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Special Events


Group Free

Through January 1 (FREE)
ArabHorse Farm Tour
Nearly a dozen 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 Refuge are included. Visit for complete schedule and locations.

Through January 1
Desert Ice Skating Rink
The rink is frozen and ready for skaters, with “magical snowfalls” adding to the fun. Fire-pit tables with s’mores, cocktails, hot chocolate and blankets are available by reservation. Call for times and skating prices. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale,, 480-585-4848.

Through January 1
Holiday Lights
Thousands of lights adorn trees and displays throughout the park. 6:30-9 p.m. Free; carousel and train rides, $2-$4. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-312-2312.

Through January 1
New Year’s Treasure Fest (FREE)
Magic Bird Festivals hosts this event, which showcases 70 local artists and vendors exhibiting a range of boutique designs, apparel, handcrafted goods, jewelry and gourmet packaged edibles. F-Sa, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek,, 480-488-2014.

Through January 1
Red Rock Fantasy (FREE)
After a four-year hiatus, this annual winter spectacular returns, shining brightly with animated walk-through light displays and more than two dozen community exhibits. Dusk-9 p.m. nightly. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, 336 S.R. 179, Sedona,, 928-282-4938.

Through January 2
Nature Connects Guests enjoy 27 larger-than-life animal and flora sculptures created with more than 1 million Lego bricks in Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks. The exhibit includes endangered species and exotic animals, ranging from a jeweled chameleon to a peacock. Call for times and ticket prices. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-286-3800.

Through January 7
Glendale Glitters (FREE)
More than 1.5 million lights highlight this hometown holiday celebration, which illuminates 16 blocks of the historic downtown area. 5-11 p.m. 58th and Glendale avenues, Glendale,, 623-930-2299.

Through January 8
Winter Wonderland
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,, 623-385-7500.

Through January 8
ZooLights Celebrating 25 years, this grand holiday event glows with millions of lights, including a three-story-tall Christmas tree, lakeside music-in-motion shows and 3-D light sculptures of flamingos, an alligator, dragonfly and more. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-286-3800.

Through January 8
Zoppè Italian Family Circus
Presented in an intimate 500-seat tent, this one-ring circus honors the history of the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus is propelled by a central story that features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. Call for times. $15-$40. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler,, 480-782-2680.

Through January 15
Ice Skating at the Farm
Grab your mittens and enjoy a few laps on a real ice rink. W-M, noon-8 p.m. $10, includes skate rental. Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek,, 480-987-3100.

January 6
First Fridays Art Walk (FREE)
More than 70 art galleries and art spaces are featured. 6-10 p.m. Maps, parking and shuttle service available at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-256-7539.

January 7 (FREE)
Glitter & Glow Block Party
The streets are filled with two dozen 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,, 623-930-2299.

January 7
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,, 928-634-0774.

January 7
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,, 480-984-0032.

January 7
Wine Festival
Arizona Wine Growers Association hosts the Grand Wine Festival and Marketplace, featuring more than 150 wines from 30-plus wineries. Wine seminars, live music, vendors and an auction are included. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $15-$20. Lath Pavilion at Heritage Square, 113 N. Sixth Ave., Phoenix,, 678-643-0626. The event opens with a four-course winemaker’s dinner, Jan. 6, 6 p.m., $125, Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix.

January 7, 13
Rock ’n’ Roll Dances       
Guests enjoy rock ’n’ roll hits from the ’70s and ’80s, Jan. 7; and ’50s and ’60s, Jan. 13, with DJ Kort Kurdi. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $8. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Rd., Sun City West,, 602-679-4220.

January 7-29 (FREE)
Fine Arts Exhibit
Glendale Arts Council hosts its 54th annual statewide juried fine arts competition. The show includes paintings, sculpture, mixed-media works, and pen and ink drawings. Proceeds support art scholarships and community art projects. Call for times. Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 58th Ave., Glendale, 623-561-8526.

January 12-March 30 (FREE)
Native Trails
Celebrate the rich heritage, culture and traditions of Native Americans through the art of song and dance as this event features traditional instruments, colorful dances and authentic attire of various Southwestern tribes. Select Th and Sa, noon-1 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-421-1004.

January 13
Bark After Dark
Adults take over the museum to explore the exhibit, It’s a Dog’s Life, and enjoy a fun date night for grownups. Karaoke, hands-on art activities, dancing, dessert, a cash bar and art demonstrations are included. Cosplay is encouraged but not required. 6-9 p.m. $20-$25 per person; $35-$45 per couple. i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa,, 480-644-2468.

January 13-15
Home & Garden Show
Home improvement, design and landscaping products and services are in the spotlight at the Maricopa County Home and Garden Show. Do-it-yourself workshops and presentations, gardening seminars and a Tiny Home Street of Dreams featuring more than a dozen livable mansions ranging from 83 to 400 square feet, are among the highlights. F-Sa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8, adults; $3, children 3-12. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix,, 602-485-1691.

January 13-15
Sculpture & Wine Festival
Thunderbird Artists presents this gathering of more than 60 acclaimed sculptors from across the globe displaying works in bronze, stone, copper, clay, wood, metal, glass, gourd, steel, found objects and mixed media. Live music and wine tasting round out the festivities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3, adults; free, children 17 and younger. 16810 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills,, 480-837-5637.

January 13-March 26
Arizona Fine Art Expo
Guests can meet and watch nationally acclaimed and award-winning artists at work in more than 110 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,, 480-837-7163. Veterans enjoy free art classes in conjunction with the event’s American Healing Arts Foundation.

January 14-15
Heritage Festival
The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers headline the Superstition Mountain Heritage Days and Apacheland Reunion, which celebrates the history and lore of the Lost Dutchman Mine, Apacheland Movie Ranch, Arizona and the Old West, and cowboy and Native American culture. Old West re-enactments, storytellers, arts and crafts and live music are included. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5; free, children 10 and younger. Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction,, 480-983-4888.

January 14-15 (FREE)
Native American Art Fest
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 25th Invitational 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,

January 14-15
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. 8 a.m. Call for entry fees and course details; finish line festival at Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,, 800-311-1255.

January 14-15
Uncommon Markets
Original and uncommon goods are in the spotlight, from fine art to original and quirky works by young artists to items that are sustainable and support social change. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 855-238-6999.

January 14-22
Start Your Engines
Some of the world’s premier collector automobiles take center stage at the 46th anniversary Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, including Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder. The superstar will be at the auction when the car sells to benefit his charity, Janie’s Fund. Call for times and ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-421-6694.

January 14-March 26
Celebration of Fine Art
This annual juried invitational gathering features 100 renowned artists who show and sell their gallery-quality work in an intimate studio setting. 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,, 480-443-7695. An Artist Discovery Series takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. every Friday, featuring artist demonstrations, panel discussions and wine and cheese to complement the topic.

January 15-29 (FREE)
Sunday A’Fair
Celebrating its 30th 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 18-22
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, which moves to a new location this year. Call for times and ticket prices. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-252-2697.

January 19
Birds ’n’ Beer (FREE)
Sip on a Four Peaks brew 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,, 602-468-6470.

January 20-22
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,, 480-837-5637.

January 21
heart of the West Gala
Guests celebrate the legacy of Western artist Bill Nebeker at this dinner gala and live art auction. Proceeds support the museum’s educational work. 6-9 p.m. $150. Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg,, 928-684-2272.

January 21-22
Old West Show & Auction
Authentic arts and artifacts of the American West are showcased, including fine art, home furnishings, bits, saddles, spurs, chaps, fashions and jewelry. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa,, 480-779-WEST.

January 26
Scottsdale ArtWalk (FREE)
Local Edge is the theme as Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts this event, which features artist demonstrations, receptions, refreshments and live music. 6:30-9 p.m. Downtown Scottsdale,

January 27
Chocolate & Wine Experience
Two of life’s sweetest indulgences take center stage at this event hosted by Scottsdale League for the Arts. Delectable treats from local chocolatiers, gourmet cuisine, wine samples from local wineries and fresh local craft beers are featured, complemented by a s’mores station, interactive photo booth, live music, chocolate painting and chocolate making. 8 p.m. $60 in advance; $70 at the door (VIP: 7 p.m., $75). The Saguaro Scottsdale, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale,, 480-945-7193.

January 27
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 and a silent auction. 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale,, 602-379-7767.

January 28 (FREE)
Art Show
The Artists of Scottsdale Ranch share original paintings, ceramics, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, photography, mixed-media pieces and works in wood, metal and glass. A silent auction to benefit the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center is included. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Scottsdale Ranch Community Center, 10585 N. 100th St., Scottsdale,, 480-338-0098.

January 28
Black & White Ball
Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West hosts this semiformal event, with dinner catered by Sharko’s and music provided by Michael & Manuel. Doors open at 5 p.m. $30. R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, 715-456-7705.

January 28 (FREE)
Doggie Street Festival
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.-4 p.m. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix,, 323-445-5087.

January 28
Dogs’ Day in the Garden
Visitors and their leashed dogs can go for a walk on garden trails and enjoy family photos and canine-themed activities. 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,, 480-941-1225.

January 28 (FREE)
Gold Canyon Arts Festival
Presented by Gold Canyon Arts Council, the festival includes works by more than 80 local artists, plus live music. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon,, 480-983-2171.

January 28 (FREE)
Pot Party
Sun City West Clay Club hosts 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, 623-975-5678.

January 28-29 (FREE)
Indian Market & Festival
Magic Bird Festivals presents its inaugural Fountain Hills Indian Market and Cultural Festival, which features traditional and contemporary designs from 100 acclaimed artists, live music and hoop dancing performances by world-champion Brian Hammill. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 16705 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills,, 480-488-2014.

January 29
Grape Arizona Wine Event
Sixteen local wineries team up with more than 10 culinary partners for this seventh annual event to benefit Phoenix Rotary Club Charities Youth Programs. A silent auction and raffle prizes add to the fun. 1-5 p.m. $55-$75. Heritage Square, 113 N. Sixth St., Phoenix,

January 30-February 5
Waste Management Phoenix Open
Hideki Matsuyama defends his title during the “Greatest Show on Grass,” which includes golf clinics and pro-am tournaments, complemented by Birds Nest entertainment featuring Toby Keith, Jake Owen, The Band Perry and Chase Rice. Call for times. $40, daily general admission. Tournament Players Club, 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-870-0163.