Benson Calendar of Events




 Amerind Foundation 


Now until July 10, 2010

Amerind Foundation Museum Fulton-Hayden Memorial Art Gallery now presents the new "And Ten, There Were

 Horses!" exhibit of Native American paintings influenced by the "Studio Style" of art taught by Dorothy Dunn at

 the Sante Fe Indian School during the years 1932-1937.

   Impressive works by Navajo and Apache artists depict the important role horses play in the lives, culture and

 imaginations of Native American tribes. Allan Houser (Hauzous), Harrison Begay, and Quincy Tahoma together

 with other well known artists are displayed.

Exhibit is on going until July 18, 2010. For directions or more information call 1.520.586.3666 or go to

Current Southwest Archaeology

 February 27, 2010 2:00p.m.

The Amerind Foundation Museum will hold an opening of "Current Southwest Archaeology" a traveling exhibit on

 February 27, at 2:00 p.m. Presentation by four researchers which include Health of 3,000 years ago, Ancient

 Footrace Tracks in Central Arizona, Ancient Towers, and Tucson Family Life in 1900. Standard Museum

 admission costs apply. 

Information call 520-586-3666 of go to




           Bird Watching & Hiking

           Winter Bird viewing  - Ongoing - October - April 






April 23, 24 & 25, 2010                                                                 Bluegrass in the Park

Benson’s Fifth Annual “Bluegrass in the Park” will be April 23, 24 & 25 2010. This event keeps

getting better each year. With Sandoval Productions putting together the line-up, the bands

are some of the best in the North America. For Information Call the Benson

Chamber of Commerce at 520-586-2842.

    The Bluegrass Festival is supported by KXCI Community Radio

                                      How to find Lions Park

                                      Download Bluegrass Schedule   Below are some photos of this years lineup.


Goldwing Express

            Cedar Hill


      Lonesome Traveler          

Bost Family Traditions




May 1,  2010  San Pedro Off Road Association Mud Bogs     Benson Arena Bar

Check out some of last years photos below!

For Information call 520-586-9983

The Mud Bog  will be at the Arena Bar - 250 N Prickly Pear Ave,  Benson AZ

           May 8, & 9, 2010                    Holy Trinity Monastery Fiesta de la Primavera

         The Holy Trinity Monastery will be having their Spring Festival on Mother’s Day. There will

           be 150+ booths of Arts & Crafts as well as Entertainment and variety of food.

           For information call 520 720-4642 ext 22


             July 4th Celebrationn

          Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 9:00 AM

           Benson will celebrate 4th of July starting with our parade at 9:00am. the

           festivities will move to Lions Park at 10:30 for our yearly "Water Fight". After

           the Water Fight, there will be entertainment all day long. The Fireworks show

           will start at about 8:30pm. Come join us for this day of family fun! For a

            schedule click description.

July 4th Schedule of Events: 

  9:00 a.m.                       Parade - Floats – Horses – Antique Tractors, etc.

10:00 a.m.                        Water Fight – Volunteer Fire Departments - Lions Park

11:15 a.m.                        Ronald McDonald – Music and Magic - Under the Ramada

12:30 - 6:00 p.m.              Jumping Castle & Train

12:30                               Live Music - TBA                             

  2:30 p.m.                       Live Music - TBA

  4:30 p.m.                       Live Music –  TBA

  4:45 p.m.                        Parade Awards / Announcements       

  6:45 p.m.                       Bobcat Alumni Band

  8:00 p.m.                       Break/Recognize Sponsors & Adopt-A-Firework

  8:15 p.m.                       Patriotic Reading

  8:20 p.m.                      National Anthem

  8:30 p.m.                       Fireworks - Best viewed from the lower soccer field

  9:00 p.m.                       Family Dance – DJ - Lions Park on the lower soccer field.





October 9 & 10 2010                                  _  Butterfield Overland Stage Days

This year the Benson Chamber of Commerce will be putting on a special Butterfield Overland Stage Days. Although it only ran for 2 years in 1858 and 1859, it was one of the turning points in American history.  October of 2010 will mark 152 years since John Butterfield’s dream for an overland mail and passenger service connecting the East with the West. There will be vendors and entertainment in Lions Park.  There will also be an official U.S. Post Office Pony Express mail run from Benson to Dragoon on horseback taking letters with a special cancellation just for this event. The day will end with a spectacular fireworks show. For more information call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 520 586-2842.

October 9, 2010                                                                                  Butterfield Rodeo

The Benson Rodeo Committee will be having their one-day Butterfield Rodeo on October 9th will all the profits going to charity. It will be held at the Arena Bar on Prickly Pear Ave. (across from WAL MART) The rodeo has been one of the more popular rodeos in the area. The Rodeo Starts at 5:00pm  For information go to:


 October 15, & 16, 2010                 __                                            SAHR Biker Rodeo

           Every year the third weekend in October, the Southern Arizona Harley Riders put on their Biker

            Rodeo at The Arena in Benson. For more information go to

or contact Nick Confer at


November 13 & 14, 2010        Holy Trinity Monastery Fall Festival of the Arts

            The Holy Trinity Monastery will be having their Fall Festival of the Arts. There will be 150+

            booths of Arts & Crafts as well as Entertainment and variety of food. For information call

            520 720-4642 ext 22


 November 21, 2010                                                       Thanksgiving Fiesta of Books

           The Singing Wind Book Shop will be having their “Thanksgiving Fiesta” on November

            21st. A medley of regional authors of history, fiction, natural history and children’s

            books.  For information call 520 586-2425  Download flyer

            Directions to Singing Wind Bookshop      Singing wind events calendar

 December 4th & 5th, 2010                         29th Annual Cascabel Christmas Fair

             10am to  4pm


              December 11, 2010                                                               Christmas on Main Street

             The Benson Chamber of Commerce has been putting on Christmas on Main Street for the

              past several years. It has been a favorite of the community since it started in 2004.

             There will once again be street vendors as well as local entertainment such as the Saint

             David High School Choir. There will also be a visit from Santa Clause. It will be a day of

            fun for the whole family. For more information call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 520 586-2842.


January 30, 2011                                                                Cowboy Cowgirl Round-up

             The Singing Wind Book Shop will be having their “Cowboy / Cowgirl Round-up The last Sunday in

             January in 2010. Readings and music by cowboy poets, fiction writers and western historians.  

             For information call  520 586-2425  

              Directions to Singing Wind Bookshop     Singing Wind events calendar