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@apachejunctionaz.gov or visit www.ajcity.net/ada.

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Movies in the Park: Presented by SRP

We are hosting our August & September Movies as Dive-In Movies at the Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center! In October, will be returning to our regular Movies in the Park series at Flatiron Park!!! For current movie openings, please visit our AcitveNet activities website: https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/apachejunction/activity/search                 Dive-In Movie Flyer

Winter Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park - RETURNING THIS FALL!

Grab a blanket and your friends and family for an enjoyable evening outside listening to some great music! This FREE concert series will be returning this fall at Flatiron Community Park (100 N. Apache Trail AJ, AZ 85120). Please keep an eye out for more details on our September 4th, October 2nd, and November 6th Concert dates!


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, visit www.lostdutchmandays.org.


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/


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
 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  


2021 Fourth of July
Join Apache Junction Parks & Recreation Department as we celebrate Independence Day! Join us at the Apache Junction High School Football field for live music, activities and fireworks! The gates will open at 6pm, fireworks will start (weather permitting) at 8:30 pm. This event is free. We will also live stream fireworks on our Facebook page. 

For more information visit the 4th of July:  Web Page     Flyer


Teen Night @ the Pool
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 

Halloween is coming up and the City of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation wants to make your night spook-ta-cular! We will be hosting our annual Halloween Festival from 5:00-8:00pm on Saturday, October 30th. The event will take place at the Flatiron Community Park. This event is free to the community and is offered as a safe alternative to the traditional neighborhood trick or treating. Keep an eye out for more details soon!


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. This year (2020) the event will look a little different. There will not be in an expo, but we will have education classes and workshops. Vendors wanting to participate should contact Larry Binion at lbinion@apachejunctionaz.gov


Holiday Program & Light Parade-

The City of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation will be hosting our annual Holiday Program & Light Parade on Saturday, December 4th. The event will take place at Flatiron Community Park. This event is free to the community! There will be lots of activities throughout the day for the whole family. Keep an eye out for more details soon!


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


Easter Event 2021

Although we are not quite where we need to be in order to have our traditional community wide in-person Easter Egg Hunt, we are excited to be able to offer Easter activities for local families again this year! We will be bringing back our “Egg-Cellent Scavenger Hunt” from last year and also passing out Easter Egg Rec Bags to families!

Easter Egg Rec Bags will be available for families to pick-up at our Multi-Generational Center between 6:00am and 8:00pm on the Wednesday, 3/31, Thursday, 4/1, and Friday, 4/2. There will be 30 plastic Easter Eggs per bag that include a prize or candy! One bag per family and supplies are limited.

Our "Egg-Cellent Scavenger Hunt" will take place between Thursday, April 1st and continue through Easter Sunday, April 4th. Families will be able to look for numbered 11" x 17" Easter Eggs posted throughout the community. Here are the Worksheet, Directions & Hints for the event. This plus more information can be found on our AJPR Easter Facebook Event Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/270368111332330. Answers will be posted on Monday, April 5th. Happy Hunting!

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@apachejunctionaz.gov.  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@apachejunctionaz.gov.  

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