Philadelphia Big Brass

An internationally acclaimed brass ensemble, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America’s top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. They will be featured on Friday, February 8 as part of the Canyon Sounds Performance Series.

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Free Admission to State Parks MLK Weekend

Entrance fees at state parks will be waived for all Arizona residents between Saturday, January 19 and Monday, January 21. Visitors must show an Arizona ID for free entrance. Fees will still apply for cave tours at Kartchner Caverns State Park, tours, camping, special events, Boyce Thompson Arboretum and concessions.

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Parks & Recreation

Events and programs are held at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center unless otherwise specified. Visit for more information on how to register. Pre-registration is required for many of our classes and programs. For more information on any of our programs call us at (480) 983-2181.

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Zao Theatre

Yes, Apache Junction does have its own full-fledged community theatre. Zao Theatre occupies the Superstition Mountain Elementary School (SMES) complex. As a part of this community, it has always been our desire to engage, inspire, entertain and challenge audiences with theatrical productions that range from the classics to new works.

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Free Winter Concerts

The City of Apache Junction Parks & Recreation department is gearing up to kick off their 2019 Winter Concerts in the Park series! Grab your friends & family along with a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a nice afternoon outside with some great music! The Winter Series of Concerts in the Park will be bringing you the musical sounds of three different bands!

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New Director at Museum

The Board of Directors for the Superstition Mountain Historical Society has announced that Annie Vaugier has been named the new Executive Director for Superstition Mountain Museum, replacing Liz Nicklus who is retiring. Board President Vicki McLaughlin said, “We are excited to welcome her, and we are anticipating great possibilities ahead with Annie in the leadership position."

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Star Parties

The Superstition Mountain Astronomical League is a group of amateur astronomers in the Gold Canyon/Apache Junction, Arizona area. Each year, members of the “League” conduct a series of open house public astronomical observing sessions and demonstrations, commonly called “star parties,” to supplement public education, to provide the community with telescopic views of celestial objects and to answer questions about astronomy and astronomical equipment. In short, this is an opportunity to see the moon, planets, stars, star clusters, galaxies and other astronomical phenomena using sophisticated telescopes and to talk with very knowledgeable and experienced amateur astronomers. No fee is required at Peralta Trail Elementary School. A $7 per vehicle park entrance fee is assessed by Lost Dutchman State Park, unless you have an Arizona State Parks park pass, which can be used at all Arizona state parks. The remaing schedule for this year’s observing season (winter, spring) is shown below. All events are held on a weather permitting basis: i.e., we need clear skies; no rain, or a few clouds at most.

Sat. Sep 1 Flatiron Park, Apache Junction 7:30 – 9:30pm
Sat. Sep 15 Peralta Trail Elementary School 7:30 – 9:30pm
Sat. Oct 13 Lost Dutchman State Park 7:00 – 9:00pm
Sat. Dec 8 Lost Dutchman State Park 6:30 – 9:00pm

Sat. Jan 12 Peralta Trail Elementary School 6:30 – 9:00pm
Sat. Feb 9 Lost Dutchman State Park 7:00 – 9:00pm
Sat. Jun 1 Lost Dutchman State Park 8:00 – 10:00pm