Here’s a list of the best annual events in Arizona. It’s a long list because there’s a lot of terrific community events, festivals, races and legacy celebrations in towns across the state. We think these events are worth traveling across the state to experience at least once and many of them are worthy of your Arizona Bucket List. We have updated the list for the first half of 2019. Not all event dates are set. Check dates and details.
Fiesta Bowl — Jan. 1 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. LSU Tigers vs. Central Florida Knights at 11 a.m.
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction — Jan. 12-20 at Westworld of Scottsdale. 48th annual event.
Arizona Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon — Jan. 19-20 in Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale. Race day is Sunday, Jan. 20.
Dillinger Days — Jan. 18-19 at Hotel Congress in Tucson.
Great Oatman Bed Race — Jan. 26 in Oatman.
Waste Management Phoenix Open — Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 at TPC Scottsdale.
BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 off-road desert racing --Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 in Parker.
Quartzsite rock, gem and mineral shows -- Jan. 1 to Feb. 28.
Tubac Festival of the Arts — Feb. 6-10.
Hashknife Pony Express Ride — Feb. 6-8 from Holbrook to Scottsdale.
Scottsdale Parada del Sol — Feb. 9 in Old Town Scottsdale.
Arizona Renaissance Festival -- Feb. 9 to March 31 in Gold Canyon.
Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering — Feb. 7-9 in Sierra Vista.
Wickenburg Gold Rush Days & Senior Pro Rodeo — Feb. 7-10.
Sedona Film Festival — Feb. 23 to March 3.
Tucson Gem & Mineral Show — Feb. 14-17 at Tucson Convention Center.
Cactus League baseball -- Feb. 21 to March 24 at 10 Phoenix-area stadiums.
Midnight at the Oasis Festival -- Feb. 28 to March 3 at Ray Kroc Complex/Desert Sun Stadium, 3500 S. Avenue A in Yuma. A car show with local and tribute rock bands.
Cactus League baseball — Feb. 21 to March 24 at 10 Phoenix-area stadiums.
Bluegrass at the Beach -- March 1-3 at Lake Havasu State Park.
Tucson Festival of Books — March 2-3.
Phoenix Scottish Games -- March 2-3 at Steele Indian School Park.
Sedona Mountain Bike Festival — March 1-3 .
Ostrich Festival -- March 8-10 at Tumbleweek Park, Chandler.
Modern Phoenix Home Tour — March 15-24. Tickets on sale starting Feb. 1.
Chloride St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Noon on March 16 in Chloride ghost town.
Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire -- 10 a.m. March 16 at Third and Sheridan streets.
Copper Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament — April 6-7, Warren Ballpark, Bisbee.
Historic Home Tour & Bank Robbery Re-enactment — April 13 in Clarkdale.
Pat’s Run — April 27 at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe.
Whiskey Row Off-Road mountain bike races — April 26-28.
Route 66 Fun Run car rally — May 3-5 in Seligman to Kingman and Topock.
Verde Valley Wine Festival -- May 11 at Clarkdale Town Park.
Great Fort Apache Heritage Reunion – May 11 “Gathering of the People” at Fort Apache Historic Park in Whiteriver.
Mount Lemmon Hill Climb – May 17 in Tucson. http://bit.ly/2Q2zJRo
Jerome Historic Home Tour — May 18-19 in Jerome.
Wyatt Earp Days -- May 25-27 in Tombstone.
Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo -- June 1-2 at Mohave County Fairgrounds.
Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival -- June 7-8 at Continental Country Club.
Historic Route 66 Car Show — June 7-8 in Williams.
Prescott Bluegrass Festival -- June 22-23 at Courthouse Plaza.
Grand Canyon Star Party -- June 22-29 at the South Rim.
Prescott Frontier Days & World’s Oldest Rodeo — July 1-7.
Bisbee Coaster Races — July 4 in Tombstone Canyon.
Oatman Sidewalk Egg Frying Challenge -- July 4.
Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture -- July 6-7 at Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff.
Mountain Man Triathlon -- July 14 at Lake Mary.
Payson Book Festival -- July 20 at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.
Prescott Shootout on Whiskey Row –- July 27-28 with Western re-enactment groups competing in mock gunfights and historic skits at Mile High Middle School.
Navajo Festival of the Arts & Culture — Aug. 3-4 at Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff.
Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering — Aug. 8-10 at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott.
Navajo Nation Fair — Sept. 3-8 in Window Rock.
Bisbee Blue Festival — Sept. 2019. (Dates not updated)
Pickin’ in the Pines — Sept. 13-15 at Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff.
Jerome Jamboree (Arizona VW Bus Club) - Sept. 26-29 at Gold King Mine in Jerome
Standin’ on the Corner Festival — Sept. 2019
in Winslow. (Dates not updated)
Andy Devine Days — Sept. 27-28 in Kingman.
Rex Allen Days — Oct. 5-6 in Willcox.
Fall League Baseball — Oct-Nov. Cactus League stadiums.
Dick Wick Hall Day — Oct. 13 in Salome (Date not updated)
Fort Verde Days — Oct. 12-13 in Camp Verde.
Tombstone Helldorado Days — Oct. 18-20
Bisbee 1000: The Great Stair Climb — Oct. 29.
Bluegrass Festival and Fiddle Championship - Nov. 9-11 in Wickenburg.
Thanksgiving Eve at El Chorro Lodge — Nov. 27 in Paradise Valley
Boat Parade of Lights — Nov. 30 at Lake Havasu, London Bridge.
(These have not yet been updated for 2019)
Polar Express on Grand Canyon Railway — Dates in November, December and January, Williams to Grand Canyon.
Christmas Holiday Light Parade and Courthouse Lighting — Dec. 1 in Prescott.
Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering — Dec. 7-8 Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg.
Cheez-It Bowl -- Chase Field in Phoenix.
Fiesta Bowl Parade -- Phoenix
Arizona Bowl -- Arizona Stadium in Tucson.
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