Top 10 Valley Events in January and February 2023

Jason KeilJanuary 11, 2023
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Frozen: Photo courtesy Deen van Meer
Frozen: Photo courtesy Deen van Meer
1 February 22 – March 5

Are you ready to get “Let It Go” stuck in your head all over again? Then bundle up as the hit Disney musical gets the Broadway treatment with amazing special effects and an expanded score. Call for times and ticket prices. Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, 480-965-3434,

2 February 6-12

Waste Management Phoenix Open
Decisions, decisions…The Super Bowl and “The Greatest Show on Grass” are both in Phoenix on the same day this year. So, will you choose Rihanna or cheer on your favorite PGA golfer from the famous 16th hole? Visit website for tee times and ticket prices. Tournament Players Club, 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale,

3 February 12

Super Bowl LVII
It does seem unusual that the NFL scheduled a football game around a Rihanna concert, but this matchup is for all the marbles. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. Ticket packages start at $4,887.50, but there will be an official watch party at Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix that evening. State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, 602-379-0102, azcardinals.coms

4 January 14-15

Bluey’s Big Play
Your children’s favorite cartoon dog and her family come to life in a whole new (and three-dimensional) way that is certain to spark their imagination. Check website for times and ticket prices. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-514-2919,

Tosca; Photo courtesy Tim Trumble Photography
Tosca; Photo courtesy Tim Trumble Photography
5 January 20-22

When you think of opera, the term “thrill ride” isn’t the first word that comes to mind, which makes Tosca such an outlier. The story, set in Rome over 24 hours during the Napoleonic Wars, features plenty of suspense, jealousy and betrayal. Add extravagant sets and a powerful score and you’ve got the makings of an experience you won’t soon forget. F.-Sa., 7:30 p.m.; Su., 2 p.m.; $30-$180, Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. Phoenix,

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
6 January 21-29

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. Doors open at 8 a.m. $15-$28. VIP packages available. Westworld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, 844-528-3598,

7 February 25-26

Innings Festival
The best indie and mainstream artists, along with an array of MLB legends, will gather together on the south shore of Tempe Town Lake to celebrate all things baseball. Headliners include The Offspring, Green Day, Eddie Vedder, Weezer, and The Black Crowes. Check website for set times. $112-$1405, Tempe Beach and Arts Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,

8 February 24

Cactus League Baseball
The tradition continues in Arizona. Fifteen Major League Baseball teams will start their seasons here in the Valley as they prepare for the 2023 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.

9 January 6-8   

50th Annual Flagg Gem & Mineral Show
Both beginner and seasoned rock and mineral collectors have been venturing to this family-friendly event for half a century. There will be more than 100 vendors selling fossils, gems, beads, jewelry and lapidary materials. Additionally, educational organizations will be on hand to show attendees the science behind this enduring hobby. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa,

Arizona Balloon Classic; Photo courtesy Tim H. Murphy Photography
Arizona Balloon Classic; Photo courtesy Tim H. Murphy Photography
10 February 3-5

Arizona Balloon Classic
Dozens of hot air balloons fill the sky during Hare & Hound races; then light up the night during Desert Glows. Live music fireworks and children’s activities add to the festivities. A portion of proceeds benefits Valley of the Sun United Way. F, 4-9 p.m.; Sa, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Su, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. $15-$30. Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, 480-560-9095,