The weather is beautiful, which means it's time to experience everything going on around town. Forget your parkas and Uggs and enjoy winter in Phoenix at these festivals. 

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Food & Drink Events

 

Arizona Strong Beer Festival

February 8

Though the focus of this festival is to highlight brews with high alcohol content, there will be more than 150 breweries - both local and national - with a bevy of offerings. You can go get one of your favorite craft beers, try a local brew, or sample some beers created specifically for this event. This is the main event for Arizona Beer Week, which runs between February 6-15. 

 

Street Eats Food Truck Festival

February 8-9

All of the Phoenix's best food trucks in one place? Yes please. Over 55 food trucks will sell all types of food, all offering a $2 sample, paired with live bands, lawn games, eating contests, a vendor marketplace and more. 

 

Laveen BBQ Festival

February 8

The Laveen community loves it barbecue, as it returns with its annual BBQ fest, featuring cold drinks, family friendly games, live entertainment, and of course, some great 'cue. 

 

Arizona Cocktail Weekend

February 15

Despite the old adage, "Beer before liquor, never sicker", Arizona follows its beer week with a cocktail weekend. Enjoy three signature events, where the state's best mixologists go ham and create all sorts of unique concoctions. 

 

Great Southwest Cajun Fest

February 15

It's the Big Easy, but in Phoenix. Enjoy all sorts of Cajun cuisine, culture, and handcrafted beer, fused with some Arizona style. 

 

Sweets Festival

February 15

A sugar lover's dream come true, featuring cotton candy tacos, fudge, cupcakes and more paired with music, crafts, and all the festival extras. 

 

Tequila Fest Phoenix

February 22

Tequila Fest returns for a second year in Mesa, with over 50 different tequilas to showcase. A general admission ticket gets you 14 samples, and you can balance out all those shots with taco specials. If you're looking to go for gold, there's a $200 sombrero contest as well. 

 

Brunch Bash

February 22

Big on bloodies, bennies and other brunch classics? Then make plans now, because Brunch Bash, the Valley’s annual ode to breakfast, lunch and all the good stuff that comes between, is back.

 

Devour Culinary Classic

February 22-23

One of the biggest food events in the Southwest, the Devour Culinary Classic hosts some of Arizona's top chefs and restaurants, making amazing bites in the Desert Botanical Garden. For those who are looking to go all out, there are several opportunities to cook alongside chefs and learn some tips. 

 

PHX Vegan Food Festival

February 29

Join 6,000 of your closest friends at the fifth annual PHX Vegan Food Festival, which brings more than 100 of Arizona's top vegan restaurants, food trucks, artisans and vendors; more than 25 live musicians, presenters and cooking-demo chefs for an outdoor, family-friendly event at the Margaret T. Hance Park.

 

Chili Bourbon Festival

February 29

What's better than a classic chili cookoff? The festival kicks off with this competition, and each attendee gets to sample from the competitors and vote for their favorite. Of course, there will be other chili samples, bourbon, country music, lawn games and all sorts of other festivities to enjoy.

 

Cave Creek Craft Beer Festival

February 29

The Western town of Cave Creek is throwing its first craft beer fest, with top breweries around the country mixed in with some cider, kombucha and meads. 

 

Cultural Events

 

Phoenix Chinese Week Culture and Cuisine Festival

February 7-9 

This three-day event has loads of delicious food, beautiful art, and special performances from musicians, dancers, and more, all celebrating Chinese culture. 

 

Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

February 8-9

The Heard Museum's beautiful courtyard is the stage for dozens of hoop dancers, who interweave as many as 50 hoops on their bodies to perform unique intertribal dances. 

 

Arizona Indian Festival

February 8-9

This free two-day family-friendly event in Scottsdale Civic Plaza serves as a celebration of the region’s Native American roots in culture and ancestral traditions.

 

Motoring Through Time & Heritage Festival

February 8

An impressive collection of antique, classic and custom cars will be on display in Phoenix's original townsite, Heritage Square, accompanied by food trucks and live music. 

 

Indie Film Festival

February 7-9

Indie Film Fest is the ultimate inclusive gathering of creative storytellers and audiences eager for new voices and fresh perspectives. This visual three-day extravaganza in downtown Phoenix includes dramatic and documentary features, short films and multimedia installations. 

 

35th Annual Arizona Gay Rodeo

February 14-16

Arizona's gay rodeo is one of the biggest in the country, complete with the standard bull and steer riding, as well as some crowd-pleasers like goat dressing and a wild drag race.

 

Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival

February 9-23

Now in its 24th year, the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival will have a wide selection of Jewish themed films from all over the world, showing at various venues over the course of two weeks. 

 

Arizona Matsuri: Festival of Japan

February 22-23

Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children's activities, bonsai displays, Japanese food, Japanese beer and sake garden, games and contests, and live entertainment on four stages.

 

Community Events

 

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

February 13-23

Arizona's Western spirit comes to life at this event. Since 1955, horse owners and fans alike converge to see some of the best in equestrian training. What started out with only 50 horses now has more than 2,000 to compete for a chance at winning. 

 

Southwest Maker Fest

February 15

Get your crafting and DIY vibes out to the max at the Southwest Maker Fest with your family and friends, a free one-day event at the Mesa Arts Center. 

 

Art in the Olive Grove

February 16

The gorgeous Queen Creek Olive Mill gets a little extra beauty as the Artists of the Superstitions bring their wares to the area. 

 

2020 Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts

February 21-23

Now in its 35th year, this three-day juried art fair features nearly 500 artists and artisans from across the United States and around the globe and attracts 200,000+ visitors. 

 

2020 Coronado Home Tour

February 23

A street fair, beer garden, and home tour return for the 33rd time in one of central Phoenix's hippest neighborhoods. 

 

Tres Rios Nature Festival

February 29 - March 1

This free outdoor festival showcases the rich diversity of wildlife habitat, history and culture of the Gila River drainage, which is made up of the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria Rivers. 

 

Must-See Events

 

Waste Management Phoenix Open

January 31 - February 3

One of Greater Phoenix's most well-known events, the Phoenix Open is just as much about golf as it is about a party. The event has continually been the largest attended of the PGA Tour. If you can make it through the festivities, make a stop at hole 16 - the most popular area in the tournament. 

 

Arizona Renaissance Festival

February 8 - March 29

Huzzah! Travel back in time to the Renaissance and see falconry, jousting tournaments, and more on these 30 acres in the East Valley. Pro tip: you've got to get a turkey leg for a truly immersive experience. 

 

Cactus League Spring Training

February 22 - March 22

An annual rite of passage during spring in Phoenix, the Cactus League hosts 15 MLB teams with affordable tickets and beautiful weather at 10 stadiums across Greater Phoenix. 

 

Arizona Roots Music and Arts Festival

February 22-23

If you've ever had a Bob Marley or Sublime poster hanging on your wall, this festival is for you. For the second year, Arizona Roots returns to Phoenix, with Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, Rebelution, and more. 

 

Innings Festival

February 29 - March 1

This music festival pairs professional baseball players and fandom with live performances all weekend. This weekend you can channel your inner '90s kid, with Weezer and Dave Matthews Band headlining.