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Weekend Events
April 18-20

Northern

Railroad Days; April 17-20; Winslow; www.tucsonntrak.com. Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport hosts a model-railroad exhibit, vendors and a railroad documentary.

Earth Day 2014; April 19; Flagstaff; 928-213-2154; www.flagstaff.az.gov. Celebrate the Earth at the City Hall South Lawn with live bands, local food, vendors and exhibitors. Free.

Western

ARTbeat; April 19; Yuma;
928-373-5202; www.yumaaz.gov. Enjoy a free, juried outdoor exhibit that's been recognized as one of Arizona's outstanding arts events. Discover an eclectic mix of recognized and emerging local, regional and international artists.

National AMA Supermoto Event; April 19-20; Lake Havasu City; 951-514-4034; www.usaprosupermoto.com. This event features road racers, dirt-trackers and motocross racing on a dirt and pavement track.

Central

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.

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.
 
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.

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.

Art & Craft Show; April 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.

Eastern

Easter Egg Hunt and Family Easter Walk; April 19; Pinetop-Lakeside;
928-368-8696; www.pinetoplakesideaz.gov. Participate in a family Easter walk around Woodland Lake and a raffle at Woodland Lake Park. Kids can see the Easter Bunny, and children age 11 and under can participate in an egg-decorating contest and an egg hunt.

Southern

Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society Presents Sonoran X; April 18-20; Tucson;
520-622-0905. This conference on cactus and succulent plants displays hundreds of plants from around the state, along with an auction. Free.

Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic; April 19; Amado; 520-891-5532; www.agualindafarm.net. Enjoy a spring day with the family at Agua Linda Farm, including baby animals, picnic lunches, a bounce house and Easter-egg hunts for kids.

April and May Events
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Annual Folk Festival in Tucson, May 3-4.

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Archaeological Lecture; April 15; Camp Verde; www.verdevalleyarchaeology.org. Researcher Harvey Leake discusses "The Wetherills and Their Archaeological Investigations on the Colorado Plateau" at the Camp Verde Community Center. Free.

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.

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.
 
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.

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.

Art & Craft Show; April 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.

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.

Oh, the Humanity; May 2-17; Glendale; 623-282-2781 or www.brelby.com. Prepare yourself for a whole new kind of crazy as the three goddesses struggle to get accustomed to the world that we live in and — even worse — human emotions at Brelby Studio.

Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival and Chihuahua Races; May 3; Chandler; www.chandleraz.gov/cinco. This festival features the crowning of a King and Queen Chihuahua, exciting Chihuahua races, music, food and entertainment. Free.

One Man's Treasure Art Auction; May 3; Prescott; 928-445-5669; www.onemanstreasure.org. This event celebrates "upcycled" materials and Prescott’s riparian treasures, and benefits the Prescott Creeks Preservation Association.
 
Art and Craft Show; May 3-4 and 24-26; Sedona; 928-284-9627; www.bellrockartshows.com. Bell Rock Plaza supports the arts by presenting artists with paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains, carvings and Native American art.

Southwest Cactus Classic Multi-Breed Horse Show; May 3-4; Scottsdale; www.americansaddlebredassociationofarizona.com. WestWorld of Scottsdale and the American Saddlebred Association of Arizona feature shows of several different breeds of horses. Free.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta; May 3; Sedona; 928-282-4838; www.tlaq.com. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village celebrates the holiday with Mexican dishes, world-class musicians and the Second Annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off.

Chalk It Up; May 3-4; Prescott; www.prescottchalkart.com. Arizona’s premier community street-painting event enables artists of all ages and abilities to create a weekend museum of pavement chalk art.

Main Street Event; May 6; Casa Grande; www.cgmainstreet.org. Historic Florence Street presents live entertainment, a classic car show and arts and crafts exhibition. This month features Summer Splash with family-friendly, water-based activities and music.
 
National Train Day; May 10; Clarkdale; 800-293-7245; www.verdecanyonrr.com. The Clarkdale train depot staff leads 20-minute tours showcasing historic railroad engines and cars. Exhibits and tours feature railroad-themed displays, reps from local attractions, live music, a presentation by Liberty Wildlife Raptor Rescue and a barbecue lunch.

20th Annual Payson Wildlife Festival; May 10; Payson; 928-474-5242 x7; www.paysonrimcountry.com. Prepare for a day of wildlife-based activities at Green Valley Park. Parents and kids can fish, play games and get a close-up look at wildlife. There will be booths from a variety of conservation groups, and Green Valley Lake will receive more than double its usual stocking of trout in preparation for this event. Free.

FairyWorlds; May 15-June 1; Phoenix; 480-644-6500; www.swshakespeare.org. The Desert Botanical Garden offers a natural majestic nighttime backdrop for Shakespeare's unforgettable A Midsummer Night's Dream in an innovative staging by artistic director Jared Sakren.

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.

23rd Annual Flavors of Phoenix; May 22; Phoenix; 602-953-1800; www.liverfoundation.org. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa features 30 of the top chefs from across Arizona in a benefit for the American Liver Foundation.

Spring Rodeo; May 15-17; Payson; 928-474-9440 or 928-474-4515; www.paysonrimcountry.com. Payson Multi-Event Center presents this rodeo as part of the National Old-Timers Rodeo Association, now known as the Senior Pro Rodeo Tour.

40th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale; May 24-25; Prescott; 928-778-1385; www.phippenartmuseum.org. Arizona’s premier outdoor Western-art show and sale is held over Memorial Day weekend on the grounds of the historic courthouse in Prescott.

Historical Lecture; May 26; Phoenix; www.azhistcemeteries.org. Share a historic view of Memorial Day at Pioneer and Military Memorial Park. The guest speaker is Vivia Hammontree Strang of Arizona's State Historic Preservation Office.

Illuminate Film Festival; May 29-June 1; Sedona; www.illuminatefilmfestival.com. This festival is the country’s premiere event for “mind-body-spirit cinema.” It showcases narrative features, documentaries and shorts related to inspirational human-journey stories and themes related to wellness, self-discovery, consciousness and more.

Sesquicentennial Celebration; May 30-June 1; Prescott; www.visit-prescott.com. Prescott celebrates 150 years with a proclamation, re-enactments, a Western Village with beer and wine, shootouts, street fairs, a rodeo, and Sharlot Hall Museum tours.

3rd Annual Cowgirls With a Camera; Through June 1; Wickenburg; www.westernmuseum.org. Desert Caballeros Western Museum features the work of some of the most talented women photographers in the nation working in the Western genre. Subject matter ranges from mustangs to working horses, ranch life to rodeo, and the stunning landscapes of the American West.


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