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Happy Birthday, Arizona! -- On February 14, 2012, the state of Arizona will turn 100. Unfortunately, the state's ongoing economic troubles have prevented Arizona from planning the sort of big centennial celebration you might expect. However, smaller events around the state are playing up the state's centennial. For information on festivities, contact the Arizona Centennial Commission (tel. 602/364-4157; www.arizona100.org).
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale. This college bowl game usually sells out nearly a year in advance. There's also an associated parade. Call tel. 800/635-5748 or 480/350-0911, or go to www.fiestabowl.org. Early January.
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, Scottsdale. More than 1,000 immaculately restored classic cars are auctioned off in an event attended by more than 250,000 people. Call tel. 480/663-6255, or go to www.barrett-jackson.com. Mid-January.
Wings over Willcox, Willcox. You can take part in birding tours, workshops, and, of course, watching the tens of thousands of sandhill cranes that gather in the Sulphur Springs Valley near Willcox. Call tel. 800/200-2272, or go to www.wingsoverwillcox.com. Mid-January.
Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, Tucson. This huge show at the Tucson Convention Center offers seminars, museum displays from around the world, and hundreds of dealers selling just about any kind of rock you can imagine. In addition, there are more than 30 other smaller shows in the weeks prior to the main show; for information on these smaller shows, visit www.tucsonshowguide.com. Call tel. 520/322-5773, or go to www.tgms.org. Late January to mid-February.
Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, Scottsdale. Prestigious PGA golf tournament at the Tournament Players Club. Call tel. 602/870-0163, or go to www.wastemanagementphoenixopen.com. Late January to early February.
Arizona Renaissance Festival, Apache Junction. Patterned after a 16th-century English country fair, this festival features costumed participants and tournament jousting. Call tel. 520/463-200, or go to www.royalfaires.com/arizona. Weekends from mid-February to early April.
Tubac Festival of the Arts, Tubac. Exhibits by North American artists and craftspeople. Call tel. 520/398-2704, or go to www.tubacaz.com/festival.asp. Early February.
World Championship Hoop Dance Contest, Phoenix. Native American dancers from around the nation take part in this colorful competition held at the Heard Museum. Call tel. 602/252-8848, or go to www.heard.org. Early February.
Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering, Sierra Vista. More than 50 cowboy poets, singers, and musicians gather in Sierra Vista for a weekend of Wild West poetry and music. Call tel. 520/678-9952, or go to www.cowboypoets.com. Mid-February.
O'odham Tash, Casa Grande. This is one of the largest annual Native American festivals in the country, attracting dozens of tribes that participate in rodeos, arts-and-crafts exhibits, and dance performances. Call tel. 520/836-4723. Mid-February.
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Scottsdale. This celebration of the Arabian horse is said to be the largest Arabian horse show in the world. Call tel. 480/515-1500, or go to www.scottsdaleshow.com. Mid- to late February.
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, Tucson. This cowboy festival and rodeo at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds includes the Tucson Rodeo Parade, which claims to be the world's longest nonmotorized parade. Call tel. 800/964-5662 or 520/741-2233, or go to www.tucsonrodeo.com. Late February.
Parada del Sol Parade and Rodeo, Scottsdale. The state's largest horse-drawn parade includes a street dance and rodeo. Call tel. 480/990-3179, or go to www.paradadelsol.org. Late February.
Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona. View various new indie features, documentaries, and animated films before they (it is hoped) get picked up for wider distribution. Call tel. 928/282-1177, or go to www.sedonafilmfestival.com. Late February.
Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, Phoenix. Indian cultural and dance presentations and one of the largest selections of Native American crafts in the Southwest make this a fascinating festival. Go early to avoid the crowds. Call tel. 602/252-8848, or go to www.heard.org. First weekend in March.
Festival of the West, Chandler. A celebration of all things cowboy, from cowboy poetry to Western music and movies. There's also a chuck-wagon cook-off and a mountain-man rendezvous. Call tel. 602/996-4387, or go to www.festivalofthewest.com. Mid-March.
Ostrich Festival, Chandler. Give the carnival a miss and head straight for the ostrich races. Although brief, these unusual races are something you ought to see at least once in your lifetime. Call tel. 480/963-4571, or go to www.ostrichfestival.com. Mid-March.
Scottsdale Arts Festival, Scottsdale Mall. This visual and performing arts festival includes concerts, an art fair, and children's events. Call tel. 480/994-2787, or go to www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org. Mid-March.
Wa:k Pow Wow, Tucson. Tohono O'odham celebration at Mission San Xavier del Bac, featuring many Southwestern Native American groups. Call tel. 520/573-4000. Second weekend in March.
Welcome Back Buzzards, Superior. A flock of turkey vultures (buzzards) arrives annually at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum to roost in eucalyptus trees and on volcanic cliffs, and this festival celebrates their arrival. Call tel. 520/689-2811, or go to http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu. Mid- to late March.
Tucson International Mariachi Conference. Mariachi bands from all over the world come to compete before standing-room-only crowds. Call tel. 520/838-3908, or go to www.tucsonmariachi.org. Late April.
Cinco de Mayo, Phoenix and other cities. Celebration of the Mexican victory over the French in a famous 1862 battle comes complete with food, music, and dancing. Check local newspapers for area festivities. Around May 5.
Route 66 Fun Run, Kingman area. Classic hot rods hit the road for 3 days of roaring up and down historic Route 66. Call tel. 928/753-5001, or go to www.azrt66.com. First weekend in May.
Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale, Prescott. This is the state's premier Western-art sale. Call tel. 928/778-1385, or go to www.phippenartmuseum.org. Memorial Day weekend.
Wyatt Earp Days, Tombstone. Gunfights are reenacted in memory of the shootout at the O.K. Corral. Call tel. 888/457-3929 or 520/457-3929, or go to www.wyattearpdays.com. Memorial Day weekend.
Prescott Frontier Days/World's Oldest Rodeo, Prescott. This is one of the state's two rodeos that claim to be the nation's oldest. Call tel. 800/358-1888 or 928/445-3103, or go to www.worldsoldestrodeo.com. Late June to July 4.
Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture, Flagstaff. This exhibition and sale is held at the Museum of Northern Arizona and includes crafts vendors and demonstrations, music, dancing, Hopi foods, and various cultural events. Call tel. 928/774-5213, or go to www.musnaz.org. Early July.
Sidewalk Egg Fry Contest, Oatman. In the ghost town of Oatman, located near one of the hottest places on earth, contestants use their own devices, such as mirrors, to fry an egg in 15 minutes. Call tel. 928/768-6222, or go to www.oatmangoldroad.org. July 4 at high noon.
Independence Day. For information on fireworks displays in Phoenix, call tel. 602/534-3378; for Tucson, phone tel. 800/638-8350 or 520/624-1817. For other areas, contact the local chamber of commerce. July 4.
Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture, Flagstaff. This exhibition and sale at the Museum of Northern Arizona includes rug-weaving demonstrations, hoop dances, crafts vendors, and cultural events. Call tel. 928/774-5213, or go to www.musnaz.org. Early August.
Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival, Sierra Vista. Spotting hummingbirds and looking for owls and bats keep participants busy. Includes lectures and field trips throughout southeastern Arizona. Go to www.swwings.org. Early August.
August Doins Rodeo, Payson. This is the second of Arizona's rodeos claiming to be the country's oldest. Call tel. 800/672-9766 or 928/474-4515, or go to www.paysonrimcountry.com/augustdoins. Third weekend in August.
Grand Canyon Music Festival, Grand Canyon Village. For more than a quarter of a century, this festival has been bringing classical music to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Call tel. 800/997-8285 or 928/638-9215, or go to www.grandcanyonmusicfest.org. Late August to early September.
Navajo Nation Fair, Window Rock. This fair features traditional music and dancing, a Miss Navajo contest, and more. Call tel. 928/871-6478, or go to www.navajonationfair.com. Early September.
Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona. One of the top arts festivals in the state. Call tel. 928/204-9456, or go to www.sedonaartsfestival.org. Early to mid-October.
Arizona Exposition & State Fair, Phoenix. Featured are rodeos, top-name entertainment, demolition derbies, ethnic food, and lots of activities for kids. Call tel. 602/252-6771, or go to www.azstatefair.com. Mid-October to early November.
Bisbee 1000, Bisbee. This foot race sends runners up and down 1,000 steps in the old mining town of Bisbee. Go to www.bisbee1000.org. Third weekend in October.
Helldorado Days, Tombstone. Attendants of this festival can check out an 1880s fashion show, beard contest, reenactments, and street entertainment. Call tel. 888/457-3929 or 520/457-3929, or go to www.helldoradodays.com. Third full weekend in October.
Cowboy Artists of America Annual Exhibition and Sale, Phoenix. The Phoenix Art Museum hosts the most prestigious and best-known Western-art show in the region. Call tel. 602/257-1222, or go to www.phxart.org. Late October to mid-November.
Festival of Lights, Sedona. Thousands of luminarias are lit at dusk at the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Call tel. 928/282-4838, or go to www.tlaq.com. Mid-December.
Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market, Phoenix. This is the largest market of its kind in the state, with more than 250 Native American artisans. Call tel. 877/706-4408 or 602/495-0900, or go to www.pueblogrande.com. Second full weekend in December.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.