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Things to do in Arizona

Things To Do In Arizona – September 2015

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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, rodeos and the ballet opens its season with free outdoor performances!


On another note, this is also a great time to buy and sell homes in Arizona. If you are considering buying or selling a home I would welcome your call! You can also search for homes on my website at www.OnlineArizonaHomes.com


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 4th – September 7th – 66th 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 4th – September 6th – 10th 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.visittucson.org


September 4th – September 6th   3rd Annual AZ Reggae Fest – WestWorld, Scottsdale   – This 3 day event is the largest reggae event in Arizona. Join with thousands of others to spend the day shopping, eating great Caribbean foods and enjoying fantastic music. There will be live performances from local, national and international recording artists. http://azreggaefest.com



September 5th – 11th 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, Wrights at the Biltmore, Bourbon Jack’s and Lon’s at the Hermosa. If you are a foodie this is a great event to check out. $$ http://www.phoenixcooks.com



September 5th – 10th 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 , http://www.pinetoplakesidechamber.com/_wildlife.php or http://www.wmnature.org



September 5th – 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 5th – September 7th – 23rd 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 5th – September 6th – 3rd Annual Experience India – The MIM, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix – This celebration of East India and its music and culture demonstrates the diversity of the different regions of the country. 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 5th – September 6th – 35th 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 5th – September 7th – The Second 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 5th – September 7th – 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 or http://www.prescott.org



September 6th – September 13th – 69th 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.navajonationfair.com/ or http://www.navajonationparks.org



September 7th –   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 8th-September 12th- Arizona ATV Outlaw Trail Jamboree – Eagar – Eagar Event Center – ATVers from all over the state get together in the White Mountains to ride on over 18 different trails, be a part of an ATV parade, view a wild-west shootout, be entertained by cowboy poets and then in the evenings partake in western dances with live bands. 866-409-9378 or http://www.azatvoutlawtrail.com




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September 12th – 11th 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 12th – 43rd 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 12th – 14th Annual Bisbee Bloomer Garden Tour – Bisbee – Bisbee residents open their yards to the public. This year there will be 10 gardens in different communities so there will be plenty of diversity.Local musicians will play at select locations. $10, 10 am – 4 pm, 520-432-3554 or 866-2BISBEE or http://www.discoverbisbee.com


September 12th – Starlight Tours – Grape Train Escapes – Verde Canyon Railroad – Clarkdale, AZ   On this “escape” wines from Tuscany will be paired with delectable appetizers.


Also, this evening if you prefer Tequila you can ride the Tequila Sunset Limited where you will sip premium Tequilas paired with delicious cheeses, Ceviche, Margarita Cake and infused chocolate covered peppers.

Both experiences depart at 5:30 and return at 9:30 pm. $129.00/pp. Because availability is limited you should reserve early. http://verdecanyonrr.com/



September 12th – 2nd Annual Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event – The Venue, Scottsdale   The Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event is a fun and festive celebration of Scottsdale’s diverse culture of culinary proportions. Festival chefs will showcase their dishes in four heat levels: mild, medium, hot and nuclear. How much heat can you take? Festival patrons will sip, sample, and vote for their favorites in each category including Best Mild, Medium, Hot and Nuclear dish plus Overall Favorite Dish of the Night! This is a 21 and over event. $40 – $55.00pp http://www.scottsdalespice.org



September 13th – 18th 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 18th – September 20th – 10th 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 18th – September 27th – 8th 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



September 18 – September 27th – Flagstaff Festival of Science – Exploring New Horizons – 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 19th- 10th 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 20th – Antiques on the Square – Prescott – Courthouse Plaza – 50+ dealers of antiques and collectibles, including glass, pottery, furniture, art, jewelry, primitives and unique surprises. Admission is free, 8 am – 4 pm, 928-445-5137 or http://www.prescott.org




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September 24th – October 2nd – Ballet Under the Stars – This is the 18th 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 24th – Beardsley Park, Sun City West -7:00PM


Friday, September 25th – Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, Goodyear   7:00PM


Saturday, September 26th – Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix (Phoenix Green) 7:00PM


Thursday, October 1st – Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater, Tempe – 7:00PM


Friday, October 2nd – Fountain Park, Fountain Hills 7:00PM


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




September 25th – September 26th – 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 25th – September 26th – Annual Salsa Fest – Safford – Safford Town Square – This is the 8th Annual festival this year with activities including a Salsa Making Competition (of course), Live Entertainment, Hot Air Balloons, Chihuahua Races, Salsa & Jalapeño Eating Competitions, Raffle Prizes, a Kid’s Corner and even a Car Show! Fri. 5-9 pm, Sat. 9 am – 4 pm, 928 428-1570 or http://www.SalsaTrail.com



September 25th – September 26th – 17th 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 26th – Fall Friends of Hubbell Native American Arts Auction – Window Rock – Navajo Nation Museum – Preview the over 400 items being auctioned from 9am – 11am (remember the Navajo Nation DOES observe Daylight Savings Time) and then at noon you can bid on everything from Hopi pottery, Katsina dolls, baskets and sash belts, Navajo baskets, rugs, pottery and paintings. Vendors will also offer food, arts and crafts, 928-755-3475 or www.friendsofhubbell.org or http://www.nps.gov/hutr



September 26th – 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,


Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Phoenix


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 26th – September 27th – 7th 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 6 tastings, Sat. 11 am – 5 pm, Sun 11 am – 5 pm, http://www.sedonawinefest.com




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Have a great September and a wonderful Labor Day Weekend- stay cool and drink plenty of water!