Things To Do In Arizona, September 2021

Hi Friends,

Here is the line-up of Things to Do throughout the state of Arizona in September!

Isn’t it great to look forward to the coming months as it gets cooler and allows us to enjoy more and more of these great outdoor activities?

Here are some more fun things to do in September – I think there is something for everyone – there are plenty of musical events, festivals and fairs  and the ballet opens its season with free outdoor performances!

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I hope that you will find something to do that is perfect for you.  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 September!!


++ 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 until October 24th  – Snowbowl’s Scenic Gondola Ride -Snowbowl, Flagstaff – Memorial Day weekend kicks-off the summer season in Flagstaff and the easiest way to see northern Arizona is by taking the scenic gondola ride.  Pricing varies by day,  10 am – 4 pm, 928-779-1951 or  


September 3rd – First Friday Artwalk – Flagstaff- Downtown Flagstaff.  This is one of Northern Arizona’s premier arts events.  On the first Friday of each month the art galleries and businesses of downtown Flagstaff stay open from 4-8pm.  There are special arts exhibits, live music and more.


September 3rd- September 18th – 38th Annual Grand Canyon Music FestivalShrine of the Ages Auditorium – Grand Canyon Village. Annual series of evening concerts featuring musicians from around the country, from jazz to classical. 7:30 pm – $20.00/adult  and $8.00 for children and students.


September 3rd – September 6th – 72nd Annual Coconino County Fair  – Flagstaff – Ft. Tuthill County Fairgrounds – What a great way to spend Labor Day weekend – enjoy the traditional fair exhibits, cultural presentations, local entertainment and national headliners.  There will also be a demolition derby, 4-H livestock auction, magicians, clowns, a petting zoo, musical performances, carnival rides and exhibits, $5-8, $5 parking, Fri-Sat 10 am – 10 pm, Mon 10 am – 4 pm, 928-679-8000 or


September 4th – 32nd Annual Fiesta Septiembre – Wickenburg – Fiesta de Septiembre kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month in Arizona, and recognizes the history of early Wickenburg Hispanic Pioneers!  The colorful event runs from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. indoors and outside of the Wickenburg Community Center, located at 160 N. Valentine Street in the heart of the historic district. Cost is $5 Adults, Children –Free. The scheduled events include: Pioneer Hispanic Families Photographs Exhibit, entertainment throughout the day with Mariachi Azteca de Oro Trio, Mariachi Alegre, Ballet Folklorico de Santa Maria, and music by Phoenix’s own Barrio Latino.


September 4th – December 6th – Take a Hike!  Hiking Spree Kickoff  – Prescott – Highlands Center for Natural History – It’s time to get those hiking boots out again!  Explore the top ten trails around Prescott!  If you hike 8 out of the 10 trails between September – December you will be eligible to buy a collector’s medallion! Free. .



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September 4th – September 5th– The Eigth Annual Showdown in Tombstone – Allen Street, Tombstone   – Take a trip back to the “Old West” and enjoy the free street entertainment, gunfights, an 1880’s costume contest and parade, raffles, an auction and more!  520 457-3548 or


September 4th – September 6th – 29th Annual Flagstaff Art in the Park Labor Day Show –  Flagstaff – Wheeler Park – This very selective highly juried Arts & crafts festival features one-of-a-kind arts and fine crafts .  There will  also be music by local and regional musicians, children’s activities and  food. Free! Sat & Sun 9 am – 6 pm, Mon 9 am – 4 pm, 928-556-9498 or


September 4th – September 5th – 41st Annual Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Festival – Pine – Community Center – Show up early so that you can enjoy the all you can eat pancake breakfast with sausage, OJ and coffee served up by the Pine Fire Department.  Then wander among the 85+ arts & crafts booths. Free Sat 8 am – 5 pm, Sun 8 am – 4 pm, 928-476-4480 or or

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September 4th – September 5th – The 35th Annual Faire on the Square  – Prescott – Over 150 artists will set out their creations for you to peruse on the historic Courthouse Plaza.  There will also be food and entertainment. 9 am – 5 pm,  Monday 9am – 3pm  928-445-2000 or  



September 10th – 12th – 20th Annual Healing Fields – Tempe Town Lake – All are invited to walk through the ordered rows of flags posted at Tempe Beach Park from the 8th to the 11th of September.  A flag is flown in memory of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives as a result of the attacks on 9/11/2001. Visiting the field is an experience never to be forgotten.  6am – 8pm each day.



September 11th –    17th Annual Teddy Bear Day – Downtown Glendale – Who doesn’t love Teddy Bears?   Enjoy a fun-filled day of make-and-take arts and crafts, special treats and exclusive deals in Glendale. You can even meet  lovable, huggable Al the Bear! Start your day at the Arizona Visitor Center where you can pick up a map. And while at the center donate teddy bear. These bears will go to the Glendale Fire Department Trauma Teddy Program, the Glendale Crisis Response Team and United Way to comfort young children who have been affected by a traumatic event.   10 am – 4 pm  More info 623-930-4500 or



September 11th – Star Party at Oracle State Park – Winslow – Star Party at Homolovi State Park – Gather at Kannally Ranch House for a night under the stars! Free with admission, Star Parties offer a family friendly atmosphere that allows all participants to view celestial objects (planets, nebulas, stars) through a variety of telescopes. Dress warmly and be prepared to experience a sense of wonder!   5- 9 pm –

September 10th – Mesa Arts Center 2021 Kick-off  – “Wonderland”  – Mesa Arts Center – Enjoy the live music, great food and so much more this evening kicking off the upcoming season.  This family friendly free event will feature plenty of surprise acts to entertain you throughout the evening.  6-10pm.



September 17th – September 19th –  16th Annual Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival – Flagstaff – Pepsi Amphitheater – Three days of great music with workshops and a band contest with more than $2000 in prizes!  On Saturday night there is a barn dance.  Family friendly with kids activities, jamming, and on-site camping, $$ Fri 11am – 8 pm, Sat. 9 am – 7 pm, Sun 9 am – 5 pm, 928-525-1695  or



September 17th – September 26th – Annual Arizona Restaurant Week  – Throughout Arizona –  Over 200 restaurants throughout the state will be offering three-course meals at special prices of between $33.00 – $44.00 per person excluding drinks, taxes and tips.   These meals will be featuring some of the best specialties of the chefs. See which restaurants are participating at:



September 17th – September 26th –  Flagstaff Festival of Science -”Explore Stories in Stone” – a 10-day family event – THE 2021 Flagstaff Festival of Science will explore “Stories in Stone” on September 17-26 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Archaeologist Jaime Awe, Ph.D., will lead off the free, 10-day adventure as he shares his zest for exploration, passion, and in-depth research with “When Stones Speak: Decoding the Messages Embedded in Ancient Maya Monuments”. The W. L. Gore & Associates Keynote presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, in Northern Arizona University’s Ardrey Auditorium. 

Full program of events to include Science in the Park, presentations, workshops, guided tours all taking place Sept. 17-26. With many programs led by outstanding Flagstaff scientists, Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to learn about other ancient cultures in this year’s archeological-themed festival. 

free, http://www.scife



September 18th- Smithsonian Museum Day  – Part of an annual event where museums across the country open their doors for free to visitors with a Museum Day ticket.   Get a free ticket online to visit one of these participating museums (this is a partial list):

Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

Arizona History Museum

Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

CAF Airbase Arizona Flying Museum

Cave Creek Museum

DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum

Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Homolovi State Park and Observatory

Mesa Historical Museum

Rim Country Museum & Zane Grey Cabin

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Sedona Heritage Museum

Tempe History Museum

The Museum of Casa Grande

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tucson Desert Art Museum

Go to   to check on times and to print out your free passes.



September 18th – September 19th – Fall Pumpkin Festival –  Apple Annie’s – Willcox – Enjoy good old fashioned fall family fun at Apple Annie’s.  You can pick pumpkins in their huge pumpkin patch and then find your way through the corn maze – Arizona’s largest – with two difficulty levels.  Hayrides will also be available.



September 18th – September 19th  – Oktoberfest on Mount Lemmon – Mt Lemmon – Enjoy a festival of German food and live German music in the forest at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley. Weekends from noon to 5:00pm  520-576-1400 or 520-576-1321 or



September 24th – September 25th –  Annual Tucson Greek Festival – St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Tucson – Enjoy delicious Greek food and pastries.  There will be live music and plenty of Greek dancing.  Kids games, door prizes and more.  Friday 3-8pm, Saturday 11 am – 8 pm, Must order food online before 9/10/2021,



September 24th  –  September 25th –  22nd Annual “Standin’ on the Corner” Park Festival – Winslow – Named after the song that really put Winslow on the map this festival includes live bands, arts & crafts, food, and  an auction. $5.00pp – children 12 and under are free.  928-289-3434 or



September 25th – 10th Annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest – Downtown Chandler.  This food, music and cultural celebration features creative tacos from a dozen local restaurants and many other delectable delights.  Other highlights include live entertainment, chihuahua races, ballet folklorico, salsa contests a taco eating contest and much more.  Noon – 9pm Tickets $12.00.  A limited number of VIP tickets are available.



September 25th – Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival – Phoenix, Schemer Art Center  – We are pleased to announce the return of the FURRY FRIENDS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL, to be held this Fall for both animal AND art lovers! This fun, animal-themed arts festival is “purr-fect” for the ENTIRE family! Highlights include over 20 juried artists who will showcase animal-themed, drawings, photography, ceramics, and more. Paw readings and pet adoptions, business vendors, live music, entertainment, a raffle, and hopefully food & beverage vendors like BLACK CAT Coffee and some HOT DOGS will make it a day to remember!

Admission: $5 per person, $10 per family. Furry Friends are Free! 8am -2pm


September 25th – September 26th – Fall Pumpkin Festival –  Apple Annie’s – Willcox – Enjoy good old fashioned fall family fun at Apple Annie’s.  You can pick pumpkins in their huge pumpkin patch and then find your way through the corn maze – Arizona’s largest – with two difficulty levels.  Hayrides will also be available.



September 25th – September 26th  – Oktoberfest on Mount Lemmon – Mt Lemmon – Enjoy a festival of German food and live German music in the forest at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley. Weekends from noon to 5:00pm  520-576-1400 or 520-576-1321 or



September 25th – September 26th –  12th Annual Sedona Wine Fest  – Posse Grounds Park –  28 wineries from Arizona will come together to promote their wines in a spirit of fun and community.  Enjoy tasting wines which rival the wines of California, Germany and France.  This year there will be a juried art exhibit as well as entertainment and food. $35.00 online/ $40.00 at the door includes glass and 6 tastings, No charge for General entry non-winetasters.  Sat. 11 am – 5 pm, Sun 11 am – 5 pm,

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September 29th – October 2nd – Ballet Under the Stars – This is the 22nd year that Ballet Arizona is starting off its season with these FREE outdoors events. They feature a variety of pieces from classical to contemporary. This year’s events are:     All performances begin at 7 pm. FREE

  • Wednesday, September 29 – Fountain Park, Fountain Hills
  • Thursday, September 30 – Sahuaro Ranch Historic Park, Glendale
  • Friday, October 1 – Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, GoodyearSaturday, October 2 – Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix
  • Saturday, October 2 – Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix

For more info go to:


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