Arizona Beer Week
Feb. 7-16, Multiple Locations Around Phoenix
Nine years later and Arizona Beer Week is still going strong! It’s a weeklong celebration of Arizona craft beer, featuring more than 200 events across the state, each hosted by individual breweries, craft beer bars, hotels or restaurants. Individual events include beer tastings, education behind the scenes, pairing dinners and much more. Visit the website for details on all the week’s 200-plus events. Times and ticket prices vary. www.arizonabeerweek.com.
Corks & Cactus
Feb 9-10, Desert Botanical Garden
Boutique wines and desert beauty blend at this two-day event. The beautiful Desert Botanical Garden will act as a backdrop as you sample, sip and savor your way through boutique wines. There will be 40 different wines available to sample each day to the sounds of talented musical entertainment, with food for purchase. Mix and mingle with representatives from a variety of wineries and purchase your favorite wines from your tastings by the bottle or by the case at the Garden’s Wine Retail Store. 1-4:30 p.m. General admission, $45 per day; Garden members, $40 per day. www.dbg.org.
Arizona Renaissance Festival
Feb. 9-28, Festival Village
Don’t miss all of the raucous revelry of the Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 14-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast — all rolled into one incredible family adventure. This unique outdoor event combines entertainment and wares reminiscent of what would have been experienced in a 16th century European village market. Walk through the gates to be transported back in time. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Discount tickets are $26 for adults, and $16 for children 5-12 when purchased at Fry’s Food stores; children under 5 are free. www.arizona.renfestinfo.com.
Arizona Strong Beer Festival
Feb. 9, Indian Steele Park
Cheers! The Arizona Strong Beer Festival is back and serving up samples from over 150 Arizona-based and national breweries. Although strong beers (those with high alcohol content) are the focus of the offerings at this festival, a large variety of craft beers, as well as specialty styles, will also be available. Because food and beer just naturally go together, there will be plenty of top-notch food vendors on-site, all serving up tasty eats to go with your brew. Each ticket holder will receive a commemorative tasting cup and drink tickets. VIP, 11:30 a.m.; GA, 1:30 p.m. Tickets start at $60. www.arizonabeerweek.com.
Grilled Cheese Festival
Feb. 9-10, Festival Area at Horse Lovers Park
Get ready for ooey, gooey fun as top chefs from around the Valley are pitted against each other in a grilled cheese competition like no other. Taste from each chef’s very own gourmet grilled cheese recipe, while live bands play. In addition to delicious and awesome gourmet between-bread eats, there will be craft beer, wine and other liquor pop-up experiences. This event is family-friendly with free admission for anyone up to 12 years old. Noon. VIP, $30 (access to VIP bar and restrooms); GA, $15. www.rockthefork.com/grilled-cheese-festival.
Feb. 14-17, Symphony Hall
While the story of The Firebird stems from a classic Russian tale, this passionate, romantic version from Ib Andersen reimagines the story that transports the audience into a futuristic world of love, fantasy and escapism. The Firebird unfolds in a dreamlike setting, where the warriors, monsters and aliens combine to create an otherworldly experience unlike any other performance presented by Ballet Arizona, with La Sylphide choreography by August Bournonville. Experience the fire and fantasy that is The Firebird, set to music by The Phoenix Symphony. Prices and ticket prices vary. www.balletaz.org.
Celebrity Game Night
Feb. 15, The Van Buren
Celebrities as well as current and former professional athletes will gather at this second annual event to raise funds and awareness for Treasure House, a supportive living environment for young adults with developmental disabilities. Hosted by Hall of Fame Quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda, the event will honor legendary Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The Van Buren will be converted into a giant game room full of favorites, such as giant Jenga, pop-a-shot, air hockey and more. The event will also include a special VIP Reception with Kurt and Larry where attendees will have an opportunity to rub elbows and take photos with the two legendary Phoenix sports figures. 6:30 to 9 p.m. General admission, $300; VIP, $1,000. www.treasurehouse.org/gamenight.
Street Eats Food Truck Festival
Feb. 16-17, Salt River Fields of Talking Stick
Start your engines and race on down for the biggest food truck event in town. Over 55 food trucks will sell an incredible array of tasty offerings, with every menu including a $2 sample. The event will feature live bands, lawn games, eating contests, a local vendor marketplace, a kid’s zone, cooking classes and more. 11 a.m.-6p.m. General admission, $12 in advance and $15 at the gate; VIP, $65; children 12 and under, free. www.streeteatsaz.com.
Devour Bartending Competition
Feb. 17, Portland Parkway Park
Kick off Devour Week and celebrate the best of local cocktail culture at the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition. Attendees can root for their favorite bartenders from the Devour Phoenix Coalition of restaurants, as they sip on their competition creations. Facing a celebrity lineup of judges and armed with a selection of Arizona’s best locally distilled spirits, local bartenders will be up on stage shaking it up to take the title as Arizona’s Star Bartender. 3-6 p.m. $40. www.devourphoenix.com.
Seven Chefs Dinner
Feb. 17, The Gladly
Join the James Beard-hosted “Arizona Seven” for a one-night-only dining event at award-winning restaurant, The Gladly. This year’s Seven Chefs Dinner will feature seven great local chefs working together to bring you a once-in-a-lifetime meal paired with their favorite vineyard collections. A uniquely intimate, yet over-the-top dining event, you’ll enjoy a farm-fresh feast paired with fine Arizona wines all served by some of Arizona’s top chefs. 4-7 p.m. Tickets start at $175. www.devourphoenix.com.
13th annual Dancing with the Stars Arizona
Feb. 22, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa
Local celebrities and celebrated professional dancers collide on stage at the 13th Annual Dancing with the Stars Arizona celebration, all to raise funds and awareness to help fight kidney disease throughout the state. The friendly dance competition has raised more than $6 million, providing vital education and life-saving patient aid programs to those in need. Funds raised by Dancing with the Stars Arizona allow the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona to continue life-saving patient aid and organ donation advocacy programs throughout Arizona. 7 p.m. Individual tickets, $500. www.azkidney.org.
Arizona Matsuri: Festival of Japan
Feb. 23-24, Heritage Square and Science Park
Immerse yourself in the splendor, elegance and traditions of Japanese culture at this year’s Arizona Matsuri: Festival of Japan. This awe-inspiring event features Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s activities, bonsai displays, Japanese food, a Japanese beer and sake garden, games and contests, and live entertainment on four stages throughout Heritage & Science Park in Downtown Phoenix. Expect a great experience for the whole family. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.azmatsuri.org.
MUSE: Simulation Theory World Tour
Feb. 26, Talking Stick Resort Arena
It’s Muse’s neon night world, we’re just ready to rock in it. Earlier this year, Muse announced its must anticipated Simulation Theory World Tour and now the group is headlining Talking Stick Resort Arena. Past tours included flying drones in stadium arenas, a 360-degree rotating stage and an interactive pyramid. While we don’t know what theatrical experience the band will unleash upon fans this time, we do know it’ll be a rockin’ good time. 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
Worlds of Wonder
Feb. 28-Mar. 3, Herberger Theater
Produced by Center Dance Ensemble, Worlds of Wonder is an imaginative spellbinding performance of new and old works. The first act is based on Creation, choreography by CDE Assistant Artistic Director, Diane McNeal Hunt; Amber Robins and guest artist, Nicole Olson. Next, you’ll be treated to the raw and fascinating Rite of Spring, choreographed and set to Stravinsky’s magnificent score. It’s a performance sure to leave you breathless. Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.. Ticket prices vary. www.herbergertheater.org.
Arizona Opera Presents Silent Night
Mar. 1-3, The Phoenix Symphony
The Great War rages. It is 1914 and Europe has descended into darkness as British, French, and German soldiers agree to a truce across the trenches. On one quiet night, thousands of soldiers briefly put aside their weapons and met one another face-to-face in no man’s land. Based on inspiring true events, this Pulitzer Prize-winning show lands at Arizona Opera and explores the human cost of war and the ultimate price of peace. Sung in five languages with a heart-wrenching score, this interwoven story is a modern masterpiece not to be missed. Times and prices vary. www.azopera.org.