It’s hot. That’s reason enough to pack up and head to the mountains. Here are three more:
Wine in the Pines
What: The Arizona Wine Growers Association started this festival last year to showcase some of the state’s best wines. This year organizers expect more than 600 people will turn out for exclusive tastings from 15 Arizona wineries, including Carlson Creek, Flying Leap and Page Springs, along with opportunities to meet the winemakers.
When: June 13-14.
Where: Charlie Clark’s Steakhouse in Pinetop, 1701 W. White Mountain Blvd.
Admission: $30 ($35 at the door) includes admission both days, a commemorative tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets.
Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival
What: Sample and savor craft beers from 75 breweries throughout the western U.S. (including Hawaii). There also will be music on two stages and food vendors. This event, now in its 22nd year, benefits Sun Sounds of Arizona.
When: June 14. Doors open at 1 p.m.; noon for VIP ticket holders.
Where: Pepsi Amphitheater, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff.
Admission: $40; $75 VIP.
Details: azbeer.com/flagstaff.htm or PepsiAmp.com
Alpine Country Blues Fest
What: Last year’s inaugural event drew about 400 festival goers from across Arizona and the Southwest. Country and blues performers include Chuck Hall Band, Hans Olson, Desert Dixie Band, Shari Rowe Band, Harliss Sweetwater Band, Big Daddy D and the Dynamites, and Patrick Sassone. The Tal Wi Wi Lodge will host a beer and wine garden. There will be food vendors and Alpine’s restaurants are a short walk away.
When: 7-10 p.m. June 20; 11 a.m-10 p.m. June 21.
Where: Mellody Field, 42663 N. Highway 180 in Alpine.
Admission: $10-20; $5-10 ages 13-18 years; free ages 12 and under.
Details: alpineazmusicfest.com/cms or 1-928-245-1143.