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  • Northern

    1. Thunder Over Flagstaff : Flagstaff

      August 22 to August 22

      www.valleairport.com

      Valle Airport moves Northern Arizona's biggest aviation event to Flagstaff Pulliam Airport in 2015. It includes a car show, a fly-in, static displays, vendors and food.

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    2. 66th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture : Flagstaff

      August 1 to August 2

      928-774-5213 www.musnaz.org

      The Museum of Northern Arizona presents more than 70 Navajo artists, storytellers and cultural interpreters from many clans. Learn about the Navajo "Beauty Way" philosophy of living in harmony.

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    3. Arizona Snowbowl's Scenic Skyride : Flagstaff

      August 1 to August 31

      928-779-1951 www.arizonasnowbowl.com

      The easiest way to see Northern Arizona is by taking the skyride at Arizona Snowbowl. Listen to ranger talks at the top every Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    4. 22nd Annual Beat-the-Heat Fun Fly : Flagstaff

      August 1 to August 2

      RC pilots of all ages are welcome to try their skills at Flyers Power Field. Spectators are welcome to watch and interact with the pilots.

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    5. 19th Annual Cool Country Cruise-In & Route 66 Festival : Williams

      August 7 to August 9

      928-635-1418 www.ExperienceWilliams.com

      Enjoy this classic car show with trophies for various classes and more than 200 cars.

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    6. 2nd Annual Cultural Demonstration Series : Grand Canyon South Rim

      August 1 to August 2

      928-638-7968 www.nps.gov/grca

      Interact with members of Grand Canyon National Park’s 11 traditionally associated tribes and the artisans to share their history and traditional crafts at the Desert View Watchtower.

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    7. Summer Astronomy : Flagstaff

      August 15 to August 15

      Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument's visitors center hosts solar viewing from 1 to 4 p.m., an astronomy presentation at 8 p.m. and telescope-viewing constellation tours at 8:45 p.m.

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    8. American Cancer Society’s Climb to Conquer Cancer : Flagstaff

      August 15 to August 15

      928-526-2896 www.flagstaffclimb.com

      Join hundreds of climbers on a 7-mile walk up the paved road to Arizona Snowbowl staring at 7 a.m.

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    9. 31st Annual Mountain Man Triathlon : Flagstaff

      August 16 to August 16

      928-526-8761 www.trifind.net

      Participate in either the traditional or spring triathlon starting with a swim at Lake Mary. Spectators are free.

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    10. 18th Annual Flagstaff Open Studios : Flagstaff

      August 22 to August 23

      More than 80 studios open their doors for this self-guided studio tour spotlighting work by painters, sculptors, fiber arts, glass works, jewelers, photographers, stained glass, weavers and hands-on art projects for children.

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    11. 14th Annual Absolute Bikes Old-Fashioned Mountain Bike Race : Flagstaff

      August 22 to August 22

      928-779-5969 www.absolutebikes.net/flag_frset.html

      Grab your wheels and head on over to the Coconino National Forest for a mountain-bike race geared for mountain bikers of all abilities.

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    12. Wildflower Walks : Flagstaff

      August 29 to August 29

      928-774-1442 www.thearb.org

      The Arboretum at Flagstaff presents a special wildflower walk that will focus on the native species in bloom at this time of year.

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    13. 32nd Annual Grand Canyon Music Festival : Grand Canyon South Rim

      August 8 to August 31

      928-638-9215 www.grandcanyonmusicfest.org

      Shrine of the Ages Auditorium presents its annual series of evening concerts, with musicians from around the country, from jazz to classical.

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    14. 66th Annual Navajo Nation Festival of Arts & Culture : Flagstaff

      August 1 to August 2

      928-774-5213 musnaz.org

      At the Museum of Northern Arizona, immerse yourself in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 80 award-winning Navajo artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art and enjoy demonstrations, food, music, heritage programs, dances and more.

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    15. Kinship Care Classes : Winslow

      August 12 to September 9

      The Area Agency on Aging — NACOG, in partnership with CPLC Parenting Arizona, presents this free five-week workshop series focusing on "Caring for the Kinship Caregiver." Workshops are Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

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  • Central

    1. 28th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering : Prescott

      August 6 to August 8

      928-713-6323 www.azcowboypoets.org

      This annual gathering at Yavapai College features cowboy poets and musicians preserving the culture and heritage of the American West.

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    2. 41st Annual Prescott Antique Auto Club Car Show : Prescott

      August 1 to August 2

      www.paacaz.com

      This show along the shore of Watson Lake includes classic cars, a raffle, a parts exchange, an old-engine fire-up and cars for sale. General admission is $5 for both days. Free parking.

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    3. Experience the Andes : Phoenix

      August 1 to August 2

      mim.org

      Experience the music and culture from this famous South American mountain range. Enjoy dance and musical performances, try your hand at instrument-making crafts, and indulge in regional wine samples from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    4. Hair at Scottsdale Desert Stages Mainstage Theatre : Scottsdale

      August 1 to August 9

      480-483-1664 desertstages.org

      A politically active group of long-haired hippies live a psychedelic bohemian lifestyle in New York and fight involvement in the Vietnam War. The make-love-not-war mantra of the turbulent '60s is revisited in this rock musical.

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    5. Sedona Hummingbird Festival : Sedona

      August 1 to August 2

      800-529-3699 www.sedonahummingbirdfestival.com

      Sedona Performing Arts Center offers presentations by hummingbird experts in many interest areas: science, gardening, photography, conservation and regional species studies.

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    6. Tarzan : Gilbert

      August 1 to August 22

      480-497-1181 haletheatrearizona.com

      Hale Centre Theatre presents the compelling story of a boy raised by apes in the wild African jungle.

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    7. Legally Blonde – The Musical : Peoria

      August 1 to August 9

      623-776-8400 azbroadway.org

      Follow the story of Delta Nu sorority president Elle Woods as she crosses the country on a mission to find love at Harvard Law School.

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    8. Mountain Artists Guilds 55th Annual Summer Festival of Fine Art & Crafts : Prescott

      August 8 to August 9

      928-445-2510 www.mountainartistsguild.org

      Courthouse Plaza hosts a juried art show with more than 120 artisans from throughout the West displaying and demonstrating work in painting, ceramics, metal art, woodworking, glass, fiber and jewelry, with live music.

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    9. 5th Annual Mountain Daze Festival : Pine

      August 8 to August 9

      pinestrawberrybusinesscommunityaz.com

      Cool down at the Pine Community Center Ramada with vendors, food, entertainment and a quilt auction.

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    10. Arizona Dance Classic : Scottsdale

      August 7 to August 9

      www.arizonadanceclassic.com/

      We-Ko-Pa Resort features West Coast Wing, ballroom and country dance performances and competitions, workshops and social dancing.

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    11. 12th Annual Art Unraveled : Phoenix

      August 4 to August 11

      www.artunraveled.com

      Join others from around the world in mixed-media workshops on painting, drawing, jewelry-making, bookmaking, collage, journaling, metal clay, etc. at Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale. Each workshop is priced individually.

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    12. Flashlight Tours : Phoenix

      August 6 to August 29

      480-941-1225 www.dbg.org

      Take a self-paced stroll at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays along the Desert Botanical Garden’s Desert Discovery Trail. Experience the plants, animals, sights and sounds of the desert night. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes.

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    13. Artlink First Fridays : Phoenix

      August 7 to August 7

      602-256-7539 www.artlinkphoenix.com

      Take a self-guided art tour of Central Phoenix galleries, art spaces and studios on the first Friday of each month. Free shuttle rides will be available between 6 and 10 p.m.

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    14. Art & Craft Fair : Sedona

      August 18 to August 19

      928-284-9627 www.bellrockartshows.com

      Bell Rock Plaza presents dozens of artists with paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains, carvings and many Native American artists too.

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    15. 24th Annual Family Cornfest, Arts & Crafts Fair : Phoenix

      August 22 to August 23

      602-231-0300 www.el-zaribah.org

      Stop by El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium to see 60 arts-and-crafts exhibitors display their creative efforts, and enjoy fresh sweet corn. Admission is free.

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    16. Gypsy : Tempe

      August 20 to August 23

      www.scottsdalemusicaltheater.com

      Tempe Center for the Arts traces the rise of legendary stripper Gypsy Rose Lee under the unscrupulous eye of her larger-than-life mother Mama Rose. Enjoy some of Broadway’s most well-known classics.

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    17. Wicked : Tempe

      August 26 to August 31

      asugammage.com

      Broadway's biggest blockbuster is back by "popular" demand at ASU’s Gammage. Watch the musical story of how these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

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    18. Lucky Stiff – The Musical : Peoria

      August 28 to August 31

      623-776-8400 azbroadway.org

      Unassuming and timid Harry must travel to Monte Carlo with his recently murdered (and embalmed) uncle to claim his inheritance in this zany, offbeat and very funny murder mystery.

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    19. 15th Annual Prescott Jazz Summit : Prescott

      August 28 to August 30

      928-830-2462 www.prescottjazz.com

      Follow the music to various locations in this annual jazz festival with international stars and Phoenix-based and local musicians, including the best of Arizona high-school musicians.

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    20. Starlight Train/Grape Escapades/Tequila Train : Clarkdale

      August 29 to August 29

      928-639-0010 www.verdecanyonrr.com

      Ride the rails on the Verde Canyon Railroad toward the Grand Canyon as it transforms into a moonlit dreamscape.

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    21. 131st Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo : Payson

      August 20 to August 23

      928-474-4515 www.paysonrimcountry.com

      Payson’s August Doin’s Rodeo features bull-riding, calf-roping and barrel-racing, among other competitions, in this country’s best small PRCA-sanctioned rodeo.

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    22. Southwest Indian Rodeo Finals : Payson

      August 29 to August 29

      www.swirarodeo.org

      Kenny Davis Southwest Indian Regional Rodeo Finals is coming back. Come and see some of the best Indian cowboys and cowgirls as they compete for a chance to go on to the INFR.

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    23. Arizona Get Outdoors Expo : Scottsdale

      August 7 to August 9

      This event at WestWorld of Scottsdale promises fun and adventure for the whole family. Guests will experience the latest hunting, fishing and camping gear and technologies, outdoor education and safety clinics, RV and boat exhibits, and much more.

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    24. Fresh Ideas at Sedona Arts Center : Sedona

      August 7 to September 1

      www.sedonaartscenter.org

      Experience the "Fresh Ideas" of the newest artists to be juried into the center's Fine Art Gallery in uptown Sedona. Enjoy the work of Julie Bernstein Engelmann, Agata Kinajka, Adell Shay and more. Opening reception August 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.

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  • Western

    1. Sounds of Kingman: Concert in the Park : Kingman

      August 16 to August 16

      This concert at Metcalfe Park, on the corner of Beale Street and Grandview Avenue in downtown Kingman, features Blue Country Band playing classic and contemporary country music. The concert is from 5 to 7 p.m. Free.

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    2. 37th Annual Mighty Mud Mania : Kingman

      August 6 to August 6

      928-757-7919 www.cityofkingman.gov/pages/depts/parks

      Stop by Firefighters Memorial Park, where boys and girls compete separately through a muddy obstacle course starting at 10 a.m. Age divisions include kids, adults and a senior division.

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    3. 8th Annual Bullhead City River Regatta : Bullhead City

      August 7 to August 8

      928-542-8885 www.bullheadregatta.com

      Enjoy a Friday night pre-party, and on Saturday take part in the wet and wild kayak races, tube floaters and theme floats on the Colorado River. Wrap up the event on Saturday with a post-party event at Rotary Park.

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    4. Lutes Summer Jazz Series ’15 : Yuma

      August 7 to August 7

      928-782-2192 www.yumajazz.com

      If you love jazz, Lutes Casino — a unique, popular local eatery, which also happens to be the oldest continually operating pool hall in Arizona — offers entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m.

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    5. Chillin’ on Beale Street : Kingman

      August 15 to August 15

      928-897-6039 www.gokingman.com

      Kingman’s historic downtown presents a block party featuring classic cars, food, games and prizes from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

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    6. Lutes Summer Jazz Series ’15 : Yuma

      August 21 to August 21

      928-782-2192 www.yumajazz.com

      If you love jazz, Lutes Casino — a unique, popular local eatery, which also happens to be the oldest continually operating pool hall in Arizona — offers entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m.

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  • Eastern

    1. Show Low Main Street Farmers Market & Art Walk : Show Low

      August 1 to August 30

      928-532-2680 www.showlowfarmersmarket.com

      Festival Marketplace presents local produce growers, food-product producers, artisans and craftspeople, and entertainment Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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    2. 20th Annual Tri in the Pines Triathlon : Show Low

      August 8 to August 8

      928-532-4140 www.trifind.net/nf/az.html

      This event features a 625-yard swim at the Family Aquatic Center, a 12.3-mile bike ride on city streets and a 3.5-mile run on a paved multi-use trail in the City Park. There's also a youth triathlon.

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  • Southern

    1. Cool Summer Nights : Tucson

      August 1 to August 29

      520-883-2702 desertmuseum.org

      Visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s desert at night and experience different themes and activities each Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.

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    2. Intimacy of Faith : Tucson

      August 1 to August 31

      www.statemuseum.arizona.edu

      Arizona State Museum features the private collection of the Giffords family, including some of the best examples of Mexican religious folk art found north of the international border.

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    3. Salute to the Buffalo Soldiers : Tombstone

      August 1 to August 2

      520-266-5266 www.tombstonechamber.com

      Sponsored by the Wild West Detachment Marine Corps League and the Merchants of the City of Tombstone, this celebration includes street entertainment, a parade, and many other events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    4. San Pedro River Bird Walks : Sierra Vista

      August 1 to August 29

      520-459-2555 sanpedroriver.org

      On Saturday at 7 a.m., San Pedro House and Friends of the San Pedro River offer walks for birders of all levels. Walks are free, but donations are accepted. Dress for the weather, an bring water, trail shoes, hat, sunscreen and mosquito repellent.

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    5. Friday Night Live! at Main Gate Square Jazz Summer Concert Series : Tucson

      August 7 to August 7

      520-797-3959 saaca.org/Main_Gate_Concert_Series.html

      Geronimo Plaza Courtyard features Noethen But Jazz (jazz, blues, Latin and contemporary), featuring Cass Preston (trumpet and vocals) and the Noethen But Jazz group, starting at 7 p.m. Free.

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    6. Old Bisbee Brewing Company Presents the 5th Annual Pirates of the High Desert : Bisbee

      August 8 to August 8

      520-432-2739 www.discoverbisbee.com

      Old Bisbee Brewing Co. hosts a costume contest, citywide treasure hunt, burlesque show, music everywhere, art walk, exotic rum tastings, food and lots of fun.

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    7. Second Saturdays Downtown : Tucson

      August 8 to August 8

      www.2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com

      Downtown Tucson presents outdoor entertainment and shows at various venues, food vendors and Tucson's fast-growing variety of acclaimed original restaurants, plus family-friendly fun from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

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    8. 5th Annual Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival : Tucson

      August 13 to August 16

      tucsonaudubon.org/festival

      Learn about exciting monsoon birding through field trips and workshops with renowned leaders; socials and dinner programs featuring keynoters J. Drew Lanham and Christopher Cokinos (fees vary); a free Nature Expo; and kids activities.

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    9. Friday Night Live! at Main Gate Square Jazz Summer Concert Series : Tucson

      August 21 to August 21

      520-797-3959 saaca.org

      Geronimo Plaza Courtyard features Raw Material playing contemporary jazz standards, with Tom Galarneau, Ed Durazo, Steve Smith and Malik Alkibar, starting at 7 p.m. Free.

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    10. Oliver House Ghost Hunt : Bisbee

      August 21 to August 21

      OldBisbeeGhostTour.com

      Paranormal investigators can take a guided tour of the Oliver House to point out haunted locations within the building, learn to use professional ghost-hunting equipment, learn to take proper photographs and more.

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    11. Tucson's 240th Birthday Celebration Gala Dinner and Dance : Tucson

      August 15 to August 15

      www.descendientes.org

      The nonprofit Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucsón will celebrate the city's 240th birthday with a gala dinner at Tucson Marriott University Plaza beginning at 6 p.m. There will be cocktails, entertainment, a silent auction and dancing.

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    12. Arizona Hops and Vines Bad Decisions Campout : Sonoita

      August 8 to August 9

      www.facebook.com/azhopsandvinesbaddecisions

      This event at Arizona Hops and Vines (3450 State Route 82) features wine from the winery, beer from Four Peaks Brewing Company, food, live music, a kickball tournament, belly dancers, kids activities and "plenty of bad decisions for all ages."

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    13. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun: The Rose and the Robe : Tucson

      August 28 to January 27

      www.degrazia.org

      This gallery exhibit shows how artist Ted DeGrazia chronicled the travels of Fray Junipero Serra and the Franciscan missions he established in Spanish colonial California in the late 1700s in a series of oil paintings and text. Admission is free.

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