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EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES AROUND ARIZONA


This page provides links to upcoming and/or regular events and activities that occur around the State of Arizona, outside of the Phoenix area. For events and activities in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, please go to the Metropolitan Phoenix page: EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN METROPOLITAN PHOENIX

Visit this webpage regularly for additions and updates.




JANUARY







FEBRUARY







MARCH


PICACHO PEAK CIVIL WAR BATTLE RE-ENACTMENT

Arizona's Civil War Battle: On April 15, 1862, an advance Union military detachment commanded by Lieutenant Barrett accidentally stumbled upon a unit of Confederate soldiers near Picacho Peak between Phoenix and Tucson. The ensuing skirmish lasted for an hour and a half until both sides withdrew from the battle. Two of the Union soldiers and Lieutenant Barrett were killed. Join hundreds of spectators and watch the Civil War Battle Re-enactment at Picacho Peak State Park. Additional military re-enactments at the event include the Civil War battles of Val Verde and Glorieta Pass, New Mexico.

Picacho Peak is a beautiful Arizona State Park with picnic areas, camping & RV setups, hiking trails, and more. It is an eroded volcanic peak, surrounded by a desert floor most famous for its beautiful wildflowers. This special event is a re-enactment of three different Civil War battles, which were fought in Arizona and New Mexico. Since many people only know of the battles that were fought in the eastern states, this desert battle becomes an exciting history lesson. Included are Civil War memorabilia & food booths, living history demonstrations of 1860s laundering, candle making, sewing and cooking, and even musical entertainment. Picacho Peak State Park, is along I-10 about half-way between Casa Grande & Tucson.

PICACHO PEAK STATE PARK
CIVIL WAR BATTLE RE-ENACTMENT FLYER




APRIL


COUNTRY THUNDER

The largest country music festival annually held in the Southwest. Campsites are available for the four-day festival, and some proceeds from the event benefit the 100 Club of Arizona.

Canyon Moon Ranch Grounds, 20585 Price Station Road Florence, AZ, 85232

COUNTRY THUNDER




MAY


RENDEZVOUS DAYS

Held every May in Williams, Arizna, the annual Rendezvous Days festival offers fun activities for the family, including tomahawk throws, turn of the century demonstrations like a black powder target shoot using turn-of-the century guns, bounce houses, a barbecue and parade. Activities take place at Buckskinner Park on Sixth Street, just south of downtown and the parade starts along Route 66. Other events include a BBQ lunch, and an arts and crafts show.

WILLIAMS, ARIZONA
WILLIAMS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE




JUNE


ARIZONA CRAWDAD FESTIVAL

Held every June in Camp Verde, Arizona, this annual two-day festival offers a New Orleans-style atmosphere that takes place in the town's gazebo. Enjoy hot crawdads served with red taters and sweet corn, alligator, burgers and a variety of craft vendors. Amusement park activities are available for children and a beer garden for adults. Live music is played throughout the event.

VISIT CAMP VERDE




JULY







AUGUST







SEPTEMBER







OCTOBER


ANNUAL TUCSON BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

The 13th Annual Tucson Bluegrass Festival features performances by the Sierra Hull, Chris Jones, Sonoran Dogs, Jam Pak, Crucial County, Unusual Suspects and many more, plus workshops and contests.

When: October 26-28, 2012, Friday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Saturday, 10:00 AM - 9:30 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Where: AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W Valencia, Tucson

Cost: $30 for weekend pass; $20 admission Saturday and Sunday; free Friday night and for children 16 and under

TUCSON BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL




NOVEMBER







DECEMBER


GRAND CANYON RAILWAY'S POLAR EXPRESS

An hour long train ride, departing from the Williams Depot (Williams, Arizona) for a journey to the "North Pole," where Santa boards the train. The ride features cookies, hot chocolate and a reading of The Polar Express.

Take Interstate 17 north to Flagstaff and Interstate 40 west to Williams, about 180 miles from central Phoenix.

Other packages available which may include two adults and two children and include the Polar Express, a one-night stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and breakfast and dinner at Max and Thelma's Restaurant.

Where: Williams Depot, 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd.

When: Days and Times vary; November 8, 2013 - January 4, 2014. Trains depart at 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm

Cost: Costs vary: $18 - $37.

GRAND CANYON RAILWAY'S POLAR EXPRESS







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