Arizona: Calendar of Events Listings: 2009: November

Arizona Events Calendar November 2009

This calendar of events for Arizona communities in November 2009 has been produced to assist you in making travel and activity arrangements. This page covers events, entertainment, arts and outdoor activities for November 15-30, 2009. See events occuring November 1-14, 2009.

The Arizona events calendar has been produced to assist with travel arrangements or local activities. It is an information guide only and does not constitute a recommendation. Dates for these 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

November 15-30, 2009 Arizona Event Listings

Catalina State Park, just north of Tucson in Oro Valley, is a popular hiking nd camping spot. The park is located across the street from the new Oro Valley Marketplace on Oracle Road. Watch a video clip of the area, Google map nd park information.

Arizona Activities throughout November 2009

Through December 6 (Phoenix)

Arizona Theatre Company presents George Is Dead, a new comedy by acclaimed writer and director Elaine May. Featuring Julia Brothers, Academy Award nominee Don Murray, and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Marlo Thomas, George is Dead plays in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from November 12 through December 6. Arizona Theatre Company's season sponsors are I. Michael and Beth Kasser and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Tickets range from $26-$50 depending on date and section choice and are available at or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823. More on ATC. Continue reading about George Is Dead.

Through January 24, 2010  SCOTTSDALE: Unexpected Wegman: From the Collection of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art –an exhibition of forty-five William Wegman works, exhibition builds on the artist’s wide recognition for his photographic portraits of Weimaraner dogs, an array of other whimsically portrayed subjects in a diverse range of media and forms—from prints, to flipbooks, to video,

November 2-28   QUARTZSITE: Rice Ranch ‘Yawl Come’ Show – 928-927-8118 or or

YouTube Video of Arizona Road Trip

A little mini-vacation to NE Arizona, on the Navajo/Hopi reservation. The trip started at the invitation of Navajo people near Chinle, then blossomed from there. Visits included Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. Video courtesy to YouTube and Arizona Office of Tourism. Watch more Arizona Travel videos.

For additional tourism information and brochures, contact:

The Arizona Office of Tourism
2702 N. Third St., Suite 4015
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Arizona Chamber of
Commerce Convention Bureaus

Governor Brewer Reminds Travelers of Passport Requirement

PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer reminds Arizona citizens of the deadline for the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Since June 1, 2009, all U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to present a passport or another WHTI compliant document to enter and re-enter the United States by land or sea from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

Since June 1, 2009, the Arizona driver’s license and/or Arizona Identification Card is not recognized as a valid credential for entry or re-entry into the United States.

U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, are required to present one of the following travel documents: A passport issued by the U.S. Government, a passport card (PassCard), a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS, or SENTRI) or a Military ID with official travel orders. U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 can present the original or copy of their birth certificate, or other proof of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization certificate or citizenship card.

Information about requirements for special groups traveling abroad can be found at U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

Daily Arizona Events:

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cottonwood, AZ - Verde Valley Wine Trail Photo Contest. Vineyards, say cheese!  Get your cameras out for the Verde Valley Wine Trail photo contest. Do you have a photo of Arizona's Verde Valley Wineries? If so enter the contest for a chance to win great prizes! Whether you live near the wineries in Verde Valley or you want to make a food wine vacation out of it, get your digital camera out and capture a prize-winning picture. The Verde Valley Wine Trail connects the dots between the wineries that are nestled between the communities of Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde, Jerome and the beautiful red rock landscape and canyons that USA Today says is the most beautiful place in America.  There are four terrific wineries with tasting rooms on the Wine Trail - Page Springs Winery, Javelina Leap Winery, Alcantara Vineyards, and Oak Creek Vineyards - all can be seen at The theme of this contest is "On the Verde Valley Wine Trail" and the goal of the contest is to shoot photos that tell the story of the Verde Valley Wine Trail.  Photos can include the Verde Valley wineries, vineyards, tasting rooms, grapes, beautiful scenery, area attractions, the people (visitors and workers) in the area enjoying one of the most unique regions in Arizona.  The photos should capture the essence of what Verde Valley Wine Country is - the beauty and the fun. Anyone 21 years and older can enter and submit photos for free with the chance to win cool prizes!  Prizes include great wines, area attractions, Wine Tastings, and more.  Entering is easy, just go online to and click on Photo Contest.   You will even be able to return to the site to see a sampling of entries.  The deadline for submitting photos is November 15th, 2009 and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce will decide which photos represent the Verde Valley Wine Trail the best. Prizes will be awarded December 1st.

PEORIA: Anything Goes – Arizona Broadway Theatre, (7701 W. Paradise Lane, 85382), Cole Porter’s luxury cruise liner makes a return voyage, a tale of high jinx and mistaken identities featuring a boatload of disguised gangsters, tap-dancing sailors and high-kicking chorus girls, an all-new production of the 1930’s comedy classic features some of Porter’s most unforgettable tunes, 623-776-8400 or

15    KINGMAN: Cancer Care Unit Arts Crafts Fair - Mohave County Fairgrounds, Kingman's largest and most popular arts crafts show, benefits Cancer Care Unit, 928-757-3760 or

15    LAKE HAVASU: 40th Annual Gem Mineral Show - Aquatic Community Center, demonstrations, sales of rough material and jewelry, show cases displays, field trips, raffles, info, food, free, 9 am – 4 pm, 928-764-2854 or H *   x

15    PHOENIX: 8th Annual Spanish Market - Heard Museum, artwork by top Hispanic artists from Arizona and New Mexico music dance performances including strolling mariachis highlight this festival marketplace, free to festival, 10 am - 5 pm, 602-252-8848 or

15    PHOENIX: Chiles Chocolate Festival - Desert Botanical Garden, see hot and spicy chiles roast, sample chile and chocolate products from local vendors, Southwest gifts, cooking demonstrations, entertainment includes Spanish Flamenco dance and Latin jazz, $, 10 am - 3 pm, 480-941-1225 or

15    SCOTTSDALE: Scottsdale Latin Jazz Festival – Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, showcases top Latin jazz artists from Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and the U.S., live music on the amphitheater stage, a Latin Mercado featuring handmade arts and crafts, Latin-inspired cuisine and Peanut Butter Latin Jam family area with creative activities for children, Scottsdale Latin Ballroom Dance competition, $10-15, Sat 11 am – 10 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm, 480-994-2787 or

15    SIERRA VISTA: At the Arizona Folklore Preserve – featuring cowboy/western music of the Yampa Valley Boys, $15, reservations required, 2 pm , 520-378-6165 or

15    TUCSON: Saguaro Scramblers Dog Agility Show - Pima County Fairgrounds, 520-909-4511 or

15    TUCSON: Fall 2009 Open Studio Tour - meet the artists creating their art in the Arts District, includes central Downtown area, the Warehouse District adjacent neighborhoods, more than 100 studios will be open to the public, free, 11 am – 5 pm, 520-624-0595 or

15         AJO: Ajo Unique Home Tour - 10 wonderful homes to tour, self-guided, a great way to see what Ajo is all about inside and out, $10, last home will have refreshments, 1-4 pm, 520-387-7742

15         AVONDALE: Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil - Phoenix International Raceway, including the NASCAR Spring Cup Series, 312 laps, 312 miles, 500K, $15-88, 1:15 pm, H *

15         SCOTTSDALE: Scottsdale Latin Jazz Festival: Claudia Villela Group – Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, inspired by the vast musical soul of Brazil, singer Claudia Villela and guitarist Ricardo Peixoto mingle indigenous African and European reference with the harmonic complexity and sensibility of jazz, $10, 3:30 pm, 480-994-2787 or

15         SCOTTSDALE: 2nd Annual 5K/310 Calorie Burn – 5K run/walk, 480-366-4400 or

15         SEDONA: Sedona Chamber Music Presents Mark O’Connor – St. John Vianney Church, (180 Soldiers Pass Rd.), Grammy winning violinist and composer Mark O’Connor returns with his acclaimed solo recital pays warm homage to his violin and fiddle heroes from ragtime, free improvisation, jazz and blues, $25-40, 2:30 pm, 928-204-2415 or

15         TEMPE: Ocotillo Winds and Friends – Katzin Concert Hall, $4-8, 2:30 pm, 480-965-6447 or

15-20    TOMBSTONE: Annual Western History Symposium and Book Exposition – meet acclaimed western authors and collectors of Western memorabilia, symposiums on the western genre, autographed books from your favorite authors, free, 602-316-9461 or

Monday, November 16, 2009

16         FLAGSTAFF: Leonid Meteor Shower - Lowell Observatory, features indoor programs on meteor showers, and numerous telescopes set up for viewing, Jupiter is featured object, $, 5:30 pm, 928-233-3211 or

16         TEMPE: Student Jazz Combos – Recital Hall, free, 7:30 pm, 480-965-8863 or

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

17         TEMPE: Percussion Jazz Ensemble – Katzin Concert Hall, free, 7:30 pm, 480-965-8863 or

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

18-19    SCOTTSDALE: Paul Taylor Dance Company – Center for the Performing Arts, known for its daring innovation, Taylor’s choreography combines the grace of ballet with the spontaneity of modern dance, two different programs of new and classic works, $47, 7:30 pm, 480-994-2787 or

18-22    SCOTTSDALE: Arizona Season Finale Hunter Jumper Horse Show – WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or

Thursday, November 19, 2009

19-22    CHANDLER: Napa Auto Parts IHBA World Finals - Firebird International Raceway, biggest professional drag boat race in the country the season finale, $10-41, 9 am - 6 pm, 602-268-0200 or H   y

19-22    FORT MCDOWELL: Fort McDowell Orme Dam Victory Days – FMIC Rodeo Grounds, all-Indian rodeo, pow wow, Yavapai Village, cultural performances, parade, food, golf, softball, basketball, BMX racing, dance, concerts, most events free, 480-816-7162 or

19-12/5  TEMPE: Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, a “deliciously sinister” musical by Stephen Sondheim, by ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre, $7-22, 7:30 pm, 480-965-6447 or

19-1/2   SEDONA: 21st Annual Red Rock Fantasy of Lights - Los Abrigados Resort, more than a million holiday lights create 60 different themed displays to stroll thru while enjoying holiday music, "dancing lights" show with lights synchronized to classical holiday music, dusk, $4-6, Sun-Thu 5-9 pm, Fri Sat 5-10 pm, 928-282-1777 or 800-521-3131 or H

Friday, November 20, 2009

20         FLAGSTAFF: Hawk Walks – The Arboretum at Flagstaff, (4001 S. Woody Mountain Road, 86001), learn how to fly live birds of prey with raptor rehabilitators, small groups of 4-8 participants work directly with hawks, falcons and owls, 9:45 am, 928-774-1442 or  not  H

20         GILBERT: 25th Annual Gilbert Days 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run – Freestone Park, kicks off the Gilbert Days Celebration, $3, 480-503-6200 or or

20         HEREFORD: Huachuca Astronomy Club Public Star Party - Junk Bond Observatory, view through member's telescopes (large small) or bring your own, excellent outing for families and school age children welcome, 7 pm weather permitting, 520-366-5788 or

20         PHOENIX: Small Ensembles Concert – Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), 7:30 pm, 602-787-7738 or

20         SCOTTSDALE: ASU Symphony Orchestra – Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, (25150 N. Pima Rd.), $, 7:30 pm, 480-585-9448 or

20         TEMPE: Astronomy Open House - roof of the Bateman Physical Sciences Bldg. H Wing, learn about the moon planets, free, 8-10 pm, 480-965-0665 or

20-21    GILBERT: Holiday Classic Boutique – Sierra Ballroom Trilogy @ Power Ranch, handmade craft items, by the Creative Designers and community vendors, benefits The House of Refuge East, free, 10 am – 3 pm, 480-634-4633

20-21    PHOENIX: 4th Annual Navajo Rug Auction – Pueblo Grande Museum, 10 am preview, noon auction, a lecture and preview on Friday evening, beautiful rugs and frybread, free, 602-495-0901 or

20-21    SCOTTSDALE: An Evening with John Cleese – Center for the Performing Arts, actor and comedian, $65, 8 pm, 480-994-2787 or

20-22    CAVE CREEK/CAREFREE: 13th Annual Hidden in the Hills Artists Studio Tour - Desert Foothills, free, self-guided tour, tour 35-40 art studios meet more than 125 artists, art demonstrations, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 480-575-6624 or

20-22    GILBERT: 2009 Gilbert Days - Pony Express Ride recreation, fun run, Little Dude rodeo, pet show, carnival, rodeo dance, rodeo, arts crafts, stage entertainment, 480-380-8399 or

20-22    PEORIA: 14th Annual Peoria Stadium Fall Arts Crafts Festival – Peoria Stadium, arts and crafts show, more than 100 arts crafts exhibits, international food, Kiddie Inflatable Zone, free,10 am – 5 pm,

20-22    SCOTTSDALE: 12th Annual Southwest National Good Guys Rod Custom Car Show – WestWorld, features more than 2,000 rods, customs, classics and muscle cars thru 1972, vendor manufacturer exhibits, a swap meet with the Cars 4 Sale Corral, a model and pedal car show, kid's play area, Friday night Hot Rod Cruise event, 925-838-9876 or

20-22    TUCSON: 28th Annual Holiday Craft Market - Tucson Museum of Art, 120+ booths of juried work, including jewelry, metalwork, painting, pottery, ceramics, watercolors, food, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 520-624-2333 or  H  y

20-22    YUMA: 19th Annual Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival - Cibola H.S., 50 balloons, sunrise balloon liftoffs, sunset balloon glow fireworks, entertainment, food, free, 928-343-1715 or H   y

20-12/3 TEMPE: Sylvia (comedy) – Tempe Center for the Arts, (700 W. Rio Salado Parkway), the life-changing dog enters the life shared by Greg and Kate, the trio experiences both comic and heartwarming situations that enable them to accept each other and realize their importance in each other’s lives, by Tempe Little Theatre, 2, 8 7 pm, 480-350-2822 or or

20-12/20  SCOTTSDALE: The Snow Queen – Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, (4720 N. Scottsdale Rd. 85251), part of the Children’s Theatre Productions, heartwarming musical adaptation by Gerry Cullity, based on the beloved classic from Hans Christian Andersen, a tale of sadness, redemption and the power of love, for all ages, $12-15, 7:30, 1 3 pm, 480-483-1664 or

20-1/2   CHANDLER: Art Quilts XIV – Chandler Center for the Arts, an annual, international juried exhibition of art quilts from established and emerging artists, free, 480-917-6859 or or

Saturday, November 21, 2009

21         ANTHEM: 8th Annual Lighting of Arizona’s Tallest Animated  Holiday Tree – Outlets at Anthem, more than 80 feet and decorated with more than 20,000 lights and ornaments, Santa will lead the countdown to flip the switch along with local celebrities and special guests, holiday-themed entertainment throughout the evening, free, 5-8 pm, 623-465-9500 or

21         BUCKEYE: Fall Demolition Derby - Rodeo Arena, more than 30 drivers compete for prize money, powder puff derby, kids tractor races, lawn mower races, $2-5, 6 pm, 623-386-2727 or  H  *  x

21         LAVEEN: 3rd Annual Turkey Trot Harvest Daze – 5K run, 1 mile fun-run or kids’ dash, $20-25, registration at 7:30 am,

21         PARKER: 9th Annual CRIT Fall Gathering - Blue Water Resort Casino, Native American cultural event that celebrates the traditional, cultural arts and crafts, language through song and dance groups, focuses on the sharing and education with other Arizona tribes, free, 1:30 pm, 928-669-6757 or 928 669-6511 or

21         PHOENIX: Dust Devil Mountain Bike Series #3 – White Tank Mountain Regional Park – a race for every level of rider, marathon, cross country races, kid’s races, sanctioned by NORBA, awards to the top three males and females in each category, 6:30 am,

21         PHOENIX: 5th Annual American Indian Heritage Festival – Deer Valley Rock Art Center, (3711 W. Deer Valley Rd.) featuring activities and attractions for the family, storytelling with “The Three Little Javelina” children’s author Susan Lowell, meet Native American artists, guest exhibitors and performers, bead a bracelet, guided hikes, free, 10 am – 3 pm, 623-582-8007 or

21         SURPRISE: 3rd Annual Running West with the Heard . . . YEEO! – Heard Museum West, a 10K, 5K run/walk and 2 mile fun walk, 623-344-2200 or 602-954-8341 or

21         TEMPE: Undy 5000 (5K) – Kiwanis Park, 5K run, 1 mile fun run/walk, 8 am, or

21         TEMPE: Guitarist Rafael Aguirre – Katzin Concert Hall, $7-22, 7:30 pm, 480-965-6447 or

21         TUCSON: University Medical Center 27th Annual El Tour de Tucson presented by Diamond Ventures – TCC, thousands of cyclists from around the world compete, perimeter tour with 109-, 80-, 66-, 35-, 4-, and ¼- mile  courses, open to pros, fitness buffs, fun-lovers and kids, by Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, 520-745-2033 or

21         WINSLOW: 63rd Annual Christmas Parade - AZ's largest Christmas parade, also arts crafts booths, food, Santa, free, 1 pm, 928-289-2434 or H  y

21-22    PHOENIX: Fairgrounds Antique Market - AZ State Fairgrounds, featuring verbal appraisal clinic $5 per item, free, Sat. 9 am - 5 pm, Sun. 10 am - 4 pm, 602-717-7337 or

21-22    PRESCOTT/PRESCOTT VALLEY: Quad-City Artists Studio Tour – watch artists demonstrate their creative talents during this free self-guided tour of their studios, maps available at Mountain Artists Guild, (228 N. Alarcon St. 86301), 928-445-2510 or

21-22    SCOTTSDALE: 16th Annual ArtFest of Scottsdale - Civic Center Plaza, (7380 E. Second St.) featuring more than 200 juried artists craftspeople from across the nation, continuous live music, international foods, family area featuring hands-on art activities and creative challenges for children, “Book Street” Arizona authors, free, 10 am – 5 pm, 480-968-5353 or 888-278-3378 or  H *

21-22    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

21-22    SIERRA VISTA: At the Arizona Folklore Preserve – featuring award-winning singer/songwriter Kip Calahan, $15, reservations required, 2 pm , 520-378-6165 or

21-22    SUPERIOR: Plants-of-the-Bible Guided Tours – Boyce Thompson Arboretum, learn about botany, history and scripture on a walk alongside volunteer and Bible scholar David Oberpriller, $3-7.50, 1:30 pm, 520-689-2811 or

Sunday, November 22, 2009

22         BENSON: Thanksgiving Fiesta – Singing Wind Book Shop, listen to readings by ten Southwestern authors of history, fiction, natural history and children’s book, cowboy poets and western historians alternating with live music, free, 520-586-2425 or

22         PHOENIX: 8th Annual Discover India Diwali Festival - Heritage Science Park, a celebration of Indian art, history and culture, free, 1-6 pm, 602-262-5071 or 602-485-9761 or or

22         SUPERIOR: Edible Medicinal Plants Walk – Boyce Thompson Arboretum, one-hour walk up the Curandero Trail to learn about Sonoran Desert plants, a few moderately steep sections, guided by Choctaw nation member and ethno botanist David Morris and “Foods of the Superstitions” cookbook author Jean Groen, $3-7.50, 1:30 pm, 520-689-2811 or

22         TEMPE: Ford Ironman Arizona – Tempe Beach Park, features a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a complete marathon 26.2 miles in succession, 888-280-9097 or

22         TEMPE: Pianist Andrew Campbell and Friends – Katzin Concert Hall, $4-8, 7:30 pm, 480-965-6447 or

22-12/3  SIERRA VISTA: 10th Annual Festival of Trees – The Mall at Sierra Vista, a winter wonderland of uniquely decorated trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses and stockings, individuals and organizations vie for awards, trees are then auctioned, free, 520-417-4990 or

Monday, November 23, 2009

23         TEMPE: ASU Symphony Orchestra dn Sinfonietta – ASU Gammage, free, 7:30 pm, 480-965-8863 or

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

24         SCOTTSDALE: ASU Concert Jazz Band – ASU Kerr Cultural Center, $5, 7:30 pm, 480-596-2660 or

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

25-28    FLAGSTAFF: Thanksgiving Star Fest - Lowell Observatory, features numerous telescopes set up for viewing throughout the Lowell campus, $, 7:30 pm, 928-233-3211 or

Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2009

26         ANTHEM: Anthem Turkey Trot – Community Park, 5K run, 5K walk, 1K kid’s run, 9 am, 623-330-0913 or or

26         FOUNTAIN HILLS: Thanksgiving Day Parade - Saguaro Blvd, the state's only Thanksgiving Day parade with up to 75 units including bands, floats marching units, free, 9 am, 480-837-1654 or  H  x

26         MESA: Mesa mi amigo’s Turkey Trot – Red Mountain Park, 10K at 9 am, 1 mile at 8:15 am, 2 miles at 8:30 am, 602-277-4333 or

26         PEORIA: 22nd Annual ARR Thanksgiving Day Classic – Peoria Sports Complex, participate in a 10-mile, 5K and a 2-mile Fun Run/walk, 6:30 am, 602-954-8341 or

26         PIMA: 4th Annual Pima Turkey Trot – Vard Lines Roping Arena, 1 mile at 8 am, 5K at 8:30 am, 928-485-8981 or

26         TUCSON: Thanksgiving Cross-Country Classic - Reid Park, a European-style 5K, separate men's women's events, grass course, hurdle hay bales and water jumps, prizes including turkeys pumpkin pies, 8 am, 520-325-5097 or 520-326-9383 or

26-29    SCOTTSDALE: Arizona Paint Horse Club Arizona Harvest of Color – WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or

26–12/30 PRESCOTT VALLEY: Valley of Lights - Fain Park, drive through thousands of lighted animated displays, 6 pm - midnight, 928-772-8857 or

26-1/10  PHOENIX: 18th Annual ZooLights - Phoenix Zoo, to celebrate the opening of the Zoo’s new Komodo Dragon exhibit, a new life-sized lighted Komodo display will debut this year, 600,000+ lights, music of the season, lighted animal exhibits, live animals are not on exhibit, $7-9, 6-10 pm, 602-273-1341 or  H

Friday, November 27, 2009 - Black Friday Shopping Deals

27         BISBEE: 38th Annual Festival of Lights - live nativity, parade, dancers, tree street lighting in Old Historic Bisbee, free, 520-432-5421 or

27         PRESCOTT: 4th Friday Art Walk - 15 galleries stay open late and offer food, musical entertainment, artist receptions and painting demonstrations,

27-28    BISBEE: 27th Annual Historic Home Tour - Historic District, privately owned historic homes open to the public for tours, $12-15, Fri 10 am - 4 pm, Sat 10 am - 3 pm, 520-432-5421 or 866-2BISBEE or 

27-28    BISBEE: 8th Annual “Chairs of Bisbee” Art Chair Auction – chairs, painted and decorated, in a variety of mediums, by local artists will be available for silent auction bids at one of the homes on the Historic Home Tour, $3-15, Sat. 10 am – 4 pm, Sun. noon – 4 pm, 520-432-3554 or 888-224-7233 or

27-28    GLENDALE: 15th Annual Glendale Glitters Spectacular - Murphy Park, nighttime sky lights up with 1.5 million twinkling lights, opening nights include holiday entertainment, food, crafts, children's wonderland and snow, horse-drawn carriage rides, and special lighting ceremony, free, 5-10 pm, 623-930-2299 or *   y

27-28    LAKE HAVASU CITY: Havasu Art Guild Christmas Shoppe – Community Center, 10 am – 4 pm, 928-855-8078 or

27-28    MESA: Symphony of the Southwest Annual Holiday Boutique – Symphony House, (122 N. MacDonald St, 85201), a unique collection of arts, crafts, jewelry and holiday décor, musical performances by members of the symphony, 10 am – 4 pm, 480-827-2143

27-28    PATAGONIA: 8th Annual Patagonia Holiday Walking Tour – Downtown, featuring local artists and a “Moveable Feast”, nearly all the town’s shops, studios, galleries and restaurants participate by featuring local art, artists and refreshments, including painters, potters, weavers, toy makers, gourd crafters, water colorists and quilters, free, 11 am – 5 pm, 520-394-0060 or 888-794-0030 or

27-28    SAFFORD: 29th Annual Cowboy Christmas Arts Crafts Show – Graham County Fairgrounds, 50+ vendors, free, 928-428-5990 or 928-428-2511 or  H

27-28    SCOTTSDALE: Capitol Steps – Center for the Performing Arts, singing comedians are back performing their up-to-the-minute repertoire, including songs and skits from their latest album, Obama Mia!, $50, 8 5 pm, 480-994-2787 or

27-28    TUCSON: Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park – music, home-baked cookies, shopping, holiday dining, stroll through thousands of twinkling lights, live music featuring Gabriel Ayala and Joe Bourne, $8, 5:30-8:30 pm, 520-742-6455 or

27-28    SUN CITY: 38th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Fair – Sundial Recreation Center, (14801 N. 103rd Ave.), award-winning crafts from more than 40 clubs, items such as ceramics, metal art, lapidary, jewelry, stained glass, baskets, pottery, baby items, accessories, paintings, sculptures, toys, photos, ornaments, quilts, and others, free, Fri 8 am – 4 pm, Sat 8 am – 3 pm,

27-29    CAVE CREEK/CAREFREE: 13th Annual Hidden in the Hills Artists Studio Tour - Desert Foothills, free, self-guided tour, tour 35-40 art studios meet more than 125 artists, art demonstrations, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 480-575-6624 or

27-29    TOMBSTONE: 10th Annual Tombstone Territorial “Ace La Rue Memorial” Championship – an exhilarating cowboy shootout presented by the Tombstone Buscaderos, free, 9 am, 520-743-0179 or

27-29    TUCSON: Native American Indian Heritage Month Social Indian Craft Market - Rillito Raceway Park, Indian craft market, pow wow contest, children’s activities area, traditional food, exhibition dancing, craft demonstrations, $7 plus a new unopened Christmas Toy, noon – dusk, 520-622-4900 or  H  x

27-12/27 PEORIA: A Christmas Carol – Arizona Broadway Theatre, (7701 W. Paradise Lane, 85382), one of the most enduring Christmas tales of all time, with added special effects and the score by Tony Award-winner Lynn Ahrens and Oscar Award-winner Alan Menken, 623-776-8400 or

27- 1/1  LAKE HAVASU CITY: 13th Annual Festival of Lights - English Village and London Bridge, more than one million lights on display, free, 6-10 pm, 928-855-0888 or 800-2HAVASU or

27-1/2   SHOW LOW: Show Low Shines - holiday lights and, Christmas tree Lighting Ceremony, Electric Light Parade, Santa at Gingerbread Lane, Santa’s POOLar Party, 888-SHOW LOW or

Saturday, November 28, 2009

28         BISBEE: Old Bisbee Holiday Bazaar – Historic Bisbee, local and regional artists offer their hand-made crafts, 10 am – 5 pm, 520-432-3554 or

28         PARKER: 11th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade - from River Lodge Resort to Blue Water Marina, free, dusk, 928 669-6511 or

28         PATAGONIA: Aldo Leopold Centennial Event – Sonoita Creek State Natural Area, Kim Stone will portray Aldo Leopold, also a unique canoe/kayak trip on Patagonia Lake, or register for an overnight backpack trip, part of a yearlong celebration of Aldo Leopold – ecologist, forester and environmentalist - arrival in the southwest, (in Springerville, AZ in 1909), preregister, 11 am - 3 pm, 520-287-2791 or

28         TEMPE: APS Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade - Mill Avenue District, Light-Up-A-Luminaria at 5 pm, parade at 6:30 pm, Santa at 7 pm, thousands of sparkling lights and lighted displays, presented by Kiwanis Club of Tempe, free, 5-9 pm, 480-894-8158 or  H *  y

28         WILLIAMS: Mountain Village Holiday – includes the Williams Parade of Lights and Official Tree Lighting Ceremony on 11/28 at 7 pm along Historic Route 66, tree lighting immediately follows, presented by the Grand Canyon Railway, APS and the Chamber of Commerce, 800-863-0546 or *

28         YUMA: 24th Annual Holiday Pageant Friendship Tower Lighting - Desert Sun Stadium, entertainment by choral dance groups, tower lighting ceremony, donate a non-perishable food, 6:30 pm, 928-343-1715 or  H *  x

28-29    FLORENCE: 77th Annual Florence Junior Parada - Charles Whitlow Rodeo Arena, world's oldest continuous junior rodeo, rodeo parade on Sat. vendors and entertainment on Saturday on Main Street, features junior cowboys cowgirls ages 5-18, in competition from calf roping, bull dogging, barrel pole racing, saddle bronc, breakaway roping to goat tying, benefits youth programs across Pinal County., $5/car, 520-868-4382 or [email protected] or  H *

28-29    ORO VALLEY: Festival of the Arts – Riverfront Park, (551 W. Lambert Ln.), a holiday arts and craft fair, culinary and fine arts festival, 2 and 3 dimensional artwork by more than 75 local and national fine artisans, ten live music performances, free, Sat. 9 am – 4 pm, Sun. 10 am – 4 pm,

28-29    PARKER: 53rd Anniversary SCSC Thanksgiving Regatta - Blue Water Resort, powerboat/speedboat racing on the Parker Strip/Colorado River, endurance, speed circle racing, also a parade, 7 am - 7 pm, 928 669-6511 or

28-29    PEARCE: 10th Annual Old Pearce Holiday Festival – Ghost Town Trail, arts crafts show, antiques, must by the Bost Family Tradition and the Dragoon Mountain Boys, blacksmith demonstration, antique engines display, petting zoo, the old general store will be open to the public, free, 9 am – 5 pm, 520-826-3588 or  H

28-29    PRESCOTT/PRESCOTT VALLEY: Quad-City Artists Studio Tour – watch artists demonstrate their creative talents during this free self-guided tour of their studios, maps available at Mountain Artists Guild, (228 N. Alarcon St. 86301), 928-445-2510 or

28-29    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

28-29    SIERRA VISTA: At the Arizona Folklore Preserve – featuring Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer presenting “Thanksgiving: Arizona Style,”, $15, reservations required, 2 pm , 520-378-6165 or

28-29    WICKENBURG: 9th Annual Gem Art Fair - Community Center, sponsored by the Wickenburg Gem Mineral Society, 928-684-0380 or

28-12/19 TUCSON: Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Temple of Music and Art, (330 S. Scott), based on an idea by
Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr., travel back to Harlem’s sassy, swinging ‘30s with this Tony Award-winning musical —exuberantly performed by a quintet of irresistible talents, an evening partying with one of the greatest jazz songwriters, Thomas “Fats” Waller; composer and pianist with a legendary lust for life, 520-622-2823 or

28-1/1   AHWATUKEE: Festival of Lights - the light display boasts more than one million white lights artistically displayed amongst desert landscape as well as a variety of community events from charity golf tournaments, microbrew and wine tasting festivals, kick-off events and hayrides on 11/28,

28-1/1   TEMPE: Mill Avenue Holiday Lighting Display - Mill Avenue District, festively-lighted trees line Mill Avenue, free, 

28-1/4   FLAGSTAFF: Annual Holiday of Lights Festival - Little America Hotel, 2 million+ lights illuminating trees creating a true winter wonderland, opening with cookies cider, local choir groups, Santa, 800 luminarias, 6 pm, 928-779-7979 or 800-435-2493 or

Sunday, November 29, 2009

29         SCOTTSDALE: Show Circuit All Breed Horse Show - WestWorld, 480-488-5711 or 480-312-6802 or or

29         SUPERIOR: Plein Air Artist “Paint Outs – Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, in conjunction with the Fall Festival, a series of friendly, four-hour competitions open to all artists, amateur and professional to paint and capture scenes inside Arizona State Parks, finished pieces are submitted for judging by fellow artists, top three paintings are entered in an public gallery exhibit in February 2010, also a children’s paint out activity, 8 am – noon, 602-542-4174 or

29         SUPERIOR: Fall Foliage Finale Festival - Boyce Thompson Arboretum, the beauty of falling leaves, tasty apple pie, live music, arts crafts for the kids, nature trails, $3-7.50, 11 am - 3 pm, 520-689-2811 or or  H

Monday, November 30, 2009

30         TEMPE: ASU Latin Jazz Band – Katzin Concert Hall, free, 7:30 pm, 480-965-8863 or

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