's own silver screen cowboy. Activities include a parade, a professional rodeo, cowboy dances and a county music concert. There will also be a Cowboy Music and Poetry Festival, comedy shows, tractor pulls, gunfights and showings of Rex Allen movies as well as a car show, turtle races, carnival and softball tournaments. Tel: 520-384-2272 or 520-384-4583 or https://www.rexallendays.org/

21-22     SAFFORD: SalsaFest – Safford Town Square. Arizona’s Salsa Trail encompasses terrific food in the towns and communities within a 40 mile radius of Safford. The members of the Salsa Trail, which include a dozen Mexican restaurants, a tortilla factory and chili farms, celebrate each September with a salsa-making competition open to both professional and amateur chefs, a marketplace, salsa music, dance performances, food demonstrations, chili roasting, a kids’ corner with piñatas and Chihuahua races, dog costume contest, and car show. There is also a Hot Air Balloon Glow on Friday evening and they fly overhead on Saturday morning. https://www.salsatrail.com/

28-29     WINSLOW: Standin’ on the Corner of Winslow Arizona – Downtown Winslow on Campbell and 2nd Street behind the Hubble Building and Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the annual Standin’ On the Corner Park festival draws thousands of visitors to Winslow. The celebration includes entertainment such as Hotel California, A Salute to the Eagles #1 tribute band and Mogollon a country rock group in the west as well as many other bands who play all day and night. There are also craft vendors and activities for the kids. https://winslowarizona.org/events/2018-09/

OCTOBER 2018

1-8          LAKE HAVASU CITY: IJSBA World Finals - Crazy Horse Resort Aqua Stadium. Competitors from more than 40 U.S. states and nearly 35 nations churn the waters to win a share of more than $25,000 in prizes at the world's largest and most prestigious personal watercraft race. Tel: 928-453-3444 or https://golakehavasu.com/event/ijsba-world-finals/

8-28       PHOENIX: Arizona State Fair - The Arizona State Fair is one of the top 10 state fairs in the country and is more than 110 years old. Everyone can experience a great combination of the traditional and the extraordinary at the Fair. With family entertainment, animals, food, rides, top-notch concerts, exhibits, motorized events, a rodeo and more. Open Wednesdays through Sundays. Tel: 602-268-FAIR or 800-343-FAIR or https://www.azstatefair.com/

6-7          PRESCOTT: Folk Music Festival - Sharlot Hall Museum. This annual heritage event showcases the best of Arizona acoustic music with more than 150 performers, including fiddlers, banjo players, guitarists, singers and songwriters.  Hear dulcimers and harmonicas and listen to storytellers.  Celebrate Arizona’s musical heritage with songs of the miners, railroad men, cowboys, vaqueros, pioneers and native people, whose cultures and traditions influenced territorial life. Tel:  928-445-3122 or https://www.sharlot.org/

13-14     SCOTTSDALE: Arizona Taco Festival – Salt River Fields, 30+ professional and amateur taco teams compete in chicken, beef, pork and fish, a sidecart throwdown in salsa, guacamole, anything goes taco and best booth design. The day also includes a hot chili pepper eating contest, a kid’s zone, cooking demos, live music, Boutique Tequila Expo, and a Margarita Challenge. It is $10 to enter and $2 per taco sample. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day.  https://aztacofestival.com/

19-21     TOMBSTONE: Helldorado Days - What started out as the town’s 50th anniversary celebration in l929, has turned into its oldest tradition.  Activities include reenactments, a parade on Sunday, fashion shows, a carnival, live music, beard contest and street entertainment, Tel: 520-457-3291 or http://tombstonehelldoradodays.com/ or http://www.tombstonechamber.com

20           BISBEE:  Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb - This annual event can be a challenging competitive run or a leisurely explorative walk of Bisbee's more than 1000 stairs.  Win prizes and help restore the historic steps while improving your own health. The Barco Ice Man, "the event within the event", involves carrying blocks of ice up 153 stairs in less than 30 seconds - fun to participate in or just to watch!  Tel: 520-432-1585 or http://www.bisbee1000.org/

20-21     FLAGSTAFF: Celebraciónes de la Gente - The Museum of Northern Arizona comes to life for Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Transforming grief into celebration, this ritual pays homage to the lives of lost loved ones by inviting them back to enjoy their favorite music and foods, and to honor their contributions in life. Flagstaff families bring ofrendas (altars), from their homes to share in a courtyard exhibit. The festival includes performances such as Aztec fire dancing, storytelling, mariachis, ballet folklorico, and modern Latin music. Artists display exhibits of tinwork, straw mosaics, papél picado (paper art), and filigree jewelry. http://musnaz.org/

NOVEMBER 2018

1-3          TUCSON: All Soul's Procession - A two-mile, human-powered procession that ends in the finalizing action of burning a large urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes for those who have passed. The event also includes installation art, altars, performers and creative artists. The All Souls Procession, and now the entire All Souls Weekend, is a celebration and mourning of the lives of our loved ones who have passed. Tel: 520-770-1553 or 520-634-5004 or https://allsoulsprocession.org/

9-11       WICKENBURG: Bluegrass Festival & Fiddle Championship - Bowman Rodeo Grounds. Held the second full weekend in November for more than 25 years, this three day event has featured the Four Corners championship contests for fiddle, flat pick guitar, banjo and mandolin. It draws thousands of spectators from throughout the southwest. Tel: 928-684-5479 or http://www.wickenburgchamber.com/

8-1/5     WILLIAMS: Polar Express – The classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express, comes to life when the Grand Canyon Railway train departs the Williams Depot for a journey through the dark and quiet wilderness for a special visit to the “North Pole.” Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story. Watch the joy on the children's faces when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting! Santa will board The Polar Express and hand each child their own special gift. Tel: 800-843-8724 or https://www.thetrain.com/

18           TEMPE: Ford Ironman Arizona – Tempe Beach Park. Features a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a complete marathon 26.2 miles in succession. http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/arizona.aspx#/axzz5R6qghkul

23-24     FLORENCE: Florence Junior Parada – The Florence Junior Parada is the oldest sanctioned youth rodeo in the United States. It pits the youngest of riders against the oldest of venues to showcase their youthful cowboy skills. The Saturday morning parade evokes times past with stagecoaches, mounted posses and young and old on horseback, along with vintage vehicles, clowns, dancers and others. Catch the “Cowboy Spirit” in the “Cowboy Cradle of the Great Southwest.” While in town, visit the historic district, museums, and many historic adobes of the 19th Century. Tel: 520-868-4382 or https://www.florencejrparadarodeo.com/

30-12/2 TEMPE: Fall Festival of the Arts - Downtown on Mill Avenue. One of Arizona's largest and oldest arts and fine crafts festivals happening every December in downtown Tempe. More than 500 national artists and craftspeople come from across the country to sell their artwork. Food vendors, musical entertainers and people watching, fill the streets. Tel: 480-967-4877 or https://www.tempefestivalofthearts.com/

DECEMBER 2018

8-9          PHOENIX: Pueblo Grande Indian Market - Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park. Two hundred Native American artisans with handmade art ranging from jewelry, baskets, pottery, paintings, Kachina dolls, fetish carvings, weavings and sculptures will show their wares. Traditional and contemporary Native American music and performances are offered. While there, tour the centuries-old platform mound, ballcourt and replica homes of the ancient Hohokam culture and taste some traditional Native American foods. $5, under 12 free.  602-495-0901 or http://www.pueblogrande.org/events/annual-pgma-indian-market/

26           TEMPE: Cheez-It Bowl – Chase Field. Hosting football teams from Kansas State and UCLA. $10-50, 8:15 pm. 480-350-0911 or https://fiestabowl.org/

We have several unique New Year’s Eve count-downs:

31           FLAGSTAFF: New Year's Eve Pinecone Drop – Weatherford Hotel. A Flagstaff tradition, big countdown at 10 pm & 12 am, giant, LED-Lighted Pine Cone is lowered from the top of the Historic Weatherford Hotel. Free. https://www.flagstaffarizona.org/

31           PRESCOTT: Boot Drop – The Palace Restaurant & Saloon. A 6-foot illuminated cowboy boot will be lowered down a 40-foot flagpole to ring in the New Year, once at 10 pm for early birds and once at midnight for traditionalists, a DJ will spin tunes, food vendors. 8 pm – 1 am. 928-776-0234 or http://www.bootdrop.com/

31           SHOW LOW: Deuce of Clubs Drop – Festival Marketplace. Entertainment, music and food and countdown to midnight, drop of a giant electrified Deuce of Clubs from a crane, giant fireworks show follows. 928-532-4140

JANUARY 2019

1              GLENDALE: PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – Prior to the football game are a variety of events including the Fiesta Bowl Parade, gathering approximately one-million spectators and participants. Whether it be golf, community events, parades, educational programs, formal galas or football games, families and friends have the opportunity to celebrate college football and all it entails. https://fiestabowl.org/

10-13     LAKE HAVASU CITY: Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair – It is a “Party in the Sky!” In addition to the sky filled with beautiful balloons over the lake, other activities offered include a pilot meet and greet, sky diver jumps and shows, dog shows, and live music and entertainment. Also, vintage/classic car show, carnival rides and events, kite displays, air shows, balloon rides (tethered and un-tethered), arts and crafts, an emergency vehicle display, walk-in balloons, mass ascensions, and balloon night glows. Tel: 928-505-2440 or https://golakehavasu.com/event/havasu-balloon-festival-fair/  or https://havasuballoonfest.com/ or hbffhelp@gmail.com

12-20     SCOTTSDALE: Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction – WestWorld of Scottsdale. The largest, most prestigious antique/classic car auction in the world. Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. hosts this annual international car auction, offering one of the most exciting and diverse selections of classic and collectible automobiles in the world. One thousand cars cross the auction block including American and European classic, sports, and racing cars, and buyers from around the world gather to bid on them. The auction also features more than 350 vendors including one-of-a-kind collectibles and rare "automobilia." Tel: 480-421-6694 or https://www.barrett-jackson.com/ or information@barrett-jackson.com  

16-20     SCOTTSDALE: Russo & Steele Collector Automobile Auction - The event kicks off with the Russo and Steele’s Charity Gala, which features live entertainment, hosted bar and food, benefiting a local charity. Attendees can watch more than 800 vehicles roll across the auction block and join in on the excitement of bidding and buying. Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles offers the finest in European sports cars, American muscle cars, Hot Rods, and Customs, and the event is recognized as “one of the major players” of Scottsdale car auctions by collectors and journalists world-wide. Tel: 602-252-2697 or https://russoandsteele.com/ or email: info@RussoandSteele.com

17-20     WILLCOX: Wings Over Willcox - Sandhill Crane Celebration – A celebration of birds, nature and culture, includes guided tours and field trips for bird watching, photography, geology, ranching, agriculture, history and more. See Sandhill cranes at the Willcox Playa. At Cochise Lake, see the waders. Free seminars, a crafts and trade show, live animal educational booths, workshops, banquet, silent auction and keynote speaker. Tel: 800-200-2272 or http://www.wingsoverwillcox.com/

19-20     PHOENIX: Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon – The run begins in Phoenix and runs through Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe, on a fast, flat course. There are more than 70 live bands, 40 cheer squads, aid stations, and music at every mile. Additional events include the Rock ‘n’ Roll ArtWalk on the Thursday prior to the run and a Health and Fitness Expo on Friday and Saturday. Tel: 800-311-1255 or http://www.runrocknroll.com/arizona/ or email: rnraz@competitorgroup.com 

28-2/3   SCOTTSDALE: Waste Management Phoenix Open - Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale. With more than 700,000 people in attendance, the FBR Open is one of Arizona’s largest spectator events and one of the PGA Tour’s top events. This tournament attracts the PGA Tour’s finest golfers to one of the oldest and most revered golf tournaments. It is sponsored by the Thunderbirds, the Special Events Committee of the Phoenix Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. It is played on one of the country’s most picturesque golf courses. Tel: 602-870-0163 or https://wmphoenixopen.com/ or email: info@wmphoenixopen.com

FEBRUARY 2019

6-10       TUBAC: Tubac Festival of the Arts – The longest running annual art gathering in the United States, this juried show features the work of approximately 200 visiting artists, craft persons and musicians from around the country. Festival booths line the village streets, mixed among the 100 year-round shops, fine art galleries and working artists’ studios. Horse-drawn trolleys shuttle visitors around the historic village, the site of the first European settlement in Arizona.  The entertainment lineup includes Azteca folk dancers, Mariachi music, Jazz music, art demonstrations, and more. Located south of Tucson at Exit 34 on I-19, Tubac is a haven for art, history and nature lovers. For more information, 520-398-2704 or http://tubacaz.com/ or email: assistance@tubacaz.com

8-10       GLENDALE: Chocolate Affaire - An upscale festival of chocolate and romance, gourmet cuisine and beverage, horse-drawn carriage rides and national entertainment. In addition to tours of Arizona’s own chocolatier, Cerreta Candy Company, more than three dozen chocolate purveyors grace picturesque Murphy Park to create a chocolate lover’s delight! Murphy Park is located in downtown Glendale. This event takes place annually in February. Tel: 623-930-2299 or https://www.visitglendale.com/

8-10       WICKENBURG: Gold Rush Days – This celebration of Wickenburg’s rich heritage has been running for more than 70 years and has received recognition from the Library of Congress as one of America’s Living Legacies. Festivities begin with a shoot-out on Frontier Street that kicks off a rootin’-tootin’ western weekend of cowboys and garter girls. On Saturday morning, one of the largest parades in Arizona passes by. Cowboys from all over the country gather Saturday and Sunday afternoon to participate in the National Senior Pro Rodeo. Families enjoy a carnival, food booths, barbecue, classic car show, and artisan fair as well as unique mining contests, gold panning and other activities relating to the gold fever that once gripped the town.  Music, dancing, a real old-fashioned melodrama, horses, floats and food – all part of Wickenburg’s most action-packed weekend of the year. Tel: 928-684-5479 or http://www.wickenburgchamber.com/annual-events/ or https://outwickenburgway.com/ or email: events@wickenburgchamber.com

9              SIERRA VISTA: Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering – The Gathering in Sierra Vista, Arizona continues the tradition of bringing this true Western expression of the ‘Cowboy Way’ to today’s audiences. Free Saturday programs include musicians, storytellers and musical groups who represent the best of the best from the Western states, many with national recognition. Don’t miss the Saturday night barn dance.  Tel: 520-508-9359 or https://www.cowboypoets.com/

                **2019 may be the last year**

9-10       PHOENIX: World Championship Hoop Dance Contest – Heard Museum. Top Native American dancers from the U.S. and Canada vie for the title of World Champion Hoop Dancer. There is no better place to see the fast-paced precision and grace of hoop dancing than at the Heard Museum's World Championship Hoop Dance Contest. Tel: 602-252-8848 or https://heard.org/event/hoop/

9-3/31   GOLD CANYON: Arizona's Annual Renaissance Festival – The Arizona Renaissance Festival is one of the largest of the Renaissance events in the nation and has been going for more than 30 years. During that time it has matured into a medieval amusement park in a giant, costumed fantasy village with thirteen stages of continuous live entertainment, a 30-acre outdoor circus, a medieval arts and crafts fair with more than 200 artisans, a jousting tournament with three performances a day, and a feast. Tel: 520-463-2700 or http://arizona.renfestinfo.com/

13-17     LAKE HAVASU CITY: Winter Blast Western Pyrotechnics Show – For thirty years, the Western Pyrotechnic Association has held their annual convention in Lake Havasu City. Though the convention is attended by its members, the public benefits when the members debut many of the latest technological innovations in their field in a huge show open to the public on Saturday. This fireworks display rivals Fourth of July shows in major cities around the U.S. And, the show gets better every year. New memories with family and friends will be created as the clear desert sky morphs into a spectacular kaleidoscope of colors. Visitors gather at Sara Park to view the spectacular display of fireworks over the Colorado River. Tel: 800-242-8278 or https://golakehavasu.com/event/western-winter-blast-pyrotechnics-show/all/

14-17     TUCSON: Tucson Gem & Mineral Show – Convention Center. This is the world’s largest, oldest, and most prestigious gem and mineral show and is open to amateur and professional collectors, artisans, and the public. Special exhibits by museums and individual collectors from all over the world, with emphasis on education in the earth science field, are presented. Lectures, seminars and children’s programs open to all. The show features mineral, gem, jewelry, lapidary and book dealers. (Surrounding this show are about 20 other shows held just prior to or simultaneously, in the Tucson area, see https://www.interweave.com/tucson-show-guide/ Tel: 520-322-5773 or 800-638-8350 or http://www.tgms.org/

14-17     FLAGSTAFF: Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival – Orpheum Theatre. The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival highlights a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking social, environmental, and adventure-related outdoor films from around the world.  In addition to the films there are panel discussions, speakers, an extreme late-night program featuring high-energy sport films, an environmental program on our opening evening, many student film submissions, and an expanded adventure photography exhibit. As a volunteer-run effort, any profits from the event are reinvested into future festivals or donated to a local advocacy group. Situated just one hour south of the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff's high altitude desert setting makes a spectacular base for outdoor and film enthusiasts to get together and enjoy this unique environment along with high quality film entertainment. http://www.flagstaffmountainfilms.org/ or email: info@flagstaffmountainfilms.org

14-24     SCOTTSDALE: Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show – WestWorld. Since 1955 this annual show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. It has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2,400 of the world's most beautiful Arabians and Half-Arabians bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world to compete for a chance at winning more than $570,000 in prize money. The show is also a shopper’s paradise with an assortment of 300 vendors and trade booths. Tempting international cuisine courts, exciting demonstrations and unique educational seminars compete for visitors' attention with the luxurious, exotically decorated stabling areas in which the horses are housed. Tel: 480-515-1500 or http://www.scottsdaleshow.com/shows-events/scottsdale-arabian-horse-show

16-24     TUCSON: La Fiesta de los Vaqueros – Tucson Rodeo Grounds. This PRCA rodeo is America's largest, outdoor, midwinter rodeo and attracts top contestants in the sport of rodeo. It includes standard events as well as special acts, clowns, barn dances, and a parade. The parade on Thursday is the world’s longest non-motorized parade, with 300 entries. Tel: 520-741-2233 or 800-964-5662 or http://www.tucsonrodeo.com/

23-3/3   SEDONA: International Film Festival & Workshop – Lovers of independent films will celebrate the best in cinematic art, amid unparalleled scenic beauty. For 25 years, the festival has honored filmmakers motivated by passion for their art, not box office revenues. There are world premiers, gala parties, and stimulating conversation. Activities include more than 160 of the best films, a “Cast Party”, awards lunch and small gatherings which give film lovers a chance to talk with others who share their passion. Tel: 928-282-1177 or http://www.sedonafilmfestival.org/

MARCH 2019

2-3          PHOENIX: Heard Museum Guild Annual Indian Fair & Market – Experience the 60th anniversary of one of the Southwest's largest and most prestigious events. The Indian Fair features more than 600 top American Indian artists and attracts more than 10,000 guests.  Visitors get firsthand access to artists and can view and purchase handmade, authentic work by the best sculptors, painters, jewelers, potters, bead workers, weavers, katsina doll carvers and basket artists. Fair weekend also includes music by recording artists, cultural dance performances, art demonstration and chefs demonstrating culinary uses of native ingredients. Adult general admission is $20 and includes the festival and museum admission. 602-252-8840 or https://heard.org/fair/

29-31     TEMPE: Annual Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts – Mill Avenue. The Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 20 art festivals in the nation. More than 350 artist booths fill the Mill Avenue District, presenting unique hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience. Continuous entertainment on five stages, an Arizona Wine Festival & a special area for children are also offered. Free, 10 am – 6 pm. 480-921-2300 or https://www.tempefestivalofthearts.com  

30-4/3   TEMPE: Bell Lexus Copperstate 1000 – Tempe Diablo Stadium. More than 80 of the finest vintage motor cars drive 1000 miles of popular Arizona terrain over four days. The event celebrates the automotive cultural legacy by featuring some of the finest working examples of vintage, sports, racing, classic and grand touring automobiles manufactured before the 1974 model year. It is a fundraiser for the Phoenix Art Museum, 602-307-2060 or http://www.mensartscouncil.com/cs/

ON TWO-YEAR HIATUS  MESA: Jesus the Christ Easter Pageant – Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds. The world’s largest Easter pageant presents a drama, dance and musical story about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. English and Spanish performances are given, check dates. Tel: 480-964-7164 or http://easterpageant.org/  **Returns in 2020

APRIL 2019

13-14     SCOTTSDALE: Culinary Festival – A celebration of the senses with the tastes, sights, and sounds of Scottsdale. The festival features multiple districts for food exploration, such as BBQ Country, European Plaza, Sweet Street, American Square, Latin Hill, Asian Village, and the Grub Lot.  Food and drinks are available from the Phoenix Metropolitan Area’s most notable restaurants and chef personalities. For the 21+ crowd, there is a beer garden featuring 200 specialty beers, a wine garden by Stella Rosa and the Riboli Family of San Antonio wineries, Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stardust Lounge, and the new Liquid Arizona lounge that features local wineries, spirits, and craft beer.  Notable events include the Best of the Fest, Chef Demos, a family zone, and Teen Cook-Off: Challenge to the Chefs. Tel: 480-945-7193 or https://scottsdalefest.org/

24-28     LAKE HAVASU CITY: Desert Storm Poker Run and Shootout - See some of the fastest, most impressive boats to grace the waves. A world-class collection of the most prestigious performance boats from across the nation hit speeds of more than 160 MPH. The air will be buzzing with the racers’ helicopter teams flying above the boats right above the water. The Desert Storm Shootout features racers running a two mile course competing in 30 different classes, with more than 67 runs, and the speeds are breathtaking! The weekend kicks off with the Desert Storm Street Party on Thursday that attracts more than 10,000 people and a boat parade through the Bridgewater Channel on Friday.  Tel: 602-739-4739 or https://golakehavasu.com/event/desert-storm-poker-run-and-shootout/ or https://www.stormpokerruns.com/desert-storm.html or James@StormPokerRuns.com  

24-27     TUCSON: La Frontera International Mariachi Conference – Casino Del Sol Resort. With more than a quarter of a century of success as one of the most influential mariachi and baile folklórico events in the world, this conference is a permanent fixture on the Tucson cultural calendar and beckons mariachi and baile folklorico aficionados from around the country. It is a celebration of folklorico and mariachi music starting with student workshops and a competition and culminating in the Fiesta de Garibaldi, an all day party in the park. For more information https://www.tucsonmariachi.org/ or contact Conference Coordinator at 520-838-3908 or via e-mail at timc@lafrontera.org

24-28     COTTONWOOD: Verde Valley Nature & Birding Festival - Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Saturday is the Family Nature Fair with special activities for the children. The event also includes field trips, guided tours, workshops & seminars, exhibits, vendors, a key-note speaker, and entertainment. Tel: 928-282-2202 or https://verderiver.org/birding-festival/ https://verderiver.org/birding-festival/

MAY 2019

3-5          SELIGMAN/TOPOCK: Route 66 Fun Run - A fundraiser that helps promote and preserve the lasting remains of the historically established portion of Route 66 between Chicago and LA. The Fun Run is not a timed race, but a 140 mile pleasure cruise of classic and custom vehicles that traverse the Mother Road from Seligman, AZ to Topock/Golden Shores, AZ.  Approximately 800 vehicles of all descriptions and ages take part, and there are events and celebrations in almost every community along the way.  Tel: 928-753-5001 or http://www.gokingman.com/event-66FunRun or https://historic66az.com/fun-run/ or nikki@historic66az.com

4              PRESCOTT: Whiskey Row Marathon - This is one of the toughest Marathons in the United States. The terrain is rugged, the altitude exceeds a mile above sea level and the weather can be severe. Come join runners from all over the county in this prestigious event.  In addition to the Marathon there is also a 1/2 marathon, 10K, 10K race walk, and 2 mile fun run. http://www.whiskeyrowmarathon.com/

25-26     FLAGSTAFF: Zuni Festival of Arts & Culture – Exploring Zuni Ways of Knowing – Museum of Northern Arizona. The event explores A:shiwi philosophy, emergence and migration beliefs, worldviews, values, and current day issues on the Zuni Reservation. Fine arts, music, dances, and food serve as windows into the ancient and vibrant Zuni culture. More than 50 award-winning and emerging artists will present their work.  Demonstrators will create artwork and talk with visitors about materials and designs they use. https://musnaz.org/heritage/

JUNE 2019

6-7          FLAGSTAFF: Hopi Festival of Arts and Cultural – The Museum of Northern Arizona’s Heritage Program is dedicated to honoring the cultural diversity of the magnificent Colorado Plateau. Meet Native artists, performers, ethno botanists, and cultural interpreters to explore the rich heritage of northern Arizona and the Four Corners region through stories, dances, and songs. Events appeal to everyone--families, children, connoisseurs, and collectors of fine Native American and Hispanic art. The oldest Hopi show in the world and a tradition since the 1930s, this festival celebrates the rich artistic culture and traditions from the Hopi mesas of northeastern Arizona. Enjoy the renowned Hopi handmade arts of katsina doll carving, pottery, painting, and silver overlay jewelry against a backdrop of storytelling, music, dancing, and steaming piki. Learn about the Hopi values of humility, cooperation, respect, balance, and earth stewardship. Tel: 928-774-5213 or https://musnaz.org/heritage/

TBA        PRESCOTT: Annual Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc. World’s Oldest Rodeo® - Prescott explodes with old western hospitality and charm during Frontier Days week!  Enjoy “Everybody’s Hometown” with a rich history and cowboy culture many have come to love.  Rodeo festivities include eight thrilling rodeo performances, Arizona’s largest rodeo parade, kiddie parade, arts & crafts show, rodeo & street dances and Fourth of July celebration. Tel: 928-445-3103 or 866-407-6336 or http://www.worldsoldestrodeo.com/ or email: info@WorldsOldestRodeo.com

JULY 2019

4              PHOENIX: Fabulous Phoenix Fourth – Steele Indian School Park. This patriotic festival features the largest aerial fireworks display in the Southwest with two stages of entertainment by international recording artists, venders offering festival-style food, hands-on activities, interactive exhibits, a classic car display, and a Kid's World with activities, carnival rides, and inflatables. The free and non-alcoholic family event annually attracts more than 100,000 participants.  Tel: 602-534-3378 (FEST) or https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/special-events/fabphx4

13-14     PRESCOTT: Prescott Indian Art Market – Sharlot Hall Museum. For more than two decades, the Prescott Indian Art Market has presented some of the finest Native American art in the Southwest. With only 100 booths available on the four-acre campus it means desire to showcase Native American art is extremely high among the Indian artists;  and consumers know they'll be seeing the best-of-the-best at the juried show.  Comfortably warm temperatures and a steady stream of art enthusiasts enjoy viewing (and buying) exquisite wood and stone carvings, distinctive ceramics… sculptures in stone, leather, and ceramic… paintings in acrylics, oil, watercolor… hand-woven baskets, blankets and clothing… distinctive jewelry and much more. Juried artists present traditional and contemporary artwork. Tel: 928-445-3122 or https://www.sharlot.org/event/prescott-indian-art-market/ or email: PIAM@sharlot.org

27           ELGIN: HarvestFest - Sonoita Vineyards. HarvestFest commemorates an upcoming bountiful harvest from the vineyard. One of the biggest attractions of the day is the grape stomping. Festival guests are invited to jump into a barrel of grapes for creative crushing with bare feet, while a rousing round of applause from the crowd chooses the grape-stomping champion. Other events include wine tastings, pairings, and a horse-drawn vineyard tour. Tel: 520-455-5893 or https://www.sonoitavineyards.com/festivals/  

31-8/3   SIERRA VISTA: Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival – Knights of Columbus Hall. Arizona's longest running nature festival, Southwest Wings is an educational celebration of the diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects, in their unique environment; the sky islands in southern Arizona. Serious birders and casual observers come together for field trips, displays, lectures, bat stalks, owl prowls, displays, arts & crafts. Tel: 520-678-8237 or http://www.swwings.org/

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