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 are updating the list for the first half of 2020. Not all event dates are set. Check dates and details.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced cancellations of many events in 2021. Please check online for further information on events listed here. We have updated this list for March 2021 through the end of 2021.
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction — Moved to March 20-27 at Westworld of Scottsdale.
Arizona Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon — Jan. 19 in Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale.
Dillinger Days — Jan. 18-19 at Hotel Congress in Tucson.
Great Oatman Bed Race — Jan. 25 in Oatman.
Superior Home & Building Tour -- Jan. 25-26 in Superior.
Waste Management Phoenix Open — Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 at TPC Scottsdale.
BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 off-road desert racing --Jan. 23-26 in Parker.
Quartzsite rock, gem and mineral shows -- Jan. 1 to Feb. 28.
Tubac Festival of the Arts — Feb. 5-9.
Hashknife Pony Express Ride — Feb. 5-8 from Holbrook to Scottsdale.
Scottsdale Parada del Sol — Feb. 8 in Old Town Scottsdale.
Arizona Renaissance Festival -- Feb. 8 to March 29 in Gold Canyon.
Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering — Feb. 7-8 in Sierra Vista with performances by Riders in the Sky and others.
Wickenburg Gold Rush Days & Senior Pro Rodeo — Feb. 14-16.
Tucson Gem & Mineral Show — Feb. 13-16 at Tucson Convention Center.
Cactus League baseball --
Cactus League baseball — Feb. 28 to March 29 at 10 Phoenix-area stadiums. Tickets are limited due to Covid-19 precautions.
Mural Madness -- March 19-21, Self-guided walking tour, $3 for map and details on murals. Superior Chamber of Commerce, 165 Main St.
Midnight at the Oasis -- Canceled for 2021. Classic car show at Yuma's Desert Sun Stadium.
Yuma Air Show -- Canceled for 2021 at Marine Corps Air Station.
Tucson Festival of Books — March 6-7 virtual event held from University of Arizona.
Sedona Mountain Bike Festival — Moved to Nov. 12-14 for 2021.
Ostrich Festival -- Moved to Oct. 28-31 for 2021 at Tumbleweed Park, Chandler.
Modern Phoenix Home Tour — Canceled for 2021.
Chloride St. Patrick’s Day Celebration -- Plans unclear.
Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire -- Canceled in 2020 and 2021.
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction — March 20-27 at Westworld of Scottsdale. 50th annual event, delayed two months due to Covid-19 precautions.
Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament — Moved to Nov. 13 for 2021 at Warren Ballpark, Bisbee.
Historic Home Tour & Bank Robbery Re-enactment — Canceled in 2020. Plans unclear for 2021.
Pat’s Run — April 24, virtual running event for 2021.
Whiskey Row Off-Road mountain bike races, Prescott — Canceled for 2021.
Route 66 Fun Run — Canceled for 2021, Seligman to Kingman and Topock.
Verde Valley Wine Festival -- Canceled for 2021. Clarkdale.
Jerome Historic Home Tour — Canceled for 2021. Scheduled for May 21-22, 1922. Jerome.
Wyatt Earp Days -- May 29-30, 2021, in Tombstone.
Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo -- June 5-6, 2021 at Mohave County Fairgrounds.
Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival -- Canceled for 2021. June 12-13 at Continental Country Club.
Historic Route 66 Car Show — June 11-12, 2021, in Williams.
Prescott Bluegrass Festival -- June 26-27, 2021, at Courthouse Plaza.
Prescott Frontier Days & World’s Oldest Rodeo — June 28 to July 4, 2021.
Bisbee Coaster Races — Canceled in 2020. Plans unclear for 2021. 7 a.m. July 4 in Tombstone Canyon.
Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture -- Postponed for 2021. Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff.
Payson Book Festival -- July 17, 2021, at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.
Navajo Festival of the Arts & Culture — Postponed for 2021. Aug. 8-9 at Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff.
Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering — Aug. 12-14, 2021, at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott.
September to December events haven't been updated for 2020.
Navajo Nation Fair — Canceled in 2020. Plans unclear for 2021. Sept. 3-8 in Window Rock.
Bisbee Blues Festival — Sept. 18, 2021, at Bisbee City Park.
Pickin’ in the Pines — Sept. 17-19, 2021, at Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff.
Jerome Jamboree (Arizona VW Bus Club) - Sept. 23-26, Gold King Mine in Jerome.
Standin’ on the Corner Festival — Canceled in 2020. Plans unclear for 2021. Second Street (Route 66) and Kinsley Avenue in Winslow.
Andy Devine Days — Canceled in 2020. Plans unclear for 2021 in Kingman.
Old Time Fiddle & Acoustic Celebration -- Sept. 24-26 at the Payson Event Center.
Rex Allen Days — Oct. 1-3, 2021 in Willcox.
Dick Wick Hall Day — Plans unclear for 2021, Salome.
Ostrich Festival -- Oct. 28-31, 2021 at Tumbleweek Park, Chandler.
Fort Verde Days — Oct. 8-10, 2021, in Camp Verde.
Tombstone Helldorado Days — Oct. 15-17, 2021. Tombstone.
Bisbee 1000: The Great Stair Climb — Oct. 16, 2021. 30th annual event.
Kingman 66 Fest -- Nov. 5-6, 2021 at Lewis Kingman Park, 2201 E. Andy Devine Ave.
Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival - Nov. 5-7, 2021 event. 101 Easy St., Carefree.
Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games - Nov. 5-7, 2021, at Rillito Raceway Park.
Sedona Mountain Bike Festival — Nov. 12-14, 2021.
Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament — Nov. 13, 2021 at Warren Ballpark, Bisbee.
Bluegrass Festival and Fiddle Championship - Nov. 12-14, 2021, Everett Bowman Arena in Wickenburg.
Boat Parade of Lights — Plans are unclear for 2021 event. Lake Havasu, London Bridge.
Polar Express on Grand Canyon Railway — Dates in November, December and January, 2021-2022, Williams to Grand Canyon.
Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering — Dec. 3-4, 2021, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg.
Holiday Light Parade -- 6 p.m. Dec. 5, 2021. Yavapai County Courthouse in Prescott.
The Guaranteed Rate Bowl -- College football, 8:15 p.m. Dec. 28, at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Play Station Fiesta Bowl -- Jan. 1, 2022, . Semifinal of College Football Playoff, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade -- Dec. 18, 2021 event in central Phoenix.
Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl -- College football, 12 noon Dec. 31, 2021 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson.
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