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Through March 15
The nation’s top classical, Broadway, chamber and jazz artists share the stage at this premier winter music festival. This month’s performers include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lonesome Traveler with Peter Yarrow, Brian Stokes Mitchell, The Hit Men, Trio Solisti, Ruth Moody Band, Neil Sedaka, Festival Sinfonia, Violins of Hope and the festival orchestra with Robert Moody. Call for times, ticket prices and Carefree, North Scottsdale and Phoenix venues, 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.
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.
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-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.
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.
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 21-March 26
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.
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 23-March 3
Sedona International Film Festival
The festival celebrates its silver anniversary with a lineup of 160 films, from narrative features to documentaries to shorts, as well as evening events and parties, workshops and special guests from the film industry. Call for times, ticket prices and Sedona locations, sedonafilmfestival.org, 928-282-1177.