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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.

August and September Events

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

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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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