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. 

December


 

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

 

January


 

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

February


 

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