Things To Do In Arizona, May 2022

Hi Friends,

Here is the newsletter:  Things to Do in Arizona – May 2022.

I hope that this email finds you well and that you will be able to enjoy some of these activities even as our weather is warming up.  With the warmer weather there are still plenty of things to do both in town as well as loads of good reasons to get out of town!

Here are some fun things to do in May in Arizona – I think there is something for everyone: you can enjoy great Arizona restaurants, view the total lunar eclipse and celebrate Cinco de Mayo! ! I hope that you will find something that is perfect for you.

On another note, this is also a great time to buy and sell homes in Arizona!.  If you are considering buying or selling a home I would welcome your call!  You can also search for homes on my website at

I love getting feedback, so please let me know if you enjoyed any of these activities or if there are others that you think I should include.  Have a great May!!

I wanted to share some exciting news –  the “Things to Do in Arizona Facebook Group” is continuing to grow!   In this group members can add content, ask questions, give suggestions and more.  We hope that together in the group we will be able to share even more ideas for exploring this amazing state.  We would love for you to join the group – click here to join!

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Event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Some events require tickets or may charge fees for attendance. Please check with event organizers before attending.


***Ongoing to June 19th*** – Chihuly in the Desert– Desert Botanical Gardens- Chihuly in the Desert showcases Dale Chihuly’s stunning, large-scale installations nestled among the Garden’s world-class collection of desert plants. Featuring installations on the Garden’s trails complemented by a major indoor gallery in Dorrance Hall, the dynamic exhibition includes never-before-seen installations and is a must-see throughout the seasons.  8am – 8pm daily – included with Garden admission – Reservations required.


***Ongoing to  June 19th*** – Chihuly in the Desert – Taliesin West –

A historic partnership between the revered artist and renowned architect, Chihuly in the Desert combines American art, architecture, and the remarkable landscape of the Sonoran Desert to majestic effect. A must-see installation for art and architecture enthusiasts, the exhibition also offers an outdoor and socially distanced destination for travelers.

  •  Now through June 19: “In The New Light: Wright & Chihuly” ($49 per person with discounts for students, youth and members), a 90-minute guided tour where guests explore Wright’s desert home and laboratory and the six Chihuly artworks throughout the campus.
  • Also available: “Sunsets and Sips” ($35, with a complimentary drink), a new happy hour where guests are invited to linger with a drink at the Studio and under the Pergola.
  • Starting January 2022: “Chihuly Nights” ($35 per person with discounts for students, youth and members offered Friday – Sunday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.), a self-guided, 60-minute outdoor tour of five Chihuly artworks where guests explore the grounds of Taliesin West’s historic core at night and see the Chihuly artworks illuminated.

Didn’t find anything of interest for this week – Check out the Facebook page Things to do in Arizona for even more ideas and updates.

May 1st  –  29th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival – Washington Street, Phoenix – Are you looking for  a Cinco de Mayo Festival that is less about partying and more about traditions?  Then you will want to head to downtown Phoenix to celebrate the rich Mexican heritage.  You will be able to enjoy music, ballet floklorico dancers, wrestlers and have plenty of opportunities to eat some great Mexican food.  Admission $10.00.  Noon to 10pm Sunday  602 279-4669


May 1st  – Chandler Symphony Orchestra Concert  – Chandler Center for the Arts – This is a great opportunity to bring the whole family to enjoy beautiful classical music for free (Donations appreciated)!!  This Concert “Springtime Rhapsody” will feature  Copland’s “Beethovan’s Overture to Coriolan” and other classical selections.  Free but a donation is suggested..   3 pm,  Seating is on a first come first serve basis.


May 3rd – May 7th – Southwest Wings Birding Spring Fling 2022 – Sierra Vista – Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival is Arizona’s oldest birding festival. Since 1991 we’ve been offering small group trips through monsoons and droughts…and even a global pandemic.​

The Southwest Wings Spring Fling will run from Wednesday May 4 to Saturday May 7, 2022 with a welcome pre-festival Jamboree on Tuesday May 3.​

With your best interest always in mind and as you consider your comfort level with the new realities of travel, here are some of the steps we’re taking to put your health and safety first.

Spring Fling 2022 festival will be with small group, car-caravan style guided field trips in participants’ own vehicles along with a limited number of Covid-safe Group Van Field Trips to more remote or less accessible by car-caravan locations.


May 5th – 7th – 44th Annual Prescott Valley Days– Prescott Valley – Prescott Valley Days will be held May 5-8 in the Entertainment District.  Included in the weekend long events are Ranch to Table Dinner, Fiesta del Pueblo, Carnival, Parade, Dance through the Decades Saturday night entertainment, food trucks, vendors and more!   For more information visit or call the Chamber at 928-772-8857


May 6th  – Artlink First Friday Phoenix – Downtown Phoenix – Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. every First Friday of the month. (Note: each art space has their own hours.) There is even a First Friday Trolley to help you get around!   Free.


May 6th- First Friday Art Walk – Historic Downtown Flagstaff  Enjoy the live music and refreshments, meet local artists, shop for original artwork  Free  6-9 pm, 928-773-2300 or


May 6th – First Friday in the Galleries – Sedona – ​On the 1st Friday of each month, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, members of the Sedona Gallery Association offer a unique monthly showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits, and art events. These special art receptions give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene.


May 6th – May 15th –  Annual National Public Gardens Days – Public gardens throughout the state,  This campaign brings a special focus from the Friday before to the Sunday after Mother’s Day (May 6-15, 2022) of public gardens. You can find links to Garden’s Events Pages and Social Media on their Garden Pages on the Garden Map


May 7th – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – Tlaquepaque, Sedona.  This colorful Fiesta salutes a rich heritage, enjoy the music of mariachi musicians, clap to the steps of Folklorico dancers and savor traditional Mexican food, stop in and be a judge at the Great Sedona Chili Cook- Off, 11 am – 5 pm, 928-282-4838 or


Butterfly*** February 28th – May 8th – Spring Butterfly Exhibit – Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix – Hundreds of butterflies native to the Southwest are waiting to greet you at the Garden’s Spring Butterfly Exhibit. Get an up-close look at painted ladies, zebra longwings and more, with new butterflies added to the exhibit weekly. Plus, don’t miss the caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber to see hungry caterpillars and watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalises.  Included with paid admission –


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May 7th – Flagstaff Train Day – Flagstaff Visitor Center. Join us for a day of train-related activities for the family, including live music, displays of railroad items, a Kids Depot, local artists, as well as tours and raffles, all activities except the Kiddie Caboose are free. 10 am – 2 pm.


May 15th – Total Lunar Eclipse Party at Lowell Observatory – Flagstaff – Come to Lowell Observatory to witness this amazing and rare celestial event: the Total Lunar Eclipse! Enjoy festivities throughout the evening, from 5pm to midnight. Lowell Observatory will have food trucks, poi performances, a fun scavenger hunt, face painting, special science talks, and additional state-of-the-art telescopes available for viewing the Total Lunar Eclipse.   Join on YouTube for a free livestream event!  Starting at 5pm.


May 20th through May 29th – Arizona Spring Restaurant Week  Restaurants throughout Arizona.   Take advantage of restaurant week pricing on a three course pre-fixe meal for either $33 or $44 or $55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), a few of the restaurants include: Barrio Queen, Tomasos on Camelback, Roaring Fork, Hearth Kitchen and more.


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May 21st – Annual Mariachi Festival – Patagonia Lake State Park, Enjoy this lively Mariachi festival with authentic Mexican food, hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle corn & shaved ice in a fun family environment, bring: plenty of water, lawn chair, sunscreen, hat, in addition, Patagonia offers fishing, birding, boat tours, and nature walks, $20/vehicle (up to four adults), 10am – 8pm.


May 27th –  4th Friday Art Walk  Prescott – 15 galleries stay open late and offer food, musical entertainment, artist receptions and painting demonstrations,

May 28th  through May 29th –  Annual Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Festival  Pine – Pine Community Center  75+ arts & crafts booths, featuring stained glass, jewelry, wood items, pottery, baby items, artwork, cards, copper items, Fire Dept. pancake breakfast, raffle for three quilts, children’s activities, food, Free, 928-476-6537 or  or


May 28th through May 30th48th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale  – Prescott – Located on the grounds of the historic courthouse, this annual event features some of the best Western art in the country. Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm, Monday 9am – 3pm.  928 778-1385. or


May 28th  through May 30th Annual Wyatt Earp Days -Tombstone.  Celebrate the life and times of the Old West’s most famous lawman in “the town too tough to die,” with costumed entertainers, BBQ, stagecoach rides, free,


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Have a fun May.





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