It’s a big weekend for auto enthusiasts (and bragging rights for our mid-70s temperatures). Get details on the Barrett-Jackson auction and more top things to do in Phoenix this weekend before you kick back under sunny skies:
Staring this Saturday, car collectors will converge on Phoenix for the week-long Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. Classic, exotic and even a few celebrity cars—including stunt stars from the Transformers movies—will be on display to the public and cross the block for bidding. Sunday’s Arizona Concours d’Elegance invites enthusiasts to the Arizona Biltmore for an intimate encounter with even more iconic automobiles.
January 17-March 27
It’s the first time in history the state will welcome the works of Michelangelo. In this new exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum, see rare drawings and architectural studies by the 15th-century Renaissance master, curated from the Casa Buonarroti museum in Florence.
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85004
The Desert Botanical Garden isn’t your average walk in the park. Stretch your legs on acres of scenic trails with your pup and other dog-lovers, and strengthen your pack bond with a little dog yoga (“doga”) and more canine-friendly activities.
1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix 85008
The Maricopa Trail is currently under development to encircle Phoenix and connect the county’s 10 regional parks. Its nothernmost edge is also the 40-mile route of Saturday’s Prickly Pedal race, where bikers will wind through desert scenery in three parks before enjoying an after party in Cave Creek. Registration is still open for mountain bikers seeking an endurance challenge, or more casual riders hoping to join in on the action on a 5-mile Fun Ride.
Architecture aficionados, history buffs or anyone just out to enjoy the weekend’s lovely weather are invited on a walk into the past. This self-guided tour showcases several architectural styles and special stops such as the Sirrine House, Mesa’s only fully-restored Victorian home. Admission also includes entry to the Mesa Historical Museum and its Arizona Spring Training Experience and Cactus League Hall of Fame exhibition.
160 N Center St, Mesa 85201