Arizona is filled with many fun places to visit, and one of the most exciting places in the Valley of the Sun is Apache Junction. Apache Junction is an absolutely beautiful town and the area hosts many unique and fun events every year.
The summer is a wonderful time to hang out with family and friends, and the people at Apache Junction are aware of this and take advantage of all the fun events that take place. The town hosts an annual series of concerts in the park. The Summer Concerts in the Park series features a variety of wonderful musical acts and dusk is the perfect time to bring out your lawn chair and enjoy the music. Best of all, the concerts are free!
Halloween is an extremely exciting event for many families. Apache Junction hosts an annual Halloween festival for families. This “spook-tacular” event features bounce houses, games, food, pumpkin carving, and many other family friendly activities.
The West is filled with exciting rodeos, and many young children are attracted to the excitement of these cowboy-themed events. The town offers an annual Little Buck-A-Roos Rodeo. This event is designed for children between the ages of 3-7. The rodeo takes place in November and it is a wonderful opportunity for children to participate in a wide variety of different rodeo related activities.
The holidays are a perfect time to celebrate with family and the entire community. Apache Junction hosts a holiday program and a light parade every December. This event features Santa and snow is also brought in for the occasion. For those that have never seen snow, this is a wonderful opportunity to be in a winter wonderland!
The Arizona Renaissance Festival
From February through March, one of the best events for the family is the Arizona Renaissance Festival. This festival allows people to engage in a wide variety of wonderful renaissance related activities including eating massive turkey legs, and watching sword fighting and jousting, among many other unique activities.
Of all the annual events in the area, this medieval amusement park is one of the most well-attended events in the entire state. The Arizona Renaissance Festival takes place every weekend from early February through the end of March and on Presidents’ Day when it is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, rain or shine.
You will always find free parking, a 30-acre circus-like atmosphere, more than 10 stages with continuous live comedy and music shows, plus an arts and crafts fair. Rub shoulders with the village fool, the King and Queen, sea captain Francis Drake and dance with the gypsies, watch swordplay, enjoy storytelling, see the sea fairies at the Mermaid Grotto, watch the nine-time Guinness World Record holding whip cracker and even experience a jousting tournament in this day-long family adventure!
Goldfield Ghost Town
When you are looking for unique outdoor activities, make one of your first stops at this fun Old West town that actually is a real town! There are gun fights throughout the day, an interesting mine tour, a train ride, a shooting gallery, saloon, jail, church, zip line, panning for gold, and more that represents the lifestyle of the gold rush prospectors. It used to be home to one of the richest gold mines in the United States, but today you’ll strike delicious gold At Goldfield’s Mammoth Steak House which also boasts majestic views of the Superstition Mountains from its back patio.
The Dolly Steamboat
This is a 90 minute informative and restful year-round nature cruise on Canyon Lake, which is a large lake in the middle of a desert! There is beautiful scenery, tickets sold by a "Humphrey Bogart" lookalike, and interesting commentary given by Captain John Walker. Dinner cruises and private charters are also available. Sit back, enjoy the desert scenery in a whole new way and leave the lake driving to your capable Captain!
Apache Creek Golf Course
Looking to play 9 or 18 holes of golf? This course’s greens are in good condition, there is a club house, a pro shop, two putting greens, driving range, chipping green and a small snack shop with a variety of food, including breakfast, any time of day. It is a nice course for an averagely skilled player who is still challenged because the fairways are narrow and there is a lot of desert on the course.
For more details on local attractions and other exciting events, visit www.apachejunction.com.