Lights in the Night
6 p.m. at the Thompson Event Center, 1901 N. Alma School Road, Mesa. Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean the twinkle lights are done just yet. This drive-through event features over one million lights synchronized to classic holiday tunes. Guests can see life-sized candy canes, snowmen and Christmas trees while savoring the holiday spirit in the New Year. Tickets start at $40 per vehicle.
Buses by the Bridge
9 a.m. at the Lake Havasu State Park, 171 London Bridge Road. Spectators are invited to come out and see over 600 vintage Volkswagens and buses and partake in all the activities at Buses by the Bridge’s 26th annual event. There will be live entertainment, a kid zone, bounce houses, lawn games, air balloon rides and a chili cook-off. Guests are also welcome to camp out for the weekend. Tickets are $5 per person.
FRIDAY 1/13 – SUNDAY 1/15
Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival
10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15940 N. Bullard Ave. Thunderbird Artists will head east for the 11th annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival. This year, the exhibit will feature mixed-media painter Sue Elliot. Guests can stroll around 180 acres of juried artworks while sipping wines, sampling local microbrews and listening to live music. Admission is $3, and $15 for wine tasting.
Copper State Beer Festival
2-5 p.m. at Riverview Park, 2100 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa. Let the beer bellies have their moment at the Copper State Beer Festival, a celebration of local brews, plus wines, ciders and seltzers. Guests can enjoy drinks, food trucks, live music, a vendor village and games like axe throwing, corn hole and giant Jenga. Tickets are $45 for general admission, $65 for VIP.
2-6 p.m. at the High Country Conference Center, 201 W. Butler Ave., Flagstaff. This one is a bit of a trek, but it will be worth it for all the brews. Guests can enjoy over 50 local, regional and western breweries with more than 100 beers to try. There will also be live entertainment, food tents and vendors, plus a ceremony for the Snowman’s Choice Award. Better make this an overnight trip! Tickets are $50 for general admission.
SATURDAY 1/15 – SUNDAY 1/15
10 a.m., at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Tucson. Travel back to the 1930s for this western-themed event. The Speakeasy dinner on Saturday (7 p.m.) includes burlesque dancers, whiskey tasting and live music, all in honor of one of the most notorious mobsters in Arizona. On Sunday, guests can enjoy a reenactment of Dillinger’s capture, live music, a vintage car show and arts and crafts. Tickets start at $15.
Music and Mimosas
10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. What’s better than spending a Sunday morning with friends and family while enjoying a variety of delectable entrées and live entertainment? This event will feature music from the Café flutes and a breakfast buffet with sweet and savory options. Tickets are $40 per person.
Balloon Festival & Fair
12-10:30 p.m. at Lake Havasu State Park, 699 London Bridge Road. The 12th annual Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair was designated as one of the “Top 100 Events in North America” by the American Bus Association and boasts a multitude of activities across four days. Guests can find mass balloon ascensions, balloon night glow, dog shows, arts, crafts, kids events, carnival rides, live music, vendors, food and daily entertainment. General admission starts at $20.
SATURDAY 1/21 – SUNDAY 1/29
Chandler International Film Festival
Times vary, at LOOK Dine-in Cinema, 1 W. Chandler Blvd. The 7th annual Chandler Film Festival will feature over 120 films from more than 35 countries. Guests can also enjoy an opening ceremony, industry workshops, award ceremony, panel discussions and daily after-parties. Each day will have a different theme. The organization is partnering with Night of Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to ending human trafficking, which will receive 100 percent of profits from a select film. Passes for all events are $220 per person.
Walkin’ the Line: A Johnny Cash Tribute
3 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. We all know the lyrics. Now, you can hear the songs in real life! Theatre actor Scott Moreau will play the Man in Black and sing all of Cash’s biggest hits, like “Folsom Prison Blues,’ ‘Ring of Fire,’ ‘Boy Named Sue,’ ‘Walk the Line,’ and more. Tickets start at $24.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Black Canyon Heritage Park, 33955 S. Old Black Canyon Hwy. This festival combines two events into one. Bookfest guests will get a chance to buy some new reads and meet authors, booksellers, illustrators, and experts in Arizona history. The Old Cañon School Museum will also be open for tours. Food will be available for purchase, plus arts and crafts, vendors, a virtual silent auction and a raffle. This event is free.
From Classics to Klezmer
3 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road. Chamber Music Sedona presents “From Classics to Klezmer,” a concert featuring clarinetist Alex Fiterstein, violinist Kristin Lee, pianist Qian Wu, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis. The program will include classic works and Klezmer (an instrumental musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Central and Eastern Europe) pieces. Tickets are $40 for general admission.