Even with its hot days and scarce rain, Arizona is a state teeming with life, from towering saguaro cactuses to small and friendly geckos. The warm embrace of Arizona's heat also invites visitors who thirst for the beauty of an endless desert view. From the major urban centers to the small rural towns, tourists and residents can find plenty of outdoor and cultural attractions and events in Arizona.
- Scottsdale, Arizona in Scottsdale, AZ
For an interesting weekend in the middle of November, art enthusiasts venture to the Scottsdale Civic Center for the chance to view the works of over 200 artists exhibiting everything from masterfully skilled crafts to traditional fine art. The free event also features live entertainment, food vendors and children's activities.
- Mill Avenue District Tempe, AZ 85281 in Tempe, AZ
Over 200,000 attend this biannual event held during weekends in April and again in December. Considered one of the country's top 20 art festivals, the Spring Tempe invites 400 artists specializing in 18 different categories.
- Downtown Carefree Carefree, AZ 85377 in Carefree, AZ
Held during a winter weekend (November or January), the Carefree Town Gardens offers free admission to visitors for the chance of viewing the world of Western arts and crafts provided by over 160 artisans from around the world. Enjoy live entertainment, beer and wine tasting along with other activities.
Native American dancers of all ages from the United States and Canada compete in this annual event that continues a century's old tradition. Participants skillfully incorporate anywhere from one to 50 hoops in an array of spectacular performances.
- Tucson, Arizona in Tucson, AZ
For two full weeks starting at the beginning of February, the Convention Center and other facilities located throughout the city convert into an international marketplace for buyers and sellers of fossils and gems, as the public gazes on.
- Lake Havasu City, Ariz. in LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ
You don't have to wait for the 4th of July to enjoy fireworks when this extravagant pyrotechnic display takes place every February and spans five nights at the rodeo grounds. Come rain or shine, the show goes on and provides visitors with the rare chance to witness some of the most amazing displays ever seen.