• Located just below the Mogollon Rim in Central Arizona, Payson throws a party on its historic Main Street the first Friday of every month. First Friday on Main Street Art & Antiques Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. and includes live music and classic cars. Payson is also a good base for taking in nearby attractions such as the Tonto Natural Bridge - believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world.
• The Grand Canyon's 23nd Annual Star Party will be held on both the South and North rims from June 8-15.
The party attracts more than 100 amateur astronomers from around the world, and draws more than 1,000 visitors a night over eight nights every summer.
Visitors explore the night sky on Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix. Details at nps.gov
• You can't get much higher in Arizona than Greer, which sits at 8,300 feet in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
The community's annual Greer Days celebration takes place June 14-16. Opening ceremonies feature a Greer Desperados Shootout on Main Street in front of Molly Butler Lodge, followed the next day by a parade down Main Street, along with music, a talent show and more. Details at www.MollyButlerLodge.com
• Some of the state's best winemakers will be in the White Mountains for the Wine in the Pines Festival June 15-16. The Arizona Wine Growers Association expects as many as 1,500 people (age 21 and over only) will attend this new event, held beneath the apple and cottonwood trees at Charlie Clark's Orchard in Pinetop-Lakeside.
Admission to the grand tasting is $30 in advance, $35 at the door. That gets you through the gates both June 15 and 16, and includes 10 tastings and a commemorative glass.
Eighteen Arizona wineries will offer tastings, along with sales by the glass, bottle or case.
A number of area restaurants and wine stores plan related Arizona-wine tasting, dinner and events June 13-14.
• In about the same amount of time it takes to drive to Payson you could head east to the Silver City area in New Mexico.
At nearly 6,000 feet, this historic town has summer temperatures that usually top out in the high 80s, along with an emerging dining scene.
Time your visit for the Silver City Clay Festival, which takes place July 27-Aug. 4. In addition to showcasing tile, pottery and adobe, there will be lectures, workshops, yoga sessions, films, kids' activities and a panel discussion by archaeologists from Western New Mexico University.