Through Jan. 6, OdySea
It may not be snowing in Phoenix, but Odysea is bringing a little bit of a winter wonderland into the heart of the Valley’s coolest aquarium. Strap on a pair of skates and glide around on one of the largest ice rinks in the area. Kids will love skating alongside popular mascots and enjoy evening showings of The SnowGirls Holiday Revue, an icy experience straight from the heart of Las Vegas. Learn and watch some of the area’s top figure skating talent and professional skaters, enjoy train rides, holiday photo ops, s’more roasting, drinks, an outdoor fire pit and more. Prices Vary. www.odysea.com.
Jan. 9, Comerica Theatre
The YouTube and Instagram sensation lands in Phoenix and the appearance is sure to excite comedy lovers and video gamers alike. Here, you’ll find some hilarious gaming videos, original comedy sketches, animated parodies, and other bits of gamer entertainment. Specializing in the Let’s Play style of video series, commonly of survival horror video games, Markplier is a new breed of celebrity, for a new generation of game lovers. 8 pm. Starting at $38.50. www.comericatheatre.com.
Jan. 10, The Van Buren
More than a decade later, Marilyn Manson still puts on a show that rocks and shocks. The artist, singer and performer leaps to the stage of The Van Buren, ready with heart-stopping vocals and feet-stomping riffs. Known for his outlandish makeup, stunning costumes and theatrical attitude, this ’90s icon will take you back to a day when gothic ruled the airwaves. 8 pm. $60-$65. www.thevanburen.com.
Jan. 12-13, The Phoenix Symphony
This is a special symphonic treat from world-renowned conductor, Tito Munoz and mezzo-soprano, Jennifer Johnson. Revel in the climatic journey of Brahms personal discovery as he navigates the murky waters of his first symphony – while escaping the shadow of his mentor, Beethoven. The result is a true delight for the ears and the heart. Times vary. Starting at $23. www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Jan. 12-Feb. 10, Arizona Broadway Theatre
The paddle-steamer Cotton Blossom will never be the same again as it sets sail on the mighty Mississippi in this tale of intrigue and deception. Be transported into another world as this powerful story sweeps you down South and transports you into a world of love and loyalty. Featuring a memorable cast of characters and the popular folk songs, Ol’ Man River and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (of Mine), you’ll love this delightful musical, performed by the talented crew at the Arizona Broadway Theatre. Times vary. Starting at $44. www.azbroadway.org.
Jan. 13-15, Cityscape
One of the Valley’s most popular marathons and 1/2 marathons is back and bigger than ever. Perfect for the hard-core marathon runner or for the fun run type (try out the 5K, 1-mile run or the kids rock event), participants will enjoy live bands every half mile, local cheer teams and themed water stations throughout the track. This year, the full marathon starts from Downtown Phoenix at CityScape and the 1/2 marathon starts from downtown Tempe. Don’t miss this fast and fun race to the finish line. 7:45 am. Starting at $19.99. www.runrocknroll.com.
Jan. 17-21, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Locally owned Russo and Steele is back with one of the Valley’s most exciting car auctions. Kicking off Arizona car week, this popular auction will feature an auction in the round format with five days and more than 800 cars crossing the block. It will also showcase more than 130 vendors, a food court-style seating area for the Food Truck Showcase, and a jumbotron streaming the live auction. Race, zoom or vroom down to this fun event for car enthusiasts and novices alike. Times vary. General admission, $30; auction, $200. www.russoandsteele.com.
Jan. 19-21, Phoenix Symphony Hall
After a smashingly successful fourth studio album and second PBS Special, Under One Sky, this Canadian trio (with multiple No. 1 Billboard Classical Crossover albums) is making an appearance at Symphony Hall. Known for their fun blend of contemporary pop and classical music, the JUNO award-winning vocal group – consisting of Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters and Clifton Murray – will delight you with pop culture favorites like Lean on Me, You Are So Beautiful, Hallelujah, and Besame Mucho. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Starting at $30. www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Jan. 20-21, Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater
You don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy this fun, food-filled festival. Featuring vegetarian food companies, restaurants, and health and wellness vendors from across the Valley, this totally meat-free event will leave you feeling full and satisfied no matter what the ingredients are. Browse thousands of vegan and vegetarian restaurants along with health and wellness vendors, vegetarian/animal welfare information tables, and live entertainment and activities throughout the day. Fill up at this unique food festival – and feel great after. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. One day, $20; both days, $50. www.azvegfoodfest.com.
Jan. 20, Patriots Park at CityScape
Do you love everything breakfast and everything lunch? Then you will love this mashup of brunch with bloody marys, Benedicts and beach chairs. Attendees can expect live acoustic music performances, a pancake sampling station, a cereal bar, a Sunset Lounge area for VIP guests and a sunset champagne toast. Come dressed ready for the beach as the park will be transformed into a decadent desert island. Noon-6 pm. $8 online; $12 at the door. www.brunchbashaz.com.
Jan. 24-Feb. 25, Herberger Theater Center
Weight loss is never easy – unless you are surrounded by people that are in the same boat. Welcome to Cook’s Women’s Gym, the perfect setting to dish on exercise, recipes, weight loss, friendship and love. Laugh along with the four women of this raucous musical, as you clap, dance and get inspired by their weight loss journey. You might even laugh off a few pounds. Times and prices vary. www.herbergertheater.org.
Jan. 25, Comerica Park
Funny man and big screen star, Adam Sandler, lands in Phoenix ready to tickle your funny bone. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in some of Hollywood’s funniest movies as well as founded Happy Madison Products, a filn and TV production company. Here he’ll showcase his comedic talent for one night only. Don’t miss this hilarious good time with the king of kitschy humor. 7:30 pm. Starting at $49.50. www.livenation.com.
Jan. 26, Comerica Theatre
It’s a Motown, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winning double header featuring The Temptations (known for hits like My Girl, Ain’t Too Proud and Just My Imagination), and The Four Tops, famous for songs such as I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch). This collaboration between some of Motown’s hottest groups will leave you clapping your hands and singing to old favorites all night long. 8 pm. $49.50. www.comericatheatre.com.
Jan. 27, The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
It’s a Saturday just for the kids! Connect2STEM, brought to you by the University of Arizona, will focus on inspiring kids to love science and technology. With fun and educational activity zones for kids age 4 to 16, this event is a great way to get your kids to learn while playing. Some highlights include the Wildcat Play Hospital, DaVinci Surgery Robot and the Wildcat Water Lab. Kids will learn about outer space, water conservation and gain more knowledge about animal anatomy. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. www.phoenixmed.arizona.edu.
Jan. 27-28, Heritage Square
Reds, whites and rose, oh my! With four wine growing regions in the state, this festival highlights the growing varietals that make up Arizona. Taste through 30 different wineries, showcasing more than 150 wine varietals. Try your favorites by the glass, bottle or buy yourself a case. The event will also feature music, a small selection of vendors, and an auction on Saturday. Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starting at $15. www.arizonawine.org.
Jan. 29-Feb. 4, Tournament Players Club Scottsdale
The Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the biggest, most legendary events in Phoenix and has been called out for being unlike any other golf tournament in the world. From the 16,000 people that flock to the 16th hole on Saturday, to the massive musical acts planned for the Bird’s Nest each night, the Greatest Show on Grass, as people call it, is the must-attend event of the season. Times and prices vary. www.phoenixopen.com.
Feb. 3, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
The amazing marquee black-tie event returns for its eight year. All funds raised during the star-studded night will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter for care, research and support of those who have Alzheimer’s. This incredible evening will feature a silent and a live auction, a delicious dinner, dancing and live musical performances. Guests will have the chance to give back while enjoying the festivities of one of the best galas of the year. 5:30 pm. $250. www.act.alz.org.
Feb. 3, Arizona Science Center
Every year, the Arizona Science Center brings together Phoenix’s most generous donors for an evening of excitement to raise funds and awareness for the center’s mission-critical children’s STEM educational programs. Guests will view never-before-seen artifacts exclusive to gala attendees and experience the POMPEII exhibition. The night of fun will also feature cocktails, dinner and dancing under the Pompeii night sky in the Dorrance Planetarium. 6 p.m. $500. www.azscience.org