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Iconic Arizona: Celebrating the Arizona Centennial with Photographs from the Center for Creative Photography runs through March 4 at the Phoenix Art Museum.
EventsNote: Dates and activities could change. Before planning to attend events, phone for fees and to confirm days and times.
For more Centennial events, visit www.az100years.org.
Arizona’s Jubilee Jamboree; February 1-29; Phoenix; 602-262-4636; www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org. All 17 Phoenix Public Library branches will bring to life stories that feature the amazing geography, unique plants and animals, and wonderful people of our state. To further celebrate Arizona’s Centennial, story times during the week of the 13th through the 18th will have a birthday theme, and families will be encouraged to participate by singing Happy Birthday to Arizona.
Arizona Valentine; Through June 3; Phoenix; 602-273-2006; www.phoenix.gov. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will showcase the artwork from Arizona artists depicting their love of the state through their art. The artwork will have different formats, but each will spotlight a unique aspect of the 100-year-old state.
Arizona Centennial Celebration Concert; February 3; Chandler; 480-782-2680; www.chandlercenter.org.Chandler Symphony Orchestra will provide a free Centennial Celebration Concert, featuring music that celebrates the beauty of the Grand Canyon State and our long standing Native American, Hispanic, Prospector and Pioneer roots.
Marshall Trimball – Arizona State Historian; February 4; Cottonwood; www.oldtowncenter.org. The Old Town Center for the Arts presents cowboy singer, humorist, storyteller and State Historian, delving into the fascinating tales of Arizona and the west.
Centennial Event at The Peoria Sports Complex; February 3-4; Peoria; www.peoriaaz.gov. Enjoy an old timer’s baseball game with retired Major League Baseball players, kids activities, and fireworks. On Saturday morning, Centennial Plaza and Decade Walk will be dedicated. Events include a community breakfast and art gallery exhibits.
Sedona Centennial Quilt Exhibit; Through February 14; Sedona; www.sedonaaz.gov. Sedona Public Library hosts local quilting artists and members of the Red Rock Quilters depict important periods of local history over the last 100 years, hand stitching, hand-appliqué and hand-quilted items.
Downtown Tempe Walk Through History; February 4; Tempe; www.tempe.gov/museum. This tour will focus on the original Tempe (San Pablo/Hayden’s ferry) town site where expert guides present the development/architecture within the context of pre and post-statehood history and growth, with special attention to the conditions as the time of statehood.
Arizona Best Fest – Celebrating Arizona’s Centennial; February 10-12; Phoenix; www.az100years.org/best-fest. The final in a series of festivals presents our diverse and vibrant culture, honors the past and celebrates our future. The “Best of Arizona” will be presented through pavilions (aerospace, natural resources, arts and culture, sports and recreation, health care, technology, renewable energy etc.), cultures (Native American, Latino and Western) and local restaurants, wineries, microbreweries, arts and crafts.
AZ Centennial Splatter Dab Breakfast; February 12; Sedona; www.yavapai100az.org. Stop by the Sedona Heritage Museum for a breakfast with some of the descendants of families who lived in Arizona in 1912.
AZ Centennial Bell Ringing - The Moment of Statehood; February 14; Sedona; www.yavapai100az.org. Bring your own bell, or purchase one at the event, and join in a community bell-ringing that includes dignitaries, entertainment and refreshments.
64th Annual Gold Rush Days & Rodeo; February 16-19 Wickenburg; www.wickenburgchamber.com. This is the fourth largest parade in Arizona, celebrating Wickenburg’s mining and ranching history. Visitors can enjoy a crafts fair, a rodeo, plenty of food, contests and fun for the entire family.
Live at the Library: Marshall Trimble; February 23; Glendale; 623-930-3537; www.glendaleaz.com. In celebration of the State’s Centennial, Marshall will lecture and perform western folk music and stories at the Glendale Main Library Auditorium.
Celebrate the Arizona Centennial; February 23; Glendale; 623-930-3539; www.glendaleaz.com. Stop by Glendale Main Library Auditorium and find out what it was like to live in Arizona in 1912.
Avondale-Goodyear — A Tale of Two Cities Centennial Parade and Festival; February 25; Goodyear; 623-932-3910; www.goodyearaz.gov. Enjoy an All-American parade and festival to celebrate the State’s Centennial. After the parade, stop by Estrella Mountain Community College campus for music, entertainment, gourmet food trucks, a kids’ zone and pictures with Charlie Chopper.
Arizona — 100 and Counting!; February 11; Tucson; az100.arizona.edu. Hosted by the University of Arizona Colleges of Letters, Arts and Science, Arizona’s rich history and its possibilities for the future will be explored through the cross-disciplinary lenses of the arts, humanities, science, and social and behavioral sciences.
Ajo Arts Alive! Arizona Centennial Celebration; February 2-11; Ajo; 520-387-5953; www.ajoartsalive.com. Enjoy an old-time fiddlers contest, quilt show, open artist studios, an art exhibit. And old-time vaudeville featuring local amateur talent.
16th Annual Ajo Piecemakers Quilt Show “Quilting in the Sonoran Desert”; February 4; Ajo; 208-469-0361; www.ajochamber.com. The Curley School Auditorium presents displays of more than 100 locally created new, antique and unique quilts. View Arizona Centennial and Ajo Community quilts and enjoy the “Turning of the Bed” quilt presentation, quilting demonstrations, quilting and craft vendors, and door prize drawings each day.
Grand Canyon Railway Arizona Centennial Train and Centennial Sweetheart Dinner; February 14; Williams; www.thetrain.com/arizona-centennial-train-8319.html. Ride behind a steam locomotive to the Grand Canyon with nostalgic Harriman coaches to one of the famous seven natural wonders of the world. Fred Harvey Girls (from Winslow) along with the Bill Williams Mountain Men will give narrative accounts to passengers of the history of the Railway and Williams, followed by a Centennial Sweetheart Dinner at the Sultana Theatre, built in 1912. View a photographic account of Williams’ history, narrative accounts by town historians and a musical show recounting the last 100 years of history in Williams.WESTERN AZ
Annual Pioneer Day Parade & Fiesta; February 4; Wellton; www.town.wellton.az.us. The parade starts as 10 a.m. from Westside Park to Dome Street, with a fiesta to follow at Butterfield Park. Carne Asada Dinner, assorted food booths, arts and crafts, games, demonstration booths, carnival at the Butterfield Golf Course Driving Range starting Thursday evening before Pioneer Day.
Statehood Day Ceremony; February 14; Yuma; 928-373-5198; www.yumaheritage.com. Celebrate Arizona’s 100 years with a fandango (an Arizona-style dance), ringing of bells, and fireworks.
20TH Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering; February 3-5; Sierra Vista; 520-678-9952; www.cowboypoets.com. The Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering is celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of Arizona’s statehood as well as our 20th Anniversary of bringing the best Cowboy poetry and music to Cochise County. Our Gathering is considered by many to be in the top 10 gatherings in the country!
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