Things to do in Arizona

July 2014

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Hi Friends,


Here is the newsletter:  “Things to do in Arizona in July”.


I hope that this e-mail finds you well and that you will be able to enjoy some of these activities.


There are loads of things to do in July in Arizona – despite, or in some cases, because of the heat!   There are traditional July 4th celebrations including an “only in Arizona” sidewalk egg frying contest!  Then later in the month thoughts turn to cooler times with several winter celebrations!   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.


Have a great July!!




  • 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.


Prescott Rodeo

June 30th – July 6th

    -127th Annual World’s Oldest Rodeo - Prescott Rodeo Grounds -

Throughout the week there will be rodeo performances in addition to a Parade, Rodeo Dance, arts & crafts, specialty acts and more!  $   928-445-3103 or


July 3rd

        - 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza -

Taking place in three restaurants in Cave Creek, Harold’s Corral, The Buffalo Chip Saloon & The Cave Creek Tap Haus, the evening will have plenty of delicious food, great live music, game trucks, a dunking booth, face painting and shortly after dark there will be the largest fireworks display in Cave Creek!!  For more info contact Harold’s Corral at 920-488-1906 or; The Buffalo Chip Saloon at 480-488-9118 or, and Cave Creek Tap Haus at 480-488-3300 or


July 3rd 

        - 4th Annual Independence Day Music Festival - Salt River Fields, Scottsdale.

Headlining this event is American Idol’s Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips.  Also performing will be Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special, Senators and Matt Kahler.  The music starts at 5:30 and the fireworks will begin at 9:45.  $25.00pp – ages 10 and under free.  Parking $10.00 480 270-5000 or



July 4th 

        -  Fireworks Over the Lake - July 4th Fireworks Show  Lake Havasu – Thompson Bay -

The views of these fireworks are even more amazing if you happen to be lucky enough to be on the lake!


July 4th-  

        15th Fantastic Family Fourth of July - Cottonwood – Cottonwood Kid’s Park

There will be free food being served from 4-6pm and plenty for the kids to do with  inflatable play and water rides,  pie & watermelon eating contests, live entertainment,  and a fantastic fireworks display to end the evening. Admission is free, parking is $1, activities for the children is $10 for an all day wrist band, 4-9:30pm


July 4th -  

        Annual Freedom Wireless Fabulous Phoenix Fourth -Phoenix – Steele Indian School Park -

Enjoy two stages of entertainment, a Kids Zone, a classic car exhibit, a splash zone and refreshment vendors.  Free, 6-10:00 (The fireworks start at 9:30pm).


July 4th-  

        Prescott July 4th Celebration - Prescott – Pioneer Park -

Featuring craft tents for kids, contests, carnival games and rides, water slide, ziplining, bungee jumping, pony rides, vendors, and live music.  FREE concert after the fireworks with the Wallflowers!!  Free admission but the carnival wrist band costs $15 – or pre-event $12.00,  Free shuttle parking.  Noon – 10:30 pm928-777-1349 or

July 4th 

        - 18th Annual 4th of July Parade  Flagstaff – Historic Downtown -

Old-fashioned community parade with  100 entries including vintage vehicles, dancing, music, animals and  floats. Right after the parade there will be “What a Blast – Hot Dog Eating Contest”.   Free, 9 am928-774-4505 or 800-842-7293 or


July 4th- 

        July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival – Fireworks Spectacular  -  Tempe Town Lake -

With live music,  an inflatable kid’s ride village, vendors, water fun and games for the family as well as spectacular fireworks launched off of the Mill St Bridge this is an Arizona classic.  $5.00, under 12 free (tickets are available at Fry’s Supermarkets)  4-11 pm480-350-5189 or


July 4th- 

        4th of July Fireworks Celebration - Chandler- Tumbleweed Park -

The whole family will enjoy watching or being part of the “Cactus Bike Push, Pull, Peddle Bike Parade” to see who has the best decorated bike.  There will be live music and a fireworks show with Patriotic music.  4pm – 10:30pm.  Parking $5.00  480 785-7433 or


July 4th-

         4th of Zoo-Ly – Phoenix Zoo -

This will be a great family evening with a catered all-American BBQ, carousel rides, face painting, bounce houses, music, animal guests and more.  The highlight of the evening will be viewing the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks from the back of the Zoo beginning at 9:00pm.  $45.00/adult, $35.00/ child (3-12)  602 273-1341 or


Egg frying on sidewalk

July 4th -  

        23rd Annual Sidewalk Egg Frying Challenge - Oatman -

Can you really fry an egg on a sidewalk?  For the past 20 years people have been flocking to this tiny town (population of 156) to compete in this contest.  Teams are given 2 eggs and 15 minutes to see who can fry an egg to perfection using only solar energy – magnifying glasses, metal, etc. are allowed. Prizes, free, noon928-768-7400 or 928-768-6222 or


July 10th -  

        25th Annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk - Scottsdale – Scottsdale Arts District -

Stroll about enjoying the live music, art and prize-filled ice sculptures.  There will be dozens of galleries hosting artist receptions and demonstrations as well as food trucks.  Free, 7-9 pm480-990-3939 or


July 11th – July 13th-  

        7th Annual Medieval Mayhem in the White Mountains - Pinetop-Lakeside  -

This is more than just a renaissance festival – this festival combines the Medieval times/Dark Ages, Vikings, Celtic warriors, pirates, nights in armor, an entire queen’s court, elves and even faeries.  There is live entertainment,  different vendors, games and educational booths. 928-215-0452 or 928-215-0451 or


July 11th – July 13th- 

        29th Annual Summer Showcase Arizona Antique Show - Flagstaff – Coconino County Fairgrounds -

Antique Show $3, Fri-Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm, 602-717-7337 or


July 12th & 13th -

 17th Annual Prescott Indian Art Market - Prescott – Sharlot Hall Museum -

This has grown to become one of the Southwest’s premier Indian Art events.  Throughout the museum’s gardens you will find beautiful jewelry, ceramics, rugs, baskets, paintings and much more.  There will be entertainment throughout the weekend as well as artist demonstrations.  9-5Saturday and 9-4 Sunday.  General admission is $10.00 – children are free.



July 18th – July 19th-  

        23rd Annual Cornfest  - Camp Verde – Downtown -

There will be contests for “The Corniest Corn Joke” (which should be a-MAIZE-ing:), a “Corn Shucking Contest”, a “Corn Eating Contest” and last but not the least is the “Hog Calling” Contest.  The King and Queen of Corn will be crowned as well as the winners of the other contests.  And best of all there will be plenty of corn to eat while enjoying the live bluegrass music, beer garden, vendors and farmers market.   Free, Fri 9 am – 10 pm visit

July 19th - 

        Christmas in July - Historic Downtown Glendale -

Did you know that Christmas is only 158 days away?  Get into the spirit early by visiting Glendale’s Visitor’s Center to pick up your map, coupons and gift bag (for the first 300 visitors) and then enjoy shopping and strolling through Glendale listening to the holiday music and visiting with Santa.  10am – 4pm


July 19th-

         Winter in July - Phoenix Zoo -

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect!!  Over twenty TONS of snow are expected at the Phoenix Zoo! People can enjoy building snowmen and throwing snowballs while the animals will be given 35 tons of snow to play with as well.  Throughout the morning there will be special creature features including the elephants being showered with the firehose!! Come out to play and dance in the snow:)  7-11am  Regular Zoo Admission

July 19th – July 20th- 

        17th Annual Peach Mania Festival  - Willcox – Apple Annie’s Orchard -

Who doesn’t love freshly picked peaches?  Start off your day with an all you can eat peach pancake breakfast (7-10:30 am) then take a free wagon ride through the beautiful orchards.  You can pick your own peaches to take home with you or enjoy their delicious peach pie and ice cream.   7:00 am – 5:30 pm520-384-2084 or (This will be happening again 7/26 & 7/27)


July 19th – July 20th- 

        17th Annual Arizona Highland Celtic Festival - Flagstaff – Foxglenn Park -

Put on your kilt and head up to the cool pines to play some Scottish games and participate in a tug-of war tournament.  You can taste some whiskey, see historical re-enactments and enjoy bagpiper performances.  There will be a dance competition and plenty for the kids to do as well.  $5-25, Sat 9 am – 6 pm, Sun 9 am – 4 pm, 928-556-3161 or


quarter horse westworld

July 26th - 

        10th Annual National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration - Sedona -

Get ready to celebrate Cowboys with Cowboy festivities and western entertainment.  See live performances by world champion gunslingers, trick ropers, bullwhip crackers and western actors. There will be western artists and western trades and crafts demonstrations.   Free - 10 am – 7 pm, 928-204-2390 or


July 26th – July 27th-  

        9th Annual Shootout on Whiskey Row - Prescott -

This event features  award-winning Western re-enactment groups from all over the West who compete in historic skits and gunfights.  There is  also a period costume contest with authentic 1800s clothing, Free, 9 am – 4

July 26th – July 27th- 

        17th Annual Peach Mania Festival  - Willcox – Apple Annie’s Orchard -

Who doesn’t love freshly picked peaches?  Start off your day with an all you can eat peach pancake breakfast (7-10:30 am) then take a free wagon ride through the beautiful orchards.  You can pick your own peaches to take home with you or enjoy their delicious peach pie and ice cream.   7:00 am – 5:30 pm, 520-384-2084 or


July 26th - 

        12th Annual High Country Hummers Event - Eagar – Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area -

Learn about Arizona’s forest hummingbirds from experts who will lead a capture and bird-banding event.  You will have a chance to observe these wonders of nature up close and personal – and even use a stethoscope to hear the hummingbird’s heart beat at over 200 times per minute! There will  also be  exhibits featuring live hawks and owls.   Free, 8:00 am – noon, 928-367-4281 or

July 26th – July 27th– 

        5th Annual Garlic Festival and Benefit  Dragoon – Triangle T Ranch -

Celebrate the garlic harvest with cooking contests, prizes, crafts and recipes.  There will be horseback rides available with proceeds benefiting  Wounded Warriors, 10 am – 6 pm, 520-586-7533 or

That’s it folks, however,  remember to go to my page Things to do in Arizona where I will be posting more fun events as they become available.   You can comment, add your own findings, review other people’s discoveries and most important don’t forget to click the LIKE button at the top of the page.

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Cheers and Have a Great 4th of July,