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
Bach aficionados attend concerts at various venues in Phoenix.
January 12, 19, 21, and 27
Hot air balloons races, desert glows, family entertainment, vendors, and more.
January 26 to 28
All-female roller derby since 2006. Now playing on a banked track.
January 6, 27
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
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
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
Scottsdale hosts more than 100 artists from Arizona and elsewhere in its big white tents.
January 13 to March 25
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
Artists display traditional and contemporary jewelry, sculpture, artwork, and handicrafts. Fountain Hills.
January 26 to 28
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.
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
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
An event where people ride light rail and take off their pants, and try to act normal about it. Underwear and appropriate demeanor required.
Supply show, classes, and workshops. Arizona State Fairgrounds.
January 25 to 27
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
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.
Hike Skyline by the light of a full moon. Learn about wildlife active at night during this guided hike. Bring a flashlight.
A grown-up night out with live art, live music, food, adult drinks. Free admission. Mesa Arts Center.
Taco samples and live entertainment. 21+ only. Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix.
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