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Given the rapidly changing status of the CORONAVIRUS, please call ahead before heading out to events that may have been cancelled or postponed. And please support these organizations as they regroup and reschedule!

On April 18-19, families can enjoy free chalk art from people of all ages and abilities while raising awareness and funds for mental health, crisis intervention and substance-abuse treatment services at Chalk It Up!

Looking for great ways to explore our beautiful state? Here’s a summary of family-friendly events coming up around Arizona. Click through on the links to find details, including times, prices, directions and more.

Because last-minute schedule changes can occur, please confirm dates and times on event websites before making a long drive.

Apache Junction

CANCELED! Arizona Renaissance Festival (Feb. 8-March 29). Huzzah! Travel back to the 16th century at the annual Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace east of Apache Junction. See knights joust and explore the nonstop pageantry that fills a 30-acre village nestled in the shadows of the Superstition Mountains. Live entertainment, food and artisan shops. Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park (March 28). Some large telescopes will be viewing the solar system and deep-sky objects including the Orion Nebula (a star nursery) and other gas clouds, the Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away), double star systems, star clusters and other fascinating objects.

Camp Verde

History of the Soldier (April 4-5). History enthusiasts of all ages can experience a military timeline of history, from the American Revolution to present day. Reenactors dress in historically correct uniforms to give visitors a feel of the past, as well as present weapons of their selected era. Plus flag ceremonies and live demonstrations — including cannon firing — and a Dutch oven cooking demonstration.

Casa Grande

CANCELED! Pinal County Fair (March 18-22). This five-day event brings entertainment, thrill rides and fair food to town. From eating turkey legs to screaming on the “Zipper,” the fair offers plenty of family fun at Pinal Fairgrounds and Event Center.


Easter Bunny Express (April 11). This is the hoppiest celebration on the Verde Canyon Railroad. The experience begins with face painting and photos with and treats from the Easter Bunny, plus a winner-takes-all jelly bean counting contest.


Earth Day 2020 (April 25). In the morning, volunteers help clean up trash and recyclables. In the afternoon, vendors and food trucks convene in Bushmaster Park, plus live music performances and workshops covering a variety of sustainable practices.


Country Thunder (April 16-20). Florence will rock with country artists including Dustin Lynch, Luke Combs and Kane Brown hitting the stage at this four-day country music/camp fest. 2-10 p.m. daily. $75-$200.


Easter EGGstravaganza (April 12). Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary hosts its annual EGGstravaganza. Easter egg hunts, special Easter treats for the animals, a scavenger hunt, concessions, raffles and more. Don’t forget Easter baskets! Chalk It Up! (April 18-19). This free, annual family event cultivates creativity in people of all ages and abilities while raising awareness and funds for mental health, crisis intervention and substance-abuse treatment services. Chalk is free. Interact with artists and help create a temporary museum of pavement chalk art in downtown Prescott.


Rose Tree Parade and Festival (April 10-12). Celebrate the world’s largest rose tree with a pancake breakfast, dancing, rose parade, gunfight skits, live music, high tea and a round-table discussion with members of Tombstone’s pioneer families.


Asian Lantern Festival (March 5-29). See more than 400 colorful, interactive, customized lanterns exhibited at Reid Park Zoo during this family-friendly event. Experience Asian-inspired entertainment, cuisine and culture as guests explore magical worlds like diving into the sea, walking with dinosaurs and traversing the plains of Africa. CANCELLED! Tucson Festival of Books (March 14-15). CANCELLED! This two-day festival is a community celebration of literacy with more than 350 authors participating in panels, signings and workshops. St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (March 15). Get in the Irish spirit with music, dancers and entertainment at the 33rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival featuring a children’s game area, food and vendors. Festival opens at 10 a.m and the parade starts at 11 a.m. at Armory Park, 220 S. Fifth Ave., Tucson. Spring Fling (April 3-5). Visit Tucson’s student-run carnival with more than 30 rides and games, 20 original food booths and entertainment for both the University of Arizona and Tucson communities. Details TBA. CANCELED! Tucson Folk Fest (April 4-5). One of the oldest folk festivals in the country! Six stages of acoustic and folk music will feature musicians Calexico, The Tucsonics and more in historic Tucson. In all, more than 120 acts will take the stage with folk, American bluegrass, blues, country, jazz, Celtic, zydeco, and various styles of Latin and Mexican music! Pima County Fair (April 16-26). Traditional games, carnival rides, arena events, concerts and entertainment, livestock and exhibits, food and more. Great Paper Plane Fly-off (April 18). Children ages 6-14 and families are invited to put their paper airplane folding and throwing skills to the test at Pima Air & Space Museum with chances to win amazing prizes. Registration is free, but space is limited, so attendees must pre-register. Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue (April 21-22). Join everyone’s favorite heroic pups as they save the day at the Great Adventure Bay Race in Centennial Hall. Star Party at Catalina State Park (April 25). Large telescopes will be available for viewing our solar system as well as deep-sky objects, including the Orion Nebula (a star nursery), the Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away), double star systems, star clusters and other fascinating objects.


Yuma County Fair (March 31-April 5). The city celebrates “Yuma’s Pride, County Wide” with exhibits, carnival rides, livestock shows, food, music and entertainment. Times vary. $6; $4 ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger; $2 admission on Tuesday. Yuma County Fairgrounds, 2520 E. 32nd St., Yuma. 928-726-4420 or RELATED: