Our newest book, which includes Arizona Highways iconic photography and maps, is sorted by region and is written for car-campers and families. Detailed information about accessibilty, amenities and fees is included for each campground.
Movies on the Square; July 26; Flagstaff; www.flagdba.com/movies-on-the-square. Enjoy Flagstaff’s summer weather every Saturday night at Heritage Square from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Each event begins with live music, and the movies start at dusk.
21st Annual Beat-the-Heat Fun Fly; July 25-27; Flagstaff;www.flagstaffflyers.com. Stay cool at Flyers Power Field and watch an open fly-in for RC pilots of all ages and skills. Spectators are welcome to view and interact with the pilots. Free.
Sixth Annual National Day of the Cowboy; July 26; Flagstaff; 928-220-1288. Celebrate our Western and ranching heritage with activities including land-stewardship workshops, ranching and conservation agency displays, horsemanship and equine demonstrations, children’s activities, and live entertainment. Free.
Wildflower Walks; July 26; Flagstaff; 928-774-1442; www.thearb.org. The Arboretum at Flagstaff presents a special wildflower walk, which will focus on the native species in bloom at this time of year, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Lutes Summer Jazz Series; July 25; Yuma; 928-782-2192; www.yumajazz.com. Lutes Casino features longtime local piano stylist Jimmy Cave with the YJC Quintet, and other acts. Lutes, a popular local eatery, is the oldest continually operating pool hall in Arizona.
Central 48th Annual Summer Band Concert Series; July 24; Glendale; 623-930-2299; www.glendaleaz.com/events. Every Thursday night at 8 p.m., Murphy Park celebrates music with the community band of 100 musicians and its renditions of marches, ballads and show tunes. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Free.
Prescott Film Festival; July 23-27; Prescott;www.prescottfilmfestival.com. More than 80 independent short, feature and documentary films from all over the world, including the best from Arizona filmmakers. The event also includes after parties with live music, workshops, panel discussions and a wine-tasting event.
10th Annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration; July 26; Sedona; 928-204-2390; www.sedonamainstreet.com. Enjoy “a whole lot of cowboy goin’s on,” in uptown Sedona with live performances by gunslingers, ropers, bullwhip-crackers and historical re-enactors. Listen or dance to live Western music, and watch traditional cowboy tradesmen demonstrations and Western artists at work.
Verde Valley Pow Wow; July 26-27; Camp Verde; 928-301-7704. This celebration of the Verde Valley includes dancing, music, Native American arts, food and cultural presentations.
Ninth Annual Shootout on Whiskey Row; July 26-27; Prescott;www.prescottregulators.org or www.visit-prescott.com. The Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies and a gathering of award-winning Western re-enactment groups from all over the West compete in historic skits and gunfights. Included in the festivities is a period costume contest with authentic 1800s clothing, and vendors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Iris Rhizome Sale; July 26-27; Prescott; 623-980-6627; www.prescottirissociety.org. The Prescott Area Iris Society presents hundreds of iris varieties for sale. Come early for the best selection.
Eastern Annual Pioneer Day Celebration; July 25; Snowflake; 928-536-4331; www.snowflaketaylorchamber.org. See an arts-and-crafts fair, a parade, a car show, a barbecue, a rodeo, dances, kids entertainment, theatrical performances, a fireworks display and more.
Hamburger Fry; July 25; Globe; 928-425-7385 or www.globemiamichamber.com. Gila County Historical Museum once again hosts its annual Hamburger Fry at 5:30 p.m.
Southern Peach Mania Festival; July 26-27; Willcox; 520-384-2084; www.appleannies.com. Apple Annie’s opens its gates to locavores for picking tree-ripened peaches and apples, or partake of an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, peach ice cream or peach pie, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Note: Dates and activities could change. Before planning to attend events, phone for fees and to confirm days and times.
Peach Mania Festival; July 26-27; Willcox; 520-384-2084; www.appleannies.com. Apple Annie’s opens its gates to locavores for picking tree-ripened peaches and apples, or partake of an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, peach ice cream or peach pie, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
23rd Annual Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival; July 30-August 2; Sierra Vista;www.swwings.org. Cochise College hosts guided tours, field trips, seminars, vendors, displays, lectures, bat stalks, owl prowls, displays, arts and crafts, speakers and more.
Special Photography Exhibit; Through July 31; Tubac; 520-398-2252; www.tubacpresidio.org. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park hosts a special exhibition of antique and contemporary mining photographs. The exhibit is titled "Mines, Miners and Their Communities."
Concerts at the AVA Amphitheater; August 2, 6, 9 and 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.
First Saturdays Concert Series: Vision Across The Range; August 2; Tucson;www.azstateparks.com. Catalina State Park presents Western and Native American folk music on the first Saturday of the month at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of Catalina State Park. Enjoy an evening concert at the trailhead with standard park admission. Free popcorn.
17th Annual Peach Mania Festival; August 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17; Willcox; 520-384-2084; www.appleannies.com. Is there anything sweeter than ripe peaches in August? Find out at Apple Annie’s Orchard with tree-ripened peaches and apples, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 am, peach ice cream and peach pie.
Friday Night Live! at Main Gate Square Jazz Summer Concert Series; August 8 and 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.
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.
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