Things To Do In Arizona, September 2022

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Fresh off the press, here is the newsletter: “Things to Do in Arizona – September 2022”.

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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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.

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Ongoing until September 3rd  – Snowbowl’s Scenic Gondola Ride -Snowbowl, Flagstaff – Take in the dramatic scenery of northern Arizona from a bird’s eye view by riding Snowbowl’s Scenic Gondola Ride. From the top, enjoy glimpses of the Grand Canyon, panoramic scenery of the Red Rocks in Sedona, and the impressive volcanic field around Flagstaff. Join us for interpretive talks, hikes, rounds of disc golf, or treat yourself to lunch with a view at Agassiz Lodge Restaurant. The chairlift ride is 25 minutes each way, offering great opportunities for photography, wildlife observation, or just enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of the San Francisco Peaks. When lunchtime rolls around, make your way back to the base area for a delicious home-style meal! A free disc golf course and many hiking trails are available at the base of the chairlift and around the peaks, as well.DAILY: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. from May 26 – September 3 (extended hours on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. from July 7 through August 4)

Starting at $19.00pp 928-779-1951 or


ONGOING  until September 3rd – Flashlight Nights – Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix.  Every Saturday from July 16th through September 3rd Grab your flashlight and get your glow on! Experience the desert after dark with hands-on activities, live dance and musical performances, cool treats, a farmers’ market and more. Perfect for a “cool” summer date night or family adventure.  Please bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes, 7 pm on  Saturdays, 480-941-1225



Prescott Watson LakeAugust 27th – November 28th – 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. .



September 1st – September 4th –  Annual HoCoFest Music Festival  – Tucson – Downtown Tucson venues – With more than 37 local and national acts, solar-powered entertainment venues, a record fair, family fair, eco fair, a barbecue, a fashion show, vendors, and more this is another great option for the Labor Day Weekend.



September 2nd – 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.


September 2nd – 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.


Grand Canyon September 2nd – September 17th – 39th Annual Grand Canyon Music Festival – Shrine 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.


September 2nd  – September 5th– 70th 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 3rd – September 4th – The 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

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September 3rd – – September 5th –  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 3rd  – September 4th–  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

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September 3rd – September 5th – The 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 4th– September 11th – Annual Navajo Nation Fair – Navajo Nation Fairgrounds, Window Rock – This celebration of the Navajo Nation includes rodeos, horse racing, a parade, Pow Wows, live concerts, traditional song & dance, fry bread contests, BBQs, exhibits, arts and crafts and more!  $  928 871-6647 or



September 8th – September 11th – Ballet Under the Stars –  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:

Thursday, September 8th – Fountain Park, Fountain Hills  7:00PM

Friday, September 9th – Sahuaro Ranch historic Park – Glendale -7:00PM

Saturday, September 10th – Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix (Phoenix Green) 7:00PM

Sunday, September 11th  –  Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, Goodyear   7:00PM

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September 9th – Mesa Arts Center 2022 Kick-off  – “Make Your Mark”  – Mesa Arts Center – Enjoy the live music, great food and so much more at 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.



Healing FieldsSeptember 9th – 11th – 21st 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.

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September 10th –     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 Glendale Visitor Center where you can take a spin on the prize wheel and pick up a map, coupons and a gift bag while supplies last. And while at the center, contribute a new or gently hugged 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 16th – September 18th –  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



Food TucsonSeptember 16th – September 25th – Annual Arizona Restaurant Week  – Throughout Arizona –  Over 140 restaurants throughout the state will be offering three-course meals at special prices of between $33.00 – $55.00 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 – 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.



Mt LemmonSeptember 17th – October 9th – 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 17th – Star Party at Homolovi State Park – Winslow – Star Party at Homolovi State Park – Gather at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory 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!   Starts 30 minutes after sunset –



September 21st – 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 History Museum, Tucson

Arizona State Museum, Tucson

Bash Ba Gowah Archaeological Park and Museum, Globe

The Museum of Casa Grande, Casa Grande

Cave Creek Museum, Cave Creek

DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum, Tucson

Fort Lowell Museum, Tucson

Homolovi State Park and Observatory, Winslow

Pinal County Historical Museum, Florence

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, Scottsdale

Sedona Heritage Museum, Sedona

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



September 23rd  – October 2nd –  Flagstaff Festival of Science – “Pyramids to the Peaks” – a 10-day family event featuring more than 80 free events including open houses at museums and research centers, guided hikes in the forest and at archaeological sites, star parties with astronomers at observatories, interactive science exhibits, presentations and demonstrations, explore the Grand Canyon including what scientists are still learning about its age and what ancient rocks are revealing about climate changes, step back in time to imagine the world of the prehistoric Sinagua who once inhabited Northern Arizona, free,



September 23rd  –  September 24th –   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..  928-289-3434 or



Food SalsaSeptember 23rd – September 24th – Annual Salsa Fest – Safford – Safford Town Square – This is the 9th Annual festival this year with activities  including a Salsa Making Competition (of course), Live Entertainment, Salsa Challenge, Beer Garden and even a Car Show!  Fri.  5-9 pm,  Sat. 9 am – 4 pm, 928 428-1570 or



Condor BirdSeptember 24th – 27th Annual Public Condor Release – Vermillion Cliffs National Monument – The public is invited to join the condor recovery effort by witnessing first-hand a spectacular release into the wild of several captive-bred young condors on National Public Lands Day. Up to four California Condors will be released by The Peregrine Fund atop the spectacular ledges of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in northern Arizona at 1 p.m. Sept. 24. The public is welcome to observe the release from a viewing area where spotting scopes provided by partners and Swarovski Optik will be set up, and project personnel will be available to answer questions.



September 24th – 11th 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 $25.00 online.  A limited number of VIP tickets are available.



September 24th – September 25th – 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 hayrides will also be available.



ButterflySeptember 24th  – Ongoing to November 13th  – Fall Butterfly Exhibit – Phoenix – Desert Botanical Gardens – Butterflies are back and better than ever at the 3,200 square foot Butterfly Pavilion located near the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. The new Exhibit features hundreds of live, fluttering butterflies among the desert landscapes and stunning views of the Papago Butte, as well as a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber. It promises to be delightful, magical and educational for children and adults.   Included with paid admission.  9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily.



September 24th – September 25th – Annual Cornucopia Fall Festival – Thorpe Park, Flagstaff –  Cornucopia is a community celebration of fall. Cornucopia will feature carnival rides, hay maze, pumpkin patch, pie-eating contest, hay rides, petting zoo, carnival games, circus performers, kids talent show, pony rides, huge kids area, live entertainment, local microbrews, great food, lots of vendors, and more!  Entertainment will include the very best of local and regional acts. Cornucopia will also feature a Kids Talent Show. Local troupe Circus Bacchus will perform throughout the day. Delicious craft brews and great food will be available from some of our best local restaurants and food trucks. There will be a pie-eating contest with great prizes going to the winners.  10 am – 8pm  $5.00 pp ages 6 and under free –



September 24th – September 25th –   Annual Sedona Wine Fest  – Posse Grounds Park –  25 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/ $45.00 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,



September 30th – October 30th – Annual Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival – Vertuccio Farms, Mesa It’s that time of year again at Vertuccio Farms! Come enjoy Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze, celebrating more than 20 years of family-friendly fun!   Admission Includes: 7 acre Corn Maze, Mini-golf, Mule-pulled Wagon ride, only Sat/Sun until sunset, Giant Jump Pad, Giant Tube Roll, Mini Zip Line, Extreme Air Pillow, Giant Tube Slide, Mini Hay Maze, Spider-Web Climb,  Duck Races, 1 Barrel Train Ride “New and improved” (Open daily),  Animal Area, Pumpkin Bowling, NEW! Pallet Maze  $15.00pp  Mon – Thurs at 9 am – 9 pm, Fri – Sat at 9 am – 10 pm, Sunday at 10 am – 6 pm



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