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Arizona's September Signature Events

September means the dog days of summer are almost over, but Arizona offers warm weather and fun times year-round. Read further for late-summer events and festivals around the state to inspire last-minute getaways.

Arizona's September Signature Events
Rex Allen Museum (Credit: An Pham)

WINDOW ROCK: Navajo Nation Fair

As the largest Native America Fair and Rodeo in the country, 70-plus years running, the Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock is the fair of choice for visitors. Enjoy cultural experiences such as a Pow-Wow, fry bread contest, traditional songs and dances, Navajo arts and crafts, and a special Miss Navajo pageant competition. On Saturday evening, see dances performed in the arena by various Indian tribes.
Info: (928) 871-6478,,

PRESCOTT: Prescott Indian Art Market

For more than two decades, the Prescott Indian Art Market has presented some of the finest Native American art in the Southwest. With only 100 booths available on the four-acre campus, attendees know they'll be seeing the best-of-the-best at the juried show. Comfortably warm temperatures and a steady stream of art enthusiasts enjoy viewing (and buying) exquisite wood and stone carvings, distinctive ceramics, paintings, hand-woven baskets, blankets and clothing, distinctive jewelry and much more.
Info: (928) 277-2013,,

SAFFORD: SalsaFest

Arizona's Salsa Trail encompasses terrific food in the towns and communities within a 40-mile radius of Safford. The members of the Salsa Trail, which include a dozen Mexican restaurants, celebrate each September with salsa-making competitions for both professional and amateur chefs, a marketplace, salsa music, dance performances, food demonstrations, chili roasting, a kids' corner with piñatas and Chihuahua dog races, dog costume contest, beer garden and car show. There is also a Hot Air Balloon Glow on Friday evening, and they fly overhead on Saturday morning.
(928) 428-2511,,

WINSLOW: Annual Standin' on the Corner Festival

Each year, the Annual Standin' On the Corner Park Festival draws thousands of visitors to Winslow. The celebration includes live bands, dancing, arts and crafts, food vendors, a live auction, a beer garden, a children's play area and a fire truck tug.

WILLCOX: Rex Allen Days

The annual celebration honors the late Rex Allen, Willcox's own silver screen cowboy. Activities include a parade, a professional rodeo, cowboy dances and a county music concert. There will also be wild horse races, shooting demonstrations, bull riding event, a gun show, Cowboy Music and Poetry Festival, comedy shows, tractor pulls, gunfights and showings of Rex Allen movies as well as a car show, turtle races, carnival and softball tournaments.
(520) 409-7123,,

Please check each event's website or social media pages before venturing out to confirm any restrictions or changes that might impact your visit.

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