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

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November 2017


10/1-11/5 GLENDALE: Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze – Tolmachoff Farms, family corn maze with a new theme every year, petting zoo, train ride hay pyramid and more, 602-999-3276 or tolmachoff-farms.com


4 APACHE JUNCTION: Model Railroad Dedication Day – Superstition Mountain Museum, celebrate the dedication and official opening of 4,000 square foot “G” model railroad exhibit constructed on museum grounds, interactive exhibits, vendors, food, 480-983-4888 or superstitionmountainmuseum.org


4 JEROME: Jerome Art Walk – Visit more than 30 of the unique art studios and galleries, meet the artists and see handcrafted art including jewelry, pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, paintings and sculpture and more made both locally and internationally,  jeromeartwalk.com


4 KINGMAN: Mohave Museum Wine and Cheese Tasting – Mohave Museum, features an assortment of alcoholic and non- alcoholic wines and beer, various cheeses and fine foods, silent auction, 928-753-3195 or gokingman.com


4 WICKENBURG: 37th Annual Wickenburg Tour of Homes – Community Center, tour several unique homes, entrance to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, plus a holiday market, 928-684-2272 or wickenburgchamber.com


4-5 PHOENIX: 15th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration – Desert Botanical Garden, celebrate with music, dance and storytelling, the whole family will enjoy the entertainment and browsing the Mercado filled with art, jewelry and other wares, dbg.org


5 TUCSON: 28th Annual 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, a celebration and mourning of the lives of our loved ones, 520-770-1533 or VisitTucson.org


10 FLAGSTAFF: Night at the Museum – Pioneer Museum, enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine for a two-hour history happy hour! Each month delivers a different experience, from history-oriented lectures to fun-filled activities involving audience participation, 928-774-6272 or azhs.gov


10-12 PHOENIX: Chiles & Chocolate Festival – Desert Botanical Garden, ideal recipe for a sweet and spicy weekend, shop your way through Arizona’s top chile and chocolate vendors, indulge in gourmet chocolates, zesty sauces, fresh fire-roasted chiles and other delights, live performances , 480-941-1225 or dbg.org


10-12 WICKENBURG: 38th Annual Bluegrass Festival & Fiddle Championship – Bowman Rodeo Grounds, three days of bluegrass bands on stage along with 13 competitive contests for awards and cash, arts & crafts, KIDSZone, and food. 928-684-5479 or outwickenburgway.com


11 COTTONWOOD: Annual Walkin’ On Main Street – art exhibits on the street surrounded by the charming galleries, shops and local restaurants of Old Town Cottonwood fill the streets, Walkin’ on Main includes wine tasting; historic displays; a classic car show, VisitCottonwoodAZ.org


11 SAHUARITA: 9th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival – Green Valley Pecan Company, feature the popular Pecan Classic and Family Nut Run/Walk, pecan pie contest and pecan nut cracking competition, harvest demonstrations, kids area, food court, marketplace and much more, 520-329-5790 or sahuaritapecanfestival.com


18 WINSLOW: 71st Annual Christmas Parade – AZ’s largest Christmas parade, featuring arts & crafts, toys, clothing, jewelry, food & Santa all day, parade, 928-289-2434 or winslowarizona.org


24-25 GLENDALE: 23rd Annual Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend – Murphy Park, nighttime sky lights up with 1.5 million twinkling lights, opening nights include holiday entertainment, food, crafts, children’s wonderland and snow, horse-drawn carriage rides, and special lighting ceremony, 623-930-2299 or glendaleaz.com/events


24-25 PARKER: 71st Anniversary SCSC Thanksgiving Regatta – Blue Water Resort, powerboat/speedboat racing on the Parker Strip/Colorado River, endurance, speed & circle racing, bluewaterfun.com


24-25 PAYSON: Swiss Village Lighting – A full carnival in the northern Swiss Village area with rides, come meet the Jolly old elf himself – Santa Claus, entertainment, Christmas Carolers and more, paysonrimcountry.com


24-25 PHOENIX: 39th Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias – Desert Botanical Gardens, experience the beauty of more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and unexpected views of familiar spaces, you will be welcomed by the sights and sounds of entertainment ensembles, 480-481-8188 or dbg.org


25 APACHE JUNCTION: Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration – Superstition Mountain Museum, local artists and crafters will be showing their unique handmade jewelry, gift items, and art during this very special holiday show, superstitionmountainmuseum.org


25-26 WICKENBURG: 16th Annual Gem & Art Fair – Community Center, more than 40 vendors from all over the southwest with gems and unique stones, also a variety of unique artwork in this media, photo exhibit, door prizes, grab bags, spinning wheel, food, wickenburgchamber.com