Soar into Spring Kite Festival; Fiesta de la Primavera; Prescott Highland Games; Payson Wildlife Fair
Soar into Spring Kite Festival
It may not match the cutthroat kiting events of other countries, where kite string is made razor sharp so handlers can sever rival kites in flight, but this 11th annual festival gets our vote for a pleasant way to spend an afternoon in the spring sunshine. Bring your own kite to fly. When you need a break from the action, there are carnival games, face painting, arts and crafts, and a bubble station with wands designed to produce giant floating orbs.
DETAILS >> Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May ll, at Foxglenn Park, 4200 E. Butler Ave., Flagstaff. Admission is free; a $3 wristband gives children unlimited access to bounce houses and a kiddie caboose. (928) 213-2300 or www.Flagstaff.AZ.gov/recreation.
Fiesta de la Primavera
The most interesting facet of this homespun festival — with scores of arts and crafts booths, live music and food from barbecue to tamales — is its location: Holy Trinity Monastery. Home to Benedictine monks, the sisters of Holy Family Convent, a group of seasonal RV-ers nicknamed “The Holy Hoboes,” and an assortment of sheep, goats and cows, the monastery is situated on 132 acres devoted to farming, flower gardens and pecan orchards. Visitors like to see the outdoor Stations of the Cross, a meditation garden, a conservatory, a bookstore, a thrift shop and Gallery Trinitas — a combination art gallery, museum and gift shop. There’s also a 1.3-mile bird sanctuary trail along the San Pedro River.
DETAILS >> 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Holy Trinity Monastery, south of St. David on Highway 80 between Mile Posts 302 and 303. $2 per car. (520) 720-4642 or HolyTrinityMonastery.org.
Payson Wildlife Fair
Grassy Green Valley Park hosts live wildlife and hands-on outdoor activities during this annual event produced by Arizona Game and Fish Department, Mogollon Sporting Association, U.S. Forest Service, and Payson’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Visitors can fish, try archery, play games, and get a look at birds of prey, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters and alligators. Green Valley Lake will be stocked with more than double its usual amount of trout, and no fishing license will be required. Bait and tackle is available at the fair, but bring your own to avoid waiting in line.
DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Green Valley Park, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, Payson. Free admission. (928) 474-5242, extension 7, or PaysonRimCountry.com.
Prescott Highland Games
Celtic food and drink, Scottish athletic contests, sheepdog demonstrations, and pipe bands make for a merry atmosphere at this ninth annual event, where you’ll also find handmade crafts and a genealogy tent. Live entertainment is scheduled around the clock on three stages, and there’s whiskey tasting.
DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Watson Lake Park, 4 miles north of downtown at 3101 Watson Lake Road, Prescott. $8-$16, free for children 5 and younger. (928) 443-1422 or PrescottHighlandGames.com.