Phoenix Event Calendar - January

Things to Do in Greater Phoenix in January

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January is considered high season in Greater Phoenix, with many activities, both indoors and outdoors, and moderate daytime temperatures.

These are many of the community events that you can count on year in and year out. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change without notice. Check the website or call to confirm information, because they don't always advise when there are changes.

Activities in this event calendar are appropriate for families unless otherwise indicated.

Looking for big name concerts, shows or theatre? Check this calendar for January performances.​

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January Events

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Street in Downtown Mesa.
In 2017: 2nd Friday of the month

6th Street Market
Original arts and crafts, live music, shopping. Family-friendly. Free admission. Downtown Tempe.
In 2017: every Sunday in January

Arabian Horse Farm Tour
Scottsdale's prominent Arabian horse farms open their doors, welcoming the public to enjoy National Champion horses, meet top trainers, and learn more about this breed.
In 2017: January 1, 2017

Arizona Bach Festival
Bach lovers attend concerts at various venues in Phoenix.
In 2017: January 14 - 29

Arizona Balloon Classic
Hot air balloons, family entertainment, vendors and more.
In 2017: January 20 - 22

Arizona Cardinals Football
The Arizona Cardinals play professional football at University of Phoenix Stadium.
In 2017: January 1

Arizona Concours d’Elegance
Rare and exceptional automobiles on display. Ticketed event. Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix.
In 2017: January 14

Arizona Coyotes Hockey
Our professional NHL hockey team hopes to howl its way to the Stanley Cup. They play at the Gila River Arena.
In 2017: Various dates in January

Arizona Derby Dames
All-girl roller derby since 2006. Now playing on a banked track. Phoenix.
In 2017: January 7, 28

Arizona Fine Art Expo
A 10 week event in north Scottsdale. See designers, painters, sketchers and sculptors at work. Demonstrations and workshops, fine wines and cuisine.
In 2017: January 13 - March 26

Arizona Musicfest
A winter music festival covering many genres, held at various locations in Scottsdale.
In 2017: January 27 - March 10

Arizona National Livestock Show
Arizona's largest livestock show. Exhibits and competitions. Cowboy Classics Western Art & Gear Show. Held at the ​Arizona State Fairgrounds in Central Phoenix.
In 2017: December 27, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Arizona Rattlers Training Camp
The arena football team holds daily practices at Copper Sky Regional Park in Maricopa. Free for spectators.
In 2017: January 31 - February 11

Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival
Vegetarian food companies, restaurants, and health and wellness vendors. Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater.
In 2017: January 28, 29

Art After Work
A painting party for couples, friends, anyone. Learn how to paint your own take on classic masterpieces and local landscapes. Instructor and art supplies provided. Online registration required. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2017: January ?

Art Walk - Centennial Circle
Docent led tours of the Fountain Hills public art collection. Tours are in the morning, take approximately one hour and begin in the Community Center Sculpture Garden. There is a charge for the tour. Reservations required.
In 2017: January 14, 28

Astronomy Evenings
A talk (novice level) explaining facts about the solar system and the galaxy around the planet earth followed by observing the moon, several planets, star systems through a celestron telescope. Weather permitting. Registration required. Ages 8+. Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale.
In 2017: January 28

Aviation Day at the Capitol
Information about Arizona's aviation industry and the businesses that it enables. Festivities will include actual aircraft and displays. Aircraft owners and pilots, airport managers, aviation manufacturers and educators and members of the Arizona’s military community will discuss the importance of aviation in Arizona with state legislators.
In 2017: January 17

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.
In 2017: January 14 - 22

Beyond the Bricks
Live music, beer, wine, food. Free admission. Bring a blanket. Hayden Square Amphitheatre in Downtown Tempe. Take light rail!
In 2017: January 5, 12, 19, 26

Birds 'n' Beer
Birds 'n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470.
In 2017: January 19

Breaking Ground Festival
Contemporary dance and film presented by national and local dancers, choreographers, digital artists. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2017: January 27, 28

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival
Arts, crafts, entertainment, wine. Over 150 artists will have displays. 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.
In 2017: January 20 - 22

Cave Creek Indian Market
Arts and crafts, Native American dancers, musicians and storytellers, traditional southwest cuisine. Stagecoach Village, Cave Creek.
In 2017: January 20 - 22

Celebration of Fine Art
Scottsdale hosts over 100 artists from Arizona and elsewhere in its big white tents.
In 2017: January 14 - March 26

Chandler International Film Festival
More than 100 unique, creative, and diverse films from passionate and independent filmmakers from all over the world. Workshops.
In 2017: January 13 - 15

Chandler Symphony Orchestra
Indoors. Family-friendly. Free, donations accepted.
In 2018: January 28

Chandler Multicultural Festival
Food, music, dance, displays, storytellers and more at the Chandler Fashion Center mall.
In 2017: January 14

Chocolate and Wine Experience
Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts. Chocolate to eat, play with and drink. The Saguaro Scottsdale.
In 2017: January 27

City Lights Movie Night
Free movie at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix. Giveaways, contests, prizes. Bring a chair.
In 2017: January 13

Crossroads of the West Gun Show
The shows offer hundreds of tables of interest to both the once a year hunter and the avid collector. Mesa Centennial Hall.
In 2017: January 14, 15

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2017: Every Friday and Saturday night

Desperado GLBT Film Festival
Featuring films from the gay and lesbian community. Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2017: January 27 - 29

Discount Tire Free Family Weekend
Free admission for everyone at Phoenix Art Museum on the second Sunday of the month. Includes a special hands-on, educational programming and/or entertainment designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. Special exhibitions may have a reduced charge. More about Phoenix Art Museum. See directions and map.
In 2017: January 7, 8

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 50 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2017: January 20

Downtown Mesa Wedding Walk
You will be transported to various wedding venues in downtown Mesa for cake, wine and food tastings, giveaways, fashion shows. Free admission, registration required.
In 2017: January 29

Embracing Your Journey Expo
A holistic, wellness and metaphysical event designed to enlighten and inform allowing people to explore alternative health and lifestyle products and services. Phoenix.
In 2017: January 8 

First Day Hikes
Many Arizona State Parks host hikes to celebrate the new year outside in a healthy activity.
In 2017: January 1

First Friday
Visit more than 60 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2017: first Friday in January

Fitness in the District
Certified instructors will lead one-hour classes to DJ beats, while fitness motivators work the group and assist attendees with moves. Free, bring your own mat. All ages. Refreshments and giveaways (while supplies last). WaterDance Plaza at Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2017: every Tuesday in January

Flagg Gem and Mineral Show
Rocks, minerals, geology, and science. Activities for children. Mesa Community College. Free admission.
In 2017: January 6 - 8

Fountain Hills Indian Market & Southwest Art Festival
Artists display traditional and contemporary jewelry, sculpture, artwork, and handcrafts. Fountain Hills.
In 2017: January 28, 29

Friday Night Drags
Local bring their own vehicles and race at Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler. Drivers and spectators welcome.
In 2017: January 13, 20

Gilbert Art Walk
Local artists set up booths to display their work. Community booths and children's activities. Free admission. Downtown Gilbert.
In 2018: January 6, 20

Gold Canyon Arts Festival
More than 100 artists will participate. Musical entertainment and food booths. Free admission. Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. King’s Ranch Road, Gold Canyon
In 2017: January 28

Gooding & Company Car Auction
View rare and classic vehicles that will be auctioned on the final day of the event. Held adjacent to Scottsdale Fashion Square.
In 2017: January 18 - 21

Grape Arizona Wine Event
Wine tasting from 15+ Arizona wineries, food samples, wine product vendors. Heritage Square, Phoenix.
In 2017: January 29

Health & Wellness Expo
All ages. Health-related activities for kids and adults. Programs include Medication Interactions, Immunizations, Senior Scams, Life Alert, Bike Safety, Brain Function and more.  Raffle, prizes. Free. Scottsdale.
In 2017: January 28

MACFest (Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival) is a free family-friendly event featuring artist creations, music and entertainment. Downtown Mesa on North Macdonald, from Main St. to Pepper Pl.
In 2017: January 7, 21

Maricopa County Home and Garden Show
Hundreds of exhibitors. Seminars, demonstrations, and displays at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.
In 2017: January 13 - 15

Martin Luther King Day Celebrations
Festivals and events around the greater Phoenix area celebrating the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 2017: Various dates in January (not updated yet)

Meet Me Downtown
A casual, social self-guided 3.3 mile walk around downtown Phoenix. Evening, rain or shine. Free. Starts at CityScape, Downtown Phoenix.
In 2018: Every Monday in January

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.
In 2017: January 28

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, Tempe.
In 2017: January 28, 29

Motorcycles on Main
The streets of downtown Mesa are closed to all but bikers and people who love motorcycles. Music, food, beer garden. Free admission.
In 2017: first Friday of the month

Movies at the Museum
Independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, usually followed by discussion. Free with paid museum admission. First come, first seated. Phoenix Art Museum.
In 2017: Various dates in January

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.
In 2017: January 14, 15

Native Trails
Native Trails celebrates Native American society and focuses on the individual cultures of these Southwest tribes. Native American performers present musical performances using traditional instruments. Chairs and picnic baskets welcome. Native foods, arts, crafts, and jewelry. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Free admission.
In 2017: select Thursdays and Saturdays, January through March

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.
In 2017: January 8

One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records
A comprehensive photographic, musical, and historical exhibit of a unique record company that produces and distributes Native American music. Exhibit runs through May 2017 but on certain dates performances of Native American music and dance are also presented. Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix.
In 2017: January 22

Out to Lunch Concert Series 
Lunchtime concerts feature local artists playing a variety of music including folk, country, jazz, Dixieland, oldies, and world music. Chairs and lawn seating are available. Bring stadium cushions/blankets. Brown bags and picnic baskets are welcome. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Mesa Arts Center.
In 2017: January 19, 26

Outdoor Sculpture Tour
Hosted by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) on same dates as Sunday A'Fair. Tour meets at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Free. No reservations required. Downtown Scottsdale.
In 2017: Sundays in January

Performances at the Museum
Performances from the East Valley community. Each performance is different. Includes children’s plays, kid and adult film series, classical music (check schedule). Tempe History Museum. Free admission.
In 2018: January 27

Paws in the Park
Pet Expo, Pet Drive, and a Sniff and Stroll walk. Chaparral Park, Scottsdale.
In 2017: January 21

Phoenix Suns Basketball
Our professional basketball team plays hoops at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Downtown Phoenix.
In 2017: Various dates in January

Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival
Supply show, classes and workshops. Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix.
In 2017: January 26 - 28

Polar Bear Plunge
Participate as a Polar Bear (Taking the Plunge) by jumping into the community swimming pool or as a Teddy Bear (Dry Supporter). A fundraiser for Tempe's adapted recreation programs. Tempe.
In 2017: January 14

Polar Plunge and Water Safety Day
A brisk morning swim to help promote water safety. The pool is not heated, estimated to be in the 40s. Registration required. Sunrise Pool, Peoria.
In 2017: January 7

RM Auctions
At the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, Phoenix. Over 100 important and historically significant motor cars are presented for auction, bringing together some of the world's finest vintage automobiles with some of the world's most discerning collectors.
In 2017: January 18 - 20

Regional Unity Walk
Walking for unity in our communities to promote mutual respect and understanding. Families, community organizations, scout groups, schools, and faith groups are encouraged to participate. Hosted By City of Tempe, City of Chandler, City of Mesa, City of Phoenix, City of Scottsdale, Town of Gilbert, and the Town of Guadalupe. No registration required. Free. Walk starts in Tempe.
In 2017: January 28

Robert Burns Supper
Dress in your kilt and black tie to meet with descendants and lovers of Scotland, for a gastro-literary celebration of the life and works of the poet Robert Burns. Scottish menu, Scottish beer and whiskey, Scottish music and Highland dancers. Phoenix.
In 2017: January 21

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.
In 2017: January 13-15

Russo & Steele Classic Car Auction
European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and customs. Scottsdale.
In 2017: January 18 - 22

STEM Saturdays
Youth and teen programs focused on topics such as robotics, meteorology, physics, geology and biology. ​Museum of Science and Sustainability in Tumbleweed Park​, Chandler.
In 2017: January 7

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.
In 2017: January 20

Scottsdale ArtWalk
Every Thursday evening the Scottsdale Art District invites you to spend a casual evening walking downtown and enjoying fine art. Free.
In 2017: Every Thursday evening

Sculpture & Wine Festival in Fountain Hills
An outdoor, juried art show just for sculpture lovers. Fountain Hills.
In 2017: January 13 - 15

Second Sunday in the Park
Live music and entertainment. Family event. Free. Surprise Community Park.
In 2017: January 8

Skyline Celebration
A free outdoor fitness event with activities such as hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and more. Clinics and resources to help enjoy fitness out in nature. Buckeye Regional Park.
In 2017: January 14

Sonoran Sunset Series
Outdoor, evening family-friendly concerts in Chandler at the Environmental Education Center. Free admission.
In 2017: January 19

spark! After Dark
A grown-up night out with live art, live music, food, adult drinks. Free admission. Mesa Arts Center.
In 2017: January 21

Sunday A'Fair
Musical mini-festival that takes place outdoors on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Free admission.
In 2017: January 15, 22, 29

Superstition Mountain Heritage Days-Apacheland Remembered
Celebrating the anniversary of Apacheland Movie Ranch. Living history demonstrations, gunfights, Native American dancers.
In 2017: January 14, 15

Taco samples and live entertainment. 21+ only. Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix.
In 2017: January 28

Talk Cinema
Audience members are the critics at a sneak-preview film. This film series screens award-winning indie and foreign films before their theatrical release. Screenings include moderated conversations hosted by guest speakers. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2017: January 17

Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament
In North Scottsdale the pro golfers will 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.
In 2017: January 30 - February 5

Walk-In Wednesdays
Local musicians perform at a free open mic night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tempe Center for the Arts in Downtown Tempe.
In 2017: Every Wednesday in January

Winter Concerts in the Park
Grab that lawn chair or blanket and your friends and family to enjoy live musicians/bands outdoors. Free. Veterans Memorial Park Gazebo, Apache Junction.
In 2017: January 14

Lights, animated displays and carousel rides at the Phoenix Zoo.
In 2017: through January 8

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