Best Arizona Events
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.
Jerome Historic Home Tour — May 18-19 in Jerome.
Holbrook Route 66 Festival & Gunslinger Car Show — June 9, Gillespie Park.
Prescott Frontier Days & World’s Oldest Rodeo — July 1-7.
Bisbee Coaster Races — July 4 in Tombstone Canyon.
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.
Navajo Nation Fair — Sept. 3-9 in Window Rock.
Bisbee Blue Festival — Sept. 2018.
Pickin’ in the Pines — Sept. 14-16 at Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff.
Jerome Jamboree (Arizona VW Bus Club) - Sept. 21-23 at Gold King Mine in Jerome
Standin’ on the Corner Festival — Sept. 28-29 in Winslow.
Andy Devine Days — Sept. 29 in Kingman.
Rex Allen Days — Oct. 5-7 in Willcox.
Fall League Baseball — Oct-Nov. Cactus League stadiums.
Dick Wick Hall Day — Oct. 13 at Salome Lions Club in Salome.
Fort Verde Days — Oct. 12-14 in Camp Verde.
Tombstone Helldorado Days — Oct. 19-21
Bisbee 1000: The Great Stair Climb — Oct. 20.
Bluegrass Festival and Fiddle Championship - Nov. 9-11 in Wickenburg.
Thanksgiving Eve at El Chorro Lodge — Nov. 21 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 -- Texas Christian (TCU) vs. California, 7 p.m. Dec. 26 at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Fiesta Bowl Parade -- 10 a.m. Dec. 29, Central Avenue south of Bethany Home Road to Camelback Road to Seventh Street south to Campbell Avenue.
Arizona Bowl -- Arkansas State vs. Nevada, 11:15 a.m. Dec. 29 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson.
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