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Things To Do In Arizona – May, 2017

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Things to Do in Arizona – May, 2017



Hi Friends,


Here is the newsletter:  Things to Do in Arizona – May, 2017.


I hope that this email finds you well and that you will be able to enjoy some of these activities even as our weather is warming up.  With the warmer weather there are still plenty of things to do both in town as well as loads of good reasons to get out of town!


Here are some fun things to do in May in Arizona – I think there is something for everyone – you can take a ride on a ski-lift, enjoy great Arizona restaurants and celebrate Cinco de Mayo!  I hope that you will find something that is perfect for you.


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


 ** Contest Alert ** – If you love Arizona and would like to win a subscription to Arizona Highways then just go to our website and at the bottom of the newsletter submit a comment about your favorite activity for the month of Mayl.  We will be holding a drawing and giving away two one year subscriptions to two lucky winners – Good luck!!


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 May!!


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 to May 14th – Spring Butterfly Exhibit – Phoenix – Desert Botanical Gardens – Butterflies are back and better than ever at the new 3,200 square foot Butterfly Pavilion located near the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. The new Exhibit features hundreds of live, fluttering butterflies among the desert landscapes and stunning views of the Papago Butte, as well as a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber. It promises to be delightful, magical and educational for children and adults.  Included with paid admission.  9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily.  https://www.dbg.org/events/spring-butterfly-exhibit




May 5th – First Friday Art Walk – Historic Downtown Flagstaff  Enjoy the live music and refreshment, meet local artists, shop for original artwork  Free  6-9 pm, 928-773-2300 or http://www.FlagstaffArtWalk.com



May 6th– 35th Annual Festival of the Sun, Solar Potluck and Exhibition – Catalina State Park – Started 35 years ago by “hippies” intrigued by the concept of solar cooking this is the world’s oldest continuously running solar event.  Throughout the day there will be exhibits of various solar appliances (ovens, coolers, lights, etc.) and demonstrations as well.  There will be speakers & musicians to entertain & inform.  People will be setting up and cooking on their own solar ovens  – including one that can cook ten pounds of chicken in one hour (better stay clear of that one!)  The potluck will begin at 5:00pm.  Everyone can join in the feast – if you didn’t cook you can bring a salad, watermelon, side dish, ice, etc. Enter the raffle and you could even win your own solar oven!  10am – Sunset – The event & potluck are free – $7.00/car for admission to the park.  http://www.solarguild.org/2016-solar-potluck.html



May 6th – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – Tlaquepaque, Sedona.  This colorful Fiesta salutes a rich heritage, enjoy the music of mariachi musicians, clap to the steps of Folklorico dancers and savor traditional Mexican food, stop in and be a judge at the Great Sedona Chili Cook- Off, 11 am – 5 pm, 928-282-4838 or http://www.tlaq.com



May 6th – 39th  Annual Whiskey Row Marathon Prescott – Courthouse  Considered one of the most difficult in the U.S., panoramic views of Northern AZ, from 5,280 to 7,000 ft. in first 7 miles, also half marathon, 10K run, 10K judged racewalk, 2 mile fun run/walk, 6 am, 928-445-7221 or http://www.whiskeyrowmarathon.com/



May 6th – Native American Arts Auction – Ganado – Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site  More than 400 items including Hopi pottery, katsina dolls, baskets and sash belts, Navajo baskets, rugs, pottery and paintings, free, vendors also offer food and arts and crafts, 9 am preview, noon auction, daylight savings time, 928-755-3475 or http://www.friendsofhubbell.org  or http://www.nps.gov/hutr



May 7th  –  24th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival – Washington Street, Phoenix – Are you looking for  a Cinco de Mayo Festival that is less about partying and more about traditions?  Then you will want to head to downtown Phoenix to celebrate the rich Mexican heritage.  You will be able to enjoy music, ballet floklorico dancers, wrestlers and have plenty of opportunities to eat some great Mexican food.  Admission $5.00.  Noon to 10pm Sunday  602 279-4669  www.cincophx.com



Didn’t find anything of interest for this week – Check out the facebook page Things to do in Arizona for even more ideas and updates.



May 7th  – Chandler Symphony Orchestra Concert  – Chandler Center for the Arts – This is a great opportunity to bring the whole family to enjoy beautiful classical music for free (Donations appreciated)!!  This Concert “Light of Heart” will feature the Viola Concerto by Walton.   3 pm, http://www.chandlersymphony.com/







May 12th – 9th Annual National Public Gardens Day – Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson. Admission will be free in honor of National Public Gardens Day.  8:30 am – 4:30pm.  www.tucsonbotanical.org



May 12th – May 14th and  May 20th – May 21st –  Annual Peach Festival  Queen Creek – Schnepf Farms.   Orchards will be open for picking, Peach foods sampling tent, peach pie eating contest,  peach pit toss, arts & crafts, carousel rides, petting barn, honeybee rides, chef demonstrations, live entertainment.  $5.00 admission & $ rides.   7:30 am – 4 pm, 480-987-3100 or http://www.schnepffarms.com



May 13th –  Annual Payson Wildlife Fair and Fishing Festival  – Green Valley Park, Payson – Since it is warming up in the valley this might be the perfect time to plan a short escape to the high country and this is the perfect excuse to do it!  Your chances of catching a fish are greatly improved as they stock the lakes with extra rainbow trout and they will even loan you a rod and bait if you don’t have your own! There will be loads of other fun things to do, including visiting booths with birds of prey, live reptiles and other wildlife, booths with outdoor recreation and wildlife experts, and canoeing and kayaking lessons. Free, 9 am – 3 pm, 928-474-5242 ext 7 or http://www.paysonparks.com or http://www.paysonrimcountry.com



May 13th & 14th – Annual Prescott Fine Art and Wine Festival Prescott – What a perfect destination for Mother’s Day weekend – Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott is home to this juried art show with more than 140 artisans from throughout the West, displaying and demonstrating their one of a kind works. Sample fine wines from Arizona vineyards in the wine garden or have some tasty treats from some of Prescott’s best restaurants.  Sat 9 am – 5pm, Sun 9 am – 4 pm, 928-445-2510 or http://www.PrescottArtFestivals.com



May 13th & 14th – The Annual Prescott Highland Games  Prescott –  “Loch” Watson – Your entire family will enjoy the wide array of musicians, Scottish Highland & Country dancing, Bagpipe bands, tasty British food and drink, handmade crafts, and Sheepdog demonstrations.  Watch Scottish athletic competitions including the amazing caber toss, hammer throw, weight for height and more. Research your ancestral roots at the genealogy tent. Don’t miss the 10am opening ceremonies with march of the clans led by Southwest Skye Pipes & Drums and the 1pm Massed Bands. By Prescott Area Celtic Society- $15-20.00, 9 am –5 pm, http://prescotthighlandgames.com



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.

May 19th through May 28th – Arizona Spring Restaurant Week  Restaurants throughout Arizona.   Take advantage of restaurant week pricing on a three course pre-fixe meal for either $33 or $44 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), a few of the restaurants includes:  Christo’s Restaurant , Vincent on Camelback, Stockyard’s Steakhouse, Phoenix City Grille, Sumo Maya,  and more.    http://www.arizonarestaurantweek.com



May 19th – Annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series – Desert Botanical Gardens – Phoenix.   Enjoy the desert’s beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians, this week features the Blues Review  Band singing the blues, reservations recommended.  $25-30.00, Fridays, 7:30 pm, 480-481-8188 or http://www.dbg.org



May 20th – 20th Annual Mariachi Festival – Patagonia Lake State Park, Enjoy this lively Mariachi festival with authentic Mexican food, hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle corn & shaved ice in a fun family environment, bring: plenty of water, lawn chair, sunscreen, hat, in addition, Patagonia offers fishing, birding, boat tours, and nature walks, $20/vehicle (up to four adults), 9am – 9pm.  http://azstateparks.com/Parks/PALA/events.html



May 20th – May 21st –  Annual Peach Festival  Queen Creek – Schnepf Farms.   Orchards will be open for picking, Peach foods sampling tent, peach pie eating contest,  peach pit toss, arts & crafts, carousel rides, petting barn, honeybee rides, chef demonstrations, live entertainment.  $5.00 admission & $ rides.   7:30 am – 4 pm, 480-987-3100 or http://www.schnepffarms.com



May 20th & 21st – 52nd Annual Home & Historic Building Tour  – Jerome.   This  is the longest running home tour in Arizona!  Visit historic homes and buildings for a glimpse back in time, homes range from Victorians on Company Hill to renovated miner’s shacks, self-paced, continuous shuttle service, $10-20, 9 am – 3 pm, 928-634-2900 or http://www.jeromechamber.com



May 25th – May 29th – 11th Annual White Mountain Spring Carnival – Pinetop-Lakeside – Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex. Fun for the entire family with rides, games and food, proceeds benefit the Nature Center. Free. 928-358-3069 or http://www.wmnature.org




May 26th –  4th Friday Art Walk  Prescott  15 galleries stay open late and offer food, musical entertainment, artist receptions and painting demonstrations, http://www.artthe4th.com



May 27th – May 29th – Arizona 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, Fri-Sun., $10-19, 10 am – 4 pm, 928-779-1951 or http://www.arizonasnowbowl.com



May 27th – 8th Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival– Rancho Mañana Golf Club, Cave Creek. Enjoy live music by local bands, as well as food, beverages, cocktails and wine. Locally brewed Four Peaks beer will be available for purchase, turn the kids loose at the larger-than-ever kids’ zone and great activities, $7-15.00 admission, 5:30-10 pm.  http://www.cavecreekballoonfestival.com



May 27th –  Flashlight Tours – Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix.  Every Thursday and Saturday from May 27th through September 2nd 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




May 27th  through May 28th –  Annual Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Festival  Pine – Pine Community Center  75+ arts & crafts booths, featuring stained glass, jewelry, wood items, pottery, baby items, art work, cards, copper items, Fire Dept. pancake breakfast, raffle for three quilts, children’s activities, food, Free, 928-476-6537 or http://www.rimcountrychamber.com  or http://www.pinestrawhs.org




May 27th through May 29th43rd Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale  – Prescott – Located on the grounds of the historic courthouse, this annual event features some of the best Western art in the country. Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm, Monday 9am – 3pm.  928 778-1385. or http://www.phippenartmuseum.org/




May 27th  through May 29th38th Annual Wyatt Earp Days -Tombstone.  Celebrate the life and times of the Old West’s most famous lawman in “the town too tough to die,” with costumed entertainers, BBQ, stagecoach rides, free,  http://www.tombstonechamber.com


Are you looking for even more ideas for things to do?  Visit Things to do in Arizona for even more ideas!

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