Chill Fest at OdySea in the Desert
JANUARY 1 TO JANUARY 6
Chilling out in the desert – sounds weird right? OdySea in the Desert brings the cold to Sonoran Desert with a special premium-sized ice skating area and daily family activities and events. Chill Fest also features nightly s’mores roasting, ensemble performances, train rides, photo ops and holiday mascot appearances.
OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via De Ventura, Scottsdale, 480.291.8000, odyseainthedesert.com, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., $5.
Come down from your holiday rush with a special night of ’80s cover bands and DJs. This special event at The Van Buren serves up tribute bands like Strangelove (Depeche Mode), The Cured (The Cure) and Idol X (Billy Idol) alongside drinks and throwbacks. We can’t reclaim shoulder pads, but at least we can try.
The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, thevanburenphx.com, 8 p.m., $15.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert
JANUARY 5 TO JANUARY 7
Halloween might be “so three months ago,” but the magic of Harry Potter and John Williams’ legendary score never goes out of style. This Phoenix Symphony fixture features the entire movie projected on a big screen alongside live orchestration. Join Harry, Ron and Hermione on a magical journey through their second year of school at Hogwarts.
Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second Street, Phoenix, 602.262.6225, phoenixsymphony.org, times vary, $30-$99.
Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones brings her big personality and lots of laughs to The Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort for one night only. Also known for her roles in Trainwreck and Ghostbusters, Jones has quickly proven that she is a comedic force. She leaves no ground uncovered in her stand-up routine.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 8 p.m., $65.
See the provocative and controversial rocker in his element as he hits the stage in downtown Phoenix for an intimate performance. The shock rocker behind a number of hits, including the Eurythmics cover “Sweet Dreams” and “The Beautiful People,” Manson is just as fun live as he is to look at.
The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, thevanburenphx.com, 8 p.m., $59.99-$65.
The Maricopa County Home & Garden Show
JANUARY 12 TO JANUARY 14
Get a leg up on all your DIY New Year’s resolutions with the return of the largest home show in the Southwest. From seminars to gardening advice to dog obedience demos, the show has everything you need to update your house, your garden and your life. Back by popular demand is the Tiny Homes Street of Dreams, a mini-tour of tiny mansions, micro homes and prairie-style cottages.
Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, 602.485.1691, mchomeshows.com, times vary, $8 adults and $3 kids.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
JANUARY 12 TO JANUARY 14
Running can be “Wonderful” – especially when your finish line is an Everclear concert. This hit marathon series keeps its runners pumped with live performances and music along its courses, featuring local bands and all types of genres. Runners can choose between the full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K or mile and rock out with some of Phoenix’s fittest and funniest people.
Arizona Center, marathon starts at Van Buren and Second streets, Phoenix, 800.311.1255, rnraz.com, times vary, $30-$120.
Junk n’ Daze Market
This monthly antique flea market is not only expansive, it’s fun! Between the large collection of “junk” and vintage antiques, there’s a lot to take in at Antique City Warehouse. Thankfully, shoppers will be able to refuel with a farmers market and a selection of food trucks.
Antique City Warehouse, 1300 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, 480.999.3322, antiquecitywarehouse.com, 8 a.m., free.
Superstition Mountain Heritage Days and Apacheland Reunion
JANUARY 13 TO JANUARY 14
For two days, the history, lore and culture of the Superstition Mountains and Apacheland Movie Ranch are celebrated by visitors from across the state. Actors and Western entertainers will tell stories of their experiences making movies on the ranch, which was used in dozens of western films and TV shows. Also featured will be live performances by the Yellow Bird Indian Dancers, art, food and other western vendors.
Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, 480.983.4888, superstitionmountainmuseum.org, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $5, kids under 10 free.
ACE Comic Con
JANUARY 13 TO JANUARY 15
This comic convention seeks to reach fans with social media streaming, artist master classes and oh yeah – some of the biggest names in the superhero world! The Glendale event features autograph and picture sessions with Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier) and Stan Lee.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, 623.772.3240, aceuniverse.com, times vary, $45-$95.
JANUARY 13 TO JANUARY 21
There’s no car auction quite like Scottsdale’s annual Barrett-Jackson event. This auction is a can’t-miss for the collector car industry and features some of the world’s most sought-after unique and valuable automobiles. If your eyes are bigger than your pocket book, you can admire from afar with the auction’s food courts and motorcycle and thrill ride exhibitions.
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.421.6694, barrett-jackson.com, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., $8-$195.
Celebration of Fine Art
JANUARY 13 TO MARCH 25
This 10-week art show takes place under big white tents on Hayden Road and the Loop 101. More than 100 juried artists will create and sell their original works, as well as invite visitors into their creative process with a sculpture court and open-air café.
Celebration of Fine Art, 18400 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, 480.443.7695, celebrateart.com, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., $10.
Russo and Steele “Sports and Muscle” Car Auction
JANUARY 17 TO JANUARY 21
The Russo and Steele car auction is back for its 18th year, upping its game and once again proving itself as a one-stop shop for sports and muscle cars. Featuring 800 sweet vehicles, visitors and buyers alike can gaze at the finest in European sports, American muscles and customs. Among the cars is a rare 1948 Dandy Grand Luxe Delahaye.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, 602.252.2697, russoandsteele.com, times vary, $20-$30.
Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart
JANUARY 18 TO JANUARY 21
Join your favorite Disney characters – from Dory to Olaf and Elsa – on a magical journey through your favorite animated films, presented by unforgettable character ice skaters. Dress up your own favorite little prince or princess and don’t miss the family fun when Mickey and Minnie skate into town.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2000, disneyonice.com, 10:30 a.m., $15-$100.
Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival
JANUARY 19 TO JANUARY 21
The 25th annual Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival showcases more than 155 juried fine artisans and more than 5,000 original pieces. With art ranging from watercolor to metal, stone and wood, this festival brings together a wide array of art for display and sale. Their wine selection is just as elaborate, consisting of a collection of domestic and imported offerings.
Downtown Carefree, 101 Easy Street, Carefree, 480.837.5637, thunderbirdartists.com, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $3 admission and $10 wine tasting ticket/souvenir glass.
Breaking Ground: Contemporary Dance Festival
JANUARY 19 TO JANUARY 20
This festival brings 25 choreographers, digital artists and the community together for a weekend of high art and energy, featuring some of the brightest talents in contemporary dance. Focused on creativity and expanding voices in the community, the festival is the brainchild of local dance company CONDER/dance.
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.2822, tca.ticketforce.com, 7:30 p.m., $25.
The Price is Right Live
This interactive stage show is based on the beloved television show and gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come on Down” and win big. Prizes range from appliances to vacations to cars. Bring the whole family and watch as audience members try their hand at some of the show’s greatest games, including Plinko, Cliffhanger and Showcase.
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480.782.2680, chandlercenter.org, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., $30.50-$60.50.
Doggie Street Festival
Celebrate your favorite furry friend and pamper yourself with an afternoon devoted to canines and their care. Whether you walk on two legs or four, you can take part in the afternoon’s live music, food and auctions. Featuring pet food samples, services, training, puppy fashions and accessories, Fido is sure to have just as much as fun as you at this one.
Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 323.445.5087, doggiestreetfestival.org, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free
Eric Giliam Magic
Award-winning Phoenix magician, Eric Giliam, will delight and mystify with a night of tableside magic, illusions and a stage show at Zappone’s Italian Bistro. With numerous national and international titles under his belt, including World Teen Magic Champion, Giliam is sure to put the “Ahhh,” back in pasta with his two shows for diners.
Zappone’s Italian Bistro, 1652 N. Higley Road, Suite 103, Gilbert, 480.218.2338, zapponesbistro.com, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., free.
Get ready to brunch so hard! The hottest parties don’t always happen when the sun goes down and Phoenix’s newest food festival seeks to prove it. This bash features a variety of breakfast faves, including eggs benedict, pancakes, waffles and a cereal bar. Top it off with a Bloody Mary or mimosa and you’re good to go—‘til dinner time, that is!
CityScape Phoenix, 1 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.772.3900, brunchbashaz.com, noon, $10.50-$70.57.
Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival
JANUARY 20 TO JANUARY 21
Vegans and vegetarians rejoice for this two-day festival devoted to all things surrounding plant-based eating. From special speakers, including expert authors, chefs and fitness trainers, to kids’ activities and vegan alcohol – it’s a festival catered to your dietary needs like never before. For those planning on attending with an empty belly, the samples and vegetarian food vendors are sure to satisfy.
Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, 480.874.4615, azvegfoodfest.com, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $20-$75.
The goofball behind Big Daddy, Grown Ups and 50 First Dates comes to Phoenix for one night with a comedy show, featuring surprise special guests. Known as a stand-up comedian and actor, Sandler also doubles as a musician. His live show is sure to throw it all together alongside plenty of raunchy laughs.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, comericatheatre.com, 7:30 p.m., $49-$256.
Arizona Balloon Classic
JANUARY 26 TO JANUARY 28
There’s no festival out there that brings as much color, excitement and family fun to the skies as the Arizona Balloon Classic. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, catch thrilling hot-air balloons races. Better yet, wait ‘til Friday or Saturday night for a special Desert Glow experience with illuminated, tethered balloons changing in time to music. Featuring festival foods, hot-air balloon rides, fireworks and a kids’ zone, there’s something for the whole family.
Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, 623.882.3120, abcfest.com, times vary, $15 and kids under 12 free.
Waste Management Phoenix Open
JANUARY 29 TO FEBRUARY 4
Phoenix golf enthusiasts plan their entire year around Waste Management’s annual tournament, nicknamed “The Greatest Show on Grass.” Featuring top professional golfers, this tournament attracts crowds and big names like no other. The entertainment is just as exciting, with three nights of shows at the Coors Light Birds Nest, including Florida Georgia Line.
TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, 602.870.0163, wmphoenixopen.com, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., free Monday and Tuesday, $40 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and $50 Friday and Saturday.
JANUARY 30 TO FEBRUARY 25
The jewel of Broadway hits the road and treks through Tempe for a highly sought after run of shows. Lin Manuel Miranda’s hit musical tells the story of America’s Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant who became George Washington’s right-hand man and was the nation’s first treasury secretary. Featuring a jazz, blues, rap and R&B soundtrack, the show is sure to leave you tapping your toes – if you can snag tickets!
ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, 480.965.3434, asugammage.com, times vary, $79.50-$489.50.