As sizzling summer melds into hot September, celebrations continue throughout Cerca Country. There’s something for most of us in the following list.
Sept. 2, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Labor Day Star Fest. This evening program will feature indoor activities and numerous telescopes set up for viewing throughout the campus at Lowell Observatory, (928) 774-3358, www.lowell.edu.
Through Sept. 3, Parowan, Utah: Iron County Fair. Called Utah’s "Biggest Little Fair," its events include 5K Fun Run, Miss Iron County Pageant, eating contests, Tour de Gap Bike Race, carnival and parade. (435) 477-8380, www.ironcountyfair.net.
Friday through Sept. 3, Pioche: Labor Day Celebration. The town’s 101st Labor Day Celebration features mining events, 10K Fun Run, fishing derby, chili cook-off, electric light parade and children’s events. www.piochenevada.com, (775) 962-5544.
Sept. 7-9, Reno: Great Reno Balloon Race. Watch some of the nation’s top balloonists compete in events such as hare and hound, target drop and key grab. (775) 826-1181, www.renoballoon.com.
Sept. 8-10, Virginia City: Virginia City Camel Races. The camel races are just one part of this extraordinary two-day event. Ostrich and emu races, specialty acts and a daily parade. (775) 847-0311, www.virginiacity-nv.com.
Sept. 9, Cathedral Gorge State Park: Petal to Pod. Learn about the many forms that seedpods take after flowers have finished blooming. Campground Amphitheater. (775) 728-4460, www.parks.nv.gov.
Sept. 9, Lake Tahoe: Tour De Tahoe Bike Big Blue. This annual bike ride consists of a 800-foot climb to an overlook of Emerald Bay and a 1,000-foot climb to Spooner Junction. Other events include a boat cruise, 40-mile fun ride and a 72-mile ride around the lake. (800) 565-2704, www.bikethewest.com.
Sept. 15, Cathedral Gorge State Park: Star Party. For the 21st year, the Las Vegas Astronomical Society will come to the park along with their high-powered telescopes. Campground Amphitheater. www.parks.nv.gov.
Sept. 15, St. George, Utah: Pine Valley Area Geology. This field trip takes participants to the northern Pine Valley Mountains to examine geology at the transition zone between the Basin and Range and Colorado Plateau provinces. Reservations required. Zion Canyon Field Institute, (435) 772-3264, www.zionpark.org.
Sept. 16, Virginia City: 100-Mile Horse Endurance Race, open to all riders with a horse at least 60 months of age. Each horse and rider must cross the finish line within 24 hours elapsed time to qualify for any awards. (775) 847-0311, www.virginiacity-nv.org.
Sept. 14-Oct. 27, Cedar City, Utah: Utah Shakespearean Festival. The fall season features "Art," "The Mousetrap" and "The Tempest." Matinees and evening performances. Tuesdays through Saturdays. (800) 752-9849, www.bard.org.
Sept. 19-23, Reno and Sparks: Street Vibrations. This official Harley-Davidson event takes place in various venues and features motorcycle tours, concerts, ride-in shows, parade, poker run and plenty of entertainment. (800) 200-4557, www.road-shows.com.
Sept. 21-22, Zion National Park, Utah: Autumn Photography. This small-group photography workshop includes a half-day indoor presentation and various outdoor shooting locations. Both film and digital enthusiasts welcome. Reservations required. Zion Canyon Field Institute, (435) 772-3264, www.zionpark.org.
Sept. 22, Santa Clara, Utah: 2006 Santa Clara Swiss Days. This event celebrates the town’s Swiss heritage and includes historical displays, a 5K fun walk/run, pancake breakfast, parade, food and entertainment. (435) 673-6712, www.utahstgeorge.com.
Sept. 23, Flagstaff. Ariz.: Festival of Science Open House. This free event will feature indoor programs, access to the Rotunda Library Museum and numerous telescopes set up for viewing throughout the campus. (928) 774-3358, www.lowell.edu.
Sept. 27-30, Laughlin: Roddin’ on the River. The 16th Annual River Cruizers’ event features street rods, muscle cars, trucks, classic and specialty vehicles. (928) 788-2174, www.visitlaughlin.com.
Sept. 29, various locations: National Public Lands Day. The nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort, in its 14th year, needs your help to improve and enhance America’s public lands. Jobs range from building trails and bridges, planting trees to general clean-up. Some early events are set for Sept. 22. www.publiclandsday.org.
Sept. 29, Kingman, Ariz.: Andy Devine Days Parade. Celebrate Kingman’s favorite son and one of America’s favorite character/cowboy actors with a parade including hundreds of antique and custom cars and trucks, floats and bands. (928) 757-7919, www.kingmanchamber.org.
Sept. 29-30, Lone Pine, Calif.: Mount Whitney Classic Race. A hard-core endurance cycling race beginning in Badwater, Death Valley National Park and traveling 130 miles and more than 15,000 feet in elevation gain to the base of Mount Whitney. (760) 876-4444, www.lonepinechamber.org.
Sept. 30, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Open House at the Arboretum. Fall color tours of the gardens, children’s crafts, a Wild Birds of Prey program and a performance by the Brass Ensemble of the Flagstaff Community Band. (928) 774-1442, www.thearb.org.