As you ring in 2016, remember to save a little energy in the New Year for hiking, college football festivities and more things to do in Phoenix this weekend:

College football festivities: January 1-2

On Friday, Notre Dame and Ohio State will take the field for the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl, while West Virginia and Greater Phoenix’s own Arizona State will duke it out in Saturday’s Motel 6 Cactus Bowl. Passionate tailgaters can kick off celebrations at the Fan Fest or Oasis pregame parties. You don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy the free Fiesta Bowl Parade on Saturday, when colorful floats, bands and balloons will march a two-mile route in Central Phoenix.

National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade (Photo via Facebook)

National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade (Photo via Facebook)

Music of John Williams at Phoenix Symphony: January 2-3

Where else can you journey from Hogwarts to a galaxy far, far away this weekend? Composer John Williams is the man behind the music of Harry Potter, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and more beloved film favorites. Join the Phoenix Symphony for two performances of William’s memorable orchestrations.

75 N 2nd St, Phoenix 85004
602-262-6225

Start 2016 off on the right foot

If you’re resolving to stay in shape this year, skip the crowded gymPhoenix’s trails are treadmills. Kickstart your New Year with one of these staff-favorite hikes, a walk through history around places to see petroglyphs, or a challenging summit hike. You can also download or order our Phoenix Trail Guide for more tips and trails.

Piestewa Peak

Piestewa Peak

Dinosaurs in Motion at the Arizona Science Center: Through January 10

Art and science are the teeth and scales of this all-ages exhibit at the Arizona Science Center. Dino-lovers and art-enthusiasts alike can engage with a mechanical T-rex and 13 other life-size works, inspired by fossils and designed to highlight sculpting and robotics. This featured exhibit closes next weekend.

600 E Washington St, Phoenix 85004
602-716-2000

Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus: Through January 3

The circus is coming to town in a touring, old-world Italian tradition presented by the Zoppé family. Giovanni, a sixth-generation circus performer, steps into the ring as Nino the clown to direct a menagerie of acrobats, clever canines, horses and more.

Chandler Center of the Arts, 250 N Arizona Ave, Chandler 85225
480-782-2680

 

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