Play it Forward Music Festival
Apr
8
8:00 am08:00

Play it Forward Music Festival

  • Ajo Plaza

This annual music festival in the Plaza has become one of the best-attended events of the year in Ajo! In its 4th year now, Play it Forward features Country Western, Cumbias, Chickenscratch (Waila), Rock n Roll, Pop and Punk bands. Enjoy live music, dancing, balmy weather and food vendors, and a beer garden, all day long. 

Art and Science – Ways of Knowing the Sonoran Desert
Mar
31
Apr 2

Art and Science – Ways of Knowing the Sonoran Desert

In this weekend workshop led by Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, participants will immerse themselves in the dramatic landscape of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ and engage their creativity to study the Sonoran Desert. You will learn Art-Based Perceptual Ecology methods taught in collaboration with Western science methods to discover the place-based stories of the ancient desert landscape. This workshop is open to artists and scientists, practitioners, educators, and researchers.

 Sonoran FireAdapt Workshop
Mar
29
Mar 30

Sonoran FireAdapt Workshop

We'll be hosting this private workshop run by the Northern Arizona University Landscape Conservation Initiative and Conservation Science Partners, with funding from the Joint Fire Sciences Program. 

2017 Ajo Arts Weekend: Street Art, Performances, Great Local Food!
Mar
24
Mar 26

2017 Ajo Arts Weekend: Street Art, Performances, Great Local Food!

  • Ajo Plaza

Creativity is what’s happening in Ajo, AZ the weekend of March 24-26!  This will be a jam-packed weekend of arts and culture, with concurrent events happening across Ajo. Join us for a performance by New Orleans-based Mondo Bizzaro and ArtSpot, three days of mural-painting in the Artist's Alley, and beautiful Tohono O'odham cuisine  by Desert Rain Cafe!

17th Annual Sonoran Shindig
Mar
18
10:00 am10:00

17th Annual Sonoran Shindig

  • Ajo Plaza

Come visit Ajo for the 17th Annual Sonoran Shindig, featuring music, food, crafts, performances, and perhaps the world's best (only?) COYOTE HOWLING CONTEST. It's a family-friendly event that we look forward to each spring!

Sonoran Chakra Yoga Retreat
Feb
10
Feb 12

Sonoran Chakra Yoga Retreat

Join us for a second second chakra yoga and crystal bowl meditation weekend! Based on the success of their 2016 retreat here, yoga teacher Morgana Wallace Cooper and sound pioneer Jovita Wallace will be offering this wonderful program again in 2017 in partnership with the Conference Center.

Ajo Peacemakers Annual Quilt Show
Feb
3
Feb 5

Ajo Peacemakers Annual Quilt Show

  • Curley School Auditorium

Now in its 21st year, this annual quilting show features beautiful quilts on display, demonstrations, vendors, and a chance to connect with fellow quilters. Accommodations are available at the Sonoran Desert Conference Center. Check back for more information in the coming weeks!

39th Annual Ajo Old Time Fiddlers Show and Contest
Feb
2
Feb 5

39th Annual Ajo Old Time Fiddlers Show and Contest

  • Ajo Country Club

Join fiddlers and fiddling fans for a weekend of wonderful music in the desert! The event features competitions for fiddlers of all ages, a free concert in the Ajo Plaza, meals, dances, a gospel sing-a-long, and good old-fashioned fun. Accomodations available!

Christmas Eve in Ajo
Dec
24
5:00 pm17:00

Christmas Eve in Ajo

Come to Ajo for our lovely Christmas Eve celebration! See Santa appear in the Curley School tower and then ride to the Ajo Plaza in his sleigh. There, enjoy festivities and treats with hundreds of Ajoites of all ages (and former Ajoites, who return each year for this tradition!). The local Rotary club hosts the event, and gives out chocolates, oranges, and popcorn balls under a big illuminated Christmas tree. This is a sweet, small-town celebration that locals and visitors look forward to all year long.

We are hosting a large reunion for an Ajo family over Christmas and have just one room available for Christmas Eve as of December 15 - call today to snatch it up! 

Immaculate Conception Church Centennial
Nov
19
11:00 am11:00

Immaculate Conception Church Centennial

Come celebrate the centennial of Ajo's Immaculate Conception Church! Accommodations available at the Sonoran Desert Conference Center.

Agenda for the Day – November 19, 2016
10 a.m. Mass in the Church
11:15 (approximately) Dedication of 2 items outside the church – Bishop Kicanas will give the blessing
11:45 – RSVP Luncheon at Curley School (no longer taking reservations) Local food vendors will also be selling food on the church grounds
1:15 (approximately) Cutting of the Anniversary Cake by the Bishop inside the Parish Hall – come in and have some cake and browse the Parish History displayed
12 noon – 5 p.m. Entertainment on Church grounds – including Mexican Folklorico Dancers, Filipino Dancers, Hawaiian Dancers, Native Band, Loebs family band, Native Dancers Mariachis,etc.

Small Scale Arizona Food Producers Forum
Nov
15
Nov 16

Small Scale Arizona Food Producers Forum

A 2-day event featuring workshops and hands-on learning opportunities as we explore the topic of Sonoran Desert crops. Enjoy complimentary lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday and a potluck dinner on Tuesday night.

Brought to you by the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculute, Local First Arizona, Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, and CEC-CCA-CCE.

More information and registration at bit.ly/AjoForum2016.  Questions? Contact kate@localfirstaz.com

Red & White Weekend
Oct
21
Oct 23

Red & White Weekend

  • Sonoran Desert Conference Center

This 7th annual all-Ajo reunion has become one of the busiest weekends of the year in town, with multiple events, festivals, and parties. All Conference Center  guest rooms are booked and we will be hosting the Class of 1966's 50th Reunion Picnic on Friday, October 21.

Sonoran Chakra Yoga Retreat
Oct
14
Oct 16

Sonoran Chakra Yoga Retreat

  • Sonoran Desert Conference Center

Join us for a signature chakra program created by sound pioneer Jovita Wallace and yoga instructor Morgana Wallace Cooper. Includes a full weekend of meditation and yoga with two nights’ accommodations and delicious, healthy cuisine by Ajo’s best local chefs. Full details and registration info can be found here.

Private Event: Wedding
Oct
7
Oct 9

Private Event: Wedding

We are fully booked for a wedding this weekend. Congrats to the bride and groom!

International Day of Peace
Sep
29
5:00 pm17:00

International Day of Peace

Ajo's 13th annual International Day of Peace celebration features a parade, music, and local food from Ajo, the Tohono O'odham Nation, and our "sister" community just over the border, Sonyta, Mexico. Overnight accommodations are available at the Conference Center.

Summer Closure
Aug
1
Sep 15

Summer Closure

We will be closed August 1-September 15 for summer maintenance, construction, and to give our hard-working staff a break before our next busy season. For those looking to book rooms and/or plan events beyond September 15, our staff will be reachable by email (info@sonorancc.com) or phone (520) 775-2565 during this time. Please be patient as our response time will be slower than usual.

If you are coming to Ajo during this time and are seeking alternative accommodations, we suggest La Siesta Motel.

Chakra Yoga and Sound Series: Heart Chakra
Aug
1
9:00 am09:00

Chakra Yoga and Sound Series: Heart Chakra

  • Sonoran Desert Conference Center - Saguaro Room

The fourth in a monthly series of yoga and crystal bowl meditation classes taught by Jovita Wallace and Morgana Wallace Cooper. This month's class focuses on the fourth chakra: heart. Meets in the Saguaro Room at the Conference Center. Suggested donation: $10.

Sushi 102
Jul
18
6:00 pm18:00

Sushi 102

Join Ajo chef Annie Laymon for this month's cooking workshop in our kitchen: Sushi 102! You'll learn to make perfect sushi rice and exotic rolls that will dazzle your friends and family. This event is BYOB - bring along a bottle of wine or sake - and tuition is $20, which includes dinner. RSVP by Saturday, July 16 to reservations@sonorancc.com or call 520-775-2565. Space is limited!

Ice Cream Social
Jul
7
7:00 pm19:00

Ice Cream Social

  • Sonoran Desert Conference Center

To celebrate summer, we're hosting a free ice cream social and giving tours of the Conference Center to guests, Ajo residents, and their families.