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Musicians from around the country perform at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, August 22-September 7 at the South Rim.

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Labor Day Weekend Events
August 29-September 1

Northern

31st Annual Grand Canyon Music Festival; Through September 7; Grand Canyon South Rim;
 928-638-9215 or 800-997-8285; www.grandcanyonmusicfest.org. The Shrine of the Ages Auditorium offers its annual series of evening concerts featuring musicians from around the country, from jazz to classical, starting at 7:30 pm.

The Coconino County Fair is Grand and Alive at 65; August 29-September 1; Flagstaff; 928-679 8000; www.coconino.az.gov/CountyFair or www.flagstaff365.com. Start the Labor Day weekend with four days of live entertainment, livestock shows, thrilling carnival rides, traditional fair exhibits, interactive activities for kids and adults, and over 100 food and commercial vendors.

Movies on the Square; August 30; Flagstaff; 928-526-2146; www.flagstaff365.com. Movies are held each Saturday evening through August in Flagstaff’s Heritage Square. Each event begins with entertainment from the community. Movies will start at dusk. Be sure to bring your own seating. Free.

Labor Day Parade; August 30; Williams; 928-635-1418; www.ExperienceWilliams.com. Celebrate Labor Day on Historic Route 66 at 11 a.m. All are welcome to participate.

Flagstaff Art in the Park Labor Day Show; August 30-September 1; Flagstaff; 928-556-9498; www.flagstaff365.com. This arts-and-crafts festival features tightly juried, one-of-a-kind fine arts and crafts. Food vendors, regional entertainers and quality arts-and-crafts booths will combine to make this year’s festival a memorable celebration in the heart of Northern Arizona’s cool pines.

Western

7th Annual Lake Havasu Tattoo Show; August 30-31; Lake Havasu City; 928-232-0145; www.havasutattooshow.com or www.golakehavasu.com/events. Local, national, and television tattoo artists compete and showcase the very best in skin art and body modification at the City Aquatic Center. Enjoy live music and entertainment, a full bar and food from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Central

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.

Eastern

89th Annual White Mountain Apache Tribal Fair & Rodeo; August 27-September 1; Whiteriver; www.wmat.nsn.us; 928-434-5676 or 928-594-8541. A variety of events and skill levels will showcase their talents in the rodeo ring with riding, roping, barrel-racing, chute-dogging, pole-bending, team-roping and more. Included are food vendors, entertainment, dancing, fireworks and a carnival.

Hamburger Fry; August 29; Globe; 928-425-7385; www.globemiamichamber.com. Come enjoy a delicious dinner at 5:30 p.m., prepared by the volunteers of Gila County Historical Museum, and a beautiful Arizona evening on the lawn at the museum. Stop by the museum after dinner and capture the history of the Globe-Miami area.

9th Annual Wildlife and Science Festival; August 30; Pinetop-Lakeside; www.pinetoplakesidechamber.com/_wildlife.php or www.wmnature.org. Learn about wildlife and science at the White Mountain Wildlife & Nature Center, with interactive booths and displays with lots of live wildlife, an archery range and a casting pond. Included this year is a Science Festival with displays, demonstrations and exhibits. The festival is free, but there is a nominal charge for programs.

Alpine Area Artisans Festival; August 30-31; Alpine; www.alpinearizona.com. Stop by Main Street and view paintings, baskets, jewelry, beading, woodwork, collages, clay, quilting, antler art, glasswork, photography, clothing, weaving, amulets, journals characters, furniture and home décor by local artists.

Bush Valley Craft Club Craft Fair; August 30-31; Alpine; 928-993-1999; www.alpinearizona.com. The Alpine Community Center opens its doors for this craft fair.

10th Annual Summer Melodrama; August 31; Alpine; 928-339-4443 or 928-339-1154; www.alpinearizona.com. The Alpine Community Center and Alpine Community Theater present original melodrama productions at 7 p.m., including Curtains for Candy Sue or The Mystery Unravels. Reservations required.

Southern

14th Annual Apple Harvest Celebration; August 30-September 1; Willcox; 520-384-2084; www.appleannies.com. Stop by Apple Annie’s Orchard for a celebration of the delicious apples grown in Willcox, featuring you-pick apples from the orchard, free wagon rides to the orchard for picking, all-you-can-eat apples and pancake breakfast, apple-smoked burger lunches, homemade ice cream and pies.

Concerts at the AVA Amphitheater; August 31; Tucson; www.casinodelsolresort.com. Throughout August, the AVA Amphitheater presents a broad range of musical guests, including Los Tigres Del Norte, Pacquita la del Barrio, Counting Crows, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Prince Royce, Peter Frampton, B.B. King and Buddy Guy.

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Celebrate Labor Day weekend at the Coconino County Fair, August 29-September 1 in Flagstaff.

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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.

60th Annual Northern Gila County Fair; September 5-7; Payson; 928-474-5242; www.paysonrimcountry.com. The Payson Event Center presents an old-fashioned country fair with an open horse show, livestock, small animals, handicrafts, lapidary, fine arts, photography and other exhibits.

26th Annual Fiesta Septiembre; September 6; Wickenburg; 928-684-5479 or 800-942-5242; www.outwickenburgway.com. Stop by the Community Center for entertainment throughout the day by mariachi bands, folklorico dancers, Latin bands, food, drinks, an arts-and-crafts booth, kids activities and more.

Afro:Baile Presents the 5th Annual Brazilian Day Arizona; September 6; Scottsdale; www.BrazilianDayArizona.com. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents a celebration of Brazil's independence day. Experience the largest, most authentic Brazilian Independence Day event in Arizona.

42nd Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque; September 13; Sedona; 928-282-4838; www.tlaq.com. Enjoy flamenco groups, piñatas, strolling mariachi bands, folklorico dance groups, flamenco and classical guitarists, artists and food.

Rockin’ Taco Street Fest; September 13; Chandler; www.rockintacoaz.com. El Palacio in Chandler hosts a salsa competition, live entertainment, a street-taco station, a margarita hut, a sand bar, beach games, a raffle and more.
 
American Saddlebred Association of Arizona Southwest Classic Horse Show; September 13-14; Scottsdale; www.scottsdaleaz.gov or www.americansaddlebredassociationofarizona.com. WestWorld of Scottsdale presents this high-stepping breed, along with Friesians, Morgans and Tennessee Walking Horses competing in pleasure classes, trail, saddle-seat equitation and more.

Empty Bowls; September 14; Prescott; 928-771-0133. At Courthouse Plaza, a $15 donation gets you a ceramic bowl crafted by local artists and soup made by local chefs. Proceeds benefit local food banks.

2014 Mid-Autumn Chinese Dance Festival; September 14; Chandler; www.chandlercenter.org. Enjoy various ethnic, regional, and folk dances and costumes at Chandler Center for the Arts. Music will be performed on various traditional musical instruments, and arts and handcrafts will be displayed in the lobby.
 
8th Annual Prescott Pow Wow; September 19-21; Prescott; www.prescottpowwow.org. Watson Lake Park hosts an intertribal social powwow, native song and dance, and food. Audience participation is encouraged through “Round Dances.”

14th Annual Thunder Valley Rally; September 19-21; Cottonwood; 928-639-3200; www.cottonwoodaz.gov. All are welcome at Old Town for fun, food, music, prizes, a raffle and more.

Celtic Harvest Festival; September 20; Sedona; 928-282-7333; www.celticharvestfestival.com. Celebrate traditional Celtic arts with music, dance, piping, storytelling, sheepdog demos, whiskey-tasting, vendors and a Scottish tea room.

Antiques on the Square; September 21; Prescott; 928-443-8909. Enjoy downtown Prescott while visiting 50 vendors showcasing antiques, collectibles and furniture. Admission and parking are free.
 
Annual Fiesta Peoria; September 27; Peoria; 623-773-7538; www.arvizu.com. This annual multicultural signature event for the City of Peoria promises fun-filled family activities, national and local live musical entertainment, a kids party zone and a great food booth.

Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event; September 27; Scottsdale; www.scottsdalespice.org. The Venue of Scottsdale hosts a spicy fiesta that features area chefs competing in three heat levels: mild, medium and hot. How much heat can you take?
 
Sedona WineFest 2014; September 27-28; Sedona; 928-284-8657; www.sedonawinefest.com. The Sedona Airport hosts his two-day wine festival celebrating the wine-growing industry of Arizona and will feature great wines from the Verde Valley, Prescott and Southern Arizona. Enjoy Sedona cuisine, live music, vendors and more.

Oktoberfest; September 26-27; Fountain Hills; www.fh.az.gov. Bring the entire family to Fountain Park for German music, food, beer, contests and a designated children’s area.
 
44th Annual Vertielee Floyd Memorial Old Time Fiddlers Contest Arizona State Championship; September 26-28; Payson; 928-474-5242; www.arizonaoldtimefiddlers.org or www.paysonrimcountry.com. Listen to the best fiddling in AZ by contestants ages 6 to 86 at the Payson Event Center. Included in the festivities are food, country and bluegrass music, Irish step dancers, a children's music workshop, crafts, fiddle makers and leather workers.
 
26th Annual Verde River Day; September 28; Cottonwood; 928-634-7593; www.cottonwoodchamberaz.org. Develop awareness of the importance of the Verde River at Dead Horse Ranch State Park with 40 environmental exhibits, hands-on activities, live entertainment, sand-castle-building, animals, canoe rides, nature hikes, fishing and nature walks.

Wander the Wild; September 28; Prescott; 928-776-9550; www.highlandscenter.org. This auction and dinner is the Highlands Center for Natural History’s biggest fundraiser. Bid on exotic travel and experience items, and enjoy live music and a menu of locally grown and produced delicacies. Proceeds benefit the center’s youth-education programs.


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