Things to Do in Arizona: Phoenix Events Calendar for January

Arizona Balloon Classic
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January ushers in high season in the greater Phoenix area, with moderate daytime temperatures making it prime time for outdoor activities and events. You won't lack for things to do, whether you have only a weekend or plan to spend more time in the region. Choose from top multi-day events covering interests ranging from music to crafts to classic cars, or join one of the many family-friendly community gatherings throughout the Valley of the Sun in January 2018.

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    Bach aficionados and those simply wanting to expand their music-appreciation repertoire can attend concerts at various venues in Phoenix.

    January 12, 19, 21, and 27

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    Hot air balloon races, desert glows, family entertainment, vendors, and more have been bringing folks to Goodyear Park for seven years to partake in the annual Arizona Balloon Classic.

    January 26 to 28

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    Cheer for some retro-fun at the all-female roller derby, playing since 2006 and now on a banked track.

    January 6, 27

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    A 10-week event in north Scottsdale where you get an up-close view of designers, painters, sketchers, and sculptors at work. Demonstrations and workshops, fine wine, and cuisine.

    January 12 to March 25 

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    Peruse displays of jeeps from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with troop carriers and armored cars at Tempe Diablo Stadium. These historic vehicles will be judged for originality, military significance, and quality of restoration with awards presented Saturday afternoon. Includes a swap meet of armed service collectibles on both days.

    January 27, 28

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    Every January at WestWorld in North Scottsdale, people, including the rich and famous, flock to the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction. It is billed as the world's most valuable classic car auction.

    January 13 to 21

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    Enjoy arts, crafts, entertainment, and wine, with the works of more than 150 artists on display, at the 25th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival. This is one of Arizona's largest wine-tasting events, featuring wines from Arizona, California, Australia, Germany, Austria, France, and Italy. Sponsored by Thunderbird Artists.

    January 19 to 21

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    Scottsdale hosts more than 100 artists from Arizona and elsewhere in big white tents, where art lovers can watch them create their works in mediums ranging from glass to jewelry to sculpture to painting to photography and more. 

    January 13 to March 25 

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    This show, at Mesa Centennial Hall and the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, includes hundreds of tables of interest to both the once-a-year hunter and the avid collector. 

    Mesa: January 13, 14; Phoenix: January 20, 21

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    Tribal and Arizona artists display traditional and contemporary jewelry, sculpture, artwork, and handicrafts with native music, dance, and other entertainment.

    January 26 to 28

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    Some of the finest artists in the Southwest gather in downtown Litchfield Park for this festival showcasing both traditional and modern Native American art.

    January 13, 14

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    Each year the Mesa Historical Museum Guild and the Mesa Historic Preservation Office sponsors a historic home tour. All proceeds benefit the Mesa Historical Museum.

    January 27

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    This event celebrates silliness with people riding light rail without their pants and trying to act normal about it. Modest underwear and appropriate demeanor required.

    January 7

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    Both professional and hobby quilters, crafters, and sewers come for the annual supply show, classes, and workshops at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.

    January 25 to 27

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    The Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon runs through three Arizona cities, with live music along the entire route. Participants can also choose a 5K, 10K, or kids run.

    January 13, 14

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    You don't have to buy to attend this high-profile public auction of European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods, and customs at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

    January 18 to 21

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    The Arizona Science Center at Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix opens it doors one evening per month for an adults-only experience (21+), with music, cash bar, live demos, and scientific fun. Reserve your spot at this ticketed event.

    January 19

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    Hike Skyline by the light of a full moon. Learn about wildlife active at night during this guided hike. Bring a flashlight.

    January 31

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    A grown-up night out with live art, live music, food, adult drinks. Free admission at the Mesa Arts Center.

    January 20

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    Sample tacos from Phoenix's best taquerias and enjoy live entertainment at the inaugural Tacolandia at the Margaret T. Hance Park. You must be 21 and provide a government-issued ID for admission.

    January 27

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    Pro golfers get together in North Scottsdale for the first PGA tournament of the year. The PGA Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament is held at the TPC Scottdale course at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This tournament attracts the largest crowds of any PGA event.

    January 29 to February 4