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.
Every year, toward the end of November, the community welcomes the holiday season with this special event featuring an amazing light display and a host of entertainment for residents and guests of all ages. Enjoy food, live performances, craft activities and rides along with Santa and real snow.
The unique Parada invites participants from across the country, aged five to 18 to compete in a number of traditional rodeo events during the last weekend in November. Festivities begin on Saturday morning with a parade showcasing everything from clowns to stagecoaches.
- 4th Avenue between University Blvd Tucson, AZ 85705 in Tucson, AZ.
Hundreds of thousands stroll 4th Avenue each March and December for the massive biannual street fair. Over 400 artisans and dozens of food vendors participate in the event. Two outdoor stages provide live entertainment and the local children's museum offers a various activities for younger guests.
Beginning at the end of February, and lasting for nine full days, guests join a lineup of celebrities and film industry professionals during this independent film festival that showcases over 150 films covering a variety of genres. Attend screenings, lectures, workshops and other activities while visiting this monumental event.
- Scottsdale, Arizona in Scottsdale, AZ.
Watch art in the making from the middle of January through the middle of March on Scottsdale Road. Here, artisans begin projects spanning from ceramics and furniture-making to painting and sculpting. Over 100 artists from across the country participate in the event and invite guests to attend.
Every spring the Dead Horse Ranch State Park welcomes visitors to explore the world of birds during a four day weekend event. Learn about various species of birds while enjoying exhibits, field trips and tours.