Family events around Arizona: January
Downtown Street Scene (Sat-Sun Jan 21-22). Street fair exhibitors, food, live entertainment and a car show. 5:30-9pm. Free. Downtown on Florence Street, Casa Grande. 520-836-8744 or cgmainstreet.org.
Quadrantid Meteor Shower Program (Wed Jan 4). Indoor program on meteor showers and outdoor telescope viewing. 6-8:45pm. Included with admission: $12; $11 for students/seniors, $6 for ages 5-17, free for ages 5 and younger. Lowell Observatory, 1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff. 928-233-3280 or lowell.edu.
LAKE HAVASU CITY
Hot Air Balloon Festival & Fair (Fri-Sun Jan 13-15). Hot air balloon mass ascension, night glow, sky divers, arts and crafts, antique and classic cars, carnival rides, dog shows, kids events, kite-balloon rides (tethered and untethered), live entertainment and more. Gates open at 6am. $15; free for ages 14 and younger. Nautical Beachfront Resort, 1040 McCulloch Blvd N, Lake Havasu City. havasuballoonfest.com.
London Bridge Renaissance Faire (Fri-Sun Jan 6-8). Stage & street performers in period costumes, arts & craft vendors, demonstrations, Faerie Garden, food and more. 10am-8pm Fri-Sat, 10am-4pm. $13 ages 13 & up (discounts if purchased in advance) Children $5-single day or weekend.4 and under free. Windsor Beach, Site 4, Lake Havasu State Park, Lake Havasu City. 928-846-7093 or londonbridgerenfaire.com.
Dillinger Days (Sat Jan 21). Re-enactments of Dillinger’s capture, vintage car shows, live music, tours of the Hotel Congress and downtown walking tours. 10am-6pm. Free. Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St, Tucson. 520-622-8848 or hotelcongress.com.
Mineral Madness (Sat-Mon Jan 14-16). Minerals, fossils and gemstones for sale, jewelry demonstrations. On Sat-Sun, children can collect free rock and mineral specimens in their own egg-carton collection boxes. Bring your own egg carton! Visit the museum’s Earth Sciences Center cave, housing one of the world’s most comprehensive regional mineral collections. You’ll even get to see a moon rock on loan from NASA. 10am-4pm. $20.50; $18.50 for seniors, $16.50 for active military, $15.50 for Arizona/Sonora residents; $3 ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and younger. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson. 520-883-2702 or desertmuseum.org.
Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival (Wed-Sun Jan 11-15). Nature expo with educational booths, seminars, workshops, excursions, field trips and bird watching. Times and fees vary by event. Willcox Community Center, 312 W Stewart St, Willcox. 800-200-2272 or wingsoverwillcox.com.
The Polar Express (Fri-Sat Jan 6-7). Magical train ride based on the Chris Van Allsburg classic. 5:30pm train departs. $37 adults, $23 ages 2-15; packages also available for meals and hotel stay. Grand Canyon Railway, 233 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams. 800-the-train or thetrain.com/polarexpress.
Gathering of the Gunfighters (Sat-Sun Jan 7-8). Southwest Ghostriders, Arizona Ghostriders, Pistols & Petticoats and the WesTroupe acting groups compete for prizes by performing skits set in the time period between 1876 to 1909. Event also features food, beverages and Western-apparel vendors. 9am-5pm. $8; $3 for ages 7-13, free for ages 6 and younger. Yuma Territorial Prison State Park, 1 Prison Hill Road, Yuma. 928-783-4771 or gatheringofthegunfighters.com.