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Arizona Events Calendar

Living in a state filled with so much to explore and experience is an exciting adventure. And with exciting events just outside our doorsteps, we can make the most of the best place to be.  Note: all events are subject to change.

  • May 2012
  • June 2012
  MAY 2012

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May 1 – 28  | PRESCOTT 9th Annual Miniature Masterpieces Show & Sale
This show features small size original works of art from celebrated Western artists.
Location: Phippen Museum of Western Art (4701 Highway 89 N.) Contact: 928-778-1385

May 2 | SCOTTSDALE Charles Lewis — Hatchover Reunion Band
Be a part of the magical reunion of a band anchored in the Blue Note catalog, with brilliant soloists and a smokin’ rhythm section.
Location: ASU Kerr Cultural Center (6110 N. Scottsdale Road) Contact: 480-596-2660

May 3 – 20 | PHOENIX Red
An onstage, searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. Contains mature language.
Location: Herberger Theater Center (222 E. Monroe St.) Contact: 602-256-6995

May 3 – 27 | TUCSON Sins of the Mother
A powerful and compelling drama about revenge, forgiveness, and the comically human struggle to decipher which is which. Contains strong language.
Location: Beowulf Alley Theatre (11 S. Sixth Ave.) Contact: 520-882-0555

May 4 – 5 | PHOENIX Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem
Using a jubilant mix of traditional, original, and contemporary sounds, these four-part harmonies pair with fiddle, guitar, bass, and a suitcase drum to create a fusion of American roots music, contemporary pop, and jazz. Friday is an all-evening concert, and Saturday is for families.
Location: The MIM (4725 E. Mayo Blvd.) Contact: 480-478-6000

May 4 – 6 | KINGMAN Historic Route 66 Fun Run
More than 900 classic show cars cruise Route 66 from Seligman to Topock. Also includes a huge show-n-shine, musical performances, vendors, and food.
Contact: 928-753-5001

May 4 – 6 | PAYSON Payson Art League ’Neath the Rim Studio Tour
The 11th annual tour showcases the works of local artists at their individual studios from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Raffle tickets available.
Location: Individual art studios Contact: 928-474-6071

May 4, 11, 18, and 25 | ANTHEM Music in May
This free outdoor concert series features great music by a different band each Friday, playing everything from country and rock ’n’ roll to pop and rhythm and blues.
Location: Anthem Community Park Amphitheater (41703 W. Gavilan Peak Parkway) Contact: 623-742-6050

May 4 and June 1 | FLAGSTAFF Flagstaff's First Friday ArtWalk
Art galleries and businesses in historic downtown open their doors with special art exhibitions, performances, live music, and treats.
Location: Downtown Flagstaff (historic Route 66) Contact: 928-779-2300

May 4 and June 1 | PHOENIX Artlink First Fridays
Take a free self-guided art tour of central Phoenix, galleries, art spaces, studios on first Friday of each month with free shuttle rides.
Location: Downtown Phoenix Contact: 602-256-7539

May 4 – 25 and June 1 – 29 | PHOENIX Music in the Garden
Desert beauty and the sounds of the valley’s premier musicians mingle each Friday at this annual event.
Location: Desert Botanical Garden (1201 N. Galvin Parkway) Contact: 480-481-8188

May 5 | PRESCOTT 34th Annual YMCA Whiskey Row Marathon
One of the most challenging runs in the US, the event includes a marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 2-mile fun run/walk.
Location: Corner of Gurley and Montezuma (205 W. Gurley St.) Contact: 928-445-7221, ext. 33

May 5 | PRESCOTT “Byway of Arizona” Music Series
Sharlot Hall Museum’s own home-grown musicians, The Generation Folk Music Band, lights up the stage.
Location: Sharlot Hall Museum (415 W. Gurley St.) Contact: 928-445-3122

May 5 | SEDONA Met Live HD — La Traviata
Watch the fourth most frequently performed opera in the Met’s history (after La Bohème, Aida, and Carmen).
Location: Sedona Performing Arts Center (995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road) Contact: 928-204-2415

May 5 – 6 | SEDONA Artsts’ Open Studios Tour
This free event featuring 28 artists includes demonstrations, refreshments, and studio tours where you’ll meet the artists, see their works in progress, and hear their stories.
Location: Sedona area (see website for map) Contact: 928-282-0806

May 5 – 6 | TUCSON 27th Annual Tucson Folk Festival
One of the country’s largest free festivals, the event features more than 400 local, regional, and national musicians performing more than 20 hours of family-friendly music, dance, and entertainment for more than 10,000 fans.
Location: El Presidio Park (160 W. Alameda St.)

May 6 and June 4 | PRESCOTT Zoo by Moonlight
It’s a full moon at the zoo, so pick up a flashlight for a howling good time spotting the sanctuary’s nocturnal residents out and about.
Location: Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (1403 Heritage Park Road) Contact: 928-778-4242, ext. 16

May 9 – 31 and June 9 – 30 | COTTONWOOD “The Ins & Outs of Art” and “The Choice is Art, For Our Kids & For Our Future”
In May, there will be a series of demonstrations and classes by gallery artists, and in June, the gallery holds a fundraising event in support of the Cottonwood Library.
Location: The Manheim (747 N. Main St.) Contact: 928-649-0130

May 11 | PRESCOTT VALLEY 2nd Annual Ian MacNessie Highland Gathering
A wee free taste of the Highland Games.
Location: Entertainment District (3201 N. Main St.) Contact: 928-237-1113

May 11 – 13 | TUCSON Come Together
Modern and aerial dance performances and live music inspired by the Beatles.

Location: ZUZI Theater (738 N. Fifth Ave.) Contact: 520-629-0237

May 12 | BISBEE 20th Annual Fiber Art Festival
Local fiber artists demonstrate spinning, weaving, knitting, and dyeing a variety of natural fibers. Plus, there will be fiber from local area ranchers, vendors, hemp products, and hands-on experiences.
Location: Vista Park

May 12 | PRESCOTT 8th Annual Prescott Highland Games
Traditional Highland games with bagpipe bands, athletic competitions, a dance competition, food, and other activities for the family.
Location: Watson Lake Park (3101 Watson Lake Road) Contact: 800-266-7534

May 12 | PRESCOTT An Evening at Sharlot’s Place
Sharlot Hall Museum’s premier fundraiser of the year, this event includes a silent auction, a live art auction, music, and dinner.
Location: Sharlot Hall Museum (415 W. Gurley St.) Contact: 928-445-3122

May 12 | PRESCOTT Hopi Quilt Show and Sale
In the Smoki Pueblo, the sale features local quilters selling their works.
Location: The Smoki Museum (147 N. Arizona Ave.) Contact: 928-445-1230

May 12 – 13 and 19 – 20 | QUEEN CREEK 20th Annual “Life is Peachy” Peach Festival
Free event features orchards open for picking, a peach food sampling tent, a peach pie eating contest, a peach pit toss, arts and crafts, carousel rides, petting barn, and live entertainment.
Location: Schnepf Farms (24810 S. Rittenhouse Road) Contact: 480-987-3100

May 13 | WICKENBURG International Migratory Bird Day
With a docent-led bird walk and hourly bird banding demos, this event celebrates the spectacular journey of migratory birds between southern wintering and northern breeding grounds.
Location: Hassayampa River Preserve (49614 Highway 60, Milepost 114) Contact: 928-684-2772

May 18 | PHOENIX International Museum Day
Explore the site of the 1,500-year-old Hohokam village ruin and the museum’s three galleries for a day of free fun.
Location: Pueblo Grande Museum (4619 E. Washington St.) Contact: 602-495-0901

May 18 – 20 | SCOTTSDALE The 6th Annual Pandora Festival of New Plays
AZWTC is the only theatre in Arizona to focus on women playwrights, producing work that reveals women’s lives and documents women’s experiences.
Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (7380 E. Second St.) Contact: 480-874-4690

May 19 | MESA Phoenix Children’s Chorus Spring Concerts — Celebrating the Arizona Centennial
The largest concert of the year and a special celebration of Arizona’s Centennial showcases selections that commemorate Arizona’s beauty and heritage and include the new work commissioned by Dave and Jean Perry.
Location: Mesa Arts Center (1 E. Main St.) Contact: 602-534-3788

May 19 | PRESCOTT Kaleidoscope of Color
The 13th annual Iris Exhibit will feature an amazing variety of irises in all the colors of the rainbow.
Location: Mortimer Nursery (3166 Willow Creek Road) Contact: 928-442-2498

May 19 | WILLCOX TRUST Silent Art Auction & Artist Reception
This event (from 1 to 3 p.m.) features local fine art and artists, just across the street from the Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival.
Location: Keeling Schaefer Vineyards Willcox Tasting Room (154 N. Railroad Ave.) Contact: 520-824-6972

May 19 | WHITERIVER 13th Annual Great Fort Apache Heritage Reunion — “Gathering of the People”
At this annual Apache song and dance celebration, there are arts and crafts, food vendors, trail hikes, and tours of the Fort Apache/Theodore Roosevelt School National Register Historic District.
Location: Fort Apache Historic Park (127 Scout Road) Contact: 928-338-3849

May 19 – 20 | JEROME 47th Annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour
A stunning display of old homes and buildings are open to the public for Arizona’s longest running home tour.
Location: Arizona State Route 89A (by the old fire station) Contact: 928-634-2900

May 19 – 20 | SCOTTSDALE Arizona Barbecue Festival
The largest barbecue event in the West, this two-day festival includes a Kansas City Barbeque Society competition on Saturday and a family fun day on Sunday at its new, expanded location.
Location: Salt River Fields (7555 N. Pima Road) Contact: 602-326-7469

May 19 – 20 | WILLCOX Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival
Join us for a weekend of fine Arizona wine, great live music, local art, and fun, along with a silent art auction at TRUST the Gallery.
Location: Historic Railroad Park (Railroad Avenue) Contact: 520-766-0600

May 25 – June 3 | MESA Hairspray
In 1960s Baltimore, loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, wins a spot on the local TV dance program, and finds herself transformed from outsider to teen celebrity overnight. Produced in cooperation with Music Theatre International by Mesa Encore Theatre.
Location: Mesa Arts Center (1 E. Main) Contact: 480-834-9500

May 26 | PHOENIX Family Series — High Flying! Cirque de la Symphonie
The Phoenix Symphony and thrilling aerial acts perform to classic favorites, creating a visual and musical spectacle.
Location: Symphony Hall (75 N. Second St.) Contact: 602-495-1999 or 800-776-9080

May 26 – 27 | PRESCOTT Annual Southwest Indian Arts Festival
Dance, song, and beautiful artistry engulf the campus in the Smoki’s eighth Annual Festival.

Location: The Smoki Museum (147 N. Arizona Ave.) Contact: 928-445-1230
Prices per guest, based on double occupancy, land-only. Prices subject to change, availability and confirmation. Other restrictions may apply.
  June 2012

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June 1 – 3 | PAYSON Mountain High Games
The Southwest’s largest celebration of adventure sports includes ATV trail rides, a massive outdoor expo, ATV rodeo, mountain bike race, 5K trail run, demolition derby, horse shoe tournament, archery tournament, and Dutch oven cooking.
Location: Payson Event Center (1400 S. Beeline Highway)

June 2 | CLARKDALE Grape Train Escape Features “The Grape State”
Serving private-label Verde Canyon Railroad wines from California to kick off the summer season, the Grape Train Escape is a popular wine-tasting excursion on select Saturday nights from June to September.
Location: Verde Canyon Railroad (300 N. Broadway) Contact: 800-320-0718

June 2 – July 28 | FLAGSTAFF Across the Divide Art Exhibition
Using the Continental Divide as a metaphor, the artists work in clay that has separated them from traditional techniques and stereotypes within the medium.
Location: Coconino Center for the Arts (2300 N. Fort Valley Road) Contact: 928-779-2300

June 2 | FLAGSTAFF Flagstaff Hullabaloo
A celebration of all things Flagstaff, this event features a community festival with giant puppets, a kids area, live music, a costume contest, craft beer, local foods, and vendors.
Location: Wheeler Park (212 W. Aspen Ave.) Contact: 928-853-4292

June 2 | PRESCOTT “Byway of Arizona Music” Series
Official Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble and balladeer Dolan Elias perform.
Location: Sharlot Hall Museum (415 W. Gurley St.) Contact: 928-445-3122

June 2 | PRESCOTT Woof Down Lunch
A $20 donation includes a handcrafted pet bowl, people lunch, pet food, vendors, live music, demonstrations, kid and dog activities, raffles, and an introduction to adoptable pets at this event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Courthouse Plaza (Gurley and Montezuma) Contact: 928-778-2924

June 2 | TUCSON Summer Art Cruise
Central Tucson Gallery Association members open their doors for a self-guided tour, exhibit openings, and evening receptions.
Location: Downtown Tucson galleries Contact: 520-629-9759

June 2 – 3 | PRESCOTT Annual Folk Arts Fair Village
This popular family-friendly heritage festival celebrates traditional arts, crafts, and entertainment of central territorial Arizona, offering visitors an opportunity to see how things were once done. There’s chair caning, basket making, and antique printing, to name a few demonstrations.
Location: Sharlot Hall Museum (415 W. Gurley St.) Contact: 928-445-3122

June 3 | PRESCOTT Antiques on the Square
More than 50 dealers will present a variety of antiques and collectibles, including glass, pottery, furniture, art, jewelry, and primitives. Historic Yavapai County

Location: Courthouse Plaza (Gurley and Montezuma) Contact: 928-899-6438

June 3 | PRESCOTT Prescott Doll Show and Sale
Come to the cool pines for this show and sale, benefiting Miss Kitty’s Cat House, a cat rescue and adoption facility.
Location: Hassayampa Inn (122 E. Gurley St.) Contact: 928-445-8559

June 3 | SEDONA Sedona Bluegrass Festival
The sixth annual festival features Grammy Award-winning Bluegrass titans Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton (Hot Rize), a new group The Sleepyman Banjo Boys, and Muskellunge Bluegrass.
Location: Los Abrigados Resort & Spa — Creekside (160 Portal Lane) Contact: 928-204-2415

June 7 | PHOENIX 21st Annual Flavors of Phoenix
This event features 30 of the top chefs from across the state to benefit the American Liver Foundation.
Location: The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa (6902 E. Greenway Parkway) Contact: 602-953-1800

June 8 – 10 | HERBER/OVERGAARD Rim Country Bluegrass Festival
With RV/tent camping available for $6 a day, this free bluegrass festival features both new and old sounds to benefit the Rim County Library and Lions Club.
Location: Bison Ranch (2269 Highway 260) Contact: 928-535-5653

June 8 – 10 | PINE 16th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show
This quilt show features a vendor mall, the Berry Patch Boutique, and a quilt appraiser. Admission is $2, and doors open at 9 a.m.
Location: Cultural Hall (Community Center) Contact: 928-472-4547

June 8 – 10 | SHOW LOW Cruz’n The Rim Car Show
Rim Country Cruisers presents a classic car, truck, and motorcycle show, burger burn, ice cream bash, live music, vendors, and awards, plus a lot of old fashion fun, as part of Show Low Days.
Location: Frontier Fields, 550 N. Ninth Place, Contact: 928-358-1933

June 9 – 10 | FLAGSTAFF 10th Annual Flagstaff Music Festival
This free outdoor event features a diverse lineup of local musical talent, art and craft vendors, food, and other highlights for music lovers of all ages.
Location: Heritage Square (Aspen Avenue, between Leroux and San Francisco) Contact: 928-699-0119

June 14 – 30 | PRESCOTT Cabaret
Watch Kander and Ebb’s tuneful but frightening musical about the loss of innocence as the shadows of Nazism creep into German life leading to WWII.
Location: Prescott Center for the Arts (208 N. Marina St.) Contact: 928-445-3286

June 15 – 17 | GREER Annual Greer Days Celebration
This free event features a parade, an arts and crafts bazaar, wild West shootouts, an eating contest, horseshoe tournaments, a community talent show, and live music.
Location: Molly Butler Lodge (109 Main St.) Contact: 928-735-7617

June 16 | GREER Music from Greer
Southwestern brass quintet opens this season with pop and classical selections in a first-ever performance at Applewhite Pavilion.

Location: Applewhite Pavilion Butterfly Lodge Museum (Highway 373) Contact: 928-735-7324

June 16 | PRESCOTT First Annual Mile High Brew Festival
Benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona, this event features live music and samples from at least eight different Arizona brewers.
Location: Montezuma Street (between Goodwin and Carleton) Contact: 928-776-8686

June 21 – 24 and June 28 – July 1 | CONCHO 9th Annual Lavender Festival
Lavender walking tours, u-cut lavender, cooking and craft demonstrations, products for sale, and growing tips.
Location: Red Rock Farms, Contact: 928-337-2289

June 22 – 23 and 28 – 30 | PRESCOTT “Ladies of the Garden: We Will Vote”
This original historical play, written by Randi Wise and Jody Drake, tells the compelling stories of women honored in the Sharlot Hall Museum’s territorial rose garden.
Location: Sharlot Hall Museum’s Blue Rose Theater (415 W. Gurley St.) Contact: 928-445-3122

June 23 | FLAGSTAFF 20th Annual Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival
Brewers from around the Southwest provide samples at this event, featuring tastes of more than 150 specialty and micro-brewed beers, live music, and a silent auction. For 21 and over only. Special rate for designated drivers.
Location: Fort Tuthill, exit 337 from I-17, Contact: 928-779-1775

June 24 | PRESCOTT Bringing Them Home: The Chautauquas
T.J. McMichael performs as famed environmentalist Aldo Leopold.
Location: Sharlot Hall Museum’s Blue Rose Theater (415 W. Gurley St.) Contact: 928-445-3122

June 28 – July 4 | PRESCOTT 125th Annual World’s Oldest Rodeo
The same year Arizona celebrates its 100th birthday, the rodeo celebrates its 125th season, making for a very special Centennial event. There are eight rodeo performances, Arizona’s largest rodeo parade, a kiddie parade, an arts and crafts show, food, rodeo dances, and competitions.
Location: Prescott Rodeo Grounds (840 Rodeo Drive) Contact: 866-407-6336

June 30 | CLARKDALE Grape Train Escape — Tango with South America
Verde Canyon Railroad’s popular summer wine-tasting event series continues with wines from Chile and Argentina, with history and culture poured into every bottle.
Location: Verde Canyon Railroad (300 N. Broadway) Contact: 800-320-0718

June 30 | FLAGSTAFF Snowball Slide
Numbered plastic “snowballs” spill from a concrete mixer into a sorting tube where the first 21 win prizes, including a grand prize of $2,012.

Location: City Hall parking lot (211 W. Aspen Ave.) Contact: 928-779-3029

June 30 – July 1 | FLAGSTAFF 79th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture
Meet Hopi masters and emerging artists, taste traditional foods, walk the nature trail with guides, and learn about the Hopi values of humility, cooperation, respect, and earth stewardship.
Location: Museum of Northern Arizona (3101 N. Fort Valley Road) Contact: 928-774-5213

June 30 – July 2 | PINETOP Northeastern Arizona Fine Arts Association’s 37th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
Along with music and food, more than 70 artists show quality juried artwork and unique crafts for sale in a shady orchard.
Location: The Orchard behind Charlie Clark’s Restaurant (1701 E. White Mountain Blvd.) Contact: 928-367-3916

Prices per guest, based on double occupancy, land-only. Prices subject to change, availability and confirmation. Other restrictions may apply.

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