Things to do in Arizona

August 2014



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Hi Friends,


Fresh off the press, here is the newsletter: “Things to Do in Arizona – August 2014″.


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


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.


Have a great August!!


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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



July 28th – August 5th  - 11th 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, 8/2, 10 am – 4 pm,


August 2nd - 2nd Annual Phoenix DinoCon - Phoenix Convention Center – Arizona’s original pop culture dinosaur convention.  If you love dinosaurs this is where you will want to be!  There will be facts, fun, fantasy and tons of dinosaurs!!  They recommend ages 12+.  From 3-9pm  $5.00pp


August 1st – August 3rd -  Sedona Hummingbird Festival  - Sedona – Sedona Performing Arts Center  The third of this annual event that is growing bigger and better every year!  There will be presentations by hummingbird experts in many interest areas including: science, gardening, photography, conservation and regional species studies as well as tours.  Garden tours, sunrise breakfasts, birding trips and exhibitors.  Various prices. 800-529-3699 or


August 2nd –  August 3rd  - 65th 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, $6 – 10.00, 9 am – 5 pm, 928-774-5213 or


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August 2nd - 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



August 2nd – August 3rd & August 9th – August 10th - Coronado Vineyards Peaches & Jam - Willcox – Coronado Vineyards – Complimentary tasting of Peches au Vin and live music on both Saturdays from 12 – 4pm. 10 am – 4 pm,



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August 7th – August 9th - 27th 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 $18 – $30.00 for headline performances, 928-776-2000 or 877-928-4253 or

August 7th - 36th Annual Mighty Mud Mania - Kingman – Firefighter’s Park – Everyone is invited to participate in this muddy, messy rite to acknowledge the upcoming start of school.  Races through the obstacle courses are divided by age groups (there is even one for those aged 35+!) and all will have fun trying to get to the end first!! & 928 757-7919

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August 9th –  August 10th -  66th Annual Vigilante Days - Tombstone –  Wild West history comes to life in the streets of Tombstone, “the town too tough to die”.  There will be street entertainment, an 1880s fashion show, a 10K race, shoot-outs, (everyone’s favorite) hangings, a live concert, a chili cook-off and saloon girls.


August 8th –  August 10th –  Pirates of the High Desert  Bisbee -The 3rd 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, 520-432-BREW (2739) or


August 9th  -  8th Annual Bullhead City River Regatta - Bullhead City – Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to put together “Aloha” -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


August 9th – August 10th  -  64th Annual Mountain Artists Guilds 63rd Annual Summer Festival of Fine Art & Crafts - Prescott – Courthouse Plaza – This juried art show features  150 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


August 13th – August 17th - 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 Dr. Steve N. G. Howell (fees vary) as well as free Nature Expo and  kids’ activities.


August 14th – August 16th  -  World’s Oldest Continous Rodeo – August Doin’s Rodeo - Payson –  For 130 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.




August 16th –  2014 Southern Arizona Salsa and Tequila Challenge  - Tucson – La Encantada – 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  or

August 16th  - 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


August 16th  -  August 17th  - 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


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August 17th - 18th Annual NAU Wine & Dine in the Pines - Flagstaff – Arizona Snowbowl – Hailed as one of the best wine events in Northern Arizona you will experience the finest wines from around the world and culinary delights from the best restaurants in northern Arizona, benefit for NAU Athletic scholarships , 2-5 pm, 928-523-5353 or


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August 22nd-  August 24th -  Prescott Jazz Summit - Prescott – Taking place in various locations throughout Prescott this annual jazz festival features international stars, Phoenix-based and local musicians including the best of Arizona high school musicians, 928-771-1268 or


August 23rd  - Cowboy Capital Professional Bull Riding -  Prescott Rodeo Grounds – “The toughest sport on dirt,”  Featuring 40 of the toughest bull riders against 40 of the toughest bulls – this is the wild west! 7:30 pm, 866-407-6336 or


August 23rd - Children’s Music and Arts Festival - Flagstaff – Wheeler 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.  10 am – 2 pm, 928-213-2312 or


August 23rd –   10th Annual Thunder Over the Coconino Fly-In - Grand Canyon Valle 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.   $30/family maximum, 8 am – 3 pm, 928-635-5280 or


August 23rd – 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!  $100.00/foursome.  602 249-9930.


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August 23rd – August 24th -  Indoor Summer Arts & Crafts Festival - Tucson – Hilton El Conquistador – Another air conditioned event!  This festival  features exhibiting artists in a variety of mediums and genres.  10 am – 4 pm,




August 23rd – August 24th  - 17th Annual Flagstaff Open Studios - Flagstaff – Featuring more than 80 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


August 23rd – August 24th -  23rd  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


August 24th -  2014 Free Summer Concert Series – FlaMexico! Mariachi Meets Flamenco – Chandler Center for the Arts  - Featuring Arizona born Chris Burton (who you may have seen performing at the Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Gardens)  this project’s mission is to fuse the musical influences of Spain’s Flamenco with Mexico’s Mariachi. Foyer doors open at 2:00 pm.  Seating is on a first come/first served basis. The concert starts at 3:00pm  Suggested donations are  $5.00/child, $10.00/adult and $15.00/family.



August 29th -  Movie Night in the Park – Mesa, Usery Mountain Regional Park – Billed as the best film ever about desert animals, watch “The Living Desert ” highlighting amazing desert creatures and how they adapt to the desert environment.  7pm.  $6.00/vehicle.  480 984-0032.


August 29th –  September 1st – 65th Annual Coconino County Fair - Flagstaff – Ft. Tuthill County Fairgrounds – Come out to a real old fashioned county fair with traditional fair exhibits, cultural presentations, local entertainment and national headliners, a demolition derby,  4-H livestock auctions, magicians, clowns, petting zoo, musical performances, carnival rides and exhibits, $4-7.   $25/family pass, $5 parking, Fri-Sat 10 am – 10 pm, Mon 10 am – 4 pm, 928-679-8000 or




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Have a great August – stay cool and drink plenty of water.