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Celebrating 25 Years of Cheers at the 2013 Arizona Renaissance Festival

Take a unique trip back in time to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Not even in her wildest dreams would Queen Elizabeth have imagined a celebration such as this taking place in the foothills of the Superstition Mountains!

One of the largest events of its kind in the United States; revel in the atmosphere of a 16th Century European village! Join in the celebrations every Saturday and Sunday, February 9 through March 31, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as on Presidents’ Day (Feb. 18)

The festival’s 30-acre village is filled with 12 stages of nonstop entertainment—music, comedy, falconry, dance and acrobatics. Foolish pleasures mix with artisan treasures as you shop, eat and mingle with a cast of nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed characters.

Explore the village marketplace with over 200 storybook shops, studios and galleries filled with unique arts and crafts, handmade wares, kitchens and pubs, games and people-powered rides for the kids.

The live jousting tournaments are one of the festival’s most popular attractions. Armored nights on charging steeds take up their lances and battle for the queen’s honor. Cheer on your favorite armored knight at one of the three daily jousting tournaments in the 5,000-seat arena.

Food fit for a king is plentiful and available throughout the village. The menu is diverse with such offerings as steak-on-a-stake, vegetable and meat pies, pastas, bread bowls filled with hearty stews and more. And who can forget the smoked turkey legs?

The Pleasure Feast, held twice daily, offers raucous Renaissance entertainment at its best while you feast on five courses of fine food. Advance reservations are recommended.

Don’t miss the NEW Living Fountain at Pan’s Oasis.

Visit www.RenFestInfo.com for more information and Like them on Facebook for special offers, information and contests.

See thee at the Faire-HUZZAH!

February 9 through March 31, 2013

Saturdays, Sundays and Presidents’ Day

10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Rain or Shine

Arizona Renaissance Festival

12601 East Highway 60

Gold Canyon, AZ 85118

(520) 463-2600


4th of July, Arizona

4th of July Events In Arizona

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the red, white and blue?

Here is a list of 4th of July events throughout Arizona you don’t want to miss:

Central Arizona

Arizona’s Celebration of Freedom (Mesa)

In Mesa from June 29-30, this fun, two-day event consists of classic cars, beer gardens, motorcycles, art walk, music, street performers and more. This free event takes place in downtown Mesa from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

E. Main St. & S. Center St
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 444-2069

Independence Day Music Festival (Scottsdale)

On July 3rd, celebrated the fourth with country music star Miranda Lambert and Darus Rucker! Gates open at 5 p.m., and be sure to stick around for the largest fireworks show in the Valley, too. Tickets range from $26 to $96.

Salt River Fields
7555 N. Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 270-5000

3rd of July Fireworks Display (Cave Creek)

In Cave Creek, Harold’s Corral will provide live entertainment by Young Country and EastonAshe as well as an outside BBQ starting at 5:30 p.m. Mobile game truck, shaved ice and even face painting are some of the activities you can participate in. There’s free opening seating, but for paid reserved seating, call Harold’s at (480) 488-1906.

6895 E. Cave Creek Rd.
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
(480) 488-1906

Light up the Sky (Phoenix)

In Phoenix, this event includes music, rides, games, food and fireworks, which starts at 9:10 p.m. The free event will take place at Maryvale Baseball Park at 6:30 to 9 p.m.

3600 N. 51st Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85031
(602) 262-6575

A Star Spangled Shoot Out!

Rawhide is hosting its 4th of July celebration — western style! With live music will be playing throughout the town, don’t miss out on the H2O Kids Corral as well as  other action-packed performances, including the fireworks display, which will round out the evening.

5700 W. North Loop Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 502-5600

Southern Arizona

Let Freedom Sing Concert

In Tucson on July 4th at 3 p.m., this free event will be celebrated with patriotic songs staged at Centennial Hall at University of Arizona.

University of Arizona
1401 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 319-0400

Tombstone July 4th Celebration

In Tombstone, starting at 8:30 a.m., this July 4th celebration is a free event with a softball tournament, street entertainment, food booths and fireworks.

E. Allen St.
Tombstone, AZ 85638
(520) 457-3994

Benson July 4th Celebration

Starting with a 9 a.m. parade, Benson’s 4th of July celebration will also include a water fight at Lions Park following the parade, as well as entertainment throughout the rest of the day and, of course, a fireworks show starting at 8:30 p.m.

Lions Park
435 N. Adams St.
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-4293

Family Fun July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza (Tubac)

Held at Tubac Golf Resort and Spa, this 4th of July celebration is packed with activities for both the kids, parents and attendees of all ages! Here, you’ll find Southern Arizona’s longest obstacle course — an incredible, inflatable 68′ adventure — as well as a food court with both Independence Day favorites (hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy and more) and alcoholic beverages for the big kids, including beer, wine and margaritas. The night will end, of course, with a spectacular fireworks display.

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
65 Avenida de Otero
Tubac, Arizona 85646
Starts at 4 p.m., fireworks start at 8:45 p.m.
Tickets: $7 per car, VIP package is $48 per person
(520) 398-3531


Northern Arizona

Payson 4th of July Celebration

With a free fireworks show and games to the public, attendees can also expect food, bouncy houses, games, music and beautiful scenery, taking place at Green Valley Park at 9:00 p.m. on July 4th.

(928) 474-5240

Prescott July 4th Celebration and Fireworks Show

Prescott celebrates with free craft tents for kids, contests, carnival games and cool giveaways. Other events include the World’s Largest Waterslide as well as eight other water slides, bungee jumping, pony rides, electric swings and more. While there is free parking, consider taking the shuttle at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (3700 Willow Creek Rd.). This event will be held at Pioneer Park, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Pioneer Park
1200 Commerce Dr.
Prescott, AZ 86305
(928) 777-1349

Fantastic Family Fourth of July (Cottonwood)

Cottonwood celebrates at Cottonwood Kid’s Park at 4 p.m. Events will include watermelon eating contests, patriotic salutes and pyrotechnic displays. Free admission, but parking is $1.

Cottonwood Kid’s Park
Cottonwood, AZ
(928) 639-3200

Tlaquepaque’s Sizzlin’ Summer Bash

Honor Independence Day in Sedona on July 7th. Events include an outdoor BBQ, live music, dunk tank, Sedona fire trucks and more. It will take place at Tiaquepaque from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is a free event.

336 State Route 179
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-4838

Glendale Chocolate Affaire

A Sweet Day At The Glendale Chocolate Affaire

The weekend of February 3-5 had the city of Glendale transformed into a chocolate wonderland. Yes, you read right. A chocolate wonderland. Vendors sold handmade items, various types of food items and, of course, that sweet treat we all love — chocolate — at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire.

Glendale Chocolate AffaireI arrived at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire right before noon and already it was bustling with people. Parking was extremely hard to find and probably only worsened throughout the day. However, this nuisance was a small price to pay for the wonderful time I had viewing what vendors had for sale: handmade clothing and jewelry, handbags and candles, among other unique items.

Speaking of candles, I’m a candle lover and couldn’t resist picking up a few for myself. A particular vendor caught my eye, Natural Body and Bath Products. This company sells handmade soy candles and natural soaps. The candles I chose were two of the company’s most popular scents, Angelica (a blend of white lily, jasmine and rose) and Lick Me All Over — an interesting name for a candle, don’t you think? The latter had base notes of raspberry, cantaloupe and watermelon.

After delighting my olfactory sense from these lovely fragrances, I decided I needed to please my taste buds as well. I had one thing in mine — chocolate-covered strawberries. At three dollars for two, they were affordable as well as delicious. The vendor had what appeared to be an assembly line of family members behind the counters, reminding me of the cute Keebler elves as they made their tasty confectioneries.

Afterward, I got to sample some delicious fudge and bought a bar of Espresso Chocolate Fudge for my mom, who loves anything that incorporates chocolate and coffee. There was also a chocolate pizza-making station, which used chocolate and candy as toppings instead of the traditional cheese and tomato sauce.

The atmosphere at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire was festive and celebrated chocolate in all its wonderful forms. From chocolate-covered cheesecake, to chocolate-covered strawberries (my favorite!), to chocolate-covered bacon, the festival was a dream come true for any chocolate lover.

Glendale Chocolate Affaire

This sweet event was held at Murphy Park in the historic part of Glendale. It was great to see families having a great time together and enjoying the weekend with music, carnival rides, and you guessed it, chocolate!

For all the little ones there were rides galore. Rides like the zip-line and rock-climbing wall seemed to be the most popular. For the less adventurous there were hands-on arts and crafts and horse-drawn carriage rides.

The Glendale Chocolate Affaire was certainly a fun experience and a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. My only suggestion, if you’re planning on going next year, eat before going! All the chocolate will tempt you and ruin your lunch because, after all, who can say “no” to chocolate?

For more information on Natural Body and Bath Products and The Glendale Chocolate Affaire, visit the following websites:



Experience AZ Digital Issue

Experience AZ: Spring-Summer 2012

The Ultimate 300 Things To Do

Michael Gossie, Managing Editor
The 2012 issue of Experience AZ is out! But this year, we have not only one magazine — but two. That’s right; Experience AZ is now a bi-annual magazine — because we know you can’t quite possibly fit every place to see, eat and play in Arizona in just one issue.

In this Spring-Summer 2012 issue, you’ll find the “Ultimate 300 Things To Do” in nearly every nook and cranny of Arizona; from the Peaks of Northern Arizona to the cacti-spotted desert of Southern Arizona, we’ve covered it all.

Not only will you find events taking place during the spring and summer months throughout the state, we’ve also added the top 5’s in varying categories, including the top 5 steakhouses, Northern day trips, trail riding tours, accommodations, museums, night life and much more.

Michael Gossie, Editor in Chief

Michael Gossie, Editor in Chief


Experience AZ: Spring-Summer 2012:
The Ultimate 300 Things To Do