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Special Events

We provide a variety of special events to help build family unity, increase community pride, and create a fun and enjoyable recreational experience for everyone. If you are new to the community, or have been a resident for many years, we encourage you to participate and enjoy the great programs we offer. For more information contact Parks & Rec at (480) 983-2181. Please note that some of the events listed below are coordinated by other agencies in cooperation with the City. Follow the link to their website for more information.   

Accessibility
The City of Apache Junction welcomes participation by people with disabilities in all programs, sites, and facilities. For more information about accessibility contact us at 480-983-2181 or or visit www.ajcity.net/ada.


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Halloween Festival

Join AJ Parks & Rec. for our annual Halloween Festival. There will be games, food, bounce houses, a petting zoo, a Costume Contest, Pumpkin Carving Contest, Howl-o-ween Canine Costume Contest and K-9 Demo.
Event Flyer

October 31st (5:00-8:00 pm)
FREE
Prospector Park Sports Fields, 3015 N. Idaho Rd.
         
 
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This annual community Parade and Memorial Ceremony is hosted on Veteran's Day each year. For more information please contact Bob Stark @ or Dave Waldron at (480) 982-1543.
 
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This is one event you can't afford to miss. The MGC will host healers, providers, non-profits & other agencies who are in the business of wellness. With over 80 booths, educational classes, art classes, demos, handouts, give-a-ways, & much more you will definitely go home with something!
Event Flyer
           

Saturday, November 15th (9am-3pm)
FREE (a canned food donation is suggested)
Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Rd.
            
 
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Little Buck-A-Roos Rodeo
Little Buck-A-Roos provides exciting rodeo-style games and contests for kids ages 3-7 year olds.
Check back for Event Flyer                   
           
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10am-Noon
FREE if registered by November 20th. $2 at the event.
Prospector Park, 3015 N. Idaho Rd.       
 
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Ben Johnson Days

This annual community event is hosted in November at the Apache Junction Rodeo Park Event Center. This event includes a gymkhana and Poker Ride. For more information please contact Hux Russell at (480) 250-2628.
 
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Festival of the Superstitions

This community partnership event is sponsored by the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce. This community event will be hosted November 8th-9th . There will be live entertainment, food, vendors, and much more! For more information about participating in this event, please contact the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce @ 480-982-3141 or click here to go to the website.
           
 

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Holiday Program & Light Parade
It will be snowing in AJ again this year! Parks & Recreation will not only have Santa, but SNOW for the entire family to enjoy. Join us for a full day of events starting with a Walk-A-Thon, Santa, Snow, Vendor booths, and wrapping up with the annual light parade.
Check back for Event Flyer
           
Saturday, December 6, 2014
FREE
Downtown AJ
                                
 
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Bring your little ones out to enjoy this fun filled morning competing for ribbons and prizes in Olympic style events. 
 
Saturday in February
The cost of the event is $2
Apache Junction High School Track, 2525 S. Ironwood Rd.
 
          

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Lost Dutchman Marathon
This community event is sponsored by Lost Dutchman Marathon Inc. This annual Lost Dutchman Marathon community event is hosted on President's Day weekend. The event includes a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 8K trail run and a 2- mile fun run.

For more information go to www.lostdutchmanmarathon.org
 
 

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Lost Dutchman Days
This community event is sponsored by Superstition Mountain Promotional Corporation. This annual three-day community event is hosted on the last weekend in February. The event includes a parade, rodeo, carnival, art show and more! For more information please contact www.lostdutchmandays.org at (480) 982-3141.
 
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Superstition Sleepover

Grab your tent, sleeping bags and your family and join Parks and Recreation as we campout in our park. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities during the day and relax to an evening of entertainment under the stars. Food will be provided. This event will happen RAIN or SHINE. Check back for Event Flyer

First Weekend in March 
$8.00
Prospector Park Softball Complex, 3015 N. Idaho Rd.
 
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Movie in the Park

Come out to Prospector Park for baseball game type activities, followed by a movie in the park. We'll supply the fun, games, and popcorn-you supply the blankets for the grass. The movie will be shown at 7pm. While pets are part of the family, we ask that you leave the four legged members at home. Check back for Event Flyer

TBD
FREE
Prospector Park, 3015 N. Idaho Rd.
 
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This annual three-day community event is hosted on the second week of March at the Apache Junction Rodeo Park Event Center. For more information please visit the website http://www.aedgeta.org/.
 
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Easter Egg Hunt

Come help find over 8,500 prize filled eggs! This egg hunt is open to all ages and is free to the public.There will be other activities and games sponsored by local non-profit organizations available during and after the egg hunt. there is a fee for most activities and food.   Check Back for Event Flyer.

The Saturday before the Easter Holiday
Breakfast at 7:30am, Egg Hunts begin at 9am
FREE
Prospector Park Softball Complex, 3015 N. Idaho Rd.
 
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Hershey Track Meet

Participants will compete in running and/or field events within their age/gender group. 1st place finishers born 2000-2005 can advance to the State Meet and possibly the National Finals in Hershey, PA. Age groups are based on year born.  Check Back for Event Flyer.

April
$2.00 if pre-registered or $5.00 for on-site registration.
AJHS Davis Field, 2525 S. Irownwood Rd.
 
 April-Pools-Day--(box-image.gif April Pool's Day
The Apache Junction Fire Department, AJ Parks Recreation and AJ Police Department are teaming up once again to hold the annual April Pool's Day Water Safety event on Bring the whole family and enjoy the bounce houses, home pool safety for parents, mini swim lessons, swim skill evaluations, raffles, and much more. Must register on site by 10am to particiapte in pool activities. Check Back for Event Flyer.


Saturday in April 
FREE
Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave.
 
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Join Parks & Rec for another exciting Teen Night @ the MGC. Hang out with your friend and meets some new ones! 
Check Back for Event Flyer.

Friday night in June
AJ Multi-Gen Center - 1035 N. Idaho Rd.
 
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Summer Concerts in the Park
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a nice evening outside with some great music. Each concert is brought to you FREE by the City of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation and Sonlite Productions. In the event of bad weather, the concert will be moved to the Multi-Generational Center. 
Check Back for Event Flyer.

Veterans Memorial Park Gazebo at 1001 N. Idaho Rd. (NE. corner of Idaho Rd. & Superstition Blvd.)
 
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Itty Bitty Beach Party
Join AJ Parks & Rec. for this annual pool party for our littlest swimmers (ages 6 years and younger, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times)! There will be swimming, games, prizes and MORE! 
Check Back for Event Flyer.
 
$2 per child
Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave.
 
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4th of July Event

Join Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department as we celebrate Independence Day! Activities throughout the day include a FREE Sand Volleyball Tournament, swimming and a FREE fireworks show and festivities. 
Check Back for Event Flyer.

July 4th
FREE (some activities and food will have a fee)
Superstition Shadows Aquatics Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave. and
AJHS Track and Field, 2525 S. Ironwood. 
 
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Teen Night @ the Pool
Join AJ Parks & Rec. lifeguards for this exclusive teens only pool party for 13-17 year olds. There will be swimming, games, music, pizza, drinks and MORE! 
Check Back for Event Flyer.

July 
$3 per person
Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave.
 


If you or your agency are interested in hosting a special event in the community, please contact our Event Liaison, Constance Halonen at (480)474-5080 or If you are interested in hosting a special event at a City park or facility, please contact Jay Reynolds at (480)474-5152 or .