January is considered high season in Greater Phoenix, with many activities -- both indoors and outdoors -- and moderate daytime temperatures.
These are many of the community events that you can count on year in and year out. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change without notice. Check the website or call to confirm information, because they don't always let me know when there are changes. Activities in this event calendar are appropriate for families unless otherwise indicated. If the event is free, I'll mention that, too.
Looking for big name concerts, shows or theatre? Check this calendar for January performances.
ArabHorse Farm Tour
Scottsdale's prominent Arabian horse farms open their doors, welcoming the public to enjoy National Champion horses, meet top trainers, and learn more about this breed. Free admission.
In 2014: December 28, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Arizona Antique Market
In 2014: January 10 - 12
Arizona Bach Festival
Bach lovers attend concerts at various venues in Phoenix.
In 2014: January 11 - 26
Arizona Fine Art Expo
A 10 week event in north Scottsdale. See designers, painters, sketchers and sculptors at work. Demonstrations and workshops, fine wines and cuisine.
In 2014: January 16 - March 30
Arizona Home & Garden Show
Thousands of square feet of exhibits. Home and garden products and services, gardens and landscapes, kitchens and baths, pools and spas, building and remodeling. Phoenix Convention Center.
In 2014: No show scheduled in 2014
A winter music festival covering many genres, held at various locations in Scottsdale.
In 2014: January 30 - March 1
Art After Work
A laid-back class that requires no art experience. Participants relax during a friendly night of art-making with enough guidance to ensure everyone leaves with a lovely painting. Tempe Center for the Arts. Registration required.
In 2014: January 29
Art Walk - Centennial Circle
Docent led tours of the Fountain Hills public art collection. 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.
In 2014: January 11
Artists, crafters and jewelers exhibit and sell items in a family-friendly, festive environment. SouthBridge, Downtown Scottsdale. Free admission.
In 2014: Every Thursday in January
A talk (novice level) explaining facts about the solar system and the galaxy around the planet earth followed by observing the moon, several planets, star systems through a celestron telescope. Weather permitting. Registration required. Ages 8+. Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale.
In 2014: January 31
Aviation Day at the Capitol
Information about Arizona's aviation industry and the businesses that it enables. Festivities will include actual aircraft, hot air balloons, gliders and displays. Aircraft owners and pilots, airport managers, aviation manufacturers and educators and members of the Arizona’s military community will discuss the importance of aviation in Arizona with state legislators.
In 2014: January ?
Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction
Every January at WestWorld in North Scottsdale people, including the rich and famous, flock to the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction. It is billed as the world's most valuable classic car auction.
In 2014: January 12 - 19
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. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470.
In 2014: January 16
Breaking Ground Festival
A contemporary dance and film festival. Choreography, multi-media collaborations, international dance films, classes. Tickets available online. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2014: January 24, 25
Music, dancing, poker, gunfights, rodeo, bbq dinner, kids area, rodeo, chili cookoff and more.
In 2014: January ?
Carefree Fine Arts and Wine Festival
Arts, crafts, entertainment, wine. Over 150 artists will have displays. This is one of Arizona's largest wine tasting events, featuring wines from Arizona, California, Australia, Germany, Austria, France and Italy. Sponsored by Thunderbird Artists.
In 2014: January 17 - 19
Cave Creek Balloon Festival
Hot air balloons, live music and family entertainment.
In 2014: January 4
Celebration of Fine Art
Scottsdale hosts over 100 artists from Arizona and elsewhere in its big white tents.
In 2014: January 11 - March 23
Chandler Center for the Arts Free Concert Series
Family-friendly, free to the public concerts. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Foyer doors will open one hour prior to show-time. Chandler Center for the Arts.
In 2014: January 11
Chandler Multicultural Festival
Food, music, dance, displays, storytellers and more at the Chandler Public Library.
In 2014: January 18
Chinese Lantern and Folk Festival
Large, richly-colored displays depicting animals, characters, gods, angels, flora and structures create a kaleidoscope of colorful lights and visuals. Cultural dancing, puppets, food, Tai Chi and Kung Fu demonstrations, handmade crafts and music. Fountain Hills.
In 2014: January 31 - February 9
A traditional, family-friendly circus (no animals) with its own circus tent, clowns, magic acts, aerial and other amazing feats. Various locations.
In 2014: January ??
Civic Space Fridays in the Park
Visual arts, performances on the outdoor stage, spoken word, movies in the A.E. England Building, ArtLink gallery openings. Food trucks. Starts at 5 p.m. Free admission. Civic Space Park, 424 N Central, Phoenix.
In 2014: January 3, 17
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.
In 2014: No carnival in 2014. Planned again in 2015.
Desperado GLBT Film Festival
Featuring films from the gay and lesbian community. Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2014: January 24 - 26
Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 70 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2014: Third Friday of the month
Downtown Mesa Wedding Walk
You will be transported to various wedding venues in downtown Mesa for cake, wine and food tastings, giveaways, fashion shows. Free admission, registration required.
In 2014: January 19
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