With over 300 days of sunshine, there is never nothing to do in Phoenix.  Here is a list of Phoenix Arizona events, that will solidify your decision to call this desert diamond home.

January

Barrett-Jackson Antique Auto Auction

Westworld of Scottsdale • 480-663-6697 • www.barrett-jackson.com/events/scottsdale/
Six days of high energy auctions featuring vintage and rare cars. Begun in 1971 in Scottsdale and celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011 Barrett-Jackson Auction Company specializes in providing products and services to collector car owners astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts worldwide. Named one of the top 100 “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Magazine in 2010 Barrett-Jackson produces “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.”

 

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

University of Phoenix Stadium • 480-350-0911 • www.fiestabowl.org
The Fiesta Bowl recently celebrated 40 years hosting the top college football teams of the Big 12 Conference and is commonly regarded as one of the top bowl games in the nation.

 

PF Chang’s Rock’n’Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Phoenix Scottsdale and Tempe • 800-311-1255 • https://arizona.competitor.com
More than 30000 runners participated in 2011 Rock’n’Roll Arizona Marathon. The following rock concert was headlined by hit band Vertical Horizon.

 

FEBRUARY

PGA Waste Management Phoenix Open

TPC Scottsdale • 602-870-0163 • www.wastemanagementphoenixopen.com
Hosted by the Phoenix Thunderbirds PGA’s WM Phoenix Open marked its 76th event play in 2011 making it one of the five oldest non-championship events on the PGA tour. The 2011 WM Phoenix Open champion was Mark Wilson.

 

World Golf Championships—Accenture Match Play Championship

Ritz-Carlton GC Dove Mountain Marana • 520-571-0400 • www.worldgolfchampionships.com
First launched in 1999 and held in Carlsbad Calif. the Accenture Match Play Championship moved to sunny Marana Ariz. just an hour south of Phoenix in 2007. Now played at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain past winners since moving have included Henrik Stenson Tiger Woods Geoff Ogilvy and Ian Poulter.

 

Arizona Renaissance Festival

12601 East Highway 60 • 520-463-2700 • www.royalfaires.com/arizona/
Relive days gone past at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. This Festival transports visitors to an European-style country fair filled with an agreeable rabble of knights rogues royalty and craftsmen all roaming throughout a 30-acre charm-filled village with 200 quaint shops 12 stages of non-stop entertainment an arena for full-contact armored jousting kitchens pubs and people-powered games and rides.

 

MARCH

Cactus League Baseball

Various Venues • 480-270-5000 • www.cactusleague.com
For decades Arizona has hosted Major League Baseball spring training promising an incredible month of sunshine scenic beauty and warm hospitality paired with America’s favorite pastime.

 

Circle K Tempe Music Festival

Tempe • 480-970-3378 • www.tempemusicfestival.com
This annual event features local and nationally acclaimed bands together for two days of live music with food vendors and more on the shores of Tempe Town Lake.

 

Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire

Fountain Hills • 480-837-5637 • www.thunderbirdartists.com/festivals.htm
Presented by Thunderbird Artists and the Sunset Kiwanis of Fountain Hills the Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire is three days of fine art fine wine and fine musical entertainment.

 

APRIL

Arizona Asian Festival

Mesa • www.aaaa-az.org
This festival—which is free and open to the public features ethnic cuisine arts and crafts and such diverse entertainment as martial arts demonstrations cultural dances and music from nearly a dozen Asian countries.

 

Maricopa County Home Shows

Various Venues • 602-485-1691 • www.maricopacountyhomeshows.com
These events show the latest and greatest in home improvement. The largest home shows in the state they have helped the industry thrive for the past 19 years.

 

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Scottsdale • 480-945-7193 • www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org
First begun in 1978 the Scottsdale Culinary Festival is a fabulous opportunity for expanding one’s culinary horizons and also a way to give back to local arts programs and the community at large.

 

MAY

Arizona Special Olympics Summer Games

Various Venues • 602-230-1200 • www.specialolympicsarizona.org
Special Olympics Arizona is made up of passionate committed individuals from every walk of life who recognize the value and unique gifts of people with intellectual disabilities. And who together share the common belief in dignity equality and opportunity for ALL people.

 

Queen Creek Peach Festival

Queen Creek • 480-987-3100 • www.peachfestival.net
This annual event which is free to the public affords attendees to pick their own peaches and hosts such activities as a sampling tents a peach-themed breakfast and a pie-eating contest.

 

Cinco de Mayo

Various Venues
This special event which is a national holiday in Mexico but also is celebrated through the southwestern United States commemorates the Battle of Pueblo when on May 5 1862 Mexican army units defeated a French army twice their size. Independent special events are conducted on and around May 5 every year throughout the region.

 

JUNE

Grand Canyon State Games

Tempe • 480-517-9700 • www.gcsg.org
The Grand Canyon State Games is a multi-sport Olympic Festival for Arizona amateur athletes of all ages and abilities. The Games is organized by the Arizona Sports Council and is affiliated with 47 other state games throughout the United States. It is sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee through the National Congress of State Games. The Games seeks to provide Arizonans with an avenue for personal development through sports. In 2010 over 30000 Arizonans participated.

 

Downtown Chandler Art Walk

Chandler • www.downtownchandlerartwalk.com
The Art Walk is a monthly event that provides a fun family atmosphere where you can browse the many different types of art available from our talented artists. It’s a great opportunity to visit all of the unique establishments in downtown Chandler and hear live music from local talent.

 

JULY

Mighty Mud Mania

Scottsdale • 480-312-2771 • www.scottsdaleaz.gov/MightyMudMania
Mighty Mud Mania has been held since then as the culminating activity of all the Scottsdale Parks and Recreation summer programs.

 

Freedom Wireless Phoenix Fourth

Phoenix • www.phoenix.gov/PARKS/jlymain.html
Phoenix’s premier Independence Day family event it will feature great local entertainment a giant misting area to cool off inflatable rides three stages of entertainment a Classic Car exhibit and one of the biggest fireworks displays in the state! Festivalgoers also can enjoy food and beverage vendors.

 

AUGUST

Arizona Home & Building Expo

Phoenix • 602-277-6045 • https://azbigmedia.com/hbe/arizona-home-building-expo
Arizona’s longest running home and building expo the two-day event features countless home-related items such as kitchen amenities outdoor products pools flooring solar and more.

 

Arizona Cardinals Football

Glendale • 602-379-0102 • www.azcardinals.com
August marks the beginning of preseason for the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team. Home games are played at University of Phoenix Stadium.

 

SEPTEMBER

CopperCon

Avondale • www.casfs.org/cucon/
For fans of science fiction fantasy and horror media as well as hard and speculative science the CopperCon science fiction convention is the premiere meeting place.

 

Ballet Under the Stars

Various Venues • 602-381-1096 • www.balletaz.org
Free and open to the public Ballet Under the Stars allows Arizonans to enjoy dance in a unique outdoor setting complete with a stage lighting costumes and beautiful Arizona weather.

 

Arizona Fall Frenzy

Tempe Beach Park • www.arizonafallfrenzy.com
A three-day event featuring premiere recording artists and musical acts food vendors and more.

 

OCTOBER

Arizona State Fair

State Fairgrounds • 602-252-6771 • www.azstatefair.com
First envisioned in 1884 hundreds of thousands of residents from across the state now flock to the fair each year to enjoy its foods exhibits and entertainment.

 

Mesa Storytelling Festival

Mesa • 480-644-6500 • www.mesaartscenter.com
The Mesa Storytelling Festival is considered one of the best in the country. Fun for the whole family two-day Festival celebrates the art of storytelling a love of reading and the power of imagination through outdoor storytelling concerts and storytelling workshops.

 

Scottsdale Cycling Festival

Scottsdale • 480-538-2541 • www.scottsdalecyclingfestival.com
This event includes the Criterium at DC Ranch and El Tour de Scottsdale and hosts hundreds of professional and amateur cycling enthusiasts from around the world.

 

NOVEMBER

Arizona International Car Show

Phoenix • 717-671-4300 • www.motortrendautoshows.com/phoenix/
A display of new-model cars from around the world. Hosted at the Phoenix Convention Center.

 

Fantasy of Lights

Tempe • www.millavenue.com
The Fantasy of Lights is held every year to celebrate the coming holiday season. Festivities include a parade a tree lighting ceremony and the arrival of Santa Claus.

 

DECEMBER

Zoolights

Phoenix Zoo • 602-273-1341 • www.phoenixzoo.org
ZooLights is one of the largest holiday light shows in the southwest with 2.5 million lights hundreds of custom lighted animal displays carousel rides camel rides wagon rides and more.

 

Insight Bowl

Sun Devil Stadium • www.fiestabowl.org/index.php/insight/
The Insight Bowl annual football game which is played at Sun Devil Stadium pits the third pick from the Big 12 Conference and the third or fourth pick from the Big Ten Conference. This two-conference face-off features hard-hitting action.

 

Holiday Concerts and Shows

Various Venues
The Valley of the Sun hosts a huge variety of other entertainment and celebrations during the holiday season.

 

Gilbert Art Walk

Downtown Gilbert
Local artists set up booths to display their work. Community booths and children’s activities. Free admission.