Newcomers’ Guide to Festivals and Events in January 2023

Editorial StaffNovember 2, 2022
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Russo and Steele Collector Car Auction
Russo and Steele Collector Car Auction

Russo and Steele Collector Car Auction
January (TBD)
Auction action is in high gear as hundreds of European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and custom collector cars cross the auction block. 18601 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 602-252-2697, russoandsteele.com

Zoppé Italian Family Circus
Through January 2
Presented in an intimate 500-seat tent, this one-ring circus celebrates the tradition of old-world Italian circus arts, including acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and expert jugglers. Bell Bank Park, 1 Legacy Dr., Mesa, 480-353-7058, zoppe.net

ZooLights
Through January 15
This grand holiday event glows with millions of LED lights and includes a three-story-tall Christmas tree, lakeside music-in-motion shows, 3D light sculptures and life-size animal lanterns, ranging from a herd of bison to a one-eyed-one-horned-flying-purple-people-eater. 5:30-10:30 p.m. daily. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, 602-286-3800, phoenixzoo.org

Arizona Fine Art Expo
January 13-March 26
Guests can meet and watch nationally acclaimed, award-winning and emerging artists at work in more than 100 patron-friendly studios as Thunderbird Artists hosts this art adventure. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-837-7163, arizonafineartexpo.com

Celebration of Fine Art
January 14-March 26
This 33rd annual juried invitational gathering features 100 renowned and emerging artists who show and sell their gallery-quality work in an intimate studio setting. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 18400 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-443-7695, celebrateart.com

Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon
January 14-15
Participants run to the beat as local bands and cheer teams add spirit and inspiration throughout this marathon and half marathon, which winds through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, and concludes with a finish line festival at Tempe Beach Park. Kids’ races and a 5K, Jan. 14; and a 10K, Jan. 15, are included. It’s the Valley’s signature running event. runrocknroll.com/arizona

Cave Creek Indian Art Market
January 20-22
This multicultural celebration of tribal and regional arts, crafts and entertainment showcases handcrafted creations by Native American and Southwestern artisans, along with unique health and wellness products. Local food trucks and concessions are available on-site. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Frontier Town, 6245 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, cavecreekaz.gov

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival
January 20-22
Thunderbird Artists presents this juried fine-art festival, which showcases more than 100 artists from throughout the world, complemented by wine tastings and live entertainment. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 101 Easy St., Carefree, thunderbirdartists.com

Arizona Concours d’Elegance
January 22
French for “competition of excellence,” Concours d’Elegance is a curated and judged exhibition of select collector cars spanning all eras competing for the coveted title of Best of Show. 9 a.m. Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/arizona-concours-delegance

Doggie Street Festival
January 23
Find music, free snacks, vet tips, pet products and more at this canine-friendly gathering at Steele Indian School Park, doggiestreetfestival.org

This article first appeared in the 2023 City Guide, published by PHOENIX magazine in November 2022.

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