Special Events


Group Free

Through September 1
Flashlight Tours
Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during these self-paced tours, which provide an opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, with glimpses of nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Sa, 7-9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

Through September 3
Chairlift Rides
Enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the mountainside as the lift ascends the western side of the San Francisco Peaks to an elevation of 11,500 feet, affording views of the red rocks in Sedona, a cinder cone volcanic field and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily (weather permitting). $19-$24; free, children 5 and younger. Arizona Snowbowl, 9300 N. Snowbowl Rd., Flagstaff, snowbowl.ski, 928-779-1951.

September 1
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.

September 2
Salsa, Tequila & Tacos
Top local chefs and mixologists join forces as Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona host this community fundraiser, which includes samples of signature salsa recipes, tequila tastings, tacos and live music. 7 p.m. $60. La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Dr., Tucson, saaca.org, 520-797-3959.

September 2-23
Summer Cocktail Camp
PHOENIX magazine welcomes guests for an exclusive opportunity to sip on some of the summer’s most refreshing mixed drinks while interacting with the state’s top mixologists. The series of cocktail-crafting classes is hosted by Craig Outhier, editor of PHOENIX magazine, and AWE Collective. Belly up to the bar and grab a glass as they mix things up Sept. 2 at Clever Koi, 4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; Sept. 16, Honor Amongst Thieves, 5538 N. Seventh St., Phoenix; and Sept. 23, Thirsty Camel, The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale. 1 p.m. $30 (includes four cocktails), summercocktailcamp.com.

September 7
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,” artlinkphoenix.com, 602-256-7539.

September 7-29
Hop Art (FREE)
Take a peek at a graphic designer’s work with brewers, illustrators and owners to choose a name, color, font and graphic for your favorite Chandler brews in Hop Art: The Graphic Design of SanTan Brewery. The exhibit features an array of current and historical designs, as well as draft versions of designs that didn’t make the final cut. M-F, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler, visiongallery.org, 480-782-2695.

September 8
D-backs Fiesta (FREE)
The Arizona Diamondbacks host this celebration with live music, a beer garden, food and family entertainment in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Day. 2-5 p.m. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, dbacks.com.

September 14
Get Jazzed! (FREE)
Mesa Arts Center kicks off its new season with a community festival featuring live music on three stages, five new exhibitions in Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, art studio demonstrations, hands-on activities and food vendors. 6-11 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

September 14-16
Junk in the Trunk
All things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade are in the spotlight as more than 150 vendors share their treasures. Live music adds to the festivities. Visit website for times and ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, junkinaz.com.

September 15
Bat Netting
Be a wildlife biologist for a night and study native bats with Arizona Game and Fish biologist Randy Babb. The evening includes a guided tour of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center’s sanctuary, a short general introduction on bats and the conservation efforts occurring statewide, followed by the capture and identification of local bat species. Bats are released unharmed after they are examined. 7-10 p.m. $50. Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, 27026 N. 156th St., Scottsdale, southwestwildlife.org, 480-471-3621.

September 15
Epilepsy Gala
Guests enjoy a Havana Nights theme as the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona hosts its 14th annual Waves of Change for Epilepsy Gala. The black-tie event includes cocktails, a seated dinner and silent auction. 6-10 p.m. $250. Mountain Shadows, 5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, azepilepsygala.org, 602-282-3515.

September 15
Furry Friends Art Fest
Pets and their owners enjoy a tranquil art setting as they shop for a variety of pet paintings, ceramics, photography, clothing, furniture and other animal-themed items. Live music, pet performances and food and beverage vendors are included. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $5; $10 maximum per family; free for pets. Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, shemerartcenter.org, 602-262-4727.     

September 15
Her Soul Story
Women Change Masters presents this women’s empowerment event, which honors who you are, who you’ve been and all you are about to become. The program features a variety of women sharing their stories of love, loss, growth and empowerment. 1 p.m. $55-$75. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempecenterforthearts.com, 480-350-2822.

September 15
Wine, Women & Shoes
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation hosts this seated luncheon and fashion show with styles from Dillard’s. Marketplace vendors, wine samples, a sassy stiletto shoe contest and “Key to the Closet” fundraiser are highlights. 11 a.m. $150. Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Dr., Phoenix, freshstartwomen.org, 602-252-8494.

September 20

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.

September 21
Charity Golf Tourney
Golfers with and without disabilities play side by side as Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center hosts this best-ball tournament. The event encourages conversation about the importance and value of inclusion in sports and the group’s role in providing resources and expertise to help the disabled achieve health and fitness goals. 8 a.m. shotgun start. $200. Longbow Golf Club, 5601 E. Longbow Pkwy., Mesa, 360golftournament.org, 602-256-2245.

September 21-23
Ultra Fit Fest
Michelob Ultra serves up this inaugural fitness getaway, which features a blend of fit and fun experiences, including unique workouts designed by leading fitness instructors, panel discussions with wellness industry leaders, live entertainment by Kali Uchis and happy hour festivities. Visit website for times and ticket prices. JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, ultrafitfest.com.

September 21-30
Arizona Restaurant Week
Diners enjoy signature dishes by some of Arizona’s top chefs at a special price as this annual event showcases dozens of the state’s best restaurants, including items not always featured on the regular menus. Beckett’s Table, Buck & Rider, The Capital Grille, Christo’s, El Chorro, Different Pointe of View, J&G Steakhouse, The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, Lon’s Restaurant, Mother Bunch Brewing, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Seasons 52, The Stockyards, Thirsty Lion and Vincent’s on Camelback are among the participants. $33-$44 per person for three-course meal, arizonarestaurantweek.com.

September 21-January 6
Untamed: Wild Compositions
The garden’s desert flora provides a rich backdrop for the work of Arizona-based artist Frank Gonzales, a classically trained painter known for his vivid avian subjects. The exhibit explores pollinators and natural elements of the Sonoran Desert, playfully arranged in dynamic and fantasy-rich compositions. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

September 22
Smithsonian Museum Day Live! (FREE)
Hundreds of museums nationwide open their doors to the public for free as Smithsonian magazine hosts this annual event. Visit smithsonian.com/museumday to download the required ticket and for a list of participants, including Pueblo Grande Museum, Heard Museum, Rosson House Museum, Cave Creek Museum and Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum.

September 23
Wander the Wild
Highlands Center for Natural History hosts this fundraiser, which includes live music, appetizers, Arizona wines, a gourmet dinner and live auction. Proceeds benefit children’s educational programs. 2:30-6:30 p.m. $100. Windmill House, 1400 W. Road 4 North, Chino Valley, highlandscenter.org, 928-776-9550.

September 27-29
Taste America 
The James Beard Foundation culinary tour makes a stop in the Valley for a cocktail and tasting reception (Th, 7 p.m., $75, Dominick’s Steakhouse, 15169 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale) and a celebratory Night of Culinary Stars dinner prepared by Charleen Badman, Charles Wiley and Maneet Chauhan (F, 7 p.m., $275, Mountain Shadows, 5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley). The event features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres created by local chefs and restaurateurs, including Scott Holmes, Danielle Leoni, Chrysa Robertson, Doug Robson and Samantha Sanz; and desserts by Martin Nakatsu, Sarah Chisholm, Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung.
The fun continues with free cooking demonstrations and tastings by Badman and Chauhan, Sa, 10 a.m., Sur La Table, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, jamesbeard.org, 480-951-2950.

September 28
Sip, Shop & Style (FREE)
Style expert Angela Keller of Mom Style Lab shares fall fashion trends, followed by an overview of the latest in autumn beauty by makeup artist Lisa Moore. Informal modeling, mini makeovers and champagne are included. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Saks Fifth Avenue, 2446 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-955-8000, ext. 2402.

September 29
Chile Pepper Festival
Roosevelt Row cranks up the heat with this annual festival, which includes cooking demonstrations, live music, salsa dancing, beer and margarita gardens, children’s activities, a talent show and an eclectic mix of chile pepper cuisine from local restaurants and chefs. 5-10 p.m. $10, free, children 12 and younger. Roosevelt Row Arts District, Second and Roosevelt streets, Phoenix, chilepepperfest.org.

September 29-November 18
Fall Butterfly Exhibit
Visitors stroll among hundreds of delicate and colorful monarch butterflies as they take a closer look at the insects that care for and protect our desert environment. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

September 30
Behind the Flames
Scottsdale Firefighters Association hosts this dinner gala, which celebrates and honors firefighters while raising money for a variety of local charities. Grant Woods, Dr. Warren H. Stewart and Jerry Colangelo are featured speakers and guests of honor. 5 p.m. $150. Dominick’s Steakhouse, 15169 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 602-799-9543.