Annual Events and Festivals

Updated 1/17/2017 - Bookmark this page. Here you can look ahead and find Southern Arizona's favorite annual events. These events usually occur at roughly the same time every year. Please consult the presenter's website or visit our Weekly Upcoming Events or our full Calendar for actual dates when known. We strive to update this calendar when the future dates are known. A few events have been cancelled this year, at least temporarily, due to budget constraints. We have left them in hoping they come back. TBA is yet To Be Announced. These events websites have not been updated as of our latest update. If you wish to make a correction or add an annual event, please contact us here. You may submit an event for consideration here.

Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw

Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw

Please consider helping maintain the Whitewater Draw this winter with a donation.
Mineral Madness at the Desert Museum, January 14 -16, 2017
9th Annual Tucson Clogging Festival, Jan 13-14, 2017
Fall Toy Train Show and Meet, Jan 13-14, 2017
Zoppe Family Circus, Jan 13-16, 2017
• Wings Over Willcox,  Jan 11-15, 2017
Tucson Fringe Festival - Jan 13 - 15, 2017
• 25th Annual Tucson Jewish Film Festival, Jan 12-22, 2017
• Tucson Jazz Festival, Jan 12-22, 2017
Tubac Annual Homes Tour,  Jan 14, 2017
• Fort Lowell Soccer Shootout, Jan 13-15, 2017
La Encantada Fine Art Festival, Jan 21-22, 2017
Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, Jan 28 - Feb 12, 2017
• Tucson Desert Song Festival, Jan 18 - Feb 5, 2017
• Dillinger Days 1934 Street FestivalJan 20-21, 2017
• American Indian Exposition, Jan 29-Feb 12, 2017

Tucson Rodeo

FEBRUARY 2017

This month is dominated by the Gem Show and the Fiesta de Los Vaqueros. The Rodeo Parade is always the Thursday after the Rodeo begins. It is Tucson tradition that the kids get out of School for this event.  The weather is improving.

Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, Jan 28 - Feb 12, 2017
Cochise County Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, Feb 1-5, 2017
Savor Food and Wine Festival, Feb 4, 2017
29th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival, Feb 11-April 2, 2017
• Rillito Park Horse Races -Feb 11 - March 19, 2017
Tubac Festival of the Arts, Feb 8-12, 2017
• Statehood Day at El Presidio del Tucson, Feb 14, 2017
Annual Ft. Lowell Day Celebration, Feb 11, 2017
Tombstone Vigilante Days, Feb 10-12, 2017
Classic Car Show, Feb 18, 2017

See our videos that we took one year at Vigilante Days.
Tom McLaury Speaks out before the Gunfight at the O.K.Corral
Tombstone, Tourism or History?
An Interview with Virgil Earp

La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros Feb 18 - 26, 2017
Tucson Rodeo Parade Feb 23 - 9am 2017
• Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts, Feb 25-26, 2017
Yuma Lettuce Days Cancelled for 2017

Union Cavalry At Picacho Peak Reenactment 2012.

Union Cavalry At Picacho Peak Reenactment 2012.

MARCH 2017

March is Archaeology Month. Visit Arizona State Parks to learn more.

Empire Ranch Spring Trail Ride, Saturday, April 1, 2017
29th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival, Feb 11- April 2, 2017
• Rillito Park Horse Races, Feb 11 - March 19, 2017
14th Annual Rails in the Garden Tour, March 5, 2017
33rd Annual Ft. Lowell Flea Market,  March 3-6, 2017
• Tucson Festival of Books, March 11-12, 2017
• Wa:k Powwow San Xavier Mission, March 11-12, 2017
 Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, - March 12-15, 2017
• Spring Artisans Market, - March 17-19, 2017
• Picacho Peak Reenactment Battle - March 18 & 19, 2017
• Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair, - March 24-26, 2017

2016
• Thunder and Lightening over Arizona - March 12-13, 2016
Fairbank Day, March 12, 2016
Tubac Open Studio Tour, March 18-20, 2016
• Southwest Indian Art Fair - Cancelled for 2016
• Empire 100 Western Art Show and Sale,  Cancelled for 2016

4th Avenue Street Fair

APRIL 2017

Come on out! the weather is fine!

• Tucson Museum of Art's Crush Gala - April 1, 2017
• Empire Ranch Spring Trail Ride, April 1, 2017
29th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival, Feb 11-April 2, 2017
• Cyclovia Sunday, April 2, 2017
Country Thunder April 6-9, 2017
• The Annual Rose Tree Festival, April 7-8, 2017 - Tombstone
SAHBA Home & Patio Show, April 7-9, 2017
• UA Spring Fling April 7-9, 2017
• Tucson Botanical Gardens Ultimate Home Garden Day Trip,  April 8, 2017
• 6th Annual Paper Airplane Flyoff, April 8, 2017
• 8th Annual Copper City Vintage Baseball, April 8-9, 2017.
• Arizona International Film Festival April 19-30, 2017
• Pima County Fair April 20 - 30, 2017
• 35rd Annual Tucson Mariachi Conference - April 26 -29, 2017
Marana Bluegrass Festival, Friday - Sunday, April 28-30, 2017
• 43nd Annual Rodders Days - April 29, 2017

2016
Santa Cruz Nature and Heritage Festival, April 6-10, 2016
Fox Theatre's 85th Birthday 2015. Free events all weekend! Dates TBA
7th Annual EarthFest Patagonia, April 22 - 24 2016
2016 Tubac Garden Tour, Saturday, April 23, 2016,  9am-1pm

22.Baker de Cobbler 01MAY 2017
Things are heating up!

• 102nd Annual Sonoita Horse Races - May 5 -6, 2017
32st Annual Tucson Folk Festival - May 6-7, 2017

2016
• Willcox Western Festival and Chili Cookoff - May 6 - 8, 2016
Weird Plant Sale at TBG, Members, Friday, May 6, Public, Saturday, May 7, 2016
19th Annual Ballet Tucson Urban Picnic - May 6, 2016

• 3rd Annual SouthWest Wings Spring Fling Birding Festival - May 4-7, 2016 - Sierra Vista
Annual Mariachi Festival at Patagonia Lake State Park, May 21th, 2016.
• Annual Willcox Wine Country Festival - May 21 & 22, 2016
• Music Under the Stars - Sundays May 6-27, 2016, 7pm
• Wyatt Earp Days - May 28-30, 2016 - Tombstone

JUNE 2016
School's out! Hunker down for the summer.
• Summer Toy Train Show and Meet - June 3 & 4, 2016
• 3rd Annual Putt-ing Kids First Charity Event - June 5, 2016
• 78th Annual Sonoita Quarter Horse Show - June 9-12, 2016
• Salute to the Buffalo Soldier Days - June 12-13, 2016
The Tucson 23, Mexican Food Fest, June 17, 2017
• 12th Annual Bisbee Pride Weekend June 17-19, 2016
• El Dia de San Juan Fiesta - June 24, 2016
• Annual Pima County Home and Garden Show, June 17-19, 2016

Saguaro Harvest

JULY 2016
Not much going on here. Make your own summer party.
4th of July in Bisbee - They take the 4th seriously. Book a room for the weekend, if you can.
Invisible Theatre's Sizzling Summer Sounds Wed - Sun. July 13-23
3rd Annual Tucson Michelada Competition, July 16, 2016 at the TCC.

Yellow-headed BlackbirdAUGUST 2016

Southwest Wings Birding Festival, August 3-6, 2016
• Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival sponsored by the Tucson Audubon Society.
August 11-14, 2016.
• Annual Salsa and Tequila Challenge at La Encantada. Saturday, August 20, 2016.
• Celebrate Tucson's Birthday at the Presidio downtown. August 20, 6-8pm.
15th Annual Bisbee Bloomers Garden Tour, August 27, 2016

Tombstone-OK-CorralSEPTEMBER 2016

•  4th Annual Willcox Flyer Bike Ride - Sept 3, 2016
•  Brewery Gulch Daze Sept 4, 2016, 3pm.
•  Showdown in Tombstone - Sept 3 - Sept 5, 2016
•  Tucson Fall Gem Shows Sept 8-11, 2015, 2016
12th Annual Bisbee Blues Festival - Sept 9-11, 2016
•  Santa Cruz County Fair and Rodeo - Sept 16-18, 2016
Territorial Days in Tombstone - Sept 17-18, 2016
Shakespeare in the Park - Weekends at Himmel Park. Sept - Oct, 2016
Tucson Greek Festival- Sept 23-25, 2016
• Cochise County Fair - Sept 22-25, 2016
Safford Salsa Festival - Sept 22-24, 2016
13th Annual Chile Festival - Sept 23-25, 2016
Desert Museum's Annual Plant Sale- Sept 24-25, 2016
Tucson Modernism Week - September 30 - October 8, 2016

Parade of TractorsOCTOBER 2016

Tucson Modernism Week - September 30 - October 8, 2016
Shakespeare in the Park - Weekends at Himmel Park. Sept - Oct, 2016
30th Annual Great Tucson Beer Festival - Oct 1, 2016
Butterfly Magic at TBG begins October 1, 2016.
SAHBA Fall Home & Garden Show - Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2016
• Rex Allen Days Willcox - September 29 - October 2, 2016
Earth Harmony Festival at Avalon Gardens - October 1-2, 2016
Annual Treasure House Estate Sale, October 4-6, 2016
Graham County Fair - October 6-9, 2016
• Tucson Meet Yourself - October 7-9, 2016
Patagonia Fall Festival October 7-9, 2016
Butterfield Stage Days and Rodeo - Benson - October 8, 2016

• Tucson Film and Music Festival October 7 -9, 2016
Vintage Bisbee Wine and Food Tasting, October 8, 2016
Annual Fall Plant Sale at Tohono Chul - October 12, 15, 16, 2016
• 25th Annual Bisbee 1000 -  October 15, 2016
10th Annual Classic Car Show - October 15, 2016
Anza Days  - October 15, 2016
32nd Heritage Blues Festival - October 16, 2016
World Margarita Championships - October 20, 2016
Helldorado Days Tombstone - October 21-23, 2016
• Arts in the Plaza - St. Philips Plaza Oct 22 & 23, 2016
Willcox Wine Festival - October 15 & 16, 2016
Chiles, Chocolate and Day of the Dead, October 28 & 29, 2016
Cyclovia Tucson, October 30, 2016
Dia de los Muertos, October 30, 12-4pm at the Tubac Presidio

Fall Festivals / Halloween

Come back! We will be adding more!
Valley of the Moon Sleepy Hollow, Oct 7 -30, 2016
Halloween in the Wild - October 29, 5-7pm
Haunted Histories at Fort Lowell - October 29
6th Annual Pumpkin Patch - Marana - through Oct. 31, 2016
Buckelow Farms Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze - West of Tucson, Weekends throughout October
Terror in the Corn - Friday and Saturday Nights in October - Buckelew Farms
Apple Annies Pumpkin Celebration - Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 1 - 31, 2016, 8:30am - 4pm
4th Annual Spooky Haunted House - Saturday Oct. 22 11-2pm
Tucson Studios - 28th Annual Nightfall Thursdays - Sundays, Sept 29 - 31, 2016
5th Annual Halloween Party at Kartchner Caverns - TBA for 2016
Tubac All Souls Day at the Presidio - October 30, 12pm - 4pm
Colossal Cave Mountain Park - Howl in the Cave, October 30 & 31, 2016
Howl-O-Ween 2016 - at Reid Park Zoo, October 28-30, 2016

All Souls Procession

All Souls Procession

NOVEMBER 2016

Fall Arts and Crafts Festival in Tubac, Saturday, November 4 - 6, 2016
• Procession of the Little Angels, Saturday, November 5, 2016
All Souls Procession - Sunday, November 6, 2016
Empire Ranch Roundup and Open House, Saturday, Nov 5, 2016
Tucson Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Nov 4-6, 2016 Rillito Park
Loft Film Festival - Nov 9-13, 2016
Fall Toy Train Show and Meet, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, 2016
• 88th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
CRUSH Party at the Tucson Museum of Art. November 12, 2016
El Tour de Tucson, Saturday, November 19, 2016
• Tubac Fall Art Walk, Friday, November 25, 2016
• Old Pearce Holiday Festival, November 25-26, 2016
American Indian Heritage Powwow and Craft Market, November 26-28, 2016
17th Annual Art Walk, Patagonia,  Friday and Saturday Nov. 25 - 26, 2016
34th Annual Bisbee Home Tour,  Friday and Saturday Nov 25 - 26, 2016

Dia de Los Muertos
Procession of the Little Angels, Saturday, November 5, 2016
All Souls Procession - Sunday, November 6, 2016
• Tubac Dia de los Muertos Festival Tubac Presidio; October 30, 2016
• Arivaca Dia del los Muertos Parade and Fall Festival; Saturday, November 1, 2015

A Concert At Tohono Chul

Tohono Chul Lights

DECEMBER 2016
December is all about the Holidays! Celebrate with some of these events. If you are interested in unique gifts and shopping experiences, there are plenty of opportunities, not only to find the right gift, but to enjoy the day as well, see our page on Unique Shopping Opportunities.

• Holiday Nights: A Million Lights at Tohono Chul Park. Friday & Saturday, 3 weekends - Dec 2-3, Dec 9-10, Dec 16-17, 2016
A Tucson Pastorela - Dec 1-11, 2016
3nd Annual Tombstone Historic Homes Tour, Dec 3, 2016
• Luminaria Nights - Tucson Botanical Gardens, Dec 2-4, Dec 9-11, 2016
• Oro Valley Holiday Festival of the Arts, Dec 3-4, 2016
Annual BICAS Art Auction, Dec 2-3, 2016
Tubac Luminaria Nights - Friday and Saturday, Dec 2-3, 2016
• Tucson Tamal and Heritage Festival  - Saturday, Dec 3, 2016
• Cascabel Community Fair - Saturday and Sunday, Dec 3-4, 2016
• Fiesta de Tumacacori  - Saturday and Sunday, Dec 3-4, 2016
Zoo Lights at Reid Park Zoo - Dec 7 - 23, 2016
• 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair  - Friday - Sunday, Dec 9- 11, 2016
• 6th Annual Amado Chili Cookoff and Car Show, Dec 10, 2016
• Winterhaven Festival of Lights - A Tucson Tradition - December 10-26, 2016
24th Annual Ft. Huachuca Home Tour of Homes - Saturday Dec 10, 2016
Luminarias at Tombstone Courthouse, Saturday, Dec 10, 2016
• A Southwest Nutcracker Saturday and Sunday, Dec 10-11, 2016
Messiah, Saturday and Sunday, Dec 10-11, 2016
• Tucson Boys Chorus Annual Holiday Concert - Saturday, December 17-18, 2016
Magic of Christmas - Dec. 17-18, 2016

Magic of Christmas - Dec. 17-18, 2016
 Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Mercado San Agustin, Friday - Sunday, Dec 16-18, 2016
22nd Annual Downtown Parade of Lights - Saturday, Dec 17, 2016
La Fiesta de Guadalupe - DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, Sunday, Dec 18, 2016