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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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Weekend Events
August 22-24

Northern

31st Annual Grand Canyon Music Festival; August 22-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.

Corvette Caravan; August 22; Williams; www.nationalcorvettecaravan.com/az-nm/. Three hundred Corvettes descend on Williams for a meet-and-greet and a show-and-shine on Historic Route 66.

Movies on the Square; August 23; 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.

Thunder Over Coconino Fly-In; August 23; Williams; 928-635-5280; www.valleairport.com. Home-built, warbird and antique planes. Included are a car show, antique tractors, a kids zone and a pancake breakfast.

Western

Lutes Summer Jazz Series ’14; August 22; Yuma; 928-782-2192; www.yumajazz.com. Lutes Casino features the acclaimed Yuma Jazz Company Quintet performing original music as well as mainstays of “America’s Art Form” at the oldest continually operating pool hall in Arizona from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free.

Central

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.
 
Sweet Corn Festival; August 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.
 
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.

Eastern

Show Low Main Street Farmers’ Market & Art Walk; Through August 31; Show Low; 928-532-4124; www.showlowfarmersmarket.com. Stop by Festival Marketplace every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and check out local produce growers, food-product producers, artisans and craftspeople.

Southern

Paranormal Weekend; August 22-24; Bisbee; www.oldbisbeeghosttour.com/2014ParanormalWknd.html. Old Bisbee Ghost Tours host historical tours of Bisbee buildings, along with an investigation of the Allen Block building.

Farmer John's Birthday Party & Willcox March for Zane; August 23-24; Willcox; 520-384-2084;www.appleannies.com. Celebrate Farmer John’s birthday at Apple Annie's Orchard and Apple Annie’s Produce & Pumpkins, featuring you-pick fruit and vegetables.

Southern Arizona Salsa & Tequila Challenge; August 23; Tucson; 520-797-3959; www.saaca.org/SalsaTequila.html. La Encantada Shopping Center and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance presents an annual salsa competition featuring red, green, hot, mild or fruity salsas, live mariachi music, salsa dancing and more.

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

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Friday Night Live! at Main Gate Square Jazz Summer Concert Series; August 22; Tucson; 520-797-3959; www.saaca.org/Main_Gate_Square.html. Geronimo Plaza Courtyard features a different entertainer playing jazz at 7 p.m. Free.

4th Annual Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival; August 13-17; Tucson; www.tucsonaudubon.org. Riverpark Inn hosts exciting monsoon birding, field trips and workshops with renowned leaders; socials and dinner programs featuring keynoters J. Drew Lanham and Christopher Cokinos; a free Nature Expo; and kids activities.

Oro Valley Concert Series; August 14; Oro Valley; 520-797-3959; www.saaca.org/Oro_Valley_Concerts.html. Oro Valley Marketplace presents a free concert on the second Thursday each month at 6 p.m. 

Paranormal Weekend; August 22-24; Bisbee; http://www.oldbisbeeghosttour.com/2014ParanormalWknd.html. Old Bisbee Ghost Tours host historical tours of Bisbee buildings, along with an investigation of the Allen Block building.

Farmer John's Birthday Party & Willcox March for Zane; August 23-24; Willcox; 520-384-2084; www.appleannies.com. Celebrate Farmer John’s birthday at Apple Annie's Orchard and Apple Annie’s Produce & Pumpkins, featuring you-pick fruit and vegetables.

Southern Arizona Salsa & Tequila Challenge; August 23; Tucson; 520-797-3959; www.saaca.org/SalsaTequila.html. La Encantada Shopping Center and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance presents an annual salsa competition featuring red, green, hot, mild or fruity salsas, live mariachi music, salsa dancing and more. 

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.

Fall Tucson Gem Shows; September 4-7; Tucson; www.visittucson.org/gemshow. Tucson hosts five gem and lapidary shows at various locations around town, including four open-to-the-public shows.

Oktoberfest; September 5-6; Sierra Vista; 520-258-2065. Authentic German foods, music, beer and wine, along with arts-and-crafts vendors, at the Sierra Vista Elks Lodge.
 
13th Annual Bisbee Bloomer Garden Tour; September 6; Bisbee; 520-432-3554; www.discoverbisbee.com. Bisbee residents open their yards to the public. Artists will be featured in the 10 gardens while local musicians play at various locations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can ride a shuttle bus to each location.

Michael Chiago Watercolor Workshop; September 6; Dragoon; 520-586-3666; www.amerind.org. The Amerind Museum hosts this workshop by the master Tohono O’odham watercolor artist, one of a few Southern Arizona Indian painters to achieve national recognition.

Glow 2014; September 6 and 13; Oracle; www.trianglelranch.com. The Triangle L Ranch hosts a nighttime art experience, a celebration of light, creativity, and community. Discover light projections, multimedia installations, illuminated sculpture, theatrical performances, and music created by more than 100 artists, plus interactive exhibits for kids and adults, live music and more.

Festival Fiestas Patrias 2014; September 13; Nogales; 520-287-3685; www.thenogaleschamber.com. Nogales High School Auditorium hosts a celebration of Mexican Independence Day. Enjoy a fabulous collection of sizzling Latin entertainment ranging from traditional mariachis to colorful folklorico dancers. Free.

Tarahumara Trunk Show; September 13; Dragoon; 520-586-3666; www.amerind.org. Join Jim and Katie Harrelson as they bring the arts and crafts of the Tarahumara people of Chihuahua, Mexico, to the Amerind Museum. Free with regular museum admission.

10th Annual Bisbee Blues Festival; September 12-14; Bisbee; 520-432-5421; www.bisbeearizona.com or www.thebisbeebluesfestival.com. Hear live blues from a variety of bands at City Park in Old Bisbee. Food and beverages will also be available.

Archaeological Lecture; September 15; Tucson; 520-444-6385; www.az-arch-and-hist.org. Paul E. Minnis presents “What? No Chiles in the Ancient Southwest?” at DuVal Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

13th Annual Chile Festival; September 20; Vail; 520-591-2276. Fresh New Mexico chiles and other locally grown and produced items, mariachi bands, kids activities and more.

Star Party; September 20; Kartchner Caverns State Park; www.azstateparks.com. Observe the wonders of the night sky through astronomers’ telescopes at this event sponsored by the Huachuca Astronomy Club and Astronomers of Verde Valley.
 
6th Annual Tucson Flamenco Festival; September 23-28; Tucson; www.tucsonflamencofestival.com. Experience flamenco and Spanish culture in a traditional late-night, outdoor festival atmosphere at Casa Vicente, with four days of performances, fashion shows featuring local, regional, and national designers, and a brand-new guitar competition. Guest instructors will offer a variety of workshops for beginning through advanced levels in dance, guitar, percussion and vocals.
 
Tucson Greek Festival; September 25-28; Tucson; 520-888-0505; www.tucsongreekfest.com. St. Demetrios Orthodox Church hosts a celebration of Greek food, drink and music, and offers dance lessons, children's activities, tours of the church and vendor displays.
 
13th Annual Tucson Oktoberfest; September 26-28; Tucson; 520-574-9320; www.autumnmoonpromotions.com. The Optimist Clubs of Tucson hosts a German festival with live music and dancing, kids games, craft booths and German foods at Breakers Water Park.
 
28th Annual Sun Sounds Great Beer Fest; September 27; Tucson; 520-296-2400; www.azbeer.com/tucson.htm. At Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, taste a wide variety of beer by brewers and breweries from around the Southwest, and sample hors d’oeuvres, play games such as horseshoes and steer-roping, listen to music and enjoy the wine garden.

90th Annual Cochise County Fair; September 25-28; Douglas; 520-364-3819; www.cochisecountyfair.org or www.arizonafairs.com. Come “Rock with the Stock” at the County Fairgrounds, plus carnival rides, collegiate rodeo, 4-H demonstrations, livestock auction, live entertainment and exhibits.


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