Twenty weeks of heat – summer has arrived with all the grace of a karate-chop to the throat. It seems like just yesterday we were picnicking on the grass watching Cactus League baseball, hiking Camelback with our dogs, and chillin’ on patios for happy hour while tossing our heads in laughter at the sorry snowbound souls on the east coast. May is here to serve our come-uppance folks, and hell hath no mercy.
One surefire way to beat the summertime blues is to stay distracted with a calendar of cool events, road trips, happy hours, and fun things to do. There is no better time to hit the road and explore northern Arizona’s hometown fairs and festivals. Valley wide you’ll find us poolside, indoors or underground without exception. Luckily, we’ve collected a trove of indoor events in town – including speakeasies, sharks, cult classic movies, and car shows to name a few.
Crafts and Drafts: Paper Flowers
Friday, May 12
Learn to make realistic crepe paper flowers and drink cold beer.
$5 per person, includes instruction and all supplies.
300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Arizona Derby Dames Championships
Saturday, May 13
If you never been to a bout, you don’t know what your missing.
Hall of Dames
2517 W. McDowell Rd, Suite 118, Phoenix
Mountain Artist Guild Fine Art and Wine Festival
Saturday, May 13 – Sunday, May 14
Mother’s Day weekend the shady courthouse square is host to artists, makers, food vendors, a wine garden and marketplace.
120 S. Cortez St., Downtown Prescott
Sunset Crater Volcano Solar & Star Party
Saturday, May 20
Visit this national monument for solar viewing at Sunset Crater Volcano Visitor Center 1-4 pm. Stargazing events will take place at the Lava Flow Trail parking lot, located 1.5 miles east of the Sunset Crater Volcano visitor center on the park loop drive (FS 545), at 8 pm.
Planet Shark: Predator or Prey
Through Monday, May 29
An incredible journey into the underwater world of sharks – without ever getting your feet wet. Cutting-edge SENSORY4TM Technology provides a walk-through, multi-sensory cinematic gallery experience that will leave you deeply immersed in the story of this magnificent yet misunderstood animal.
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
14th Annual Show Low Days 2017
Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4
Western themed festival, charity roping, Derby Down the Deuce – soap box derby style race – Cruzin’ the Rim car show, wiener dog races, pony rides, arts & crafts show, beer garden and live entertainment.
Show Low City Park
1100 W. Deuce of Clubs, Show Low
8th Annual Flagstaff Hullabaloo
Saturday, June 3 – Sunday, June 4
A celebration of all things Flagstaff – a community festival featuring live music, local foods and vendors, children’s activities, giant puppets, bike parade and more.
211 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff
Indoor Custom Car Super Show & Concert
Saturday, June 17
Lowriders, Hotrods, Kustoms, Trucks, Dubs, Motorcycles and Model Cars
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix
4th Annual Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival
Saturday, Jun 24
Page Springs Cellars
Good wine, great music, and exceptional feasting.
1500 N. Page Springs Rd., Cornville
130th Annual Prescott Frontier Days & World’);” href=”http://www.worldsoldestrodeo.com/” target=”_blank”>130th Annual Prescott Frontier Days & World’s Oldest Rodeo
Wednesday, June 28 – Tuesday, July 4
Parades, dances, performances, cowboy church, and gunslingers are among the scheduled events.
Prescott Rodeo Grounds
848 Rodeo Dr., Prescott
If all else fails, check out my favorite local spots that are Dark, Cold & Underground.