Things to do in Arizona

September 2014


Hi Friends,


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 month 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!

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.


August 29th – September 1st – 65th 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, $25/family pass, $5 parking, Fri-Sat 10 am – 10 pm, Mon 10 am – 4 pm, 928-679-8000 or 


August 28th  -  August 31st - 9th 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.

August 30th -  10th 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 North Italian Farmhouse,Sushi Roku and Sassi.  If you are a foodie this is a great event to check out.  $$


August 30th – September 1st – 22nd 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 /


August 30th – August 31st – 33rd 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, 928-476-4480or or


August 30th – September 1st - 28th Annual Moonlight Madness Street Festival & Sidewalk Sales Sedona – Main Street – Stroll through beautiful Sedona while enjoying music and entertainment at various locations with community and children’s activities.  Free, noon – 9 pm, 928-204-2390 or


August 30th – September 1st - The 29th 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  928-445-2000or  or

September 1st -   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 $$ 10am – 2pm  480 888-9290 or


September 2nd -September 6th- 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

September 5th – September 7th - 10th Annual Route 66 Days - Flagstaff – If you are a car enthusiast you will want to be in Flagstaff to see this assortment of 425 classic, custom and hot rods on display. There will be arts & crafts and food vendors as well.   Sat 8 am – 5 pm, Sun 8 am – 3 pm, 928-451-1204 or

September 6th - 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


September 6th - 13th 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 866-2BISBEE or

September 6th - 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.


September 12th – September 14th -  9th 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,  928-525-695 or


September 13th  - 41st 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 by  Mosaico Flamenco, 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, 928-282-483 or


September 18th – September 27th - Ballet Under the Stars - This is the 17th 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 18th – Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater, Tempe - 7:00PM

Friday, September 19th  -  Beardsley Park, Sun City West  -7:00PM

Saturday, September 20th – Paul Mason Sports Complex, Casa Grande   7:00PM

Thursday, September 25th – Fountain Park, Fountain Hills  7:00PM

Friday, September 26th –  Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, Goodyear   7:00PM

Saturday, September 27th -  Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix (Phoenix Green) 7:00PM


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September 19th – September 28th - 7th Annual Arizona Restaurant Week  - Throughout Arizona -  Over 200 restaurants throughout the state will be offering three-course meals at special prices of between $20.00 – $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:


September 20th-  9th 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


September 20th -  Celtic Harvest Festival - Sedona – Paco Diablo Resort – Immerse yourself in everything Celtic – Learn the Celtic ways and enjoy Celtic food, drink, herding demonstrations, Scottish Heavy Athletics, dance, stories, traditions, art and music.  There will be  2 stages of entertainment, master gardeners showcasing Celtic herbs and plants, crafts and foods and a children’s area with hands-on arts and music, $2-10, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm,


September 21st -  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, 9 am – 5 pm,  928-445-5137 or


September 26th – September 27th - Annual SalsaFest - Safford – Safford Town Square – This is the 7th 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, 928-428-2511 or 888-837-1841or


September 26th  -  September 27th -  16th 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


September 27th -  Summer 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   or


September 27th - 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

Cave Creek Museum, Cave Creek

Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Phoenix

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, Phoenix

Heard Museum, Phoenix


Go to   to check on times and to print out your free passes.


September 27th - September 28th -  6th Annual Sedona Wine Fest 2014 – Sedona Airport -  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. $20.00 online/ $25.00 at the door includes glass and 6 tastings, Sat. 11 am – 5 pm, Sun 11 am – 5 pm,



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