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Things to do in Arizona

Things To Do In Arizona – January 2018

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Hi Friends,


Here is the newsletter:   “Things to Do in Arizona – January, 2018.”  The first one for this year!  I hope that this email finds you well and ready to start enjoying some new activities and events.


There are many reasons for people flocking to Arizona in January, including famous car auctions, horse shows and world class arts and crafts shows!  Please note that activities marked with *** are ongoing activities that span several months.  I hope that you will find some events to enjoy!


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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 January and Happy New Year!!


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.


November 18th – May 28th – Pompeii – the Exhibition – Phoenix – Arizona Science Center – In this blockbuster exhibition, guests become time travelers, transported to the bustling commercial port and strategic military and trading center of Pompeii. Over 200 precious artifacts on loan from the unparalleled collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, including wall-sized frescoes, mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, statues and ancient Roman coins, bring to life how Pompeii’s people lived, loved, work, worshiped and celebrated. In perhaps the most powerful portion of the exhibition, exquisite body casts of adults and children vividly communicate the emotions of the victims. 10am – 5pm daily – you need to purchase a General admission ticket as well as a timed ticket for the exhibition – this is popular so plan ahead!  https://www.azscience.org/attractions/pompeii-the-exhibition/



Nov 22nd –  Jan 14th – 26th Annual ZooLights – Phoenix – Phoenix Zoo –  Stroll through the zoo where there are more than 600 lighted sculptures with music and movements. There are butterflies and bats, monkeys and fish and so much more.   A truly unique Phoenix experience. $   5:30-10:30.  Ticket prices vary depending upon the dates.   602-273-1341 or http://www.phoenixzoo.org




Jan 1st – 1st Day Hikes – There are  First Day Hikes going on at 24 State Parks throughout Arizona.  Some of these are basic hikes, while others include educational opportunities, scavenger hunts, dog socializing and much more.  To find a hike at one of your favorite state parks go to http://azstateparks.com/ – Happy Hiking!!



Jan 3rd – Jan 7th – 54th Annual Arizona National Horse Show – Scottsdale – WestWorld – This horse show includes events such as a cutting competition, a Quarterhorse show, 4-H & FFA Horse Shows & the AZ National Reining & Western Affiliate qualifying show.  Starts at 8 am.   602-258-8568 or http://www.anls.org



January 5th – First Friday Artwalk – Flagstaff- Downtown Flagstaff.  This is one of Northern Arizona’s premier arts events.  On the first Friday of each month the art galleries and businesses of downtown Flagstaff stay open from 4-8pm.  There are special arts exhibits, live music and more.  http://flagartscouncil.org/artwalk/



January 5th  – Artlink First Friday Phoenix – Downtown Phoenix – Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. every First Friday of the month. (Note: each art space has their own hours.) There is even a First Friday Trolley to help you get around!   Free. https://artlinkphx.org/first-fridays/



Jan 5th – Jan 7th – 46th Annual Flagg Gem and Mineral Show – Mesa – Mesa Community College – This is the Phoenix area’s largest gem and mineral show.  There will be over 80 dealers selling minerals, fossils and gems at this event.  Free mineral samples for teachers and students as well as activities for children.  9am – 5pm Free – 480 814-9086 or http://flaggmineralfoundation.org/event/45th-annual-flagg-gem-and-mineral-show/



Jan 6th – 23rd Annual Glendale’s Glitter & Glow Block Party – Glendale – Murphy Park – This is another “Valley of the Sun” tradition – The night glows with hot air balloons & 500,000 twinkling holiday lights.  This free event features more than a dozen bands performing all genres of music and several street performers.  Free.  4-10 pm, 623-930-2299 or http://www.glendaleaz.com/events



Jan 6th – 45th  Annual Polar Bear Day – Lake Havasu City – Nautical Inn Beach – No wimps allowed at this traditional Arizona event – and no wet suits either!  Earn your Polar Bear Patch by leaping into the lake!   Afterwards, warm up by the bonfire and enjoy a pot of hot soup to take the chill out of  your insides. $5.00 for swimmers, Group plunges at Noon, 12:30 pm and 1pm.   928-486-0106 or http://www.golakehavasu.com



Jan 7th – 10th Annual No Pants AZ Light Rail Ride – Phoenix Light Rail – Phoenix is once again taking part in this national/international event of pantslessness.  Per Improv AZ the rules for participating in this event are:

1) Willing to take pants off on light rail.

2) Able to keep a straight face about it.


Begins promptly at 1pm – For more info:  http://improvaz.com



Jan 7th – 31st Annual Resolution Run 5K – Phoenix – Papago Park – Join in on this traditional way to start the New Year off to a healthy start.   5K run and walk with age division winners in each – 9 am –  $35.00 – $40.00, 480-345-5752 or http://www.fieldworksevents.com/resolution-run/



Jan 11th – Jan 21st – Tucson Jazz Festival This festival is two-weeks long the centerpiece of which is the free daylong Downtown Jazz Fiesta on MLK day on two outdoor stages and other venues downtown. World-class jazz acts of genres from straight ahead to contemporary jazz are featured at the Fox and Rialto theatres and other venues in or near downtown. http://tucsonjazzfestival.org/



Jan 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 27th and 31st – 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. $55.00pp. Closed toed shoes are required. 8am – 1pm –  800 293-0071 or http://www.visityuma.com/visit-yuma-tours.html


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***Jan 12th – March 25th*** – 14th Annual Arizona Fine Art Expo – Scottsdale – Southwest corner of Jomax & Scottsdale Rd – Watch over 100 nationally acclaimed fine artisans working in a studio environment.  There will be hands-on art demonstrations and workshops, entertainment, a café and on weekends there will be musical entertainment, $10.00 for a season pass. 10 am – 6 pm, 480-837-7163 or http://www.ArizonaFineArtExpo.com



Jan 13th – Jan 14th – 26th Annual Litchfield Park  Native American Art Festival  – Litchfield Park – Litchfield Park Library – Acquaint or reacquaint yourself with authentic Native American art at this annual festival. This “real” Native American cultural experience features 100+ artists displaying katsina sculpture, pottery, weaving and more.  10 am – 5 pm Saturday & Sunday, 623-935-9040 or http://www.litchfield-park.org



Jan 13th – Jan 14th – 9th Annual Superstition Mountain Heritage Days – Apache Junction – Superstition Mountain Museum – Apacheland Remembered has non-stop entertainment, education and fun, including stuntmen, actors and Western entertainers who will tell stories of the adventures filming movies and television shows in Apacheland’s heyday.  $5.00pp 10 and under are free, 9am-  4pm.480-983-4888 or http://www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org



***Jan 13th – Mar 25th*** – 28th Annual Celebration of Fine Art  – Scottsdale – This is a unique experience in which you have the opportunity to meet and watch over 100 artists as they create their original works of art.  Located in the big white tents on Scottsdale Rd and Loop 101 Freeway. $10.00 – this is a season pass which is good for the duration of the 10 week show. 10 am – 6 pm, 480-443-7695 or http://www.celebrateart.com/



Jan 13th- Jan 21st –  47th Annual Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction – Scottsdale – WestWorld  – The rich and famous, as well as the not-so rich and famous, flock to Scottsdale to see the largest and most prestigious antique/classic car auction in the world.  This year will feature over 1,400 rare and exceptional vehicles including a 1966 Aston Martin, a 1963 Maserati, a 1914 Rolls Royce as well as American & European classic, sports & racing cars. 9 am – 10 pm, 480-421-6694 or http://www.barrett-jackson.com



Jan 18th – Bonhams Annual Scottsdale Car Sale – Scottsdale – Westin Kierland Resort & Spa At this event there will be exceptional motorcars for sale. http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23132/



Jan 18th – Jan 19th – 19th Annual RM Sotheby’s Car Auction – Phoenix – Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa – Although not as large as Barrett Jackson this auction features some of the world’s most influential automobiles.   800-211-4371 or http://www.rmsothebys.com



If there is an event that you think that we should know about email me atDavid@OnlineArizonaHomes.com or visit our Facebook page and post a comment.


Jan 19th – Jan 20th – Gooding and Company Scottsdale Auction – Scottsdale – Fashion Square – Offering for sale a collection of approximately 70 of the finest vintage and classic cars, $40 admission, $100 for auction catalogue and two admissions, viewing Wed -Fri 9 am – 6 pm, Sat 9:00 am -5:00 pm.   310-899-1960 or http://www.goodingco.com



Jan 19th – Jan 21st – 8th Annual Havasu Hot Air Balloon Festival & Fair – Lake Havasu State Park – Designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America! There will be at least 60 hot air balloons (with both tethered and untethered rides) night glows and spectacular mass ascensions. More than 150 vendors and entertainment acts scheduled along with children’s activities and a carnival. $15 for a 3 day pass, 6am – 9pm, 928- 486-7979 or http://www.golakehavasu.com or http://www.havasuballoonfest.com



Jan 19th – Jan 21st – 9th Annual Cave Creek Indian Market – Cave Creek – Art, live entertainment, celebrates the colorful history and rich heritage of the Southwest with a diverse gathering of Native American, Spanish and Southwestern fine artists and craftsmen, free, 10 am – 5 pm, 623-734-6526 or http://www.VermillionPromotions.com



Jan 19th – Jan 21st – 25th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival – Carefree – This festival features award-winning and renowned artists from throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Enjoy the live musical entertainment while sipping fine wines from around the world. $3, 10 am – 5 pm, 480-837-5637 or http://www.thunderbirdartists.com



Jan 20th – Dog Days in the Garden – Phoenix – Desert Botanical Gardens – Take advantage of this special opportunity to bring the whole family, dogs included, to the Garden. Go for a walk on Garden trails, meet other dog lovers, and heel for photo opportunities. Learn about local dog-related nonprofits, shop and enjoy samples with your pup, and experience hands-on, canine-themed activities. Don’t miss this tail-wagging good time! Garden admission rates plus $4.00/dog benefiting the Arizona Humane Society – This is from 8am – 2pm only  https://www.dbg.org/events/dogs-day-garden



Jan 20th – 8th Annual BrewHaHa – Flagstaff – High Country Conference Center – This annual event features more than 50 local, regional and western breweries and more than 40 different craft beers.  There will be live music, live comedy, hors-d’oeuvres and wine tastings. Benefits Habitat for Humanity of Flagstaff, $45.00 – $87.50, 2-6 pm, 888-512-7469 or http://www.flagstaffbrewhaha.com



Jan 20th – Jan 21st – 28th Annual High Noon Western Americana Antique Show and Auction – Mesa – Mesa Convention Center – See more than 150 quality Western Indian & Fine Art dealers displaying  fine Western art, boots, advertising,  Indian rugs and beadwork, Charro, Vaquero, historical firearms, Hollywood cowboy, western books & photography, historic & silver saddles, $10/day, http://www.highnoon.com



Jan 20th – Jan 21st – La Encantada Fine Art Festival  Tucson – La Encantada Shopping Center, 45 of the region’s finest artists showcase and sell their work, also free children’s art activities and live entertainment,  Free, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday  11 am – 4 pm, 520-797-3959 or https://www.saaca.org/laefineart.html.


If there is an event that you think that we should know about email me at David@OnlineArizonaHomes.com or visit our Facebook page and post a comment.


Jan 26th – Jan 28th – 7th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic – Goodyear – Goodyear Ball Park – Arizona’s premier hot air balloon race and festival, morning liftoffs, evening glows, live entertainment onstage, fireworks (Saturday only), family fun area with kid’s activities, exhibits, sampling and other attractions, $15 – children under 12 are free. http://www.abcfest.com/



Jan 27th – Winter Trout Fishing Derby – Litchfield Park – Tierra Verde Lake Park – Your chances of catching something are pretty good as the lake is stocked with more than 700 lbs of trout!  A license is not required for this event that includes food, prizes and giveaways.  $4 per pole 15 and under; $6 per pole 16 and over.  You must provide your own fishing equipment and bait.   7:30 am – 3 pm, http://www.litchfield-park.org



Jan 27th – Jan 28th –  27th Annual Military Vehicle Show – Tempe – Tempe Diablo Stadium – Includes military vehicles from WWI to Desert Storm, vehicle parts, tools, supplies & unique militaria, toys and art, food available, collectibles, $5, 9 am – 4 pm, 480-497-9722 or http://www.armytrucks.org



January 27th – February 10th – 65th 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/



January 29th – February 4th- 82nd 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. $40/day or ticket packages, 8 am – 6 pm, 602-870-0163 or http://wastemanagementphoenixopen.com


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