Aug. 10-12, times vary
Don’t miss Prescott’s 30th annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering – a celebration where more than 50 performers share their cowboy heritage through poetry and music. Located at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott, attendees will enjoy three days packed with traditions of the American cowboy, from music and yodeling to special sessions on cowboys in Mongolia. This year’s performers will include Dave Stamey, Trinity Seely and Don Edwards, among many others. Day sessions are free; prices vary for night performances. www.azcowboypoets.org.
Aug. 10-13, times vary
Tucson is home to a plethora of beautiful bird species, including five-striped sparrows and red-faced warblers. Hosted by the Tucson Audubon Society and Arizona Riverpark Inn in Tucson, the seventh annual Southeast Arizona Birding Festival celebrates these special bird species and many more. Enjoy social hours and dinners with other birders, an extensive nature expo with workshops and programs, and birding field trips led by experts. Registration fee, $15; prices vary per event. www.tucsonaudubon.org.
Aug. 12, 4-8 p.m.
A hot summer’s day and an ice-cold beer go hand in hand, so go ahead and quench your thirst at the sixth annual Mile High Brewfest in downtown Prescott. The event will include beer and wine samples from some of the Southwest’s finest craft breweries and local wineries as well as bite-size treats from local food trucks. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona. Online, $25; at the door, $35. www.milehighbrewfest.com.
Aug. 17-19, times vary
The town of Payson has been celebrating the history and tradition of pro rodeo for 133 years with the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, an event that honors the beloved sport of the Old West. See some of the world’s greatest professional cowboys and cowgirls saddle up and take the bull by the horns during barrel racing and steer wrestlers. There will also be a parade, specialty acts, and a rodeo after-party held at the Payson Event Center. $10-$25. www.paysonrimcountry.com.
Aug. 26, times vary
Mountain bikes, golf and brews are all part of the fourth annual Sedona Bike & Brew mountain bike race. Attendees will enjoy a beautiful bike ride with Sedona’s red rocks as the backdrop, as well as live music, games, brews on tap, and an awards ceremony. The race offers four divisions: men’s open, men’s sport, women’s sport and junior. For riders who choose to camp, the event has reserved the Chavez Crossing Campground along Oak Creek. General admission, $75; VIP, $150. www.sedonagolfresort.com.
Aug. 26-27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This 20th annual Flagstaff Open Studios will feature more than 80 studios on a self-guided tour that spotlights a variety of art including paintings, sculptures, fiber arts, glass works, jewelry, photography, stained glass, weaving and hands-on art projects for children. There will also be an opportunity to meet the artists. Free. www.flagstaff-arts.org.