is host to a variety of special events in the Verde Valley. Summer is an especially busy time with many fine arts and crafts shows where local artists can showcase their talent. Cottonwood is also home to the annual Verde River Valley Days held at the Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Not just your ordinary festival, The Verde River Valley Days holds fishing clinics, a sandcastle-building contest, canoe rides and a rubber duck race. It’s a fun-filled event for the whole family. For something else unique, there are geological and archaeological tours available in the Cottonwood region by reservation. For car fans, there’s the annual Show and Glow Car Show, usually held in September, at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood. Also usually held in September is the annual Moonlight Madness Festival, held in nearby Sedona. The Cottonwood area is sure to have something of interest for everyone. Below is a list of some of the other special events found in or near the town of Cottowood:
Annual Gem and Mineral Show
Verde Mingus Blow-out 10K run in April
Celebration of Easter
Annual Blues Fest, usually held in April
Annual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival, usually held in late April.
Hi-Country Bluegrass Festival
Cinco de Mayo & Sizzlin’ Salsa Sunday
Verde Valley Fair, usually held in May
Fourth of July Celebration July
Chuck Wagon Supper & Live Western Stage Show at the Blazin’ M Ranch – this is an ongoing event at the ranch.
Halloween “Safe Street” – October 31st in Old Town Cottonwood.
Annual Chocolate Lovers Walk in Old Town Cottonwood – December.
Annual Rhythm and Ribs Cook-off and Concert
Farmers Market – every Thursday evening, July – September – home grown produce, hand made crafts, food, music and more.
Cottonwood Christmas Parade