The start of a new decade brings a combination of hopes and anxieties about what the future may bring. However, with all of the new – and returning – events to look forward to here in the 48th state, we’re leaning toward being more hopeful. Here’s a few of them:
The Nobu restaurant empire is coming to the Valley for the first time. This iconic Japanese restaurant, with locations in every continent (except Antarctica) is run by celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, who specializes in Japanese-Peruvian food. The eatery is set to open in Scottsdale Fashion Square sometime this year. Actor Robert De Niro is also a co-founder – we’re hoping he’ll visit.
Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, noburestaurants.com/scottsdale
This Korean grocery store was set to open in 2017, and after a few delays for unknown reasons, still plans to open this year in Mesa. Their website boasts being the “largest Asian supermarket chain in America,” and offers a mix of Asian and Western fare with an accompanying food court to boot. It’ll join the likes of Asiana Market and Mekong Plaza, but our taste buds aren’t complaining.
1919 W. Main St., Mesa, hmart.com
Claiming to be “North America’s first landscape hotel,” this future vacation destination features dozens of atriums scattered across the Sedona red rocks with floor-to-ceiling windows. According to its website, each atrium has been individually placed at specific angles to “maximize” the guests’ view.
Devour Culinary Classic
This is the festival’s 11th year, and we’re still as excited as when the event debuted. This mouthwatering experience features the culinary best of the Southwest, with elite chefs, wine makers, brewers and more coming together to celebrate the state’s food scene at the Desert Botanical Garden. Attendees can sample food, access culinary demos and more.
$105 – $205, Feb. 22–23, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, devourphoenix.com
The Phoenix Salsa and Bachata Festival
This weekend-long dance marathon is returning for a second year and includes pool parties, dance workshops and – of course – endless dancing until the wee hours of the morning. If you’re not a natural-born pro, don’t worry; the event will also offer lessons for beginners in all Latin dance styles.
$50 – $75, Jul. 17–19, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, phoenixbachatafestival.com
Justin Bieber 2020 Tour
After two years of musical silence, the superstar that defined tween girls’ lives in 2010 is coming back with a performance planned in Phoenix this summer. It’s not just a phase, Mom.
$130+, June 5, State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, justinbiebermusic.com
Cirque Du Soleil: Ovo
Calling all arthropod enthusiasts: Cirque du Soleil is coming for you! This dramatic celebration of insects living out their lives involves impossible-looking acrobatics, dancing and music to put on an unforgettable show.
$44+, Feb. 20-23, Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, cirquedusoleil.com