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  • Southern

    1. 41st Annual Rodders Days : Tucson

      May 21 to May 23

      520-869-4925 tucsonstreetrodassociation.net/rodders-days/

      Join the Tucson Street Rod Association and all your rodding friends for another fun-filled weekend culminating with the huge and oldest car show in Arizona, featuring cars from 1972 and older on the beautiful University of Arizona Mall.

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    2. Archaeological Lecture : Tucson

      May 18 to May 18

      www.az-arch-and-hist.org

      Aaron Wright discusses "The Ritual Practice of Hohokam Rock Art in the Phoenix Basin" at 7:30 p.m. at DuVal Auditorium (1500 N. Campbell Avenue). Presented by the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society. Free.

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    3. The Merchant of Venice : Tucson

      May 1 to May 17

      520-551-2053 www.theroguetheatre.org

      The Rogue Theatre presents "The Merchant of Venice," a romantic comedy.

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    4. 2nd Annual Southwest Wings Spring Fling : Sierra Vista

      May 6 to May 9

      www.swwings.org

      Participate in workshops and outings for serious birders who want an intensive birding experience focusing on the area’s birds during the spring nesting season. Take guided trips to some of the most famous local birding spots in the U.S.

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    5. Spring in the Desert at Ascension Lutheran Church : Tucson

      May 9 to May 9

      www.southernarizonawomenschorus.org

      Hear the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus and the Carolyn Eynon Singers presenting songs of America, from jazz to big-band favorites.

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    6. Desert Delectables at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum : Tucson

      May 30 to May 30

      520-883-2702 desertmuseum.org

      Chefs from Tucson Originals restaurants utilize native Sonoran Desert ingredients in original recipes. Listen to live music in four unique venues around the grounds, including Ironwood Art Gallery.

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    7. The Planeta Inferior Special Celebration : Tohono O'odham Nation

      May 10 to May 10

      www.noao.edu/outreach/kpvc/classes.html

      Kitt Peak National Observatory presents a Mother's Day viewing of a special appearance of Mercury and Venus, our solar system's "inferior planets," from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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  • Northern

    1. Flagstaff Armed Forces Day Parade : Flagstaff

      May 16 to May 16

      928-286-7446 www.facebook.com/FlagstaffArmedForcesDayParade

      This parade through historic downtown Flagstaff is hosted by VFW 1709 and honors the nation's armed forces and veterans.

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    2. Home Free : Flagstaff

      May 8 to May 8

      877-987-6487 www.orpheumflagstaff.com

      The Orpheum Theatre presents the Season 4 champions of NBC's "The Sing-Off" with a high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits.

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    3. Grand Canyon Half Marathon : Grand Canyon (Tusayan)

      May 9 to May 9

      www.grandcanyonhalfmarathon.com/

      Participte in a gorgeous run through the Kaibab National Forest. After the race, you can enjoy the park with your family and friends.

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    4. 25th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture at Museum of Northern Arizona : Flagstaff

      May 23 to May 24

      www.musnaz.org

      After a four-year hiatus, the A:shiwi people will share Zuni language, lifeways and traditional dances, music, weavers, inlay jewelers, fetish carvers and painters, and forming and painting of traditional Zuni pottery.

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    5. Newsboys Concert : Flagstaff

      May 24 to May 24

      www.pepsiamp.com

      Pepsi Amphitheater hosts the Grammy-nominated Christian pop-rock group in an event to honor the late Kayla Mueller. All proceeds will benefit the Kayla's Hands Foundation. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the show starts at 5 p.m.

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  • Central

    1. Historical Memorial Day Observance : Phoenix

      May 25 to May 25

      602-534-1262 www.azhistcemeteries.org

      This event at Pioneer & Military Memorial Park (1317 W. Jefferson Street) features a remembrance of pioneer military members buried in the cemetery, along with a procession of various groups dressed in historical costumes.

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    2. Memorial Day Ceremony : Anthem

      May 25 to May 25

      www.daisymtnvets.org

      The public is invited to this ceremony at Anthem Veterans Memorial. The ceremony, "A Day of Remembrance," honors the service and sacrifice of veterans who have died serving the U.S. Seating is limited; lawn chairs are welcome.

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    3. A Gathering of Quilts : Prescott

      May 29 to May 30

      www.tbqguild.com

      The Thumb Butte Quilters' Guild marks its 20th anniversary with this show at Frontier Village (1841 E. State Route 69) in Prescott. More than 300 quilts will be on display, along with quilting demonstrations, vendors and a consignment shop.

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    4. A Weekend With Pablo Picasso at Herberger Theater Center : Phoenix

      May 1 to May 17

      602-256-6995 www.arizonatheatre.org/

      Written by Herbert Siguenza and based on the writings of Pablo Picasso, this tour-de-force show that explodes with the passion, complexity and youthful vigor of a genius responsible for some of history’s most original paintings.

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    5. Westgate Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District : Glendale

      May 7 to May 28

      623-385-7502 www.westgateaz.com/bikenight

      See hundreds of motorcycles, and enjoy live music and great Bike Night deals from Westgate bars and restaurants. Bike Night is fun for all ages and family friendly. Free.

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    6. 29th Annual Mountain Artists Guild Fine Art & Wine Festival at Courthouse Plaza : Prescott

      May 9 to May 10

      928-445-2510 www.PrescottArtFestivals.com

      Courthouse Plaza hosts this juried art show with more than 140 artisans from throughout the West, displaying and demonstrating work in painting, ceramic, metal art, woodworking, glass, fiber and jewelry, plus live music and a food and wine garden.

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    7. Arizona Spring Restaurant Week : Phoenix

      May 15 to May 25

      www.arizonarestaurantweek.com

      Take advantage of Restaurant Week pricing on a three-course meal at participating restaurants throughout the state.

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    8. 50th Annual Home & Historic Building Tour : Jerome

      May 16 to May 17

      928-634-2900 jeromehometour.eventbrite.com

      Visit eight historic homes and buildings for a glimpse back in time. Homes range from Victorians on Company Hill to renovated miner's shacks. Continuous shuttle service is available.

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    9. Phoenix Comicon at Phoenix Convention Center : Phoenix

      May 28 to May 31

      www.phoenixcomicon.com

      Take part in the signature pop-culture event with focuses on comic books, anime, sci-fi and film, comic book creators, and voice, movie and TV actors. Attend panels and workshops, art auction, Zombie Beauty pageant, a masquerade, and live music.

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    10. 6th Annual Carefree Cave Creek Balloon Festival at Rancho Manana Golf Club : Cave Creek

      May 23 to May 23

      www.cavecreekballoonfestival.com

      Enjoy live music by local bands, food, beverages, cocktails and wine. Locally brewed Four Peaks beer will be available for purchase, and adults can turn the kids loose at the larger-than-ever kids zone with great activities from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

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    11. Santo Domingo Pueblo Jewelry and Art Show & Sale : Prescott

      May 23 to May 24

      928-445-1230 www.smokimuseum.org

      The Smoki Museum, the Calabaza family and the Buffalo Dancers, along with approximately 10 other Santo Domingo artists, will show their jewelry and artwork as well as perform.

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    12. 27th Annual Off Street Festival : Prescott

      May 23 to May 25

      928-445-2000 www.prescott.org

      The Chamber of Commerce presents more than 100 arts-and-crafts vendor booths, food and fun.

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    13. The Night Run 8K/5K : Tempe

      May 9 to May 9

      480-331-5706 www.thenightrun.org

      After a long history in Old Town Scottsdale, this running event moves to Tempe Town Lake for its 30th anniversary. The course begins at the Tempe Center for the Arts and ends at Tempe Beach Park.

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    14. AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival : Scottsdale

      May 16 to May 16

      www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com

      This event at Scottsdale Civic Center celebrates the canned-craft-beer movement with live music, food, a VIP tent, a beer "science garden" and beer Olympic Games, along with a mobile canning station and brewing demonstrations.

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    15. Honor and Remember Memorial 5K Run/Walk : Prescott

      May 23 to May 23

      928-458-0327 www.honorandremember.org/events

      This event recognizes the sacrifices of fallen military members and their families. The starting and ending point of the 5K is the Iron King Trail (Glassford Hill Road and Santa Fe Loop). Registration includes a T-shirt.

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    16. Memorial Day Event : Prescott Valley

      May 25 to May 25

      928-458-0327 www.honorandremember.org

      This event at the Prescott Valley Civic Center is presented by Honor and Remember, which recognizes the sacrifice of fallen military members and their families. Special guests include Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog and U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar.

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    17. National Train Day : Clarkdale

      May 9 to May 9

      800-320-0718 www.verdecanyonrr.com/events

      Verde Canyon Railroad celebrates the history of American railroads with an entertaining and educational celebration at the Clarkdale depot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It includes exhibits, activities, tours and food for purchase. Free.

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    18. Thrive Conference for Families in Business : Phoenix

      May 28 to May 29

      www.familybusinessconference.com

      The Arizona Biltmore Resort hosts this conference designed to help family businesses get to the next level. Topics include resolving family challenges, successfully passing on a business, health-care updates and getting the most from employees.

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    19. Entrepreneurs for a Cause : Gold Canyon

      May 28 to May 28

      www.bridesabc.org

      The Views at Superstition hosts this fun-filled fundraiser, which features celebrity entrepreneurs and includes networking, hors d'oeuvres, adult beverages and entertainment. The event benefits Brides Against Breast Cancer.

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    20. Women's Wellness Day and Health Fair : Phoenix

      May 9 to May 9

      valleyymca.org/event/lincoln-downtown-y-womens-wellness-expo/

      National Women's Health Week kicks off with this event at Civic Space Park. Activities include self-defense and meditation workshops, health screenings, a mobile mammography unit, a vendor gallery and food samples. Free.

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  • Western

    1. Kingsmen Patriot Extreme PRCA Bull Riding at Mohave County Fairgrounds : Kingman

      May 9 to May 9

      928-753-3131 kingmanrodeo.org

      PRCA bull-riding at Mohave County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m.

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    2. 5th Annual Kingman Wine and Food Festival at Firefighters Park : Kingman

      May 16 to May 16

      www.kingmanwinefestival.com/

      Enjoy award-winning wines from Arizona wineries and food from local restaurants, plus a car show benefiting Mohave Community College Foundation.

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    3. Bassmaster Elite Series Fishing Tournament at Lake Havasu State Park : Lake Havasu City

      May 7 to May 10

      golakehavasu.com/events/details/1849/

      Watch this invitation-only competition being held in Lake Havasu. Lake Havasu City expects crowds of more than 5,000 people a day for this televised event. Free to spectators.

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    4. 33rd Annual Western Outdoor News Lake Havasu Striper Derby at Nautical Inn : Lake Havasu City

      May 16 to May 17

      949-366-0030 www.golakehavasu.com

      Watch two-person teams vying for $100,000 in prizes. This event is the largest of its kind anywhere in the West and is perfect for novice and family teams.

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  • Eastern

    1. 6th Annual Classic Route 666 Blast From the Past Oldies Car Show : Alpine

      May 23 to May 23

      928-339-4082 www.cruisinarizona.com

      See 125 pre-1980 vehicles, 20 classes, with participant judging, 50/50 raffle, hosted by the Coronado Trail Cruizers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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    2. Taylor Trapper Days : Taylor

      May 23 to May 23

      928-536-7366 www.snowflaketaylorchamber.org

      Taylor Trapper Days activities include a patriotic program at the Taylor Veterans Memorial, the American Pit Bull/Terrier Weight Pulling Championships, a barbecue, a Mutt Show, a craft show and a horseshoe tournament.

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    3. Salt River Whitewater Rafting Season : Globe

      May 1 to May 31

      www.azroa.org

      If you enjoy a challenge, three separate outfits offer whitewater rafting on the Salt River on White Mountain Apache Tribe land (not the tubing section of river). Participate in half-day, full-day and overnight wilderness trips of up to five days.

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    4. King of the Mountain Disc Golf Tournament : Show Low

      May 23 to May 24

      www.azdgc.disqman.com

      Show Low City Park and Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex present the 2015 Southwest Cactus Series tournament.

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    5. Show Low Main Street Farmers’ Market & Art Walk : Show Low

      May 23 to May 23

      928-532-2680 www.showlowfarmersmarket.com

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

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