Events

Search our guide to what's happening around Arizona. (Want your event listed? Send an email to Noah Austin at [email protected] Be sure to include the dates of the event, public contact information (phone and/or website) and a brief description.)

  • Northern

    1. Man vs Machine : Tusayan/Williams

      September 24

      www.grandcanyonracing.com

      Have you ever raced a 300-ton steam engine for 53 miles? This is your chance. This one-way road-bike event begins at the Grand Hotel in Tusayan, near the Grand Canyon's South Rim, and travels 53 miles south to historic Williams.

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    2. 13th Annual Material Girls Quilt Guild Show : Winslow

      September 23 to September 24

      928-289-2800 www.winslowarizona.org

      This show features high-quality quilts created by more than 40 Winslow artisans. Enjoy refreshments and take part in a raffle of an opportunity quilt.

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    3. 17th Annual "Standin' on the Corner" Park Festival : Winslow

      September 23 to September 24

      928-289-3434 www.winslowarizona.org

      Eagle Pavilion features live bands, arts and crafts, food and a live auction. On Saturday, watch the Winslow Fire Truck Tug.

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    4. Flagstaff Festival of Science : Flagstaff

      September 23 to October 2

      www.scifest.org

      This 10-day family event features 80-plus free events, including open houses at museums and research centers, guided hikes in the forest and at archaeological sites, star parties with astronomers at observatories, and interactive science exhibits.

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    5. Cornucopia Fall Festival at Thorpe Park : Flagstaff

      September 24

      www.greenhouseproductions.net/event/929025-cornucopia-festival-flagstaff/

      Celebrate Fall with a Ferris wheel, funhouse, hay maze, pumpkin patch, pie-eating contest, hayrides, petting zoo, carnival games, circus performers, pony rides, kids area, live entertainment, local microbrews, great food and lots of vendors.

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    6. Arizona Republic Storytellers Event : Grand Canyon

      September 24

      The Storytellers project is coming to Grand Canyon National Park as part of the National Park Service Centennial celebration. Enjoy stories in which artists, community leaders and everyday residents prepare a brief, first-person story on a theme.

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    7. Man vs. Machine Cycling Event and Beer Festival - Babbitt-Polson Warehouse Stage : Williams

      September 24

      www.grandcanyonracing.com

      Race a 300-ton steam engine for 53 miles from the Grand Canyon South Rim to Williams. Race the train, ride the train or cheer the athletes at the finish line, and enjoy live music, food trucks and the after party.

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    8. 7th Annual Hopi Festival at Heritage Square : Flagstaff

      September 24 to September 25

      www.hopiallnativefestival.com/

      Celebrate Hopi and other Native cultures with social dances, dance groups, music, and traditional and contemporary art; Hopi potters, carvers, weavers, painters, jewelers and sculptors; and traditional food.

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    9. Star Night Party - Homolovi State Park : Winslow

      September 30

      928-289-4106 www.azstateparks.com

      Join park staff and Homolovi's community partners in a night of community outreach and education in the field of observational astronomy, cosmology and astrophysics at 7 p.m. Bring a flashlight, light jacket and lawn chair.

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    10. 22nd Annual "Standin' on the Corner" Just Cruisin' Car Show : Winslow

      September 30 to October 2

      928-289-2434 www.winslowarizona.org

      Downtown Winslow hosts a sock hop, poker run and burnout contest on the 2nd from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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  • Central

    1. Maricopa County Home and Garden Show : Phoenix

      September 23 to September 25

      maricopacountyhomeshows.com

      Looking for ideas to spruce up your home? If so, don't miss this show at the Arizona state fairgrounds. In attendance will be home and garden experts to receive advice from or bounce ideas off. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m., depending on day.

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    2. 9th Annual Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour : Prescott

      September 30 to October 2

      928-445-2510 www.prescottstudiotour.com

      This free, self-guided tour features 70 juried artists at 40 private studios, along with 30 additional artists at three art centers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

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    3. Our Own Art Show : Surprise

      September 1 to September 30

      This show at the WHAM Community Art Center (16560 N. Dysart Road) features three accomplished artists from the West Valley: Linda Stahl, Peggy Juneau and Marion Wishnefski. A free opening reception is September 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

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    4. 10th Annual Prescott PowWow at Watson Lake Park : Prescott

      September 23 to September 25

      www.prescottpowwow.org/

      Enjoy an intertribal, social powwow with Native song and dance, and food. Audience participation is encouraged through “Round Dances.”

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    5. Prescott Arizona Kennel Club Dog Show : Prescott Valley

      September 23 to September 25

      928-606-6846 www.pvchamber.org/

      Prescott Valley Event Center presents specialty clubs, all-breed dog shows, and Barn Hunt and Rally/Obedience events.

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    6. Afro: Baile Presents: 7th Annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival : Scottsdale

      September 24

      www.BrazilianDayArizona.com

      Celebrate Brazil's Independence day at Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts and experience Brazilian bands, dancers, performers, DJs, martial arts, Brazilian food and drinks from 2 to 10 p.m.

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    7. 46th Annual Vertielee Floyd Memorial Old Time Fiddlers Contest : Payson

      September 24 to September 25

      928-474-5242 www.arizonaoldtimefiddlers.org

      Listen to the best fiddling in Arizona by contestants ages 6 to 86 at Payson Event Center. Included in the festivities are food, country and bluegrass music, Irish step dancers, a children's music workshop, fiddle makers and crafts.

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    8. Arabian Breeder Finals at WestWorld of Scottsdale : Scottsdale

      September 28 to October 1

      www.scottsdaleshow.com/

      This show showcases the very best the breed has to offer and presents an unprecedented halter/breeding showcase opportunity that will offer prize money and abundant marketing opportunities for breeders and purebred Arabian horse enthusiasts.

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    9. 19th Annual Ballet Under the Stars – Beardsley Park : Sun City West

      September 30

      602-381-0184 balletaz.org

      Ballet Arizona performs in an outdoor setting at 7 p.m. with a stage, lighting, costumes and beautiful Arizona weather. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

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    10. Oktoberfest – Fountain Park : Fountain Hills

      September 30 to October 1

      www.experiencefountainhills.org/

      The entire family enjoys German music, food, beer, contests and a designated children’s area, sponsored by AMVETS, Elks, German Club and Fountain Hills Community Services, from 5 to 10 p.m.

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    11. Spectator Sips Wine Dinner : Phoenix

      September 28

      www.qatthefarm.com/page/upcoming-events/spectator-sips-wine-dinner-at-quiessence/

      Quiessence at the Farm (6106 S. 32nd Street) hosts this four-course dinner, paired with wine selections, to celebrate its Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Tickets to the 6:30 p.m. event are $89 per person.

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    12. Comedy Show: Jim Florentine : Phoenix

      September 21 to September 25

      480-420-3553 az.houseofcomedy.net/jim-florentine

      Rick Bronson's House of Comedy presents this stand-up comedian, who has performed in the Laugh Across America Contest and other festivals and competitions. Dinner and drinks are served before and during the 90-minute show. Times vary.

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    13. Comedy Show: Triple Threat Tuesdays Open Mic Night : Phoenix

      September 27

      480-420-3553 az.houseofcomedy.net

      Rick Bronson's House of Comedy hosts local Arizona comedians of all levels of experience as they share the stage in various games and challenges designed to showcase their creativity and wit. 7:30 p.m. show; dinner and drinks served. Tickets are $4.

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    14. Comedy Show: Ali Siddiq : Phoenix

      September 28 to October 2

      480-420-3553 az.houseofcomedy.net/ali-siddiq

      Rick Bronson's House of Comedy presents this stand-up comedian, who has performed in HBO's "Def Comedy Jam" and won the Comedy Central "Up Next" competition. Dinner and drinks are served before and during the 90-minute show. Times vary.

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    15. 7th Annual Brazilian Day Festival : Scottsdale

      September 24

      www.braziliandayarizona.com

      The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (7380 E. Second Street) hosts this celebration of Brazilian culture — past, present and future — from 2 to 10 p.m. Enjoy live bands, dancers, workshops, films, performances, special guests, art and more.

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    16. The Phoenix Symphony in Prescott : Prescott

      September 25

      928-776-4255 www.yavapaisymphony.org

      The Phoenix Symphony performs works by Brahms and Stravinsky at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center (1100 E. Sheldon Street) at 3 p.m. Tickets are $28 to $39.

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    17. FLOW: Solo Art Exhibition by Joan Maureen Collins : Scottsdale

      September 3 to October 30

      480-292-9493 artatblackmountain.com

      The artist showcases new work in Harumi Maejima's Community Gallery. Collins is an abstract landscape painter whose technique results in striking contours made of heavy, opaque color and texture. Artist reception September 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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    18. Free Outdoor Movie Series at CityScape Phoenix : Phoenix

      September 9 to December 9

      cityscapephoenix.com/events

      On the second Friday of every month (9/9, 10/14, 11/11 and 12/9), guests can bring blankets and chairs and watch a feature film on the big screen at the outdoor movie theater in Patriots Park. Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Free.

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    19. Fitness in the District : Glendale

      September 13 to October 25

      www.westgateaz.com/fitness

      At Westgate Entertainment District from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, enjoy free fitness classes in a variety of disciplines. Open to all ages and abilities; just bring a mat. Complimentary refreshments and giveaways at every class.

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    20. Hot Rod Night : Glendale

      September 7 to November 16

      westgateaz.com/hotrod

      From 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Westgate Entertainment District hosts more than 200 classic cars in a variety of makes and models, plus live music and great happy-hour deals. Free and open to the public.

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    21. Bike Night : Glendale

      September 8 to November 17

      westgateaz.com/bikenight

      From 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Westgate Entertainment District hosts the biggest bike night in the Valley at WaterDance Plaza. Guests enjoy live music, plus deals and discounts from Westgate's restaurants and retailers. Free and open to the public.

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    22. ASU Lyric Opera Theatre Presents "H.M.S. Pinafore" : Tempe

      September 29 to October 2

      music.asu.edu/lyric-opera-theatre/current-season

      The Lyric Opera Theatre sets sail for its 53rd season with Gilbert and Sullivan's ever-popular comic opera, filled with effervescent music, hilarious action and colorful scenery and costumes, at the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre (50 E. Gammage Parkway).

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    23. Sherman Loy Award Presentation and Lecture : Sedona

      September 27

      928-567-0066 www.vvvarchcenter.org

      The Verde Valley Archaeology Center presents this award to Bill and Joan Sexton at 6:30 p.m. at the Sedona Public Library. Following the short ceremony is a presentation by Dr. Carla Van West on the role of climate in the Southwest's history. Free.

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  • Eastern

    1. Show Low Main Street Farmers’ Market & Art Walk – Festival Marketplace, : Show Low

      September 3 to September 24

      928-532-2680 www.showlowmainstreet.org/farmers-market--art-walk.html

      This farmer’s market features local produce growers, food product producers, artisans and craftspeople, and entertainment every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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    2. 47th Annual Gila County Fair at Gila County Fairgrounds : Globe

      September 22 to September 25

      928-425-9549 www.gilacountyfair.com/

      Enjoy 4-H activities, hobbies, crafts, stage entertainment, games, go-kart racing, motorized sporting events, livestock auction, ranch rodeo, midway, All-American Beef Cookout, and championship bull riding from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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    3. 10th Annual SalsaFest – Safford Town Square : Safford

      September 23 to September 24

      928-428-2511 www.SalsaTrail.com

      Win prizes and bragging rights in the Salsa Challenge, plus enjoy a kids corner, piñatas, Chihuahua races, a dog costume contest, live entertainment, a car show, plenty of salsa making and tasting, crafts, merchandise and food vendors.

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    4. 41st Annual Fall Artisans Festival – A Heritage Event – Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex : Pinetop/Lakeside

      September 23 to September 25

      928-367-4290 www.pinetoplakesidechamber.com

      See more than 80 art and craft vendors on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., plus a parade on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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    5. Oktoberfest – Mellody Field along Main Street : Alpine

      September 24

      www.alpinearizona.com/

      Foxfire at Alpine Restaurant hosts this year’s Oktoberfest.

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    6. Hamburger Fry – Gila County Historical Museum : Globe

      September 30

      928-425-7385 www.globemiamichamber.com

      Bring the whole family out to the Gila County Historical Museum Hamburger Fry and enjoy a delicious dinner right on their front lawn. The nights are cool, sunsets are beautiful, and most of all, the food is delicious.

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  • Western

    1. 2nd Annual Best of the West on Route 66 Festival : Kingman

      September 23 to September 24

      www.bestoftheweston66.com/

      Beale and Fourth streets host the Andy Devine Days Parade and family-friendly activities, craft and food vendors, car show, and tractor pull.

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    2. 2nd Annual HavaSlide Epic Event at the Downtown District : Lake Havasu City

      September 24

      www.HavaSlide.com

      Ride the world's longest slip-and-slide, measuring 1,000 feet long, and celebrate at the beer gardens, music, super slide and vendors.

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    3. 46th Annual Andy Devine Days Parade : Kingman

      September 24

      928-757-7919 www.gokingman.com/event-andy-devine-days-parade-sept24-2016

      Honor Kingman and actor and native son Andy Devine with a 2-mile-long parade with 100-plus entries, starting at 10 a.m. Free.

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    4. 32nd Annual Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo at Mohave County Fairgrounds : Kingman

      September 24 to September 25

      www.kingmanrodeo.org/

      Cowboys from all over the U.S. compete in eight events presented by the Kingsmen of Route 66.

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  • Southern

    1. Hummingbird Banding Session at San Pedro House : Sierra Vista

      September 2 to October 1

      www.sabo.org

      Many species of hummingbirds stop at the San Pedro River between tropical winter retreats and northern nesting grounds. See staff and volunteers capture, band, measure and release them as part of long-term studies.

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    2. 9th Annual Underground Film Festival : Tucson

      September 16 to September 24

      520-882-0204 www.azundergroundfilmfest.com/

      The Screening Room presents a number of Arizona, national and world premieres in one of the nation’s top underground cult film festivals in narrative, horror, documentaries, experimental and animation categories.

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    3. 92nd Annual Cochise County Fair : Douglas

      September 22 to September 25

      520-364-3819 cochisecountyfair.org/

      Stop by the County Fairgrounds for carnival rides, collegiate rodeo, 4-H demonstrations, livestock auction, live entertainment and exhibits.

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    4. 40th Annual Tucson Greek Festival at St. Demetrios Orthodox Church : Tucson

      September 22 to September 25

      520-888-0505 www.tucsongreekfest.com/

      Celebrate Greek food, drink, music and dance lessons, children's activities, tours of the church and vendor displays.

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    5. Annual Front Porch Pickins Vintage Market : Tucson

      September 23 to September 24

      www.frontporchpickins.com

      The Tucson Convention Center hosts the ultimate showcase of everything vintage, rustic, shabby, retro and handmade.

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    6. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Annual Plant Sale : Tucson

      September 24 to September 25

      520-883-1380 desertmuseum.org/visit/events_plantsalelist.php

      Fall is the perfect time for upgrading home landscape with new or replacement plants. Arrive early for the best selection of more than 250 different species of plants, and get advice from the region's No. 1 botany experts from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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    7. Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins : Willcox

      September 24 to September 25

      520-384-2084 www.appleannies.com

      Prepare for autumn at Apple Annie’s Corn Maze, and pick pumpkins and participate in family activities from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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    8. Everyone Runs The Tucson Medical Center Split Endz 5.2 & 10.35 Mile Trail Race and 5K Road Run & Walk : Tucson

      September 25

      www.everyoneruns.net/

      Grab your running shoes and prepare for a variety of courses featuring spectacular mountain views, a few short hills and the up-and-down of a couple of fun stair climbs.

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    9. 10th Annual World Margarita Championship – Westin La Paloma : Tucson

      September 30

      tucsonoriginals.com/culinary-events/

      Taste original margarita recipes as well as cuisine of the Southwest from an array of Tucson Originals restaurants and purveyors, and vote for your favorite margarita for the "People's Choice Award."

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    10. Sky Island Tour : Sierra Vista

      September 24

      520-459-3228 www.skyislandtour.com

      This event features three bicycle rides (62 miles, 21 miles and 5 miles) accommodating all skill levels. Rides start at 7 a.m.; registration required. The event benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeastern Arizona.

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    11. Iron John's Beer Dinner at Hotel Congress : Tucson

      September 25

      www.hotelcongress.com/iron-johns-beer-dinner/

      The Cup Café and Iron John's Brewing Co. bring you a dinner to remember: four amazing courses paired with remarkable brews. Dinner is at 6 p.m. at the café in Hotel Congress (311 E. Congress Street). Tickets are $60 plus tax and gratuity.

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    12. Concert of Mexican Classical Music at Tumacácori : Tumacacori

      September 24

      520-287-2521 consulmex2.sre.gob.mx/nogales

      Tumacácori National Historical Park hosts soprano Marybel Ferrales, tenor Jorge Espinoza and pianist Hector Acosta. The 3 p.m. concert is presented by the Consulate General of Mexico in Nogales, Arizona, to commemorate Mexico's 206th anniversary.

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    13. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Annual Plant Sale : Tucson

      September 25

      www.desertmuseum.org/plantsale

      This year's edition of the museum's popular sale highlights areas that will guarantee you are planting with a purpose: hummingbirds, butterflies and tortoises. Knowledgeable staff and unusual plants will be on hand. 6:30 a.m. to noon. Free admission.

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