Family events around Arizona in June and July
National Trails Day (Sat June 3). The American Hiking Society’s annual celebration of trails features hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations and stewardship projects in Arizona and all across the country. Times and locations vary. Some parks have entry fees. nationaltrailsday.org.
Old Fashioned 4th of July (Tues July 4). Pancake breakfast, fire truck rides, parades, patriotic music, games. 7-11am. Free; pancake breakfast $5; $4 for ages 12 and younger. Clarkdale Park, 1001 Main St, Clarkdale. 928-634-9591 or clarkdale.az.gov.
Arizona Highland Celtic Festival (July 15-16). Bagpipes, dancers, workshops, children’s activities and traditional foods. 9am-6pm Sat, 9am-4pm Sun. $15-$25; $5 ages 3-12. Foxglenn Park, 4200 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff. 928-556-3161 or nachs.info/festival.
Flag Wool & Fiber Festival (June 3-4). Sheep, alpaca, and goat shearing; fiber arts competition, fleece judging, demonstrations, vendors, food and more. 9am-4pm. Free. The Pioneer Museum, 2340 N Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff. flagwool.com.
Flagstaff Folk Festival (June 24-25). Workshops, jams and more than 100 acts on five stages. 10am-6pm. $5/person or $15/family. Coconino Center for the Arts & Pioneer Museum, 2300 N Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff. 928-606-2064 or flagfolkfest.org.
Flagstaff Hullabaloo (June 3-4). A community festival featuring giant puppets, a bike parade, costume contests, circus performers, two performance stages, a huge kids area, local vendors, microbrews and more. 10am-9pm Sat; 11am-6pm Sun. $8 ($5 in advance). Free for the first 250 people who bring two cans of food for the Flagstaff Family Food Center. Wheeler Park, 212 W Aspen Ave, Flagstaff. 877-435-9849 or flaghulla.com.
Movies on the Square (Saturdays through Sept 2). Live entertainment, food vendors and movies for all audiences. 4pm activities; movie at dusk. Free. Heritage Square, downtown Flagstaff. flagdba.com/movies-on-the-square.
Museum of Northern Arizona – STEAM Second Saturdays (June 10 and July 8). All ages. Kids programs, hands-on activities and creative crafts. New topics each month. 2-4pm. $12; $8 ages 10-17; free for ages 9 and younger. 3101 N Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff. 928-774-5213 or musnaz.org.
Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour (Sun June 11). Ages 12 & up. A 90-minute guided walk from Riordan Mansion to explore the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company property and the town site of Milton. 2-3:30pm. $12. Reservations required. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, 409 W Riordan Rd, Flagstaff. 928-779-4395 or azstateparks.com/riordan-mansion.
Summer Concert Series (first Saturdays June-Sept.). Musical performance under the shade of the pines. Bring blankets, concert chairs, food and non-alcoholic beverages; beer and wine available for purchase. 5:30pm. $18; $14 members; free for ages 12 and younger. The Arboretum at Flagstaff, 4001 S Woody Mountain Rd, Flagstaff. 928-774-1442 or thearb.org.
4th of July Hometown Celebration (Mon July 4). Bring chairs, a picnic basket and blanket or grab some food from local vendors. Fireworks show, games, bouncy houses, prizes, music and more. 8am patriotic ceremony, 1-3pm family games and activities, 4-9pm live music, 9pm fireworks. Free. Green Valley Park, 1000 W Country Club Dr, Payson. 928-472-5110 or paysonrimcountry.com.
Payson Book Festival (Sat July 22). More than 70 Arizona authors, presentations, storytime, food, entertainment and a young people’s writing workshop. 9am-3:30pm. Free. Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, Tonto National Forest, Highway 87. 928-478-6793 or paysonbookfestival.org.
Payson Farmers Market (Saturdays through Sept 16). Buy fresh, local, organically grown food and enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities, contests, special events and more. Watermelon eating contest on Saturday, July 1. 8am-noon. Free. Sawmill Crossing Plaza, 816 S Beeline Highway, Payson. 928-468-0961 or paysonfarmersmarket.com.
Summer Concert Series (Saturdays in June and July). Bring the family and a picnic (or buy food from local vendors) and enjoy live music under the stars. Dogs must be on leash at all times. No smoking or alcohol. 7pm. Free. Green Valley Park, 1000 W Country Club Dr, Payson. paysonrimcountry.com.
Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Festival (July 1-2). Juried vendor and boutique exhibits, pancake breakfast, food and beverages. Sponsored by Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild. 8am-5pm Sat, 8am-4pm Sun. Free. Pine Community Center grounds, 3886 N Highway 87. pinestrawberryartscrafts.com.
Pine-Strawberry Festival in Pine (June 17-18). Strawberry treats, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors. 9am-5pm Sat, 9am-4pm Sun. Free. Pine/Strawberry Community Center Ramada, 3886 N Highway 87, Pine. strawberryfestivalaz.com.
Breakfast with the Animals: Mule Deer (Sat June 10). Continental breakfast, crafts and a chance for kids to learn about the featured animal. 9-10:30am. $20; $12 for ages 3-12. Reservations required. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Road, Prescott. 928-778-4242 or heritageparkzoo.org.
Woof Down Lunch (Sat June 3). Bring your dog for lunch, raffles, dog contest, kids activities, dog agility and obedience demonstrations, K-9 units. 10am-3pm. Free; $20 donation for picnic lunch and choice of pet bowl or raffle tickets. Courthouse Square, 120 S Cortez St, Prescott. 928-778-2924 or unitedanimalfriends.org.
World’s Oldest Rodeo (June 28 through July 4). Judged events (bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding) and timed events (steer wrestling, tie-down, team roping, barrel racing). 7:30pm Wed-Fri, 1:30 and 7:30pm Sat, 7:30 Sun-Mon, 1:30pm Tue. $12-$25. Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Dr, Prescott. 928-445-3103 or worldsoldestrodeo.com.
Zoo by Moonlight (June 9 and July 8). Visit nocturnal residents of Prescott’s Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary at night. Bring a flashlight. 8-9:30pm. $6. 1403 Heritage Park Road, Prescott. 928-778-4242 or heritageparkzoo.org.
Sedona Community Farmers Market (Fridays through Sept 29). Farm fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, grass-fed beef, goat products, tamales, breads and pastries, hand-made chocolates, live music. 8-11:30am. Free. Tlaquepaque, Creekside, 336 State Route 179, Sedona. 928-821-1133 or sedona-farmers-market.com.
2nd Saturdays Downtown (June 10 and July 8). Family-friendly music festival, vendors, street performers. 6-10pm. Free. Congress Street from Toole Avenue to Church Avenue, Tucson. 520-545-1102 or 2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com.
Cool Summer Nights (Saturdays May 20-Sept 2). Weekly themes, special programs, family activities and a chance to see the museum at night. 5-10pm. $15.50 Arizona/Sonora residents; $8 ages 3-12, free to ages 2 and younger. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson. 520-883-3070 or desertmuseum.org.
Fort Lowell Museum Cavalry Crafts (Saturdays through Aug 26). Educational, hands-on crafts that give a glimpse into the lives of the men and women who lived and worked in the Fort Lowell area throughout the centuries, from the Hohokam to today’s archaeologists. 11am-2pm. $4. Arizona Historical Society Fort Lowell Museum, 2900 N Craycroft Road, Tucson. 520-885-3832 or arizonahistoricalsociety.org.
Model Airplane Make ‘n Take (June 3 and July 1). Ages 5 and older (with an adult). Children build snap-together airplanes they can take home and have a chance to view models made by expert builders from Sonoran Desert Model Builders. 1-2:30pm. $15.50; $9 ages 5-12; free for ages 4 and younger. Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E Valencia Road, Tucson. 520-574-0462 or pimaair.org.
Night Wings (Sat June 24 and July 22). View the aircraft in the evening light and participate in aviation-related activity stations. 5-9pm. $10; free for ages 12 and younger. Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E Valencia Rd, Tucson. 520-574-0462 or pimaair.org.
S.T.E.A.M. Sunday (Sundays through Sept 3). Ages 10 and younger. Educational activities and special guests throughout museum. 10am-5pm. $3/person. Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S 6th Ave, Tucson. 520-792-9985 or childrensmuseumtucson.org.
Soap Making at the Fort Lowell Museum (Sat June 10 and July 8). All ages. Discover the history of soap as you make your own (oatmeal, coffee, lemon-verbena, lavender and honey bee). Plus: kids confetti or hidden-prize soap. 11am-3pm. $4. Arizona Historical Society Fort Lowell Museum, 2900 N Craycroft Road, Tucson. 520-628-5774 or arizonahistoricalsociety.org.
Summer Safari Friday Nights (Fridays through Aug 4). Animal encounters, zookeeper talks, games, crafts and face painting. 6-8pm. $9; $7 seniors; $5 ages 2-14; free for ages 1 and younger. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E Zoo Court Drive, Tucson. 520-881-4753 or reidparkzoo.org/events/public/summer-safari-nights.