Exchange Spotlight | Arizona Fun in February

If you’re enjoying a gorgeous exchange to Arizona this month, we’re here to remind you on this Wanderlust Wednesday that there’s much more to do than enjoy the beautiful scenery and spectacular weather.

Medieval Lady dancing on castle Yard on historical reenactment in Gorizia, Italy

For 16th century family fun, get transported back in time at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, running every Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10 through April 1 east of Apache Junction on U.S. Highway 60 (About 40 mins. east of Phoenix.) This year, one of the largest Renaissance festivals in the nation celebrates its 30th anniversary season. Cheer for brave knights! Roam the 30-acre festival village filled with whimsical castles, cottages, pubs and 13 stages of nonstop performances of music, mermaids, merriment, dance, acrobatics and comedy. Foolish pleasures mix with artisan treasures as you shop, eat and revel with a cast of nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed characters. Prepare for new shows and returning favorites and don’t forget to reserve your seat at the Pleasure Feast – the most exclusive event within the Festival with a five-course dinner and variety show!

What’s a trip to the southwest without a little riding and roping? See true southwest culture at the La Fiesta Vaqueros (Celebration of the Cowboys.) This nine day festival takes place February 17-25 at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, about 2 hours southeast of Phoenix, and centers on the Tucson Rodeo, on the top 25 professional rodeos in North America.

Rodeo events include bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping and women’s barrel racing. Also featured each day are kids’ events such as Dodge Mutton Bustin’, when four-to six-year-olds test their riding skills on sheep, and the Justin Junior Rodeo for young cowpokes ages 7-12.

Don’t miss the Tucson Rodeo Paradebilled as the world’s largest non-motorized parade. This two-hour spectacle features western-themed floats and buggies, historic horse-drawn coaches, festive Mexican folk dancers, marching bands and outfitted riders. An estimated 200,000 spectators view the parade each year.

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As always, we at RTX wish you happy traveling!


About the Author

About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .


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