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 won't have to break the bank during a fun trip to Arizona this winter.
Explore laboratories, living collections, and museums on the Arizona State University campuses in Phoenix—including locations in Mesa, Glendale, and Tempe. Visitors can experience artistic performances, hands-on activities, and spaces typically closed to public access on February 2, 9, and 16, 2019.
On February 9 and 10, 2019, 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 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.
Arizona Beer Week takes place February 7 to 16, 2019, 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 the popular beverage throughout the city.
Check the Arizona Beer Week website for the participating bars, restaurants, and breweries.
The Mesa-Phx Marathon returns to the Valley on February 8, 2019, 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.
On February 9 and 10, 2019, 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.
The world's largest horse-drawn parade returns to Scottsdale on February 9, 2019, followed immediately by the Trail's End Festival in Old Town. The 60th anniversary of the Festival features a variety of floats and cars celebrating the history and development of Phoenix's largest suburb.
Tractor enthusiasts will gather at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area in Glendale on February 9, 2019, for the 29th annual Winter Tractor Engine Show.
Guests get the 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.
On February 9 and 10, 2019, Native American dancers from the U.S. and Canada will compete at The Heard Museum in the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest.
The 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.
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 16 and 17, 2019.
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.
From February 14 to 24, 2019, WestWorld of Scottsdale will host the most prestigious Arabian horse show in the United States: The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. The 64th 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 included in the event are an ice cream social, dog costume class, ceramic-making, behind-the-scenes barn tours, and educational round pen demonstrations.
From February 15 to 17, 2019, the Body Art Expo at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix brings together more than 100 tattoo artists and piercers for exhibitions, shopping, and contests.
Boasted as "the world's largest tattoo convention, the Body Art Expo also features tattoo contests, live entertainment including tattooing demonstrations, food, and beer.
On February 17, 2019, the Arizona Diamondbacks fan appreciation day returns to Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. 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 D-backs play all season long.
Each February, Arizona Cocktail Week provides locals and tourists alike the opportunity to sample some of the best cocktails Phoenix has to offer.
In 2019, Arizona Cocktail Week events take place over President's Day Weekend, February 16 to 18, 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.
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 18 to 24, 2019.
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.
On February 24, 2019, from noon to 4 p.m., the 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 featuring renown Cuban singer La Dame Blanche, activities for children and families, a Mercado with handmade gifts, and Latin-inspired food and drinks.
The 56th Annual Lost Dutchman Days Rodea returns to Apache Junction on February 22 to 24, 2019, 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 the annual event.
The National Hot Rod Association comes to Arizona every year, and on February 22-24, 2019, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series takes to the track with 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.
The PHX Vegan Food Festival on February 23, 2019, is an outdoor, family-friendly festival with vegan food trucks and restaurants serving vegan fare and products in downtown Phoenix.
The event also features demonstrations and presentations by chefs, vegan experts, live music, and a kids' activity area in the courtyard outside of the Phoenix Art Museum.