David Thomas, Realtor


Things to do in Arizona

Things To Do In Arizona – January 2017

sidebar (1)

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 on-going activities that span several months.  I hope that you will find some events to enjoy!


OK – it’s time for some shameless self-promotion.  I am a full-time real estate agent and I have been helping people to buy and sell real estate for over 30 years.  Please call me with any of your real estate needs.  My experience extends from the first time homebuyer to working with the savvy investor.  


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.


Jan 1st – 1st Day Hikes – There are 20 First Day Hikes going on at 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 4th – Jan 8th – 53rd 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



Jan 6th – Jan 8th – 45th 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://www.flagshow.info



Jan 6th – Jan 8th – London Bridge Renaissance Faire – Lake Havasu City – Lake Havasu State Park, Enjoy this old-fashioned Renaissance Faire with live combat fighting and jousting, archery, knife-throwing, games of skill, knighting ceremonies, Renaissance-type food, large beer garden, marketplace, music, dancing and more, Fri-Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm, 928-846-7093 or http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1038/



Jan 7th – 32nd 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 – 8 am –  $30.00, 480-345-5752 or http://www.runningmasters.net



Jan 7th – 22nd 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 7th – 44th  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. $8.00 for swimmers, Group plunges at Noon, 1pm and 2pm.   928-486-0106 or http://www.golakehavasu.com



Jan 8th – 9th 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



Farm to table vegetables at Agritopia Agritopia homes for SaleJan 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 21st, & 25th – 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. $50.00pp. Closed toed shoes are required. 8am – 1pm –  800 293-0071 or http://www.visityuma.com/field-to-feast-agriculture-tour.html



Jan 13th – Jan 15th – 25th Annual Litchfield Park  Native American Art Festival  – Litchfield Park – Litchfield Elementary School – Acquaint or reacquaint yourself with authentic Native American art at this annual festival. This “real” Native American cultural experience features 200 artists displaying katsina sculpture, pottery, weaving and more.   $10.00 per adult, 10 am – 5 pm Saturday – 10am – 4pm Sunday, 623-935-9040 or http://www.litchfield-park.org


Didn’t find anything of interest for this week – Check out the facebook page Things to do in Arizona for even more ideas and updates.



Jan 13th – Jan 15th – 7th Annual Havasu Hot Air Balloon Festival & Fair – Lake Havasu City – Nautical Inn Beach – 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, 6 am – 9pm, 928- 486-7979 or http://www.golakehavasu.com or http://www.havasuballoonfest.com



Jan. 13th – Jan 15th – 2nd Annual Sculpture and Wine Festival in Fountain Hills – Avenue of the Fountain – Enjoy the beautiful sculptures while sipping wine in this picturesque setting.  Free parking.  $3.00/pp 10am – 5pm daily  http://www.thunderbirdartists.com/



***Jan 13th – March 26th*** – 13th 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 14th – Jan 15th – 8th 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.  Free, 9am-  4pm.480-983-4888 or http://www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org



***Jan 14th – Mar 26th*** 27th 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 14th- Jan 22nd –  46th 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 1934 Packard Eight rumble seat coupe, a 1932 Rolls Royce Henley Roadster as well as American & European classic, sports & racing cars. 9 am – 10 pm, 480-421-6694 or http://www.barrett-jackson.com



Jan 19th – 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 19th – Jan 20th – 18th Annual Automobiles of Arizona 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



Jan 19th – Jan 22nd – 20th Annual Mitch Silver Car Auction – Fountain Hills – Ft. McDowell Casino – Come to look at and perhaps bid on over 600+ classic and antique cars being auctioned in the big tent.  Live entertainment Fri & Sat night, 10 am – 11 pm,  800-255-4485 or http://www.SilverAuctions.com



Jan 20th – Jan 21st – 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 20th – Jan 22nd – 6th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic – Phoenix, Fear Farm Sports Complex – 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 20th – Jan 22nd – 8th 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 20th – Jan 22nd – 24th 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. $5, ($1 donated to American Healing Arts Foundation), 10 am – 5 pm, 480-837-5637 or http://www.thunderbirdartists.com



Jan 21st – 6th Annual Gunfight at Old TombstoneSee the fastest gunfighters in the southwest, dressed in 1800’s costumes,compete head to head in fast drawhttp://www.oldpueblogunfighters.com/



Jan 21st – 7th 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, $40.00 – $85.00, 2-6 pm, 888-512-7469 or http://www.flagstaffbrewhaha.com



Jan 21st – Jan 22nd – 27th 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 21st – Jan 22nd – 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.



Jan 23rd – Jan 27th – 14th Annual Quilting in the Desert – Phoenix – Four Points Sheraton South Mountain – At this week-long event there will be educational seminar for quilters from beginners to advanced.  Learn from internationally recognized teachers as they present workshops in various quilting techniques.  Registration plus workshop fees apply, 9 am – 5 pm  480 874-3411 or http://www.quiltcamp.com



Jan 28th – 11th Annual Sun City West Clay Club “Pot Party” – Sun City West – Clay Club Area Beardsley Recreation Center – Pot Parties can be legal – at least this kind!  More than 50 local potters will be displaying and selling their unique one-of-a-kind, hand-built and wheel thrown pottery pieces.  You can also see demonstrations of wheel throwing and hand building pottery, free, 8 am – 2 pm, 623-544-6530


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 28th – 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 28th – 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 28th – Jan 29th –  26th 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


To sign up to receive this Newsletter click here.


That’s it folks, however, remember to go to my page Things to do in Arizona where I will be posting more fun events as they become available.   You can comment, add your own findings, review other people’s discoveries and most importantly don’t forget to click the “LIKE” button at the top of the page.


As always, if you or anyone you know has any real estate needs or questions, I would love to help out. I can be reached at 602 763-6363 or you can email me at David@OnlineArizonaHomes.com.


I hope that you have a very happy, healthy, fun-filled and prosperous 2017!





Archived Newsletters: