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Things to do in Arizona

Things To Do In Arizona – February 2016

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Here are some  fun things to do in February in Arizona – I think there is something for everyone – there are pyrotechnic shows, gem and fossil shows, fantastic arts shows and parades!


***Please note that some events that are starred take place over multiple time periods.



I love getting feedback, so please let me know if you enjoyed any of these activities or if there are others that you think I should include.  Have a great February!!




Event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Some events require tickets or may charge fees for attendance. Please check with event organizers before attending.



*** Jan 16th – March 27th  – 26th Annual Celebration of Fine Art  – Scottsdale – Located in the big white tents on Hayden Rd and Loop 101 Freeway, (exit 35) this 2 month long show is billed as one of the “premiere arts events of the west” !  You can watch over 100+ juried artists create & sell their original works.  Note: your Celebration of Fine Art ™ ticket is an all-event pass, good for all 10 weeks of the show and sale  $10 – $8, 10 am – 6 pm, 480-443-7695 or http://www.celebrateart.com/



***Jan 22nd – April 3rd – 12th Annual Arizona Fine Art Expo – Scottsdale – Southwest corner of Jomax & Scottsdale Rd  Visit over 100 nationally acclaimed fine artisans working in a studio environment as they give hands-on art demonstrations and workshops.  Weekends feature musical entertainment,  $10.00 or $8  – you may return as often as you like with your pass!  10 am – 6 pm, 480-837-7163 or http://www.ArizonaFineArtExpo.com



January 30th – February 14th – 62nd Annual Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase – Tucson Convention Center – Celebrating 60 Years of Diamonds, Gems, Silver and Gold – This annual event is the largest gem and mineral show in the United States taking place at more than 40 sites across Tucson!  There will be lectures and seminars as well as dealers!!  http://www.tgms.org/



February 1st – February 7th- 80th Annual Waste Management Phoenix Open – Scottsdale -Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale – This is one of the PGA Tour’s top events, with  some of the largest crowds on the tour coming to see some of the finest golfers in the world compete. $20/day or ticket packages, 8 am – 6 pm, 602-870-0163 or http://wastemanagementphoenixopen.com



***February 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 23 & 24 – Field to Feast Agriculture Tours – Yuma – University of Arizona Research Farm – These half day tours led by local growers give you a hands-on agricultural experience.  You start your morning by learning the ropes of how to pick the produce and then you fill the chef’s “order”. You can pick some fresh Yuma produce to take home at the end of your day.  While you are touring the rest of the farm, culinary students from the Arizona Western College are turning the vegetables that you picked into a feast for you to enjoy!   Reservations are necessary – Plan ahead as these tours sell out quickly.  Closed toed shoes are required. 8am – 1pm –  800 293-0071 or http://www.visityuma.com/field-to-feast-agriculture-tour.html



February 5th – 7th– Glendale Chocolate Affaire – Murphy Park, Glendale – Who doesn’t love chocolate?  At this, one of Glendale’s most popular events you can tour the nearby Cerreta Candy Co. for free or sign up to take a writing workshop hosted by one of many professional romance writers!  And there will be plenty of treats like homemade fudge, sweet-potato fries with chocolate and chocolate dipped key lime pie.  Noon-10pm Friday, 10am – 10pm Saturday  Free.  623-930-2299  http://www.glendaleaz.com/events



Feb 6th – Winter Trout Fishing Derby – Litchfield Park – Tierra Verde Lake Park – Stocked with 700 pounds of trout (8-17 inches long) your odds of catching a fish are pretty good!  A license is not required for this event.  There will be food, prizes and giveaways.  You do need to provide your own fishing equipment and bait.  $4.00 per pole ages 15 and under, $6.00 per pole ages 16 and over.  7am – 3pm.  http://www.litchfield-park.org



Feb 6th  –Heritage Square’s Motoring Thru Time – Phoenix – Heritage & Science Park  –  Enjoy this free family friendly event  – Motoring thru Time features beautifully restored antique and classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes on display in historic Heritage park in downtown Phoenix, Free. 10 am – 4 pm,  http://www.heritagesquarephx.org/events/



Feb 6th – 64th  Annual Great Canadian Picnic – Phoenix – South Mountain Park – Celebrate Canada Week at this annual event.  You can try your hand at hockey, curling, snowboot relays and even calf roping!  There will even be food trucks selling poutine! Free, 10 am – 3 pm, 480-255-5865 or  http://www.canadianpicnic.com


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***Feb. 6th – March 27th – Arizona Renaissance Festival – Apache Junction – Open Saturdays and Sundays as well as Monday, 2/15 from 10am – 6pm  This has been an Arizona Tradition for 27 years.  This festival takes place in a Renaissance Village recreated in the Sonoran Desert off of Route 60.  This beautiful setting is home to much wildness and revelry with various shows going on throughout the day and plenty of food and shopping opportunities.  Many people show up dressed in period garments so if you have them you might want to wear them here!  $ – Buy your tickets ahead of time at Fry’s to get a discount.  http://www.royalfaires.com/arizona/



Feb 10th – Feb 14th – 57th Annual Tubac Festival of the Arts – Tuba City – This is Arizona’s longest running outdoor arts festival.  This juried festival features hundreds of artists, craft persons & musicians from throughout the country.  Horse-drawn trolleys are on hand to take you around the town.  The food court has ethnic foods as well as traditional “fair food”.  10am – 5pm daily.  Free admission. $6.00 parking.  520 398-2704 or http://tubacaz.com/tubac-festivals/57th-annual-tubac-festival-of-the-arts/



Feb 11th – Feb 14th – 68th Annual Gold Rush Days – Wickenburg – The Library of Congress recognizes Wickenburg’s Gold Rush Days as one of America’s Living Legends!!  These 3 &½ days of activities celebrate Wickenburg’s ranching and gold mining heritage.  Activities include a Senior Pro Rodeo, a carnival, gold panning, arts & crafts show, mucking & drilling contest a gem show & more.  On Saturday morning there is a parade featuring over 1,000 horses, floats, marching bands & more.  Check out the full schedule at http://www.wickenburgchamber.com/event_listing/65th-annual-gold-rush-days-and-senior-pro-rodeo/



Feb. 11th – Feb. 14th – 27th Annual Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnic Show – Lake Havasu  In honor of the 26th Anniversary of the Western Winter Blast the fireworks displays are promised to be the best ever!!  The displays will start at 7:30 each evening.  http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/78/24th-annual-winter-blast-western-pyrotechnics/



Feb 11th  – Feb 20th –  The Official Arizona Beer Week – Start the week off at the 15th Annual Strong Beer Fest   Phoenix – Steele Indian School Park, for a tasting of strong beers and specialty and hard to find beers.  Throughout the week there will be other events throughout Arizona including pub crawls, beer-pairing dinners and educational seminars.  602 341-5724 http://www.arizonabeerweek.com



Feb 11th  – Feb 21st  –61st Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo – Scottsdale – WestWorld   Arabian horses from all over the world  come to compete in 100’s of events at this show. Additionally, there is a shopping expo featuring fine art, household items, clothing, jewelry and more! $7-15, 8 am – 10 pm, 480-515-1500 or http://www.scottsdaleshow.com



Feb. 12th – Feb. 14th – 6th Annual Wigwam Festival of Fine Arts – Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park – The elegant grounds of the Wigwam Resort is home to this festival featuring award winning artists of the Western, Native American and Southwestern Genres.  There will be entertainment and food will be available.  Free 10am – 5pm daily.  http://www.vermillionpromotions.com/festivals/4th-WFFA.php



Feb 12th  – Feb 14th –  5th Annual Waterfront Fine Art, Wine and Chocolate Festival  -Scottsdale Waterfront – Stroll along the waterfront while enjoying the live music, sipping wine and viewing the works of more than 150 juried fine artists.   $3, 10 am – 5 pm, 480-837-5637 or http://www.thunderbirdartists.com



Feb. 13th –  63rd Annual Parada del Sol – Scottsdale  – This annual event is a Scottsdale tradition.  The Parade starts at 10am and is immediately followed by the Trail’s End Celebration in Old Town Scottsdale, a huge block party with games, pony rides, live entertainment and more!  www.paradadelsol.us



Feb 13th – Feb 14th  –60th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale  Phoenix – State Fairgrounds –  This is one of the nation’s largest book sales!  There will be more than 600,000 books, paperbacks, videos, CD’s, DVD’s, record albums, puzzles and book-related items.  Prices range from $1.50 – to over $100.00 for rare items. Proceeds benefit the Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County & the AZ Friends of Foster Children Foundation.  Free admission, $ parking, Sat 8 am – 6 pm, Sun 8 am – 4 pm, 602-265-6805 or http://www.vnsabooksale.org


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Feb 13th  – Feb 14th – 27th Annual Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale  Mesa – Centennial Hall –  This is the largest woodcarving show in AZ,  featuring wood sculptures by national & local carvers.  There will be door prizes, raffles and demonstrations. $5, 9 am – 5 pm, Sun. 10 am – 4 pm, 480- 484-8383 or http://www.desertwoodcarvingshow.com/



Feb 13th – Feb 15th – 68th Annual Vigilante Days – Tombstone – Wild West comes alive in the streets of Tombstone – “the town too tough to die”.  There will be street entertainment, shoot-outs, hangings, an 1880’s fashion show, music, saloon girls, a chili cook-off and more!  http://www.tombstonevigilantes.com



Feb 14th  – 28th Annual Willo Historic Home Tour & Street Festival  – Phoenix  West of Central Avenue between Thomas and McDowell Roads from 1st-7th Avenues.  Here is a great opportunity to view a variety of homes from Tudor to Spanish Revival, Bungalow to Ranch, from the 1920-1940’s. You can hop on the trolley cars that are providing transportation, or you may walk.  There is  also a street fair.   $20, 10 am – 4 pm,  http://www.willohistoricdistrict.com.


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Feb 19th – Feb 20th – Crushbrew Craft Beverage Festival – Scottsdale Waterfront – Enjoy all of the newest “tastes” in hand-crafted beers, boutique wines, hard cider and distilled beverages.  Eight of the best area pizza restaurants will also be featured.  3-9pm Various ticketing packages available  http://www.crushbrewfestival.com/



Feb 20th  -Feb 21st – 15th Annual Ceramics Studio Tour -Tempe – This is a great opportunity to meet and view the studios of  more than 50 professional ceramic artists in the Phoenix metro area, a rare opportunity to view the working and living spaces of participating artists.  There will be artwork for sale. Free, 9 am – 5 pm, http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/studiotour/



Feb 20th – Feb 21st – 31st Annual Winterfest – Lake Havasu City – Downtown District – Featuring more than 200 vendors from across the US this festival also features eclectic entertainment, children’s activities, arts & crafts, street food, a beer garden & more!  Sat. 9am – 5pm, Sun. 9am – 4pm  Free admission – 928-855-4115  http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1585/31st-annual-winterfest/



Feb 20th – Feb 21st –   Corks and Cactus – Desert Botanical Gardens  – Phoenix.  Sample and sip 40 different boutique wines in the beautiful Botanical Gardens.  If you find some that you like you can purchase them by the bottle.  There will be delectable foods to purchase as well.  1-5pm  $35.00 – $40.00/pp. 480 941-1225 or http://www.dbg.org/shop/events-exhibitions/corks-cactus-2-21-15



Feb. 21st – Taste in Tempe – Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheatre  –  At this event guests will stroll along the lakefront while tasting dishes created by a variety of Arizona’s finest restaurants while sipping fine wines and beers and attending wine seminars.  Celebrity chefs will perform demonstrations and there will be live food and entertainment.  1-4pm  $59.00pp ahead of time  http://kmle1079.cbslocal.com/taste-in-tempe/



Feb. 25th – Feb 28th– 52nd Annual Lost Dutchman Days –  Apache Junction  – This annual event features 3 days of professional rodeo, a carnival, a parade, a Rodeo dance and continuous music.  There will be plenty of food vendors to choose from.  Event Center admission is $2.00pp. http://www.lostdutchmandays.org/



Feb 26th  – Feb 27th –  33rd Annual Phoenix Antiques, Bottles and Collectibles Club Show & Sale -Phoenix – North Phoenix Baptist Church –  At this show/sale you will find toys, lanterns,  depression glass, dolls, china, coins, signs, insulators, kitchenware, tokens, bottles, Indian artifacts and more!   $3, Fri 2pm – 7 pm, Sat 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, http://www.phoenixantiquesclub.org



Feb 26th – Feb 28th – 30th Annual Great Fair Fountain Hills – With the beautiful fountain as the backdrop this is one of the valley’s largest and best arts and crafts festivals featuring more than 500  juried artists & craftspeople.  Free, 10 am – 5 pm, 480-837-1654 or http://www.fountainhillschamber.com



Feb 27th – Feb 28th – 18th Annual Yuma Lettuce Days – University of Arizona’s Yuma Agricultural Center – Yuma is the world’s winter lettuce capital and the celebration celebrates that fact.  There are cooking demonstrations, cooking challenges, exhibits, kid’s activities, displays, tours and more!  $7.00 for a one day pass or $10.00 for a 2 day pass.  928-783-0071 or http://www.yumalettucedays.com



Feb 27th  – Feb 28th  –32nd Annual Matsuri: A Festival of Japan – Phoenix – Heritage Square This beautiful festival celebrates Japanese culture with entertainment, authentic crafts, food & fine arts, including martial arts demos.  Free, 10am – 5 pm, 602-262-5029 or http://www.azmatsuri.org



Feb 26th – Feb 28th – 21st Annual Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival – Downtown Carefree  Over 165 acclaimed juried artists present their remarkable works at this event.  This is also Arizona’s largest wine tasting event featuring fine wines from all over the world.  $3.00pp entry  10am – 5pm  480 837-5637 or http://www.thunderbirdartists.com/events/20th-annual-carefree-fine-art-wine-festival