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.
Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some events below may be affected. Please visit the attached links for latest updates.
6/29 – 07/05 PRESCOTT: 133rd Annual Prescott Frontier Days & World’s Oldest Rodeo – Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 8 rodeo performances, Arizona’s largest rodeo parade, kiddie parade, arts & crafts show, food, rodeo dances. 7:30 & 1:30 pm select days, 928-445-3103, 866-407-6336 or worldsoldestrodeo.com
1-5 PRESCOTT: 133rd Annual Prescott Frontier Days & World’s Oldest Rodeo – Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 8 rodeo performances, Arizona’s largest rodeo parade, kiddie parade, arts & crafts show, food, rodeo dances. 7:30 & 1:30 pm select days, 928-445-3103, 866-407-6336 or worldsoldestrodeo.com.
4 BENSON: 4th of July Celebration – City Park. 9 am parade, entertainment, 10:30 am fire department water fights, food, live music, fireworks at dusk and a family dance at the Lion’s Park, 520-586-4293
4 BISBEE: Annual 4th of July in Bisbee – The day begins with world-famous Coaster Race on Historic Tombstone Canyon. Kids we invite you to come and compete, parents join us and allow your children to experience this event, safety of all riders is the topmost concern for race officials, discoverbisbee.com.
4 CLARKDALE: An Old Fashioned 4th of July – Clarkdale Park, 7 am pancake breakfast, fire truck rides, Kids’ parade & parade at 9 am, then band begins to play patriotic music & old-fashioned picnic games & races, ice cream social, clarkdale.az.gov.
4 CLARKDALE: Firecracker Express – Verde Canyon Railroad, celebrate with a barbeque and patriotic music. Enjoy the town’s holiday parade down Main Street in the morning, 928-639-0010 or verdecanyonrr.com.
4 JEROME: Jerome Art Walk – Down the Main Street, 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: 4th of July Extravaganza – Mohave County Fairgrounds, the 4th of July Extravaganza will have much to do and eat with a BBQ cook off, Carnival games, Corn Hole Toss, 3 Legged Race, Sack Races, Watermelon Eating Contest, and more. And don’t forget the Fireworks Show, happening right there at the Fairgrounds starting at 9:00pm! Starts at noon, 928-753-2636 or gokingman.com.
4 MARANA: Star Spangled Spectacular – Crossroads at Silverbell Park, have an All-American good time during the Town of Marana’s July 4 celebration, enjoy a day of family fun, including kids’ activities, food trucks and a music festival, the evening is topped off with a fireworks show, MaranaEvents.com.
4 PRESCOTT: Frontier Days Parade – Courthouse Plaza, celebrate the history, heritage and the pageantry of this annual tradition. Followed by the annual tradition of the boot race, 9 am. 866-407-6336 or worldsoldestrodeo.com/rodeo-parade.
4 SHOW LOW: 4th of July Parade & FreedomFest – Parade at 9 am along the Deuce of Clubs, FreedomFest featuring kid’s rides, concerts, food, 928-532-4140 or showlowchamber.com.
4 SIERRA VISTA: 53rd Annual 4th of July Celebration – Veterans Memorial Park, 8th Annual Pets & People Promenade, military displays, arts & crafts vendors, “Salute to the Union,” fireworks display at 8:05 pm, Call 520-417-6960 or visit online at visit.sierravistaaz.gov.
4 TUSAYAN: 42nd Annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration – This year’s theme: Grand Canyon Centennial Celebration with special guest Michael Grimm (America’s Got Talent 5th year season winner) who will be playing with local band Exit 64. Bike decorating contest. Live music, food, games, raffle, silent auction, and laser light show, grandcanyoncvb.org.
4 SIERRA VISTA: Hummingbird Banding Sessions – San Pedro House, using the San Pedro River as a freeway, up to 10 species of hummingbirds migrate between their tropical winter retreats and their northern nesting grounds. The public is invited to a close-up look at up to 10 species of hummingbirds as staff and volunteers from the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory capture, band, weigh, measure, and release them as part of long-term studies of the bird life of this vital migration route, sierravistaAZ.gov.
4-25 SHOW LOW: Farmer’s Market & Art Walk – Deuce of Clubs Downtown Show Low, every Saturday, the biggest and the best festival marketplace in the White Mountain’s, fresh produce, food concessions, jewelry , jams & jellies, soaps, lotions and more, showlowmainstreet.org.
5 KINGMAN: Craft Fair & Swap Meet – Hualapai Mountain Park, every first Sunday of July & August, 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.
9 KINGMAN: 42nd Annual Mighty Mud Mania – Firefighter’s Memorial Park, nearly 600 brave souls will slip and slosh heir way to a dirty and gritty ending while trying to win the trophy of fastest mud runner in their age division. The Champion and Runner-up in each age division is awarded a Mud Mania Tee-shirt and the champion will also receive a Mud Mania Trophy, 928-757-7919 or gokingman.com.
11 SIERRA VISTA: Hummingbird Banding Sessions – San Pedro House, the public is invited to a close-up look at up to 10 species of hummingbirds as staff and volunteers from the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory capture, band, weigh, measure, and release them as part of long-term studies of the bird life of this vital migration route, sierravistaAZ.gov.
16 CLARKDALE: Raptors on the Rails with Liberty Wildlife – Verde Canyon Railroad, as breathtaking as an eagle is in flight, a face-to-face encounter with a raptor is an equally astounding event. Our friends from Scottsdale’s Liberty Wildlife share the majesty of a rescued bald eagle with visitors at the depot on select days throughout the year. Everyone has the opportunity for personal interaction, Visit verdecanyonrr.com for information.
16-19 SHOW LOW: 72nd Annual Square & Round Dance Festival – Cool Mountain Fling – White Mountain Dance Hall, dancing together since 1948. Come and enjoy mainstream & plus dancing in the cool pines, 602-689-7189 or showlowchamber.com.
18 CLARKDALE: Summer Starlight Rides – Verde Canyon Railroad, monthly Starlight excursion on select Saturdays, 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. Sandwiched between two protected national forests and adjacent to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness, Verde Canyon Railroad brings its passengers into an untamed and spoiled terrain, the exceedingly rare ribbon where high desert meets the river. Call 928-639-0010 or visit verdecanyonrr.com.
18 KINGMAN: Chillin’ on Beale Street – Beal Street, bring your car downtown for a fun time. Classics, customs, creatives, motorcycles, EVs, you name it… cruise on down to Beale Street for music, good food and down-home Kingman atmosphere! Events begins at 2pm and only ends when the cars go home. For more information, visit gokingman.com.
18 & 23 SIERRA VISTA: Hummingbird Banding Sessions – San Pedro House, The public is invited to a close-up look at up to 10 species of hummingbirds as staff and volunteers from the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory capture, band, weigh, measure, and release them as part of long-term studies of the bird life of this vital migration route. For more information visit sierravistaAZ.gov.