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Spring is in full swing so forget cleaning for now, pack up the family and head to the Southwest. Sedona is the perfect place for a fun and enlightening experience away from your everyday routine.  Enjoy a horseback ride in the high desert, a cowboy cookout at a local ranch or a visit to one of the many Native American ruin sites.  Call the Southwest Inn and we can help plan your modern day cowboy adventure.

2012-

Grand Archaeology: Excavation and Discovery along the Colorado River
Flagstaff - Museum of Northern Arizona

A new exhibit includes 24 large prehistoric artifacts, including pots, metates, bowls, jars, and stone tools, plus numerous small projectile points, beads, pendants, gaming pieces, and other artifacts from the excavation sites at the Canyon floor and along the Colorado River corridor. $4-7, 9 am - 5pm, 928-774-5213 or http://musnaz.org

OCT 10- APR 29
Butterfly Magic
Tucson - Tucson Botanical Garden

Be transported on a global quest for the most beautiful, exotic and rare butterflies of the world, hundreds of live, tropical butterflies in this intimate exhibit, $6.50-12, 9:30 am – 3 pm, http://www.tucsonbotanical.org/

NOV 12-JUN 3
Arizona Valentine
Phoenix - Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

 Showcasing artwork from Arizona artists depicting their love of the state through their art. The artwork will have different formats, but each depicting a unique aspect of the 100-year-old state, 602-273-2006 or http://www.phoenix.gov

NOV 19-SEP 3
Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary
Phoenix - Heard Museum

A fun new exhibit of Arizona’s official state neckwear, http://www. heard.org

DEC 18-APR 29
Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century
Phoenix - Phoenix Art Museum

 Surveys more than 150 works, including drawings, 33 of which have never been exhibited publicly – scale models, furniture and photography as well as video footage, reflects on Wright’s impact during his lifetime and his significance today, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Taliesin West, $4-12, 602-257-1880 orhttp://phxart.org

JAN 1-AUG 31
From Story Rock to Story Books: The Children’s Literature Center Commemorates Arizona’s Centennial with Art and Books
Phoenix

From Story Rock to Story Books: The Children’s Literature Center Commemorates Arizona’s Centennial with Art and Books – Burton Barr Central Library, a remarkable collection of original art and award-winning books exemplifying the history and culture of Arizona, http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org

JAN 8-MAY 27
Scottsdale Street Fair
Scottsdale - Pavilions at Talking Stick

Includes arts and crafts, home and lifestyle accessories, jewelry, entertainment, farmers market,  and a kids zone, free, Sundays 10 am - 4 pm, http://www.scottsdalestreetfair.com

JAN 17-MAY 1
The College of Arts and Letters Classic Film Series
Flagstaff

The College of Arts and Letters Classic Film Series – free and open to the public, each Tuesday night at 7 pm, (no film on 3/13), http://www.cal.nau.edu/film/default.asp

JAN 19-APR 14
10th Season of Native Trails presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Scottsdale

Series of free festivals celebrating Native American culture, highlighting tribes from across Arizona including Fort McDowell Yavapai, Hopi, Dine' and Apache nations, Native American music and dance, traditional flutes and drums, arts, crafts and jewelry also available, guest performers, free, most Thursdays & Saturdays, noon - 1:30 pm, 480-421-1004 or www.CultureQuestScottsdale.com

JAN 21-AUG 20
Hopi Quilts: Unique Yet Universal
Tucson - Arizona State Museum

Featuring 20 Hopi quilt from the 1970s to the present. http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu

JAN 31-APR 14
Shaping Arizona Statehood: The George Stuart Historical Figures of the Movement West
Tucson - Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, Arizona will open a new temporary exhibit; Shaping Arizona Statehood: The George Stuart Historical Figures of the Movement West on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 to coincide with the celebration of Arizona's Centennial. The exhibit will be open through Saturday, April 14, 2012. http://www.theminitimemachine.org

FEB 1-APR 30
AZest for the West: Celebrating the Centennial
Phoenix - Burton Barr Central Library

A series of events exploring Arizona’s 100-year history, features “Six Degrees to James McClintock,” an exhibit of items, letters and photographs of important people and events in Phoenix history bequeathed to the Arizona Room by newspaperman James McClintock, 602-262-4636 or http://phoenixpubliclibrary.org

FEB 11-SEP 3
Centennial Canvas: Paintings by Prescott Artists
Prescott - Sharlot Hall Museum

Features works by created for this exhibition, in the new exhibition space, featuring Prescott and Yavapai County for the Centennial, 928-445-3122 or http://www.sharlot.org

MAR 1-JUN 1
Whitewater Rafting Trips
Globe - Upper Salt River

Upper Salt River, the Highway 60 Bridge between Globe and Show Low, 1, 2, 3 & 5-day world class whitewater rafting trips in one of America's most pristine river canyons, http://www.azroa.org

MAR 1-APR 26
Wildflower Tours
Tucson - Tohono Chul Park

Docent-guided wildflower tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am, free with regular Park admission, 520-742-6455 or http://www.tohonochulpark.org

MAR 3-MAY 13
11th Annual Spring Butterfly Exhibit in the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion
Phoenix - Desert Botanical Garden

Lush gardens, hundreds of butterflies surround you, allows for butterfly encounters, special display areas feature butterfly host plants and a Discovery Station to see the scaly-winged friends up close, $3.50 with admission, 9:30 am – 5 pm, 480-941-1225 or http://www.dbg.org

APR 10-MAY 12
10th Annual Recycled Art Exhibition
Flagstaff - Coconino Center for the Arts

Promoting conservation by inspiring environmentally-friendly techniques to creatively reuse, recycle, rethink and remake into art, artists from all over Coconino County come together to promote recycling through this creative, fun and inspiring exhibition, artist demos and workshops on Saturdays,  928-286-9088 or 928-522-6969 orhttp://www.flagstaff.az.gov/ or http://flagstaff-arts.org

APR 11-APR 15
37th Annual Maricopa County Fair – The AgVenture ContinEwes
Phoenix - State Fairgrounds

An annual occasion to celebrate & pursue the traditional values of educational opportunity, agricultural prosperity & love of family, midway, commercial exhibits, hobbies, agriculture & youth exhibits, motorized events, and more! $9 per persons 8 and older. Children 7 and under are free. 602-252-0717 orhttp://www.maricopacountyfair.org

APR 11
Desert Flowers Tour
Phoenix - Deer Valley Rock Art Center

Join educator Elizabeth Alexander for a tour of multicolor wildflowers and flowering trees in our Sonoran Desert preserve, $3-7, 11 am, 623-582-8007 or http://dvrac.asu.edu

APR 12
4th Annual Glass Act ArtWalk
Scottsdale - Scottsdale Arts District

Features beautiful glass artistry by some of Arizona’s finest and glass-blowing demonstrations on the streets, hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association, the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Scottsdale, free, 7-9 pm, 480-990-8989 or www.scottsdalegalleries.com 

APR 12-APR 15
2012 Country Thunder
Florence

4 days of the hottest country acts, this year headliners include in addition to 20 other national and local country acts, 866-802-6418 or http://www.countrythunder.com

APR 12-APR 15
Chamber Music Sedona presents Beethoven Festival I, II & III
Sedona

Phoenix Symphony concertmaster Steven Moeckel and Dr. Paula Fan will perform all ten Beethoven Violin Sonatas over three days, $25-50, reservations required, 6 & 3 pm, 928-204-2415 or http://www.chambermusicsedona.org

APR 12-APR 21
The 39 Steps
Prescott - Prescott Center for the Arts

The 1935 film is performed verbatim, with a cast of four;  one is the hero, one plays three women, two others play every other character and even the occasional inanimate object; fast quick changes and occasionally playing multiple characters at once, played mainly for laughs, and the script is full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, 7:30 & 2 pm, http://pca-az.net

APR 13-APR 15
9th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival
Scottsdale - Scottsdale 101 Plaza

Eclectic music festival with a unique mixture of musical acts including bluegrass, reggae, jazz, rock as well as local band representation, delectable food, A Kid's Zone, a marketplace, silent auction, benefit, $, 602-343-0453 or http://www.mmmf.net

APR 13-APR 14
Once Upon a Quilt
Prescott - Yavapai Community College Gym

Mountain Top Quilt Guild quilt show, lots of beautiful quilts, an Opportunity Quilt, a vendors mall, quilters boutique, small quilt auction and old fashioned quilt turnings, $5, 9 am - 5 pm, 928-775-8706 or http://www.mountaintopquilters.com 

APR 14-APR 15
26th Annual Bike MS: Ride the Vortex
Sedona - Verde Valley Fairgrounds

Ride through the beautiful Red Rock Mountains or enjoy a fun ride with your family and friends through the Verde Valley, two-day fully catered cycling event, supports local programs for multiple sclerosis, http://bikeaza.nationalMSsociety.org 

APR 14
Rhythm on the Rails
Clarkdale

Rhythm on the Rails – Verde Canyon Railroad, and also Rhythm in the Park in Clarkdale, 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245 or http://www.verdecanyonrr.com

APR 14
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Havasu
Lake Havasu City - Havasu 95 Speedway

The real deal, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is making it’s first visit to Havasu 95 Speedway, inaugural NASCAR stock car series, $6-12, http://golakehavasu.com orhttp://havasu95speedway.com

APR 14
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Prescott - Yavapai College Performance Hall

A musical institution, Blood, Sweat & Tears has left an indelible mark on the American music scene since 1968, adding classics to the rock lexicon, 7:30 pm,http://www.yc.edu/v4content/community-events/

APR 14
Prescott Punisher
Prescott - Alto Off Highway Vehicle Recreational Area

Mountain biking, Point Series XC Race #5, free kids race, Light & Motion sponsored night ride led by Dejay Birtch, potluck dinner, and short track racing,http://www.mbaa.net

APR 14
Prescott Punisher
Prescott - Alto Off Highway Vehicle Recreational Area

Mountain biking, Point Series XC Race #5, free kids race, Light & Motion sponsored night ride led by Dejay Birtch, potluck dinner, and short track racing, http://www.mbaa.net

APR 14-APR 22
2nd Annual Festival of The Artist’s Path - Love Makes the World Go Round!
Prescott - 'Tis Arts Center and Gallery

Exploring love through monologues, music and movement, 928-771-2554 or http://www.TheArtistsPath.org

APR 15
Grand Canyon Guitar Society Concert
Flagstaff - Coconino Center for the Arts

Featuring Brasil Guitar Duo, 928-213-0752 or http://www.canyonguitar.org

APR 15
A Salute to Rat Pack and Friends
Prescott - Elks Opera House

Starring Robert Shaw and friends, an evening honoring the legacies of Frank, Dean, Sammy and their contemporaries, full of swingin’ standards, $22-30, 2pm,http://www.prescott-az.gov/elks/?p=1079

APR 15
POW/MIA 5K Run
Prescott - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

To benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, http://www.arizonaroadracers.com/

APR 19
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APR 22
7th Annual Railroad Days
Winslow - Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport

Includes a model railroad exhibit, vendors, railroad documentary,http://www.tucsonntrak.com/

APR 19-APR 22
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves
Phoenix - Chase Field

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves – Chase Field, baseball, 6:40, 5:10 and 1:10 pm, 602-462-4600 or http://dbacks.com/

APR 19
Phoenix Suns vs. L.A. Clippers
Phoenix - US Airways Center

Phoenix Suns vs. L.A. Clippers – US Airways Center, professional basketball, 7:30 pm, http://www.Suns.com

APR 19
Old-Time Band, The Freight Hoppers
Flagstaff - Coconino Center for the Arts

High-energy dance music of an older day, $12-15, 7 pm, 928-779-2300 or http:// culturalpartners.org

APR 19
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APR 22
42nd Annual Institute of Desert Ecology
Tucson - Catalina State Park

A four-day outdoor learning experience focusing on Sonoran Desert ecosystems, emphasizing the relationships among birds, animals, plants, and physical elements of the desert, classes include birds, herps, mammals, insects, botany, and geology, evening activities about owls, nocturnal invertebrates and the night sky, also a group hike, $460, 520-622-2230 or http://www.tucsonaudubon.org

APR 20
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APR 22
10th Annual Home & Garden Expo
Kingman - Mohave County Fairgrounds

Featuring home & garden products and services, demonstrations, carnival for the kids, 928-753-2636 or http://www.mcfafairgrounds.org

APR 20
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APR 22
5th Annual Havasu Tattoo Show
Lake Havasu City - Aquatic Center

The hottest artists from throughout the U.S., live tattooing, the Alternative Model Search and body art performers, $10, 928-232-0145 orhttp://www.havasutattooshow.com

APR 20
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APR 22
21st Annual Mining Country Boom Town Spree
Miami - Downtown Miami

Featuring the Arizona State Mining Championships, parade, cultural dancing, arts and crafts, live musical entertainment, kids activities, bed races, car show, street dance, antique mining equipment displays, mining competitions,www.facebook.com/MiamiBoomtownSpree

APR 20
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APR 22
6th Annual Lake Havasu Grand Prix
Lake Havasu City - The London Bridge Resort Convention Center

Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Assn. boat race on a closed course, competition from all around the U.S, million dollar 22-50 foot boats scream across the water at 150 miles per hour, free to spectators, http://www.golakehavasu.com orhttp://www.pacificoffshore.com

APR 20
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APR 22
9th Annual Desert Ice Bonspiel
Scottsdale - Alltel Ice Den

24 curling teams from Canada and the U.S. will participate in the tournament,http://www.coyotescurling.com or http://www.deserticebonspiel.com/

APR 20
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APR 22
26th Annual ASU Spring Competition Pow Wow
Tempe - ASU Band Practice Field

Dancing in 23 categories, Native American arts & crafts, Indian fry bread, intertribal dancing, $5-8, Fri 5:30 pm, Sat 11:30 am, Sun 11:30 am, 480-965-5224 orhttp://powwow.asu.edu

APR 20
Eat, Drink & Be Pretty Party
Scottsdale - Scottsdale Center for the Arts

Dress to impress, treats from more than 20 restaurants and a large variety of wine & spirits, also includes a fashion show featuring the most wanted styles of the moment, then dance the night away, $70, 7-11 pm, 480-945-7193 orhttp://www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org

APR 20
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APR 22
51st Annual Prison Run
Yuma

20-22    YUMA: – Yuma County Fairgrounds, (2520 E. 32nd Street, 85365), sponsored by the Norwalk Motorcycle Club, benefits children’s charities, http://sites.google.com/site/yumaprisonrun/

APR 20
Earth, Sea, & Sky
Tucson

Ascension Lutheran Church, (1220 W. Magee Rd., 85704), $18-20, 7 pm, 520-404-3148 or http://www.southernarizonawomenschorus.org

APR 20
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APR 22
Havasu Marine Association’s 21st Annual Boat Show
Lake Havasu City - LH State Park Windsor

Features more than forty different brands of family runabouts, pontoons, ski/wakeboard boats, fishing boats, cruisers, deckboats, PWCs and the largest selection of performance sportboats west of Miami plus hundreds of marine accessory products, $2, 12 & under free, http://www.lakehavasuboatshow.com or http://golakehavasu.com

APR 20
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MAY 27
Tarzan
Peoria - Arizona Broadway Theatre

With technical and lighting wizardry galore, with music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winning composer Phil Collins, faithfully re-tells the Disney tale of an orphaned boy raised in the jungle, the difficulties he encounters as he tries to fit in, and the dangers encountered when the worlds of Man and Wild collide, 623-776-8400 orhttp://www.azbroadway.org

APR 20
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APR 22
Charles Mingus Hometown Jazz Festival
Nogales

Includes a free concert on Fri. night, jazz for Kids and jazz for adults sessions, arts & crafts, kids games, art exhibit, Charles Mingus Film Festival, Big Band Gala Concert, margarita jazz brunch, http://www.mingusproject.com

APR 20
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APR 23
Pride and Prejudice
Queen Creek - Queen Creek Performing Arts Center

When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense -- but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems, $13-15, 7 pm, 480-987-7469 orhttp://www.qcpac.com/

APR 20
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APR 22
Becoming an Outdoors Woman
Prescott - Camp Friendly Pines

Offers adventure and life skills, for women age 18 and older to learn to camp, fish, rappel, hike, cook with Dutch ovens, photograph wildlife & a range of outdoor recreation skills, "hawk talks" and nature hikes, $235 includes meals, lodging and classes, 480-644-0077 or http://www.azwildlife.org

APR 20
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APR 22
Arizona Outback Spring Fiddlefest
Salome - Lion's Club

Fiddling, bluegrass and country music, free, 928-859-3466 orhttp://www.azoutback.com or http://www.arizonaoldtimefiddlers.org

APR 20
Annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series
Phoenix - Desert Botanical Garden

Desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians, this week features Nature, Sound, Silence: John Cage, American Experimental, doors open at 6 pm, concert begins in Ottosen Entry Garden and progresses to Ullman Terrace, all ages welcome for this date only, reservations recommended, $, 480-481-8188 orhttp://www.dbg.org

APR 20
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APR 22
Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Show & Sale
Phoenix - Desert Botanical Garden

Society members showcase hundreds of their best plants competing for ribbons and trophies with the public invited to choose their favorite, also outstanding cactus and succulent growers from throughout the Southwest present plants for sale, 480-941-1225 or http://www.dbg.org or http://centralarizonacactus.org/show.html

APR 20
Annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series
Phoenix - Desert Botanical Garden

Desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians, this week features Nature, Sound, Silence: John Cage, American Experimental, doors open at 6 pm, concert begins in Ottosen Entry Garden and progresses to Ullman Terrace, all ages welcome for this date only, reservations recommended, $, 480-481-8188 orhttp://www.dbg.org

APR 20
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APR 22
Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Show & Sale
Phoenix - Desert Botanical Garden

Society members showcase hundreds of their best plants competing for ribbons and trophies with the public invited to choose their favorite, also outstanding cactus and succulent growers from throughout the Southwest present plants for sale, 480-941-1225 or http://www.dbg.org or http://centralarizonacactus.org/show.html

APR 20
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APR 21
The Last Flapper
Flagstaff - Coconino Center for the Arts

20-21    FLAGSTAFF: The Last Flapper – Coconino Center for the Arts, a one-woman show starring award-winning actor, Becky Daggett, $10, 7 pm, 928-779-2300 or http://culturalpartners.org

APR 20
The Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band and Dixieland by the Road Runners
Tucson - Tohono Chul Park

This concert will be dedicated to Ed Cohn, our volunteer who passed away recently, 7 pm, http://tucsonjazz.org/

APR 20
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APR 28
“Out Back of the Woodshed”
Prescott - Sharlot Hall Museum

Sharlot Hall Museum’s Blue Rose Theater, an original historical play directed and written by Jody Drake that tells the story of children on the frontier, featuring members of the Museum Student Conservatory, $10-14, 7:30 pm, 928-445-3122 orhttp://www.sharlot.org

APR 21
5th Annual ARTbeat
Yuma - Yuma Art Center

Outdoor juried show, eclectic mix of recognized and emerging local, regional and international artists working In a variety of mediums from pottery to painting and sculpture, 928-373-5202 or http://www.yumaaz.gov/4745.htm

APR 21
Annual Pat’s Run
Tempe - Sun Devil Stadium

4.2 miles run, 4.2 miles walk, .42 free kids fun run/walk, all events finish on the 42 yard line of Sun Devil Stadium, includes free entertainment, live local music, food, drinks and a carnival-like kid’s area, $30-35, 7 am, 480-507-6754 orhttp://www.patsrun.com

APR 21
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APR 22
14th Annual Napa Auto Parts Monster Truck Nationals
Chandler - Firebird International Raceway

One of Arizona’s largest fields of Monster Trucks competing side-by-side in an all-out freestyle competition, also some of the world’s fastest jet cars reach speeds approaching 300 mph, 602-268-0200 or http://www.firebirdraceway.com

APR 21
4th Annual Brian Mickelsen Memorial Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K, 2 mile run/walk
Cottonwood - Riverfront Park

All races begin and end in Riverfront Park and utilize beautiful Dead Horse Ranch State Park, a new addition of a Marathon, medals will be awarded to the 1st - 3rd place finishers for male and female divisions in the full, half and 10k races, $15-90, 6 am, 928-639-3200 or http://www.getsetaz.com

APR 21
8th Annual Gilbert Global Village Festival
Gilbert - Gilbert North Civic Center

A multi-cultural celebration, features a parade of nations, music, dance, arts & crafts, food and sports of a variety of cultures, two stages of  performances, hands on activities & demonstrations, free, 9:30 am - 4 pm, 480-503-6224 or http://www.gilbertaz.gov/

APR 21
5th Annual Kiwanis Sprint in the Park Triathlon
Litchfield Park - Litchfield Park Recreation Center

Check in at 5:30 am, includes a 300 yard swim, 8.4 mile bike and a 2 mile run, course is flat, palm tree lined street course, age groups include uner 18; 18-30; 31-40; 41-50 and 51 & up, T-shirts and medals to the top three finishers in each age group for males and females, limited to 150 participants,  http://www.litchfield-park.org

APR 21
22nd Annual 2012 Zane Grey Highline 50 Mile Trail Race
Payson

Beautiful, challenging and unique trail run, the trail lies entirely in the Tonto National Forest and runs from just south of Pine to several miles east of the town of Christopher Creek, designated a National Recreation Trail in 1979, a scenic and historic trail, 5 am,http://www.zanegrey50.com

APR 21
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APR 22
35th Annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party
Scottsdale - Embassy Suites

Featuring 25 national jazz artists, $185/weekend badge including Sunday lunch, Sat. day $50, Sat. evening $50, Sun. $90, Sat noon – 4:30 pm, and 8 pm – midnight, Sun 11 am – 7 pm, 480-948-7993 or http://www.paradisevalleyjazz.com

APR 21
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APR 22
Great Arizona Picnic
Scottsdale - Scottsdale Civic Center

Food sampling from 50+ food and beverage exhibitors, continuous musical entertainment, national celebrities, Epicurean Expo, $10 entry, & $1 tasting coupons, Sat noon - 9 pm, Sun noon - 6 pm, 480-945-7193 orhttp://www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org 

APR 21
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APR 22
Phoenix Pride Festival
Phoenix - Steele Indian School Park

Phoenix Pride Festival – Steele Indian School Park, http://www.phoenixpride.org

APR 21
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APR 22
Orfeo ed Euridice
Tucson - Tucson Music Hall

Boy meets girl – boy loses girl, boy goes to Hell and back to get girl; features otherworldly sets designed by New York’s John Conklin, in keeping with this re-telling of a Greek myth, the sets are inspired by the harmony and beauty of Grecian temples, sung in Italian with English surtitles, by Arizona Opera, 7:30 & 2 pm, 520-293-4336 or http://www.azopera.org

APR 21
Celtic Fire
Prescott - Yavapai College Performance Hall

Featuring 100% live music, dance and song, anchored in the customs and the ancient musical history of Erin’s Isle, 7:30 pm, http://www.yc.edu/v4content/community-events/

APR 21
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APR 22
Arizona Women’s Expo
Phoenix - Phoenix Convention Center

Features 565 exhibits representing fashion, home décor, cooking, health, nutrition, fitness, and finance, celebrity speakers, plus 3 stages featuring fashion shows, decorating, cooking theater, celebrity book signings, and beauty bar, 10 am – 5 pm, 866-618-3434 or http://www.azwomensexpo.com

APR 21
Chef Wine Dinners
Scottsdale

Various restaurants, award winning chefs at some of the Valley’s top restaurants offer a four-course meal with rich vintage wines, $125, 6:30 pm, 480-945-7193 orhttp://www.scottsdalefest.org 

APR 21
Spring Cross Country Classic
Tucson - Lincoln Park

5K, features a challenging two-loop course with rolling hills through the desert, separate races for men and women, $7-10, 7:30 am, 520-326-9383 orhttp://www.azroadrunners.org

APR 21
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APR 22
Chalk It Up! Prescott
Prescott - The Foothills Bank

“Children” of all ages are invited to create pavement art, individual or group artists, live entertainment, free, 10 am – 4 pm, 928-308-8762 or http://www.prescottchalkart.com/

APR 21
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APR 22
Southwest Festival of Beers
Scottsdale - scottsdale Civic Center

More than 200 specialty beers, food and special musical entertainment, $15-20, noon - 6 pm, 480-945-7193 or http://www.scottsdalefest.org 

APR 21
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APR 22
Art & Craft Show
Sedona - Bell Rock Plaza

Between 35-55 artists with paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains, carvings and many Native American artists too, 928-284-9627 orhttp://www.bellrockartshows.com

APR 21
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APR 22
9th Annual Polish Festival
Phoenix - Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish

 

Celebrating Polands’ rich culture and traditions with authentic Polish food and beer, live entertainment, raffle, exhibits, souvenir boutique, traditional Polish jewelry, crafts, traditional folk dancers, free, Sat. 10 am – 9 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm, 480-442-9765 orhttp://www.polishfestivalaz.org  

APR 21
Bonsai Show
Phoenix - Valley Garden Center

 

Phoenix Bonsai Society (celebrating 50 years) will display established Bonsai trees and trees under development to illustrate how the art of Bonsai is created, in addition to Bonsai trees, the Society will display Viewing Stones, and Kusamono plantings, demonstrations will be presented during the day, free, 9 am – 5 pm, 480-998-8473 orhttp://www.phoenixbonsai.com/

APR 21
29th Annual Blessing of the Vine Festival
Elgin - Village of Elgin Winery

Includes lunch, souvenir wine glass, sample tasting of world class Arizona wines, live music, competition and crowning of Arizona’s King and Queen of Grape Stomping, arts & crafts, $18, 11 am – 4 pm, 520-455-9309 or http://www.elginwines.com

APR 21
Phoenix Suns vs. Denver
Phoenix - US Airways Center

US Airways Center, professional basketball, 2:30 pm, http://www.Suns.com

APR 21
Bonsai Show
Phoenix - Valley Garden Center

Phoenix Bonsai Society (celebrating 50 years) will display established Bonsai trees and trees under development to illustrate how the art of Bonsai is created, in addition to Bonsai trees, the Society will display Viewing Stones, and Kusamono plantings, demonstrations will be presented during the day, free, 9 am – 5 pm,http://www.phoenixbonsai.com/

 

APR 21
29th Annual Blessing of the Vine Festival
Elgin - Village of Elgin Winery

Includes lunch, souvenir wine glass, sample tasting of world class Arizona wines, live music, competition and crowning of Arizona’s King and Queen of Grape Stomping, arts & crafts, $18, 11 am – 4 pm, 520-455-9309 or http://www.elginwines.com

APR 21
Bonsai Show
Phoenix - Valley Garden Center

Phoenix Bonsai Society (celebrating 50 years) will display established Bonsai trees and trees under development to illustrate how the art of Bonsai is created, in addition to Bonsai trees, the Society will display Viewing Stones, and Kusamono plantings, demonstrations will be presented during the day, free, 9 am – 5 pm,http://www.phoenixbonsai.com/

 

APR 21
Phoenix Suns vs. Denver
Phoenix - US Airways Center

Professional basketball, 2:30 pm, http://www.Suns.com

APR 21
10th Annual Chrome in the Dome Classic Car & Truck Show
Eagar - Round Valley Dome

Car show, vendors, ice cream social, BBQ, 8 am – 4 pm, 928-333-2123 or 866-733-2123 or http://www.springerville-eagarchamber.com

APR 21
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APR 22
13th Annual Wild Eagle Railroad Open House
Phoenix - Wild Eagle Railroad

A model train landscape show to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, 20 layouts at homes throughout the Valley, including the home of Eaglewings Iron Craft train owner, includes G-scale garden railroad demonstrations, free, donations accepted, Sat 10 am - 4 pm, Sun 10 am - 3 pm, 602-276-8101 orhttp://www.eaglewingsironcraft.com

APR 21
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APR 22
The Arizona Folklore Preserve Presents–Open Range
Sierra Vista - Arizona Folklore Preserve

Music that captures the spirit of the West, Ric Steinke & Linda Hausler weave a musical blend of tight vocal harmonies & outstanding acoustic instrumentation, reservations required, $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 orhttp://www.arizonafolklore.com

APR 21
Hummingbird Banding at San Pedro House
Sierra Vista - San Pedro House

Get an up-close look at the catch, band, weigh, measure and release by licensed banders of the tiny birds for research purposes, 4-6 pm, 520-432-1388 orhttp://www.sabo.org

APR 21
Flagstaff Earth Day 2012
Flagstaff - City Hall South Lawn

Live bands, local food, vendors and exhibitors, free, 11:30 am – 4 pm,  928-213-3612 or http://www.flagstaff.az.gov/index.aspx?nid=1439

APR 21
5th Annual Artisans at The Arboretum
Superior - Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Co-sponsored with Soroptimists International of Gold Canyon, $4.50-9, 9 am - 4 pm, 520-689-2811 or http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/

APR 2012
Guided Tour of Buffalo Soldier Sites
Sierra Vista - meet at Sierra Vista Public Library

A guided bus tour to Buffalo Soldier sites on historic Fort Huachuca, tours are limited to 14 passengers, so make reservations, $15, 1 pm, Fort Huachuca is an active military installation US citizens over the age of 13 planning to take the tour must show valid photo ID before boarding the bus 520-417-6960 or 520-803-6713

APR 21
Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Prescott - Wyndham Garden Hotel

Features the best of wind and food, wines from Page Springs Cellars paired with a special menu from the Black Canyon Grille, Indian art available at the silent auction and playing of “Heads & Tails,” $60, 928-445-1230 orhttp://www.smokimuseum.org

APR 21
Randomonium
Tempe - Tempe Beach Park

Celebrating Four Peaks Brewing Company’s 15th anniversary with carnival rides, corn hole, snow, hot bands, panda and snow, $40, 11 am – 11 pm,http://www.randomonium.com 

APR 21
Earth Fest
Patagonia - Patagonia Town Park

Local merchants, galleries and vendors will offer a variety of fresh local organic foods, arts and crafts,  local organizations will showcase fun eart-conscious activities, food demonstrations and recycled arts projects, enjoy a variety of workshops and guided tours of local Patagonia attractions, a community party at 7 pm, with live music and dancing at the Tin Shed Theater, free, 9 am, 520-394-0141 orhttp://www.facebook.com/nogalescommunitydevelopment#!/EarthFestPatagoniaAZ

APR 21
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APR 22
Grand Canyon’s Earth Day Celebration during Fee-Free National Park Week
Grand Canyon (Tusayan)

With the film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time, demonstrations, games, information on local and national environmental initiatives, free, 10 am - 2 pm, www.nps.gov/grca

APR 22
Yo Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott with The Assad Brothers
Mesa - Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater

An evening of Latin American music, Mr. Ma reunites with colleagues Kathyrn Stott, the brilliant concert pianist, and Brazilian-born brothers Sergio and Odair Assad, $50-110, 7:30 pm, 480-644-6500 or http://www.MesaArtsCenter.com

APR 22
Earth Day/Picnic for the Planet
Wickenburg - Hassayampa River Preserve

Celebrate Earth Day and help the Nature Conservancy set a world record for the biggest picnic across the globe, includes docent led walk, bring your lunch, hands on activities and demonstrations for students, reservations required, $5, children 12 and under are free, 10 am – 1:30 pm, 928-684-2772 orhttp://www.nature.org/arizona/preserves 

APR 22
Earth, Sea, & Sky
Tucson - Catalina Foothills High School

$18-20, 7 pm, 520-404-3148 or http://www.southernarizonawomenschorus.org

APR 22
Yo Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott with The Assad Brothers
Mesa - Mesa Arts Center

An evening of Latin American music, Mr. Ma reunites with colleagues Kathyrn Stott, the brilliant concert pianist, and Brazilian-born brothers Sergio and Odair Assad, $50-110, 7:30 pm, 480-644-6500 or http://www.MesaArtsCenter.com

APR 22
Best of the Fest
Scottsdale

Featuring  prominent Valley chefs each creating a five-course dinner for their two tables of ten, each course is paired with quality wines, cocktail attire, $, 6:30 pm, 480-945-7193 or http://www.scottsdalefest.org 

APR 22
Wine Country Brunch
Scottsdale - Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center

A battle of the brunches, enjoy brunch favorites from various Valley restaurants and ever-flowing champagne, mimosas and wine samples, also luxury items which are open to your bid at the brunch’s Silent Auction, $65, 11 am - 2 pm, 480-945-7193 orhttp://www.scottsdalefest.org 

APR 22
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MAY 27
The Color of Stars
Tempe - Tempe Center for the Arts

Travel back in time with Allie on her quest to learn more about her grandfather, a touching story about life in America during World War II with modern-day parallels about the costs of war both overseas and at home, a Childsplay world premiere, for ages 8 and up, $15-25, 1 & 4 pm, 480-350-2822 or http://childsplayaz.org

APR 22
Sons of Orpheus 21st Annual Spring Concert
Green Valley - Valley Presbyterian Church

Tucson’s premiere men’s chorus, $17-20, 3 pm, http://www.sonsoforpheus.org

APR 22
Sons of Orpheus 21st Annual Spring Concert
Green Valley - Valley Presbyterian Church

Sons of Orpheus 21st Annual Spring Concert – Valley Presbyterian Church, (2800 S. Camino del Sol 85614), Tucson’s premiere men’s chorus, $17-20, 3 pm,http://www.sonsoforpheus.org

APR 22
2012 Sun & Song Outdoor Music Series
Phoenix - Heard Museum

In the Central Courtyard, this week features acclaimed artist and musician Dave Montour (Mohawk/Delaware), the founder of the popular Native fusion band Clan/destine, he will perform using cedar flutes he makes himself, free, 11 am – 3 pm, 602-252-8848 or http://heard.org

APR 23
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APR 25
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Phoenix - Chase Field

Chase Field, baseball, 6:40 and 12:40 pm, 602-462-4600 or http://dbacks.com/

APR 24
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APR 28
30th Annual La Frontera International Mariachi Conference
Tucson - TCC & Reid Park

Tucson’s largest cultural event with educational workshops in mariachi & folklorico dancing, Participant Showcase, Espectacular Concert, and Garibaldi Fiesta, $, 520-838-3908 or http://www.tucsonmariachi.org

 

APR 24
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APR 28
30th Annual La Frontera International Mariachi Conference
Tucson - TCC & Reid Park

Tucson’s largest cultural event with educational workshops in mariachi & folklorico dancing, Participant Showcase, Espectacular Concert, and Garibaldi Fiesta, $, 520-838-3908 or http://www.tucsonmariachi.org

APR 24
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APR 29
In the Heights
Tucson - Tucson Music Hall Tucson

By Broadway in Tucson/A Nederlander Presentation, a moving, funny, and uplifting new show about a community of hard-working immigrants seeking a better life and trying to find their place – their home – in their new country, 866-821-2929 or http://www.broadwayintucson.com

APR 24
Paco de Lucia
Mesa - Mesa Arts Center

One of the greatest living guitarists in the world, flamenco style, $52-67, 7:30 pm, 480-644-6500 or http://www.MesaArtsCenter.com

APR 24
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APR 29
Green Day’s American Idiot
Tempe - ASU Gammage

Smash-hit musical tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia, based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum album, contains adult content, strong language and simulated use and ultimate rejection of drugs, part of the Progressive Broadway Across America series, 480-965-3434 or http://asugammage.com

APR 24
Mesa Community College Orchestra Concert
Scottsdale - First Baptist Church of Scottsdale

Join MCC’s orchestra for an evening of entertaining music, including Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, $5-8, 7 pm, 480-461-7575 orhttp://www.mccorchestra.mynetworksolutions.com 

APR 25
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APR 28
14th Annual Desert Storm Poker Run & Shootout
Lake Havasu City

See some of the fastest, most impressive boats to grace the wave, the events include a show and shine on Main Street, view the boats up close and take a look at the massive motors putting out thousands of horsepower, talk to the drivers, 602-578-5975 orhttp://www.lakeracerllc.com

APR 25
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APR 29
14th Annual Desert Storm Poker Run & Shootout
Lake Havasu City - Thompson Bay

For excitement junkies, free to spectators, 602-578-5975 orhttp://www.golakehavasu.com

APR 25
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MAY 20
Dream a Little Dream
Phoenix - Phoenix Theatre

The NEARLY True Story of the Mamas & The Papas follows the tumultuous career of the famed Rock n’ Roll group told through the eyes of Danny Doherty, the ‘other’ papa, the music that John Phillips wrote for the group often reflected the events in their turbulent lives, the essence of sex, drugs and Rock n’ Roll, too much, too fast, too soon, $35-62, http://phoenixtheatre.com

APR 25
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APR 28
Bullhead City/Laughlin River Run
Bullhead City - Bullhead Area Chamber

Annual motorcycle spring rally with numerous entertainment events and food and biker vendors, 928-754-4121 or 800-987-7457 or http://www.laughlinriverrun.com

APR 25
Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio
Phoenix - US Airways Center

US Airways Center, professional basketball, 7:30 pm, http://www.Suns.com

APR 25
Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio
Phoenix - US Airways Center

Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio – US Airways Center, professional basketball, 7:30 pm,http://www.Suns.com

APR 25
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APR 26
Student Workshops
Tucson - Casino Del Sol Resort & Conference Center

Students of all ages are invited to sign up for traditional classes taught by professional mariachi musicians and baile folklorico instructors, part of the International Mariachi Conference, $, 520-838-3908 or http://www.tucsonmariachi.org

APR 26
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APR 29
Region VII All-Arabian Horse Show
Scottsdale - WestWorld

700 Arabian horses from across the Southwest compete in English & Western events, free, 8 am - 9 pm, 702-435-6694 or 480-312-6802 ext. 3 or http://www.aha7.org orhttp://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/westworld/events.asp

APR 26
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APR 29
Verde Valley Nature & Birding Festival
Cottonwood - Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Field trips, local tours, workshops & seminars, educational activities for kids, exhibits, key-note speaker, entertainment, $10+, 5:30 am – 9 pm, 928-282-2202 orhttp://www.birdyverde.org

APR 26
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APR 27
DanceBrazil
Scottsdale - Scottsdale Center for the Arts

 Dazzling Afro-Brazilian music and dance, 7:30 & 8 pm, 480-994-2787 orhttp://www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org

APR 26
Participant Showcase
Tucson - Casino Del Sol Resort & Conference Center

Students that take part in the mariachi and baile folklorico workshops have the opportunity to strut their stuff, glimpse into the future of mariachi and baile folklorico, part of the International Mariachi Conference, $10, 6 pm, 520-838-3908 orhttp://www.tucsonmariachi.org 

APR 27
Fourth Fridays in Camp Verde
Camp Verde - Historic Downtown Camp Verde

 

Enjoy cultural heritage, visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Camp Verde Historical Museum and Camp Verde Visitor Center, re-enactments and presentations at some or all of these locations, free, 5-8 pm,928-567-9294 orhttp://www.visitcampverde.com

APR 27
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APR 29
APR 27
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APR 29
Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Event
Prescott - Historic Whiskey Row

Endurance mountain bike including technical single track, smooth fire roads and quality climbing with great views, 15-, 25- & 50-miles, at the end is a community concert, 8 am, 
http://www.epicrides.com

APR 27
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APR 29
Kingman Hog Days
Kingman

Includes a poker run with various stops around Kingman, live music, beer garden, fun & games, biker vendors and more, Harley Davidson demo trailer, see what’s new and take a test drive, 9 am – 5 pm, 928-757-1166 or http://www.motherroad.com

APR 27
Astronomy Open House
Tempe - Bateman Physical Sciences Building H Wing

Look through telescopes, learn about meteorites and much more, free, 8 pm, 480-965-0665 or http://asuevents.asu.edu/ or http://astopenhouse.com

APR 27
David Sedaris
Flagstaff - Ardrey Auditorium

One of today's preeminent humor writers, Sedaris has sold over seven million books, had five titles on the Times Bestseller list, been nominated for three Grammys, and had his work translated into over 25 languages, for all ages, $49.25, doors open at 7 pm, 928-853-4292 or http://www.greenhouseproductions.net

APR 27
Fourth Fridays in Camp Verde
Camp Verde - Historic Downtown

Enjoy cultural heritage, visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Camp Verde Historical Museum and Camp Verde Visitor Center, re-enactments and presentations at some or all of these locations, free, 5-8 pm, http://www.visitcampverde.com

APR 27
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APR 29
Walgreens Charity Classic Golf Tournament
Sun City West - Grandview Golf Course

Features a one-day pro-am and two-day, 36-hole women’s competition featuring at least 36 LPGA Legends pros, a $200,000 purse, a Healthy Living Expo, Walgreens Walk, benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital, http://www.thelegendstour.com/tickets

APR 27
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APR 28
20th Annual Beeline Cruise-In and Car Show
Payson - Green Valley Park

Includes a car cruise, raffles, a 50-50 drawing, judging, music, poker walk, vendors, trophies, 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.paysonrimcountry.com

APR 27
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APR 29
29th Annual Answer to the Challenge
Prescott

3-day bike ride to Strawberry via Payson, Camp Verde to Jerome & Mingus Mountain to Prescott, http://www.pmbcaz.org/theanswer.html

APR 27
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APR 28
20th Annual Beeline Cruise-In and Car Show
Payson - Green Valley Park

Includes a car cruise, raffles, a 50-50 drawing, judging, music, poker walk, vendors, trophies, 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.paysonrimcountry.com

APR 27
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APR 29
29th Annual Answer to the Challenge
Phoenix

29th Annual Answer to the Challenge - 3-day bike ride to Strawberry via Payson, Camp Verde to Jerome & Mingus Mountain to Prescott,http://www.pmbcaz.org/theanswer.html

APR 27
Blooms & Bites
Tucson - Tucson Botanical Gardens

With a bit of food and a sip of wine while you view and bid on the fabulous work of local and regional artists as well as dazzling specialty items from local retailers and landscape designers, bid on some of your favorites, $50, 5-8 pm, 520-326-9686 ext. 10 or http://www.TucsonBotanical.org

APR 27
The Espectacular Concert
Tucson - Casino Del Sol Resort & Conference Center

The best mariachi musicians performing before standing room crowds, this year’s performers are Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Cobre and Pedro Fernandez, $20-60, 7 pm, 520-838-3913 orhttp://www.tucsonmariachi.org 

APR 27
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APR 29
A Taste of Greece
Tempe - Tempe Beach Park

Greek dancing, music, food & fun, performances by costumed Greek dancers, Greek wine tasting, carnival rides, $2, Fri. &  Sat. 11 am - 11 pm, Sun. 11 am - 7 pm, 480-899-3330 or http://atasteofgreeceaz.webs.com

APR 27
Neamen Lyles and Isaac Valenzuala
Tucson - Tohono Chul Park

Smooth Jazz in an outdoor setting, 7 pm, http://tucsonjazz.org/

APR 27
Celtic Woman “Believe”
Phoenix - Comerica Theatre

Celtic Woman “Believe” – Comerica Theatre, an all ages event, $86.75, 8 pm,http://www.livenation.com

APR 28
Sedona Historic Home & Site Tour
Sedona - Sedona Heritage Museum

 

Tour some of Sedona’s designated historic landmarked architectural and historic places of interest as part of local Arizona Centennial celebrations, self-drive or guided tour, includes up to 12 sites, $25-35, 928-282-7038

 
 

 

APR 28
30th Annual Festival of the Sun, Solar Potluck and Exhibition
Tucson - Catalina State Park

Exhibits & demonstrations of all types of solar energy devices including ovens, cookers, water heaters, photo-voltaics, solar-powered music, children's activities, promotes the development & use of solar energy, 10 am, 520-883-8880 orhttp://www.citizensforsolar.org/

APR 28
28th Annual My Nana’s Salsa Challenge
Tempe - Tempe Beach Park

Fund-raiser for Hemophilia Assn, 90+ competitors prepare fresh salsa on-site in either the mild or hot category, salsas, featuring restaurants, businesses and individuals, sampling contest, enjoy margaritas, live bands, food court, vote for your favorite salsa chef, $8-10, 12 and under are free, 11 am - 6 pm, 602-955-1962 orhttp://www.salsachallenge.com 

APR 28
26th Holualoa Annual Tour of the Tucson Mountains
Tucson

100K or 50K  bicycle tour around perimeter of the Tucson Mountains, 4- mile & 1/4 mile kids fun rides, traffic control, support stations, medallions to all finishers, $ registration, 7 am, 520-745-2033 or http://www.perimeterbicycling.com

APR 28
26th Annual Dinner on the Desert
Phoenix - Desert Botanical Garden

An elegant yet casual event along the Garden trails, dinner, silent auction & dancing, $500, 6 pm, 480-481-8182 or http://www.dbg.org

APR 28
34th Annual Blessing of the Sonoita Vineyards Festival
Elgin - Sonoita Vineyards

No reservations needed, admission includes wine tasting with souvenir glass, souvenir corkscrew, food and wine pairings, winery tours and horse-drawn wagon ride through vineyard, lunch from two local Sonoita restaurants and horseback rides available at an additional cost, $15, 10 am - 4 pm, 520-455-5893 orhttp://www.sonoitavineyards.com 

APR 28
Sarah Vowell
Scottsdale - Scottsdale Center for the Arts

Best-selling author , radio personality and journalist, 8 pm, 480-994-2787 orhttp://www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org

APR 28
26th Annual Oracle Spring Run Car Show & Model Fest AZ
Oracle - Pinal County Courthouse Park

Sponsored by the Oracle Historical Society, car entries come from various towns all over southern Arizona, a $20 entry fee includes a T-shirt, goody bag, meals for two, door prizes, 50/50 drawing & lots of food,  free, 9 am to 3 pm 520-896-9609,www.oraclehistoricalsociety.org  

APR 28
17th Annual Desert Foothills Land Trust Sonoran Stars Under Western Skies
Cave Creek - Rancho Manana Golf Resort

With the Bar J Wranglers from Jackson Hole, WY with classic Western music, silent & live auction, gourmet dinner, $250, 5:30 pm, 480-488-6131 or http://www.dflt.org

APR 28
Jack Rabbit and the Tortoise
Gilbert - Higley Center for the Performing Arts

Who will win the big race, cheer for your favorite in this Arizona adaptation of Aesop’s famous fable, performed by the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, $7-10, 10 am & 2 pm, 480-279-7190 or http://www.higleyarts.org

APR 28
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APR 29
Gunfight at O.K. Corral
Tombstone - O.K. Corral

Jack-pot shoot, “Cowboy Fast Draw”, see the fastest gunfighters in the southwest compete head to head in Fast Draw Real Guns, real holsters, wax bullets, free, http://www.oldpueblogunfighters.com

APR 28
Sedona Historic Home & Site Tour
Sedona - From Sedona Heritage Museum

Tour some of Sedona’s designated historic landmarked architectural and historic places of interest as part of local Arizona Centennial celebrations, self-drive or guided tour, includes up to 12 sites, $25-35, 928-282-7038

APR 28
11th Annual Phoenix Improv Festival
Phoenix - Herberger Theatre Center

Comedy teams from around the country, as well as local improvisational comedy troupes, $10-15, 602-252-8497 or 480-251-3697 orhttp://www.phoeniximprovfestival.com

APR 28
12th Annual Wine, Women & Jazz FUNrasier
Scottsdale - Arizona Culinary Institute

Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, fine wine and great jazz, benefits Arizona Women’s Partnership, $55-65, 4-6:30 pm, 602-863-9744 or http://www.azwp.org

APR 28
10th Annual Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club Poker Run
Lake Havasu City

All vehicles are welcome, motorcycles, automobiles and even tour buses, 928-486-4831 or http://www.golakehavasu.com

APR 28
Family Series – Musical Fables
Phoenix - Symphony Hall

The Phoenix Symphony with conductor Joseph Young, suite of Aesop’s fables where each character is represented by a musical instrument and narration, 2:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or 800-776-9080 or http://www.phoenixsymphony.com

APR 28
Unexpected
Prescott - Prescott Center for the Arts

Multi-talented Kate Howell, and friends, collaborate for a one-of-a-kind vocal concert in a variety of musical styles, 7:30 pm, http://www.pca-az.net

APR 28
Canyon Club Golf Tournament
Page - Lake Powell National Golf Course

Canyon Club Golf Tournament – Lake Powell National Golf Course, 10 am, shotgun, 928-645-2023 or http://www.golflakepowell.com

APR 28
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APR 29
Thunder on the River
Lake Havasu City - Rotary Park & Thompson Bay

Inaugural hydroplane races at Lake Havasu, supercharged big-block engines producing as much as 1500 HP & speeds in excess of 160 mph, 928-230-1769 orhttp://www.golakehavasu.com

APR 28
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APR 29
FUISIONfest AZ
Tucson - Pima Community College

Explore the rich artistic elements of our diverse and expansive global cultures, explore the colorful and exotic flavors, sights and sounds from every corner and continent across the world, features cultural pavilions presenting culinary arts, fashion, visual arts and crafts, film and digital art, family, literary arts, performances and music, free, Sat. 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm, http://www.fusionfest.org

APR 28
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APR 29
FUISIONfest AZ
Tucson - Pima Community College

Explore the rich artistic elements of our diverse and expansive global cultures, explore the colorful and exotic flavors, sights and sounds from every corner and continent across the world, features cultural pavilions presenting culinary arts, fashion, visual arts and crafts, film and digital art, family, literary arts, performances and music, free, Sat. 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm, http://www.fusionfest.org

APR 28
Arbor Day Celebration
Flagstaff - The Arboretum at Flagstaff

Hands-on tree planting in the gardens, learn how to landscape with native species to attract wildlife and conserve water, free, 9 am – 5 pm, 928-774-1442 orhttp://www.thearb.org

APR 28
2nd Annual SanTan Wheelie Jam Super Picnic
Phoenix - Steele Indian School Park

Bike friendly event with live entertainment from local bands, games, food and drinks, featuring the Valley’s best sandwich vendors, 3-mile family ride and parade around the park, 10 am, $5, http://www.santanwheeliejam.com

APR 28
Warrior Dash
Florence - Canyon Moon Ranch

 

The ultimate event for thrill-seeking athletes, participants will conquer extreme obstacles and celebrate their feat with music, beer, warrior helmets and muddy shorts, 312-980-9983 or  http://www.warriordash.com 

APR 28
Hummingbird Banding at San Pedro House
Sierra Vista - San Pedro House

Get an up-close look at the catch, band, weigh, measure and release by licensed banders of the tiny birds for research purposes, 4-6 pm, 520-432-1388 orhttp://www.sabo.org

APR 28
The Fiesta de Garibaldi
Tucson - Casino Del Sol Resort & Conference Center

A traditional re-creation of the sights and sounds of the Garibaldi Plaza in Mexico City, features daylong party on two stages, with live mariachi music and baile folklorico acts from all over the Southwest, Mexican food and arts-and-crafts vendors, $10, 10 am - 11 pm, 520-838-3913 or http://www.tucsonmariachi.org

APR 28
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APR 29
The Arizona Folklore Preserve Presents–Dolan Ellis
Sierra Vista - Arizona Folklore Preserve

Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, the theme of Dolans show this weekend is "Springtime in Arizona" which will include Dolan's springtime photography projected on stage, reservations required, $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 orhttp://www.arizonafolklore.com

APR 28
27th Annual Chevy Showdown
Tucson - Reid Park

Presented by the Classic Chevy Club of Tucson, includes show and shine, T-shirt, goody bags and award, benefits Community Food Bank of Tucson, open to all pre1973 Chevrolet cars and trucks, 9 am – 4 pm, 520-721-9541 orhttp://www.classicchevycluboftucson.com

APR 28
Ka-POW! Superhero Adventure Run
Gilbert - Freestone District Park

Come dressed as your favorite superhero, fun and challenging obstacles, 1-mile “Wolverine” adventure run with 6-7 obstacles or the 2.4 miles “Superman” adventure run with 9-10 obstacles, then visit “Gotham City” for participant awards, Superhero costume awards, 8:15 am, 480-503-6235 orhttp://www.gilbertaz.gov/events/#.T2tnjtmbo04

APR 28
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JUN 1
Basketry Treasured
Tucson - Arizona State Museum

A sampling of the world’s largest collection of Southwest American Indian basketry and other woven wonders of American heritage. An exhibit of 500 pieces will represent the depth and breadth of the larger collection (some 25,000+ pieces) and provide an introduction to this peerless assemblage, designated an American Treasure in 2011. www.statemuseum.arizona.edu

APR 28
Painted Barrels Auction
Camp Verde - Cliff Castle Casino Hotel

Wine barrels painted by local artists will be on auction, proceeds benefit the Yavapai College Viticulture Program, $20,http://www.vvwinetrail.com/onlinepaintedbarrelsauction

APR 28
Tucson Taco Festival
Tucson - Rillito Downs Park

More than 30 amateur and professional cooks will battle for a cash prize and the "Grand Champion Taco" title, featuring Sonoran-style recipes and border-town flavors will be created by taco teams and sold for $2 each, a Tequila Expo, a Margarita Challenge Mix-Off, Lucha Libre wrestling, cooking demonstrations, live bands, funny food contests, and a kid's zone, http://TucsonTacoFestival.com

APR 29
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MAY 5
12th Annual Fiesta de las Aves
Bisbee

Annual birding festival held in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, includes birding tours in Southeastern Arizona and Northern Sonora, Mexico, birding seminars and birding vendors, owl prowls, lake walks, 520-432-1388 orhttp://www.sabo.org

APR 29
Pre-Professional Dancers of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Wickenburg - Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts

Premiering two new dances by choreographer Viktor Plotnikov, free, but call to reserve, 2:30 pm, 928-684-6624 or http://www.delewebbcenter.org

APR 29
Sons of Orpheus 21st Annual Spring Concert
Tucson - Proscenium Theatre

Tucson’s premiere men’s chorus, $17-20, 3 pm, 520-206-6986 orhttp://www.sonsoforpheus.org

APR 29
Bringing Them Home: The Chautauquas
Prescott - Sharlot Hall Museum

Sharlot Hall Museum’s Blue Rose Theater, Arizona Territorial Gov. Richard McCormick performed by Todd Weber, $3-5, 2 pm, 928-445-3122 orhttp://www.sharlot.org

APR 29
2012 Sun & Song Outdoor Music Series
Phoenix - Heard Museum

In the Central Courtyard, this week features flutist and guitarist Aaron White (Navajo/Ute) who has shared the stage with Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Chaka Khan and many more well-respected artists, free, 11 am – 3 pm, 602-252-8848 or http://heard.org

APR 29
Erasable Color in Concert
Flagstaff - Coconino Center for the Arts

 

 



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