Phoenix Events Calendar for February 2018

Golden light of the Sunset and Giant Saguaros (Carnegiaea gigantea) at Massacre Ground, part of Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona, near the city of Phoenix and along the famous Apache Trail. Superstition Mountains in the background
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While much of the country hunkers down and tries to stay warm in February, the shortest month means high tourist season in the desert Southwest.

With a packed schedule of art festivals, sporting events, and other indoor and outdoor activities, Phoenix visitors don't have to look hard for something to do, and there's no need to worry about snow or cold ruining your plans.

From museum and gallery openings to county fairs, there's plenty to do in Phoenix this month, and many of the events and exhibits are free to attend, meaning you don't have to break the bank to have a fun trip to Arizona this winter.

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    Explore laboratories, living collections, and museums on the Arizona State University campuses in Phoenix—including locations in Mesa, Glendale, and Tempe. Here, visitors can experience artistic performances, hands-on activities, and spaces normally closed to public access on February 2, 10, and 24, 2018.

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    On February 3, 2018, the Buckeye Air Fair returns to Phoenix with a free event celebrating more than 50 years of aviation with a vintage aircraft museum on the field, vendors, exhibits, and a science and technology expo. Located at the Buckeye Municipal Airport in Buckeye, Arizona, this free event also features R/C Aircraft demonstrations, a visit to the Lauridsen Aviation ​Museum, and live entertainment.

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    Arizona Beer Week takes place February 8 to 17, 2018, and invites guests to celebrate the tradition of fine craft beers in the region. Tastings, beer-pairing dinners, beer seminars, home brewer confabs, pub crawls, and other activities pay homage to this popular beverage throughout the city. Check the​ ​Arizona Beer Week website for participating bars, restaurants, and breweries.

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    On February 9 to 11, 2018, the Glendale Chocolate Affaire brings confectionary delights to downtown Glendale for a weekend-long festival. Along with gourmet cuisines and beverages, live entertainment, and horse-drawn carriage rides, this free event also features tours of the famous ​Cerreta Candy Company.

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    The world's largest horse-drawn parade returns to Scottsdale on February 10, 2018, followed immediately by the Trail's End Festival in Old Town. The theme for the Scottsdale Jaycees' 2018 event is "Scottsdale: Past, Present, & Future," and will feature a variety of floats and cars celebrating the history and development of Phoenix's largest suburb.

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    Tractor enthusiasts will gather at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area in Glendale on February 10 to 11, 2018, for the annual Winter Tractor Engine Show. Guests will get a chance to browse through antique engine displays, witness engine demonstrations, tractor pulls, a tractor plowing demonstration, and parade, and take part in children’s events, food vendors, and craft vending all weekend long.

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    On February 10 to 11, 2018, Native American dancers from the U.S. and Canada will compete at The Heard Museum in the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest. This annual event celebrates the various tribes and First People who first settled in the Americas whose tribal rituals often involved dancing with hoops. Tribes from all across North America are represented in the festivities.

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    If you're a fan of local cuisine and want to check out the best Phoenix has to offer, stop by the Street Eats Food Truck Festival on February 10 and 11, 2018. This year, the event will be held at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, and as always, you can either purchase sample tasters or full-size portions of food from the various kitchens on wheels that will be vending for the event.

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    From February 15 to 25, 2018, WestWorld of Scottsdale will host the most prestigious Arabian horse show in the United States: The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. The 63rd annual event will feature competitors of all ages from all across the glove competing for prizes in a variety of riding contests and horse-related activities. Also included in the event are an ice cream social, dog costume class, ceramic-making, behind-the-scenes barn tours, and educational round pen demonstrations.

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    The Body Art Expo is an annual tattoo show at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix that brings together more than 100 tattoo artists and piercers for exhibitions, shopping, and contests on February 16 to 18, 2018. Boasted as "the world's largest tattoo convention, the Body Art Expo also features tattoo contests, live entertainment (including tattooing demonstrations), food, and beer.

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    On February 17, 2018, the Arizona Diamondbacks fan appreciation day returns to Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. This free event features clinics, autograph signings, photo opportunities, ballpark tours, and giveaways as well as a chance for kids to walk on the field where their favorite D-backs play all season long.

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    Each February, Arizona Cocktail Week provides locals and tourists alike the opportunity to sample some of the best cocktails and mixed drinks Phoenix has to offer. In 2018, Arizona Cocktail Week events take place on February 17 to 19, when cocktail enthusiasts, aspiring mixologists, and industry veterans are invited to mingle and learn from celebrated mixers while sampling the best of Arizona’s beverage industry. The event also offers multiple tastings, competitions, and seminars at various venues throughout the city.

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    Hundreds of cowboys, cowgirls, and buckaroos compete in Old West-style shooting events with displays, vendors, and exhibitions on the side at the Winter Range from February 19 to 25, 2018. The event kicks off with a mandatory safety meeting for all participants followed by the first round of Wild Bunch Action Shooting. The event also features a swap meet, a variety of gun demonstrations, and a special Cowboy Church service on Sunday, February 25.

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    On February 18, 2018, La Gran Fiesta returns to the  Scottsdale Civic Center Park for a day of free activities celebrating Latin American culture in the city. Enjoy Latin music, dance, food, and fun at this community event with a concert by the acclaimed Villalobos Brothers, activities for children and families, a Mercado with handmade gifts, and Latin-inspired food and drinks.

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    The 54th Annual Lost Dutchman Days Rodea returns to Apache Junction on February 23 to 25, 2018, for three days of professional and amateur rodeo competitions as well as a carnival with over 30 rides and attractions. Live music and dance demonstrations, a parade, arts and crafts vendors, gold-panning demonstrations, and an RV show are also featured ​at this annual event.

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    The National Hot Rod Association comes to Arizona every year, and in 2018, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series includes Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock racing as well as competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler. Whether you're a long-time fan of the sport or have never been to a drag race, this event is the place to see the country's biggest drag racing stars.

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    A full week of public art, music, and performances takes place on the Scottsdale Waterfront from February 23 to March 3, 2018. Canal Convergence is a bi-annual event takes place in February and November and features interactive and stationary displays from dozens of artists and makers from all around the world. The event will also feature a number of public discussions and talks, workshops and craft sessions, live entertainment and film screenings, and plenty of food and festivities every day of the week.

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    On February 24, 2018, the Mesa-Phx Marathon returns to the Valley with a variety of official events and races. Athletes of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in a kids' 1K, adult 10K, a half-marathon, and the full 26.2-mile marathon, which is a Boston-qualifier event. Whichever distance you choose, the race starts in East Mesa and ends at Mesa Riverview.

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    the Copa Color Fun Run & walk will also take place on February 24, 2018, and offers a more laid-back alternative to the Mesa-Phx Marathon. In this 5k race and 1.5-mile walk, athletes make their way through several stations, getting doused with colorful powders. All ages and fitness levels can join the fun and are welcome to stay for food trucks and kids activities in Copper Sky Regional Park, Maricopa, following the event.

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    The PHX Vegan Food Festival on February 24, 2018, is an outdoor, family-friendly festival with vegan food trucks and restaurants serving vegan-friendly food and products in downtown Phoenix. The event also features demonstrations and presentations by chefs and vegan experts, live music, and a kids' activity area in the courtyard outside of the Phoenix Art Museum.