After you’ve arisen from your post-New Year’s Eve slumber and chugged a few bottles of coconut water, get 2015 off to a great start with our top things to do this weekend in Phoenix:

Start the new year with a hike
Do your New Year’s resolutions include getting outdoors or exercising more? Then kick off 2015 on one of our staff’s favorite hiking trails in Phoenix, hikes that take you past ancient petroglyphs, or one of the many great spots recommended by the guides at Arizona Outback Adventures.

Holbert Trail petrogluphs

Holbert Trail at South Mountain Park is one of the best trails for petroglyph viewing. (Photo credit:

First Friday at Heritage Square: January 2
Take a step back in time at downtown’s Heritage Square, home of the 1895 Rosson House Museum. Stop by from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. during First Friday for a teaser tour of their first floor, and for just $3 guests can get a special viewing of Heritage Square’s exhibit “Victorian Secrets: A Glimpse of the Unmentionable.”

Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square

The Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square

The Oasis Pregame Party: January 2
This is the place to be before the TicketCity Cactus Bowl kicks off Friday night. Fans of the Washington Huskies and Oklahoma State Cowboys—and anyone who just loves a good tailgate party—can get revved up with live music, marching bands, cheerleaders, food and more.

Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers: January 2; vs. Toronto Raptors: January 4
How ’bout them Suns? They’re flying high with a six-game winning streak (as of this publication) and are welcoming one not-so-good (sorry, Philadelphia) and one very good team from the Eastern Conference this weekend. Be one of the first 5,000 fans to Sunday’s game and receive a plush Goran Dragic Dragon.

Goran "The Dragon" Dragic's plush pal could be yours this Sunday.

Goran “The Dragon” Dragic’s plush pal could be yours this Sunday.

Zoppe, An Italian Family Circus: Through January 4
Old-world family entertainment comes to the Chandler Center for the Arts this weekend with Zoppe. This one-ring circus, famous for honoring Old-World Italian tradition, entertains with Nino the Clown, acrobats, canines, horses, and more in an intimate 500-seat tent.

Zoppe Italian Circus

Zoppe, An Italian Circus

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