Best time to visit Arizona

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Best time of year to visit Arizona

It's not easy to distinguish the best time to visit Arizona as incredible conditions for tourists can be found all year round. March through May can be a fantastic period with its pleasant temperatures and unbelievable blooms. This is when the number of visitors slowly starts to rise, but you can still make it to peaceful Antelope Canyon to catch a sunset. Summer in Arizona is hot and crowded, and many attractions are packed shoulder to shoulder with visitors. So it's better to inhale the fresh air by Cibecue, Havasu, or Tanque Verde Falls. Just like spring, fall is a joyful time to head to Arizona with warm weather and plenty to do. Don't miss witnessing a solar spotlight at the Anthem Veterans Memorial on Veteran’s Day in November. Choose winter if you’d prefer to save some money or can't stand messing with crowds. Numerous light parades and festivals will happily welcome you.

19 THINGS TO DO IN ARIZONA (SEPTEMBER 25 - OCTOBER 04)

Arizona State Fair

Arizona State Fair

September 20-October 27, 2024 • event

Cowboy hats and country music are a must at this traditional entertainment event of the American West

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

late September–October • nature

Discover the fall foliage capital of Arizona

The Wave (Coyote Buttes)

The Wave (Coyote Buttes)

September–May (avoid summer months) • nature

Apply for a lottery and be one of the lucky few to hike this gorgeous red sandstone formation at the Arizona/Utah border

Wildcat Trail & Monument Valley

Wildcat Trail & Monument Valley

April–June | September–October • activity

One of those places in Utah that make your heart beat faster due to its breathtaking scenery

Arizona Fall Colors

Arizona Fall Colors

late September–November • nature

Beautiful foliage complements rocky landscapes of Arizona

Antelope Canyon Light Beams Season

Antelope Canyon Light Beams Season

April–September • nature

A place where the photo for your screensaver was made

Havasu & Navajo Falls

Havasu & Navajo Falls

March–November • nature

Welcome to the most dramatic waterfalls of the Grand Canyon

Hummingbird Migration

Hummingbird Migration

August 9–13, 2023 • nature

The only state across the country where you can spot 15 different species of hummers at a time

Tanque Verde Falls

Tanque Verde Falls

March–October • nature

A secluded waterfall with an easy access not far from Tucson

Cibecue Falls

Cibecue Falls

May–September • activity

Enjoy a refreshing pool by a secluded waterfall

Stargazing

Stargazing

all year round (best from April to July) • nature

Arizona is one of the best places for stargazing, offering you top-notch spots with the clearest sky

Blood-Shooting Lizards (Phrynosoma)

Blood-Shooting Lizards (Phrynosoma)

March–November • nature

Usually, it protects itself by the means of camouflage, but when business is serious, it puffs up to double-size and shoots blood from its eyes

Tarantula Migration

Tarantula Migration

June–October  • nature

Every fall, thousands of tarantulas roam the desert looking for a mate

Wupatki National Monument

Wupatki National Monument

October–April • activity

The best preserved pueblo ruins in America

The Crack at Wet Beaver Creek

The Crack at Wet Beaver Creek

April–October • activity

An awesome hiking destination and a swimming hole

Phoenix Halloween Events

Phoenix Halloween Events

mid-September–October • event

Celebrate fall with a variety of fun events throughout Phoenix

Oatman Ghost Town

Oatman Ghost Town

year round • activity

An abandoned mining town in Arizona is now overrun by donkeys

Lake Powell Camping

Lake Powell Camping

all year round (best in September–October) • activity

A perfect summer getaway in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Weavers Needle

Weavers Needle

September–May • nature

A beautiful ascent for experienced climbers

36 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

All Souls Weekend in Tucson

All Souls Weekend in Tucson

out of rangeNovember 3–5, 2023 • event

Join the huge procession and colorful celebration together with tens of thousands, who have come to remember the dead

APS Electric Light Parade

APS Electric Light Parade

out of rangeDecember 2, 2023 • event

An annual event that lights up Phoenix for the holidays

Arizona Balloon Classic

Arizona Balloon Classic

out of rangeJanuary 26–28, 2024 • event

The premier hot air balloon race and festival in the state

Lantern Festival in Arizona

Lantern Festival in Arizona

out of rangeNovember 11, 2023 • event

Water Lantern Festival is a huge lantern festival all over the USA, taking place in Arizona as well

Winterhaven Festival of Lights

Winterhaven Festival of Lights

out of rangeDecember 9–25, 2023 • event

A favorite Christmas tradition in the community of Tucson

Lake Havasu Balloon Fest

Lake Havasu Balloon Fest

out of rangeJanuary 9-12, 2025 • event

Visit one of the biggest balloon fests and dive deeper into this colorful atmosphere

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeFebruary 3–4, 2024 • event

The popular cultural festival offers delicious food and entertainment

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

out of rangeJanuary 27-February 11, 2024 • event

The biggest and most famous gem and mineral show in the world

Chandler Parade of Lights

Chandler Parade of Lights

out of rangeDecember 2, 2023 • event

See the iconic Tumbleweed Tree sparkle with colorful lights

Phoenix Fan Fusion

Phoenix Fan Fusion

out of rangeMay 24–26, 2024 • event

Phoenix comic convention invites you to discover your inner geek

Tucson Parade of Lights & Festival

Tucson Parade of Lights & Festival

out of rangeDecember 14, 2024 • event

Downtown Tucson draws together the entirety of the local community to celebrate the winter season and unique culture of the Tucson community

Arizona 4th of July Fireworks & Events

Arizona 4th of July Fireworks & Events

out of rangeJuly 4 • event

The most dazzling day of the year in Arizona

4th of July Events in Tucson

4th of July Events in Tucson

out of rangeJuly 4, 2024 • event

See "A" Mountain fireworks and dozens of minor celebrations across the city

Winterfest Street Festival

Winterfest Street Festival

out of rangeFebruary 3-4, 2024 • event

Enjoy the fair, food, and music for two spectacular days in Lake Havasu City

Solar Spotlight at the Anthem Veterans Memorial

Solar Spotlight at the Anthem Veterans Memorial

out of rangeNovember 11 • event

Once a year, on Veterans' Day, the sun shines perfectly on this spot

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

out of rangemid-October–November • nature

Beautiful foliage displays in the middle of the desert

MHC Foundation BalloonFest

MHC Foundation BalloonFest

on holdNovember 11, 2023 • event

This hot air balloon fest is an amazing opportunity to spend time with your family

Page Lake Powell Balloon Regatta

Page Lake Powell Balloon Regatta

unconfirmedOctober 31–November 3, 2024 • event

Prepare for one of America's most scenic ballooning weekends

Sandhill Crane Migration

Sandhill Crane Migration

out of rangeNovember–early March  • nature

Thousands of cranes spend winter in southeast Arizona

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Arizona Renaissance Festival

out of rangeFebruary 3–March 31, 2024 • event

Family adventure and entertainment on 16 stages

Yuma Balloon Festival

Yuma Balloon Festival

out of rangeNovember 10–12, 2023 • event

Check out Arizona's premier autumn event

Christmas Lights in and near Phoenix, AZ

Christmas Lights in and near Phoenix, AZ

out of rangeNovember–early January • event

See Phoenix put on its holiday dress and transform into a glimmering wonderland

Fantasy of Lights

Fantasy of Lights

out of rangeDecember 9, 2023 • event

One of the best holiday events in Tempe, Phoenix

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangeFebruary 25–26, 2023 • event

Blooming cherry trees can be viewed in Northern Arizona and the Phoenix Valley

El Tour de Tucson

El Tour de Tucson

out of rangeNovember 18, 2023 • event

Visit one of the largest biking events in the United States

Christmas Lights in Arizona

Christmas Lights in Arizona

out of rangelate November–early January • event

You'll be carried away by the sparkling displays of holiday cheer in Arizona

Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular

Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular

out of rangeOctober 27-29, 2024 • event

One of the best Halloween events of the Salt River Valley

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31  • event

Apache State offers astonishing options to ring in the New Year

Tucson Comic-Con

Tucson Comic-Con

out of rangeAugust 30-September 1, 2024 • event

One of the favorite comic conventions in the American Southwest

Skiing and Snowboarding in Arizona

Skiing and Snowboarding in Arizona

out of rangelate November–April (February–March) • activity

From San Francisco Peaks to Santa Catalinas, Arizona has plenty of slopes to conquer

Grand to Grand Ultra

Grand to Grand Ultra

out of rangeSeptember 24–30, 2023 • event

Are you up for a seven-day race in one of the remotest parts of America?

Arizona Beer Week

Arizona Beer Week

out of rangeFebruary 15-25, 2024 • event

Over 300 events from Northern to Southern Arizona

Arizona Lights in the Night

Arizona Lights in the Night

unconfirmedlate November 2023–early January 2024 • event

Over a million lights in Mesa, Arizona

Wickenburg Oktoberfest

Wickenburg Oktoberfest

out of rangeOctober 1, 2022 • event

Enjoy craft beers, savory German treats, and a rocking atmosphere in the historic Downtown Wickenburg

Thunder and Lightning over Arizona

Thunder and Lightning over Arizona

out of rangeFebruary 29–March 3, 2024 • event

Aerial performances, static displays, activities, and concessions

Reebok Ragnar Del Sol

Reebok Ragnar Del Sol

overJanuary 31–February 1, 2020 • event

An inspiring sunset chase in a beautiful Sonora desert

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