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Things to do in Arizona

Things To Do In Arizona – May 2015

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With the warmer weather there are 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 watch Chihuahuas race, 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


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.


April 28th through May 3rd  – 15th Annual Fiesta de las Aves  Various locations in southern Arizona.  This “Festival of the Birds” includes a variety of activities for birders and other wildlife enthusiasts. The festival is a traveling affair, with activities taking place at a series of outstanding birding locations in Cochise and Santa Cruz counties. Activities include walks, tours and even a chance to see  migrating hummingbirds get banded! 520-432-1388 or www.sabo.org





May 1st+ – 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 2nd6th Annual AZ BBQ Festival – Scottsdale, Salt River Field at Talking Stick. With “red-neck” themed games, live music, tons of BBQ and plenty of beer and beverages this is a festival that you will not want to miss! 11am – 8pm 480 270-5102 or http://www.azbbqfestival.com




May 2nd – 37th  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.prescottymca.org




Chihuahua RacesMay 2nd –  Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival & Chihuahua Races  Chandler This festival honors the Hispanic community’s many contributions to the City of Chandler, the event also features the very popular Chihuahua Races.  Following the races the King & Queen Chihuahua winners will get a medal and a special coronation cape the Chihuahuas are judged on the following: Best Dressed, Best Temperament and Most Fashionable The Coronation begins at 4 p.m. or immediately following the Chihuahua races.  Free music & entertainment, 10 am – 5 pm,  http://www.chandleraz.gov




May 2nd – 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 2nd & 3rd –  22nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival  Van Buren Street, Phoenix – Are you looking mariachifor  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




May 3rd  – 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!! This Concert “War & Peace a Homage to the Great Wars will feature Quiet City by Copland and Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov.  3 pm, http://www.chandlersymphony.org




May 7th  –  Art Bridge Thursdays –  Downtown Scottsdale Waterfront – Browse through unique wares created by local Arizona artisans while enjoying the free live entertainment. Every Thursday evening from 6-9pm  Where: the Marshall Way Pedestrian Bridge, at The Waterfront / Southbridge Plaza area. Here is a map to Southbridge.  http://www.artisanmarketsaz.com




May 9th –  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 9thNational 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.




Scottish HighlandMay 9th & 10th – 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




May 9th & 10th and May 16th through May 17th – 20th 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






May 9th & 10th - Annual Prescott Fine Art and Wine Festival Prescott – What a perfect destination for Prescott SquareMother’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 15th – 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




phoenix cooksMay 15th through May 25th – 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, Wrights at the Biltmore, Top of the Rock, Southern Rail, Lon’s at the Hermosa, and Citizen Public House.    http://www.arizonarestaurantweek.com




May 16th through May 17th – 20th 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




May 16th & 17th – 50th 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 22nd –  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 23rd through May 25th – Flagstaff Fine Art and Craft Festival –  Wheeler Park, Flagstaff – Browse or buy unique art, crafts, photography, pottery, jewelry, clothes and much more at this annual Memorial Day Event. Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm, Monday 9am – 4pm – FREE  602 789-7222.




May 23rd through May 25th – 41st 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. http://www.phippenartmuseum.org/images/resources/WAS2015JuryApp.pdf




May 23rd  through May 24th –  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 23rd  through May 25th – 36th 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




WoolMay 30th – May 31st24th Annual Wool & Fiber Festival – Flagstaff Pioneer Museum – This two day event celebrates creativity, history and community. There will be sheep, alpaca & goat shearing, fiber arts competitions, demonstrations, kid’s activities, fleece judging, great food and more. 10am – 4pm – Free admission.  http://www.flagwool.com/




May 30thStarlight Tours – Grape Train Escapes – Verde Canyon Railroad – Clarkdale, AZ Kicking off the summer season, this “escape” will highlight California’s Weibel Vineyards with private label selections bottled exclusively for this event 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/