Things to Do in Arizona: Phoenix Events Calendar for January

Temperate weather makes January prime time for outdoor pursuits

Phoenix Summer Skies
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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.

January 2018 Events

Arizona Bach Festival

Bach aficionados attend concerts at various venues in Phoenix.
January 12, 19, 21, and 27

Arizona Balloon Classic

Hot air balloons races, desert glows, family entertainment, vendors, and more.
January 26 to 28

Arizona Derby Dames

All-female roller derby since 2006. Now playing on a banked track.
January 6, 27

Arizona Fine Art Expo

A 10-week event in north Scottsdale. See designers, painters, sketchers, and sculptors at work. Demonstrations and workshops, fine wine, and cuisine.
January 12 to March 25

Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction

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

Breaking Ground Festival

Contemporary dance and film presented by national and local dancers, choreographers, digital artists.

Tempe Center for the Arts.
January 19, 20

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival
Arts, crafts, entertainment, wine. More than 150 artists with their works on display. 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

Celebration of Fine Art

Scottsdale hosts more than 100 artists from Arizona and elsewhere in its big white tents.
January 13 to March 25

Crossroads of the West Gun Show

This show includes hundreds of tables of interest to both the once-a-year hunter and the avid collector. At Mesa Centennial Hall and the Arizona State Fairgrounds.
Mesa: January 13, 14; Phoenix: January 20, 21

Fountain Hills Indian Market & Southwest Art Festival

Artists display traditional and contemporary jewelry, sculpture, artwork, and handicrafts. Fountain Hills.
January 26 to 28

Mesa Historic Home Tour

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

Military Vehicle Show

Display of jeeps from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, along with troop carriers and armored cars. These historic vehicles will be judged for originality, military significance, and quality of restoration with awards presented Saturday afternoon. Swap meet of armed service collectibles on both days. Tempe Diablo Stadium.
January 27, 28

Native American Arts Festival

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

No Pants AZ Light Rail Ride

An event where people ride light rail and take off their pants, and try to act normal about it. Underwear and appropriate demeanor required.
January 7

Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival

Supply show, classes, and workshops. Arizona State Fairgrounds.
January 25 to 27

Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon

Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will go through three Arizona cities. Also, 5K, 10K, Kids Run, Expo. Live music along the entire route.
January 12 to 14

Russo & Steele Classic Car Auction
European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and customs. Scottsdale.
January 18 to 21

Science With a Twist

The Arizona Science Center in Downtown Phoenix opens it doors one evening per month for an adults-only experience (21+), with lectures, music, and scientific fun. Ticketed event.
January 19

Skyline Full Moon Hike

Hike Skyline by the light of a full moon. Learn about wildlife active at night during this guided hike. Bring a flashlight.
January 31

spark! After Dark

A grown-up night out with live art, live music, food, adult drinks. Free admission. Mesa Arts Center.
January 19


Taco samples and live entertainment. 21+ only. Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix.
January 27

Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament

In North Scottsdale the pro golfers get together for the first PGA tournament of the year. The PGA Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament is held at the TPC Scottsdale course at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This tournament attracts the largest crowds of any PGA event.
January 29 to February 4