It’s a big weekend for fine-art fanciers and sideline spectators. Find food, art and more on our roundup of top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and 1/2 Marathon
Registration is closed for runners, but the Rock ‘n’ Roll race weekend keeps spectators on their toes with live music along every mile of the course and a finish-line performance from rock trio Better Than Ezra. Double-check the road closure information before you head out to the race courses.
Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker
Opens January 16
Step back into the 16th century at the Musical Instrument Museum in a new exhibit showcasing the legendary Stradivarius. These exceptional instruments are valued to the tune of millions of dollars and prized for their craftsmanship. See the star of the exhibit, a 1728 Stradivarius violin, along with original tools and designs from the workshop of Italian creator Antonio Stradivari.
Celebration of Fine Art
January 16-March 27
Part art sale, part studio and all inspiration, this art-lovers’ event spotlights over 100 artists from across the country in one show. Return throughout the 10-week event to see new galleries and watch artists as they create their works in front of you.
Canada Week at Queen Creek Olive Mill
Through January 17
This celebration at Queen Creek Olive Mill honors Canada, the mastermind behind poutine (for the uninitiated, this is a plate of french fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds). Dig into this and more food fashioned by our neighbors to the north while you enjoy live music and an art show.
25062 S Meridian Rd, Queen Creek 85142
Free Entrance Day to National Parks
If you’ll be enjoying a long weekend, head to one of Arizona’s National Parks for free entrance in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day. Nearby National Monuments such as Montezuma Castle and Casa Grande Ruins offer a glimpse into the communities and lives of the region’s ancient cultures. For more day trip opportunities, see all the Arizona parks and monuments participating in the free entrance day.