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September 2008 Arizona Events Calendar

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This calendar of events for Arizona communities has been produced to assist you in making travel arrangements. It is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation.

Dates for September 2008 Arizona events were correct at time of publication. Since dates are occasionally changed, please confirm them in advance. Updates, additions and corrections to any Arizona events are made at

The Arizona Office of Tourism will release a 2008 Summer Calendar of Events, which includes information for events held between Memorial Day, May 28 through Labor Day, September 3.

The printed Summer Calendar of Events is now available at the Arizona Office of Tourism, 1110 W. Washington, Ste. 155, Phoenix, and will also be available at local visitor centers throughout Arizona and online. To request an Arizona Summer Events Calendar visit

September 1-14, 2008
September 15-30, 2008

1              FLAGSTAFF: Summer Concert Series – The Arboretum at Flagstaff, local and regional performers of world music, bring a picnic dinner and lawn chair, this week is Knockabouts, Celtic band, $6-8, 5:30 pm, 928-774-1442 or
1              FLAGSTAFF: Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra – Pine Mountain Amphitheater, a free orchestral concert in the pines, 928-774-0899 or
1              FLAGSTAFF: Kuma Tunyale’ – Heritage Square, part of the Heritage Square Trust’s Summer Concert Series, a west-African influenced dance and drum troupe, 2 pm, 928-853-4292 or
1              GRAND CANYON: Native American Art Show & Dances – Village of Tusayan, Cowboys and Indians Musician Day,
1              PRESCOTT: Faire on the Square - Courthouse Plaza, 150+ talented artists, also food and entertainment, Sat-Sun. 9 am – 5 pm, Mon 9 am – 3 pm, 928-445-2000 or 
1              SUPERIOR: Opuntia Punch – How-to-Juice-Prickly-Pear-Cactus-Fruit – Boyce Thompson Arboretum, learn how to harvest opuntia cactus fruits and extract their juice without turning your hands into a “porcupine” with author Jean Groen, 10:30 a.m. 520-689-2811 or
1              TUCSON: 38th Annual National Monument 8 Mile Run & 2-Mile Run/Walk – Saguaro National Park East, paved road, rolling hills, $17-30, 6:30 am, 520-326-9383 or 
1-7           WINDOW ROCK: 62nd Annual Navajo Nation Fair - arts & crafts, baby contest, free BBQ, exhibits, concerts, horse racing, parade, Pow Wow, rodeo, traditional song & dance, fry bread contest, carnival, $2-4, 928-871-6703 or 928-871-6478 or 
1-29         FLAGSTAFF: Audubon Society Birdwalks – The Arboretum at Flagstaff, birdwalks through the garden every Saturday during migratory bird season, bird lists are available, some guidebooks and binoculars are available to borrow, free, 7:30 am, 928-774-1442 or
2-6           EAGAR: Annual Arizona ATV Outlaw Trail Jamboree - Apache County Rodeo Grounds, ATV parade, wild-west shootout, entertainment by cowboy poets, a western dance with live band, guided ATV rides throughout the White Mountains with an occasional holdup or two on the trail, 866-409-9378 or
2-7           TEMPE: A Chorus Line – ASU Gammage, the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line, part of M&I Bank Broadway Across America, 480-784-4444 or
3              HOLBROOK: Learning Center Series – Petrified Forest National Park,, 10 am, 928-524-6228 or
3              PHOENIX: Phoenix Mercury vs. Minnesota – US Airways Center, $10 and up, 7 pm, 602-252-WNBA or
4-21         PHOENIX: The All Night Strut! – Playhouse on the Park, from the funky jive of Harlem to the sophisticated elegance of El Morocco, this musical extravaganza celebrating a golden age in American music is filled with jazz, blues, be-bop and swing,  it's an all singing, all dancing extravaganza, by Black Theatre Troupe, 8, 3 & 2 pm, $23.50-33.50, 602-254-2151 or
5              CLARKDALE: Grape Train Escapes - Verde Canyon Railroad, wine tasting trains, wine tasting trains, with unique wines and food from around the world, 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245 or
5              FLAGSTAFF: First Friday Art Walk - The Artists Gallery, stroll through the art galleries of historic downtown while talking with the artists, free, 6:30 pm, 928-773-0958 or
5              PHOENIX: Artlink First Fridays - self-guided art tour of central Phoenix, galleries, art spaces, studios, first Friday of each month, free shuttle rides, free, 6-10 pm, 602-256-7539 or 
5              PHOENIX: Phoenix Mercury vs. Sacramento – US Airways Center, theme night – Rock the Pink, benefiting Susan G. Komen Phoenix, $10 and up, 7 pm, 602-252-WNBA or
5              PRESCOTT: Tea with Zaza – Elks Opera House, featuring Gail Mangham as ZaZa, a Tell all, One Woman show, a tour of the theater follows the performance, 928-777-1366 or
5              TUCSON: Sports Compact and Street Legal - Southwestern International Raceway, 8 pm, 520-762-9700 or
5-6           LAKE HAVSAU CITY: Playcraft Boats Regatta – 573-765-3265 or
5-7           BISBEE: Plein Air Weekend – various visual artists will be creating their own style of art in and around Old Bisbee in competition, 10 am – 4 pm, 520-432-3554 or 866-2BISBEE
5-7           FLAGSTAFF: 4th Annual Route 66 Days – Downtown, presented by the Route 66 Car Club, dash plaques, goodie bags, door prizes, 50/50, limited to 200 vehicles, 928-856-2816 or or
5-7           MESA Out of my Mime for 30 Years! - Mesa Community Theatre Outback, combines several movement styles into a stunning program of mime, clowning and masks, using contemporary and classical music as well as the occasional spoken word, vignettes range from slapstick comedy to satire and compelling drama, 2 & 7:30 pm, $10, 480-461-7170
5-7           PAYSON: 54th Annual Northern Gila County Fair – Payson Event Center, old-fashioned country fair, open horse show, livestock, small animals, handicrafts, lapidary, fine arts, photography and other exhibits, 928-476-3587 or 
5-21         GRAND CANYON: 25th Annual Grand Canyon Music Festival - Shrine of the Ages Auditorium, annual series of evening concerts, musicians from around the country, from jazz to classical, $, 7:30 pm, 928-638-9215 or 800-997-8285 or 
6              ANTHEM: Anthem Sprint Triathlon – Sprint Distance Triathlon in reverse order, adults run 3.1 miles, bike 14 miles, swim 400m, kids run 1.5 miles, bike 4 miles and swim 150m pool swim, 623-330-0913 or or
6              BISBEE: Bisbee Bloomers Garden Tour – Bisbee residents open their yards to the public, a shuttle buss will be available, the Bisbee Art’s Commission will have a “Plein Air” painting event in conjunction with the tour, artist will be feature in the 10 gardens, local musicians will play at various locations, $10, 10 am – 4 pm, 520-432-3554 or 866-2BISBEE or
6              CAMP VERDE: Community Fun Festival – downtown on Main Street, pancake breakfast, BBQ, craft booths, music, rummage sale, raffle, mascots, free, 9 am – 6 pm, 928-284-5155
6              CHANDLER: Susan Artemis-Gershwin Show – Chandler Center for the Arts, 7:30 pm, free,
6              FLAGSTAFF: Traditional Blend – Heritage Square, part of the Heritage Square Trust’s Summer Concert Series, repertoire of traditional music includes Celtic, music of Cape Breton (Nova Scotia), old time Mountain music, Cajun Creole, Teas rags and more, 2 pm, 928-853-4292 or
6              JEROME: Jerome Art Walk – visit more than 30 of the unique art studios and galleries, meet the artists and see handcrafted art including jewelry, pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, paintings and sculpture and more made both locally and internationally, free, 5-8 pm,
6              PHOENIX: Opening Night – Wagner Spectacular with Jane Eaglen – Symphony Hall, Michael Christie conducts, showcases Wagner’s most triumphal pieces, 8 pm, 602-495-1999 or
6              PHOENIX: 8th Annual Beauty of a Bonzer Charity Event – US Airways Center, with Daryl Hall and John Oates, 8 pm, 480-784-4444 or
6              PRESCOTT: Roughstock Rodeo – Prescott Rodeo Grounds, get a taste of the Old West Rodeo with this display of bucking stock, 928-445-3103 or
6              PRESCOTT: Movies in the Park – Watson Lake Park, featuring National Treasure-Book of Secrets, (PG), concessions and vendors on site, 6 pm, free,
6              TUCSON: Stars and Music – featuring Silverwood Duo, with flute and guitar, mile marker 10 on AZ Highway 386, bring a picnic, watch the sunset, an hour of music, followed by telescope stargazing, 6:30 pm, $10, reservations, 520-318-8726 or
6              TUCSON: Rendezvous on the Avenue – two live music main stages and three small music locations on 4th Avenue, live fashion show at 6 pm with fashions on display by Tucson’s most unique outlets for hip and beautiful clothing, merchant sidewalk sale, prizes, presented by the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, 4-9 pm, free, 520-624-5004 or
6              WICKENBURG: 20th Annual Fiesta Septiembre – Community Center, Hispanic families’ photography exhibit, entertainment includes Barrio Latino, folklorico dancers and Mariachi bands, arts/crafts and food Mercado & Cantina, Kids Zona, salsa making contest and Viva Margarita contest, free, 11 am – 7 pm, 928-684-5479 or or 
6-7           SCOTTSDALE: Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association – WestWorld, 602-400-3344 or
6-7           WILLCOX: Grandparents Weekend and Antique Tractor Show - Apple Annie's Orchard, members of Power from the Past Antique Tractors and Engines Club share their collection, old-fashioned games for grandparents & their grandchildren, grandparents accompanied by a grandchild will receive a complimentary bowl of homemade ice cream, free, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, 520-384-2084 or  *
7              BISBEE: 33rd Annual Brewery Gulch Daze - chili cook-off, horseshoe tournament, waterball tournament, kiddie carnival, live music, dunk tank, pet parade, Miz Ol' Biz contest, mining games, cake walk, free, 11 am - 5 pm, 520-432-3554 or 866-2BISBEE or 
7              CLARKDALE: Grandparents Day - Verde Canyon Railroad, 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245 or
7              FLAGSTAFF: Cadillac Angels – Heritage Square, part of the Heritage Square Trust’s Summer Concert Series, rock ‘n’ roll from the Santa Barbara, California-based Americana band, 2 pm, 928-853-4292 or
7              PHOENIX: Phoenix Mercury vs. Houston – US Airways Center, $10 and up, 6 pm, 602-252-WNBA or
7              PHOENIX: BB King – Celebrity Theatre, 7:30 pm, 602-267-1600 or
7              SCOTTSDALE: Summer Madness Grand American – WestWorld, Cowboy Mounted Shooters,
7              TUCSON: Indoor/Outdoor Antique Fair - Lew Sorensen Community Center, 90-110 antique vendors with furniture, pottery, china, glass, farm implements, art work, coins, native artifacts, Oriental rugs, free, 9 am - 3 pm, 520-232-1201 or 
7              VAIL: Sunday in The Park - Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Weird Geology with Bill Peachey, what do rocks and Big Hunk candy bars have in common?, 3 & 4 pm 520-647-7275 or 520-647-7121 or
8              MESA: All About Men – Mesa Arts Center Studio, by Mesa Encore Theatre, a “Men’s Cabaret” fund-raiser, some of the Valley’s best male theater talent will entrain the women, 8 pm,
9              PRESCOTT VALLEY: 55th Annual Tour de Pee Vee – Town Center, half marathon, 10K run 5K run, 2 mile fun run/walk, 7 am, 928-759-3205 or or
10            TUCSON: Primavera Cooks! – a series of Apprentice chef and gourmet dinning events, community members, under the tutelage of some of Tucson’s finest chefs, create and prepare an elaborate wine-paired dinner to guests, in the kitchens and dining rooms of participating restaurants, this week’s venue is Cuvee World Bistro, $125, 520-623-5111 ext. 101 or
10-13       ST. JOHNS: Apache County Fair – 928-337-2621 or 928-337-0377 or
10-14       HOLBROOK: 77th Annual Navajo County Fair Rodeo and Little Buckaroo Rodeo - Navajo County Fairgrounds, 404E. Hopi Dr. rodeo, arts, crafts, food, entertainment, 4-H competition, carnival, demo derby, $1-3, noon - 10 pm, 928-524-6407 or 928-524-4757 or 800-524-2459 or or  H *
10-14       PHOENIX: Walking with Dinosaurs – The live Experience – US Airways Center, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series, theatrical arena show with fifteen roaring, snarling “live” life-size, dinosaurs, depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with the climatic and tectonic changes that took place,  480-784-4444  or
11            MESA: Lowriders and Tattoos – A Conversation with mister Cartoon, Estevan Oriol and Jack Rudy – Mesa Arts Center, Oscar Garza will lead the provocative and cutting-edge artists in a discussion of their unique canvases and media to provide a glimpse into the lowrider and tattoo lifestyle and their innovative artistic movement, 7:30 pm, $30-60, 480-644-6500 or
11-13       PHOENIX: Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra – The Heritage of World Folk – Symphony Hall, Michael Christie conducts, Wu Man, Chinese pipa, with special guest Romashka Gypsy Folk Troupe, 7:30 & 8 pm, $22-72, 602-495-1999 or
11-13       SCOTTSDALE: 2008 AT&T Arizona Open – Desert Mountain Apache Course, 2nd oldest professional tournament in the state, $100,000 54-hole event features some of the state's finest golfers, includes a pro-am, 480-443-9002 or 
11-14       KINGMAN: Mohave County Fair - Mohave County Fairgrounds, carnival, 4-H competition & FFA livestock auction, rides, booths, shows, contests, $, 928-753-2636 or or 
12            PHOENIX: Kronos Quartet – Orpheum Theatre, with special guest, Wu Man, Chinese pipa, $26-56, 8 pm, 602-495-1999 or
12-14       DOUGLAS: Mexican Fiestas – Veterans Park, parade, China poblanas, food booths, carnival, entertainment, free, 520-364-3485 or
12-14       FLAGSTAFF: 3rd Annual Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival – Pine Mountain Amphitheater, featuring the David Grisman Bluegrass, experience, the Kruger Brothers, Chatham County Line, Sweet Sunny South, True Blue, Burnett Family Bluegrass, the Badly Bent and a host of other great bands, a band contest with more than $2000 in prizes, Saturday night barn dance, kids activities, jamming, and on-site camping, 928-525-1695 or
12-14       LAKE HAVASU CITY: Annual Campbell Boats Regatta – North end of Channel, 661-823-0671 or
12-14       SEDONA: 4th Annual Raw Spirit Festival – Radisson Poco Diablo Resort, celebrates organic raw vegan foods, world class music, spirituality, inspirational education, eco-sustainable solutions, healthy living and peace on Earth, includes vendor booths, outdoor and indoor stages, ongoing workshops, sacred exercise area, food demos, children’s programs, music, dancing, leadership sharing circle, nature trails, food tasting,
12-28       PHOENIX: Doubt, A Parable - Herberger Theater Center, by John Patrick Shanley, a story of suspicion and moral uncertainty set in a Catholic school in 1964, mature themes and adult content presented by Actors Theatre, 2 & 7 pm, $23-46, 602-252-8497 or
12-21       TEMPE: Last of the Red Hot Lovers – Tempe Center for the Arts, by Tempe Little Theatre, mild-mannered Barney Cashman yearns for one big fling to spice up his middle-aged, tranquil and faithful married life, as Barney haplessly stumbles into one disastrous secret rendezvous after another, he faces hilarious obstacles, 8, 2 & 7 pm, $18-20, 480-350-2822 or
13            CHANDLER: 10th Annual Mariachi 2008 Festival Presented by The Chandler Republic - Center for the Arts, features world-renowned Mariachi groups as well as performances by ballet folklorico dancers, $25-35, 6:30 pm, 480-782-2680 or or 
13            CLARKDALE: Saturday Night Starlight Train - Verde Canyon Railroad, the canyon comes alive with nocturnal beauty and wildlife, 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245 or
13            FLAGSTAFF: Muskellunge Bluegrass – Heritage Square, part of the Heritage Square Trust’s Summer Concert Series, quartet led by Nolan Mcklevey, high energy bluegrass, harmonies and fast picking, 2 pm, 928-853-4292 or
13            MIAMI: Miami Arizona Fiesta - Memorial Park, Chihuahua  races, salsa & tortilla contests, judging and sample tasting, piñatas, children's activities, continuous entertainment, live music, dancing, food vendors, special displays, craft & gift vendors, free, 9:30 am - 9 pm, 928-473-4403
13            ORO VALLEY: 2008 Jazz Legends Benefit Concert – Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, featuring world famous jazz musicians and vocalists performing in a one-of-a-kind jam session, $25-65, 6:30 pm, three course dinner and wine prior to concert available at 5 pm for $100, 520-797-3959 or
13            PAGE: 3rd Annual Blair Family Rug and Native Art Auction and Indian Market – Gunsmoke Saloon, 250-300 items to auction, includes baskets, kachinas, pottery, rugs and selections from the Elijah Blair Family collection, pre show noon – 2 pm, auction begins at 2 pm, 928-645-3008 or
13            PHOENIX: Jim Gaffigan – Dodge Theatre,
13            PINE: Second Saturday “Shop Hop” – visit your favorite shops and galleries and discover some new ones, meet the merchants, artists and craftsmen of Pine, local art, antiques, 4-8 pm, free, 928-476-2219 or 928-476-3655
13            PRESCOTT: 4th Annual Fall Gathering: Barbeque and Branding – Phippen Museum, a celebration of ranch life and a reenactment of the grand opening of the Phippen Museum in 1984, includes a BBQ, auction and branding ceremony, 928-778-1385 or
13            PRESCOTT VALLEY: Third Kinetic Sculpture Race – Civic Center, as part of the World Arts Festival, people-propelled sculptures that exhibit a healthy dose of humor and imagination, the event is more about spectacle than speed with many levels of competition, 3 pm, 928-772-4710 or
13            SCOTTSDALE: Show Circuit All Breed Horse Show - WestWorld, 480-488-5711 or 480-312-6802 or or
13            SCOTTSDALE: Ponies of the Americas Horse Show - WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or or
13            SEDONA: 36th Annual Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque - Mexican style celebration; headlining the Fiesta is mosaico flamenco, one of the most innovative & inspiring new acoustic flamenco groups in the USA, piñatas, strolling mariachi bands, folklorico dance groups, Flamenco/classical guitarists, food, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 928-282-4838 or 
13            SUPERIOR: Learn Your Lizards – Boyce Thompson Arboretum, educates participants how to identify common species such as Western whiptails, Tree Lizards, Side-blotched and Greater Earless, family-friendly walk, meet at the visitor center, 8:30 am, $3-7.50, 520-689-2811 or
13            TUCSON: Run Down Crime 5K Cross-Country – Dell Urich Golf Course at Reid Park, 5K run, 1M walk, kid’s mascot chase and kid’s mini marathon, 7 am, 520-270-0763 or
13-14       FLAGSTAFF: 14th Annual Extreme Fun Extravaganza – Wheeler Park, activities for kids of all ages include bed races, a mountain blast of 13 marching bands, NASCAR Simulator races, ferris wheel, bounce house, craft show, food, 10 am, 928-606-5601 or
13-14       PAYSON: Jim Barrett Memorial Rodeo – Payson Event Center, 9 am, more than 400 high-school age cowboys and cowgirls converge,
13-14       PRESCOTT VALLEY: World Arts Festival - Civic Center, celebrates the diversity and breadth of cultures of the world through music, art & food, arts & crafts, fine art, demonstrations, exhibitions, doggie play area, kid’s activities, 9 am - 9 pm, 928-759-3027 or 928-772-8857 or
13-14       SEDONA: Art & Craft Show - Bell Rock Plaza, between 35-55 artists with paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains, carvings and many Native American artists too, 928-284-9627 or
13-14       SEDONA: 4th Annual Village of Oak Creek Fine Artists and Craftsmen Show – VOCA Community Center, Oak Creek Country Club, juried show features 25 well known artists who live and work in the Village of Oak Cree, all artwork is original, includes paintings, drawings, jewelry, sculpture, glass, furniture, gourds, fiber art, photography, 9 am – 5 pm, free, 928-284-1820
13-10/5   TEMPE Miss Nelson is Missing – Tempe Center for the Arts, after constant misbehaving and classroom shenanigans, the kids swiftly straighten up when Miss Viola Swamp shows up, she is a witch of a substitute, based on the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, by Childsplay, $15-25, 480-350-2822 or
14            CORDES JUNCTION: “Jazz Without Borders” Second Sunday Jazz Concert Series – Arcosanti, 3-6 pm, $20 or $35 including dinner, 928-632-7135 or
14            GLENDALE: 6th Annual GCC Youth & Adult Sprint Triathlon - Glendale Community College,
14            FLAGSTAFF: Ballet Folklorico de Colores – Heritage Square, part of the Heritage Square Trust’s Summer Concert Series, traditional Mexican dance, mariachi and more, 2 pm, 928-853-4292 or
14            MESA: Kronos Quartet – Mesa Arts Center, with special guest, Wu Man, Chinese pipa, $28-58, 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or
14            TEMPE: 4th Annual Remember 911 5K Run/Walk – Kiwanis Park, 5K run, 6:45 am, or
14            TUCSON: Primavera Cooks! – a series of Apprentice chef and gourmet dinning events, community members, under the tutelage of some of Tucson’s finest chefs, create and prepare an elaborate wine-paired dinner to guests, in the kitchens and dining rooms of participating restaurants, this week’s venue is Kingfisher Bar and Grill, $125, 520-623-5111 ext. 101 or

Continued Arizona Event Listings for September 15-30, 2008

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