2017 January Arizona top events and a Happy MLK Day to all

Vote on your favorite January Arizona festivals events, celebrations and top things to do in the state.  Here are some of the highlighted events in 2017 across the state last January.  Select your favorite and vote on it in the comments section.

And Happy MLK Day!

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Second Friday in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission.

Gilbert Winter Walk Gilbert, Arizona at Water Tower Plaza in January

Mystic Messengers Winter Psychic Fair

Casa Grande in the Alley

Mesa Fine Festival

Mesa, Arizona at Village Square at Dana Park

Spirit of Yuma Military Festival

Yuma, Arizona at Historic Downtown Yuma
Annual event honoring active and retired service personnel. Historic photographs, speakers and presentations plus vending agents of all varieties.

Glendale Glitter and Glow Block Party

Glendale, Arizona at Downtown Glendale, Murphy Park

Litchfield Park Native American Fine Arts Festival

Litchfield Park, Arizona at Litchfield Elementary School grounds

Arizona Bach Festival
Bach lovers attend concerts at various venues in Phoenix.
In 2017

Arizona Derby Dames

Arizona National Horse Show
Arizona’s largest livestock show. Exhibits and competitions. Held at WestWorld in Scottsdale.
In 2017: January 9 – 13

Arizona Songwriters Gathering

Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show

Aviation Day at the Capitol

The Bard’s New Yeare
An outdoor mini-festival featuring a Juggling Jester, Shakespearean vignettes & song, Renaissance music, stilt-walkers. Held with Second Friday’s Ye Olde Main Street Renaissance Faire with music, artist booths, costume contests and food along Main Street in Downtown Mesa.

Birds ‘n’ Beer
Birds ‘n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature.

Buckeye Days
Music, dancing, poker, gunfights, rodeo, bbq dinner, kids area, rodeo, chili cookoff and more.

Canyon Music Festival
More than 50 Christian bands and musicians. Grand Canyon University, Phoenix.

Carefree Fine Arts and Wine Festival

Cave Creek Balloon Festival
Hot air balloons, live music and family entertainment.

Celebration of Fine Arts and Scottsdale Crafts 
Scottsdale hosts artists from Arizona in its big white tents.

Chandler Free Concert Series

Chandler Multicultural Festival
Food, music, dance, displays, storytellers and more at the Chandler Public Library.

Circus Vargas

A traditional, family-friendly circus (no animals) with its own circus tent, clowns, magic acts, aerial and other amazing feats. Held all over the place!

Community Cinema
Free movie and post-show discussion, presented by City of Mesa Office of Diversity, City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board, Mesa Arts Center, ITVS Community Cinema and Eight Arizona PBS. Dobson Lecture Hall at Mesa Arts Center. Free.

Concerts in the Park
Bring a lawn chair to the Gazebo at Veterans Memorial Park. 4 p.m. Free. Apache Junction.

Coyotes Carnival
Join your favorite Coyotes players, coaches and broadcasters for a day of outdoor fun and games while raising money for Coyotes Charities. Classic carnival games, gift bags.

Desperado GLBT Film Festival
Featuring films from the gay and lesbian community.

Downtown Chandler Walk
Visit more than 70 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.

Family Friday Sunset Series
Visitors connect to the natural and cultural resources of the Preserve through the use of their senses, allowing kids of all ages to see, smell, touch, hear and even taste their surroundings.

Fiesta Bowl
The Fiesta Bowl is played at University of Phoenix Stadium and is always one of the top four college football bowl games. There are other Fiesta Bowl events, such as a parade, associated with the game.

Fiesta Mall Entertainment
Mariachis, magicians, dancers, bands — several entertainers each Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Center Court at Fiesta Mall in Mesa. Family friendly. Free.
In 2017: Every Saturday and Sunday

First Friday
Visit more than 60 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free. See the video.
In 2017: First Friday in January

Flagg Gem and Mineral Show
Rocks, minerals, geology, and science. Activities for children, such as “build a volcano.” Mesa Community College. Free.

First Saturday Public Walk Tour
Docent led tours of the Fountain Hills public art collection including more than 70 artworks in parks, plazas and public buildings. Tours are in the morning, take approximately one hour and begin in the Community Center Sculpture Garden. There is a charge for the tour. Reservations required. 480-816-5100.

Friday Night Franks
A unique outdoor cookout experience in the Sonoran desert. Live entertainment, Native American storytelling, horseshoes, wagon rides, and an old fashioned wiener roast featuring a full BBQ menu. Free admission, charge for food and beverages.

Friday Night Unwind
The Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix opens on the first Friday in the month for themed entertainment, lectures and workshops. Food and beverage available for purchase. Map to MIM.

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

Glendale Glitter and Glow
Thousands of people fill the twelve blocks of historic downtown Glendale. Musical entertainment, hot air balloons, street performers and more.

Glendale’s Live at the Library
Musical entertainment from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Main Library. Concerts are free. Call 623-930-3573 for more details.

Gold Canyon Arts Festival
More than 100 artists will participate. Musical entertainment and food booths. Free admission. Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. King’s Ranch Road, Gold Canyon
In 2017: January 26

Gooding & Company Car Auction
View rare and classic vehicles that will be auctioned on the final day of the event. Held adjacent to Scottsdale Fashion Square.
In 2017: January 16 – 19

High Noon Western Americana Show & Auction
Collectible Western fine art, Native American textiles, prized saddles & spurs, authentic Western antiques and other pieces that represent bygone days of the Native American, the Vaquero, the Cowboy and the Old West. Mesa Convention Center.
In 2017: January 26, 27

Holiday Lights
There are some places in the area where you can continue to enjoy holiday lights in January.
In 2017: Various dates in January

Litchfield Park Arts in the Park
Outdoor concert at the Wigwam Resort front lawn. Free.
In 2017: January 20

MACFest (Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival) is a free family-friendly event featuring artist creations, music and entertainment. Downtown Mesa on North Macdonald, from Main St. to Pepper Pl.
In 2017: January 5, 19

Maricopa County Home and Garden Show
Hundreds of exhibitors. Seminars, demonstrations, and displays at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.
In 2017: January 11, 12, 13

Martin Luther King Day Celebrations
Festivals and events around the greater Phoenix area celebrating the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 2017: Various dates in January

Mesa Historic Home Tour
Each year the Mesa Historical Museum Guild and the Mesa Historic Preservation Office sponsors a historic home tour. All proceeds benefit the Mesa Historical Museum.
In 2017: January 26

Military Vehicle Show
Display of jeeps from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Humvees from Desert Storm, conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, along with troop carriers and armored cars. These historic vehicles will be judged for originality, military significance, and quality of restoration with awards presented Saturday afternoon. Indoor-outdoor swap meet of armed service collectibles on both days. Peoria Sports Complex

Motorcycles on Main
The streets of downtown Mesa are closed to all but bikers and people who love motorcycles. Music, food, beer garden. Free admission.
In 2017: First Friday in the month

Movies at the Museum
Phoenix Museum. Independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, usually followed by discussion. Free with paid museum admission. First come, first seated.

Music in the Garden
Sunday afternoons at the Desert Botanical Garden. Tickets must be purchased. Ticket price includes admission to the garden. See a video about visiting Desert Botanical Garden.
In 2017: January 6, 13, 27

Native American Arts Festival
Some of the finest artists in the Southwest gather in downtown Litchfield Park for this festival showcasing both traditional and modern Native American.

Native Trails
Native Trails celebrates Native American society and focuses on the individual cultures of these Southwest tribes. Native American performers present musical performances using traditional instruments. Chairs and picnic baskets welcome. Native foods, arts, crafts, and Jewels. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Free admission.

No Pants AZ Light Rail Ride
An event where people ride light rail and take off their pants, and try to act normal about it. Underwear and appropriate demeanor required.

Out and About in Avondale
A monthly community event in Avondale. Activities vary each month and may include block parties, concerts, movies, and seasonal holiday-themed events.

Outdoor Sculpture Tour
Hosted by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary (SMoCA). Tour meets at Scottsdale Center for the Performing s. Free. Downtown Scottsdale.

P.F. Chang’s Rock And Roll Arizona
P.F. Chang’s Rock And Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will go through three Arizona cities. Live music along the entire route.

Phoenix Boys Choir Thursday Concert
The world-renowned Tour Choir will perform new works, sneak peeks at special repertoire and audience favorites. Tickets sold at the gate, $10 each and free for kids 12 and under. Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, Phoenix.
In 2017: January 23

Phoenix Coyotes Hockey
Our professional NHL hockey team hopes to howl its way to the Stanley Cup. They play at the Jobing.com Arena.

Phoenix Suns Basketball
Our professional basketball team plays hoops at the US Airways Center.
In 2017: Various dates in January

Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival
Supply show, classes and workshops. Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix.

Scottsdale Walk
Every Thursday evening the Scottsdale District invites you to spend a casual evening walking downtown and enjoying fine art. Free.

Scottsdale Street Fair
Fine arts and crafts, gift items, food vending agents, local performers, activities for kids, farmers market. Free admission. Scottsdale Pavilions.

Scottsdale Wedding Walk
Visit participating vending agents and shops on the wedding walk map. Food, fashion shows, prizes. Ticketed event. Old Town Scottsdale.

Second Sundays in the Park
Live music and entertainment. Family event. Free. Surprise Community Park.
In 2017: January 13

Sips and Sounds
A monthly evening concert series featuring live music, drinks and food. Free admission, purchase food and beverages. Shops at Gainey Village, Scottsdale.
In 2017: January 2

Street Eats
A food truck culinary festival. Live entertainment. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale.

Sunday A-hole Fair
Musical mini-festival that takes place outdoors on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Free admission.

Superstition Mountain Heritage Days
Celebrating the anniversary of Apacheland Movie Ranch. Living history demonstrations, gunfights, Native American dancers.

College Football’s Biggest Party
A huge tailgate party, right before the Fiesta Bowl. University of Phoenix Stadium Parking Lot, Glendale.

A celebration of local traditions, national customs and global cultures that showcases the Museum’s international collection of art. Live performances by storytellers, artists and musicians that reflect the works exhibited. Phoenix Museum.
In 2017: January 27

Walk-In Wednesdays
Local musicians perform at a free open mic night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tempe Center for the Arts in Downtown Tempe.

Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament
In North Scottsdale the pro golfers will get together for the first PGA tournament of the year. The PGA Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, formerly known as the FBR Open, is held at the TPC Scottsdale course at the Fairmont Scottsdale. This tournament attracts the largest crowds of any PGA event.

Winter Water Safety Day and Polar Plunge
A brisk morning swim to help promote water safety. The pool is not heated, estimated to be in the 50s. Registration required. Sunrise Pool, Peoria.

Lights, animated displays and carousel rides at the Phoenix Zoo.

During the time between the 2017 and 2017 Festivals, a series of three Bach-related lectures titled “BACH-U” are being presented at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, AZ. Tickets for girls are $10, or all three for $25, and must be purchased in advance–no tickets will be available at the door.

Arizona Bach Festival 2017

Bach to Bach – the E Major Keyboard Concerto and the two Cantatas drawn from it. Dr. Guy Whatley, keyboard soloist.

Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Festival

Willcox, Arizona at Willcox Community Center
The Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Festival takes place during the MLK weekend with daytime and evening activities. The festival.

Arizona Fine Expo

Scottsdale, Arizona at SW Corner of Scottsdale Road and Jomax

Carefree Fine and Wine Festival

Carefree, Arizona at Downtown
Travel the world over and you would be hard-pressed to find a more spectacular gathering of artists than at the Carefree.

Green Valley Village Winter Festival

Green Valley, Arizona at Green Valley Village

Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama

Quartzsite, Arizona at Tyson Wells Show Grounds

An unbelievable variety diplayed on 2.2 miles of Aisle Frontage. Gems, rocks, minerals, arts, crafts, hobbies, Jewels, silver and goldsmithing, faceting,.
Rock and Roll Arizona Fitness Festival Expo

Phoenix, Arizona at Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, Hall A – E
Rock And Roll event features the two-day Health and Fitness Expo prior to the event.

Havasu Island Balloon Festival and Fair

Lake Havasu City, Arizona at Nautical Inn Beachfront Resort golf course
Come play with us at the family-centered event for a thrilling weekend of spectacular hot air balloons, and non-stop activities. Dramatic.

Casa Grande Car and Bike Show

Casa Grande, Arizona at Historic Downtown Casa Grande

John Dillinger Days Arts and Crafts Show

Tucson, Arizona at 5th and Toole Ave

Mesa Winter Arts and Crafts Festival

Mesa, Arizona at North Macdonald St., between Main St. and Pepper Pl.
Downtown Mesa will be buzzing with activity with the return of Mesa’s celebration of Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival (MACFest). MACFest.

Gilbert AZ Winter Walk

Gilbert, Arizona at Water Tower Plaza
Event will be held on January 18th, 2017at Water Tower Plaza in downtown Gilbert This event is close to Hale Centre.

Antique and Country Fair

Tucson, Arizona at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park
Features: s, crafts, pottery, glass, Jewels, artwork, prints, flea market, fancy poultry show and more.

Martin Luther King Junior Festival

Phoenix, Arizona at Margaret T. Hance Park
Festival will be held on January 20th, 2017.

Lake Havasu Music Brews and BBQ Championship

Lake Havasu City, Arizona at Jack Smith Park
All this GREAT Entertainment wrapped into 4 days of Fun, Food, Music, Brews, vending agents and Muscle Cars for a mere $10.00.

Surprise Fine and Wine Festival

Surprise, Arizona at Surprise Recreational Center
Thunderbird ists is going west! That is west of Phoenix Valley, in Arizona, to the City of Surprise!

Scottsdale Fine Festival
January 24, 2017

Scottsdale, Arizona at Terravita Marketplace
Scottsdale Fine Festival will be held in January

Phoenix Progressive Motorcycle Show

Phoenix, Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium
Features original equipment manufacturers, aftermarket manufacturers, distributors, and dealers of quality products and services for the powersports industry.

Pinal Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival

Casa Grande, Arizona at Pinal Fairgrounds and Event Center
Don’t miss the Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival January Enjoy a real toe-tapping good time! Marvelous music, exciting entertainment,.

Bluegrass in the Park 2017

Yuma, Arizona at West Wetlands Park

Arizona International Film Festival

Arizona Renaissance Festival



Country Thunder

Helldorado Days (Tombstone)

International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival


Maricopa County Fair

Phoenix Film Festival

Saboten Con

Sedona Film Festival

Tombstone Western Film Festival and Symposium

Tucson Film & Music Festival


Phoenix Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival

Phoenix, Arizona at Arizona State Fairgrounds
Features a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits.

Tyson Wells and Craft Fair

Quartzsite, Arizona at Tyson Wells Show Grounds

Two Rivers Renaissance and Fantasy Faire

Yuma, Arizona at Yuma County Fairgrounds
History and adventure come alive on this 8th annual celebration. The Two Rivers Renaissance Faire celebrates the music, food, and fun

2017 January Bama top events and a Happy MLK Day to all



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