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22 February . 2019

Arizona Bucket List – Events

Those new to the area – or considering a move – may not realize how many uniquely Arizona things there are do and see in our great state. In honor of some of our favorite events and attractions, we’re starting a new blog series titled “Arizona’s Bucket List.” Today’s installment highlights some of the best annual events in the copper state.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open
Held annually at the end of January, The Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) has been called both the “Greatest Show on Grass” and “The People’s Open.” More spirited than most traditional golf tournaments, the WMPO draws a large, lively crowd and features plenty of celebrities, fundraising, concerts, and, of course, great golf.

Cactus League Spring Training
Each spring, nearly two million baseball fans flock to Arizona to enjoy Cactus League Spring Training. The greater Phoenix area boasts 10 stadiums, five of which are conveniently located in the West Valley. Goodyear Ballpark, home to the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds, is just down the hill from Estrella and has been voted one of the best places to see a Spring Training Game in Arizona. For more information about spring training, read our recent blog on making the most of your day at the ballpark.

Tucson Gem & Mineral Show®
The largest, oldest, and most prestigious gem and mineral show in the world, Tucson’s annual event is held late January through mid-February. Open to the public, the show draws thousands of dealers, collectors, gem enthusiasts, and professional curators. Hosted by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, various activities are designed to encourage interest and study in geology, mineralogy, lapidary, and earth sciences.

Man standing in front of case full of various agates

Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

In February, top American Indian and Canadian First Nations hoop dancers converge in Phoenix for this prestigious annual competition. The two-day event honors the tradition of hoop dance and celebrates Indigenous cultures throughout North America. The art of hoop dance features intricate footwork and dancers use anywhere from four to 50 hoops during the performance.

Prescott Frontier Days®
An easy day-trip from Estrella, Prescott is home to “The World’s Oldest Rodeo®” and the second largest parade in the state. Held every July 4th week, the 2019 Prescott Frontier Days festivities will mark the 132nd anniversary of the rodeo. In addition to seven days of rodeo performances, the event includes a dance, arts and craft fair, two parades, and plenty of events the whole family can enjoy.

man riding a bull at the World's Oldest Rodeo

Jerome Indie Film Festival
Located between Prescott and Flagstaff, Jerome is a historic copper mining town. Known for its thriving art community (and as America’s largest ghost town) Jerome hosts one of the best and most unique film festivals in the world. The festival showcases the work of independent filmmakers, artists, and musicians in new and unexpected ways each year. Past events have including showing films in nontraditional venues such as on the Verde Valley train, inside local wineries, and at a haunted ghost mine. Held in September, the event has expanded into its neighboring towns – Cottonwood and Clarkdale – for what has been rated one of the top 15 film and music festivals in the world.

With so many interesting events throughout the year, it was difficult to choose just a few to showcase! Did we miss your favorite? Follow us on social media @EstrellaAZLife and tell us what local event is a must do for you and your family. To learn more about signature events here in Estrella and around our community, check out our monthly event round-up blogs.