Things To Do in the Valley This Week (Jan. 29-Feb. 4)

Editorial StaffJanuary 29, 2024
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This is a curated list of weekly events around the Phoenix area for January 29-February 4.
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 to submit events for consideration.


Jagged Little Pill
January 30-February 4

If you want to hear some new music from Alanis Morrissette, she wrote two new songs for the musical Jagged Little Pill, inspired by her hit album of the same name. The critically acclaimed production also features a story conceived by Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody. Check website for times and ticket prices. Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, 480-965-3434,

Parada del Sol
February 3

Scottsdale’s roots as a Western town come to life in this extravagant parade and family-friendly festival that features colorful floats, horse-drawn carriages, marching bands, wagons and stagecoaches. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Trail’s End Festival begins afterward. Parade begins at Drinkwater Blvd. and Scottsdale Rd.

Southwest Cajun Fest
February 3

If you can’t make it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, you can catch some beads at this family-friendly event. There will be jugglers, stilt walkers, magicians, street performers, live music and food vendors serving up tasty Cajun cuisine. 2-9 p.m., Admission starts at $18. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler,

45th Annual Runner’s Den Pancake Run presented by IHOP
February 4

Hot pancakes and savory sausage await you at the finish line of this popular race. Try a 5K or 10K, or go the distance and run both. Make it a family affair and bring your little ones to the starting line of the “Diaper Derby.” Check website for entry fees. First race begins at 7:15 a.m. PV Mall Redevelopment Project, 4568 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix,

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,

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,

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,

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,


ASU Men’s Basketball
February 1 & 3

Cheer on the Arizona State University Sun Devils as the team battles Stanford, Feb. 1; California, Feb. 3. Call for times and ticket prices. Desert Financial Arena, 600 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, 480-727-0000,


John Loves Mary
Now through 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,

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,

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,

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,

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,



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,

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,

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,

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.

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,

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,

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,