16 Things to Do in the Valley This Winter

By Madeline Rothman  | January 6, 2020 | Lifestyle


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream debuts this winter with the Phoenix Symphony and choreography from Ib Andersen. The whimsical tale gets a new look with grand sets and elaborate costuming. Bring the whole family for a dreamlike experience. Tickets from $34, Symphony Hall, Phoenix, balletaz.org

Through 4/5
David Hockney
David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry are coming exclusively and for a limited time to Heard Museum. In honor of the museum’s 90th anniversary, this collection features Hockney’s art alongside that of the Miwok and Mono Lake Paiute Women who all draw inspiration from the stunning Yosemite territory. Tickets from $9, Phoenix, heard.org

AZ Fine Art Expo
For 10 weeks each year, the heart of the Sonoran Desert is transformed into a gallery and studio for artists and art enthusiasts. One ticket is good for the entire season and ensures plenty of time to explore the vast array of genres and mediums on exhibit from the 124 juried artists. Tickets $10, 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, arizonafineartexpo.‌com

Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction
If the collector cars, thrilling auctions and celebrity appearances weren’t convincing enough, the event was named America’s No. 1 attraction for car lovers ine the USA Today Readers’ Choice Contest. Tickets from $21, VIP Packages from $1,599, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, barrett-jackson.com

Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams: Performing the Print presents 60 photographs and spans six decades of the legendary photographer’s career, taken from the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. Check out the collaborative collection at the Phoenix Art Museum. Tickets from $18, phxart.org

Russo & Steele
Buyers and sellers from around the world flock to Scottsdale to witness and take part in Russo & Steele car auctions. The signature Auction in the Round format sparks excitement around the over 800 collectible cars up for grabs at the event. Tickets $30, 18601 N. Scottsdale Road, russoandsteele.com

Barrow Grand Ball
Each year, this event aims to celebrate the generous Women’s Board of the Barrow Neurological Foundation. This exclusive black-tie event invites generous local leaders and philanthropists who support and contribute to their mission to research and treat neurological conditions of all kinds. In 2019, the Women’s Board raised $5.2 million for Barrow and isn’t planning to slow down anytime soon. Tickets upon request, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, supportbarrow.org

Celebration of Fine Art
Spanning 10 weeks and taking place under signature big white tents, Scottsdale’s Celebration of Fine Art can’t be missed. This year marks the 30th anniversary of connecting art lovers with artists who showcase their studio and craft. While attending the event has become a tradition for thousands, it is never traditional, thanks to the live and dynamic Art Discovery Series. Tickets $10, Hayden Road and the Loop 101, celebrateart.‌com

Waste Management Phoenix Open
Join nearly 500,000 spectators, the largest crowd of any PGA Tour event, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Unofficially known as “The Greatest Show on Grass,” the tournament benefits The Phoenix Thunderbirds, which raises millions of dollars for local charities. Tickets from $45, Clubhouse Package from $350, 17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, wmphoenixopen.com

Fiddler on the Roof
Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter bring the classic show to a new audience. The show will go on in the ASU Gammage theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is poised to be the perfect family outing this year. Tickets from $40, ASU Gammage, Temple, asuevents.asu.edu

Arizona Beer Week
Arizona Beer Week is back for it’s 10th year and promises to be better and boozier than ever. Over 200 events around Arizona hosted by breweries, craft bars and restaurants comprise the 10-day event. Arizona Strong Beer Festival headlines the week with 500 rare beers on tap to taste and learn about from the brewers themselves. Tickets from $60, Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix, arizonabeerweek.com

Galaxy Gala
Taking place at Arizona’s Science Center, the annual Galaxy Gala has a mission to raise money for STEM education. The night is always one to remember as it is an unveiling of the center’s ever-impressive exhibits. Tickets from $150, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, azscience.org

Arabian Horse Show
Since 1955, The Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2,400. Witness the prize-winning horses, owners, trainers and breeders compete to win big bucks. The event also contributes to various equestrian charities. Tickets from $10, WestWorld, Scottsdale, scottsdaleshow.com

Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala
The 2020 Childhelp Drive and Dream Gala is focused on increasing awareness surrounding the child-abuse epidemic. Returning chair Ivy Ciolli, along with vice chairs Dru Hammer and Jacqueline Nerguizian, invites guests and entertainers to help in this mission over dinner and dancing. Tickets from $1,000, Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale, childhelp.org

Devour Culinary Classic
Foodies, rejoice! The Southwest’s ultimate culinary event returns to the Desert Botanical Garden for its 11th year. Indulge in the best food and drink from local chefs while strolling through the gardens. Tickets $105, VIP tickets $205, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, devourphoenix.com

Bill Maher
Expect a night of big laughs as Bill Maher takes the stage to deliver a set packed with his signature political commentary and comedy. Maher’s talk show Real Time, which airs on HBO, has been nominated for 41 Emmys over its 15 years. The revolving door of celebrity guests and politicians won’t be on the road with him, but it’s safe to bet his sardonic attitude will be. Tickets from $63, Comerica Theater, Phoenix, livenation.com

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