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Things to do in Arizona

Things To Do In Arizona – May 2016

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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


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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.



Bruce Monroe

Bruce Monroe

Ongoing until May 8th – Bruce Munro:  Sonoran Light – Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix.  Visit eight large scale light installations throughout the gardens.  This extraordinary new exhibit includes:


  • Field of Light, featuring 30,000 individual spheres of gently blooming light nestled on the hillside of the Garden Butte, cascading down onto the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail.
  • Saguaro, inspired by the colossal cactus, this piece stands as a marker to show what caught Munro’s imagination during his very first visit to the Garden.
  • Temperate Zone, Munro’s interpretation of the ingenious cooling pots created by the indigenous population of the Southwest hundreds of years ago.
  • Water-Towers, where 58 glowing towers grace the Garden among the iconic saguaro cacti.
  • Chindi, suspended in elegant form from the structures of the Sybil B. Harrington Succulent Gallery.
  • Beacon, Eden Blooms and Fireflies installations will further engage in dialog with visitors and the desert landscape.


Nightly from 6pm – 11pm.  Tickets are $12.50 – $30.00. Reservations are highly encouraged for this very popular exhibit. 480-481-8188 or http://www.dbg.org



Ongoing until June 5th – Stradivarius:  Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker – The MIM, Phoenix  On view only at MIM, this one-of-a-kind exhibition introduces the story of how early violin makers from the northern Italian city of Cremona shaped music from the sixteenth century onward. See and hear timeless masterpieces that were handcrafted by master luthiers, including Andrea Amati, the founding father of the violin; the rogue genius Guarneri del Gesù; and the master himself—Antonio Stradivari. The exhibition includes several modern-day masterworks that demonstrate the continuing influence of Cremona’s early masters.  $10.00 – $27.00pp  http://mim.org



May 1st  – 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 “Musical Majesty” will feature music by Kabalevsky, Elgar and Tchaikovsky.   3 pm, http://www.chandlersymphony.org



May 6th – 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 – 8th Annual National Public Gardens Day – Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix This celebration of National Public Gardends includes tai chi and yoga demonstrations, learn about garden and cactus blooms, there will be discovery stations, bird watching, photography tours and demonstrations. $10-22, http://dbg.org



Tlaquepaque - Cinco de Mayo

May 7th – 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 7th – 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 & 8th –  23rd  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 – free for 12 and under.  2pm – midnight Saturday, noon to 10pm Sunday  602 279-4669  www.arvizu.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.



Prescott SquareMay 7th & 8th – 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 – Annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series  Phoenix – Desert Botanical Garden Desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians, this week features Big Pete Pearson Blues Band singing the blues, reservations recommended, $20-25, Fridays, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or http://www.dbg.org



May 14th – 38th  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 14th –  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, 928-947-5242 ext 7 or http://www.paysonparks.com or http://www.paysonrimcountry.com



May 14th – National Train Day Celebration at the Verde Canyon Railroad – Verde Canyon Railroad Depot, Clarkdale. – Celebrate trains with exhibits, entertainment and activities from local area attractions and tour the John Bell Museum and vintage rail cars.  Free.  10am-1pm.  http://verdecanyonrr.com/events/national-train-day/



May 14th & 15th – 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- $10-15, 9 am –5 pm, http://prescotthighlandgames.com



Peach Festival

May 14th –  May 22nd – 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, free, 7:30 am – 4 pm, 480-987-3100 or http://www.schnepffarms.com


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


May 20th through May 29th – Arizona Spring Restaurant Week  Phoenix  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: POSH, Binkley’s Restaurant, Cafe Bink, Phoenix City Grille, Local Bistro,  and more.    http://www.arizonarestaurantweek.com



May 21st –  Mariachi Festival – Patagonia Lake State Park, Enjoy this lively ariachi 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, $15/vehicle (up to four adults), 10 am, http://azstateparks.com/Parks/PALA/events.html



May 21st & 22nd – 51st 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 27th –  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 28th – 7th 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, $5-10 admission, 5:30-10 pm.  http://www.cavecreekballoonfestival.com



May 28th –  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



May 28th  through May 29th –  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 28th through May 30th – 42nd 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/images/resources/WAS2015JuryApp.pdf



May 28th  through May 30th – 37th 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



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