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Weekend Events
April 25-27

Northern

Grand Canyon Guitar Society Concert; April 26; Flagstaff; 928-213-0752; www.canyonguitar.org. Massimo Delle Cese, internationally renowned guitarist, performs at Shepherd of the Hills Church from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. He was just 15 when ranked first at the Ancona National Guitar Contest.

Western

Bullhead City/Laughlin River Run; April 23-27; Bullhead City;
928-754-4121 or 800-987-7457; www.laughlinriverrun.com. This annual motorcycle spring rally includes numerous entertainment events and food and biker vendors.

Desert Storm Poker Run and Shootout; April 23-26; Lake Havasu City; 602-578-5975; www.lakeracer.com. One of the top poker runs in the nation, this event features world-class performance boats racing on Lake Havasu, along with an April 24 display of racing boats on Main Street.
 
Home & Garden Expo; April 25-27; Kingman; 928-753-2636; www.mcfafairgrounds.org. Mohave County Fairgrounds features home and garden products and services, demonstrations, and a carnival for the kids.
 
Made in Yuma Movie Marathon; April 26; Yuma; www.yumafilmfestival.com. NexGen presents this special centennial edition of the Yuma Film Festival, showcasing movies that were shot on location in and around the Yuma area.

Central

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.

Eastern

National Arbor Day Celebration; April 25; Pinetop-Lakeside;
928-368-8696; www.pinetoplakesideaz.gov. Celebrate the Earth with a tree planting, the presentation of the Tree City USA Award and a brief education program at Blue Ridge Junior High School.

Southern

Charles Mingus Hometown Jazz Festival; April 26; Nogales;
520-287-3585; www.mingusproject.com. This music festival commemorates the April birthday of world-renowned jazz composer, bandleader and bassist Charles Mingus in his hometown of Nogales, with free and ticketed events at varied locations.

Spring Run Car Show & Model Fest; April 26; Oracle; 520-896-9609; www.oraclehistoricalsociety.org or www.cruisinarizona.com. Stop by Pinal County Courthouse Park for the Oracle Historical Society’s annual car show and festival. See cars from various Southern Arizona towns. Also includes food, the Oaks Festival craft fair, a book sale and a parade.

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

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Pima County Fair; April 17-27; Tucson; 520-762-3247 or 520-762-9100; www.swfair.com or www.arizonafairs.com. Pima County Fairgrounds presents 4-H animals, home arts, fine arts, entertainment, horse shows, concerts, games, rides and educational exhibits, including a gem and mineral show.

Charles Mingus Hometown Jazz Festival; April 26; Nogales; 520-287-3585; www.mingusproject.com. This music festival commemorates the April birthday of world-renowned jazz composer, bandleader and bassist Charles Mingus in his hometown of Nogales, with free and ticketed events at varied locations.

Spring Run Car Show & Model Fest; April 26; Oracle; 520-896-9609; www.oraclehistoricalsociety.org or www.cruisinarizona.com. Stop by Pinal County Courthouse Park for the Oracle Historical Society’s annual car show and festival. See cars from various Southern Arizona towns. Also includes food, the Oaks Festival craft fair, a book sale and a parade.

Butterfly Magic; Through April 30; Tucson; www.tucsonbotanical.org. Be transported on a global quest for the most beautiful, exotic and rare butterflies of the world at Tucson Botanical Gardens. See hundreds of liv, tropical butterflies in this intimate exhibit.

Nature and Heritage Festival; May 1-4; Rio Rico; 520-988-5425; www.santacruznatureheritage.org. Learn about the nature and history of Santa Cruz County at this event, which includes nature walks, historical and cultural tours, and classes with local and state experts.

Tucson Boys Chorus Pops Concert; May 3; Tucson; 520-296-6277; www.boyschorus.org.Tucson Boys Chorus performs a light pops repertoire at Tucson Music Hall.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration; May 3; Nogales; 520-287-3685; www.thenogaleschamber.com. Nogales High School hosts a fiesta with traditional Mexican dishes, free-flowing margaritas and festive decorations and activities, along with Mexican music, traditional attire and dancing.

29th Annual Tucson Folk Festival; May 3-4; Tucson; 520-792-6481; www.tkma.org. El Presidio Park hosts one of the country's largest free festivals, with more than 400 local, regional and national musicians performing more than 20 hours of family-friendly music, dance and entertainment.
 
Meteor Mania: Eta Aquarids; May 5; Tucson; 520-318-8726; www.noao.edu/outreach/kpvc/classes.html. View a meteor shower consisting of pieces of Halley’s Comet that broke away from the comet’s nucleus several hundred years ago. The pristine dark skies over Kitt Peak provide the perfect viewing opportunity.

Southwest Wings Spring Fling; May 7-10; Sierra Vista; www.swwings.org. Participate in a series of workshops and outings for serious birders who want an intensive birding experience. This event focuses on birds in the area present during the spring nesting season.

Twilight in Tubac; May 9; Tubac; 520-400-3893 or 520 247-1325; www.tubacaz.com. Mercado de Baca presents live music, hors d’oeuvres, shops, summer discounts, and dining under the stars on the patio from 5-8 pm.
 
40th Annual Rodders Day; May 9-11; Tucson; www.fourthavenue.org or www.TucsonStreetRodAssociation.com. Casino Del Sol Resort & Conference Center and the Tucson Street Rod Association showcase more than 250 hot-rod cars. Free.
 
Fiesta de la Primavera; May 10-11; St. David; 520-720-4642; www.holytrinitymonastery.org. Holy Trinity Monastery celebrates spring with 150 arts-and-crafts booths, barbecue and ethnic food, entertainment, raffles, museum visits, and a gift shop.

Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival; May 17-18; Willcox; www.azwinefestival.com or www.willcoxwines.com. Stop by the Historic Railroad Park for food, music and wine-tasting from eight Arizona farm wineries, plus local farm products.

Archaeological Lecture; May 19; Tucson; www.az-arch-and-hist.org. Benjamin A. Bellardo presents “The Ties That Bind: A Social and Religious Context of Building Murals in the Western Mesa Verde Region” at DuVal Auditorium.

For the Love of Music: Bisbee’s Premier Chamber Music Series; May 24; Bisbee; 520-432-7217. Listen to Rennato Serrano on classical guitar.
 
34th Annual Wyatt Earp Days; May 24-26; Tombstone; 520-266-5266; www.tombstonechamber.com. Celebrate the life and times of the Old West’s most famous lawman in “The Town Too Tough to Die,” with gunfights and skits in the street, a chili cook-off, mock hangings, street entertainment, look-alike contests and an 1880s fashion show. Free.

Curtis Reframed: The Arizona Portfolios; Through July 2015; Tucson; www.statemuseum.arizona.edu. Arizona State Museum’s exhibit explores the work of Edward S. Curtis in Arizona. From 1903-28, the famed photographer of the American West created iconic images of Native peoples at the start of the 20th century.


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