Top 10 Valley Events in January and February

Editorial StaffJanuary 11, 2022
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February 10
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns

Chris Paul, who graced the cover of our November/December issue, and the rest of the Phoenix Suns are well on their way to making a return to the NBA Finals this season. But first, they have to get past their series opponents, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, in this regular-season matchup. 8 p.m. $70-$949. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-2000.


February 19
Arizona Strong Beer Festival 

It’s time to toast the return of outdoor events and tap into some of the best craft brews the Grand Canyon State has to offer, along with some delicious bar food (including an edible pretzel necklace), music and games that will keep the party going all day long. 1-5 p.m. $60; $15 for designated driver. VIP access, 11:30 a.m., $80. Bell Bank Park, 1 Legacy Dr., Mesa, 480-365-9000,


January 22-30
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction

Casual fans and major car collectors from around the world will converge in Scottsdale for the 50th anniversary of the greatest automobile auction in the nation. Attendees will have the chance to bid on rare and historic vehicles, including a 1927 Ford Model T to a cherry red ’63 Chevy Corvette. Doors open at 8 a.m. $20-$30. VIP, $1,699-$1,849. Westworld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, 844-528-3598,


February 19
Tim Allen

It’s been more than 30 years since Tim Allen’s popular television show Home Improvement made its debut, but if you think it’s been a while since you’ve seen the comedian, you may not have been looking hard enough. In addition to voicing Buzz Lightyear in all four(!) Toy Story movies, his latest series Last Man Standing just finished its nine-season run. Now he’s returning to his stand-up roots with a nationwide tour. 7:30 p.m. $54.50-$225. Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, 480-965-3434,


January 23
JoJo Siwa

It almost isn’t fair that JoJo Siwa took second place in Season 13 of Dancing With the Stars, as the popular 18-year-old YouTube vlogger and Nickelodeon star got her start on the show Dance Moms. But the “Boomerang” singer, known for donning colorful bows, made history on the ABC reality show as part of the first same-sex partnership to hit the dance floor. Now she’s ready to show off her moves to packed arenas. 7 p.m. $34.50-$64.50. Gila River Arena, 29400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200,


February 27
PHOENIX magazine Dish Fest 

Can’t wait to try some of the delectable dishes mentioned in our 101 Best Dishes cover story (page 104)? Sample a slew in one sitting at our inaugural Dish Fest, a culinary extravaganza with tasty bites and sips from restaurants including Pa’La, Oak on Camelback, Flavors of Louisiana and Casa Corazon. 1-5 p.m. $90. The Clayton House, 3719 N. 75th St., Scottsdale, 480-990-7300,

Hidden in the Hills
Hidden in the Hills


February 25
Fran Lebowitz

For someone who claims she’s suffered from writer’s block for decades, Fran Lebowitz has been remarkably active. Last year, she teamed up with director Martin Scorsese for the Netflix limited documentary series Pretend It’s a City in which she talked about living in New York City. She’ll share her thoughtful social commentary on our state when she visits Scottsdale.
8 p.m. $35-$65. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-499-8587,


January 28-30

Based on the 2007 indie film of the same name, Waitress is the story of Jenna, who is looking to escape her abusive relationship and complicated life by winning a pie contest. This sweet little musical baked itself into the hearts of theater-goers everywhere with award-winning songs and music by hit recording artist Sara Bareilles. Times vary. $45.25 – $105.25. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, 602-262-7272,


February 26
Cactus League Baseball

The 75-year tradition continues in Arizona. Fifteen Major League Baseball teams will start their seasons here in the Valley as they prepare for the 2022 season, giving fans a unique opportunity to see their favorite players up close and personal while getting a peek at the future players of America’s pastime. Ticket prices and locations vary.

Phoenix Pizza Festival
Phoenix Pizza Festival

February 26-27
Innings Festival 

The best indie and mainstream artists, along with an array of MLB legends, will gather on the south shore of Tempe Town Lake to celebrate all things baseball. Headliners include Tame Impala, St. Vincent, local up-and-comer Sydney Sprague, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Foo Fighters. 12:30-11 p.m. $159; GA+, $289. VIP, $699. Tempe Beach and Arts Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,


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