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Through 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 Flo Rida, Florida Georgia Line, OneRepublic, Zedd, Kelley James and Chris Lane. Visit website for tee times and ticket prices. Tournament Players Club, 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, wmphoenixopen.com, 602-870-0163.
Dirt-flying, car-crushing action is on tap as the world’s best monster trucks battle it out in this explosive event of demolition, speed, power and stunts. Grave Digger, Max D and Avenger are among the metal beasts in the spotlight, plus the Phoenix debut of Whiplash, Monster Mutt Rottweiler, Stone Crusher, Xtermigator and Megalodon. Pit party, 2:30-5:30 p.m.; show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The face of one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, the stand-up comedian is known for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Parada del Sol
Scottsdale – Past, Present & Future is the theme as the historic parade marks its 65th year. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a mile-long route in downtown Scottsdale, followed by a Trail’s End block party until 5 p.m. Rodeo action follows, March 8-11, at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleparade.com, 480-990-3179.
Street Eats Food Truck Fest
More than 60 of the Valley’s finest food trucks dish out their specialties, with live bands, lawn games, eating contests, cooking demonstrations, a vendor marketplace and children’s activities rounding out the festivities. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $12-$15; $65 VIP. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, streeteatsaz.com, 480-270-5000.
February 10-April 1
Arizona Renaissance Festival
Raucous revelry is on tap as this event celebrates 30 years of medieval merriment. Guests are transported back to the 16th century with a 30-acre festival village filled with castles, cottages and pubs; 2,000 costumed characters; a variety of feasting opportunities; and 13 stages of entertainment, including music, dance, comedy and jousting knights. Sa-Su (plus Feb. 19), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. 12601 E. Hwy. 60, Gold Canyon, renfestinfo.com, 520-463-2700.
Featuring songs by Cyndi Lauper, this joyous high-heeled hit is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. The heartwarming musical is presented by Theater League. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, broadwayorpheum.com, 602-262-7272.
February 21-March 25
An international cast of 50 talented riders, acrobats, dancers and musicians and 65 horses of 12 different breeds play and demonstrate their intimate bond as this production marries the equestrian arts, awe-inspiring acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects. Call for times and ticket prices. Red Mountain 202 and McClintock Drive, Scottsdale, cavalia.com, 866-999-8111.
February 21-March 27
The Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies play throughout the Valley. Visit cactusleague.com for a complete schedule.
Goldy’s Bowling Bash
Hit the lanes with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and wife Amy, baseball’s biggest stars and other Valley sports celebrities. A cocktail reception and after-party with dinner, drinks, a DJ, silent auction and prizes for the best and most outrageous bowlers are included. Proceeds benefit Goldy’s Fund 4 Kids, which supports Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 5:30 p.m. $500. Lucky Strike, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, goldysfund4kids.org, 602-524-8557.