The Best Events in Phoenix in February

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 is spending the month of February in hibernation, visitors to Phoenix, Arizona, are enjoying mild temperatures and a packed calendar of events. With a nonstop schedule of art festivals, sporting events, and other activities, Phoenix visitors don't have to look hard for something to do. Many of them are even free to attend, so you can fully enjoy your vacation to the American Southwest.

Many events in February 2021 in the Phoenix area have been scaled back, postponed, or canceled. Confirm the most up-to-date information with event organizers.

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Arizona Beer Week

Shes So Hop

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Arizona Beer Week invites guests to participate in tastings, beer-pairing dinners, beer seminars, home brewer confabs, pub crawls, and other activities, all while supporting local breweries. The lineup for Arizona Beer Week includes a diverse range of bars, restaurants, and breweries not just in Phoenix, but across the entire state.

To limit the number of people gathering, Arizona Beer Week in 2021 is spread across the entire month of February so visitors have more time to attend the event without crowding. Use the list of participating breweries to map out your route of craft beers that you have to try.

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Parada del Sol and Trail's End Festival

Bridwell Girls marching in the Parada del Sol parade

Scottsdale Parada del Sol

The world's largest horse-drawn parade will be held in Old Town Scottsdale, followed immediately by the Trail's End Festival, a massive block party for all ages. The festival features a variety of floats and cars celebrating the history and development of Phoenix's largest suburb.

Normally held in February, the 2021 parade and festival have been postponed to April 17. Some events may be modified or canceled leading up to the date, so check the official webpage for the most up-to-date information.

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World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Hoop Dancer Performing

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Native American dancers from the U.S. and Canada compete in the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest held at The Heard Museum every February. The event celebrates the various tribes that first settled in the Americas, and whose tribal rituals often involved dancing with hoops. Tribes from all across North America are represented in the festivities.

The 2021 event is scheduled to take place virtually on February 13. If you aren't participating, tune in to watch these elaborate and artistic dances, with some dancers using up to 50 different hoops during their performance.

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Arabian Horse Show

Arabian Horse

Arabian Horse Association of Arizona

WestWorld of Scottsdale hosts the most prestigious Arabian horse show in the United States: The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. The annual event features competitors of all ages from across the globe competing for prizes in a variety of riding contests and horse-related activities. Also usually included in the event is an ice cream social, a dog costume class, barn tours, and educational round pen demonstrations.

Horse lovers from around the globe can enjoy the 2021 show, since it is being broadcast live from February 11–21. The show in 2021 is closed to the public, so there is no event to physically attend.

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Body Art Expo

Best Of Day Winning Tattoo by derekscottart at the Body Art Expo in AZ

Body Art Expo

 

Spend your Valentine's Day admiring tattoos and piercings at the Body Art Expo, which will be held at WestWorld of Scottsdale from February 12–14, 2021 This weekend gathering brings together more than 100 tattoo artists and piercers for exhibitions, shopping, and contests. The traveling Body Art Expo, dubbed the "world's largest tattoo convention," also features tattoo contests, live entertainment (including tattooing demonstrations), food, and beer.

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PHX Vegan Food Festival

PHX Vegan Food Festival

PHX Vegan Food Festival

The 2021 PHX Vegan Food Festival was canceled.

The PHX Vegan Food Festival is an outdoor, family-friendly festival with vegan food trucks, restaurants, and other vendors in downtown Phoenix. It features demonstrations and presentations by chefs, vegan experts, live music, and a kids' activity area outside of the ​Phoenix Art Museum.

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ASU Open Door

Part of the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus

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ASU Open Door was canceled for 2020.

Explore laboratories, living collections, and museums on the Arizona State University campuses in Phoenix during ASU Open Door. Visitors can experience artistic performances, hands-on activities, and spaces that are typically closed to the public during this annual Open Door event. It's a fun and educational event for both kids and adults, with interactive exhibits put on by students and faculty.

The event is typically held at various locations across the sprawling campus, including the West Campus, Downtown Phoenix, and in Tempe.

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Buckeye Air Fair

This is a view along the main group of aircraft at the Laurisden Air Museum.

Alan Wilson / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0

The Buckeye Air Fair was canceled in 2021 but returns February 11–13, 2022.

The Buckeye Air Fair returns to Phoenix with a free event celebrating more than 50 years of aviation. The fair features a vintage aircraft museum, vendors, exhibits, and a science and technology expo. Located at the Buckeye Municipal Airport in Buckeye, Arizona, this free event also features radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations, a visit to the Lauridsen Aviation Museum, and live entertainment.

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Mesa Marathon

Runners in the Mesa Marathon

Mesa Marathon

The Mesa Marathon scheduled for February 2021 was postponed. Check the official webpage for updates.

The Mesa Marathon rips through the Valley, offering a variety of races and events. Athletes of all ages are welcome to participate in events ranging from a kids' 1K, a 10K, a half marathon, or a full marathon. The biggest race starts in East Mesa and stretches 26.2 miles before ending at Mesa Riverview.

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Street Eats Food Truck Festival

Street Eats Food Truck Festival

Street Eats Food Truck Festival 

The 2021 Street Eats Food Truck Festival was canceled.

If you're a fan of local cuisine, then stop by the Street Eats Food Truck Festival. It's 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 at the event.

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D-Backs Fan Fest

Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks signs autographs for fans at the 14th annual D-backs Fan Fest at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 17, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Sarah Sachs / Arizona Diamondbacks / Getty Images

The Diamondbacks Fan Fest was canceled for 2021.

The Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team's fan appreciation day takes over Chase Field during the annual Fan Fest event. The 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 Diamondbacks play all season long.

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Arizona Cocktail Week

Arizona Cocktail Week in action

Arizona Cocktail Week

 

Arizona Cocktail Week was canceled for 2021.

Each February, Arizona Cocktail Week provides locals and tourists the opportunity to sample some of the best cocktails Phoenix has to offer. The boozy festival typically takes place over President's Day weekend, when cocktail enthusiasts, aspiring mixologists, and industry veterans all mix and mingle together. The event also offers multiple tastings, competitions, and seminars at various venues throughout the city.

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Winter Range End of Trail

Winter Range

Winter Range 

Winter Range was canceled in 2021, but returns to Phoenix from February 28 to March 6, 2021.

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 End of Trail event. 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.

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Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo

Lost Dutchman Days

City of Apache Junction / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

 

The 2021 Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo was, but returns February 25–27, 2022.

The annual Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo comes to Apache Junction for three days of professional and amateur rodeo competitions, as well as a carnival with more than 30 rides and attractions. Music and dancing, a parade, arts and crafts, and gold-panning demonstrations are also included.

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NHRA Drag Racing Nationals

NHRA Nationals

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The 2021 Arizona Nationals race was canceled.

The National Hot Rod Association hosts the Arizona Nationals of drag racing in Phoenix every year. This "duel in the desert" takes place 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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