Entertainment calendar for Queen Creek and nearby communities

Editor’s note: Items on the entertainment page run free of charge as space is available for events in the area. Please submit items by e-mail to qcnews@newszap.com. Ongoing activities are posted at the end of the list.
SEPT. 9-FRIDAY
QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek “Feastival”: 5:30-9 p.m., in the northwest parking lot of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road (facing Ellsworth Loop). This gathering of food trucks takes place every Friday night. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

SEPT. 10-SATURDAY
QUEEN CREEK — Flat Track Motorcycle Racing: 4-9 p.m. Sept. 10, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. General admission is $6, general admission plus pit pass is $10. Children ages 6 and under admitted free. Held on select Saturday nights during the summer, motorcycles compete for the fastest time. Multiple divisions from youth to professional. Learn more at QCFlatTrack.com.

APACHE JUNCTION — Run For The Gold 4D Barrel Race: Support the Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo royalty as they raise funds for next year’s LDD royalty. The barrel race is at the Apache Junction Rodeo Grounds, 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Blvd. Books open at 4:30 p.m. Time only at 5 p.m. Books close at 6:45 p.m. and the race is at 7 p.m. For youth 15 and younger (2D), the cost is $20 for entry and $10 for an arena fee. There is a $40 open entry fee with a $10 arena fee. There will be a 70 percent payback. Concessions will be available. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/609684855863766/. For information, call Danielle at 602-743-6757 or e-mail ddanforth@live.com. The girls are also gathering food to donate to the Apache Junction Food Bank. Bring non-perishable food items or donate money.

SUNDAY-SEPT. 11
APACHE JUNCTION — Free Museum Admission for Grandparents, Kids: Grandparents’ Day is Sunday, Sept. 11, and families can take a multigenerational family excursion up the Apache Trail to the Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail. The museum is extending free gallery admission to grandparents and grandkids visiting the museum together on that day. Families can stroll the grounds and nature trails, visit the Elvis Chapel and the Apacheland Barn, tour the grounds including a nature trail and view the model train exhibit. The Old West storefronts and the stagecoach offer family photo opportunities. The beauty of Superstition Mountain and the foothills desert is awe-inspiring, and the history and legend the museum presents through artifacts and narrative capture the interest of both young and old alike. View numerous versions of the map to Jacob Waltz’ purported lost mine, assorted Native American cultural treasures, and have the opportunity to view Ted DeGrazia’s original “Prospectors” collection which is on display in the museum exhibit gallery. The Superstition Mountain Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Admission prices are normally $4 for seniors, $5 for adults,  $2 for students over the age of 17, and kids free with an accompanying adult.  Call the museum at 480-983-4888 or go to the website at www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org for more information.

MONDAY, SEPT. 12
APACHE JUNCTION — Superstition Mountain Museum Fall Ore-Mill Demos: The dedicated and hearty cadre of volunteers who have renovated and now operate the Cossak 20-Stamp Ore Mill at the Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, will be firing up the mill for demonstrations once a month during the fall months. Those willing to brave the temperatures will be treated to a noisy but fascinating glimpse of how these mills operated, separating gold and silver from the mined rock, and see how large a part they played in the Gold Rush Days of the West. The demonstration times will be 10 a.m. on the second Monday of the month, August through October (Sept. 12 and Oct. 10). The demonstrations are free to the public. The museum is three miles northeast of Apache Junction and is open daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information on these events and others upcoming at the museum, visit superstitionmountainmuseum.org or call 480-983-4888.

SEPT. 16-FRIDAY
QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek “Feastival”: 5:30-9 p.m., in the northwest parking lot of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road (facing Ellsworth Loop). This gathering of food trucks takes place every Friday night. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Messy Fest is the newest event coming to Queen Creek as part of the town's Festival Partnership Program. Others include Lemonade Days and the Queen Creek Food Truck Feastival.

Messy Fest is the newest event coming to Queen Creek as part of the town’s Festival Partnership Program. Others include Lemonade Days and the Queen Creek Food Truck Feastival.

SEPT. 17-SATURDAY
QUEEN CREEK — Messy Fest: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17, Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek. Get a dose of sloppiness at this family-friendly fundraiser. The outdoor event will feature all things cluttered, chaotic and untidy, from massive mud pits and bouncy pillows designed for jumping and flinging to paint ball, tomato tosses, a slip-and-slide and a mashed-potato mosh pit. Proceeds from the event will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Camp Rainbow, an organization devoted to providing lively and meaningful experiences for kids battling various forms of cancer or blood disease. Messy Fest will welcome patients from PCH, giving them an opportunity to stray from the ordinary, sometimes painful and exhausting demands of their daily lives and instead focus all of their energy on fun. Messy Fest attendees of all ages should expect to get filthy and are encouraged to wear old clothes they don’t mind getting stained, torn or damaged given the nature of this event, according to the release. A “rinse zone” will be available to event participants. For  more information, including how to register as a vendor, visit the event website at messyfest.com.

SEPT. 23-FRIDAY
QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek “Feastival”: 5:30-9 p.m., in the northwest parking lot of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road (facing Ellsworth Loop). This gathering of food trucks takes place every Friday night. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

SEPT. 24-SATURDAY
QUEEN CREEK — Founders’ Day Celebration: 5-9 p.m. Sept. 24 at Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. For more information, visit www.queencreek.org/foundersday.

Country singer Joe Nichols will perform in concert Sept. 24 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. For ticket information, visit www.qcpac.com or call 480-987-7469. (Courtesy of Queen Creek Performing Arts Center)

Country singer Joe Nichols will perform in concert Sept. 24 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. For ticket information, visit www.qcpac.com or call 480-987-7469. (Courtesy of Queen Creek Performing Arts Center)

QUEEN CREEK — Joe Nichols: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road in Queen Creek. Tickets are $38, $48, $53 and $63. Joe Nichols is one of country music’s most praised traditional country vocalists. He has six No. 1 hits and eight Top 10 singles to his credit, including chart-toppers such as “Gimme That Girl” and “Brokenheartsville.” For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 480-987-7469 or visit www.qcpac.com.

OCT. 1-30
QUEEN CREEK — Pumpkin and Chili Party: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursdays-Sundays at Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road. For more information, visit www.schnepffarms.com.

OCT. 22-SATURDAY
QUEEN CREEK — Trunk or Treat Community Halloween Party: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 22 on 21802 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek Town Center. For more information, visit www.queencreek.org/trunkortreat.

NOV. 4-5, 7
Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr.: 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 7, 2 p.m. Nov. 5, Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road in Queen Creek. $12.50. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 480-987-7469 or visit www.qcpac.com.

NOV. 4-19
APACHE JUNCTION — Centerstage Church/Zao Theatre hosts “1776”: Nov. 4-19 is the Tony-award-winning “1776,” which brings American history to life. It will be held at the Centerstage Church/Zao Theatre, 550 S. Ironwood Drive. “1776” follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at http://www.zaotheatre.com/box_office.html.

ONGOING
APACHE JUNCTION — Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N Apache Trail: Check http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LODU/index.html for schedule of events and activities. Call 480-982-4485 for more information.
MESA — Salt River Tubing: It costs $17 a person to ride a tube at Salt River Tubing on the Lower Salt River. Cost includes tube rental, shuttle bus ride and free customer parking at Salt River Tubing in Tonto National Forest, seven minutes from Loop 202 East on north Power Road. Salt River Tubing will be open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water flow permitting, through Sept. 25. Sunblock, tennis shoes, cap or visor should be worn. A minimum 30 SPF is recommended. Tennis shoes or closed toes are also recommended while tubing. A valid driver’s license is required for a tube rental deposit per five tubes rented. Children must be at least 8 years or older and 4 feet tall for tubing and shuttle bus service. Life vests are recommended for children, non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers. Go to www.saltrivertubing.com for more details.

QUEEN CREEK — Karaoke with Wanna Sing: 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Queen Creek Cafe and Sports Lounge, 22002 S. Ellsworth Road. For more information, visit http://queencreekcafe.com or call 480-888-9241.

QUEEN CREEK — San Tan Historical Society Museum: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at 20425 S. Old Ellsworth Road. Free admission. The museum is inside the historic Rittenhouse Elementary School house, one of the last landmarks in the Queen Creek area. The San Tan Historical Society meets at the museum at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Members and guests alike are welcome to join these public meetings. For more information, visit www.santanhistoricalsociety.org or call 480-987-9380.

QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Olive Mill:  25062 S. Meridian Road. Learn the history of the Olive Mill’s company and olive oil production during the 30- to 45-minute tours offered at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 person. Children under 12 are admitted free. Reservations are not required for groups of eight or fewer. For more information, visit www.queencreekolivemill.com or call 480-888-9290.

QUEEN CREEK — Schnepf Farms: Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road. Home to U-pick veggies, country store, bakery, train rides, hayride tours, petting zoo, museum and holiday events. For more information, including hours, visit http://www.schnepffarms.com.

SUPERIOR — Boyce Thompson Arboretum: Summer hours returned in May (6 a.m.-3 p.m.) Check the event pages at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events.html or recorded information (hours, directions, events, etc.) at 520-689-2811.

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