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.
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction — Jan. 11-19 at Westworld of Scottsdale. 49th annual event.
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 -- Feb. 21 to March 24 at 10 Phoenix-area stadiums.
Cactus League baseball — Feb. 21 to March 24 at 10 Phoenix-area stadiums.
Bluegrass at the Beach -- March 6-8 at Lake Havasu State Park.
Tucson Festival of Books — March 15-15 at University of Arizona.
Sedona Mountain Bike Festival — March 6-8 .
Ostrich Festival -- March 13-15 at Tumbleweek Park, Chandler.
Modern Phoenix Home Tour — March 14-22. Tickets on sale starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 1.
Chloride St. Patrick’s Day Parade - No date announced.
Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire -- 10 a.m. March 14 for parade at Third and Sheridan streets; fair until 5 p.m..
Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament — April 4-5, Warren Ballpark, Bisbee.
Historic Home Tour & Bank Robbery Re-enactment — April 18 in Clarkdale.
Pat’s Run — April 18 at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe.
Whiskey Row Off-Road mountain bike races, Prescott — April 24-26.
Route 66 Fun Run car rally — May 1-3 in Seligman to Kingman and Topock.
Verde Valley Wine Festival -- May 9 in Clarkdale.
Jerome Historic Home Tour — May 16-17 in Jerome.
Wyatt Earp Days -- May 23-25 in Tombstone.
Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo -- June 5-6 at Mohave County Fairgrounds.
Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival -- June 12-13 at Continental Country Club.
Historic Route 66 Car Show — June 12-13 in Williams.
Prescott Bluegrass Festival -- June 27-28 at Courthouse Plaza.
Prescott Frontier Days & World’s Oldest Rodeo — June 29 to July 5.
Bisbee Coaster Races — 7 a.m. July 4 in Tombstone Canyon.
Oatman Sidewalk Egg Frying Challenge -- July 4. (tentative date)
Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture -- July 4-5 at Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff. (tentative dates)
Mountain Man Triathlon -- July 12 at Lake Mary, Flagstaff.
Payson Book Festival -- July 18 at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.
Navajo Festival of the Arts & Culture — Aug. 8-9 at Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff.
Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering — Aug. 6-8 at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott.
September to December events haven't been updated for 2020.
Navajo Nation Fair — Sept. 3-8 in Window Rock.
Bisbee Blue Festival — Sept. 7 at Bisbee City Park.
Pickin’ in the Pines — Sept. 13-15 at Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff.
Jerome Jamboree (Arizona VW Bus Club) - Sept. 25-27 at Gold King Mine in Jerome
Standin’ on the Corner Festival — Sept. 27-28 at Second Street (Route 66) and Kinsley Avenue in Winslow.
Andy Devine Days — Sept. 27-28 in Kingman.
Old Time Fiddler & Acoustic Celebration -- Sept. 27-29 at the Payson Event Center.
Rex Allen Days — Oct. 4-6 in Willcox.
Dick Wick Hall Day — Oct. 12 in Salome.
Fort Verde Days — Oct. 12-13 in Camp Verde.
Tombstone Helldorado Days — Oct. 18-20
Bisbee 1000: The Great Stair Climb — Oct. 29.
Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival - Nov. 1-3, 101 Easy St., Carefree.
Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games - Nov. 1-3
Bluegrass Festival and Fiddle Championship - Nov. 9-11 in Wickenburg.
Thanksgiving Eve at El Chorro Lodge — Nov. 27 in Paradise Valley.
Holiday Light Parade -- Nov. 30 at Yavapai County Courthouse in Prescott.
Boat Parade of Lights — Nov. 30 at Lake Havasu, London Bridge.
Polar Express on Grand Canyon Railway — Dates in November, December and January, Williams to Grand Canyon.
Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering — Dec. 7-8 Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg.
Cheez-It Bowl -- Dec. 27 Chase Field in Phoenix.
Play Station Fiesta Bowl -- Dec. 28 semifinal of College Football Playoff.
Fiesta Bowl Parade -- 9 a.m. Dec. 28 in central Phoenix.
Arizona Bowl -- Arizona Stadium in Tucson.
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