5 Events to See and Be Seen at Under the Sun This Month

BY Aitana Yvette Mallari | January 25, 2019 | Feature Features

We're blessed with warm winters here in the Valley, and we know how to put them to good use. While the rest of the nation's still in deep freeze, here are five al fresco events that take advantage of our lovely temps. Get your sunblock ready.

Waste Management Phoenix Open
Jan. 31-Feb. 3

There’s a reason why it’s called “The Greatest Show on Grass.” The Waste Management Phoenix Open, held at the Tournament Player’s Club in Scottsdale, brings in people from all over the country year after year. Multiple packages include hospitality areas along the course, parking and complimentary food and beverage. For those seeking the ultimate luxe experience, look no further than the Chairman’s Club, a nine-venue package that includes valet; the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess clubhouse; three SkyBox areas; the Bay Club; the corporate VIP tent looking over the 18th fairway; and nightly access to the Birds Nest. And speaking of Birds Nest, VIP admission to this four-night concert series includes a hosted bar and catered buffet, while guests with VIP Pit Passes are promised an exclusive, minimal occupancy area directly in front of the stage. From $250, 17020 N. Hayden Road

8th Annual Waterfront Fine Art and Wine Festival
Feb. 8-10

Award-winning producers Thunderbird Artists are proud to present the eighth year of this 3-day celebration in Downtown Scottsdale. Guests can surround themselves with fine art from more than 100 juried artists as they indulge in wine, cocktails, microbrews, chocolate and live music along the water. $10, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Ste. 165, 480.837.5637

Corks and Cactus
Feb. 9-10

Wine-loving guests will be anything but thirsty in this side of the desert. Corks and Cactus is a two-day event set in the natural splendor of the Desert Botanical Garden. Enjoy musical talent and cooking demonstrations by Gertrude’s and Fabulous Food Fine Catering. With 40 different boutique wines each day to sample, one is bound to find a new selection to sip. All wine purchases go towards the Garden’s education, research, exhibition and conservation programs, so there’s a benefit to every bottle. From $40, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, 480.941.1225

MLB Spring Training
First game Feb. 24

Stay cool during Spring Training at the VIP Charro Lodge at Scottsdale Stadium, which offers patio-style seating from the mostly shaded Saloon and Terrace to the fully shaded Pavilion, and reserved seating available for larger groups of 50 or more— all adjacent to the San Fransisco Giants’ bullpen. Complimentary food and beverages are available, with more than 14 beers on tap, wine selections and a featured local restaurant. A season table includes a custom tabletop decal with a logo and/or name, spring training magazine ad space and reserved seating all season long. From $150, 7408 E. Osborn Road, 480.990.2977

Devour Culinary Classic
Feb. 23-24

Critically acclaimed Devour Culinary Classic ($105 for tasting; $205 VIP) will celebrate its 10th year of uniting gourmands across the Southwest. In this two-day event, VIP guests can stroll through Phoenix Botanical Garden with access to all tastings and experiences, culinary demos, the Hensley/Quench Beverage Garden and the Dorrance Hall Lounge, where they can mingle with chefs and special guests while immersing themselves in dazzling art and live entertainment. For cocktail connoisseurs, be sure not to miss the Devour Bartending Competition, where AZ’s top-shelf talents go head-to-head to create the best drinks in the Valley. $205, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy

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