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Things to do in Arizona

Things To Do In Arizona – August

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Here are some more fun things to do in August in Arizona – I think there is something for everyone – from concerts and movie nights to playing golf at night with glow lights illuminating the way!  I hope that you will find something 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.


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Have a great August!!




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.

Snowbowl skyride
Ongoing until September 5th  – 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,
$10-19, 10 am – 4 pm, 928-779-1951 or http://www.arizonasnowbowl.com



Ongoing until September 3rd –  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 August 31st –  Sand Sculpting by Ray Villafane – Carefree – Sanderson Lincoln Pavillion/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  www.sandsculpting.com



August 1st – August 9th  – 13th Annual Art Unraveled – Phoenix – Embassy Suites – Get in touch with your inner artist!   Join with others from around the world to participate in mixed media art workshops  9 am – 4:30 pm and there are evening workshops from 6:30-9:30 pm.  The varied workshops instruct you in how to create projects using painting, drawing, jewelry making, book making, collage, journaling, metal clay, etc. Workshops are priced individually so that you can attend 1 or many workshops.  There is a shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, 8/6, 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.artunraveled.com



August 5th –  2016 Free Summer Concert Series – .Chandler Center for the Arts – The Music of Motown starring Joe Bourne with his 8 piece band will take you back to the 60s with the music of Motown. Travel back with these timeless tunes by Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye,  Michael Jackson and many more to enjoy those fond musical memories with songs like “Baby Love,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “Sugar Pie,” “Just My Imagination,” “I’ll Be There,” “Hello, “How Sweet It Is” and more. Joe Bourne has shared the stage with Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick and several other jazz and popular greats. This is one show not to be missed!  Seating is on a first come/first served basis. The concert starts at 7:30pm . http://www.chandlercenter.org/events/search/concerts


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August 6th – 7th Dog Days of Summer – Glendale – Historic Downtown Glendale – This is a day set aside to celebrate our four legged friends.   Activities include photo stations, a variety of dog treats, pet massages, educational seminars,  a presentation by the Sun Valley Animal Shelter, watering stations and cool pool stops. 623-930-4500 or http://www.visitglendale.com





August 6th –  August 7th  – 67th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture  – Flagstaff – Museum of Northern Arizona – There will be more than 60 Navajo artists, storytellers and cultural interpreters from many clans present to give visitors a true feeling for the Navajo experience.  You will have an opportunity to meet basket makers creating works on-site, see rug weavers, silversmiths, potters, painters and listen to storytellers to learn about the Navajo “Beauty Way” philosophy of living in harmony. This family friendly weekend includes activities for the kids, $8 – 12.00, 9 am – 5 pm, 928-774-5213 or www.musnaz.org



August 11th – August 13th – 29th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering – Prescott – Yavapai College Performance Hall – Spread out over three days and seven different venues more than 70 poets and old-time singers celebrate the oral traditions of the working cowboy, with a blend of traditional and contemporary poetry and music.  There will be  free multiple daytime sessions and  evening shows are $20 – $35.00 for headline performances, 928-776-2000 or 877-928-4253 or http://azcowboypoets.org



August 11th – August 15th – 6th Annual Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival – Tucson – Riverpark Inn – Come to this festival for exciting monsoon birding, field trips & workshops with renowned leaders.  There will be socials and dinner programs featuring keynote speaker Jeff Gordon (fees vary) as well as free Nature Expo and  kids’ activities.   http://tucsonaudubon.org/festival



August 12th –  August 14th –  Pirates of the High Desert  Bisbee –This is the 5th of this annual event.   Activities will include pirate-themed events such as a treasure hunt, a Caribbean steel drum band & BBQ, a pool party, costume contests, exotic rum tasting with mermaids, karaoke, a ball, a pirate plundering pub crawl, a spirited gallery walk, extreme volleyball and kids activities, https://facebook.com/bisbeepirates/



Tempe rowing

August 13th  –  10th Annual Bullhead City River Regatta – Bullhead City – Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to put together themed floats and join this jolly extravaganza. The regatta welcomes fun-loving, outdoor enthusiasts to ride on adorned inner tubes; decked-out kayaks and canoes; and decorative, non-motorized parade-type floats for a colorful race down the Colorado River. Grab an inner tube and enjoy a lazy 8-mile float or build a creative, non-motorized float and parade down the Colorado River.  There will be a post-party at Rotary Park, 928-542-8885 or  www.bullheadregatta.com


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August 13th – August 14th  –  66th Annual Prescott Arts & Crafts Festival – Prescott – Courthouse Plaza – This juried art show features  120 artisans from throughout the West displaying and demonstrating work in painting, ceramic, metal art, woodworking, glass, fiber and jewelry.  There will be  live music.  Free, Sat. 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 9 am – 4 pm, 928-445-2510 or www.mountainartistsguild.org



August 13th  –  August 14th  – Mountain Air Dressage Show   Flagstaff – Fort Tuthill County Park – Equestrian dressage show, Olympic sport where horse and rider compete by riding a pattern in an arena, 100 competitors and 3 rings,  free, 7 am – 4 pm, 602-942-6062 or www.azdressage.org





August 18th – August 20th  –  World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo – August Doin’s Rodeo – Payson –  For 132 years, Payson, Arizona has been celebrating the history and tradition of Pro-Rodeo. It is held the third weekend in August and  it is considered the country’s Best Small Rodeo. Experience the sport of the Old West! Some of the world’s greatest professional cowboys and cowgirls compete for cash and prizes.  http://www.paysonrimcountry.com/Activities/Rodeos/AugustDoinsRodeo.aspx



August 19th –  2016 Free Summer Concert Series – .Chandler Center for the Arts – Tres Guitarras – Share a night filled with the tantalizing sounds from multiple genres leaping from a singular instrument: the guitar. Flamenco, Blues and Jazz entwine through the hands and musical voices of three incredible artists. Jácome, Fahey and Sorenson embark on a 6-string journey with their distinct musical voices. Each artist is a master of the guitar in their own art. Sharing their fascinating stories through their music, it is evident that although flamenco, blues and jazz are different genres, the music of the guitar brings them together..  Seating is on a first come/first served basis. The concert starts at 7:30pm.   http://chandlercenter.org/concerts/75-tres-guitarras



August 20th – Children’s Music and Arts Festival – Flagstaff – Bushmaster Park – Music, theatre and dance performances by local youth, kids can make recycled arts and craft project, participate in musical instrument workshops and learn about painting & sculpture.  More fun can be had on the carnival rides, climbing wall, Kiddie Cabooses and more.  Most activities are free.  A $3.00 wristband can be purchased for unlimited rides on the Kiddie Caboose and bounce houses.  10 am – 2 pm, 928-213-2312 or http://flagstaff.az.gov/recreation



August 20th  – American Cancer Society’s Climb to Conquer Cancer  Flagstaff – Arizona Snowbowl – Join hundreds of climbers in this non-competitive event on a seven-mile walk up the paved road to Snowbowl, 7 am, 928-526-2896 or www.flagstaffclimb.com



Salsa with chips

August 20th –  6th Annual Southern Arizona Salsa and Tequila Challenge  – Tucson – La Encantada – This spicy event celebrates Tucson’s Hispanic heritage with music, dancing, artwork and food, salsa features professional chefs and amateur competitions, also a fiesta featuring live mariachi music, art sales, Latin and flamenco dancing, beer and children’s activities, $ – buy tickets early to get a discount,  520-797-3959  https://www.facebook.com/events/988806881208276/



August 20th – Night Flight Golf – Palo Verde Golf Course, Phoenix.  Escape the heat of the day – you can play golf at night!!  The course will be lined with glow lights and players will get a glow necklace & glow ball and flashlight to wave up the next foursome.  No golf carts.  There will be fun prizes and goodie bags!  $28.00 per person.  602 249-9930.



August 20th – August 21st – 5th Annual Prickly Pear Festival –Superior – Head east to the mining town of Superior for a day filled with everything Prickly Pear.  There is a morning hike in the desert and a breakfast with prickly pear syrup.  Vendors will be selling prickly pear foods and wares.  You can learn how to use Prickly pears in your own cooking!  The local restaurants will be featuring prickly pears on their lunch menus and there will be a special dinner with entertainment in the evening.  Admission is free.  Tickets for the dinner are $35.00  520 689-0200  http://www.superiorazchamber.net/index.php?Itemid=310



August 20th – August 21st –  25th  Annual Family Cornfest, Arts & Crafts Fair – Phoenix – El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium -This fair takes place indoors with plenty of air conditioning so that you can take your time viewing the  60 arts & crafts exhibitors.  You can buy fresh sweet corn, enjoy a meal with corn ($) and listen to music.  Free admission and parking.   602-231-0300 or www.el-zaribah.org


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August 26th –  2016 Free Summer Concert Series – .Chandler Center for the Arts – Cisco and the Racecars  – This young band is exciting to watch with the full range of instruments including banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, fiddle, and cello and super vocals by all members. They love what they’re doing and they are committed to making their listeners happy with their music. This is an outstanding band that guarantees you an excellent performance.  Seating is on a first come/first served basis. The concert starts at 7:30pm.   http://chandlercenter.org/concerts/145-cisco-the-racecars



August 27th –   12th Annual Thunder Over Flagstaff Fly-In – Flagstaff Airport – Last year over 3,000 people came out to this event featuring homebuilt, warbirds & antique airplanes in this fly-in.  Additionally there is a  car show, vendors, an antique tractor display, kids zone and pancake breakfast on Saturday.   $20/family maximum, 8 am – 3 pm, 928-635-5280 or http://www.valleairport.com



August 27th – August 28th  – 19th Annual Flagstaff Open Studios – Flagstaff – Featuring more than 60 studios, the self-guided studio tour spotlights a variety of art media.  You can  meet local art stars, including painters, sculptors, fiber arts, glass works, jewelers, photographers, stained glass, weavers and hands-on art projects for children, 10 am – 5 pm, 928-779-2300 or www.Flagstaff-Arts.org



August 28th – Free Summer Sunday!  Heard Museum – Phoenix – Relax and take in the art on the fourth Sundays of June, July, August and September in the cool confines of the Heard Museum as they celebrate Free Summer Sundays with free admission for everyone!  On Aug. 28, enjoy the athleticism and style of former world champion hoop dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw) at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Steele Auditorium. And basketry artist Lakota Scott (Navajo) will be inside the galleries giving art demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free!  http://heard.org/event/free-summer-sunday-2/



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