Full STEAM Ahead: LEGO Mindstorm

January 22 | Scottsdale Library

Plan to attend all 6 sessions to ensure consistent and quality learning experiences.  Children will learn the ends and outs of robotic building.  Participants will construct robots using working motors and sensors.  If you have a budding engineer this might be the place to start!


Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction

Now through 22 | Barret-Jackson.com

Come see hundreds of the world's finest collector cars and some that belonged to celebrities.  Should you take your children to the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction? Visit this link for some excellent answers!


24th Annual Carefree Fine Art  and Wine Festival

January 20-22 | Thunderbird Artists

Stroll the streets of Ho Hum and Easy in Carefree while listening to live music.  Enjoy a glass of domestic or imported wine as you view fine art and crafts.  More than 165 artisans from throughout the United States and abroad will be exhibiting their works in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and ink.  Also available are sculptures,  art objects, and jewelry made of metals, glass, wood, and stone.


"Go All Out to the McDowell Trail Run"

January 28 | REI

"Go All Out to the McDowell Trail Run" is part of the REI Trail Run Series 2017.   It will feature 5k and 13k trail fun runs. Come test your skills or try for a new personal best while learning to set your pace.  Enjoy the views of the valley while walking or running through the natural desert landscape. There is a poker run option and prizes for the top men's, women's, family of 3 or more, and dog and owner finishers.  Meet at at the Competitive Track trail head in McDowell Mountain Regional Park and get the fun run/walk started!


"Cooking with the Calamari Sisters"

Now through January 29 | Herberger Theater

These two larger than life Italian sisters from Brooklyn are dishing out songs, dances, and jokes while creating a culinary delight! Cooking lessons were never like this.  Delphine and Carmela perform outrageous musical numbers while sharing family recipes mixed with family secrets and stories which could be a little bit naughty.  So if you are looking for some rolicking fun, visit the Calamari Sisters!


Lights of the World

Now Through January 29 | Rawhide

This is a unique international lantern arts festival combining the age-old Chinese tradition of lantern festivals with modern cutting-edge technology and lights.  To date this is the largest light display in North America.  You can experience different cultures and cuisine wrapped in a carnival atmosphere.


Waste Management Phoenix Golf Tournament

January 30 - February 5 | WM Phoenix Open

 Or as some call it - the "Greatest Show on Grass"
Formerly known as The Phoenix Open and The FBR Open, it began in 1932.  It also has changed venues several times . The purse for first place has grown from Byron Nelson's $700 to today's $1,116,000.  "Phoenix Open winner Phil Mickelson leads the all-time Phoenix Open Money List with $3,694,782 earned through 24 tournament appearances. "
As one of the first events on the PGA TOUR calendar, the tournament draws some of the largest crowds of spectators, up to 500,000, and the spectators are an intergral part of the tournament.  Improvements are made to the course each year and this year they have made the famed 16th hole larger!
Countless individuals and groups have benefited from the monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  " The Thunderbirds and the WMPO have raised more than $45M for charities since 2010 when Waste Management became the title sponsor."


22nd Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire

February 3 - 5 | Glendale, AZ

Glendale Chocolate Affaire is  one of the sweetest events in the valley.  The Chocolate Affaire is presented by Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta Candy Company. They are a family-owned business founded over 40 years ago.  Four generations of  Cerretas now oversee production and operations of delightful chocolates and candy products.  Be sure to visit the candy factory and take a free tour with samples.  
In Historic Downtown Glendale families can enjoy a variety of activities from carnival rides to chocolate-pizza-making!  In honor of Valentine's Day a group of Southwest romance novelists will be present to give workshops and sign copies of their works, and all the while live musical tunes fill the air.  Come get an overload of sweets with your sweeties and enjoy the festivities.


Carefree Artisan Gifts and Chocolate Festival

February 10 - 12 | Carefree, AZ

This Valentine’s Day weekend event presents some of the finest chocolate and confections vendors . Also available will be a selection of jewelry, arts and fine gifts.  Musical entertainers will perform on the state-of-the-art acoustics stage with generous views.


Family Stargazing Night

February 11 | Arizona Challenger Space Center

The Arizona Challenger Space Center's  mission extends to educating people of all ages in the exploration of Space and Innovation.  Enjoy self-guided tours, interactive presentation from professional stargazer, Tony LaConte, and stargazing with high powered telescopes. This interactive astronomy night will also  offer arts and crafts, rocket building, and paper airplane contests.
Learn about classes and programs that are available to help you with your telescope, as well as, critical thinking and problem solving. The Challenger Space Center of AZ is affiliated with Challenger National whose goal is "to inspire,  excite, and educate people of  all ages"'


Dancing with the Stars

February 11 | Comerica Theatre

ABC's number one entertainment show is hitting the road! Throughout 2017, the multi-Emmy award winning Dancing with the Stars is heading out of the studio and into your local dance hall. Featuring some of the show's most popular competitors, this live tour will recreate the most memorable dances from the programmer's 20 seasons, as well as showcase brand new never-before-seen routines!


The Scottsdale Philharmonic Concert Series

February 12 | The Scottsdale Philharmonic

The mission of the Scottsdale Philharmonic is to provide the City of Scottsdale and the surrounding communities with a professional symphony orchestra performing a series of traditional classical music concerts without charge to the public, making classical music available to audiences of all ages. Our vision is to enhance the cultural environment of the City of Scottsdale with an orchestra of professional musicians where everyone can attend classical symphony concerts. 

Sunset Dinner Cruise at Lake Pleasant

February 11, 12, 14 |  Lake Pleasant Cruises

A romantic sunset cruise is in store for you on beautiful Lake Pleasant.  Dine on delicious meals prepared by Dillion's Restaurant as the band plays on.


Arizona Fine Art Expo

Now - March 26 | Arizona Fine Art Expo

Experience art from across the nation and around the world, all under 44,000 square feet of giant white tents, providing patrons with the unique opportunity to see art as it should be experienced, one-on-one with the artists in their studios.


Late Nite Catechism III: ‘Til Death Do Us Part

Now - April 1 | Scottsdale Performing Arts

Arizona’s favorite ruler-wielding nun, Sister, is back in the habit! In this popular sequel to the Late Nite Catechism comedies, Sister offers up the latest dogma fresh off the Internet, some hilarious lessons about love and marriage, and her own outrageous version of The Newlywed Game.


Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival

February 11 - April 2 | Renaissance Festival

Travel back to the time when Knights jousting was the favorite entertainment of Kings and Queens.  Wander this medieval amusement park with over 2,000 costumed charters while eating a giant turkey leg or shop the wares reminiscent of 16th century Europe.  A 13-stage theater and 30 acre circus are also presented for your enjoyment. So come "Eat, Drink, and be Merry"!


ART LINK First Fridays

Every Friday  | Downtown Phoenix 

First Friday in Phoenix gives you the opportunity to experience the culture of downtown.  There are 70 art galleries and related venues to browse .  A free shuttle starting at the Phoenix Art Museum can transport you to major stops along the route. Hours are 6 - 10 PM.


Chapter 2 Books Monthly Sale

February 3-5 | Chapter 2 Books

Each year Chapter 2 receives tens of thousands of donated books, which we sell to the public through the Chapter 2 Book Store and online through Amazon and other marketplaces. Notable donated  books are offered to the Library for its special collections.


“ArtWalk the Line” 

Every Thursday  | ScottsdaleGalleries.com

From 7 PM - 9 PM enjoy all things art located just west of Scottsdale Road along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. Visit the variety of galleries featuring works from Western to European while live music fill the air.


McDonald's Rock 'n' Roll Car Show at the Pavilions

Every Saturday | ExperienceScottsdale.com


Looking for a fun time like the "Good Ole Days"? Come to The Pavilions at Talking Stick Shopping Center.  The parking lot is filled with classic cars and motorcycles.  You may even find "your first ride"! As you walk the aisles containing 250 - 500 cars and up to 150 motorcycles, listen to the Oldie Goldies being played by the DJ.  This event is the longest running one of its kind. So put on your favorite jeans and saddle oxfords, grab your favorite gal or guy and come out for a fun time walking down memory lane!