July 15, 7 a.m.
Escape the heat and enjoy a brisk bicycle ride in Flagstaff. This 17th annual event raises funds to support The Taylor House, which provides housing near the hospital for families of patients at Flagstaff Medical Center. The ride will begin at Flagstaff Medical Center and head out on Lake Mary Road, where riders will pedal their way among scenic views on rides of 50, 80 or 100 kilometers (due to road construction, the race is following a metric century ride). Donation levels start at $60. www.taylorhouseride.com.
July 21-22, 12-8 p.m.
Held in Uptown Sedona, this 13th annual event celebrates the pioneer heritage and cowboy culture of the West. The celebration pays homage to all things cowboy, including roping, cowboy action shooting, historical re-enactments, musical performances, storytelling, country music, a cowboy and cowgirl outfit contest, and more. Lasso up your troops because this is one event you don’t want to miss. Free. www.sedonamainstreet.com.
July 21-23, times vary
Presented by Eat Sleep Golf, #TheOven17 is the perfect event for golf enthusiasts. Participants will enjoy a weekend in Tucson playing competitive, 18-hole rounds at two courses: La Paloma Country Club and Sewailo Golf Club. A pairings party kick starts the event on July 21 at Borderlands Brewing Company. Other events will include lunch each day, drink tickets, a vodka tasting, a FootGolf competition, and awards. $225. www.eatsleepgolf.net.
July 22, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
When you combine prose with the pines, you get the Payson Book Festival! Held at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson, attendees will have the opportunity to meet 70 Arizona authors representing all genres of fiction and non-fiction. Guests will enjoy book signings, presentations, food from local vendors, entertainment and door prizes. Free. www.paysonbookfestival.org.
July 23, 4:30 p.m.
The Arboretum at Flagstaff’s highly anticipated outdoor gala, Summer Soiree, raises funds for the venue among a serene outdoor setting where guests will enjoy a cocktail hour and catered dinner under the stars, surrounded by the arboretum’s stunning gardens. The evening will also feature silent and live auctions, entertainment and live music. Individual, $125; table of eight, $1,000.
July 28-30, times vary
Sedona’s hummingbird population is the highest and most diverse at the end of July. The Hummingbird Society celebrates the birds with an annual festival packed with presentations by hummingbird experts from around the world. Held at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, there will also be live entertainment, shopping and local food vendors, plus the option to book birding trips and garden tours. On July 29, a gala banquet will take place at Poco Diablo Resort. Reservations required for tours and the gala. Prices vary. www.sedonahummingbirdfestival.com.