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.


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.

Winter Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park-SUSPENDED

Grab a blanket and your friends and family for an enjoyable evening outside listening to some great music! This FREE Winter concert series is in full swing and is being held at Flatiron Community Park (100 N. Apache Trail AJ, AZ 85120). 

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Movies in the Park: Presented by SRP

Due to the current pandemic, we are only offering Drive-In Movies until further notice. ONLY $5 per vehicle! Space is limited and you must PRE-REGISTER for this event. For the month of October, we will be offering our "Creepin' It Reel" movie series! Check out the event Flyer.


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/


Easter Egg Hunt
Come help find over 8,500 prize filled eggs! This egg hunt is open to all ages and is free to the public.There will be other activities and games sponsored by local non-profit organizations available during and after the egg hunt. There is a fee for most activities and food.  This event takes place the Saturday prior to Easter each year. 


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  


4th of July
Join Apache Junction Parks & Recreation Department as we celebrate Independence Day! This year looks a little different than usual, but we would like to invite citizens to enjoy fireworks from the safety of their backyard or via our online streaming of the show! In addition, we will be offering free Rec Packs for the first 100 families available on 7/2 & 7/3 with various activities. Also, join us all day long on the 4th of July on our Facebook page for various activities and entertaining posts!


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 
Join AJ Parks & Rec. for our non traditional Halloween Events. On October 31st from 2-5pm there will be candy stations all over town for families to drive thru; map of all locations will be available the week before. There will  Costume Contest, Pumpkin Carving Contest, all on Facebook page. And we are "Creeping it Reel" with our October movie series.  For more information click here


Festival of the Superstitions-SUSPENDED
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-SUSPENDED for 2020
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-

Your Parks and Rec Team is currently working on December event. More details to come.
Join us in Downtown AJ for the festivities on the first Saturday.


Lost Dutchman Marathon-2020 will be a virtual run!
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

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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