Our newest book, which includes Arizona Highways iconic photography and maps, is sorted by region and is written for car-campers and families. Detailed information about accessibilty, amenities and fees is included for each campground.
Note: Dates and activities could change. Before planning to attend events, phone for fees and to confirm days and times.
Bill Luke Bass Days; March 14-16; Peoria;www.billlukebassdays.com. Lake Pleasant hosts a competitive fishing tournament with six weigh-ins daily, seven payouts per hour, carp bow fishing, kids events, wildlife exhibits, live music and more.
Scottsdale Arts Festival; March 14-16; Scottsdale;www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org. Civic Center Mall presents one of the top festivals in the nation, with a celebration of visual, performing and culinary arts, 200 jury-selected artists from the U.S. and Canada, continuous live music and entertainment on two stages, kids activities and more.
Fine Art & Wine Affaire; March 14-16; Fountain Hills; 480-837-5637; www.thunderbirdartists.com. The Avenue of the Fountains features more than 100 artists displaying work in a variety of media, along with live musical entertainment, wine-tasting, gourmet food and chocolates.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Family Faire; March 15; Phoenix; 602-280-9221; www.phxirish.com. From Third Street and Virginia Avenue to Margaret T. Hance Park, see a parade with pipe bands, Marine bands, floats and Irish step dancers. A fair with Irish music, crafts, kids activities and more follows the parade.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival; March 15; Sedona; 928-204-2390; www.sedonamainstreet.com. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., and the festival follows at Jordan Historical Park with live entertainment, free children’s and family activities, food and a beer garden.
Dollhouse Miniature Show and Sale; March 15-16; Phoenix;www.phoenixminiatures.com. Small World Miniature Club hosts this show, which benefits Children’s First Academy.
JazzFest; March 21-23; Sedona; 928-204-2415; www.chambermusicsedona.org.
Sedona Performing Arts Center presents Road Work Ahead, featuring guitarist Peter Sprague, pianist Bill Mays, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Jim Plank. The festival includes a variety of activities, including concerts, in-school performances, master classes and workshops.
Wildlife Benefit Dinner and Concert; March 22; Cave Creek;www.environmentalfundaz.org. This family friendly event benefits the Environmental Fund of Arizona and includes dinner, dancing and live music at the Buffalo Chip Saloon.
Arizona Dragon Boat Festival; March 22-23; Tempe;www.azdba.com. Watch 50 dragon-boat-racing teams from all over the world at Tempe Town Lake participate in races with 40-foot-long rowing canoes. Included in the festivities are music, food, vendors and performances by martial-arts and dance groups.
Arizona Scottish Highland Games; March 22-23; Phoenix; 602-431-0095; www.arizonascots.com. Steele Indian School Park hosts a competition, demonstrations, highland dancers, ancient athletic events, children's games, clan booths, food, artifact and clothing vendors, re-enactment groups and more.
Spring Festival of the Arts; March 28-30; Tempe; 480-921-2300; www.tempefestivalofthearts.com. The Mill Avenue district hosts one of the top 20 art festivals in the nation, with 400 national artists and craftspeople, traditional and ethnic foods, continuous entertainment on multiple stages, a street-fair atmosphere with street performers and hands-on activities for children. Free.
Arizona Game & Fish Department Outdoor Expo; March 29-30; Phoenix; 602-942-3000; www.azgfd.gov/expo. Ben Avery Shooting Facility presents hands-on activities, demonstrations and exhibits on hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, archery, off-highway-vehicle and watercraft recreation, conservation and wildlife education, camping and other outdoor elements. Free.
Pecan and Wine Festival; March 29-30; Camp Verde;www.campverde.az.gov. This event features wine-tasting, along with the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and a canoe and kayak race.
My Nana’s Salsa Challenge; March 30; Phoenix; 602-955-1962; www.salsachallenge.com. Steele Indian School Park hosts 90 competitors preparing fresh salsa in “mild” and “hot” categories. Also features restaurants, businesses and individuals, a sampling contest, margaritas, live bands, a food court and more.
May Day Celebration; April 3-4; Pine; 928-978-0487 or 928-476-3655; www.pinestrawberrybusinesscommunityaz.com. Pine Community Center hosts entertainment, food vendors, a craft fair and an antique-tractor show.
The Artist’s Path Festival 2014; April 3-12; Prescott; 928-777-1370; www.ElksOperaHouse.com. The Elks Opera House presents a play about three-time Pulitzer nominee and syndicated political columnist Molly Ivins, who wrote, “Good thing we still have politics — finest form of entertainment ever invented.”
Heard Museum Guild American Indian Student Art Show & Sale; April 5-7; Phoenix; 602-252-8840; www.heard.org/studentart. The Heard Museum presents artwork by more than 1,000 young Native American artists from around the U.S. and Canada. Proceeds benefit the students.
Cowtown’s 13th Anniversary PHX AM Skateboard Contest; April 5-6; Phoenix; 480-642-2697; www.phxam.com. This international contest brings professional and semi-professional skateboarding teams from all over the world to Desert West Skate Park. Spectator tickets for kids, teens and adults are $5.
California Guitar Trio; April 18; Cottonwood;www.oldtowncenter.org. Old Town Center for the Arts hosts Bert Lams of Affligem Belgium, Hideyo Moriya of Chiba Japan and Paul Richards of Utah USA. The group crisscrosses the universes of rock, jazz, world music, surf music and classical music in its performances and recordings.
Art & Craft Show; April 5-6 and 19-20; Sedona; 928-284-9627; www.bellrockartshows.com. Artists, including many Native Americans, display their paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains and carvings at Bell Rock Plaza.
History of the Solider; April 12-13; Camp Verde;www.azstateparks.gov. Fort Verde State Historic Park offers visitors a living-history timeline of military and civilian encampments, from the Revolutionary War to the present day, and includes flag-raising ceremonies, military demonstrations, a fashion show, games for children and an 1870s-era baseball game.
Arizona Barbecue Festival; April 5; Scottsdale; 480-270-5000; www.azBBQfestival.com. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick hosts a barbecue extravaganza with live music, cooking classes, a kid’s zone and Arizona's top pit masters dishing out mouthwatering smoked meat.
Jazz Festival; April 4-5; Chandler;www.chandleraz.gov. Bourbon Street comes to historic downtown Chandler, which hosts more than 120 musicians during this jazz-filled weekend highlighting local and national bands in a variety of outdoor and indoor venues. All performances are free.
Rails Along the Verde; April 5; Clarkdale; 307-259-0765. This new event showcases the past and present of the Verde Valley Railroad, and includes tours of model-railroad layouts and rides in a special coach car on the railroad.
Arizona Health & Fitness Expo; April 5-6; Peoria; 602-595-9835; www.arizonahealthandfitnessexpo.com. Peoria Sports Complex offers visitors life-changing information and opportunities to interact with the experts and learn about living a healthier lifestyle in every aspect.
OrigiNation: A Festival of Native Cultures; April 6; Scottsdale; 480-499-8587; www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents a free outdoor community festival, and an opportunity to explore native cultures in Arizona and Brazil through music, song, dance, storytelling, an arts and crafts market; creative projects for kids and families; cultural demonstrations and displays, and native-inspired foods and beverages.
Sun Country Iris Society Spring Show; April 12; Phoenix; www.suncountryiris.org. Once a year, the Sun Country Iris Society offers guests a chance to view and purchase a rainbow assortment of unique potted irises at Christown Spectrum Mall. Free.
Maricopa County Fair; April 9-13; Phoenix; 602-252-0717; www.maricopacountyfair.org. Arizona State Fairgrounds presents “Here We Grow Again,” along with a midway, commercial exhibits, hobbies, agriculture and youth exhibits, and motorized events.
Artists of Promise; April 10; Phoenix,www.mcli.maricopa.edu. This free event at the historic Orpheum Theatre showcases the winners of Maricopa Community Colleges’ competitions in theater, dance, music, visual arts and writing.
Catholic Homeschool Conference; April 11-12; Phoenix; 480-388-6914; http://conf.shhe.org. Speakers will discuss homeschooling at this conference, which also includes vendors and networking opportunities.
Junior Rodeo; April 12-13; Buckeye;www.arizonajuniorrodeo.com.
See the future rodeo champions of America at the Rodeo Grounds. Cowboys and cowgirls between the ages of 4 and 18 compete in roping, barrel-racing, bronc-riding and more.
Outrigger Canoe Association Regatta; April 12; Tempe;www.tempeoutrigger.net. Outrigger teams from California, Hawaii and Arizona will compete in a full day of outrigger sprints in six-man canoes and stand-up paddleboards at Tempe Town Lake. Hula dancers, Hawaiian music and Hawaiian food will attract and entertain the crowds on shore. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free.
Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunts; April 19; Peoria; 623-773-8700; www.peoriasportscomplex.com. Bring your family to the Peoria Sports Complex for visits with the Easter Bunny, candy hunts for eight different age groups, a family scavenger hunt, entertainment, make-and-take crafts, carnival games, inflatables, pony rides, a petting zoo and much more.
Spring Competition Powwow; April 18-20; Tempe; 480-965-5224; www.powwow.asu.edu. The Arizona State University Band practice field hosts Native American dancing in 23 categories, Native American arts and crafts, Indian fry bread and intertribal dancing.
Sedona Open Studios; April 25-27; Sedona; 503-789-4437; www.sedonaartistscoalition.org. This nonprofit, artist-run event provides thousands of visitors a free, unique opportunity to meet artists and gain a firsthand view of their creative processes. This self-guided tour allows visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their daily workspaces.
Beeline Cruise-In and Car Show; April 25-26; Payson;www.paysonrimcountry.com. Stop by Green Valley Park for a car cruise, raffles, a 50-50 drawing, judging, music, a poker walk, vendors and trophies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Car Show; April 26; Prescott; 928-713-0978; www.arizonacarshows.com. The third annual “Cruise-In for the Veterans” features classic cars, hot rods and other vehicles, along with a raffle, a silent auction and food vendors, at Frontier Village Shopping Center.
Walk for the Animals; April 26; Prescott;www.yavapaihumane.org/walk. Join 500-plus animal lovers for a doggone good time at this Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University event, which includes a 5K walk and run (dogs welcome), local vendors, health resources and more.
Arizona Women’s Expo; April 26-27; Phoenix; 866-618-3434; www.azwomensexpo.com. The Phoenix Convention Center features 565 exhibits representing fashion, home décor, cooking, health, nutrition, fitness and finance, along with celebrity speakers, fashion shows and more.
ASU Student Film Festival; April 28-29; Tempe;www.herbergerinstitute.asu.edu. Harkins Valley Art theater features the work of dozens of filmmakers eager to see their work on the big screen. Audience members can vote for their favorites in the 10-minute-film competition and enjoy the best creative work by students in the Festival Showcase.
Verde Valley Fair; April 30-May 4; Cottonwood; 928-634-3290; www.verdevalleyfair.com. The fairgrounds present an old-time fair with a carnival, a livestock show and sale, fine art, homemaking arts, crafts, horticulture and floriculture, and free entertainment.
Arts and Crafts Festival; Through April 19; Mesa; www.macfestmesa.com. This event, held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, features unique artist creations, live music and fun for the whole family. Free. NOTE: The March 1 event has been rescheduled for March 8.
Chihuly in the Garden; Through May 18; Phoenix;www.dbg.org. The Desert Botanical Garden’s Chihuly exhibition features multiple installations and artworks on view throughout the garden’s trails.
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