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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.

18 THINGS TO DO IN ARIZONA (OCTOBER 18 - OCTOBER 27)

Arizona State Fair

Arizona State Fair

unconfirmedOctober 2022 • event

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

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

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

Flagstaff Fall Colors

Flagstaff Fall Colors

late September–October • nature

Discover the fall foliage capital of Arizona

Arizona Fall Colors

Arizona Fall Colors

late September–November • nature

Beautiful foliage complements rocky landscapes of Arizona

Sedona Fall Colors

Sedona Fall Colors

mid-October–November • nature

Beautiful foliage displays in the middle of the desert

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

Havasu & Navajo Falls

Havasu & Navajo Falls

March–November • nature

Welcome to the most dramatic waterfalls of the Grand Canyon

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

Tanque Verde Falls

Tanque Verde Falls

March–October • nature

A secluded waterfall with an easy access not far from Tucson

Wupatki National Monument

Wupatki National Monument

October–April • activity

The best preserved pueblo ruins in America

Tarantula Migration

Tarantula Migration

June–October  • nature

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

Lake Powell Camping

Lake Powell Camping

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

A perfect summer getaway in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

The Crack at Wet Beaver Creek

The Crack at Wet Beaver Creek

April–October • activity

An awesome hiking destination and a swimming hole

Oatman Ghost Town

Oatman Ghost Town

year round • activity

An abandoned mining town in Arizona is now overrun by donkeys

Weavers Needle

Weavers Needle

September–May • nature

A beautiful ascent for experienced climbers

Phoenix Halloween Events

Phoenix Halloween Events

mid-September–October • event

Celebrate fall with a variety of fun events throughout Phoenix

Wickenburg Oktoberfest

Wickenburg Oktoberfest

unconfirmedmid-October 2022 • event

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

29 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

All Souls Weekend in Tucson

All Souls Weekend in Tucson

out of rangeNovember 4–6, 2022 • 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

unconfirmedearly December 2022 • event

An annual event that lights up Phoenix for the holidays

Winterhaven Festival of Lights

Winterhaven Festival of Lights

unconfirmedDecember 2022 • event

A favorite Christmas tradition in the community of Tucson

Chandler Parade of Lights

Chandler Parade of Lights

unconfirmedearly December 2022 • event

See the iconic Tumbleweed Tree sparkle with colorful lights

Tucson Parade of Lights & Festival

Tucson Parade of Lights & Festival

on holdNovember 30, 2019 • event

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

Arizona Balloon Classic

Arizona Balloon Classic

out of rangeJanuary 28–30, 2022 • event

The premier hot air balloon race and festival in the state

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 4 • event

The most dazzling day of the year in Arizona

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

out of rangeFebruary 10–13, 2022 • event

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

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

Antelope Canyon Light Beams Season

Antelope Canyon Light Beams Season

out of rangeApril–September • nature

A place where the photo for your screensaver was made

Lantern Festival in Arizona

Lantern Festival in Arizona

unconfirmedTempe: November 12, 2022 • event

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

Winterfest Street Festival

Winterfest Street Festival

out of rangeFebruary 4–5, 2023 • event

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

Lake Havasu Balloon Fest

Lake Havasu Balloon Fest

out of rangeJanuary 20–23, 2022 • event

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

Fantasy of Lights

Fantasy of Lights

unconfirmedNovember 25, 2022 • event

One of the best holiday events in Tempe, Phoenix

Cibecue Falls

Cibecue Falls

out of rangeMay–September • activity

Enjoy a refreshing pool by a secluded waterfall

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

canceledearly February 2022 • event

The popular cultural festival offers delicious food and entertainment

Hummingbird Migration

Hummingbird Migration

out of rangelate April–early October (best in late July–early August) • nature

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

El Tour de Tucson

El Tour de Tucson

out of rangeNovember 19, 2022 • event

Visit one of the largest biking events in the United States

Grand to Grand Ultra

Grand to Grand Ultra

out of rangeSeptember 18–24, 2022 • event

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

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

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

Phoenix Fan Fusion

Phoenix Fan Fusion

out of rangeMay 27–29, 2022 • event

Phoenix comic convention invites you to discover your inner geek

Tucson Comic-Con

Tucson Comic-Con

out of rangeSeptember 2–4, 2022 • event

One of the favorite comic conventions in the American Southwest

Christmas Lights in and near Phoenix, AZ

Christmas Lights in and near Phoenix, AZ

unconfirmedmid-November–mid-January • event

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

Sandhill Crane Migration

Sandhill Crane Migration

out of rangeNovember–early March  • nature

Thousands of cranes spend winter in southeast Arizona

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31  • event

Apache State offers astonishing options to ring in the New Year

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangeFebruary 26–27, 2022 (virtual) • nature

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

Reebok Ragnar Del Sol

Reebok Ragnar Del Sol

overJanuary 31–February 1, 2020 • event

An inspiring sunset chase in a beautiful Sonora desert

Arizona Beer Week

Arizona Beer Week

unconfirmedFebruary • event

Over 300 events from Northern to Southern Arizona

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