1) Arizona Balloon Classic – January 23-25
Dozens of hot-air balloons fill the sky during Hare & Hound races and Fun Flights; then light up the night during Desert Glows. Live musical entertainment, paramotor flights, a car show display, fireworks and children's activities add to the festivities. Call for times. $10 in advance; $15 at the gate; free, children 12 and younger. Fear Farm Sports Complex, 2209 N. 99th Ave., Phoenix, abcfest.com, 480-600-4743.
2) Beer for Brains Foundation's EPICURIAD – January 24
Eat and drink for a great cause at this exciting face-off between two local celebrity chefs to benefit brain cancer awareness and lifesaving research. Attendees sample and vote for their favorites in categories like "Best Pairing" and "Best Entree," with food from the two vying chefs as well as food, craft beer and wine from 60 chefs, breweries and vineyards. 6:30-7:30 p.m. VIP Pre-Event Chef Face-Off; 7:30-10:30 p.m. general admission. $95 per person; $150 per VIP ticket. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, bfbf.org.
3) Pro Bowl – January 25
The best players in the NFL – as voted by players, coaches and fans – hit the turf just one week before Super Bowl XLIX gets under way. Visit nfl.com/probowl for kickoff time and ticket prices. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale.
4) George Benson – January 21
The jazz guitarist and vocalist teams up with The Phoenix Symphony for a concert of his greatest hits, including "Breezin'" and "This Masquerade." 7:30 p.m. $54-$84. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
5) Dogs' Day in the Garden – January 24
Visitors and their leashed dogs can go for a walk on garden trails, and enjoy family photos, pet-friendly landscaping tips, and craft activities for both children and dogs. Vendors of human and dog treats also provide items to sample and purchase. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Humane Society. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
6) Eric Church - January 24
Fans will be singing along to country favorites like "Drink in My Hand," "Guys Like Me," "Springsteen" and "Smoke a Little Smoke." Dwight Yoakam and Halestorm are special guests. 7 p.m. $20-$65. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
7) Camelot – January 23-25
This award-winning show tells the time-honored legend of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table in an enchanting fable of chivalry, majesty and brotherhood. The production is staged by Theater League. Call for times and ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, theaterleague.com, 800-776-7469.
8) Ronnie Milsap – January 25
Hits such as "Mack the Knife," "Georgia on My Mind," "Mustang Sally," "Tears on My Pillow" and "Lost in the Fifties Tonight" are sure to be on the program as the Grammy Award-winning country singer and pianist brings his Farewell Tour to the Valley. 7:30 p.m. $40-$50. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
9) Travis Tritt – January 25
Known for his bluesy, rock-and-roll inspired songs, the country artist is recognized for hits such as "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'," "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone who Cares)" and "T-R-O-U-B-L-E." 7 p.m. $42-$58. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
10) Lane Bryant NFL Capsule Collection – January 24
The fashionable plus-size retailer is bringing their exclusive NFL Capsule Collection to Glendale for viewing and shopping. Reah Norman, stylist and executive fashion director of Plus Model Magazine will be on hand for style chat. The first 50 guests to make a purchase will receive a free gift. 2-4 p.m. Free. Arrowhead Towne Center Mall, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale, lanebryant.com, 623-299-4661.
Through January 11
This grand holiday lighting event glows with more than 3.8 million lights and 700 light sculptures of animals as they swing through trees, hide in bushes, hop across lawns and sparkle in places where they are least expected. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Call for ticket prices; advance purchase only. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.
Through December 31
Visitors come nose-to-nose with an intriguing variety of freshwater turtles at this exhibit. Stars of the display include the ancient snapping turtle, red-eared sliders, snake-neck turtles and the leaf-like matamata. Interactive and educational elements describe the 200-million-year history of the reptiles. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Sea Life Aquarium, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, visitsealife.com/arizona, 480-478-7600.
Through January 30
D-backs Baseball Academy
Designed for male and female youth ages 8-18, this elite player development hitting program features 60-minute sessions in the D-Backs batting cages with personalized hitting instruction from D-Backs staff members, including Mark Grace, J.R. House, Robby Hammock, Chris Cron, Luis Urieta and Javier Colina. Call for times and prices. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, dbacks.com/academy, 800-821-7152.
Through December 7
The Little Red Hen
This fun sing-along show shares a valuable message about cooperation as a hen looks for help to turn wheat into bread. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
ASU Art Museum
Richard Walker: the predicament of always (as we are), through Jan. 3; Trout Fishing in America and Other Stories, through Jan. 17; and Architecture for Place: Glenn Murcutt Exhibition and Studio, Dec. 20-April 4. Tu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; W-Sa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, 480-965-2787.
Learn the fundamentals of Mexican cooking as chef Hugh Carpenter leads this class based on his new cookbook, Mexican Flavors – Contemporary Recipes From Camp San Miguel. Call for times. $75. Les Gourmettes Cooking School, 6610 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-240-6767.
Big Band Night
The ASU Concert Jazz Band performs an evening of choice selections spanning the history of big-band music and beyond. 7:30 p.m. $10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Through December 14
On Golden Pond
Based on the play by Ernest Thompson, this drama reveals a strained relationship between father and daughter while focusing on the steady love of an old curmudgeon and his wife as they enter the twilight of their years. Call for times and ticket prices. Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, thestudiophx.org, 602-765-0120.
The Texas Tenors
Back by popular demand, these good ol’ boys from America’s Got Talent combine their personal charisma and powerful harmonies in a mixture of country, contemporary and operatic favorites. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.