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5 Arizona Festivals You Didn’t Know You Needed to Attend

Cheyenne Reed



Arizona Festivals Year-Round

Arizona festivals happen year-round because of the state’s amazing weather and variety of landscapes. Check out these 5 Arizona festivals.

1) McDowell Mountain Music Festival

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

The coolest part about McDowell Mountain Music Festival is that it is 100% non-profit. (After the fact that it’s held in downtown Phoenix, of course! ;)) MMMF donates its profits to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and UNOM New Day Centers, who help the homeless population rebuild their lives. That’s one way to make yourself feel good about buying festival tickets! You can pretty much count on a good time, too, because they’ve been doing this for thirteen years. They strive to unite the community, the arts, and families throughout the state. No worries if you aren’t an Arizona native, people come from all across the country to enjoy the music, weather, and culture of this fest! This one generally comes around in March, if you’re feeling like picking up tickets.

2) Holbrook Route 66 Festival

Holbrook Route 66 Festival

It has been many years since Holbrook established itself as a can’t-miss stop along the “Mother Road.” These days, they celebrate their heritage with one of the more action-packed Arizona festivals. Swing by for live entertainment, free giveaways, and tons of food! Each year, they do a gunslinger car show, featuring all sorts of classic cars that you won’t have a chance to see anywhere else! Be sure to make a reservation to catch a guided Route 66 tour through the Petrified Forest. Super inexpensive AND you get lunch! With three years of experience, they’ve got the festival fun down to a science.

3) Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival

Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival

You won’t find a better festival than Tilted Earth to experience local wine, craft beer, and music. Over two days, you’ll have the opportunity to attend tastings from thirteen different northern Arizona wineries! And when you’ve finished that, check out the rare craft beers and the delicious food truck food. Tilted Earth is on their third year of festival success, and we can only imagine it is because they do an exceptional job of providing entertainment to suit everyone’s tastes. Not only do they put together an impressive musical lineup, but they also showcase BMX stunt performances, and offer trusted favorites like horseshoes, bocce ball, and cornhole. If you’re bringing the kids along, don’t worry! The Kids Zone is packed full of fun activities like rock climbing and face painting, so they’re sure to have fun too!

4) High Mountain Music Fest

High Mountain Music Fest

The High Mountain Music Fest invites you to come to spend a weekend in the White Mountains. They promote a positive attitude and atmosphere, and, of course, lots of fun. Bring your own chair or blanket and settle in for some good music! While you’re at it, why not try out some local Arizona breweries like Four Peaks, Motherroad, Black Horse, Grand Canyon, or Pinetop. And of course, don’t forget to chow down on some delicious food, and explore the arts and crafts vendors. After six years, High Mountain Music Fest has perfected the art of a chill weekend in the mountains. When June comes around, check it out!

5) Flagstaff Folk Festival 

Outdoors at one of the Northern Arizona festivals - Flagstaff Folk Festival.  

The Flagstaff Folk Festival has only continued to grow over a whopping fifteen years! They’ve expanded from a small, local festival to one that boasts 5 stages, both indoor and outdoor, and over 100 acts! You can enjoy the best of folk, Americana, bluegrass, and acoustic music, not to mention all of the informal jam circles that pop up! What other festival invites you to bring your own instrument and join in on the fun? When you’ve had your fill of jamming and dancing, check out the workshops offered throughout the weekend. Did we mention that tickets normally only cost around $5 a day?! The Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music, Flagstaff Arts Council and Pioneer Museum are dedicated to making this festival the best it can be, and they’re sure that you will enjoy an awesome weekend here!

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