Winter in Phoenix means cool weather, and plenty of time to spend outdoors. But if you're not quite ready to take the whole family out and about just yet, we also have several activities you can experience from the comfort of your own vehicle.

There's a lot to consider ahead of your next outing, so here are some of our favorites to help you decide which experiences make your to-do list.

Things To Do Outdoors


 

Desert Botanical Garden 

Stroll the winding paths of this 140-acre venue that showcases the world's finest collection of arid plants — from towering saguaros to delicate blooms — from deserts of the world, all in one unique, outdoor setting. The garden has more than 50,000 desert plants on display throughout five thematic trails that illustrate such topics as conservation, desert living, desert wildflowers and plants and people of the Sonoran Desert. Please note: Advance ticket reservations for the garden is required. Be sure to read the current safety measures before making your reservation. 

Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m.–8 p.m.

1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
480-941-1225 

 

Japanese Friendship Garden

Tucked away on the edge of downtown sits a 3.5-acre oasis. Named Ro Ho En — Ro is Japanese for heron, Ho means Phoenix bird, and En is garden. The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix is a joint project of the City of Phoenix and our Sister City Himeji, Japan. 

Part of the garden’s vision is to provide a place of beauty and tranquility as an escape from the everyday pressures of life, for meditation and relaxation and to enrich and restore the body, mind and spirit. Stroll the grounds on a self-guided tour. Check out the unique landscaping, waterfalls, Koi ponds and tea house (closed until further notice). Please note: the garden is not accepting tour requests at this time. Before your visit, please refer to the garden’s guidelines here

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 5–8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.–12 p.m. and 5–8 p.m. 

1125 N. Third Ave., Phoenix
602-274-8700 

 

Phoenix Zoo

Featuring over 3,000 animals, including Bornean orangutans, Asian elephants, Sumatran tigers, Komodo dragons, Masai giraffes and many more, the Phoenix Zoo has been a Phoenix mainstay since 1962. Alongside animals, there are outdoor cafés, shops, lush gardens, water landscapes and exciting up-close animal encounters like Stingray Bay, Giraffe Encounter and Monkey Village. Due to the summer heat, the zoo opens and closes at earlier hours. Before you go, check out their safety procedures

Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m.–2 p.m.

455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
602-286-3833

 

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park

Pueblo Grande Museum is an archaeological site once inhabited by the Hohokam culture, just east of downtown Phoenix, next to Sky Harbor International Airport. It's a National Historic Landmark and Phoenix Point of Pride accessible by the Sky Train and the Valley Metro Rail. Part of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department since 1929, it's the largest preserved archaeological site in Phoenix. Though the indoor galleries are closed, there is a fully accessible 2/3 mile trail that takes you through a prehistoric Hohokam archaeological site with a platform mound, ball court, and replicated houses. Before you visit, see the museum's safety precautions here. 

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix
602-495-0901

 

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

Home to Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals with 600 different species, visitors can feed giraffes, parrots and stingrays, see wildlife on the Log Flume ride, African Safari Train, Australian Boat Ride, Wildlife Skyride, or exotic Merry-Go-Round. 

Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (zoo) and 9 a.m.–7 p.m. (aquarium)

16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park
623-935-WILD

 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Open since 1929, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is one the best spots to explore desert plants. About an hour outside of Phoenix, it is the oldest and largest botanical garden in the state, with more than 2,600 species of plants from across the world. Read about their health and safety updates here

Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

37615 E. Arboretum Way, Superior
520-689-2723

 

Lowell Observatory

Open your mind to awe and wonder under the famously dark skies of Flagstaff, Arizona, the world's first International Dark Sky City. Look up from anywhere in the city to see more stars than you can count. For the best views, head to Mars Hill and the grounds of 125-year-old Lowell Observatory. This is where Pluto was discovered in 1930, an event you can relive during one of the observatory's many guided tours. On clear nights, gaze at the moon, planets or deep-sky objects through the giant Clark refractor, built in 1896. Lowell is currently in a phased reopening, so there are some limitations. Check them out here

Hours: Wednesday through Monday, 6–8:30 p.m.

1400 W. Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff
928-774-3358

 

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Nestled against the beautiful Mingus Mountains in the Verde Valley sits a wildlife park entirely different than any typical zoo or animal park. Here, you'll experience the splendor of the animal kingdom closer than you ever thought possible, blending the spirit of Africa with the harmony of nature. Whether it's the exciting shows like Tiger Splash and Predator Feed, or an immersive safari tour that will have you surrounded by free-roaming African plains animals, or whether it's a hands-on, close encounter with the wiliest critters, there's something for everyone here.

Hours: Open daily, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

3505 W. State Route 260, Camp Verde
928-567-2840

 

Bike or Ride on a Guided Tour

Whether you're in the mood to explore the Sonoran Desert on an ATV, mountain bike, segway, or horse, you'll find what you're looking for. There are plenty of tour guides to show you the most beautiful areas in our state — including some of the spots with cooler temps. 

Find tours for bikes, ATVs and more here.

 

Go Camping

No matter where you're looking to go, there is definitely going to be a campground nearby. Maricopa County is home to six regional park campgrounds. Additionally, Arizona offers six national forests, 31 state parks and more than 12 million acres of public land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for your next overnight in nature. So whip out the tents, get the chocolates, marshmallows and graham crackers for s'mores, and check out our picks for the best places to camp near Phoenix. 

Find our favorite camping spots here. 

 

Take a Moonlight Hike

Experience the cool desert nights under the stars during a guided moonlight hike in Phoenix. Enjoy wildlife, the beautiful landscape and star gazing — and avoid the heat!

Read more about an evening hike. 

 

Take Flight in a Hot Air Balloon

Up, up and away! Check one off the bucket list with as you soar over the Sonoran Desert in the basket of a hot air balloon with Hot Air Expeditions or Rainbow Ryders. This gentle ride offers a bird’s-eye view of coyote and jackrabbit paths, and looks out over the mountains that surround the city from breathtaking heights. Check each operator's cleaning practices/procedures and seasonal coupons via the links above.

Hours: Sunrise flights available year-round; sunset flights available November through February/March.

Locations vary by operator.

 

Have a Day at the Lake

Nothing beats a day out on the water during the summer. There are several tour operators and rental spots, including Arizona Rafting, Arizona's Salt River Tubing & Recreation, AZ Boat Rentals and Tours, REI Co-Op Experiences, and Riverbound Sports Paddle Co. 

Find nearby lakes here.

 

Shop A Local Farmers Market

Local farmers markets remain key players in Phoenix's farm-to-table movement. Thanks to year-round sunshine and growing seasons, residents and visitors can shop for farm-fresh goods any time of year. And, just in time for fall, we’re highlighting the best farmers markets in Phoenix for safely picking up local fruits and veggies, bread, coffee beans, cheeses, treats, and a wide variety of other locally made products. 

Hours: Most markets operate on Saturday mornings (with a few exceptions). 

Locate a market near you.

 

Things To Do Indoors


 

Arizona Science Center

Nestled in the Heritage and Science Park, the Arizona Science Center is a unique landmark designed by renowned architect Antoine Predock. The combination of ramps, hallways, galleries and terraces in this 140,000-square-foot building creates an intriguing environment of investigation and discovery. The center invites you to explore four levels of exciting “hands-on” exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium and a five-story, giant-screen theater. Please note: Advance ticket reservations are required. Be sure to read the current safety measures before making your reservation. 

Winter Events Include: 

Hours: Daily from 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

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

 

Heard Museum

Home to one of the most extensive collections of American Indian art in the United States, Heard Museum features some 40,000 fine artworks and cultural artifacts, with a focus on tribes of the Southwest. Explore traditional and contemporary works — from Hopi katsina dolls and Navajo textiles to Navajo and Zuni jewelry and Southwestern ceramics from prehistory to the present — throughout spacious exhibit galleries, a contemporary art gallery, the outdoor sculpture gardens, trading post-style shop and more. Know before you go: museums updates and safety precautions

Fall Events Include: 

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 

2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
602-252-8840 

 

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) 

Explore interactive galleries and immersive exhibits showcasing more than 8,000 instruments from more than 200 world countries across the globe, as well as collectibles from legendary musicians. MIM is holding socially distanced concerts now as well, so check out our concerts calendar. Engage in the sensory nature of music and how it affects our emotions through state-of-the-art, interactive media that takes visitors on a journey to hear the sounds and observe instruments being played in their original contexts. Check out the MIM’s safety precautions here.

Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
480-478-6000 

 

Phoenix Art Museum

Since it opened in 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has become the largest art museum in the southwestern U.S., providing access to visual arts and educational programs in Arizona. In the past 50 years, millions have visited the museum to view the more than 400 national and international exhibitions it has hosted. These are shown alongside Phoenix Art Museum's collection that has grown to over 17,000 objects of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, photography and fashion design. 

Summer Events Include: 

Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
602-257-1880

 

Butterfly Wonderland

America’s largest butterfly pavilion entertains, educates and enchants visitors of all ages with the wonders of one of Mother Nature’s most beloved creatures. This state-of-the-art facility includes the conservatory, where 3,000 butterflies fly freely; Butterfly Emergence Gallery; Tropical Waters of the World exhibit, with a stingray and shark observation pool; Honey Bee Extravaganza; Spineless Giants and Rainforest Reptile exhibit; a 3D theater (reduced showtimes); Butterfly Treasures Gift Shop and a Café (limited offerings). Find out how Butterfly Wonderland is keeping guests safe and what to expect on your visit here

Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. 

9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale 
480-800-3000 

 

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

iFLY, the world’s largest indoor skydiving operation, delivers the dream of flight to adventure seekers of all ages and abilities. Experience the sensation of skydiving in a safe, comfortable and fun environment – without having to jump out of an airplane. With the help of iFLY certified flight instructors, you'll experience the sensation of free fall — creating conditions that allows you to fly on a smooth cushion of air — and check true human flight off the bucket list. Check out the safety procedures here

Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

9206 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
480-712-4359

 

Mavrix

Mavrix is an entertainment destination featuring 22 bowling lanes, 85 arcade games, a state-of-the-art laser tag arena, billiards, dozens of 4K televisions, and a 5,000-square-foot restaurant and bar that features a chef-curated menu, local beers and craft cocktails. Check out their safety measures before you go. 

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3–11 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m.–1 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11a.m.– 1 a.m.

9139 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
480-291-7500

 

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament 

Take a journey back in time, and experience an evening of chivalry, revelry, sport and pageantry inside a magnificent 11th century-style castle. Queen Maria Isabella welcomes you to dine with her and her royal court. Always a generous host, she has commanded her royal chefs to cook her favorite meal just for you. Feast on a sumptuous four-course banquet, while medieval Spain comes to life before your eyes. Cheer on your brave knight in a spectacular tournament performance — including majestic horses, authentic jousting and a live sword fight — and may the best knight win. Limited guest capacity will ensure you're a sword's length away from others at all times, and advance purchase is recommended. Take a look at the castle's reopening plan and guest guidelines here.

Hours: Most shows take place at 4 or 7 p.m. on selects dates (castle opens 75 minutes prior to showtime).

9051 E. Via De Ventura, Scottsdale
480-291-7555

 

Octane Raceway

If you have a need for speed, Octane Raceway is home to the only full-time indoor/outdoor track in the U.S. So, prepare to put your pedal to the metal and reach 45+ mph on the kart track. But pump the breaks for Velocity VR, mini-bowling, arcade and Brickyard Bar & Grill. Before you're off to the races, learn about their latest safety guidelines

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3–10 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m.–12 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–12 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

9119 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
602-302-7223

 

OdySea Aquarium

As the largest aquarium in Arizona, OdySea is home to more than 2 million gallons of water — featuring  370 species — and 65 exhibits, including the world’s only Russian Sturgeon touch exhibit, two stingray touch exhibits and a tide touch pool (some touch exhibits may be closed temporarily). This family friendly, under-the-sea experience also includes interactive activities: SeaTREK underwater walking adventure, walk-about Animal Ambassadors and Q&A sessions with animal care specialists. And don't miss Pip, Polly, and the rest of the African black-footed penguin squad at Penguin Point. 

Advance online reservations (30-minute time slots) are strongly recommended. Find our what else the aquarium is doing to provide a safe environment here. OdySea Aquarium is located at Arizona Boardwalk, which is also home to Pangea: Land of the Dinosaurs and more.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
480-291-8000

 

Wonderspaces

This evolving art show features extraordinary installations from around the world in a casual and safe, 16,000-square foot venue. Wonderspaces partners with artists to deliver experiences to new audiences through touring shows, including the 13 immersive, interactive and conversation-provoking works currently on display in a socially-distanced environment. You'll want to have your camera/phone ready for the one-of-a-kind photo ops throughout these current exhibits. Please note: Individual artwork rotates in every few months, creating an ever-evolving, year-round show. Check out Wonderspaces health and cleanliness protocols here.

Hours: Advance tickets are for entry at a specific date and time. Visitors are welcome to stay as long as they please during operating hours (the average time spent at the show is 90 minutes).

7014 E. Camelback Road, #584, Scottsdale
480-718-2156

 

Crayola Experience

Dozens of hands-on creative activities and a full day of fun awaits your entire family in Chandler, just a short drive away from Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. Bigger, brighter and bolder than ever, the colorful adventures of Crayola Experience help kids (and adults) explore art and technology, express their creativity and experience color in a whole new way. Check up on the safety measures here

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

111 W. Chandler Blvd., Ste. 2154, Chandler
602-581-5370

 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is where families with children ages 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO playground. With features that include global and local landmarks made from over a million LEGO bricks in MINILAND® to fun and exciting LEGO themed rides: Kingdom Quest and Merlin's Apprentice. Watch as your favorite LEGO characters come to life in the 4D Cinema. Then get hands-on with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build-and-play areas where kids' imaginations can run wild with endless possibilities.

Hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Ste. 135, Tempe
855-450-0558

 

SEA LIFE Arizona

Discover thousands of amazing creatures and walk through the 360-degree ocean tunnel. SEA LIFE Arizona is built for kids with child-level viewing bubbles and an interactive scavenger hunt. 

Hours: Monday through Friday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Ste. 145, Tempe
855-450-0559

 

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Things To Do By Vehicle


 

Bearizona Wildlife Park, Williams

If you're up for a drive on the wild side, and maybe some cooler temps among the Ponderosa pines, Bearizona is where it's at. About 170 miles north of Phoenix, this wildlife park invites guests to observe North American animals — including Black bears, elk, wolves, bison — in their natural environment along a scenic, 3-mile drive. Visitors are also welcome to stroll along winding forest walkways for an up-close look at the antics of bobcats, bear cubs, javelinas and more at Fort Bearizona. The park's COVID-19 updates can be viewed here.

Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. 

1500 E. Route 66, Williams
928-635-2289

 

Take a Scenic Drive

These intra-city road trips allow you to travel from point A to point Beautiful, and you don't ever have to leave your air-conditioned car. Some of the best scenic drives in Arizona are right here, including Dobbins Lookout, the Apache Trail and Wrigley Mansion.

Learn about local scenic drives.

 

Special Events

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Special Events


 

Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts

Dec. 3-5

Artists from all over the country will descend to downtown Tempe for this year’s fall Tempe Festival of the Arts. This festival keeps it simple and will only feature its 300 artists and a wide array of food vendors. Over the 10-block footprint, this open-air and socially distant event gives the community an opportunity to connect to great art, enjoy our vibrant downtown area, and indulge their appetites with great snacks, cuisines, and more.

Downtown Tempe
1 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

 

Chihuly in the Desert at Desert Botanical Garden & Taliesin West

Dec. 3 - June 19

Dale Chihuly returns to the Sonoran Desert with a stunning new exhibition at two of Arizona’s most iconic venues, Desert Botanical Garden and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Combining art, architecture and nature, Chihuly in the Desert is set against majestic saguaros, the striking Papago buttes and a World Heritage site. Chihuly’s masterpieces stun from day to night as color, light, and form come alive for the first time ever at two locations for a joint exhibition.

Desert Botanical Garden | Taliesin West
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale

 

WayneFest

Dec. 4

Now in its third year, WayneFest is a micro-festival held in Phoenix’s historic Coronado Park. It’s a celebration of music, food, and community, featuring food trucks, beer and wine from Four Peaks Brewing Co., and plenty of vendors and live music. 

Coronado Park
1717 N. 12th St., Phoenix

 

International Off-Road & UTV Expo

Dec. 10-12

With an average of 200 vendors showcasing the very best of anything and everything off-road, this expo has grown into one of the largest Off-Road & UTV expos in the country.

Phoenix Convention Center & Venues
100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix

 

FanDuel FanFest

Dec. 11

FanDuel FanFest is a one of a kind experience, that allows fans to engage with sports in a whole new way. Highlight of the event is an exclusive concert performance by Gryffin and Nelly. During FanFest take on sports challenges to win free prizes and participate in live Q&As and meet and greets with sports Legends. Plus, watch celebrities compete head-to-head in various competitions. There will also be a ton of food trucks, a beer garden, and more.

WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

 

Phoenix Festival for the Arts

Dec. 11-12

Phoenix Center for the Arts' ninth annual event, voted Best of Phoenix 2020 Best Arts Festival by Phoenix New Times, features more than 150 art vendors and cultural organizations. It’s a perfect time to connect with the local art community and celebrate the season.

Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix

 

Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market

Dec. 11-12

Shop over 100 artists booths with traditional and non-traditional Native American art including jewelry, pottery, paintings, textiles. Stop by the Ki:Him area and make arts and crafts along with our featured artists. Sit and enjoy traditional music and dance performances. Support the aspiring artists at the Young Artist Market. Tour Pueblo Grande Museum, the Mound, and the reconstructed dwellings on the campus. Fry bread, Navajo tacos, cactus chili and burgers will be available at the food trucks.

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix

 

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Dec.  28

The highly-anticipated Guaranteed Rate Bowl, featuring Bowl Season’s only matchup between members of the Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences, kicks off on Tuesday, December 28, at 8:15 p.m. MST. The game will be televised live on ESPN to a nationwide linear television and streaming audience.

Chase Field
401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

 

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Jan. 1

As a member of the College Football Playoff New Year's Six, the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl will host a match-up with two of the highest-ranked teams at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. 

Fiesta Bowl
1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale

 

Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival

Jan. 7-8

Back by popular demand, the City of Surprise and Thunderbird Artists are once again partnering for another spectacular Surprise Fine Art Festival. Surprise warrants a weekend stay for the whole family.

 

Surprise Recreational Campus
15940 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise

 

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

Jan. 14-16

The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival features more than 155 juried fine artisans from throughout the United States and abroad.  Artists will participate displaying paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and ink; impressive small, medium and life-sized sculptures, sparkling hand blown glass, clay, metal, stone, wood, bronze, one-of-kind handcrafted jewelry, beautiful photography and much more. This festival also combines fine art and fine craft with an elaborate collection of domestic and imported wines for tasting.

Downtown Carefree
101 Easy St., Carefree

 

Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon and 1/2 Marathon

Jan. 15-16

Live bands every mile, local cheer teams, and themed water stations add spirit and inspiration as you run through Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe. The half marathon starts and finishes in Tempe, while the Marathon starts in downtown Phoenix and finishes at Tempe Beach Park.

Full Marathon Starts from Downtown Phoenix at CityScape | Half Marathon Starts from Downtown Tempe at University and College
1 E. Washington St., Phoenix | E. University Dr. and S. College Ave., Tempe

 

Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

Jan. 22-30

Widely regarded as a barometer of the collector car industry, the auctions have evolved over the years into world-class automotive lifestyle events where thousands of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience — in person and on live national and international television.

WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

 

Parada del Sol Parade

Feb. 5

Since its start in 1953, the Parada del Sol has grown to be one of the world's longest horse-drawn parades and boasts more than 100 entries, including floats, bands and individual riders. 

Old Town Scottsdale
Drinkwater Boulevard and Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

 

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Feb. 5 - April 3

Don't miss raucous revelry at the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 14-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast — all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure.

Festival Village
12601 E. Highway 60, Gold Canyon

 

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition

Through Feb. 6, 2022

From creators of the blockbuster exhibit seen by over 2 million visitors in Paris and after a sold-out run in Toronto, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit makes its mark in Phoenix. Lose yourself in 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s oeuvre. Wander through entrancing, moving images that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and color – truly illuminating the mind of the genius.

Lighthouse Artspace
4301 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

 

Waste Management Phoenix Open

Feb. 7-13

Annually sporting the largest crowds on the PGA Tour, the Waste Management Phoenix Open has gained legendary status for being unlike any other golf tournament. If you are visiting for the first time, hole 16 is a must-see. With stadium seating and lively crowds, the fan experience at this hole more comparable to a Phoenix Suns game than a traditional PGA Tournament.

Scottsdale Tournament Players Club (TPC Scottsdale)
17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale

 

Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival

Feb. 11-13

Thunderbird Artists, producer of award-winning fine art and wine festivals, lines the banks of the Scottsdale Waterfront with the greatest selection of juried fine arts, fine wines, delectable chocolates and musicians in the Southwest for the Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival.

Downtown Scottsdale
7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale

 

World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Feb. 12-13

Top American Indian and Canadian First Nations hoop dancers will compete at the Heard Museum for the prestigious World Champion title and cash prizes. At this two-day competition, men and women compete on an equal field.

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

 

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Feb. 17-27

The largest event of its kind in the world, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is held at WestWorld and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. In addition to exciting competitions, gala parties, educational seminars, family-focused events, and an international cuisine court, the event features more than 300 vendor booths, offering everything from lavish jewelry, clothing and works of art.

WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

 

Downtown Chandler Fine Art & Wine Festival

Feb. 18

Thunderbird Artists, producer of award-winning fine art and wine festivals, is partnering with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership to bring 125 juried fine artists to the Southeast valley.

 

Downtown Chandler
3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler

 

Wigwam Fine Art Festival

Feb. 18

Located in the heart of Litchfield Park's historic district, the legendary Wigwam Resort will host the Annual Wigwam Fine Art Festival, an extraordinary three day celebration of the arts. Discover the Southwest's most accomplished Fine Artists and Craftsmen exhibiting in a stunning outdoor gallery on the majestic front lawn of the legendary Resort.

Litchfield Park
300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park

 

36th Annual Arizona Gay Rodeo

Feb. 18-20

The Arizona Gay Rodeo, an IGRA-sanctioned rodeo, is a traditional rodeo event that also includes camp drag events, vendors, food, full-service bars, drag performances, dancing, rodeo royalty, games and more – all in a festival-style atmosphere.

Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds
7611 S. 29th Ave., Laveen

 

Arizona Cocktail Weekend

Feb. 19-21

Arizona Cocktail Weekend will be hosting our 3 signature evening events this year, while the best brands in the industry showcase their top spirits via everything from brand driven happy hours and parties to educational seminars filled with craft cocktails, friends and unforgettable memories. 

Multiple Locations

 

Innings Festival

Feb. 26-27

Innings Festival is a two-day event that will feature rock, pop and country performances, culinary demos, as well as curated food vendors, fun family activations and appearances by professional baseball players.

Tempe Beach Park
80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe