Special Events

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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. 

Interested in sponsoring an event in Apache Junction?  Scroll to the bottom of this page.



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 ajpr@ajcity.net or visit www.ajcity.net/ada.

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 about this event, call (480) 982-3141 or visit: www.lostdutchmandays.org.
Winter Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park

Grab a blanket and your friends and family for an enjoyable evening outside listening to some great music! This FREE Winter concert series is in full swing and is being held at Flatiron Community Park (100 N. Apache Trail AJ, AZ 85120). 
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Movies in the Park: Presented by SRP

Due to the current situation, we will only be offering Drive-In Movies until further notice. The May Drive-In Movie, Nacho Libre, is Saturday 6/13 evening! ONLY $7 per vehicle! Registration is now OPEN to everyone. Space is limited. Check out more details on the Facebook Event Page.
Click here to Register 


Itty Bitty Olympics

Bring your little ones out to enjoy this fun filled morning competing for ribbons and prizes in Olympic style events. The next event will take place in March 2020 at Flatiron Community Park for Boys & Girls ages 0-6. Visit our Sports site for details.


Superstition Sleepover

Grab your tent, sleeping bags and your family and join Parks and Recreation as we camp out 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 take place in March.
Antique Tractor Show
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/
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.  This event takes place the Saturday prior to Easter each year. 

April Pool's Day
Superstition Fire & Medical District, AJ Parks & Recreation and AJ Police Department team up every April to conduct this Water Safety event.  Bring the whole family and enjoy the various activities, home pool safety for parents, mini swim lessons, swim skill evaluations, raffles, and much more.

For more information, click here

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Itty Bitty Beach Party- SUSPENDED
 Join AJ Parks & Rec. for this annual pool party for our littlest swimmers (ages 6 years and younger, children must be within an arm's reach of an adult at all times)! There will be swimming, games, prizes and MORE!
For more information, click here  

4th of July
Join Apache Junction Parks & Recreation Department as we celebrate Independence Day! This year looks a little different than usual, but we would like to invite citizens to enjoy fireworks from the safety of their backyard or via our online streaming of the show! In addition, we will be offering free Rec Packs for the first 100 families available on 7/2 & 7/3 with various activities. Also, join us all day long on the 4th of July on our Facebook page for various activities and entertaining posts!

Teen Night @ the Pool-SUSPENDED
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!  
For more information, click here

Halloween Festival

Join AJ Parks & Rec. for our annual Halloween Festival. There will be games, food, bounce houses, a Costume Contest, Pumpkin Carving Contest, Howl-o-ween Canine Costume Contest, Trunk or Treat and more! This event takes place the Saturday before Halloween.


Festival of the Superstitions

This community partnership event is sponsored by the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce and is held every November in Downtown Apache Junction at Flatiron Community Park. 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 www.festivalofthesuperstitions.com.

Veteran's Day Parade

This annual community Parade and Memorial Ceremony is hosted on Veteran's Day each year. For more information please contact AJVDparade@aol.com or Dave Waldron at (480) 250-0944.

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 visit: http://www.goldfieldghostriders.com/ben_johnson_days.html

Heal Yourself, Heal Your World, Wellness Event

In November, 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!  This event is free (a canned food donation is suggested).  More information

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 in Downtown AJ for the festivities on the first Saturday in December starting with Santa, Snow, and Vendor booths at 3pm and wrapping up that night with the light parade. More information.
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
For a list of additional local events, visit www.ajchamber.com/calendar

Special Event Planning Process

If you or your agency are interested in hosting a special event in the community, please contact Al Bravo at (480)474-5080 or abravo@ajcity.net.  If you are interested in hosting a special event at a City park or facility, please contact Jeff Kopp at (480)474-5152 or jkopp@ajcity.net.  

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