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Through January 1
ArabHorse Farm Tour
Ten of Scottsdale’s premier Arabian horse facilities host open-barn tours and presentations, allowing visitors a chance to see and touch magnificent Arabian horses and learn about the versatile and family-friendly breed. Refreshments, raffles and a silent auction to benefit Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Phoenix Children’s Hospital are included. Visit arabhorsefarmtour.com for complete schedule and locations.

Through January 1
Merry Main Street
Highlights include a four-story Christmas tree, outdoor ice skating rink, food truck village and numerous “sELFie” photo stations. Festivities crank up a notch Fridays and Saturdays with arts, crafts and local vendors. Visit website for times. Downtown Mesa, merrymainstreet.com.

Through January 1
Scottsdazzle (FREE)
The city of Scottsdale hosts this annual celebration, which includes art installations along the Waterfront Canal banks and ongoing entertainment. Downtown Scottsdale, scottsdazzle.com, 480-874-4629.

Through January 6
Glendale Glitters (FREE)
This hometown holiday celebration illuminates 16 blocks of the historic downtown area with nearly 1.6 million lights. 5-10 p.m. 58th and Glendale avenues, Glendale, visitglendaleaz.com, 623-930-2299.

Through January 7
CitySkate
Lace up your skates and glide a few laps at this outdoor ice rink in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. Call for times and ticket prices. CityScape Phoenix, Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets, Phoenix, cityskatephx.com, 602-772-3900.

Through January 7
Holiday Lights (FREE)
Thousands of lights adorn trees and displays throughout the park. 6:30-9 p.m. nightly with a few exceptions. Carousel and train rides, $2-$4. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, therailroadpark.com, 480-312-2312.

Through January 7
Skate Westgate
Celebrate the season with a whirl around a real ice rink. Call for times and skating fees. Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, westgateaz.com, 623-385-7500.

Through January 7
Zoppé Italian Family Circus
Presented in an intimate 500-seat tent, this one-ring circus honors the old-world Italian tradition with acrobatic feats, canine capers, equestrian showmanship and plenty of audience participation. Giovanni Zoppé, a sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino the Clown, helps propel the central story. Call for times. $15-$40. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.

Through January 14
Illumination: Symphony of Light
Visitors are immersed in millions of colorful lights synchronized to holiday classics played over their FM dials during this 25-minute, 1-mile drive-through light show. The attraction includes beloved holiday icons and culminates with a winter playground featuring a 30-foot spiral tree light sculpture, walk-through ornament, giant snowman, Santa’s village, food trucks and selfie stations. Su-Th, 6-10:30 p.m.; F-Sa and holidays, 6-11:30 p.m. $29.50 per car, in advance; $32 at the gate. 27701 N. Black Canyon Hwy., off the service road at I-17 and Jomax Road, Phoenix, illuminationaz.com.

Through January 14
ZooLights
This grand holiday event glows with millions of LED lights and includes a three-story-tall Christmas tree, lakeside music-in-motion shows and 3-D light sculptures of flamingos, an alligator, dragonfly and other critters, as well as a new Utah raptor dinosaur to complement the Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.

Through April 30
Dinosaurs in the Desert
Twenty-three state-of-the-art prehistoric creatures have taken up residence along the zoo’s Desert Lives Trail. The self-guided tour includes the animatronic dinosaur structures, which move and make various sounds including the infamous roar of a Tyrannosaurus rex, as well as a fossil dig and photo opportunities with a pachyrhino. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.


Through May 13
Jun Kaneko Exhibit
The garden’s desert flora provides a rich backdrop for approximately 20 monumental sculptures by the Japanese-American artist, who specializes in large-scale, hand-built ceramic sculptures. Call for times and ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

January 5
First Fridays Art Walk (FREE)
More than 70 Downtown art galleries and art spaces are featured. 6-10 p.m. Check website for maps, parking and shuttle service from five “park-and-ride hubs,” artlinkphoenix.com, 602-256-7539.

January 6
Glitter & Glow Block Party (FREE)
The streets are filled with a number of glowing hot air balloons and a variety of musical performances on the final night of the city’s holiday light display. 4-10 p.m. 59th and Glendale avenues, Glendale, visitglendaleaz.com, 623-930-2299.

January 6
Jerome Art Walk (FREE)
Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery-hopping. 5-8 p.m. Jerome, jeromeartwalk.com, 928-634-0774.

January 6
Wag & Walk
Take a hike with adoptable dogs from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Participants are encouraged to “test drive” the dogs to see how they behave on leash and get along with other dogs on the family-friendly 1-mile trek. Each lovable pet is accompanied by a shelter volunteer who can answer questions about the dog’s personality, activity level and history. Bring a leash as all dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ready to go home on the spot. 9 a.m. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Way, Mesa, maricopa.gov/parks/usery, 480-984-0032.

January 6-28
Fine Art Competition (FREE)
Glendale Arts Council hosts its 55th annual statewide juried fine-arts competition. The show includes paintings, sculpture, mixed-media works, and pen and ink drawings by nearly 200 Arizona artists. Proceeds support art scholarships and community theater and art projects. Call for times. Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 58th Ave., Glendale, 623-561-8526.

January 12-14
Ready to Rock
Dozens of live bands and cheer teams add spirit and inspiration throughout the P.F. Chang’s Rock ’n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and 1/2 Marathon. Featuring a distance for everyone, including 5K, 10K and kids’ races, the course travels through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. Call for times, entry fees and course details; finish line festival, Su, Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, runrocknroll.com/arizona, 800-311-1255.

January 12-14
Surprise Art Festival
Thunderbird Artists presents its sixth annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, featuring more than 100 jury-selected artists from around the nation, complemented by food, wine and live music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Three-day pass, $3. Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise, thunderbirdartists.com, 480-837-5637.

January 12-March 25
Arizona Fine Art Expo
Guests can meet and watch nationally acclaimed and award-winning artists at work in 115 patron-friendly studios as Thunderbird Artists hosts this art adventure. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $10, season pass; $8, seniors and military. 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, arizonafineartexpo.com, 480-837-7163.

January 13

The Jump Ball

Guests rub elbows with Phoenix Suns players, coaches and alumni at this fundraiser for Phoenix Suns Charities. The dinner gala includes entertainment by Flo Rida and a silent auction. 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, sunscharities.org, 602-379-7767.


January 13-14
Native American Arts Fest (FREE)
An estimated 100 of the Southwest’s finest artists and artisans share traditional and contemporary Native American artworks – including beadwork, clothing, jewelry, paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture and weavings – as the city of Litchfield Park presents its 26th annual Native American Fine Arts Festival. Artist demonstrations and music and dance performances are included. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Old Litchfield Road, south of Wigwam Road, Litchfield Park, litchfieldparkgathering.com.

January 13-15
Ace Comic Con
Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man; Chris Evans, star of the Captain America movie franchise; and Tom Holland, who portrays Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming headline this celebration of geek culture. Call for times and ticket prices. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

January 13-21
Start Your Engines
Some of the world’s premier collector automobiles take center stage at the 47th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. Among the cars to be featured is this 1971 Plymouth HEMI 'Cuda. Call for times and ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, barrett-jackson.com, 480-421-6694.

January 13-March 25
Celebration of Fine Art
This annual juried invitational gathering features 100 renowned and emerging artists from across the country who show and sell their gallery-quality work in an intimate studio setting. The opal satellite pendant featuring gold, opal, ruby, aqua tourmaline, emerald and ruby is by Isabelle Posillico. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Season pass: $10, adults; $8, seniors and military; free, children 11 and younger. Hayden Road and Loop 101, Scottsdale, celebrateart.com, 480-443-7695.

January 14-28
Sunday A’Fair (FREE)
Celebrating its 31st season, this outdoor festival features concerts by top Arizona musicians, arts and crafts, and children’s activities. Su, noon-4 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-499-TKTS.

January 17-21
All Revved Up
More than 800 European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and custom collector cars cross the auction block at the Russo and Steele Collector Car Auction. Call for times and ticket prices. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, russoandsteele.com, 602-252-2697.

January 18

Birds ’n’ Beer (FREE)

Sip on a brew from AZ Wilderness Brewing Co. while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, az.audubon.org, 602-468-6470.

January 19-20
Dillinger Days
This two-day spectacle honors the capture of notorious outlaw John Dillinger with a speakeasy celebration featuring live music, whiskey tasting, appetizers, premium cigars, a live gun show and era-related entertainment, followed by a day of family-friendly festivities, including re-enactments of Dillinger’s capture, a historical artifacts exhibit, vintage car show, lectures, arts and crafts and walking tours of downtown. F, 7-10 p.m., $35; Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., free, Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Tucson, hotelcongress.com, 520-622-8848.

January 19-21
Art Market (FREE)
Magic Bird Festivals hosts this gift and art market series, which features local artists and vendors exhibiting a range of boutique designs, apparel, handcrafted goods, jewelry and gourmet packaged edibles. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cave Creek Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, magicbirdfestivals.com, 480-488-2014.

January 19-21
Carefree Art & Wine Fest
Thunderbird Artists presents this juried fine-art festival, which showcases more than 165 artists from throughout the world, complemented by wine tastings and live entertainment. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3. 101 Easy St., Carefree, thunderbirdartists.com, 480-837-5637.

January 20
Doggie Street Festival (FREE)
The focus is on companion animals as this event brings together adoptable dogs and cats, veterinarians, pet professionals, trainers, and health and nutrition experts offering pet products and services. Pet treats, vet tips, speakers, music, children’s activities and auction prizes add to the fun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, doggiestreetfestival.org, 323-445-5087.

January 20
Golden Masquerade Gala
The Back to School Clothing Drive celebrates its 50th anniversary at this dinner gala, which includes a raffle, awards ceremony and silent and live auctions. 6 p.m. $175. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, backtoschoolclothingdrive.com, 602-256-9408.

January 20
Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race
This approximately 40-mile challenging course showcases the diversity of the Maricopa Trail system with numerous short, steep, rocky climbs and descents. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation. 6:30 a.m. registration; race begins at 8:30 a.m. $60-$90. Flat Tire Bike Shop, 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, pricklypedal.com. A finish-line party takes place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lake Pleasant.

January 20
Spark! After Dark (FREE)
Live music, art, food and drinks highlight this monthly event. 8-11 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

January 20-21
Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival
This annual vegan festival showcases the latest in cutting-edge plant-based food, products and vegan beer, wine and cocktails. Yoga, live music, bounce houses and arts and crafts add to the fun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $20-$75. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, azvegfoodfest.com.

January 20-21
Sedona VegFest 2018
Peaceful Plates, Peaceful World is the theme as Healthy World Sedona hosts this event, which features cooking demonstrations, speakers, an art show and exhibitors all promoting the health, ethical and environmental benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet and lifestyle. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona, healthyworldsedona.com, 928-821-6754.

January 25
Scottsdale ArtWalk (FREE)
Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts Art in Motion: A Video Experience, which features a video trail of art projected on buildings, in the streets, within galleries and on storefronts. Artist demonstrations, receptions and refreshments are included. 6:30-9 p.m. Downtown Scottsdale, scottsdalegalleries.com.

January 27
DC Ranch Day (FREE)
Travel back to the Old West as DC Ranch celebrates its 20th anniversary as a community, with a salute to the past when cattle roamed North Scottsdale and cowboys worked the land. An Old West shootout, gold panning, vintage photos, a petting zoo and live country music are among the highlights. 1-4 p.m. Market Street at DC Ranch, Scottsdale, dcranch.com, 480-342-7178.

January 27 (FREE)
Pot Party
Sun City West Clay Club presents this annual show and sale featuring decorative and functional pottery by dozens of artists. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Beardsley Recreation Center, 12755 W. Beardsley Rd., Sun City West, 623-544-6530.

January 27-28
Superior Home Tour
Superior Chamber of Commerce hosts this tour, which features nearly a dozen eclectic homes and buildings, including a one-room jail. An antiques show, live music and stories by Wyatt Earp add to the festivities. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $14. Tour begins at the Chamber of Commerce, 165 W. Main St., Superior, superiorarizonachamber.org, 520-689-0200.

January 29-February 4
Waste Management Phoenix Open
Hideki Matsuyama looks for a three-peat as he defends his title during the “Greatest Show on Grass.” Arrive early for the golf clinics, pro-am tournaments and to follow your favorites; stay late for the Birds Nest entertainment featuring Florida Georgia Line and Chris Lane. Visit website for tee times and ticket prices. Tournament Players Club, 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, wmphoenixopen.com, 602-870-0163.