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Things to do in Arizona

Things To Do In Arizona – September 2016

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Here is the line-up of Things to Do throughout the state of Arizona in September!

I think there is something for everyone – there are plenty of musical events, festivals and fairs  and the ballet opens its season with free outdoor performances!


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I hope that you will find something to do that is perfect for you.  I love getting feedback, so please let me know if you enjoyed any of these activities or if there are others that you think I should include.  Have a great September!!


Event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Some events require tickets or may charge fees for attendance. Please check with event organizers before attending.


September 1st – September 4th – 11th Annual HoCoFest Music Festival  – Tucson – Downtown Tucson venues – With more than 37 local and national acts, solar-powered entertainment venues, a record fair, family fair, eco fair, a barbecue, a fashion show, vendors, and more this is another great option for the Labor Day Weekend.   http://www.hotelcongress.com/events/september/


September 2nd – September 4th – The Third Annual Showdown in Tombstone – Allen Street, Tombstone   – Take a trip back to the “Old West” and enjoy the free street entertainment, gunfights, an 1880’s costume contest and parade, raffles, an auction and more!  520 457-3548 or http://www.tombstoneweb.com


September 2nd – September 5th – 67th Annual Coconino County Fair  – Flagstaff – Ft. Tuthill County Fairgrounds – What a great way to spend Labor Day weekend – enjoy the traditional fair exhibits, cultural presentations, local entertainment and national headliners.  There will also be a demolition derby, 4-H livestock auction, magicians, clowns, a petting zoo, musical performances, carnival rides and exhibits, $5-8, $5 parking, Fri-Sat 10 am – 10 pm, Mon 10 am – 4 pm, 928-679-8000 or http://www.coconino.az.gov


Cool picSeptember 3rd –  12th Annual Phoenix Cooks! – Phoenix – Westin Kierland – There will be over 50 great local restaurants as well as wineries, breweries and distillers giving demonstrations and  competing in challenges as well as giving tastings.  Some of the restaurants include Alto Ristorante, Season 52, Granada Bar and Grill and San Tan Brewing Company.  If you are a foodie this is a great event to check out.  $$ http://www.phoenixcooks.com


September 3rd – 11th Annual Wildlife and Science Festival – White Mountain Wildlife & Nature Center, Pinetop-Lakeside – This festival features interactive booths and displays with an assortment of live wildlife, a Science Festival, an archery range, demonstrations and exhibitions.  Wildlife World Zoo will be giving presentations as well.  The festival is free but there is a charge for some of the programs.  10am – 3pm  , or http://www.wmnature.org


September  3rd – September 5th – 24th Annual Flagstaff Art in the Park Labor Day Show –  Flagstaff – Wheeler Park – This very selective highly juried Arts & crafts festival features one-of-a-kind arts and fine crafts .  There will  also be music by local and regional musicians, children’s activities and  food. Free! Sat & Sun 9 am – 6 pm, Mon 9 am – 4 pm, 928-556-9498 or  http://www.flagstaffartinthepark.com


September 3rd – September 4th – Experience The Andes – The MIM, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix – This celebration of The Andes and its music and culture demonstrates the diversity of the longest mountain range in the world.  Enjoy the musical and dance performances and listen to talks and participate in hands-on activities.  9am – 5pm  Free with paid admission.  http://mim.org



September  3rd – September 4th – 36th Annual Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Festival – Pine – Community Center – Show up early so that you can enjoy the all you can eat pancake breakfast with sausage, OJ and coffee served up by the Pine Fire Department.  Then wander among the 85+ arts & crafts booths. Free Sat 8 am – 5 pm, Sun 8 am – 4 pm, 928-476-4480 or http://www.pinestrawhs.org or  http://www.paysonrimcountry.com


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September 3rd – September 5th – The 31st Annual Faire on the Square  – Prescott – Over 150 artists will set out their creations for you to peruse on the historic Courthouse Plaza.  There will also be food and entertainment. 9 am – 5 pm,  Monday 9am – 3pm  928-445-2000 or http://www.visit-prescott.com  or http://www.prescott.org


September 5th –   Annual Labor Day Grill at the Mill – Queen Creek Olive Mill – Why grill yourself when you can drive over to the Olive Mill and have some delectable food and wine without any work!  Enjoy the live music or take an Olive Oil 101 class.  Varying $$ 11am – 3pm  480 888-9290  or http://www.queencreekolivemill.com


September 6th – September 11th – 70th Annual Navajo Nation Fair – Navajo Nation Fairgrounds, Window Rock – This celebration of the Navajo Nation includes rodeos, horse racing, a parade, Pow Wows, live concerts, traditional song & dance, fry bread contests, BBQs, exhibits, arts and crafts and more!  $   928 871-6647 or http://www.navajonationparks.org


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September 9th – Mesa Arts Center 2016 Kick-off – Mesa Arts Center – Enjoy the live music, great food and so much more at this evening kicking off the upcoming season.  This family friendly free event will feature plenty of surprise acts to entertain you throughout the evening.  6-10pm.  https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/events/2015-season-kick-off


September 10th –  12th Annual Teddy Bear Day – Downtown Glendale – Who doesn’t love Teddy Bears?   Enjoy a fun-filled Teddy Bearday of make-and-take arts and crafts, special treats and exclusive deals in Glendale. You can even meet  lovable, huggable Al the Bear! Start your day at the Glendale Visitor Center where you can take a spin on the prize wheel and pick up a map, coupons and a gift bag while supplies last. And while at the center, contribute a new or gently hugged teddy bear. These bears will go to the Glendale Fire Department Trauma Teddy Program, the Glendale Crisis Response Team and United Way to comfort young children who have been affected by a traumatic event.   10 am – 4 pm  More info 623-930-4500 or http://www.visitglendale.com


September 10th  – 44th Annual  Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque – Sedona – Located in the beautiful arts and crafts village of Tlaquepaque this celebration of Mexico’s independence promises to be an outstanding day with entertainment, strolling mariachi bands, folklorico dance groups and Flamenco as well as classical guitarists.  Artists will be displaying their wares and food will be available.  Entry is free, 10 am – 5 pm, 928-282-4838  or http://www.tlaq.com


September 10th – Take a Hike!  Hiking Spree Kickoff  – Prescott – Highlands Center for Natural History – It’s time to get those hiking boots out again!  Explore 12 new trails!  If you hike 8 out of the 12 trails between September – December you will receive a collector’s medallion! Free. http://www.highlandscenter.org


September 11th – 19th Annual Empty Bowls – Courthouse Plaza, Prescott   – the idea, by filling your bowl you will help to fill others.   Pick out a bowl created by local artisans and then you get to enjoy two helpings of gourmet soups created by local chefs – the best part – all of the proceeds go to local food banks! $15.00pp – 11am – 2pm  http://prescottdowntown.com/events


September 16th – September 18th –  11th Annual Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival – Flagstaff – Pepsi Amphitheater – Three days of great music with workshops and a band contest with more than $2000 in prizes!  On Saturday night there is a barn dance.  Family friendly with kids activities, jamming, and on-site camping, Fri noon – 8 pm, Sat. 10 am – 7 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm, 928-525-1695  or http://www.pickininthepines.org


September 16th – September 25th – 8th Annual Arizona Restaurant Week  – Throughout Arizona –  Over 200 restaurants throughout the phoenix cooksstate will be offering three-course meals at special prices of between $33.00 – $44.00 per person excluding drinks, taxes and tips.   These meals will be featuring some of the best specialties of the chefs. See which restaurants are participating at: www.ArizonaRestaurantWeek.com


September 17th-  11th Annual Flagstaff Marathon – The “Coolest Marathon” in Arizona  – Flagstaff – Flagstaff Nordic Center – 10K, half and full-marathon trail runs to benefit North Country Community Health Center, this is one of the most scenic and difficult marathons in the Southwest.   $40-80, 6:30 am, 928-600-0385 or http://www.FlagstaffNordicCenter.com


September 17th – 5th Annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest – Downtown Chandler.  This food, music and cultural celebration features creative tacos from a dozen local restaurants and many other delectable delights.  Other highlights include live entertainment, chihuahua races, ballet folklorico, salsa contests a taco eating contest and much more.  Noon – 9pm Tickets $8.00 ahead of time and $10.00 at the door.  A limited number of VIP tickets are available.  http://www.rockintacoaz.com/


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September 22nd – September 30th – Ballet Under the Stars – This is the 19th year that Ballet Arizona is starting off its season with these FREE outdoors events.  They feature a variety of pieces from classical to contemporary.  This year’s events are:


Thursday, September 22nd  –  Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, Goodyear   7:00PM

Friday, September 23rd – Fountain Park, Fountain Hills  7:00PM

Saturday, September 24th – Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix (Phoenix Green) 7:00PM

Thursday, September 29th – Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater, Tempe – 7:00PM

Friday, September 30th – Beardsley Park, Sun City West  -7:00PM

For more info go to: http://www.balletaz.org



September 22nd – September 25th – 40th Annual Tucson Greek Festival – St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Tucson – Enjoy delicious Greek food and pastries.  There will be live music and plenty of Greek dancing.  Kids games, door prizes and more.  Thursday 5-10 pm, Friday 3-11pm, Saturday 11 am – 11 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm.  Admission $3.00 12 and under are free.  http://www.tucsongreekfest.com/


SalsaSeptember 23rd – September 24th – Annual SalsaFest – Safford – Safford Town Square – This is the 8th Annual festival this year with activities  including a Salsa Making Competition (of course), Live Entertainment, Salsa Challenge, Beer Garden and even a Car Show!  Fri.  5-9 pm,  Sat. 9 am – 4 pm, 928 428-1570 or http://www.SalsaTrail.com


September 23rd  –  September 24th –  18th Annual “Standin’ on the Corner” Park Festival – Winslow – Named after the song that really put Winslow on the map this festival includes live bands, arts & crafts, food, and  an auction. On Saturday there is the Winslow Fire Truck Tug to benefit Special Olympics kids. Free, 928-289-3434 or http://www.standinonthecorner.com


September 23rd – October 2nd  Flagstaff Festival of Science – The Science of Change – a 10-day family event featuring more than 80 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, interactive science exhibits, presentations and demonstrations, explore the Grand Canyon including what scientists are still learning about its age and what ancient rocks are revealing about climate changes, step back in time to imagine the world of the prehistoric Sinagua who once inhabited Northern Arizona, free, http://www.scifest.org


September 24th – Smithsonian Museum Day  – Part of an annual event where museums across the country open their doors for free to visitors with a Museum Day ticket.   Get a free ticket online to visit one of these participating museums:


Arizona History Museum, Tucson

Arizona Museum of Natural History, Mesa

Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior

The Museum of Casa Grande, Casa Grande

Jerome State Historic Park, Jerome,

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, Phoenix

Heard Museum, Phoenix

Go to  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday   to check on times and to print out your free passes.


September 24th – Annual Fiesta Peoria – Peoria Sports Complex – Celebrate the rich Hispanic culture and heritage.  There will be live music, delicious foods, a rock wall, carnival rides a kid’s zone and more.  2-10:30 pm.  12 and under free.  $5.00 before 5pm – $10.00 after 5pm  https://fiestapeoria.com/fiestahome.aspx


September 24th – Cornucopia Fall Festival – Thorpe Park Softball Fields, Flagstaff.   Celebrate Flagstaff with fall-themed attractions, carnival rides, pumpkin patch, horse drawn hay rides, live entertainment, delicious fall food and beverages, a giant Kid Zone and a ton of local vendors! 10am – 9pm.  $5.00 general admission – free for kids 6 and under.  http://www.flagcorn.com/


Sedona wine

September 24th – September 25th –  8th Annual Sedona Wine Fest 2015 – Posse Grounds Park –  15 wineries from Arizona will come together to promote their wines in a spirit of fun and community.  Enjoy tasting wines which rival the wines of California, Germany and France.  This year there will be a juried art exhibit as well as entertainment and food. $25.00 online/ $30.00 at the door includes glass and 8 tastings, Sat. 11 am – 5 pm, Sun 11 am – 5 pm, http://www.sedonawinefest.com


September 24th – September 25th – Fall Pumpkin Festival –  Apple Annie’s – Willcox – Enjoy good old fashioned fall family fun at Apple Annie’s.  You can pick pumpkins in their huge pumpkin patch and then find your way through the corn maze – Arizona’s largest – with two difficulty levels.  Hayrides will also be available.  http://www.appleannies.com/apples-annies-event-calendar.htm


The Fountain at Fountain Hills Fountain Hills[/caption]September 30th – October 1st – Oktoberfest – Fountain Park, Fountain Hills – Come out to beautiful Fountain Hills to enjoy a good old fashioned Oktoberfest with German food, German music beer, contests and moreJ  Free –5-10pm  http://www.experiencefountainhills.org/


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