When to Come


Many people have heard about the Arizona dry heat. But, while the Valley of the Sun is experiencing hot, pool like temperatures in the summer, just 1 to 2 hours north or northeast people are layering their clothes for cool and crisp weather. And in the winter, while central and southern Arizona are enjoy mild temperatures and chilly nights, folks in the high country of Flagstaff and the White Mountains are bundling up, sliding down the hill with their sleds or waxing up those skis and heading to the ski resorts for some fresh powder.



Events Calendar



February 2019



2 TUCSON: Savor – Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival – Tucson Botanical Gardens. Lively food experiences, culinary demonstrations, wine-maker meet and greets, local food producer presentations, food, wine and cocktail menu samplings from more than 30 local chefs, 520-797-3959 or tucsonbotanical.org



8-10 CASA GRANDE: 16th Annual Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival – “Running of the Gourds” – Pinal County Fairgrounds, festival is a nationally acclaimed event featuring more than 100 gourd artists/vendors, reserved classes, entertainment, gourd games, wide variety of food vendors and dried gourds for sale, 520-723-4432 or wuertzfarm.com



8-10 GLENDALE: 24th Annual Chocolate Affaire – Murphy Park, featuring delights like chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-drizzled kettle corn, chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate-covered cheesecake and bananas, fried Snickers dipped in chocolate and much more, 623-930-2299 or visitglendale.com



8-10 SCOTTSDALE: 8th Annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival – Scottsdale Waterfront, fine artists will line the banks of the Scottsdale Waterfront, along with wineries, live musical entertainment, 480-837-5637 or thunderbirdartists.com



8-10 WICKENBURG: 71st Annual Gold Rush Days – Senior pro rodeo, gold panning, carnival, western dances, arts & crafts, BBQ, gem show, mucking & drilling contest, contests, 4th largest parade in the state, 928-684-5479 or outwickenburgway.com



9-10 Phoenix: Experience Canada – Musical Instrument Museum, celebrate Canadian music and culture, in conjunction with Arizona Canada Week, enjoy a weekend filled with boot-stomping musical performances, engaging presentations, and the maple-leaf spirit, 480-478-6000 or mim.org



14-16 CLARKDALE: Chocolate Lovers’ Festival – Verde Canyon Railroad, leisurely savor this region and a fine glass of wine from the vantage point of a vintage train, rich chocolate flows over taste-buds just as beautifully as wild scenery passes the panoramic windows, 928-639-0010 or verdecanyonrr.com



16-24 TUCSON: 94th Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros – The Tucson Rodeo & Parade – Tucson Rodeo Grounds, top contestants in the sport of rodeo, this PRCA rodeo is America’s largest, outdoor, midwinter rodeo; events, special acts, clowns, little buckaroos in Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo & a parade on Thursday, 520-741-2233 or tucsonrodeo.com