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


September 2017


2 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


2 WICKENBURG: 29th Annual Fiesta Septiembre – Community Center, entertainment, Mariachi Bands, Folklorico dancers, Latin Band, food, drink, arts/crafts, historical pioneer families photo exhibit, kidz zona, margarita, salsa & guacamole contests, 928-684-5479 or outwickenburgway.com


2-3 PINE: 35th Annual Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Festival – Community Center, arts & crafts booths, food, 928-476-4480 or paysonrimcountry.com


2-30 SHOWLOW: Show Low Main Street Farmers’ Market & Art Walk – Festival Marketplace, local produce growers, food product producers, artisans and craftspeople, entertainment, 928-532-2680 or showlowfarmersmarket.com


8 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


8-10 JEROME: Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival – independent films, artists will exhibit and sell their works, short and feature films in documentary, horror, comedy, animation, student film music video, jeromefilmfestival.com


8-10 PAYSON: 63rd Annual Northern Gila County Fair – Payson Event Center, everything from kid games to blue ribbon pies, award winning animals raised by local kids, arts and crafts, livestock, fine arts, photography and other exhibits, 928-474-5242 or northerngilacountyfair.com


9 CLARKDALE: Summer Starlight Train – Verde Canyon Railroad, Verde Canyon Railroad travels during the cooler temperatures of late afternoon through sunset, twilight and starlight, serving up a wide ranging mix of light, color and shadow as the Canyon transforms into a moonlit dreamscape, 928-639-0010 or verdecanyonrr.com


9 GLENDALE: 13th Annual Teddy Bear Day – Catlin Court. Donate a new Teddy Bear to the Glendale Fire Dept., make-and-take arts and crafts, sweet treats and deals, visitglendale.com


9 MIAMI: Miami Arizona Fiesta – Bullion Plaza Green, a day of Hispanic entertainment, booths and food in celebration of Mexican Independence Day, a car show is also planned, 800-804-5623 or globemiamichamber.com


10 KINGMAN: Sounds of Kingman – Concert in the Park – Metcalfe Park, bring your lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and enjoy “some of the best music in Kingman that your money just can’t buy, performing will be the Kingman Concert Band, 928-715-0288 or soundsofkingman.com


10-1/16 GRAND CANYON: 9th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art – purchase high-quality Grand Canyon art, juried art competition and show, grandcanyon.org


14-17 KINGMAN: 71st Annual Mohave County Fair – Mohave County Fairgrounds, carnival, 4-H competition & FFA livestock auction, rides, booths, shows, contests, 928-753-2636 or mcfafairgrounds.org


15-16 COTTONWOOD: 17th Annual Thunder Valley Rally – Old Town, fun, food, music, prizes, Poker Run, raffle prizes, sponsored by Cliff Castle Casino and Lodge and Grand Canyon Harley Davidson, 928-639-3200 or cottonwoodaz.gov


16 KINGMAN: Chillin’ on Beale St. – Historic Downtown, a down town block party featuring classic cars, food, music, entertainment and more, 928-830-3755 or kingmantourism.org


16-17 PAYSON: AHSRA & AJHSRA Rodeo Season Opener – Payson Event Center, come watch cowboys and cowgirls from all over the State of Arizona, as AHSRA and AJHSRA converge and these cowboys and cowgirls kick off the season, paysonrimcountry.com


21-24 GLOBE: 48th Annual Gila County Fair – Gila County Fairgrounds, hobbies, crafts, stage entertainment, games, motorized sporting events, livestock auction, ranch rodeo, midway, championship bull riding, 928-425-9549 or globemiamichamber.com


22-24 KINGMAN: 3rd Annual Best of the West on Route 66 Festival – Beale and Fourth Streets, kicks off with the Andy Devine Days Parade and includes family-friendly activities, craft and food vendors, car show, tractor pull, bestoftheweston66.com


22-24 PAYSON: 47th Annual Vertielee Floyd Memorial Old Time Fiddlers Contest Arizona State Championship – Payson Event Center, contestants aged 6-86, winners are qualified to compete in Weiser, Idaho at the National Championships food, country & bluegrass music, dancers, fiddle makers, leather workers, 928-474-5242 or paysonrimcountry.com


26-27 PHOENIX: Meet and Greet with Max Weinberg – Musical Instrument Museum, a special chance to meet one of rock’s greatest drummers immediately following the concert each night, mim.org


29 GLOBE: Hamburger Fry – Gila County Historical Museum, 928-425-7385 or globemiamichamber.com


29 KINGMAN: 13th Annual Celebration of National Alpaca Farm Days – Alpacas of the Southwest Farm, get up close and personal with these cute, cuddly animals, fun for the kids, arts and craft vendors, food, 928-225-1450 or gokingman.com


29-30 SAFFORD: 11th Annual SalsaFest – Downtown Safford, an opportunity to enjoy all that is salsa! Prizes and bragging rights in the Salsa Challenge, Chihuahua races, dog costume contest, and car show, plenty of salsa making and tasting, live entertainment, crafts, kids’ corner, merchandise and food vendors, 928-428-2511 or SalsaTrail.com


29-30 WINSLOW: 18th Annual “Standin’ on the Corner” Park Festival – Eagle Pavilion, featuring live bands, arts & crafts, food, and live auction and on Saturday there is the Winslow Fire Truck Tug, 928-289-3434 or winslowarizona.org


29-10/31 TUCSON: Nightfall at Old Tucson – Old Tucson transforms itself into the haunted township Nightfall, with hideous beasts and monsters, ghoulish stunts, and frightening new shows, 520-883-0100 or oldtucson.com


30 COTTONWOOD: 29th Annual Verde River Day – Dead Horse Ranch State Park, 40+ environmental exhibits, hands-on activities, live entertainment, sand castle building, animals, canoe rides, nature hikes, fish the lagoon, nature walks, 928-634-7593 or verderiverday.com


30-11/19 PHOENIX: Fall Butterfly Exhibit – Desert Botanical Garden, mighty monarch butterflies, the exhibit invites visitors to take a closer look at the insects that care for and protect our desert environment, insects have amazing powers and play a variety of roles in the desert, dbg.org