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Fun things to do this summer in Superior

It can get quite toasty this time of year in Superior with highs in the triple digits and lows around the mid 70s. You would be best advised to stay away from hiking and being outdoors during midday but early mornings and evenings can be quite comfortable to enjoy the desert this time of year. There are still a good amount of things to do in Superior this summer and we have the rundown for you below.


Music in the Park in Downtown Superior


Every Second Friday enjoy music in Superior's downtown Besich Park. Listen to local musicians or come and share your music. All are welcome to this free outdoor event.


Catch some music at Porter's Cafe this summer too. Bad June will be playing there on July 8th. For more info click here.


Walk on the Wild Side at Boyce Thompson Arboretum


Summer nights come alive when you Walk on the Wild Side at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Families discover the unique sights, sounds, and smells of Sonoran Desert nocturnal life as your flashlight beams along the trails. Learn from local partners with live animal encounters and educational activities.


July 29th - Blooming Nights
August 26th - Creepy Crawly Night
September 30th - Attractions of the Night Sky


Art Classes at Art 145


Art 145 in downtown Superior is offering classes for all ages throughout the summer.


July 7th - Kids Sewing: Plushies

July 15th - Basket Weaving

July 19th Kinetic Art - Making a Jacob's Ladder

July 23rd - Still Life Drawing

August 4th - Memento Box Decorating



Youth Fridays and Open Mics at Leo's


Every Friday Leo's is open for youth to come and hang out, play games, do art, read, dance and more. Every first Wednesday check out Leo's for an open mic event. Come with an act, a story, a short set list, jokes, or something else artful to share.



Cold Drinks and Icy Treats to cool off


Downtown Superior has a variety of options to find a nice cold drink or icy treat to cool off with. Check out Porter's Cafe, Felicia's Ice Cream Shop, Mountainside Coffee, Barmacy, Bella's Marketplace and Cafe, Bruzzi Vineyard and Silver King Smokehouse and Saloon to name a few.



Foraging in the Sonoran Desert: August 5th-6th


Learn in great detail about the major and minor food plants of the Sonoran desert in the early summer. Turn these 2 full days of hands-on learning into a lifetime investment for future knowledge gathering and wild food foraging!


We’ll climb up a bit out of the lower desert to experience the majestic Emory oaks (perhaps the namesake for the state of Arizona, in the Basque language) and their sublime acorns, edible right off the tree.


Further explorations through the canyons, across hillsides, and mid-elevation desert, we’ll find seasonings, fruits, unusual vegetables, seeds, and other treasures awaiting us.


This weekend will prove to be information packed as we explore the mid-elevation habitats of the Sonoran desert northeast of Phoenix at elevations between 2500-5000’.


For more info click here.


Prickly Pear Festival - August 26th


Every August in Superior come and take part in the delightful Prickly Pear Festival. Designed to educate others on the diverse and incredible Edible Desert, sustainability, organics, homeopathic and local artisans. The festival celebrates all the edible wonders of the Sonoran Desert while showcasing the many products and health benefits of the Prickly Pear cactus. Along with the festival activities, many of the local restaurants and retail merchants will have special sales and prickly pear items for sale. Enjoy art, food, music, demos, foraging, cook-offs, and special entertainment.



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