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Through February 3
Lights of the World
More than 10 million lights and lanterns brighten the skies of Phoenix as this holiday festival shines with creations of cultural and geographical significance. The event incorporates larger-than-life lantern sculptures that originated in Chengdu, China, featuring such landmarks as the U.S. Capitol building, Big Ben, Taj Mahal and Parthenon. Carnival rides, crafts and a sea lion show are included. Tu-Sa, 5-10 p.m. $24.99. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenix.lightsoftheworldus.com, 602-252-6771.

Through February 3
Waste Management Phoenix Open
Gary Woodland 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 Old Dominion, Midland, Brandon Lay, Jake Owen, Lee Brice, Michael Ray, The Chainsmokers, Snoop Dogg, Martin Garrix, DJ Vice and Justin Mylo. Visit website for tee times and ticket prices. Tournament Players Club, 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, wmphoenixopen.com.

Through March 24
Arizona Fine Art Expo
Guests can meet and watch nationally acclaimed and award-winning artists at work in 124 patron-friendly studios as Thunderbird Artists hosts this festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $10, season pass; $8, seniors and military. 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, arizonafineartexpo.com, 480-837-7163.
azmusicfest.org, 480-422-8449.

Through March 24
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. Pictured is a blown-glass pendant with 24-karat gold and pure silver by Anthony Barbano. 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.

Through April 30
Bugs. BIG BUGS!
Twenty-one gigantic creatures have taken up residence in this animatronic exhibit. Encounters with real live bugs and other activities are included. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.

Through May 12
Electric Desert
Cacti and desert become a living canvas in this nighttime experience by Klip Collective, taking guests on an immersive journey through the garden using light and original music. The exhibit includes seven site-specific locations. Call for times and ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

February 1
First Fridays Art Walk (FREE)
More than 70 Downtown art galleries and creative spaces are featured. 6-10 p.m. Check website for maps, parking and shuttle service from five “park-and-ride hubs,” artlinkphx.com, 602-256-7539.

February 1-3
Art of Chocolate A’Fair (FREE)
Magic Bird Festivals presents this event, which showcases more than 100 regional arts, craft and specialty gift vendors, plus handcrafted chocolates and gourmet goodies. Live entertainment is planned throughout the weekend. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Gilbert Civic Center, 50 E. Civic Center Dr., Gilbert, magicbirdfestivals.com, 480-488-2014.

February 1-April 30
Interior Designer for Hire
The Arizona North chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers hosts this popular program, which matches homeowners with local ASID designers for a consultation at $99 per hour or $175 for a two-hour session. Designers volunteer their time, and the fees collected are used for student scholarships and educational programs. Valleywide and Northern Arizona, azn.asid.org.

February 1-May 31
Art on the Wild Side
Tania Bolin, Larry Finkel and April Howland showcase their unique vision of wildlife and conservation via photography, paint and mixed media in this inaugural exhibit. Art is available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the zoo’s conservation initiatives. Call for times and ticket prices. Savanna Gallery, Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.

February 2
Great Canadian Picnic (FREE)
Hundreds of guests turn out each year to rock their maple leaf at this annual event – 67 years strong – which features classic cars, live music, games, raffle prizes, food trucks, children’s activities and a snow slide. Proceeds support exchanges between Arizona and Canadian cities that focus on youth and education. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. South Mountain Park Activity Complex, 10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, canadianpicnic.com, 602-309-1552.

February 2
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.

February 2
Petroglyph Discovery Hike
An experienced guide leads participants on a quick 1-mile, one-hour interpretative hike. Recommended for children ages 8 and older, the hike includes changes in terrain as well as elevation. 10-11 a.m. $5; advance registration required. South Mountain Park, 10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.

February 2
Tucson Food & Wine Fest
Southern Arizona’s culinary arts are in the spotlight as more than 65 of the region’s finest chefs, wineries, breweries, restaurants and food purveyors share signature tastings at the Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $79. Tucson Botanical Garden, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, saaca.org, 520-531-9227.

February 7, 28
Scottsdale ArtWalk (FREE)
Western Week is the theme Feb. 7 and Native Spirit, Feb. 28, as Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts this event. Artist demonstrations, receptions and refreshments at many of the participating galleries are included. 6:30-9 p.m. Downtown Scottsdale, scottsdalegalleries.com.

February 8
Hashknife Pony Express (FREE)
Welcome the Hashknife riders as they complete a 200-mile journey on horseback from Holbrook to Scottsdale, delivering thousands of letters. This annual re-enactment of Western history is the longest-running Pony Express ride in the nation. Family activities run 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., with riders arriving at high noon. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, hashknifeponyexpress.com, 480-686-9539.

February 8-10
Chinese Festival (FREE)
Celebrate the “Year of the Boar” at the 29th annual Phoenix Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival. Culinary specialties, arts and crafts, dragon and lion dances, folk and traditional dances, martial arts demonstrations, musical performances, children’s activities, a mahjong booth and beer garden are among the highlights. F, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sa-Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, phoenixchineseweek.org.

February 8-10
Fine Art & Wine Fest
Thunderbird Artists hosts its eighth annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival, featuring works by nationally acclaimed, world-renowned and emerging independent artists, complemented by wine and live music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, thunderbirdartists.com, 480-837-5637.

February 8-24
Cave Creek Corner Mercado (FREE)
Magic Bird Festivals presents this event featuring arts and crafts, boutique apparel, gourmet culinary treats and Native American and Southwest-inspired designs by local and regional artisans. Feb. 8-10, 14-17 and 22-24. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Northeast corner of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse roads, Cave Creek, magicbirdfestivals.com, 480-488-2014.

February 9
D-backs Fan Fest (FREE)
Fans can meet current players, coaches, alumni and broadcast personalities, and enjoy autograph and photo sessions at this season kickoff celebration. Unique access throughout the spring training complex is included, plus a yard sale of D-backs T-shirts, baseballs, bobbleheads and other memorabilia. Noon-4 p.m. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, dbacks.com/fanfest, 602-462-FEST. Visit website for free ticket required for admittance.

February 9
Galaxy Gala 2019
Guests at this Arizona Science Center dinner gala are among the first to experience Mummies of the World: The Exhibition, which includes 40 real human and animal mummies and 85 rare artifacts from across the globe. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are included, along with an after-party. 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, galaxygala.org, 602-716-2014.

February 9
Parada del Sol
Arizona’s Heroes is the theme as the historic parade marks its 66th year with a mile-long route beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a Trail’s End block party until 4 p.m. in downtown Scottsdale. Rodeo action follows, March 7-10, at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, paradadelsol.net, 480-990-3179.

February 9-10
Corks & Cactus
Guests enjoy a variety of wines while strolling through the garden and speaking with representatives of the wineries. Musical entertainment is included, and food pairings, as well as wines by the bottle or case, are available for purchase. 1-4:30 p.m. $45. Desert Botanical Garden, 1225 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.

February 9-10
Glendale Chocolate Affaire (FREE)
Satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings with tours of Cerreta’s candy factory, children’s activities and an abundance of that sinfully delicious confection provided by dozens of local and national chocolatiers. Sa, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. Murphy Park, 58th and Glendale avenues, Glendale, visitglendale.com, 623-930-2299.

February 9-10
Hoop Dance Contest
Enjoy the fast-paced precision, grace and creativity of hoop dancing as top hoop dancers from the U.S. and Canada compete for cash prizes and the title of world champion. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $18, adults; $13.50, seniors; $7.50, children 4-12. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.

February 9-17
Architects of Air: Albesila
With a footprint nearly half the size of a football field, this inflatable art sculpture beckons guests to step inside its light- and color-filled domelike spaces to wander, explore, sit or just lie down and enjoy the ambiance of the space. The interactive and immersive installation is a mix of engineering and design and is appropriate for all ages and all methods of personal mobility. Noon-9 p.m. $7; free, children 2 and younger. Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 9, 23
Artisan Fest (FREE)
Dozens of local artists, designers and creators share their works at this event, which includes live music, yoga classes, cooking and juicing demonstrations, and children’s activities. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, odyseainthedesert.com, 480-951-2100.

February 9-March 31
Arizona Renaissance Festival
It’s the greatest party since Camelot as this event celebrates 31 years of medieval merriment. Guests are transported back to the 16th century with a 30-acre festival village filled with castles, cottages and pubs; a cast of nearly 2,000 costumed characters; a variety of feasting opportunities; and 14 stages of entertainment, including music, dance, comedy, acrobatics and jousting knights. Sa-Su (plus Feb. 18), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. 12601 E. Hwy. 60, Gold Canyon, renfestinfo.com, 520-463-2700.

February 10
Freaks, Geeks & Asperger’s Syndrome
Gateway Academy, a school for students with Asperger’s syndrome and high-functioning autism, hosts this comedy club fundraiser featuring Debra DiGiovanni as headliner. A silent auction is included. 7 p.m. $20. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, gatewayacademy.us, 480-998-1071.

February 12
Michelle Obama Book Tour
Celebrating the release of Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama, the former first lady reflects on the experiences and events, both public and private, that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her years spent at the most famous address in the world. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

February 14-24
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
This annual event, which has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2,400 of the world’s finest Arabians, attracts top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world as they compete for championship titles across a variety of equestrian disciplines. Call for times and ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleshow.com, 480-515-1500.

February 15
Celebrity Game Night
Guests enjoy game-room favorites and interactive contests as they mingle, play and compete with celebrities and current and professional athletes. The fundraiser is hosted by Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife, Brenda, in honor of legendary Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Proceeds benefit Treasure House, a supportive living community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $250. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, treasurehouse.org, 602-714-8189.

February 15
Corks & Concert
A hearty selection of tapas prepared by executive chef Jeremy Pacheco are paired with varietals poured by winemaker Eric Glomski at this intimate event, which includes a concert by flamenco guitarist Esteban and his violinist daughter, Teresa Joy. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $125. The Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, hermosainn.com, 602-955-8614.

February 16
Art Show & Sale (FREE)
Twenty-two artists share paintings, photography, jewelry, sculpture, works in glass, multimedia pieces and specialty items at this 11th annual event presented by the Artists of Scottsdale Ranch. Complimentary beverages, light snacks and a silent auction to benefit local charities are included. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Scottsdale Ranch Community Center, 10585 N. 100th St., Scottsdale, artistsofscottsdaleranch.com, 480-200-4731.

February 16
DBG 80th Anniversary
Desert Botanical Garden rolls back admission prices to $8 in celebration of its eighth decade. Hands-on activities, a geocaching event and cake for all guests are among the highlights. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Desert Botanical Garden, 1225 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.

February 16
Evening of Hope Gala
The American Cancer Society hosts this fundraising dinner, which includes dancing and silent and live auctions. 6 p.m. Tickets start at $400. Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Dr., Phoenix, acsphoenix.ejoinme.org/acseveningofhopeaz, 602-952-7506.

February 16
Find Your Center Gala
Guitar virtuoso Pavlo performs at this fundraiser, which includes hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, silent auction and concert. 6 p.m. Tickets start at $100. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.

February 16
Off the Vine Wine Festival
Exclusive tastings of 24 of Arizona’s finest wineries are on tap, along with live music and local fare from a variety of Arizona eateries as Arizona Wine Growers Association hosts this annual celebration. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $20, advance; $30 at the door. Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, azwinefestivals.com, 520-797-3959.

February 16
Spark! After Dark (FREE)
A grownup’s playground, this monthly event features live music, art, food and drinks. 8-11 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

February 16-17
Street Eats Food Truck Fest
More than 60 of the Valley’s finest food trucks dish out their specialties, with live music, cooking demonstrations, eating contests, lawn games and children’s activities rounding out the festivities. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $12-$15, adults; free, children 12 and younger; $65 VIP. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, streeteatsaz.com, 480-270-5000.

February 16-17
White Tank Mountains Art Fest (FREE)
More than 60 artists and crafters share their creations, complemented by live entertainment. Proceeds support the park and conservation efforts in the White Tank Mountains. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd., Waddell, wtmconservancy.org, 623-466-7015.

February 17, 24
Sunday A’Fair (FREE)
Celebrating its 32nd 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.

February 21
Birds ’n’ Beer (FREE)
Sip on a brew from AZ Wilderness Brewing Co. while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. This month’s program is “River of Raptors: Millions Migrating to Veracruz,” presented by Eduardo Martinez Leyva of Pronatura Noroeste. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, az.audubon.org, 602-468-6470.

February 21
Paw Prints 2019
Gabriel’s Angels Board of Young Professionals presents this fundraiser featuring artwork created by kids who were visited by the organization’s pet therapy teams. Specialty drinks, live entertainment, a raffle and silent auction are included. Proceeds support the mission of Gabriel’s Angels to provide pet therapy to thousands of at-risk children in Arizona. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $45 in advance; $55 at the door. The Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telewa Trail, Phoenix, gabrielsangels.org, 602-266-0875.

February 22
Design for Dogs
Fifteen local architects, interior designers, homebuilders, engineers and other industry partners have created custom pet palaces to be auctioned at this fundraiser to benefit Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA. Samples from local wineries and breweries, light bites, raffle prizes, music, a silent auction, adoptable dogs and a puppy-kissing booth are included. 5-8 p.m. $45-$55. Facings of America, 16421 N. 90th St., Scottsdale, designfordogs.org.

February 22
Tania Katan Book Launch
The former curator of performing arts at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts takes a refreshing look at how to fit creativity into the seemingly mundane in her new book Creative Trespassing: How to Put the Spark and Joy Back Into Your Work and Life. 7 p.m. $40-$75. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

February 22-24
Fountain Hills Great Fair (FREE)
This juried art festival attracts approximately 500 artisans from across the globe. Live music, food booths and a beer garden are included. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 16455 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, fountainhillschamber.com, 480-837-1654.

February 22-24
Lost Dutchman Days
Celebrate the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine with professional rodeo action, a beer and brat party, charity golf tournament, parade, carnival, rodeo dance, arts and crafts vendors, and live entertainment. Call for times, ticket prices and Apache Junction locations, lostdutchmandays.org, 602-463-6805.

February 23
Arizona Super Show
Premier custom and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and pedal cars are in the spotlight as this event highlights American classics and customs alike, while showcasing dazzling paints, interiors and customized modifications that embody American culture through vehicles. A carhop competition, auto culture art exhibit, children’s area and concert featuring Ramón Ayala, The Zapp Band, Baby Bash and MC Magic are included. Noon-8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, thearizonasupershow.com, 800-745-3000.

February 23
Climb to Conquer Cancer
American Cancer Society hosts this fundraising 5.5-mile hike to the summit of South Mountain, with festivities at the top and bottom of the mountain. 7 a.m. $40-$50. South Mountain Park, 10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, phoenixclimb.com, 602-952-7552.

February 23
Friends of the Poor 5K
This sixth annual run/walk benefits the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which provides food and financial assistance to individuals and families in crisis situations. 9 a.m. $30, adults; $15, children 5-12; free, children 4 and younger. St. Rose, 2825 W. Rose Canyon Circle, Anthem, active.com.

February 23
Turquoise and Tuxedos
The Historical League celebrates its 2019 Arizona Historymakers: Betsey Bayless, Dr. Arthur DeCabooter, Michael J. Fox, Alfredo Gutierrez, Merrill Mahaffey and Vernon D. Swaback. Western black-tie is the dress for the gala, which includes a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction, music by the Pete Pancrazi Duo and video presentations highlighting the unique life story and accomplishments of each honoree. 6 p.m. Tickets start at $350. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, historicalleague.org, 480-929-0292.

February 23-24
Ceramic Studio Tour (FREE)
Ten studios are open to guests as this 18th-annual self-guided tour features professional ceramic artists and ASU graduate students exhibiting and selling functional and sculptural artworks. Live demonstrations of wheel throwing, hand-building and glazing techniques are included. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Phoenix metropolitan area, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, 480-727-8170.

February 23-24
Devour Culinary Classic
This premier foodie fête showcases Arizona food and drink, with an all-star lineup of local chefs, winemakers, brewmasters and mixologists. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $105; VIP; 10 a.m., $205. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, classic.devourphoenix.com.

February 23-24
PHX Vegan Food Festival
Dozens of vegan and vegan-friendly food trucks, restaurants and product purveyors are showcased, along with demonstrations and presentations by chefs and vegan experts, plus three stages of entertainment, children’s activities and a yoga zen zone. The event expands to two days this year, with Sunday featuring a brunch theme. Sa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $25; $40 for both days; free, children 12 and younger; VIP, 10 a.m., $60; $90 for both days. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, phxveganfest.com, 602-296-5362.

February 24
Arizona Hemophilia Walk
Family, friends, and community and corporate teams walk in honor and memory of those whose lives have been affected by bleeding disorders at this 5K noncompetitive walk. Registration includes all-day zoo admittance. 7-10 a.m. $25, minimum donation, adults; $5 minimum, students 13-17; free, children 12 and younger. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, arizonahemophilia.org, 602-955-3947.

February 24
Coronado Home Tour
Ten homes of varying architectural styles are open for viewing in this historic district of Phoenix. A street fair, beer garden, food trucks, live music and children’s activities are included. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15, advance; $20, day of tour. Coronado Park, 1717 N. 12th St., Phoenix, thecoronadoneighborhood.com/hometour.

February 26
Book Signing (FREE)
Joanne Fluke, author of the Hannah Swensen mystery series, talks about and signs copies of her new book, Chocolate Cream Pie Murder. 7 p.m. The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale, poisonedpen.com, 480-947-2974.