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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
For over five decades, Arabian breeders, owners and trainers from around the world, along with horse lovers in general, arrive at WestWorld for this 10-day February event that showcases 2,000 of the most beautiful Arabian and Half-Arabian horses on the planet in a variety of shows.
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.