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.)

  • Central

    1. Arizona Fall Restaurant Week : Statewide

      September 21 to September 30

      www.arizonarestaurantweek.com

      Enjoy a 10-day tasting tour, produced by the Arizona Restaurant Association, of restaurants throughout the state. Participating restaurants are known for their cuisine and also spare no expense to give diners an extraordinary culinary experience.

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    2. 9th Annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival : Scottsdale

      September 22

      www.braziliandayarizona.com

      The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (7380 E. Second Street) hosts live Brazilian bands and DJs, Brazilian dances and performances, arts and crafts, kids activites, vendor booths, workshops and more from 2 to 9 p.m. $15 admission.

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    3. Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! at Pueblo Grande Museum : Phoenix

      September 22

      602-495-0901 www.pueblogrande.com

      The museum (4619 E. Washington Street) hosts fun, family-friendly programming with free admission during normal operating hours, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. To print a ticket for two free admissions, visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

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    4. The Red Rocks Music Festival : Phoenix & Tucson

      September 5 to September 29

      www.redrocksmusicfestival.com

      For artists, programs, venues and times for this extraordinary event, please check the website.

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    5. Old Town Cottonwood Music and the Market : Cottonwood

      September 6 to September 27

      928-639-3200 www.facebook.com/TheOTMM/

      Starting at 5 p.m. until dark every Thursday evening through September, shop for locally grown fruits, vegetables, jams, breads, hot dogs, handmade jewelry and more while being entertained by fabulous musicians from around the region.

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    6. 12th Annual Prescott Pow Wow : Prescott

      September 21 to September 23

      www.prescottpowwow.org/

      Watson Lake Park hosts an intertribal, social powwow, Native song and dance, open participation in “Round Dances” and food.

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    7. 2018 REI Trail Run Series - Starry Night at McDowell Mountain Regional Park : Scottsdale

      September 22

      480-826-9602 REI.com/learn

      Join REI Outdoor School under the star-filled skies in a first-ever night trail run. Whether you’re looking to run your first trail, hit a new personal best or prepare for Ragnar, this trail run will help set your pace.

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    8. 10th Annual Sedona WineFest 2018 at Historic Posse Grounds Park : Sedona

      September 22 to September 23

      928-862-0210 www.sedonawinefest.com/

      Enjoy fabulous Arizona wines, tasty food, music and vendors galore while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic red rocks from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    9. 11th Annual SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest : Chandler

      September 29

      www.hdeagency.com

      Dr. A.J. Chandler Park hosts live entertainment, a beer pong tournament, a bag toss, buddy carry, wiener dog races, keg stacking, tricycle races and a bratwurst eating contest from 3 to 11 p.m.

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    10. The Glen Campbell Story at Elks Theatre : Prescott

      September 29

      928-777-1370 www.prescottelkstheatre.com

      Celebrate Glen Campbell’s legacy in this spectacular concert celebrating the life and the music of this singer-songwriter at 7 p.m.

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    11. Fall Festival : Sedona

      September 29

      928-282-3034 AZStateParks.com/parks/SLRO

      Slide Rock State Park hosts harvest and homestead demonstrations, live music, kids activities, face painting, fly wheelers, games and activities for the whole family from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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    12. Ronald K. Brown Evidence, A Dance Company at ASU Gammage : Tempe

      September 29

      www.asugammage.com

      This performance focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography. Known for his musicality and brilliant use of stage space, Brown’s movement reinforces community in African-American culture.

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    13. 48th Annual Vertielee Floyd Memorial Old Time Fiddlers Contest Arizona State Championship : Payson

      September 29 to September 30

      928-474-5242 x7 www.arizonaoldtimefiddlers.org

      Starting at 9 a.m., the Payson Event Center hosts some of Arizona’s best fiddling by contestants ages 6 to 86, plus enjoy food, country and bluegrass music, Irish step-dancers, a children's music workshop, crafts, fiddle makers and leather workers.

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    14. Colonel’s Daughter Contest at Fort Verde State Historic Park : Camp Verde

      September 30

      Celebrate this Camp Verde tradition sponsored by the Camp Verde Cavalry as they present the newly chosen "Colonel’s Daughter" with a set of spurs after winning a competition in horsemanship and poise.

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    15. "Wander the Wild" for Highlands Center for Natural History : Chino Valley

      September 23

      www.highlandscenter.org

      From 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Windmill House (1400 W. Road 4 North) hosts this annual live auction and dinner, which benefits the Highlands Center for Natural History. Funds raised are for the center's educational programs for children.

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    16. Agua Fria Festival : Dewey-Humboldt

      September 22

      928-499-9972 www.aguafriafestival.com

      Starting at 9 a.m., Arizona's oldest street festival features an Old West parade, games, free contests, a silent auction and raffles. Learn to pan for gold, and maybe even win a real gold nugget. Food and collectible vendors will be on hand.

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    17. Hop Art: The Graphic Design of SanTan Brewery : Chandler

      September 7 to September 29

      visiongallery.org

      Vision Gallery (10 E. Chicago Street) hosts an exhibition of a graphic designer's work with brewers, illustrators and owners to choose a name, color, font and graphic for your favorite Chandler brews. Free admission; hours vary by day.

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    18. "West Side Story" at Phoenix Theatre : Phoenix

      September 5 to October 14

      phoenixtheatre.com/wss

      Phoenix Theatre (100 E. McDowell Road) hosts Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein's breakout musical. Tickets are $29 and up.

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    19. Let's Eat Arizona Donuts Festival : Phoenix

      September 30

      www.facebook.com/events/223561295129932/

      From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., downtown Phoenix's monOrchid hosts local doughnut shops showcasing traditional and creative doughnuts in a people's-choice competition to choose the Valley's best doughnuts. Tickets required.

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    20. City Lights Movie Nights Fall Series : Phoenix

      September 14 to December 14

      cityscapephoenix.com/events

      CityScape Phoenix hosts free movie screenings the evenings of September 14 ("The Incredibles"), October 12 ("Coco"), November 9 ("The Greatest Showman") and December 14 ("National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and "Home Alone"). Bring a lawn chair.

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    21. Eve's Place Fall Event: "Elevate" : Phoenix

      September 22

      602-432-8179 www.evesplace.org

      From 6 to 10 p.m., the Heard Museum's Steele Auditorium at the Courtyard (2301 N. Central Avenue) hosts this awards dinner to raise awareness around domestic violence, sexual abuse and teen dating abuse. Tickets are $100 per person.

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    22. 4th Annual Commit Campaign Fashion Show : Chandler

      September 28

      www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-commit-campaign-fashion-show-tickets-49555085595?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

      From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Chapman BMW Chandler hosts a night filled with fashion and live music to share the message of the Commit Campaign, a photo-based movement breaking the stigma associated with mental health and illness. Tickets are $20.

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    23. Serving Arizona Deaf and Hard of Hearing Young Children : Phoenix

      September 25

      From 6 to 8 p.m. at 100 N. 15th Avenue, Suite 104, Christina Vorreyer-Davis, the statewide deaf mentor program coordinator, discusses expanding the program to best serve Arizona's families.

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    24. SanTan Oktoberfest : Chandler

      September 29

      www.santanoktoberfest.com

      From 3 to 11 p.m., Dr. A.J. Chandler Park (178 E. Commonwealth Avenue) hosts polka music, a brat-eating contest, a stein-holding competition, tricycle races, wiener dog races and other German-themed fun. Tickets are $10-125.

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    25. Annie Moses Band at Tempe Center for the Arts : Tempe

      September 22

      480-350-2822 tca.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=3309

      Award-winning PBS sensation Annie Moses Band plays classic and new tunes at 7:30 p.m. at Tempe Center for the Arts. Tickets are $35-45.

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  • Southern

    1. Sky Island Tour 2018 : Sierra Vista

      September 29

      skyislandtour.com

      Starting at 7 a.m. at the Windemere Hotel, riders can join a 5-mile, 20-mile, 40-mile or 62-mile recreational ride. Registration and fees required. The event benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeastern Arizona.

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    2. NAMI 3rd Annual Sky Island Bike Tour : Sierra Vista

      September 29

      520-459-3228 skyislandtour.com

      At 7 a.m., the Windemere Hotel & Conference Center (2047 State Route 92) is the starting point for a 5-mile, 20-mile, 40-mile or 62-mile ride. The event benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeastern Arizona. Cost is $10-60.

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    3. Madaras Gallery Sidewalk Sale : Tucson

      September 22 to September 23

      520-615-3001 www.madaras.com

      Madaras Gallery (3035 N. Swan Road) offers 25 to 75 percent savings on select items all weekend.

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    4. Like Heaven : Tucson

      September 16 to October 7

      Tucson

      Tornabene Theatre and Arizona Reparatory Theatre present "Like Heaven," written by University of Arizona professor Elaine Romero.

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    5. Arizona Fall Restaurant Week : Tucson

      September 21 to September 30

      arizonarestaurantweek.com/

      More than 200 Phoenix area and Tucson restaurants offer specialty prix-fixe dinners for $33 and $44 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity unless noted. Check the website for details.

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    6. Fall Pumpkin Celebration : Willcox

      September 22 to September 23

      520-384-2084 www.appleannies.com

      Celebrate autumn with old-fashioned family fun picking your own pumpkins, fall vegetables and apples, or purchase harvested pumpkins at the farm stand. Enjoy the Corn Maze and a variety of pumpkin dishes.

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    7. 30th Annual Oktoberfest : Sierra Vista

      September 28 to September 29

      The Sierra Vista Elks Lodge No. 2065 (1 Elks Lane) hosts authentic German food and entertainment from 2 to 11 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

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    8. End of Summer Sidewalk Sale at Madaras Gallery : Tucson

      September 22 to September 23

      520-615-3001 www.madaras.com

      Madaras Gallery (3035 N. Swan Road) offers savings of 25 to 75 percent on select items all weekend. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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    9. Refugee Youth Empowerment Concert and Film Event : Tucson

      September 29

      520-398-2542 theseaofglass.org

      Sea of Glass Center for the Arts (330 E. Seventh Street) presents an array of talented musicians from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. This 6 p.m. event starts with a screening of the award-winning film "Sauti." $15-20.

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    10. "The Unguarded Moment" at Etherton Gallery : Tucson

      September 4 to November 10

      520-624-7370 www.ethertongallery.com

      The gallery (135 S. Sixth Avenue) hosts its first exhibition of the 2018-19 season, which features a selection of photographs by Steve McCurry and Takeshi Ishikawa. The opening reception and book signing is 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, September 8.

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    11. Cochise County Fair : Douglas

      September 27 to September 30

      520-364-3819 cochisecountyfair.org/

      The 94th annual fair features live entertainment, livestock shows, exhibits, contests, fair food, a carnival and more. It opens at 10 a.m. daily at the Cochise County Fairgrounds (3677 N. Leslie Canyon Road).

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    12. MWR Fun Fest 2018 : Sierra Vista

      September 21 to September 23

      520-417-6960 www.sierravistaaz.gov

      The entire family can enjoy this favorite fall event featuring carnival rides and games, live entertainment, food and more. Free admission.

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    13. TUSD Homebuyer Expo : Tucson

      September 29

      520-837-4027 www.mayorrothschild.com/initiatives/help-for-homebuyers/

      From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Catalina Magnet High School (3645 E. Pima Street) hosts this expo featuring information on homebuyer assistance programs, qualifying for a mortgage and improving your credit score.

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    14. Legacy: 40th Anniversary of the Joseph Gross Gallery : Tucson

      September 6 to November 15

      art.arizona.edu

      This event celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Joseph Gross Gallery at the University of Arizona School of Art. A tribute to Joe Gross and reception in his honor is November 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.

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    15. Tucson Pride Parade : Tucson

      September 29

      www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-tucson-pride-parade-presented-by-intuit-registration-48140525608

      Starting at 11 a.m., this parade, which runs from Country Club Road and Manchester Street south on Country Club to Reid Park, celebrates the pride, diversity and culture of Tucson's community. This year's theme is "New Beginnings."

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    16. Tucson Pride Festival : Tucson

      September 29

      www.eventbrite.com/e/tucson-pride-in-the-desert-2018-tickets-45924799311

      Georges DeMeester Performance Center (900 S. Randolph Way) hosts this festival from noon to 9 p.m. Enjoy more than 50 retail, nonprofit and food vendors, plus community resources, entertainment, local artists and more. Tickets are $20 at the door.

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    17. A Very Arizona Oktoberfest : Tucson

      September 29

      www.arizonabeerhouse.com

      Arizona Beer House (150 S. Kolb Road) hosts this free, family-friendly event from noon until midnight. Enjoy Arizona-brewed German-style craft beers, German-inspired cuisine, other food options, kids activities, live music, contests and more.

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    18. Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum Sunday Open Houses : Tucson

      September 23 to May 26

      520-888-2222 gpdtrains.org

      The museum (3975 N. Miller Avenue) hosts open houses from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on select Sundays (see website for schedule). There are nine unique train layouts, plus a gift and hobby shop, all operated by volunteers. Free; donations accepted.

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  • Western

    1. U.S. Freestyle PWC Championship - Fall Round : Lake Havasu City

      September 22

      928-412-2976 www.pwcfreestyleusa.com

      From 1 to 7 p.m., Rotary Community Park hosts top U.S. freestyle athletes performing unbelievable aerial maneuvers, back flips, barrel rolls and submarines. Free for spectators.

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    2. 4th Annual Andy Devine Days Festival at Beale and Fourth Streets : Kingman

      September 21 to September 22

      www.andydevinedaysfestival.com/

      The festival schedule includes a parade, vendors, live entertainment, a car show, a human strength tractor pull contest, rock climbing, water slides, bungee stations, mechanical bull rides, a kiddie obstacle course and an art show.

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    3. Kingman Middle School Band Boosters Rummage Extravaganza : Kingman

      September 22

      Kingman Middle School hosts this sale of gently used items from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also included are a 50/50 raffle and live entertainment. All proceeds will benefit the school's band program.

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  • Northern

    1. Flagstaff Festival of Science -- Accelerating Into the Future : Flagstaff

      September 21 to September 30

      www.scifest.org

      The festival offers more than 100 free activities, including Science in the Park, SCI Talks, demonstrations, archaeology digs, guided hikes and open houses at research stations, observatories and museums.

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    2. Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers : Flagstaff

      September 27

      928-779-2300 flagartscouncil.org

      Coconino Center for the Arts presents an Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music with roots through Music Row, Brooklyn, and even to India.

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    3. 20th Annual “Standin’ on the Corner” Festival : Winslow

      September 28 to September 29

      928-289-3434 www.winslowarizona.org

      The Eagle Pavilion features live bands, arts and crafts, food and a live auction.

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    4. 9th Annual Hopi Festival at Heritage Square : Flagstaff

      September 29 to September 30

      928-522-8675 hopifestivalonheritagesquare.com

      Take part in a celebration of Hopi culture, including social dances, music and traditional and contemporary art, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

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    5. Festival of Science Open House : Flagstaff

      September 30

      928-233-3210 www.thearb.org/

      The Arboretum at Flagstaff hosts a family-friendly celebration of science and nature in the gardens with scientist lab demonstrations, a scavenger hunt and hands-on activities from 9 a.m. to noon. Free.

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  • Eastern

    1. Butterfly Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum : Superior

      September 22

      520-689-2811 arboretum.ag.arizona.edu

      Take a walking tour with Arizona State University researcher Ron Rutowski to see, photograph and learn about butterfly species.

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    2. Smithsonian Exhibition - Water/Ways – Miami – Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum : Miami

      September 22 to November 4

      azhumanities.org/water-ways/

      Explore the endless motion of the water cycle, its effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality and how human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways to protect water resources.

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    3. 43rd Annual Fall Artisans Festival – A Heritage Event : Pinetop-Lakeside

      September 28 to September 30

      928-367-4290 www.pinetoplakesidechamber.com

      The Orchard at Charlie Clark's features handmade crafted items by artisans from all over the country. Each artist displays and sells unique designs from jewelry to paintings to wood work! Also enjoy live entertainment.

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