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Arizona Events

This listing of events is courtesy of Arizona Highways.
Each month they update their list of events in communities throughout the state so you can enjoy all the festivities!

Search by city or date or click on a tab to view this month's events by region.


The Desert Botanical Garden’s Chihuly exhibition features multiple installations and artworks on view throughout the garden’s trails.

Be transported on a global quest for the most beautiful, exotic and rare butterflies of the world at Tucson Botanical Gardens. See hundreds of liv, tropical butterflies in this intimate exhibit.

Arizona State Museum’s exhibit explores the work of Edward S. Curtis in Arizona. From 1903-28, the famed photographer of the American West created iconic images of Native peoples at the start of the 20th century.

The Museum of Northern Arizona presents ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculptures and conceptual art inspired by the traditions and landscapes of the ancient Hopi and Tewa villages of Northern Arizona.

This nonprofit, artist-run event provides thousands of visitors a free, unique opportunity to meet artists and gain a firsthand view of their creative processes. This self-guided tour allows visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their daily workspaces.

Stop by Green Valley Park for a car cruise, raffles, a 50-50 drawing, judging, music, a poker walk, vendors and trophies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The third annual “Cruise-In for the Veterans” features classic cars, hot rods and other vehicles, along with a raffle, a silent auction and food vendors, at Frontier Village Shopping Center.

Join 500-plus animal lovers for a doggone good time at this Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University event, which includes a 5K walk and run (dogs welcome), local vendors, health resources and more.

The Phoenix Convention Center features 565 exhibits representing fashion, home décor, cooking, health, nutrition, fitness and finance, along with celebrity speakers, fashion shows and more.

Harkins Valley Art theater features the work of dozens of filmmakers eager to see their work on the big screen. Audience members can vote for their favorites in the 10-minute-film competition and enjoy the best creative work by students in the Festival Showcase.

The Desert Botanical Garden’s Chihuly exhibition features multiple installations and artworks on view throughout the garden’s trails.

The third annual “Cruise-In for the Veterans” features classic cars, hot rods and other vehicles, along with a raffle, a silent auction and food vendors, at Frontier Village Shopping Center.

Join 500-plus animal lovers for a doggone good time at this Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University event, which includes a 5K walk and run (dogs welcome), local vendors, health resources and more.

The Phoenix Convention Center features 565 exhibits representing fashion, home décor, cooking, health, nutrition, fitness and finance, along with celebrity speakers, fashion shows and more.

This event, held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, features unique artist creations, live music and fun for the whole family. Free. NOTE: The March 1 event has been rescheduled for March 8.

Prepare yourself for a whole new kind of crazy as the three goddesses struggle to get accustomed to the world that we live in and — even worse — human emotions at Brelby Studio.

This event celebrates "upcycled" materials and Prescott’s riparian treasures, and benefits the Prescott Creeks Preservation Association.

Bell Rock Plaza supports the arts by presenting artists with paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains, carvings and Native American art.

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village celebrates the holiday with Mexican dishes, world-class musicians and the Second Annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off.

Arizona’s premier community street-painting event enables artists of all ages and abilities to create a weekend museum of pavement chalk art.

Prepare for a day of wildlife-based activities at Green Valley Park. Parents and kids can fish, play games and get a close-up look at wildlife. There will be booths from a variety of conservation groups, and Green Valley Lake will receive more than double its usual stocking of trout in preparation for this event. Free.

The Desert Botanical Garden offers a natural majestic nighttime backdrop for Shakespeare's unforgettable A Midsummer Night's Dream in an innovative staging by artistic director Jared Sakren.

The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa features 30 of the top chefs from across Arizona in a benefit for the American Liver Foundation.

Payson Multi-Event Center presents this rodeo as part of the National Old-Timers Rodeo Association, now known as the Senior Pro Rodeo Tour.

Arizona’s premier outdoor Western-art show and sale is held over Memorial Day weekend on the grounds of the historic courthouse in Prescott.

Share a historic view of Memorial Day at Pioneer and Military Memorial Park. The guest speaker is Vivia Hammontree Strang of Arizona's State Historic Preservation Office.

This festival is the country’s premiere event for “mind-body-spirit cinema.” It showcases narrative features, documentaries and shorts related to inspirational human-journey stories and themes related to wellness, self-discovery, consciousness and more.

Prescott celebrates 150 years with a proclamation, re-enactments, a Western Village with beer and wine, shootouts, street fairs, a rodeo, and Sharlot Hall Museum tours.

Stop by Green Valley Park for a car cruise, raffles, a 50-50 drawing, judging, music, a poker walk, vendors and trophies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This nonprofit, artist-run event provides thousands of visitors a free, unique opportunity to meet artists and gain a firsthand view of their creative processes. This self-guided tour allows visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their daily workspaces.

Desert Caballeros Western Museum features the work of some of the most talented women photographers in the nation working in the Western genre. Subject matter ranges from mustangs to working horses, ranch life to rodeo, and the stunning landscapes of the American West.

Artists, including many Native Americans, display their paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains and carvings at Bell Rock Plaza.

This free event at the historic Orpheum Theatre showcases the winners of Maricopa Community Colleges’ competitions in theater, dance, music, visual arts and writing.

Arizona State Fairgrounds presents “Here We Grow Again,” along with a midway, commercial exhibits, hobbies, agriculture and youth exhibits, and motorized events.

Once a year, the Sun Country Iris Society offers guests a chance to view and purchase a rainbow assortment of unique potted irises at Christown Spectrum Mall. Free.

Fort Verde State Historic Park offers visitors a living-history timeline of military and civilian encampments, from the Revolutionary War to the present day, and includes flag-raising ceremonies, military demonstrations, a fashion show, games for children and an 1870s-era baseball game.

Artists, including many Native Americans, display their paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains and carvings at Bell Rock Plaza.

Speakers will discuss homeschooling at this conference, which also includes vendors and networking opportunities.

Ben Avery Shooting Facility presents hands-on activities, demonstrations and exhibits on hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, archery, off-highway-vehicle and watercraft recreation, conservation and wildlife education, camping and other outdoor elements. Free.

Camp Verde Community Center presents this event, which is part of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. Includes archaeology-related demonstrations, exhibits, lectures, films and kids activities.

Steele Indian School Park hosts a competition, demonstrations, highland dancers, ancient athletic events, children's games, clan booths, food, artifact and clothing vendors, re-enactment groups and more.

Sedona Performing Arts Center presents Road Work Ahead, featuring guitarist Peter Sprague, pianist Bill Mays, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Jim Plank. The festival includes a variety of activities, including concerts, in-school performances, master classes and workshops.

This event features wine-tasting, along with the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and a canoe and kayak race.

Steele Indian School Park hosts 90 competitors preparing fresh salsa in “mild” and “hot” categories. Also features restaurants, businesses and individuals, a sampling contest, margaritas, live bands, a food court and more.

This event celebrates Boyce Thompson Arboretum's migratory flock of turkey vultures as they return to Arizona following winter migration.

Geologist and ASU professor Steve Semken returns as guide for this 1:30 p.m. walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. See rocks and volcanic formations along the main trail.

The Heard Museum presents artwork by more than 1,000 young Native American artists from around the U.S. and Canada. Proceeds benefit the students.

This international contest brings professional and semi-professional skateboarding teams from all over the world to Desert West Skate Park. Spectator tickets for kids, teens and adults are $5.

The Elks Opera House presents a play about three-time Pulitzer nominee and syndicated political columnist Molly Ivins, who wrote, “Good thing we still have politics — finest form of entertainment ever invented.”

Be transported on a global quest for the most beautiful, exotic and rare butterflies of the world at Tucson Botanical Gardens. See hundreds of liv, tropical butterflies in this intimate exhibit.

Pima County Fairgrounds presents 4-H animals, home arts, fine arts, entertainment, horse shows, concerts, games, rides and educational exhibits, including a gem and mineral show.

Tucson Boys Chorus performs a light pops repertoire at Tucson Music Hall.

El Presidio Park hosts one of the country's largest free festivals, with more than 400 local, regional and national musicians performing more than 20 hours of family-friendly music, dance and entertainment.

View a meteor shower consisting of pieces of Halley’s Comet that broke away from the comet’s nucleus several hundred years ago. The pristine dark skies over Kitt Peak provide the perfect viewing opportunity.

Participate in a series of workshops and outings for serious birders who want an intensive birding experience. This event focuses on birds in the area present during the spring nesting season.

Mercado de Baca presents live music, hors d’oeuvres, shops, summer discounts, and dining under the stars on the patio from 5-8 pm.

Casino Del Sol Resort and Conference Center and the Tucson Street Rod Association showcase more than 250 hot-rod cars. Free.

Stop by the Historic Railroad Park for food, music and wine-tasting from eight Arizona farm wineries, plus local farm products.

Benjamin A. Bellardo presents “The Ties That Bind: A Social and Religious Context of Building Murals in the Western Mesa Verde Region” at DuVal Auditorium.

Celebrate the life and times of the Old West’s most famous lawman in “The Town Too Tough to Die,” with gunfights and skits in the street, a chili cook-off, mock hangings, street entertainment, look-alike contests and an 1880s fashion show. Free.

Arizona State Museum’s exhibit explores the work of Edward S. Curtis in Arizona. From 1903-28, the famed photographer of the American West created iconic images of Native peoples at the start of the 20th century.

Gayle Harrison Hartmann and Peter Boyle discuss “New Perspectives on the Rock Art of Tumamoc Hill” at this lecture at DuVal Auditorium.

Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society Presents Sonoran X; April 18-20; Tucson; 520-622-0905

This conference on cactus and succulent plants displays hundreds of plants from around the state, along with an auction. Free.

Rillito Downs Park hosts the nation’s largest student-run carnival, featuring fun rides, midway games, food, and amateur and professional entertainment.

Tucson’s Presidio, a replica of the city's original adobe-walled fortress, re-enacts 1775-1856 Tucson life with craft- and food-making demonstrations, soldier drills and more. Free.

Old Tucson pays homage to the musical heritage of the American West with traditional trail songs from the era of the movie cowboy to contemporary Western songwriting. the art show features one-of-a-kind handmade works by many local artists.

Celebrate the 129th blooming of the world’s largest rose tree. Events include the Rose Tree Parade, the Rose Queen coronation, a pet parade, folklorico dancers and the Nogales Arizona Mariachi Apache Band.

View exhibits and demonstrations of all types of solar-energy devices including ovens, cookers, water heaters, photovoltaics, solar-powered music and children's activities, at Catalina State Park.

Karen Gust Schollmeyer discusses hunting and farming in the prehistoric Southwest in this lecture at the University Medical Center’s DuVal Auditorium.

Old Tucson hosts a heritage celebration of the old Southwest, featuring flavors of Mexican, Native American, Chinese, African-American and cowboy cultures.

See 400 arts-and-crafters, food vendors, street musicians and performers, live entertainment and children's activities on Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard. Free.

Local established artists, amateur artists, students, children and attendees will all participate to transform Park Place sidewalks into colorful works of art.

Tohono Chul Park presents a festival of nature, art and culture featuring culinary delights and libations, silent and live auctions, dance performances, live music, art and more.

Downtown Tucson closes selected streets for this car-free event so people can walk, skate, run, bicycle and socialize with their neighbors. Free.

Henry F. Hauser Museum presents tales of how our ancestors, from Native Americans to new American citizens, came to America.

Henry F. Hauser Museum presents tales of how we and our ancestors came to America.

The Museum of Northern Arizona presents ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculptures and conceptual art inspired by the traditions and landscapes of the ancient Hopi and Tewa villages of Northern Arizona.

Enjoy Friday afternoons on the slopes with the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Lift tickets, rentals and lessons are $10 each.

Bell Rock Plaza supports the arts by presenting artists with paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains, carvings and Native American art.

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village celebrates the holiday with Mexican dishes, world-class musicians and the Second Annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off.

This festival is the country’s premiere event for “mind-body-spirit cinema.” It showcases narrative features, documentaries and shorts related to inspirational human-journey stories and themes related to wellness, self-discovery, consciousness and more.

Presented by Flagstaff Cultural Partners, this event lets visitors enjoy downtown Flagstaff with live music and refreshment, meet local artists and shop for original artwork. Free.

Soar into Spring at Foxglenn Park with kite-flying, arts and crafts, carnival games and rides, bounce houses, face-painting, library activities, food, prizes and giveaways.

8th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade; May 17; Flagstaff; 928-220-1288

Historic downtown Flagstaff hosts this event honoring the men and women of the United States military and American veterans.

While there are no views of the Grand Canyon from the course, it is a gorgeous run through the Kaibab National Forest. After the race, you can enjoy the park with your family and friends.

This international event educates and inspires people to get out and explore the world by bike and vehicle. The event features 70 different classes, workshops and roundtable programs, along with music, food, a film festival and more.

See traditional Zuni artists ­— weavers, inlay jewelers, fetish carvers and painters — and learn about the shaping, forming and painting of traditional Zuni pottery.

Each evening, the Northern Arizona University College of Arts and Letters will present a different film at the Cline Library Assembly Hall.

Massimo Delle Cese, internationally renowned guitarist, performs at Shepherd of the Hills Church from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. He was just 15 when ranked first at the Ancona National Guitar Contest.

This nonprofit, artist-run event provides thousands of visitors a free, unique opportunity to meet artists and gain a firsthand view of their creative processes. This self-guided tour allows visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their daily workspaces.

Developed by educators and scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, this Lowell Observatory event teaches visitors all about black holes with interactive stations, excursion pods and exhibits.

Celebrate the Earth at the City Hall South Lawn with live bands, local food, vendors and exhibitors. Free.

Enjoy Friday afternoons on the slopes with the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Lift tickets, rentals and lessons are $10 each.

Each evening, the Northern Arizona University College of Arts and Letters will present a different film at the Cline Library Assembly Hall.

Artists, including many Native Americans, display their paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains and carvings at Bell Rock Plaza.

The Coconino Center for the Arts, Living Traditions Presentations and Flagstaff Cultural Partners present a folk violin trio consisting of Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and André Brunet (Quebec, Canada).

Enjoy Friday afternoons on the slopes with the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Lift tickets, rentals and lessons are $10 each.

Artists, including many Native Americans, display their paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains and carvings at Bell Rock Plaza.

Each evening, the Northern Arizona University College of Arts and Letters will present a different film at the Cline Library Assembly Hall.

C-A-L Ranch Pet Expo; April 12; Flagstaff; 928-526-4300

The C-A-L Ranch Store will host many of Arizona's top breed adoption organizations, behavioral and agility-training demonstrations, vaccinations and I.D. microchip services on site. Various pet products will be raffled off throughout the event.

Each evening, the Northern Arizona University College of Arts and Letters will present a different film at the Cline Library Assembly Hall.

Enjoy Friday afternoons on the slopes with the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Lift tickets, rentals and lessons are $10 each.

This event is for everyone who would like to learn different Latin dances.

Rupert Boyd, one of the most talented guitarists of his generation, has performed throughout North America, Europe and Australia, including a recent Carnegie Hall debut.

Sedona Performing Arts Center presents Road Work Ahead, featuring guitarist Peter Sprague, pianist Bill Mays, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Jim Plank. The festival includes a variety of activities, including concerts, in-school performances, master classes and workshops.

The folk-music legend returns to Flagstaff’s Orpheum Theater for one show at 8 p.m.

Celebrate the Earth with a tree planting, the presentation of the Tree City USA Award and a brief education program at Blue Ridge Junior High School.

61st Anniversary and Barbecue Contest; May 3; Show Low; 928-532-4140

Show Low City Park hosts a barbecue contest featuring more than 20 contestants. Categories to be judged include barbecued chicken, ribs, brisket and pork.

The Coronado Trail Cruizers host 125 pre-1980 vehicles in 20 classes, plus participant judging and a 50/50 raffle, on Alpine’s Main Street.

Festival Marketplace features local produce growers, food-product producers, artisans and craftspeople on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Live music, burgers, brats, wine and beer in the fresh mountain air of Greer.

Participate in a family Easter walk around Woodland Lake and a raffle at Woodland Lake Park. Kids can see the Easter Bunny, and children age 11 and under can participate in an egg-decorating contest and an egg hunt.

Hare Raising Fun Easter Egg Hunt; April 12; Show Low; 928-532-4140

Nikolaus Homestead Park hosts Easter-egg hunts organized by age group and beginning at 10 a.m.

Pine Community Center hosts entertainment, food vendors, a craft fair and an antique-tractor show.

Lutes Casino features guest female vocalists Divas performing with the acclaimed Yuma Jazz Company Quintet.

NexGen presents this special centennial edition of the Yuma Film Festival, showcasing movies that were shot on location in and around the Yuma area.

Historic Downtown Yuma celebrates the Mexican holiday with bands, food vendors, salsa and flan contests, and a beer garden.

More than 900 classic show cars cruise Route 66 from Seligman to Topock. Kingman hosts a huge show-and-shine, musical performances, vendors and food.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at London Bridge State Beach by crossing an item off your bucket list. Swim in the channel in sight of the famous London Bridge.

Metcalf Park hosts a Friday poetry competition and slam featuring nationally ranked slam poets and local contenders. On Saturday, authors and others will be presenting and signing their books to the sounds of music, background entertainment and a variety of vendors.

Centennial Park and the Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club Foundation present more than 70 vendors with high quality, handmade arts and crafts, along with live entertainment and food.

Enjoy award-winning wines from Arizona wineries and food from local restaurants, along with a car show at Firefighter’s Park. This event benefits the Mohave Community College Foundation.

Nautical Beachfront Resort hosts the largest fishing derby of its kind anywhere in the West. Perfect for novice and family teams.

Mohave County Fairgrounds features home and garden products and services, demonstrations, and a carnival for the kids.

Enjoy a free, juried outdoor exhibit that's been recognized as one of Arizona's outstanding arts events. Discover an eclectic mix of recognized and emerging local, regional and international artists.

Lake Havasu State Park features more than 40 different brands of boats, cruisers and sport boats, plus hundreds of marine accessory products, a chili cook-off and a salsa challenge.

Yuma Civic Center presents Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Lonestar as part of the city’s Centennial Celebration.

Taco Festival; April 12; Yuma; 928-373-5040

Bring the family and enjoy good food and fun, activities, contests, live entertainment, food, craft vendors, a beer and tequila tent, piñatas, jumpers and pony rides at Desert Sun Stadium.

Watch three days of off-road, four-wheel-drive fun and adventure for stock SUVs and hardcore rock buggies.

Yuma celebrates the 100th anniversary of its official state charter with lots of activities, culminating on April 12 with the Yuma Taco Festival and a gala concert featuring Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

Music on Main: “Lettuce” Entertain You; March 29; Yuma; 928-373-5028

Historic Main Street presents free entertainment to thank the Yuma community and winter visitors. Regular and new entertainers, food vendors and shopping.

Yuma County Fairgrounds hosts entertainment, concerts, 4-H and FFA exhibits, a livestock show and auction, a demolition derby, a carnival and more.

Metcalf Park hosts a poetry competition and slam featuring nationally ranked slam poets and local contenders. On Saturday, authors and others will be presenting and signing their books. Music, vendors and entertainment will be on hand both days.

Learn from the pros during a friendly competition for the Big Fish prize, or catch a tagged fish for a chance to win, at Lake Havasu State Park.

This series includes performances by the Ron Kobayashi Trio (Los Angeles), the High Society Jazz Band (San Diego), the John Cain Trio featuring Katie Cat (San Diego), the Pete Pancrazi Quartet (Phoenix) and many more.