Arizona Musicfest enriches the quality of life through the presentation of world-class performances and outstanding music programs for youth.
Arizona Musicfest—America’s Premier Winter Music Festival—presents top artists of classical orchestral, chamber, opera, jazz, Broadway, country-western, blues, and pop music in exceptional programs (created especially for Arizona Musicfest) at venues throughout the scenic desert foothills of Scottsdale and Carefree.
At the heart of the Festival is the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Robert Moody, and comprised of musicians from the nation’s finest orchestras, including; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, and others. In addition, the Festival features the 100-voice Arizona Musicfest Chorus; and the Arizona Musicfest Chamber Players. A recent Chamber broadcast on American Public Media’s “Performance Today” caused the announcer to exclaim, “You gotta love those folks from Arizona!”
The Arizona Republic recently recognized Arizona Musicfest as “The Best Classical Music Festival” and regularly features its concerts in “Top Ten” Lists.
Arizona Musicfest Youth Education
Equally impressive, Arizona Musicfest is committed to broadening our musical footprint through extensive programs which enrich our area’s music education offerings, inspire our youth, and provide valuable and lasting investment in our community. Each year, 6,000 school children experience classical music exposure through Musicfest Minutes, a daily curriculum-based music lesson in area classrooms. Utilizing the emerging trend of using ukuleles to teach the fundamentals of music, Musicfest Strummers provides string instruments to 3rd through 6th graders throughout the Valley. In the fall of 2012, Musicfest Music Makers made its debut, introducing third and fourth graders to string, wind and brass instruments. Through the Festival’s exciting Katzen Jazz Program, area elementary students are provided with unique exposure to the Jazz repertoire, history and performance practice. The Arizona Musicfest Orchestra Outreach Program provides master classes for promising music students and music education forums for school assemblies. The Orchestra also introduces thousands of students each year to the experience of an orchestra rehearsal through a Festival Orchestra open rehearsal. Additionally, Arizona Musicfest maintains an Instrument Rental Program; hosts an annual children’s concert by the Phoenix Youth Symphonette; and sponsors the annual Cave Creek Unified School District’s One Voice concert.
Arizona Musicfest Programs for Young Musicians
In addition to providing accessibility to music instruction and exposure to classical music, performance opportunities for exceptional young Valley musicians (grades seven through twelve) are provided through the Young Performers Recital Series, the annual Young Artists Concertand the highly regarded Young Musicians Competition. Celebrating the talent of our area’s outstanding young musicians and investing in their future is also key to Musicfest. This commitment is best recognized through Arizona Musicfest Scholarship funds which annually help to underwrite the college education of outstanding student musicians pursuing degrees in music performance.
Please check out the other sections of the Arizona Musicfest website for the concert schedule/buying tickets; donation opportunities; attending special events; and information on our education and performance youth performance programs.
Cave Creek’s Award Winning Barbecue, pecan wood smoked to perfection. Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue, come try the New Taste of the Old West.
Fitness Center, Cardio Equipment, Strength-Training Equipment
Outdoor Pools, Family Warm-Water Adventure Pool, Warm-Water Lap Pool & Whirlpool
Gymnasium, Racquetball Courts & Aerobics Studio
Rock Climbing Wall
Amazing Kids Child Watch & Outdoor Play Area
Teen & Technology Center & Recording Studio
Locker Rooms & Family Changing Area
Youth Fitness Room/Equipment
Since 1978. Professional Fine Art & Fine Craft Shows, RV- Boat Shows, Home & Garden Expos.
Every year, thousands of avid team ropers flock to the area and spend several weeks or months roping under blue skies. Many are second homeowners in the Cave Creek Area.
Dynamite Arena in Cave Creek, Ariz., one of the longest-running team roping venues in Arizona, was recently purchased by Bryan Beaver together with Daren and Kami Peterson.
In October, Dynamite got a facelift for the first time in years. Ropers this season will be greeted by the new Wrangler Warm-Up Arena, the BEX Zone heeler area and VIP air-conditioned restrooms, as well as fresh flowers, larger boxes and revamped lead-up chutes. Plus, one of the Valley’s favorite concessions is serving lunch from the new Cactus Cantina by Wild Bunch Catering. Dynamite Arena also offers full RV Hookups and horse boarding.
Dynamite Arena’s season runs from the end of October til the first of April.
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Nestled in the beautiful Sonoran Foothills of Cave Creek, the Grace Museum was established by the legendary icon, Grace Voss Fredericks. One of the first women on television, she participated in many aspects of the entertainment industry including radio, Broadway, Vaudeville, etc.
She loved her Country and dedicated her Museum to its progress over the past 200 years. Enjoy the nostalgic history of her collections of Americana with a guided approximate 2-1/2 hour tour. Tours are by appointment only and groups need to be four or more persons.
$10.00 per person. Please call 480-488-9045 for reservations.
Harolds is THE place in Cave Creek, Arizona for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Harold’s features the finest Choice hand carved steaks and daily delivered fresh seafood. All our BBQ meats are smoked on premise using mesquite wood to provide a traditional southwest flavor. Our wide variety menu features everything from Salads, Steaks, Seafood, Italian & Mexican dishes, to the best Hamburgers in Arizona.
The Horny Toad Restaurant, a rustic spot known for their mouth-watering Barbecued Pork and Beef Ribs, Steaks and their famous Crispy Fried Chicken. This fun restaurant has generated national recognition for its fun atmosphere, friendly service, and huge portions that always leave you stuffed and satisfied. Their hefty menu offers heaping portions of Barbeque Ribs smothered with The Horny Toad’s special BBQ sauce; the mouthwatering Toad Cut 16oz Prime Rib is any cowboy’s dream come true; and the Toad’s world famous Crispy Fried Chicken will have your coming back for more the very next day Satisfy your sweet tooth with a hot fudge brownie sundae, a homemade apple cobbler, or The Toad’s famous Strawberry Shortcake. The Horny Toad is a great place to bring the family! The Toad has the very best of accommodations with their indoor dining room, and western style patio that overlooks the beautiful desert mountain sunsets.
Local Jonny’s is a hybrid – part coffee shop/part craft beer bar/part restaurant with chef prepared dishes.
Our focus is on simple, fresh, quality food that is always prepared in house and from scratch. There are no short cuts taken here. Even the espresso drinks are prepared individually by hand using freshly roasted, organic coffees from Firecreek Coffee Roasters in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Our kitchen does not have any microwaves or deep fryers – and that should tell you something about our menu.
Our menu is always changing with the seasons, as well as keeping up to date with current trends and the desire to offer more healthy choices as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Local Jonny’s opened its doors in the Fall of 2014 in old-town Cave Creek, Arizona.
The owners, Jon and Lauren Oughterson, created a space that feels modern and clean, while not losing the small-town charm we all love about Cave Creek.
Magic Bird Festivals was established in Cave Creek, Arizona in 1989 and built the Cave Creek Arts & Crafts Festivals into major events of over 300 artisan exhibitors during the 1990’s and has produced a variety of shows & festivals throughout Arizona for over 23 years gaining valuable experience in quality care and service to our exhibitors and shopping patrons.
Festival Events. Magic Bird Festivals currently provides exhibit and sales opportunities to a wide variety of individual exhibitor entrepreneurs through our vetted Treasure Markets at major Festivals inside Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in partnership with the ballpark, plus our Gift & Treasure Market at the Annual Carefree Christmas Festival.
And more recently, Magic Bird Festivals by invitation of the Town of Carefree, now offers two new artist only juried Fine Art & Entertainment Festivals located in the Carefree Town Center Desert Gardens: our Annual Carefree Indian Art Market & Cultural Festival & our Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate & Fine Art where all exhibits meet the high standards established by the well known Thunderbird Fine Art & Wine Festivals of Carefree, Arizona, yet with a new and different flair. Learn more by visiting http://www.carefreeazfestivals.com