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

Events subject to change. Please visit event links for latest updates.


September 2023


1-10 Phoenix: Rediscover Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments – Musical Instrument Museum, the Erard grand piano, Amati violin, ancient Mesopotamian lyre fragments, and Jimi Hendrix’s Black Widow electric guitar, mim.org


2-4 Flagstaff: Art in the Park – Wheeler Park, juried one-of-a-kind fine art and crafts, live music in the heart of Northern Arizona’s cool pines, flagstaffarizona.org


2-10 Window Rock: 75th Annual Navajo Nation Fair – Fairground, carry on 75 years of tradition for the largest Indigenous Tribe in North America, navajonationparks.org


2-10/29 Tucson: Desert Fables: Illustrations from The Neotenic Queen – Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, the illustrations help tell the story of how the various inhabitants of the Sonoran Desert live, survive and continue as a species, desertmuseumarts.com


7-30 Clarkdale: Raptors on the Rails – Verde Canyon Railroad, as breathtaking as an eagle is in flight, a face-to-face encounter with a raptor is an equally astounding event, verdecanyonrr.com


8-10 Payson: 69th Annual Northern Gila County Fair – Event Center, kid games, blue ribbon pies, 4 H Livestock auctions, arts, crafts and exhibits, paysonrimcountry.com


9 Bisbee: 6th Annual Lantern Festival – San Pedro Golf Course, music, merchandise, arts & crafts, food & beverage vendors, Kids Zone, celebrate the life of a loved one in Heaven, explorecochise.com


9 Clarkdale: Concerts in the Park – Town Park, The Naughty Bits entertain provide an evening of family fun for all ages to enjoy, clarkdale.az.gov


9 Scottsdale: 7th Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the climb is a way to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters, police, and EMS personnel who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live, discoversaltriver.com


9-10 Bisbee: Blues in Bisbee – Warren Ballpark, live blues music, food, vendors, explorecochise.com


10 Kingman: Concert in the Park – Metcalf Park, bring a blanket or chairs, snacks, family friendly, soundofkingman.com


14-17 Kingman: Mohave County Fair – Fairgrounds, livestock & crafts exhibits, entertainment, vendors, carnival, and more, explorekingman.com


15-10/31 Clarkdale: Fright Night – Verde Canyon Railroad, when you’re dying to tap into everything dreaded, hop aboard a static railcar display, a frightening monster squad will make all your nightmares come true, verdecanyonrr.com


16 Cave Creek: Cave Creek Days – Cave Creek Museum, an experience that leads you to Sonoran Desert life and works by local artists, cavecreekmuseum.org


16-17 Marana: Oktoberfest – Casa Marana, a celebration of German heritage! Haus of Brats food truck will be making an appearance, decorations, themed cocktails, beer, costumes, discovermarana.org


22-23 Kingman: GCPRA Rodeo – Fairground, rodeo dance, action for the whole family, explorekingman.com


22-24 Payson: 52nd Annual Old Time Fiddle & Acoustic Celebration – Event Center, enjoy a weekend dedicated entirely to the celebration of acoustic music, paysonrimcountry.com


22-24 Pinetop: 39th Annual Run to the Pines Car Show – Pinetop Lakes Golf & Country Club, collection of 575 Pre-1973 cars is the largest of it’s kind and not-to-be missed event, runtothepinescarshow.com


23 Clarkdale: Concerts in the Park – Town Park, Tommy Rocks entertain provide an evening of family fun for all ages to enjoy, clarkdale.az.gov


23 Flagstaff: Flagstaff Music Festival – Heritage Square, celebrate local bands,  family-friendly, flagstaffmusicfestival.com


23 Kingman: Andy Devine Days Parade – Downtown, parade, western heritage, explorekingman.com


29-30 Winslow: Standin’ on the Corner – 2nd street, family friendly, entertainment, food trucks, entertainment, standinonthecorner.org


30-11/26 Wickenburg: Scott T. Baxter: Revealing the West – Desert Caballeros Western Museum, fine art photography work of the American West captures the dichotomy between the elegance and untamed nature of the West, westernmuseum.org