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


August 2019


7/30-8/3 SIERRA VISTA: 28th Annual Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival – Cochise College, guided tours, field trips, seminars, vendors, displays, lectures, bat stalks, owl prowls, displays, arts & crafts, swwings.org


1-31 PHOENIX: Mini Music Makers – Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays, introduce your little one to the wide world of music through MIM’s early childhood courses, for ages 0 – 5 years, $12 per class or $40 for 4, MIM.org


3 CLARKDALE: Raptors on the Rails with Liberty Wildlife – Verde Canyon Railroad, breathtaking as an eagle is in flight, our friends from Scottsdale’s Liberty Wildlife share the majesty of a rescued bald eagle with visitors at the depot and on the train, verdecanyonrr.com


3 FLAGSTAFF: Evening Concert: Barrio Manouche – The Arboretum at Flagstaff, in the gardens under the shade of the cool pines, bring a picnic dinner, beer and wine for sale, 928-774-1442 or thearb.org


3-4 FLAGSTAFF: 70th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture – Museum of Northern Arizona, more than 70 Navajo artists, storytellers and cultural interpreters from many clans, juried awards for basketry, meet basket makers creating works on-site, 928-774-5213 or musnaz.org


3-11 WILLCOX: Salsa Fiesta – Apple Annie’s Produce Farm, homemade salsas, tomatoes, chili peppers and jalapenos, take home free, delicious. Salsa recipes and make your own at home, appleannies.com


3-18 WILLCOX: 20th Annual Peach Mania at the Orchard – Apple Annie’s Orchard, “All You Can Eat” Peaches & Pancakes breakfast served, wagon rides and the fun of picking your own peaches, 520-384-2084 or appleannies.com


3-31 SHOW LOW: Farmer’s Market & Art Walk – Deuce of Clubs Downtown Show Low, Saturdays, the biggest and best festival marketplace in the White Mountain’s, fresh produce, food concessions, jewelry, jams & jellies, soaps, lotions and more, showlowmainstreet.org


10-11 PHOENIX: Musical Adventures – Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), start off Elvis Week with a closer look at the legacy of the “King of Rock and Roll.” Come and listen to special talks about Elvis Presley’s music and watch an iconic Elvis movie before visiting the Elvis Presley exhibit in MIM’s Artist Gallery, MIM.org


10 & 16 PHOENIX: Musical Adventures – Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), kids discover cultures by making music, creating instruments, and exploring MIM’s galleries, ages 6 – 10 years, $12 per class, $30 for 3, MIM.org


15-17 PAYSON: 136th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo – Payson Event Center, featuring bull riding, calf roping & barrel racing among other competitions, PRCA sanctioned, considered the country’s best small rodeo, 928-474-4515 or paysonrimcountry.com


17 CLARKDALE: Summer Starlight Rides – Verde Canyon Railroad, departing the depot during the cooler temperatures of later afternoon and traveling through the dramatic colors of sunset and into the moon glow of twilight, 928-639-0010 or verdecanyonrr.com


17 CLARKDALE: Grape Train Escape Wine Tasting Trains – Verde Canyon Railroad, starlight trips, Pillsbury Wine Company is featured. Starlight rides serve up a blend of light and color in the canyon, ranging from bright daytime to rich sunset, from twinkly twilight to magnificent moonglow, verdecanyonrr.com


17-18 KINGMAN: Craft Fair & Swap Meet – Hualapai Mountain Park, every first Sunday, beat the heat and travel up the mountain to Rec. Area #1, featuring handcrafted arts and crafts from the best artists around, 928-681-5700 or gokingman.com


17-9/2 WILLCOX: Green Chili Roast – Apple Annie’s Produce Farm, enjoy yummy green chili ice cream for purchase, green chilies, jalapeños, Poblanos or any other chili we grow and we will roast them for free, appleannies.com


24-9/2 WILLCOX: 19th Annual Apple Harvest Celebration – Apple Annie’s Orchard, celebrate the peak of the season with several varieties of crispy, delicious, tree-ripened apples! Pick your own apples or select from already picked apple, 520-384-2084 or appleannies.com


31 BISBEE: Altered Book Show 9 – Central School Project in Old Bisbee, artists from near and far enter incredible work made from discarded books in a silent auction, benefits the Copper Queen Library or discoverbisbee.com


31 SHOW LOW: Show Low Battle of the Bands & Food Vans – Frontier Field, bands and food trucks battle it out for a money jackpot. Kid’s Zone, arts & crafts vendors and beer garden, 928-532-2680 or showlowmainstreet.org