10 Things to Do in the Valley This September

Jaclyn Jermyn | August 26, 2019 | Lifestyle

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Ballet Arizona dancer Jessica Phillips in George Balanchine’s “Serenade”

9/11-14
Ballet Under the Stars
Join the incredible company of Ballet Arizona as they show off their skills in a setting unlike any other. With four outdoor performances in locations across the Valley, this is an event perfect for the whole family. Put down the picnic blanket and enjoy the wonder of dance. 7pm, free, locations vary, balletaz.org

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L’Auberge de Sedona will celebrate its 35th anniversary with an alfresco dinner hosted by Cloth & Flame.

9/14
L’Auberge de Sedona Anniversary Dinner
Join L’Auberge de Sedona executive chef Franck Desplechin as he joins forces with the pop-up dinner party experts at Cloth & Flame to celebrate the hotel’s 35th anniversary at this exclusive fete. Indulge in delicious dishes like buttermilk-fried Sedona rainbow trout and enjoy some great company while soaking up the end of summer. 5:30pm, tickets $145, L’Auberge de Sedona Resort & Spa, clothandflame.com

9/18
Lenny Kravitz
The Grammy Award-winning musician, known for his hits like “Fly Away” and “American Woman,” takes the stage this month for a performance that is sure to delight fans both new and old. 7:30pm, tickets $59-$289, Comerica Theatre, comericatheatre.com

9/19
Duckhorn Vineyards Dinner
Get a taste of Napa when the team from Duckhorn Vineyards makes their way to Scottsdale. Part of the monthly winemaker dinner series, the night includes a multicourse dinner with specially selected Duckhorn wine pairings. Mingle with other wine lovers and pick the brains of the professionals in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. 6:30pm, tickets $95, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, hyattregencyscottsdale.com

9/19 & 20
James Beard Foundation Taste America
Enjoy a weekend of fabulous dining and celebration of culinary culture as this cross-country series makes a stop in the Valley. From the Raising the Bar cocktail kickoff reception to a gala benefit dinner hosted at the fabulous Royal Palms, the weekend is much more than just a feast for the eyes. VIP gala dinner tickets $500, times and locations vary, jamesbeard.org

9/20-29
Fall Arizona Restaurant Week
Feeling hungry? Get a taste of all Arizona has to offer during restaurant week. Make reservations for a prix fixe dinner from local favorites like The Mission or try something exciting and new for $33 or $44 per person. There’s sure to be something for every palate. Locations vary, arizonarestaurantweek.‌com

9/21
Wine Women & Shoes
This luncheon offers a chance to shop specially curated retailers and vintners, and enjoy a lively fashion show, all while supporting the important work of the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. 11am, tickets $150, Chateau Luxe, freshstartwomen.org

9/28
Desert Sky Gala
Black tie and cowboy boots? Count us in! Enjoy a night of dinner, dancing and important philanthropic efforts—this Western-themed gala supports Care Fund’s Mortgage and Rent Assistance Program. 6pm, tickets $300, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, thecarefund.org

9/28
Heels for Healing
Get ready to strut your stuff at the annual Heels for Healing designer shoe and handbag sale. Early birds can register for the VIP Shopping Hour before the doors open to the public. Looking for a little extra exercise? Sign up for the Diva Dash—a high-energy, high-heel relay race. Whatever you do, your participation will support the Florence Crittenton organization’s support of local women and girls. Diva Dash 8am, shopping 9am-6pm, Diva Dash registration $25, Flo’s on 7th, flocrit.org

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9/28 & 29
Sedona Winefest
Uncork the possibilities at the 11th annual Sedona Winefest. With 25 local wineries participating, live music and plenty of surprises in store, there are plenty of things to love about this festival nestled among Sedona’s breathtaking red rocks. 11am-5pm, tickets $35-$50, Sedona Posse Grounds Park, sedonawinefest.com



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Photography by: From top: rosalie o’connor/arizona ballet and the balanchine trust | l’auberge de sedona | winefest