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Weekend Events
July 25-27

Northern

Movies on the Square; July 26; Flagstaff;
www.flagdba.com/movies-on-the-square. Enjoy Flagstaff’s summer weather every Saturday night at Heritage Square from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Each event begins with live music, and the movies start at dusk.

21st Annual Beat-the-Heat Fun Fly; July 25-27; Flagstaff; www.flagstaffflyers.com. Stay cool at Flyers Power Field and watch an open fly-in for RC pilots of all ages and skills. Spectators are welcome to view and interact with the pilots. Free.

Sixth Annual National Day of the Cowboy; July 26; Flagstaff; 928-220-1288. Celebrate our Western and ranching heritage with activities including land-stewardship workshops, ranching and conservation agency displays, horsemanship and equine demonstrations, children’s activities, and live entertainment. Free.

Wildflower Walks; July 26; Flagstaff; 928-774-1442; www.thearb.org. The Arboretum at Flagstaff presents a special wildflower walk, which will focus on the native species in bloom at this time of year, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Western

Lutes Summer Jazz Series; July 25; Yuma;
928-782-2192; www.yumajazz.com. Lutes Casino features longtime local piano stylist Jimmy Cave with the YJC Quintet, and other acts. Lutes, a popular local eatery, is the oldest continually operating pool hall in Arizona.

Central

48th Annual Summer Band Concert Series; July 24; Glendale; 623-930-2299; www.glendaleaz.com/events. Every Thursday night at 8 p.m., Murphy Park celebrates music with the community band of 100 musicians and its renditions of marches, ballads and show tunes. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Free.

Prescott Film Festival; July 23-27; Prescott; www.prescottfilmfestival.com. More than 80 independent short, feature and documentary films from all over the world, including the best from Arizona filmmakers. The event also includes after parties with live music, workshops, panel discussions and a wine-tasting event.

10th Annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration; July 26; Sedona; 928-204-2390; www.sedonamainstreet.com. Enjoy “a whole lot of cowboy goin’s on,” in uptown Sedona with live performances by gunslingers, ropers, bullwhip-crackers and historical re-enactors. Listen or dance to live Western music, and watch traditional cowboy tradesmen demonstrations and Western artists at work.

Verde Valley Pow Wow; July 26-27; Camp Verde; 928-301-7704. This celebration of the Verde Valley includes dancing, music, Native American arts, food and cultural presentations.

Ninth Annual Shootout on Whiskey Row; July 26-27; Prescott; www.prescottregulators.org or www.visit-prescott.com. The Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies and a gathering of award-winning Western re-enactment groups from all over the West compete in historic skits and gunfights. Included in the festivities is a period costume contest with authentic 1800s clothing, and vendors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Iris Rhizome Sale; July 26-27; Prescott; 623-980-6627; www.prescottirissociety.org. The Prescott Area Iris Society presents hundreds of iris varieties for sale. Come early for the best selection.

Eastern

Annual Pioneer Day Celebration; July 25; Snowflake; 928-536-4331; www.snowflaketaylorchamber.org. See an arts-and-crafts fair, a parade, a car show, a barbecue, a rodeo, dances, kids entertainment, theatrical performances, a fireworks display and more.

Hamburger Fry; July 25; Globe; 928-425-7385 or www.globemiamichamber.com. Gila County Historical Museum once again hosts its annual Hamburger Fry at 5:30 p.m.

Southern

Peach Mania Festival; July 26-27; Willcox; 520-384-2084; www.appleannies.com. Apple Annie’s opens its gates to locavores for picking tree-ripened peaches and apples, or partake of an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, peach ice cream or peach pie, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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And action! Enjoy films, live music, workshops, panel discussions and a wine-tasting at the Prescott Film Festival, July 23-27.

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48th Annual Summer Band Concert Series; July 24; Glendale; 623-930-2299; www.glendaleaz.com/events. Every Thursday night at 8 p.m., Murphy Park celebrates music with the community band of 100 musicians and its renditions of marches, ballads and show tunes. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Free.

Prescott Film Festival; July 23-27; Prescott; www.prescottfilmfestival.com. More than 80 independent short, feature and documentary films from all over the world, including the best from Arizona filmmakers. The event also includes after parties with live music, workshops, panel discussions and a wine-tasting event.

10th Annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration; July 26; Sedona; 928-204-2390; www.sedonamainstreet.com. Enjoy “a whole lot of cowboy goin’s on,” in uptown Sedona with live performances by gunslingers, ropers, bullwhip-crackers and historical re-enactors. Listen or dance to live Western music, and watch traditional cowboy tradesmen demonstrations and Western artists at work.

Verde Valley Pow Wow; July 26-27; Camp Verde; 928-301-7704. This celebration of the Verde Valley includes dancing, music, Native American arts, food and cultural presentations.

Ninth Annual Shootout on Whiskey Row; July 26-27; Prescott; www.prescottregulators.org or www.visit-prescott.com. The Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies and a gathering of award-winning Western re-enactment groups from all over the West compete in historic skits and gunfights. Included in the festivities is a period costume contest with authentic 1800s clothing, and vendors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Iris Rhizome Sale; July 26-27; Prescott; 623-980-6627; www.prescottirissociety.org. The Prescott Area Iris Society presents hundreds of iris varieties for sale. Come early for the best selection.

Sedona Hummingbird Festival; August 1-3; Sedona; 800-529-3699; www.sedonahummingbirdfestival.com. Sedona Performing Arts Center hosts presentations by hummingbird experts in many areas of interest: science, gardening, photography, conservation and regional species studies and tours.

Peter Pan; August 1-17; Peoria; www.azbroadway.org. Arizona Broadway Theatre presents Peter Pan, the story of the mischievous boy who can fly, who never ages and who spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the enchanting isles of Neverland as the undisputed leader of the Lost Boys.

Artlink First Fridays; August 1; Phoenix; 602-256-7539; www.artlinkphoenix.com. Take a self-guided art tour of Central Phoenix galleries, art spaces and studios from 6 p.m. to 10 pm. Shuttle rides are free.

40th Annual Car Exhibit by Prescott Antique Auto Club; August 2-3; Prescott; 928-778-5386; www.cruisearizona.com. See pre-1981 cars, mining equipment, trucks, tractors, a parts exchange (swap meet), trophies and a raffle at Watson Lake State Park.

27th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering; August 7-9; Prescott; 928-776-2000 or 877-928-4253; www.ycpac.com or www.azcowboypoets.org. Yavapai College Performing Arts Center presents Dave Stamey, Mary Kaye and Kristyn Harris. Each will be complimented by other poets and musicians, 60-plus cowboy poets and old-time singers celebrating the oral traditions of the working cowboy with a blend of contemporary poetry and music.

4th Annual Mountain Daze Festival; August 9-10; Pine; www.pinestrawberrybusinesscommunityaz.com. Stop by the Pine Community Center Ramada for a pancake breakfast offered by the Knights of Columbus, vendors, food, music, antique cars and tractors, a Kids Kraft Korner, a craft festival and a door-prize drawing.
 
Mountain Artists Guilds 54th Annual Summer Festival of Fine Art & Crafts; August 9-10; Prescott; 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, ceramic, metal art, woodworking, glass, fiber and jewelry to the sounds of live music.

130th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo; August 14-17; Payson; 928-474-4515; www.paysonrimcountry.com. Watch an exciting Arizona tradition unfold as cowboys and cowgirls test their athleticism and skill with bull-riding, calf-roping and barrel-racing, among other competitions.
 
28th Annual Beat the Heat Swap Meet; August 16; Prescott; www.trainweb.org/camrrc. Prescott Activity Center hosts a model railroad and toy swap meet, a large selection of model railroads items in all scales, various model railroad layouts, plus several sellers with antique toys for sale.

Sweet Corn Festival; August 16-17 and 23-24; Dewey; 928-830-1116; www.mortimerfamilyfarms.com. This festival at Mortimer Family Farms features corn-related activities, including games, farm activities, a barn dance and more.
 
Art & Craft Show; August 16-17; Sedona; 928-284-9627; www.bellrockartshows.com. Celebrate the arts at Bell Rock Plaza with up to 55 artists presenting paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains, carvings and Native American art.
 
Little Shop of Horrors; August 22-30; Glendale; 623-282-2781; www.brelby.com. Brelby Studio presents a show featuring a down-and-out floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood.
 
11th Annual Cowboy Capital Professional Bull Riding; August 23; Prescott; 866-407-6336; www.worldsoldestrodeo.com. Prescott Rodeo Grounds showcases “the toughest sport on dirt,” featuring 40 of the toughest bull riders matched against 40 of the rankest bulls.
 
Red Rocks Music Festival; August 28-31; Sedona; 602-787-1577; www.RedRocksMusicFestival.com. This festival will be held at various venues in both Sedona and the Phoenix area and includes classical and jazz music as well as contemporary dance performed by world-acclaimed artists.

29th Annual Faire on the Square; August 30-September 1; Prescott; 928-445-2000; www.visit-prescott.com or www.prescott.org. Courthouse Plaza showcases more than 100 talented artists, plus food and entertainment, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open-House Tastings; Through August 31; Skull Valley; 928-442-4337. Barnstar Brewing Co., a microbrewery in Skull Valley near Prescott, offers $10 tastings of four beers, along with regular pours, on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. during the summer.


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