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Things to do in Arizona

Things To Do In Arizona – September 2017


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


Isn’t it great to look forward to the coming months as it gets cooler and allows us to enjoy more and more of these great outdoor activities?


Here are some more fun things to do 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.


Ongoing until September 4th  – Snowbowl’s Scenic Skyride -Snowbowl, Flagstaff – Memorial Day weekend kicks-off the summer season in Flagstaff and the easiest way to see northern Arizona is by taking the skyride, ranger talks at the top, $13-19, 10 am – 4 pm, 928-779-1951 or http://www.arizonasnowbowl.com



​Ongoing until September 2nd –  Flashlight Tours – Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix.  Every Thursday and Saturday from May 28th through September 3rd bring the family to enjoy the self-paced stroll along the Garden’s Desert Discovery Trail that takes you to discovery stations where you will experience the plants, animals, sights and sounds of the desert night.  Please bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes, 7 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays, 480-941-1225  http://www.dbg.org


Ongoing through September 4th –  Sand Sculpting by Ray Villafane – Carefree – Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion/Carefree Desert Gardens – Come play amidst the Carefree Desert Gardens with over 30 tons of sand!  World renowned sculptor, Ray Villafane, not only carves pumpkins for Carefree in the Fall, but has made an impact on the sand sculpting community, creating award winning larger-than-life sand sculptures for various attractions and events throughout the world. He’s been to Russia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Italy and now Carefree!  Ray also creates the Carefree Pumpkin Garden in October for the Town. Over 30,000 people visited the exhibition with major media outlets traveling the country to see his unparalleled work. – Free – Daily 8am – 8pm  http://www.carefree.org/352/Sand-Sculpting-Exhibit




August 30th  – September 3rd – 12th 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 1st – First Friday Artwalk – Flagstaff- Downtown Flagstaff.  This is one of Northern Arizona’s premier arts events.  On the first Friday of each month the art galleries and businesses of downtown Flagstaff stay open from 4-8pm.  There are special arts exhibits, live music and more.  http://flagartscouncil.org/artwalk/


September 1st – Artlink First Friday Phoenix – Downtown Phoenix – Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. every First Friday of the month. (Note: each art space has their own hours.) There is even a First Friday Trolley to help you get around!   Free.  https://artlinkphoenix.com/first-fridays/




September 1st – September 4th – 68th 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



September 2nd – September 4thThe Fourth 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



Liberty Market - Stuffed Zucchini FlowersSeptember 2nd –  13th 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 Brat Haus and Tanzy just to name a few.  If you are a foodie this is a great event to check out.  $$ http://www.phoenixcooks.com



September 2nd – 12th 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  2nd – September 4th – 25th 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  2nd – September 3rd – 37th 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 2nd – September 4th – The 30th 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  




September 4th –   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 5th – September 10th71st 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



If there is an event that you think that we should know about email me at David@OnlineArizonaHomes.com or visit our Facebook page and post a comment.


September 8th – Mesa Arts Center 2017 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




Tempe Healing Fields - Flags with Plane overheadSeptember 8th – 11th – 14th Annual Healing Fields – Tempe Town Lake – All are invited to walk through the ordered rows of flags posted at Tempe Beach Park from the 8th to the 11th of September.  A flag is flown in memory of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives as a result of the attacks on 9/11/2001. Visiting the field is an experience never to be forgotten.  6am – 8pm each day.  https://www.healingfield.org/tempe17/#eventdetails





September 9th –  13th Annual Teddy Bear Day – Downtown Glendale – Who doesn’t love Teddy Bears?   Enjoy a fun-filled day 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 9th  – 45th 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 9th – 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 15th – September 17th –  12th 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 15th – September 24th – Annual Arizona Restaurant Week  – Throughout Arizona –  Over 200 restaurants throughout the state 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




Joyride Tacos in Downtown Gilbert

September 16th – 6th 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 16th-  17th 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 21st – September 30th – Ballet Under the Stars – This is the 20th 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 21st– Beardsley Park, Sun City West  -7:00PM

Friday, September 22nd – Fountain Park, Fountain Hills  7:00PM

Saturday, September 23rd – Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix (Phoenix Green) 7:00PM

Thursday, September 28th – Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater, Tempe – 7:00PM

Saturday, September 30th  –  Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, Goodyear   7:00PM


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



September 21st – September 24th – 41st 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/




September 22nd – October 1st –  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 23rd – 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 (this is a partial list):


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

Phippen Museum, Prescott


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




September 29th – September 30th – 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 29th  –  September 30th –  19th 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. $5.00pp, 928-289-3434 or http://www.standinonthecorner.com



September 23rd – September 24th –  9th Annual Sedona Wine Fest  – 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. $35.00 online/ $40.00 at the door includes glass and 6 tastings, Sat. 11 am – 5 pm, Sun 11 am – 5 pm, http://www.sedonawinefest.com




September 23rd – September 24th – 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




September 29th – September 30th – 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/




September 30th – 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/




September 30th – October 29th – Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party  – Queen Creek –Schnepf Farms was named as one of the “Top 5” Pumpkin Farms in the Southwest by Sunset Magazine and Voted the “Best Harvest Event” by AZCentral Critics Choice 2012! – Find out what everyone is talking about!  Visit Schnepf Farms to watch Hillbilly Bob’s pig races, go on spooky train rides, and get lost in the 10 acre corn maze.  There will also be  live entertainment, a carousel, a petting barn,  bonfires, a pumpkin patch and fireworks, $18.00 at the gate  or $15.00 at Fry’s (entrance fee does not include some rides and food).   Every Thursday & Sunday 10 am – 9 pm, Friday & Saturdays 10 am – 10 pm, 480-987-3100 or http://www.schnepffarms.com/event/pumpkin-chili-party/


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