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Arizona's August Signature Events

August marks the peak of summer fun in Arizona. While you’re taking advantage of seasonal deals and rates, why not partake in a local event or festival? We’ve pulled together a statewide list of August happenings to get you started!

Arizona's August Signature Events
(Credit: Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering)

PRESCOTT: Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering

From across the West, the best in authentic cowboy poetry and music is presented with the finest group of reciters and singers in both traditional and contemporary cowboy poetry. If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a cowboy, then come hear the stories about the colorful culture and strong heritage that celebrate the American Cowboy. The daytime sessions are free; evening shows collect an admission.
(928) 713-6323,,

PAYSON: World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo

For more than 135 years, Payson has celebrated the history and tradition of Pro Rodeo. Held annually during the third weekend in August, it is considered the country's Best Small Rodeo by PRCA, which sanctions the event. Some of the world's greatest professional cowboys and cowgirls compete for cash and prizes. Fearless bull riders, burly steer wrestlers, gorgeous barrel racers, soaring bronc riders, specialty acts, and colorful clowns keep you entertained and shouting for more. There are four performances over the long weekend, including an old-fashioned parade.
(928) 295-8109,,​

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