Things To Do in the Valley This Week (Jan. 22-28)

Editorial StaffJanuary 22, 2024
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This is a curated list of weekly events around the Phoenix area for January 22-28.
Calendar listings include public events and attractions from around the Valley and state. Confirm information before making plans by calling the listed phone number, or check each website for last minute confirmation or cancellations. E-mail calendar.events@citieswestmedia.com to submit events for consideration.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Arizona Balloon Classic
January 26-28

Dozens of hot air balloons fill the sky during Hare & Hound races; then light up the night during Desert Glows. Live music, tethered balloon rides, 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. Check website for ticket prices. Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, 480-560-9095, abcfest.com

a taste of az Food & Drink Festival
Saturday, January 27

The ever evolving Phoenix food and beverage scene is overflowing with incredible bars and restaurants. Dozens will be at the inaugural a taste of az food & drink festival at Salt River Fields on January 27th. Samples include burgers, tacos, pizza, beer, wine, cocktails, and more! atasteofaz.com/food-and-drink-festival-in-scottsdale-arizona/

Jurassic Quest
January 26-28

The largest touring dinosaur exhibit, which includes a life-size T-Rex and an 80-foot-long apatosaurus, comes to the Valley. Exhibits include raptor training, a dinosaur bounce house and a safe space for toddlers. Check website for times and ticket prices. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, jurassicquest.com

Mariah’s Miracle 3rd Annual 5K and Mile Fun Run
January 27

There are children who are in desperate need of vital medical equipment to help them live a full, independent life. You can help by running in this scenic West Valley park so that Mariah’s Miracle, the organization behind the event, can meet its fundraising goal of $20,000. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the first race begins at 9 a.m. Check website for entry fees. Bullard Wash Park, 200 N. 152nd Dr., Goodyear, mariahsmiracle.org

Rob Schneider
January 27

The actor, comedian and friend of Adam Sandler, who filmed his movie Daddy Daughter Trip throughout Arizona, will take the stage to perform his latest stand-up routine.
8 p.m., $39.50-$69.50, Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-514-2919, livenation.com

Arizona Wedding Show
January 27-28

If you’re looking for options for your ceremony, head to the biggest bridal show in the Southwest. More than 200 vendors will be in attendance to help you choose everything from your DJ to where to spend your honeymoon. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Check website for ticket prices. Phoenix Convention Center – South Building, 33 S. Third St., Phoenix, 480-236-7987, arizonaweddingshow.com

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
Through January 28

Casual fans and major car collectors from around the world will converge in Scottsdale for 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, barrett-jackson.com

Chandler International Film Festival
Through January 28

If you’re looking to add some diversity to your film-viewing, the East Valley film festival will offer more than 120 films from more than 35 countries. In addition, there will be workshops, an award ceremony, Q&As and, of course, daily afterparties. Check website for ticket packages and screening times. LOOK Dine-in Cinema, 1 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, chandlerfilmfestival.com

Arizona Fine Art Expo
Through March 24

Attendees can meet and watch nationally acclaimed and award-winning artists at work in 124 patron-friendly studios as Thunderbird Artists hosts this art adventure. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $12, season pass; $10, seniors and military. 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-837-7163, arizonafineartexpo.com

Celebration of Fine Art
Through March 24

This annual juried invitational gathering features 100 artists from across the country who show and sell their gallery-quality work in an intimate studio setting. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Season pass: $10, adults; $8, seniors and military; free, children 11 and younger. 18400 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-443-7695, celebrateart.com

Mini Music Makers & Music Adventures
Through February 29

It’s never too early to introduce children to music. Mini Music Makers is for those ages 0-5 years. Kids will develop their motor and language skills while learning about musical cultures from around the world. Those ages 6-10 can collect passport stamps when they build musical instruments and discover the musical heritage of different continents in the Musical Adventures class. Check website for days and times. Musical Instrument Museum. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 480-478-6000, mim.org

Mesa Contemporary Arts Center
Through February 29

Local and international artists, along with emerging creatives, are displayed in the five curated galleries of this beautiful space. Swoon: Gift in the Rupture, through Jan. 14; and Shepard Fairey – Facing the Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent, through Jan. 21. Mesa Arts Center,1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com

SPORTS

Phoenix Suns
January 22

The Suns host the Chicago Bulls on Monday, January 22 before embarking on a 7-game road trip. Call for times and ticket prices. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800, suns.com

Arizona Coyotes
January 22

The ’Yotes host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, January 22 before starting a 3-game road trip. Check website for times and ticket prices. Mullett Arena, 411 S. Packard Dr., Tempe, 480-563-PUCK, coyotes.nhl.com

THEATRE & DRAMA

John Loves Mary
January 25-March 2

This comedic play is about a World War II soldier whose good deed, marrying his buddy’s British sweetheart to sidestep immigration laws and bring the two together, doesn’t go unpunished. Check website for days and times. $25-$30. 8989 E. Via Linda, Ste. 118, Scottsdale, 480-314-0841, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com

Sh-Boom! Life Could Be a Dream
Through March 5

Accompanied by a soundtrack that includes classic songs like “Fools Fall in Love” and “Earth Angel,” a doo-wop group enters a radio contest to make the big time. Check website for days and times. $30-$65. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, 480-497-0277, haletheatrearizona.com

On the Town
Through February 22

Three sailors try to make the most of their day of shore leave in this musical comedy featuring a score by Leonard Bernstein. Check website for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org

The Little Engine That Could
Through February 4

Endurance and optimism are the themes of this play based on the beloved book about a train that thinks his way up a hill to make an important delivery. Call for times. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, 602-262-2050, azpuppets.org

See How They Run
Through February 10

Not to be confused with the cinematic whodunit starring Sam Rockwell, this hilarious play about religion and mistaken identity proves that even clergy have a sense of humor. Check website for days and times. $30-$65. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, 480-497-0277, haletheatrearizona.com

Cinderella
Through January 23

Chances are you’ve seen this oft-told tale of fairy godmothers, glass slippers and wicked stepmothers. But have you caught this beloved local version, seen by generations of young Valley residents? Call for times. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, 602-262-2050, azpuppets.org

THINGS TO DO LOOK AHEAD

Waste Management Phoenix Open
February 5-11

Get ready to cheer on your favorite PGA golfer from the famous 16th hole when the “greenest show on grass” returns. Visit website for tee times and ticket prices. Tournament Players Club, 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, wmphoenixopen.com

Arizona Strong Beer Festival
February 17

It’s time to 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. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $50; $20 for designated driver. VIP access, 11:30 a.m., $70. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, strongbeerfest.com

Bluey’s Big Play
February 17-18

Your children’s favorite cartoon dog and his 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, livenation.com

Cactus League Baseball Spring Training
Begins February 22

The tradition continues in Arizona. Fifteen Major League Baseball teams will start their training here in the Valley as they prepare for the 2024 season, giving fans a unique opportunity to see their favorite players up close and personal, including the 2023 National League Champion Arizona Diamondbacks. Ticket prices and locations vary. cactusleague.com

M3F Fest
March 3-4

Lane 8, Dominic Fike, SG Lewis, Gorgon City and many more will take over Downtown for another edition of the popular nonprofit music festival. Check website for set times. Weekend ticket packages start at $135. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, m3ffest.com

Bruce Springsteen
March 19

The Boss has left his residency on the Great White Way and is hitting the road with his band for a tour that includes songs from his soul covers album Only the Strong Survive. 7:30 p.m., $75-$350, Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800, footprintcenter.com

Arizona Bike Week 2023
April 3-7

Brantley Gilbert and Godsmack are scheduled to perform at one of the nation’s largest bike rallies. In addition to the great music, attendees can enjoy parties, bike and stunt shows, and demo rides. Check website for schedule. Rally passes start at $99. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, azbikeweek.com