Labor Day Events in Arizona: Concerts, Festivals & Weekend Ideas

Labor Day is not just a typical day off from work in Arizona; it’s much more than that!  It’s a bidding farewell to our scorching hot summer days and a welcoming in of our sensational fall season!  Now that’s something to celebrate!!!  AZ KEY has some great weekend ideas in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona, Prescott, Flagstaff, Tucson, and everywhere in between to help you choose how to celebrate — everything from concerts to festivals, Hawaiian Luaus to fairs, and more! Check out our “2018 Labor Day Activities in Arizona” guide and start planning your escape!

2018 Labor Day Events and Activities in Arizona Guide

FEATURED EVENTS ACROSS THE STATE: 

 

SEPTEMBER 1 | 1PM | LABOR DAY REGGAE FEST @ CLIFF CASTLE (CAMP VERDE)

Cliff Castle Casino’s Stargazer Pavilion presents 5 bands to help you get your party on!  Local favorite Kill Babylon kicks things off, followed by Maka Roots, the Ras Jahge Band, Through the Roots, and headliner Uhuru!   Tickets: Advanced|$25 Door|$30 Cliff Castle Casino Hotel | 800-381-7568

 

SEPTEMBER 1-3 | 10AM-5PM | SPLASH BASH & LABOR DAY LUAU (SCOTTSDALE)

Are you ready to celebrate the BIGGEST end-of-summer bash this side of the Mississippi?  OdySea Aquarium is going all out with a beach party luau in the desert including giant water slides, character meet & greets, beach party games, and the best foam party ever!  Stick around for a chance to win 2 OdySea Aquarium admission tickets in an ice cream eating contest!  Frozen Penguin pulls out all the stops in this FREE-for-all ages (including adults) contest between 12pm-2pm on the upper level of OdySea in the Desert.  Signups begin at 10am and space is limited!!!  Splash Bash located in the outdoor courtyard, water shoes recommended.  Tickets|$5/person + general admission.  OdySea in the Desert | 480-291-5082

 

SEPTEMBER 1-3 | 33RD ANNUAL FAIRE ON THE SQUARE (PRESCOTT)

Prescott + Labor Day = One Great Time!  If the cooler weather among the pines doesn’t draw you, the hotspot of restaurants, shopping, and breweries will!  Downtown Prescott is where it’s happening with its boutique style shopping, galleries, museums, microbreweries, and let’s not forget Whiskey Row, home to over 20 live music venues!  Labor Day weekend, Prescott hosts its 33rd Annual Faire on the Square – One of the most outstanding arts and crafts shows in the southwest, featuring 180 artisans and crafters.  Enjoy the show under the cool American Elm trees around The Historic Courthouse Plaza. Cool off and head up north for another great idea in our, “Labor Day Events in Arizona” Guide!  Visit Prescott | 928-445-2000

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 2 | LIVE MUSIC & LABOR DAY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA (CAVE CREEK)

Harold’s Corral does Labor Day up right in 2018!  Live music both Friday and Saturday nights with “Young Country Band.”  Finish out the weekend, Sunday, September 2 with an outdoor BBQ & bar, live music featuring Mogollon, and finish off the night right with a fantastic firework display!   A mobile gaming truck will be onsite for those gamers out there, face painting, and more! 5pm-11pm Tickets| 2/$15, 4/$30, 10/$60 Harold’s Corral | 480-488-1906

 

SEPTEMBER 1 & 3 | EXPERIENCE WILLIAMS (WILLIAMS)

At the end of the legendary Route 66 resides the last of the small towns known as “The Gateway to the Grand Canyon.”  While it might be a small city by day, come night, it roars with big city bustle!  As the evening cools, neon lights and music from street-side patios flood historic downtown as cars cruise up and down Route 66. Come on out on Saturday for the Historic Yellow House Garden Sale & Home Tour, featuring arts, crafts, jewelry, food and more, from 9AM-1PM.  On Monday, join in on the 8th Annual Mountain Man Run at 7am at the Community Stage & Recreation Center.  Experience Williams | 928-635-4061

 

SEPTEMBER 1 | 11AM-5:30PM | 30TH FIESTA DE SEPTIEMBRE (WICKENBURG)

The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce is once again the proud sponsor of its Fiesta de Septiembre in historic downtown Wickenburg.  The colorful event is located within and just outside the Wickenburg Community Center in the downtown historic district.  Adults|$5, kids free.  Wickenburg Chamber | 928-684-097

 

CENTRAL ARIZONA & SURROUNDING AREAS

 

AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 2 | DRINK, DINE, & LAUGH @ RICK BRONSON’S HOUSE OF COMEDY (PHOENIX)

Considered, “One of the Hottest Comedy Venues on the Globe,” House of Comedy welcomes the hilariously, raw, and crowd-engaging Des Bishop to the scene over Labor Day weekend.   For the complete experience, try their dinner & show package.  Show times vary.  Tickets|$16-$58.40

House of Comedy | 480-420-3553

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | 5:30AM | HOT AIR EXPEDITION’S SUMMER LOVIN’ SPECIAL (PHOENIX)

Make it a weekend to remember!  Take a scenic flight over the stunning Sonoran Desert and get a glimpse of the valley below from a viewpoint you won’t find anywhere else!  Hot Air Expedition is still offering it’s Summer Lovin’ Special through September 20th.  Take an extra $20 off per person with promo code: WELOVESUMMER.  Hot Air Expeditions | 800-831-7610

 

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4 | 10AM-5PM | A MIRROR MAZE: NUMBERS IN NATURE (PHOENIX)

Final days to discover the patterns, puzzles, and mazes uniquely designed in nature.  Experience 1,800 sq. ft. of seemingly infinitely repeating mirrors that reveal fascinating and surprising clues about our amazing planet.  Navigate twists and turns, run into dead ends, and explore your way to the secret room with artifacts and puzzles!  Tickets|$8.95+General Admission.  Arizona Science Center | 800-831-7610

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | LET HARD ROCK CAFÉ COOK THE BURGERS! (PHOENIX)

Don’t feel like cooking all weekend?  Let Hard Rock Café do the cooking while providing great drinks and entertainment!  Enjoy their juicy burgers plus other homemade menu items and then wash it down with a cold beer or one of their signature drinks.  Don’t forget where you are – the iconic Hard Rock Café – the Phoenix destination is loaded with authentic memorabilia from your favorite artists.  So make plans this Labor Day Weekend to spend time at the Hard Rock Café Phoenix – 3 S. 2nd St. Hard Rock Café Phoenix | 602-261-7625

 

SEPTEMBER 1 | 7PM & 9PM | THE DAWG TRIO @ THE MIM (PHOENIX)

Come out to experience a musical morsel to your ears featuring bluegrass, gypsy jazz, Latin rhythms, klezmer music and a myriad of global influences into a holistic approach otherwise known as “dawg music.”   Tickets|$33.50-$53.50 Musical Instrument Museum | 480-478-6000

 

SEPTEMBER 3 | 5:10PM | ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS VS. SAN DIEGO PADRES (PHOENIX)

Catch a Labor Day game!  Baseball games consistently deliver on entertainment AND satisfaction!  Grab your game-time snacks and settle in with that comfortable vibe of a good old-fashioned baseball game!  Arizona Diamond Backs | 602-462-6500

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 2 | DEAR LISTENER: WORKS BY NICHOLAS GALANIN & SELFIE CONTEST (PHOENIX)

Labor Day weekend is the final weekend to view “Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin   and enter the Selfie Contest.  For those interested, take a selfie with Nicholas Galanin’s work and enter to win a 2-night stay for two adults at the Historic Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, $100 gift card to the world-class Heard Museum shop, Four reservations for Circles Opening of Yua: Matisse and the Inner Arctic and more!  FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9:30AM-5PM, SUNDAY 11AM-5PM | Heard Museum | 602-252-8840

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | | HALL OF FLAME MUSEUM OF FIREFIGHTING (PHOENIX)

Take a day to visit this wonderful exhibit offering six show rooms with a wide variety engines, memorabilia, collectibles, and much more!  Stop by the 3,000 sq. ft. gallery honoring the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes.  Hands-on photo opportunities in an authentic 1952 fully functional American La France Model 700 fire engine!  Adults|$10 Students|$8 Kids (3-5)|$4 FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9AM-5PM | SUNDAY NOON-4PM | Hall of Flame | 602-275-3473

 

SEPTEMBER 1 | 6PM | SLUMBER UNDER THE SEA @ ODYSEA AQUARIUM (SCOTTSDALE)

Ever wonder what sharks do after dark?  Or what time an otter goes to bed?  Odysea Aquarium is opening their doors to experience aquarium nightlife!  Experience a “night walk” behind the scenes tour, animal ambassador appearances, hands-on activities and more!  Wake up to breakfast followed by a glimpse on how the Animal Care Specialists start their day!  The entire experience ends with an admission to the aquarium to enjoy the rest of the day with the creatures!  Tickets|$99/person.  OdySea Aquarium | 480-291-5082

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 1 | 7:30PM | L8 NITE BINGO HOTSEAT & WANTED-FEATURING THE MUSIC OF BON JOVI @ CASINO ARIZONA (SCOTTSDALE)

Every Friday & Saturday night Casino Arizona offers L8 Nite Bingo with the chance to win a $100 drawing between 12:30am-2am.  Head on over to The Showroom to see “One of the most realistic Bon Jovi tributes to date, “WANTED,” that brings you right back to the glory days of the 80’s and 90’s with hits like “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” and much more!  Casino Arizona | 480-850-7777

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ALL WEEKEND | RUSTY SPUR SALOON (SCOTTSDALE)

There are real cowboy bars all over the great, wide American West, but few that serve up great live music daily like Scottsdale’s Rusty Spur Saloon!  So, come out and enjoy an ice-cold beer and some hot country dancing this Labor Day Weekend.  A great HOT SPOT in our, “Labor Day Events in Arizona” Guide.  Rusty Spur Saloon | 480-425-7787

 

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | 9AM-1PM | DESERT GARDENS & FARMER’S MARKET (CAREFREE)

A unique experience from normal city life, Carefree has the quintessential Southwest beauty you may never even realized your heart longed for!  Extraordinary architecture, incredible desert greenery, and boutique shopping await you as you stroll down the peaceful streets of Carefree.  Farmer’s Market held every Friday morning including fresh, local, seasonal, produce, herbs, and flowers; locally made jams, jellies, and salsas; and fresh breads displayed near the Desert Garden’s Sundial!  Carefree Arizona | 480-488-3686

 

SEPTEMBER 1 | 7-9:30PM | FLASHLIGHT TOURS @ DESERT BOTANICAL GARDENS (TEMPE)

Last day to experience the desert in a completely new light!  Adventures beam their lights to capture the sights, sounds, and mysteries of the desert night!  Catch a glimpse of night-blooming plants and animals that scamper in the night.  Adults|$24.95 Kids|$12.95 Desert Botanical Gardens  | 480-941-1225

 

SEPTEMBER 1 | 7:30AM | 9/11 HEROES RUN @ TEMPE BEACH PARK (TEMPE)

This 5k+1m fun run/walk is held every year, worldwide, and takes place on or around September 11th.  Runners and walkers of every level are encouraged to come out to personally thank your local veterans, their families, and first responders.  Give back this Labor Day weekend by showing your support.  9/11 Heroes Run | 215-348-9080

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | 7PM & 9PM | DINO EXPLORER (TEMPE)

Perfect for dino-lovers of all ages, come on out and explore the JURASSIC-sized adventure.  This brand new recurring exhibit includes a wide variety of Dino activities and playful learning for just about everyone!  Show up ready to construct your own Lego dinosaur and don’t forget to get your picture taken with a HUGE T-Rex!  Purchase online for discounted tickets|$14.95/person.  Legoland Discovery | 480-450-0558

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 2 | NARRATION OR LIVE MUSIC CRUISE W/IVAN HARSHMAN (MESA)

Saguaro Lake Sight Seeing Cruises offer much to behold!  Cruise along the banks of the serene Saguaro Lake, taking in the local geology and wildlife on this 90-minute guided tour.  Saturday night, enjoy the sounds of solo acoustic guitarist Ivan Harshman.  Food & drinks available as you relax and enjoy ambiance.  Take a break on Wednesday, “hump day,” with their Wine Wednesdays Cruise!  For the adventurous side in you, Stellar Adventures & Desert Belle have teamed up to offer a Lake & Land Combo Tour featuring a high-energy off-road H1 Hummer excursion over the Sonoran Desert followed by a tranquil cruise on the water.  Mention KEY for special savings!  | FRIDAY & SUNDAY – 12:30PM | SATURDAY 12:30PM, 2:45PM & 5PM |   Desert Belle Boat Tours | 480-984-2425

 

AUGUST 30-AUGUST 31 | 4PM-6PM | LABOR DAY TRIBUTE TOURNAMENT (GLENDALE)

Ready to win some moolah?  Play with your Desert Diamond Rewards Card and earn 25 points from 12AM Thursday, August 30 to 5:30pm Friday, August 31 to qualify to win up to $1,500!  All players take home a free t-shirt!  Desert Diamond Casino & Entertainment | 623-877-7777

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 3 | CONCERTS, COMEDY, & CLAY!  (GLENDALE)

Westgate Entertainment District is a happening place this Labor Day weekend!  Concerts run both Friday and Saturday evenings featuring Sam Smith’s, “Thrill of it All” tour at the Gila River Arena.  Catch the unique duo of acoustic/electric guitars, vocals, and percussion with the West Hills Brothers at Fountain Park.  Stir Crazy Comedy Club presents Jason Collings Friday-Sunday nights.  As You Wish Pottery is offering clay hand impressions for your tiny loved ones all weekend long!  Westgate Entertainment District | 623-385-7502

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 2 | LABOR DAY WEEKEND AT THE WIGWAM (LITCHFIELD PARK)

The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of poolside fun!  The Wigwam is hosting one of their family-favorite poolside bashes!  Complete with obstacle course races, poolside movies, Wildlife World Zoo viewings, games, music, food and more, celebrate Labor Day weekend to the hilts!  Don’t forget to check their offers & packages for extended family discounts & fun!  FRIDAY 3PM-SUNDAY 5PM | The Wigwam: Phoenix Arizona Resort | 623-935-3811

 

SEPTEMBER 1 | 8AM-10AM | CHARACTER BREAKFAST AT THE WIGWAM (LITCHFIELD PARK)

Labor Day weekend is the FINAL day to meet your favorite Disney character for breakfast!  Red’s Bar & Grill has invited fan-favorite characters to a breakfast buffet for your kiddos to meet and hangout with.  Reservations required.  Adults|$17 Kids|$8.50 The Wigwam: Phoenix Arizona Resort  | 623-935-3811

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | STAYCATION @ CLIFF CASTLE CASINO! (CAMP VERDE)

Looking for a little R&R away from the valley heat, minus the long drive?  Look no further!  Voted Arizona’s #1 casino 19 years in a row, Cliff Castle aims to please!  Their recent renovation renders this Hotel & Casino practically brand new!  Escape the heat in this ultimate indoor playground for adults & kids!  Adults can enjoy live entertainment, amazing food & drinks, and a great time gaming with slots, video poker, Club 52, Black Jack, and an electronic roulette wheel, while the kids can hang out at Kid’s Quest.  What’s Kid’s Quest?  Only a 5,000 sq. ft. indoor playground, where kids can burn off energy in a huge indoor jungle gym, indulge in every little girl’s dream at Barbieland, get their “game on” in the arcade, become a star at the Karaoke Star Stage, or see a good flick with their Cinema!  Cliff Castle Casino Hotel | 800-381-7568

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST ADVENTURES (LAKE PLEASANT | VERDE & SALT RIVERS)

It’s not too late to nourish your adventurous side! South By Southwest Adventures has the kayaking experience for you!  Get the best of both worlds with the “Water to Wine Tour” or the full-blown excursion with “The Full Monte Expedition Tour.” South By Southwest Adventures | 928-421-1288

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | 1PM | OUT OF AFRICA (CAMP VERDE)

Meet the amazing residents of Out Of Africa Wild Animal Park.  Take a tour aboard a Supermog, dare to feed a tiger, or Zipline across the skies and over the habitats of wolves, bears, and tigers!  Don’t miss their one-of-a-kind Tiger Splash Show and witness beast and man come together for a genuine play date in the pool!  Mention AZKEY18 for special discount.  Out of Africa | 928-567-2840

 

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 2 | TAKE A CRUISE ON THE DOLLY STEAMBOAT (TORTILLA FLAT)

Cruise the beautiful, secluded inner waterways of Canyon Lake, in the heart of the spectacular Superstition Mountains.  Take the Scenic Nature Cruise and experience a 1.5 hour navigated tour featuring of a host of wildlife and gorgeous desert flora.   On Saturday night at 5:30pm, get a new perspective, admiring Canyon Lake at twilight, while enjoying dinner on their Twilight Dinner CruiseThe Dolly Steamboat | 480-827-9144

 

NORTHERN ARIZONA & SOUROUNDING AREAS

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 3 | COCONINO COUNTY FAIR (FLAGSTAFF)

The Coconino County Fair is Coconino County’s premier community event, held over Labor Day weekend at historic Fort Tuthill County Park.  The County Fair features youth livestock shows and auction, carnival rides and games, fair food, exhibitions, live entertainment, a demolition derby, pie-eating contest, watermelon-eating contest, and more.  Need a place to stay while visiting the fair?  Book your stay at Twin Arrows Casino Resort.  Tickets: Adults|$8, Kids (6-12)|$5. THUR.-SUN. 10AM-10PM | MON. 10AM-4PM | Coconino County Fair | 928-679-8000

 

AUGUST 31, SEPTEMBER 1, 3 | COSMIC QUESTIONS, MEET AN ASTRONOMER, & COMMUNITY DAY (FLAGSTAFF)

Friday, from 8pm-10pm Lowell’s telescopes, stars and the educators will be out ready to answer all your space questions!  Saturday, from 7:30pm-10pm, peek at real-time planets, stars, galaxies, and other celestial objects with a professional astronomer!  On Labor Day, from 10am-10pm FREE tours, talks, and telescopes for Coconino County residents and NAU students!  Adults|$15 Kids(5-17)|$8 Lowell Observatory | 928-774-3358

 

SEPTEMBER 1 | STEAM SATURDAYS – GRAND CANYON RAILWAY & HOTEL (GRAND CANYON)

Arrive at the Grand Canyon National Park in style on a fully restored vintage steam locomotive. Live musicians stroll the isles of the train, playing authentic songs of the west.  Extend your stay and rejuvenate with one of their all-inclusive “train, lodging, and meals” Railway Getaway packagesGrand Canyon Railway & Hotel | 928-635-4010

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | LET ARIZONA SCENIC TOURS DO THE PLANNING! (GRAND CANYON|SEDONA|APACHE TRAIL)

Looking for a getaway or something to experience for Labor Day in Arizona?  Let the professionals do the planning!  From Sedona to the Grand Canyon, the historic old west in Tombstone to beautiful Prescott, with day packages or multi-day packages, Arizona Scenic Tours can help you see it all!   Arizona Scenic Tours | 480-459-7144

 

AUGUST 31 & SEPTEMBER 1 | 7:30PM | 35TH ANNUAL GRAND CANYON MUSIC FESTIVAL (GRAND CANYON)

Friday evening The Bonfiglio Group entertains with Robert Bonfiglio on harmonica, Joe Deninzon on violin, and Steve Benson on guitar with sensational sounds of jazz, classic rock, and pop.  Saturday night, they return adding Clare Hoffman on flute and recorder producing dazzling sounds of the Renaissance.  Grand Canyon Music Fest | 928-638-9215

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2-4 | 5:30PM-7:30PM | FLAMENCO IN THE COURTYARD AT TLAQUEPAQUE (SEDONA)

El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano presents master guitarists Gaetano and friends performing the spirited folkloric music traditions of Spain and Mexico.  Savor some flavorful food and grab a margarita while taking in the ambience in the Patio de las Campanas.  SUNDAY-TUESDAY EVENINGS UNTIL OCTOBER 30 | TLAQUEPAQUE | 928-282-4838

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | INDULGE IN THE RED ROCKS OF SEDONA! (SEDONA)

Take a trip to Sedona for Labor Day weekend and experience their vast accommodations, adventures, and majestic sites.  It’s no secret that Sedona boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery Arizona has to offer, but did you also know it has weekend-worthy restaurants, outdoor adventures, shopping, and more!   See our noteworthy Sedona attractions in our 2018 AZKEY Labor Day Activities Guide Visit Sedona | 928-445-2000

AUGUST 31 |6PM-9:30PM | MEET ME AT RED’S LOUNGE WITH PATRICK KI (SEDONA)

A choice destination, Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa is ready to welcome and comfort you with many premium packages!  From the Wellness Getaway, to the Wine Tour, the Sedona Helicopter Tour with Sedona Air Tours to the Broken Arrow Adventure with Pink Jeep Tours, the Romance Package, and Girlfriend Getaway, there’s something for everyone!  Top the evening off with a meetup at Red’s Lounge with the musical melodies of romance guitarist Patrick Ki.  Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa | 928-445-2000

 

AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 2 | LIVE MUSIC & “LOBSTER FEST” (SEDONA)

Spectacular Red Rock views, live music, AND lobster!  However, not for long!  The final days of Lobster Fest are here, ending September 2!  Friday & Sunday don’t miss Phil Rossi on the Baby Grand Piano and Saturday Esteban in Sedona will be filling the house!  Call for reservations.  Sound Bites Grill | 928-282-2713

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | ROUND OF GOLF? (SEDONA)

Nestled among the pines at the base of Sedona’s Red Rocks is an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. & Jr..  Created for all levels of golfers, this spectacularly entertaining golf course cannot be missed!  Oak Creek Country Club | 888-284-1660

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | RED ROCK MAGIC TROLLEY (SEDONA)

Experience the magic of Sedona in an easy and fun way!  Take a 55 to 85 minute entertaining guided tour of Sedona, learning about the sights, the history, and the stories behind the magical city.  Reservations recommended, but not required.  Red Rock Magic Trolley | 928-821-6706

 

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | 8AM-6PM | SPIN IT, STROLL IT, SOAR IT – BEARIZONA (WILLIAMS)

Get a trip in to Bearizona before summer is gone!  Drive through more than 3-miles of pine-filled forests viewing the natural habitats and behaviors of wild bears.  Walk through 20-acres of sprawling paths to view a variety of other animal friends.  “Soar it” face to face with falcons, hawks, owls, and other raptors in their phenomenal Birds of Prey Show.  Bearizona | 928-935-2289

 

SOUTHERN ARIZONA & SUROUNDING AREAS

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 3 | FALL GEM & JEWELRY SHOW (TUCSON)

Drawing buyers and exhibitors from all over the world, the Tucson Expo Center hosts one of the leading gem and jewelry shows of the year!  Gem dealers and miners from Russia, Brazil, USA, Thailand, India, Madagascar, Africa, Columbia, Australia, Canada, China and more, display their collections of rough materials, cut stones, & new discoveries!  FRIDAY & SATURDAY 10AM-6PM | SUNDAY 10AM-4PM | JOGS International Exhibits | 213-629-3030

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 3 | TASTE OF LOCAL TUCSON TRUCK FARE (TUCSON)

Whether you’re in the mood for Greek, Mexican, Moroccan, Chinese, Romanian, or good old-fashioned American, you won’t have to drive for to get your favorites!  Dozens of Tucson’s top local food trucks line up just outside the Tucson Expo Center to offer some flavorful Tucson dishes.  Tucson’s Taste of Local Trucks | 213-629-3434

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 1 | 5PM & 9PM | LASER STRANGER THINGS (TUCSON)

This event is for the authentic Stranger Things fan that gets excited the second you hear the theme song playing.  Flash back to the 80’s pop-rock sounds of the dark and delightful adventure with a spectacular laser light show that will blow your mind!  Adults|$16 Kids 4+|$12 UA Science Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium | 520-621-4516

 

SEPTEMBER 1 | 10AM-8PM | DISCOVER BISBEE (BISBEE)

See the historic little town of Bisbee, Arizona!  Bisbee Bloomers hosts its 17th Annual Garden Tour & Popup Art Show where you’ll discover the gorgeous gardens designed to enhance the natural beauty of Bisbee!  Don’t miss the Pop Up Art Show at Sampoe Gallery after the Garden Tour.  Need a place to stay, try the Bisbee Grand Hotel Bed & Breakfast in the heart of historic downtown Bisbee. Discover Bisbee | 520-432-3554

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | HISTORIC MINING TOURS AT QUEEN MINE TOURS (BISBEE)

Descend 1,500 ft. underground, geared with genuine hard hats, a miner’s headlamp, yellow slickers and all!  Recount Bisbee’s history-rich mining operations, techniques, and dangers in it’s prime.   Call for reservations.  No opened toed or high heel shoes permitted. Adults|$13 Kids(6+)|$5.50  Queen Mine Tours | 866-432-2071

 

SEPTEMBER 1-3 | 7AM-5:30PM | GREEN CHILI ROAST (WILLCOX)

The weather is still hot; why not warm up your taste buds too!  Apple Annie’s Orchard is devoting itself to Chilies over Labor Day Weekend!  Green chilies, jalapeno, Poblanos are just of few of their farm grown beauties!  Come out to purchase varieties of chilies, try some free samples, and experience a rare find…green chili ice cream!  Green Chili Roast taking place at the Produce Farm located on William Rd.  Apple Annie’s Orchard | 520-384-4685

 

SEPTEMBER 1-3 | 9AM-5PM | CRITTER FEEDINGS AT “THE DARNDEST PLACE YOU’LL EVER VISIT!” (PICACHO)

Take a trip around the world, all in one place!  Personal space goes out the window when you visit Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, as you get up close and personal to feed animals from around the world.  This farm is home to African ostriches, Boer goats, Mediterranean donkeys, European Deer, Nigerian mini-goats, Chinese ducks, sheep from St. Croix, Australian Lorikeets, Florida sting rays and bunnies from all over!  Tickets: $10/person to feed animals, excluding stingrays | $13/person to feed ALL animals | Kids 5 & under Free w/optional $5/child feeding.   Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch | 520-446-3658

 

SEPTEMBER 1-3 | 10AM | 103rd ANNUAL LABOR DAY RODEO (SONOITA)

Dubbed the “Best Little Rodeo in Arizona,” Casino Del Sol sponsors this “little” rodeo with over 700 entries and over $40.000 in cash and buckles awarded to the top contestants of the Southwest!  Steak fry and free rodeo dance Saturday and Sunday nights.  Food and merchandise vendors on site.  Adults|$15 Kids (6-12)|$10   Sonoita Fairgrounds | 520-455-5553

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 3 | 10AM-5PM | ANNUAL SHOWDOWN IN TOMBSTONE (TOMBSTONE)

Gun fighting groups throughout the U.S. gather in Tombstone to perform in the streets of Tombstone over Labor Day weekend.  Head on over to Allen Street for an 1880’s costume contest, street entertainment, parade on Sunday and more! Tombstone Arizona | 520-224-8443

 

EASTERN ARIZONA & SURROUNDING AREAS

 

SEPTEMBER 1 | 8AM-12PM | PAYSON FARMER’S MARKET (PAYSON)

Not just your basic farmer’s market, the Payson Farmer’s market offers 40 stalls of Arizona organically grown produce, free range beef, fresh baked goods, kid’s events, local artists, and live music!  Payson Rim Country | 928-472-5110

 

SEPTEMBER 1-3 | 9AM-1PM | NATIONAL BARREL HORSE ASSOCIATION RACE (PAYSON)

Barrel racing at top speeds is definitely worth the watch!  Come see some amazing women swish and dart around barrels on some spectacular horses.  Event is free for the whole family!  Located at Payson Event Center.  Payson Rim Country | 928-472-5110

 

SEPTEMBER 1 | 9AM-1PM | FARMER’S MARKET & ART WALK (SHOW LOW)

The most popular farmer’s market in the White Mountains featuring an array of fresh produce, homemade & baked goods, hand-crafted items and specialty products.  Located at Festival Marketplace along Cooley St. in downtown.  Show Low Main Street | 928-532-4124

 

SEPTEMBER 1 | 3PM-10PM | BATTLE OF THE BANDS & VANS (SHOW LOW)

Featuring 10 bands and 10 food trucks battling it out for a $1,000 cash prize!  Participants will choose their favorite winners.  Admission includes 10 voting tokens.  Beer garden for the adults, kid’s zone for “the littles.”  Arts & crafts vendors, music, dancing, and more at Frontier Park!  Tickets|$5/person, ages 12 & under FREE with paying adult.  Show Low Main Street | 928-532-2680

 

AUGUST 28-SEPTEMBER 2 | RANDY LINDER – A TRIBUTE TO CCR & CROSSROAD STATION (SHOW LOW)

Two bands, one HOT location, Hon-dah Resort Casino is setting the tone for Labor Day weekend.  August 28-September 2, the Timber Show Room presents a country favorite, Crossroad Station.  On August 31 at 7pm, catch the magical tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival with Randy Linder.  Tickets|$10 Hon-dah Resort Casino | 800-929-8744

 

SEPTEMBER 1-SEPTEMBER 2 | ALPINE AREA ARTISANS FESTIVAL (ALPINE)

Indulge in the mountain pines at an artisan’s boutique full of many uniquely crafted keepsakes including clothing, baskets, paintings, beading, journals, home décor, quilting, and much more!  Alpine Area Artisans | 928-377-5607

 

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SEPTEMBER 2 | 7AM-10AM | HAVASU CARS & COFFEE (LAKE HAVASU)

The Shops at Lake Havasu host free family social event designed for car enthusiasts!  Come on out with other car loves to enjoy new and classic muscle cars, antique and unusual cars, trucks, and motorcycles.  Stop by the Social Bean  and grab a coffee and bagel while you’re there!  Havasu Cars & Coffee | 928-764-2400

 

SEPTEMBER 2 | 7AM-12PM | SOUTHWEST KAYAKS FISHING OPEN (LAKE HAVASU CITY)

Experience kayak bass fishing in this new open fishing tournament.  Participation is free to all ages and experience levels.  Participants have a chance to win cash!  Tournament launches at Mesquite Bay Central.  Reserve now with Justin.   Lake Havasu City | 928-680-9257

 

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 1 | 40OZ. TO FREEDOM & BACKYARD POOL PARTY (LAKE HAVASU CITY)

Relax by the pool with friends by day, party all at one of the “World’s Best Party Destinations.”  With the largest dance club in the Southwest located right on the water, Kokomo continues to entertain the masses from all over!  Water volleyball, giant pong, dancing, and live entertainment guarantees a great time!  Friday night, the premiere Sublime tribute band, 40oz. to Freedom will be rockin’ the house all night!  General admission: Online|$15 Gate|$20 Kokomo Havasu | 928-855-0888

  

Labor Day Events in Arizona – More Featured Attractions!

While there are plenty of Labor Day Events in Arizona, if you are looking for some outdoor adventure, check out some of our favorite things to do in Arizona:

Scenic Air Tours with Westwind Air Service!
Looking for an off-road experience? Check out Pink Adventure Tours
Hot Air Balloon Rides in Phoenix with Hot Air Expeditions!
Night Vision Tours with Stellar Adventures!
Check out the NEW Jaguar Exhibit at Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams!
Stay cool and tour the Hall of Flame Museum in Phoenix!
Indoor Kart Racing at K1 Speed!
Visit Meteor Crater and take a hike out of this world!
Play a scenic round of golf in the Sedona Red Rocks at Oakcreek Country Club!
Explore a truly unique wildlife park at Out of Africa in Camp Verde – SAVE with our coupon! Mention promo code AZKEY16!
Stroll through an architectural gem at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West!

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