The 2018 Cheez-It Bowl at Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix will feature a matchup between the California Golden Bears and TCU Horned Frogs.
When: December 26th
Where: Chase Field; 401 E Jefferson St., Phoenix
More Info: FiestaBowl.org
Downtown Chandler Art Walk
The Downtown Chandler Art Walk is held on the third Friday of the month, year-round, from 6 to 10 p.m. Dozens of talented artists in a variety of media showcase their art along the sidewalks of Boston and San Marcos Streets. Live music in the park, free kids activities and free parking. A map can be printed from the website.
When: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday
Where: Historic Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
More Info: (480) 855-3539 or ChandlerArtWalk.com
Enjoy the spirit and culture of Greater Downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour more than 70 art galleries, venues, and related spaces. Get from place-to-place on a free shuttle, starting at the Phoenix Art Museum, or at major stops on each route. Print a map online and guide yourself or maps are also available at the Phoenix Art Museum.
When: Every first Friday of the month
Where: Downtown Phoenix
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
More Info: ArtLinkPhoenix.com
Movies at the Museum
Independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, typically followed by a discussion. First come, first seated.
When: Various dates, see website for more details.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: Vary, see website for more details.
Cost: FREE with museum admission
More Info: PhxArt.org
Gilbert Farmers Market
Located in the Heritage District of Downtown Gilbert, next to the historic water tower, this Farmers Market is full of local, one-of-a-kind growers, farmers and artisans. Pets are welcome and plenty of shade is available. Their multitude of vendors can be found on their website listed below.
When: Every Saturday morning
Where: 222 N. Ash St., Gilbert
Summer Hours: 8am - 12pm
More Info: GilbertFarmersMarket.com
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
This spectacular Broadway musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol, follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he takes a ghost-guided, eye-opening journey through his past, present and future to learn the importance of family & friendship. Filled with lively song and dance, stunning sets and costumes, it will leave you and yours wrapped in the joy of the season. You don’t want to miss this holiday classic of hope, love and redemption.
When: thru December 23rd; recurring weekly Thursday - Sunday
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts; 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Cost: $42 - $58 Adults / $25 Children
More Info: TempeCenterForTheArts.com
ILLUMINATION: SYMPHONY OF LIGHT
Back for its second year, the 25-minute spectacular drive-thru attraction will showcase unforgettable holiday icons and a breathtaking illuminated drive-thru tunnel set to festive music.
The North Phoenix’s location will introduce a new 100-foot-wide nativity scene, along with an expanded Holiday Boulevard Marketplace. This spacious area is a winter wonderland designed for shopping the latest artisanal gifts from local vendors, sipping hot cocoa, and snacking on funnel cakes, candy apples, brick-oven pizzas and other tasty treats.
This year, the Holiday Boulevard Marketplace will continue to offer free parking and free admission, and will now be open to the public without a ticket. An immersive winter wonderland for all ages, it will include impressive walk-thru ornaments, Elfie-selfie stations and a post office to write letters to our troops. It will also include paid experiences like Christmas-themed bounce houses for the kids, ornament and gingerbread decorating stations, and photos with Santa. A walk down Holiday Boulevard will be sure to put the entire family in a festive spirit and will create the perfect backdrop for holiday photos, cards and of course, a cherished social media post.
When: thru January 5th; recurring daily
Where: I-17 and Jomax Rd.; 27701 N. Black Canyon, Phoenix
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: $29 in advance
More Info: (480) 945-2229 or WorldOfIllumination.com
This Jurassic-sized adventure is sure to put a smile on the face of any dino fans. The brand new exhibit features a wide range of dino activities and playful learning. Head to their Jurassic build tables to construct your own LEGO dinosaur. Follow the instructions to build a Tyrannosaurus Rex or let your creativity run will and make your own LEGO creation!
Before you leave, don’t forget to get your picture taken with a huge LEGO T-Rex! Get ready to build, learn, laugh, and become a true dino explorer at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona.
When: thru December 31st; recurring daily
Where: Legoland Discovery Center; 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle Ste. 135, Tempe
Hours: See website for hours
Cost: Starting at $14.95 (online saver ticket)
More Info: (877) 526-3960 or Arizona.LegolandDiscoveryCenter.com
ENCHANTED ISLAND'S WINTER WONDERLAND EXPRESS
Hop aboard the Winter Wonderland Express Train to a Snow-Filled Enchanted Island with tons of fresh snow and sled riding. Visit Santa Claus at the North Pole each day and receive free hot cocoa and candy canes. Enjoy Christmas decorations, go sled riding and play in tons of fresh snow.
When: December 15th - December 16th; recurring daily
Where: Enchanted Island Amusement Park; 1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix
Hours: 10am - 7pm
Cost: See website
More Info: (602) 254-1200 or EnchantedIsland.com
Live Entertainment at Desert Ridge
A different set of performers entertains every week at the District Stage and the AMC Fountain Stage! There is seating, but you may bring your own chairs. There are plenty of both sit-down and fast food restaurants where you can get all kinds of good eats while you listen to the music.
When: Every Friday and Saturday, year-round
Where: Desert Ridge Marketplace, Loop 101 and Tatum Blvd.
Hours: 7pm, see website for weekly performers
More Info: ShopDesertRidge.com
Children and adults are invited to skate into the holiday spirit on the Westgate Entertainment District's outdoor rink featuring real ice!
Attendees of all skill levels can glide over 3,300 square feet of ice in the heart of Westgate at Fountain Park. Registration is not required and skating sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets and skate rentals will be available at the ticket booth located near the ice rink, including single-use and season passes.
When: thru January 13th; recurring daily
Where: Westgate Entertainment District; 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale
Cost: $15 (includes skate rental); $12 (bring your own skates); Toddlers $12 (includes double-blade skate rental); Military $12 (with proper ID); Season Pass $99 (includes admission + skate rental)
More Info: For more information and a daily schedule of operating hours, visit WestgateAZ.com.
Creature Feature And Wonders Of Wildlife Show At Out Of Africa Wildlife Park
Experience an interactive animal encounter, learn fun facts and about animal behavior in our ‘Creature Feature’ show. See a variety of unique and exotic animals playing and just being themselves in our ‘Wonders of Wildlife’ show.
Where: Out of Africa Wildlife Park, 3505 W. State Route 260, Camp Verde
Hours: See website for various dates and times
Cost: Included in admission
More Info: OutOfAfricaPark.com
Scottsdale ArtWalk is much like a large, easy-going open house for the Scottsdale Arts District located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale Downtown. "America’s Original ArtWalk", this weekly gathering takes place every Thursday evening (year-round, except Thanksgiving) when all member galleries belonging to the Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) open their doors to the public and show off the work of the Southwest’s outstanding artists. A 30-year tradition, the ArtWalk process is simple; proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries that capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and more. Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available from plentiful free parking areas nearby.
When: Recurring weekly on Thursday
Where: Various Galleries, 7100 East Main St., Scottsdale
Hours: 7pm - 9pm
More Info: ScottsdaleGalleries.com
PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL
The 2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl will be a matchup of the LSU Tigers and University of Central Florida Knights.
As you start planning your game-day experience, don't forget to start the festivities early by attending the Fiesta Bowl Fan Fest Pregame Party and the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade.
Please check the website for a game-day guide, including directions to State Farm Stadium.
When: January 1st
Where: State Farm Stadium; 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale
More Info: Fiestabowl.org
Meet Me Downtown Phoenix Social Walk/Run
Meet Me Downtown Phoenix is a weekly evening get-together designed to build healthy bodies, healthy businesses and a healthy Downtown. Every Monday join the community for a social walk/run through the heart of our city and, in the process, get fit, win prizes, shop local and make friends. Check in at Copper Blues from 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., then run/walk 3-5 miles or as far as you'd like. A route guide will be provided. After the walk/run, join them for closing ceremonies, incentive awards and prizes. Participants will get a stamp to receive discounts that night at select local restaurants.
When: Recurring weekly on Monday
Where: The Park Street Food Bar, 3 S 2nd St., Phoenix
More Info: MeetMeDowntownPhx.com
City Lights Movie Nights at CityScape Phoenix
On the second Friday of every month, guests are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs to watch a feature film on the big screen at the outdoor movie theater in Patriots Park. More than 1,200 guests attend each of these free, family friendly events that include giveaways, special-themed contests and prizes.
When: Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday
Where: CityScape Phoenix, One East Washington St., Phoenix
Hours: 6:30pm - 9pm
More Info: Check their Facebook for upcoming movies.
First Friday at DeSoto Central Market
Come celebrate Roosevelt Row's monthly Art Walk on First Fridays at DeSoto Central Market with tons of delicious food options, great drinks, a pop-up market, DJ tunes and local artwork!
When: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday
Where: Desoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 5pm - 9:30pm
More Info: (602) 680-7747 or DesotoCentralMarket.com
Glendale’s award-winning holiday lighting event has become a family tradition across the Greater Phoenix region and state. The stunning display of 1.5 million lights illuminates 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, making it the largest free holiday light display in Arizona.
When: thru January 12th; recurring daily
Where: Downtown Glendale; 58th and Glendale Ave., Glendale
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
More Info: GlendaleAZ.com
McDonald's Rock'n'Roll Car Show at the Pavilions
Celebrating over 20 years as the longest consistently run car show! This Rock'n'Roll McDonald's in Scottsdale is the perfect destination to see classic cars and motorcycles in a free, open-air event, complete with 50's era music provided by Party Time DJ's. An average night showcases anywhere from 250 to 500 cars and up to 150 motorcycles.
When: Ongoing weekly on Saturdays
Where: The Pavilions at Talking Stick Shopping Center, Talking Stick Way & Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
Hours: 4pm - 8pm
More Info: ThePavilionsAtTalkingStick.com or (480) 443-0080
Street Food Saturdays & Caravan Café
Enjoy up to 15 of the Valley's top gourmet food trucks in one location. Picnic seating available or lounge in our comfy Caravan Tent. Guaranteed private tables are available for rental (seat 6 for just $20 a night). Cool misters in the summer, heated in the winter. After dinner, join us for dessert at the NEW Caravan Cafe. Sweet after dinner treats and NEW "action" food stations. Healthcentric options available every Saturday night. Please check in with concierge.
When: Every Saturday night
Where: 5th Ave. and Goldwater, Scottsdale
Hours: 6:30pm - 10:30pm for Street Food, 7:30pm - 10:30pm for Caravan Café
More Info: FoodTruckCaravan.com
2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Bring the family to downtown Mesa for 2nd Friday Night Out featuring 60 or more artists showcasing original artwork, food vendors, and downtown Mesa shops that stay open late. You can also expect to hear live music and find activities geared towards the kids. It's a monthly block party with a different theme each month.
When: Second Friday of every month
Where: Along Main Street, between Center and Country Club in downtown Mesa. The information booth is located on Main and MacDonald.
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
More Info: See 2ndFridayNightOut.com for monthly theme.
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COSMIC PLAYGROUND EXPERIENCE AT THE ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER
Arizona Science Center will inspire and delight creators, climbers and space-lovers of all ages with the opening of the Cosmic Playground experience.
Guests can climb, slide, and explore the galaxy in a unique all-ages play space made almost entirely of household packing tape, and participate in an array of space-themed activities while immersed in cosmic light, sound and motion.
This unique space-inspired, crawlable community art installation will feature three distinct space-inspired play structures, or TapeScapes. Visitors to Cosmic Playground can climb a tunnel of stars, slide into a wormhole, and travel through a black hole—all artfully made from packing tape. Explorers can spin like planets in SPUN chairs, bounce across Mars on Space Hopper bouncing balls, let loose in the Milky Way Ball Pit or take an Astronaut Selfie. While on their space-themed journey, guests can leap from planet to planet across our solar system and participate in daily activities and demos in the Aspiring Astronaut Station led by Arizona Science Center’s Blue Crew team of science interpreters.
Cosmic Playground is a shoe-free environment. Guests must wear clean socks or purchase a pair at the Center for $1 (while supplies last). The experience is ADA accessible.
When: thru January 13th; recurring daily
Where: Arizona Science Center; 600 E Washington St., Phoenix
Hours: 10am - 5pm
Cost: Members $3.95, Non-Members $4.95 (In addition to general admission costs)
More Info: (602) 716-2066 or AZScience.org
NOON YEAR'S EVE AT THE PHOENIX ZOO
It’s Noon Year’s Eve at the Phoenix Zoo—a fun-packed party for the whole family that comes 12 hours early. Celebrate the New Year with 30 tons of snow, live music and games. The event comes to a close with a special cider toast for the kids to ring in the New Year!
When: December 31st
Where: Phoenix Zoo / Arizona Center for Nature Conservation
455 N. Galvin Parkway Papago Park, Phoenix
Hours: 9am - 12pm
Cost: Activities included with zoo admission.
More Info: (602) 286-3800 or PhoenixZoo.org
DARCI LYNNE AND FRIENDS LIVE
Darci Lynne won the hearts of America with her undeniable talent and AGT win. The multitalented thirteen-year-old and her friends Petunia, the divaesque rabbit, Oscar, the shy and soulful mouse and Edna, the brash old woman, sold out their first headlining show in just six minutes.
Her polished, impeccable skill as a ventriloquist at such a young age is jaw dropping and sure to inspire the next generation to keep the craft alive, but when she sings, her voice leaves her audiences breathless. Recently Darci was invited to sing the National Anthem at the OKC Energy FC Soccer game where AGT fans heard Darci Lynne sing without a puppet. She then went on to open for Fergie at Caesar’s Palace on New Year’s Eve.
Darci’s opening act is the extraordinary family band, Pelican 212. The band consists of brothers and sisters that honed their skills performing on the sidewalks of Nashville, New Orleans and Pensacola. The group features twelve-year-old trumpet playing identical twins Max and Kolbe, along with siblings Angelle, Marie, Giovanni, Mollie and their oldest sister Katie, who taught many of her younger siblings how to play their instruments. Their mission is to bring generations together through the joy of music, playing songs from the Four Tops, The Jackson 5, The Monkees and James Brown. The horn section has their own feisty version of “When The Saints Go Marching In” echoing their New Orleans ties. Pelican 212 performed at the 2017 Liberty Ball and have been seen on NBC’s “Little Big Shots” and “America’s Got Talent.”
When: January 13th
Where: Comerica Theatre; 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix
More Info: ComericaTheatre.com
Melrose Third Thursday
Merchants along 7th Avenue in uptown Phoenix, between Camelback and Indian School Rd, invite patrons the 3rd Thursday of every month to a celebration running during the day and into the evening hours. Featured attractions are food trucks posted along 7th Ave, local businesses with extended operating hours, music, vendors, crafts, and family-friendly fun.
Specific businesses open only on the third Thursday of the month sell inventory at deep discounts, and other businesses feature sales and specials dedicated to the day. Find a map and more information on the website.
When: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday
Where: Merchants in the Melrose area between Camelback and Indian School Rd along 7th Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 12pm - 8pm
More Info: Melrose3rdThursday.com
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