Events with Friends of the Verde River and Verde River Partners

Unfortunately, due to the national and global crisis, some of our events have been cancelled or postponed. Please consider supporting our Arizona Gives Day Campaign on or before April 7, 2020, in lieu of attending these events.

Upcoming Events

Friends of the Verde River is proud to present the following events.

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Arizona Gives Day

AZ Gives Day is a predominantly digital event. Join in on the 24-hour online giving blitz in suport of local nonprofits! AZ Gives Day “helps raise awareness about the critical role Arizona nonprofits play in our communities and inspires people to give generously creating a thriving and stronger Arizona for all.” Give online, or come see us in person at Vino di Sedona from 4-8p.m.

Date and Time: April 7, 2020 – 12:01a.m.-11:59p.m.

Event Location: Online! Check back for our AZ Gives Day link.

More Information: Click here for more details.

Music Fest at the State Bar

Join us in Old Town Cottonwood for an afternoon and evening of music! This all-local lineup is sure to get you moving. Bands donate their time to this free-to-attend, family friendly music fest. And our wonderful partners at State Bar will donate a percentage of beverage sales to Friends.

Date and Time: Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 2p.m.-12a.m.

Event Location: The State Bar in historic Old Town Cottonwood.

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Tilted Earth Music Festival

The Tilted Earth Festival was “created to foster the growth of culture, community and the economy in the great Verde Valley of Arizona.” Tilted Earth is a Summer Solstice celebration of music, wine, and food.

Date and Time: June 19-20, 2020.

Event Location: Page Springs Cellars in Cornville, AZ.

More Information: Visit the Tilted Earth site for more details.

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Highway Cleanups with Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

Join volunteers from the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival to clean up a section of Mingus Avenue. The section of road in question is a beautiful riparian area that provides habitat to many bird species.

All supplies including bags, grabbers, and safety vests are provided.

Date and Time: There are several opportunities to join in on a VVBNF Highway Cleanup:

  • March 28, 2020. Meet at 7:30 a.m.
  • May 16, 2020. Meet at 6:30a.m.
  • July 18, 2020. Meet at 6:30a.m.

Event Location: Cottonwood, AZ. Meet at the dirt lot on Mingus Avenue between 18th Street and the Verde River bridge.

More Information: Contact Debbie LaFrance for more information.

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Verde River Runoff

The Verde River Runoff is a kayak, canoe and stand up paddleboard event that encourages competitive and leisurely boaters to run the beautiful Verde River during the annual spring runoff. This year, we have postponed the event to the fall due to unsafe high water and COVID-19. Options for participation include a 5-mile fun float and a 10-mile competitive race. Both events conclude at Beasley Flats.

Date and Time: September 12, 2020

Event Location: Camp Verde, AZ

More Information: Visit our site or click here to register.

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Hatty Hour at Pillsbury Wine Company

Join Friends of the Verde River and Pillsbury Wine Company at “Hatty Hour” on the last Friday of the month. Wear your favorite hat and grab a glass for a chance to win a bottle of wine. Pillsbury will donate 15% of sales to river conservation projects.

Date and Time: Last Friday of every month from 5-9p.m. Please note: events in March and April have been cancelled in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and AZ Department of Health. Check back in May!

Location: Pillsbury Wine Company in Old Town Cottonwood, AZ.

Cancelled for March and April.

Thirsty Thursdays at the State Bar

Join us on the second Thursday of every month for Thirsty Thursdays at the State Bar. $1 of every beer you enjoy is donated to Friends!

Date and Time: Second Thursday of every month from 3-6p.m. Please note: events in March and April have been cancelled in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and AZ Department of Health. Check back in May!

Location: The State Bar in Old Town Cottonwood, AZ.

Cancelled for March and April.

Upcoming in 2021

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Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival

The annual Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival is a celebration of Camp Verde’s pecan growers and wineries. The Festival includes nut and wine tastings, vendors, and music. This spring event coincides with the Verde River Runoff. Verde River Runoff race winners will be announced and the winning ticket for the Run the Verde Raffle will be drawn at the Festival on March 21, 2020.

Date and Time: March 20-21, 2021.

Event Location: 75 E. Hollamon Street, Downtown Camp Verde.

More Information: Purchase wine tasting tickets in advance here. Click here for more information.

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Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

The Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival, described as “the friendliest birding festival,” is an annual celebration of birds, birders, and nature in the beautiful Verde Valley. This festival brings together experienced and amateur birders alike to enjoy unique workshops, exciting field trips led by experts, and inclusive events.

Date and Time: April 22-25, 2021.

Event Location: Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood, AZ

More Information: Visit our site for more details.

Past Events

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, presented in partnership with Prescott Creeks, is an annual film festival. Local environmental nonprofits invited the public to experience unique stories and adventures through amazing films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to protect it.

Date and Time: TBD for 2021.

Event Location: Camp Verde and Prescott, AZ

More Information: Visit our site for more information.

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State of the Watershed Conference

The State of the Watershed Conference brought together experts from The Nature Conservancy, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and more to discuss the highly-anticipated, innovative Watershed Report Card. This conference is open to the public.

Date and Time: TBD for 2021.

Event Location: TBD for 2021.

More Information: Visit our site to learn more about the Verde Watershed Report Card.

List Your Event

Are you, or is your organization, a partner of Friends of the Verde River? Or, do you have an upcoming event that directly relates to the Verde River, or to the Verde River Watershed? We’d love to support your work by putting your event on this page.

Email Maya the following: event name, location, date(s) and time(s), email address of a contact person, website (if applicable), brief description, and a photo.

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