Events Calendar

September 13, 2019
Ballet Arizona's "The Nutcracker"

WHAT: Get ready for visions of sugar plums, mouse kings and sparkling Swarovski crystals. Ballet Arizona is proud to announce its 34th year of The Nutcracker performances, choreographed by renowned Artistic Director Ib Andersen. The Nutcracker will run from December 13-24 for a total of 14 performances, with afternoon and evening shows at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. All performances are accompanied with live music by The Phoenix Symphony.

WHEN: December 13-24, 2019

WHERE: Ballet Arizona

2835 East Washington Street

Phoenix, AZ 85034

Ticket prices for The Nutcracker start at $25, with discounts offered for seniors, students, military and groups. To ensure lowest ticket prices and purchase enhanced experiences, buy exclusively through Ballet Arizona. For tickets and more information, call 602.381.1096 or click here.

October 10, 2019
Scottsdale Gallery Association Announces Gold Palette ArtWalk Series for 2019-2020 Season

WHAT: The SGA’s Gold Palette ArtWalks are offered eight times a year in addition to the SGA’s weekly Thursday evening ArtWalks and feature extended gallery hours, special activities and experiences for attendees such as complimentary wine tasting and/or small bites, and live music and entertainment that align with each event’s theme.

The Gold Palette ArtWalk takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and presents the finest art in Old Town Scottsdale throughout 28 galleries and two museums — Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.


45th Season Kickoff

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Contemporary Focus ArtWalk

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Scottsdazzle ArtWalk

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Demonstrate! … And Doughnuts ArtWalk

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Western Week ArtWalk

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Native Spirit ArtWalk

Thursday, March 5, 2020

45th Season Official Celebration: Art, Wine & Chocolate

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Summer Spectacular

Thursday, July 9, 2020

WHERE: Old Town Scottsdale

November 15, 2019
30th Anniversary of the NiteFlite Charity Event

The annual NiteFlite Gala hosted by the Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club will be a night full of glitz and glamour at the W Scottsdale Hotel. Last year’s NiteFlite Gala raised over $616,000 for Arizona based children’s charities. This year, NiteFlite will celebrate its 30th anniversary and is looking to surpass its prior year’s fundraising total and participation.

The event raises money for more than a dozen local children’s charities, including the #LoveUp Foundation, Playworks Arizona, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

More than 1,500 people are expected to attend the formal Gala on Saturday, November 16th, where they will be treated to food and drinks from local restaurants, live music and entertainment, and night-long raffle prizes. The wildly popular NiteFlite Golf Tournament returns Friday, November 15, offering participants a day of golf, food, drink and the opportunity to win prizes, including the 19th hole Million Dollar Shootout.

WHO: The Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club

WHAT: NiteFlite kicks off on Friday, November 15, with one of the oldest charity golf tournaments in the city. The event will feature a DJ, drinks and food for those playing. The NiteFlite Gala is a formal affair that benefits more than a dozen local children’s charities. There will be raffle prizes, live entertainment along with food and drinks supplied by local restaurants. Those interested in attending either event can purchase tickets at

WHEN: NiteFlite Golf Tournament: Check-in at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, November 15
NiteFlite Gala: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, November 16


NiteFlite Golf Tournament
The McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 7505 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale

NiteFlite Gala
The W Scottsdale Hotel, 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale

COST: Cost for the NiteFlite Gala is $150 for general admission and $250 for VIP tickets. Groups of five can register for the golf tournament while space is available. Tickets and registration at

November 15, 2019
Kierland POP Festival

WHAT: To kick off the beautiful fall weather season, the annual outdoor Kierland POP festival will take place Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, 2019 in Scottsdale.The two-day festival will include a series of interactive, pop-up experiences – featuring wine from Arizona winemakers, art in unexpected places, live music and entertainment, a vintage market, a night run, and more.

WHEN/WHERE: A variety of events, both free and ticketed, will take place as part of Kierland POP on these two days:

Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Kierland POP Charity Night

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Kierland POP Festival

Kierland Commons

15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254

WHO: Presented by the Kierland Master Association – and a collaboration between Kierland Commons, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Arizona Wine Growers Association, the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and Adventure Fitness.

For more information, visit

November 23, 2019
Mystery in the Museum: The Curator's Conundrum

WHAT: Mystery in the Museum, conceived by Julie Ganas, SMoCA's curator of programming, was inspired by the growing trend of escape rooms. Ganas saw these events as a great way to bring a new, immersive program to the Museum with an educational twist.

Each of the mysteries is unique to the series of exhibitions the Museum has at the time. Mystery in the Museum takes a step beyond the typical escape room or mystery dinner theatre by inviting participants to look closer at the artworks on display and read object labels to find clues and decipher codes. Additionally, every season of exhibitions offer a unique narrative and theme that participants can immerse themselves in and become an essential part of the mystery. During the 2017–18 exhibition “Wild Thing: Adventures with the Permanent Collection” participants became bird watchers and had to identify the birds in several artworks that would lead to the next clue. Oftentimes the Museum receives cooperation from an artist to use their work in a “spot the difference” activity, where Museum staff alters an image of the artwork by removing or adding components.

WHEN: Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

6:00 PM

WHERE: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 East 2nd Street

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

For tickets and more information, click here.

November 23, 2019
2nd Annual AZ Barrels, Bottles & Brews

WHAT: Fans of local craft brews, spirits and wines, mark your calendars! Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is bringing back AZ Barrels, Bottles & Brews for its second year. AZ Barrels, Bottles & Brews will be hosted on the concourse at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, offering tastes and samples from your favorite Arizona producers, all while overlooking the gorgeous fields and McDowell Mountains. The 2019 AZ Barrels, Bottles & Brews has partnered with the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild to host this spectacular festival. The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild is dedicated to advancing the understanding and appreciation of the Arizona craft brewing industry.

AZ Barrels, Bottles & Brews highlights the state's biggest and best craft breweries, distillers, and vintners and will feature samples and products produced exclusively in Arizona. Over 30 breweries, wineries, and distilleries will take over the Center Field Concourse area and will be serving up tastes of their award-winning creations. Walk the concourse, play lawn games, and sip and savor a true taste of Arizona this November!

WHEN: Saturday, November 23, 2019

2-5 PM

WHERE: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

7555 North Pima Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85258

For tickets and more information, click here.

December 5, 2019
SHOPS Gainey Village Annual Holiday Event

WHAT:Guests will enjoy live music by The Sahnas Brothers, Spanish Guitarist, Miguel de Maria, the steel drums duo as well as electric violinist, Natasha Ratz. To put guests in the spirit, festive horse and carriage rides by Scottsdale Horse and Carriage will be available around the shopping center in addition to baked goods, coffee and hot chocolate by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. For those 21 years and older, complimentary wine tastings will be available at selected restaurants. The event is free to attend.

WHEN:Thursday, December 5, 2019


The SHOPS at Gainey Village

8777 North Scottsdale Road,

Scottsdale, Arizona 85253

December 7, 2019
Arizona's Children Association's Fifth Annual Dance Event

WHAT: Join the Arizona's Children Association to help raise money for the local nonprofit’s “Strengthening Families” fund. Dancing for Arizona's Children, sponsored in part by Spinato's Pizzeria, features 14 local community leaders paired with professional dancers competing to fundraise for the organization’s foster care, adoption, kinship, family education and support services. The fifth annual event will be hosted by Daytime Emmy award-winning TV personality Todd Newton. Guests get to experience community leaders from the Valley perform with a professional dancer to raise funds for an important cause.


Saturday, December 7th, 2019

10:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.


Hotel Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

7575 East Princess Drive,

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

For tickets and more information, click here.

December 13, 2019
The 8th Annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts Returns to Hance Park

WHAT: Phoenix Festival of the Arts returns home to Hance Park in time for some excellent holiday shopping opportunities. Phoenix Center for the Arts is proud to present the eighth annual event, featuring more than 170 art vendors, and cultural organizations. It’s a perfect time to connect with the local art community and celebrate the season.

A full lineup of live music and performances will animate three different stages. The Festival’s Main Stage, sponsored by Rebel Lounge, includes some of the best local bands in town. The Entertainment Pavilion features art demonstrations, circus performances, dance ensembles, spoken word poets, choral groups, and more! The Acoustic Stage, sponsored by Soliloquies, will feature amazing up-and-coming acts from around the Valley.

It wouldn’t be an arts festival without interactive arts activities for both adults and kids. The Phoenix Mural Project, a hands-on community art project is a signature component of the Festival, allowing community members to paint and create alongside professional local artists. The Phoenix Festival of the Arts Family Zone, presented by the Teen Artist Guild, provides fun, free activities for families all day long.

Beer and wine, sponsored by Hensley Beverage Company, can be carried throughout the Festival grounds. This year’s culinary lineup includes 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, Be Crepeful LLC, Firehouse Kettle Corn, Freak Brothers Pizza, Hot Bamboo, Hummus xpress, Kemet Foods, Later Tater Food Truck, Lulu’s Sorbetto, Mein Man, StrEAT Gyro, and more!

WHEN: December 13-15, 2019

WHERE: Hance Park

67 West Culver Street

Phoenix, AZ 85003

For more information, click here.

February 22, 2020
Italian Festival of Arizona

WHAT: The Italian Festival of Arizona is a family friendly experience where people can learn more about their own Italian heritage or simply be Italian for a day. Guests will have the opportunity to eat amazing Italian food and drink a variety of wines and beers, all while enjoying Italian entertainment straight from Italy as well as Italian American acts. The food, the drink, family, friends, entertainment and the opportunity to explore and enjoy Italian culture are at the heart of the festival, and, Guzzo says, the partnership will be a means to enrich all these experiential event elements.


Scottsdale Waterfront

7135 E Camelback Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

WHEN: February 22nd - February 24th, 2019

WHO: R Entertainment and Italian Association of Arizona announce partnership to produce the annual Italian Festival of Arizona. The Italian Association of Arizona has built a strong foundation for the festival and, with the R Entertainment partnership, will now have the expertise to grow the event that over the years was built on lots of love and hard work.

For more information and tickets, click here.

March 28, 2020
The 2020 PANDA Children Helping Children Luncheon and Fashion Show
WHAT: This year's PANDA Luncheon and Fashion Show theme is “Field of Dreams” and the event will benefit pediatric medical research in Arizona. The luncheon features 55 models, a live and silent auction, and a raffle. Sponsorship and branding opportunities are available.
WHEN: March 28, 2020 at 10 a.m.
The Phoenician Resort
6000 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
For more information, click here.