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Planning a visit to Arizona? Or maybe you're a local that's just looking for what's going on. Here's a sampling of some of the popular local events in the state.

Phoenix and Central Arizona Events

February 2016

February 6 - March 27, 2016
2016 Arizona Renissance Festival

A reoccurring festival held each weekend at Festival Village in Gold Canyon. The festivities include over 25 live shows and events, tons of vendors, games, and plenty of costumed interpreters. Grab a ye olde meed – the gates open each weekend at 10 a.m.

March 2016

March 12, 2016
2016 Arizona Craft Beer Relay

Share a tasty brew with some of your mates at the WeKoPa Resort in Phoenix during this special, outdoor event. Relay teams compete in a 5K for prizes and bragging rights while sampling some of the region's best craft brews. The fun begins at noon.

March 1 - April 2, 2016
2016 Cactus League Spring Training

Calling all baseball fans – Cactus League Spring Training action is just around the corner. Be sure to plan your trip today so you don't miss any of the action.

April 2016

April 2 & 3, 2016
2016 Phoenix Pride Festival

Steele Indian School Park hosts this get together, which is set to feature over 150 performances across five stages. Vendors, delicous food, and plenty of fun are sure to be on the itinerary. The festivities are underway at noon.

April 2016

April 9 & 10, 2016
32nd Annual Historic Homes Tour & Antique Quilt Show

The city of Globe hosts its annual tour of historic homes and quilt show this spring throughout areas downtown. Check the schedule during your visit. The fun begins at 9 a.m.

June 2016

June 2-5, 2016
2016 Phoenix Comicon

A celebration of all things sci-fi, fantasy, and pop culture will descend upon the Phoenix Convention Center for four days. Expect plenty of celebrity appearances, cosplay, collectibles, and even some premieres. Get your tickets today – this event is sure to sell out.

June 11, 2016
39th Annual Great Western Tube Float

Parker visitors won't want to miss their chance to catch residents float their very best floats down the strip during this friendly competition. This year's theme if Float-aritaville. The floats starting flowing at 9 a.m.

April 2017

April 1 & 3, 2017
2017 NCAA March Madness Final Four Tournament

For the first time ever, Phoenix will host the NCAA men's basketball Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Tip-off time is TBA.

Northern Arizona Events

April 2016

May 14, 2016
38th Annual Whiskey Row Marathon

Famed Whiskey Row in Prescott hosts its annual marathon, featuring a half marathon, 10K, or two-mile fun run. Participants will be rewarded with an unbeatable view of northern Arizona at roughly 7,000 feet elevation. The run begins at 6 a.m.

April 29 - May 1, 2016
2016 Historic Route 66 Fun Run

A weekend full of festivities, as the town of Kingman hosts a classic car show, live music, vendors, and provides plenty of delicous food, all held along the Mother Road in downtown. Festival start time is TBA.

May 2016

May 7, 2016
2016 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Sedona celebrates its Hispanic heritage with a day of mariachi music, authentic dancers, Mexican food, and the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off. The festival is held at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, all starting at 11 a.m.

May 2016

May 7, 2016
2016 Grand Canyon Half Marathon

Get an excellent view of the Kaibab National Forest as you race through it with family and friends during this annual half marathon. There are registration fees, and the race time is TBA.

June 2016

June 4 & 5, 2016
7th Annual Flagstaff Hullabaloo

Wheeler Park in Flagstaff hosts an entire day of live music, local foods, craft vendors, kids' activities, a bike parade, and so much more. Tickets are on sale now – the fun begins at 10 a.m.

June 11, 2016
3rd Annual Holbrook Route 66 Festival

Holbrook residents celebrate their town's relationship with the Mother Road at Gillespie Park, where events like a car show, live music, scavenger hunt, and more, are set to take place. The event start time is TBA.

Tucson and Southern Arizona Events

March 2016

March 18-20, 2016
30th Annual Tucson Bicycle Classic

Cyclists won't want to miss this gathering, set in Tucson, featuring three days of bicycle races and related events. Get out and enjoy the Sonoran desert this season. Riders must register – check the schedule during your visit.

April 2016

April 14-24, 2016
105th Pima County Fair

All your favorite fair events and festivities, including rides, arts and crafts, entertainment, horse shows, and more, all at the Pima County Fairgrounds outside of Tucson. Get your tickets today.

April 2016

April 14-30, 2016
25th Annual Arizona International Film Festival

Get a taste of southwest filmmaking as it's intended to be at this year's rendition of the AIFF, where over 2,000 films will be shown at various venues throughout the Tucson area. Get your tickets today.

April 8-10, 2016
2016 Santa Cruz Nature & Heritage Festival

A cultural event celebrating and showcasing the heritage of Santa Cruz County and Sonora, Mexico. Some of the festivities include bird watching, nature walks at Las Lagunas de Anza, a Nogales produce tour, and more. The festivities are held throughout Nogales.

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