26 of the Most Fun Things You Can Do in Phx This January



New year, new you. If your resolution is to get more fit, there are activities that will give you a solid workout. If your resolution is to be more creative, there are plenty of events that can help you express yourself. Be sure to read below if your resolution is to try new things.

Saturday, January 4

Old School – 90’s Hip Hop Dance Party

This event will transport you back to the ’90s. Feel the nostalgia as you listen to R&B and Hip Hop classical artists like Snoop Dogg and Boyz II Men. When your favorite song plays, you will find yourself on the dance floor. (The Van Buren // Doors 9:30 p.m. // $5+)  


Sunday, January 5

Elvis Presley Annual Birthday Bash With Brenda Lee

Celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday with Brenda Lee. This event will make you feel good because all of the proceeds will go to the Elvis Charitable Foundation. The Presley Charitable Foundation is behind Presley Place, which has provided housing facilities for homeless families. (Rhythm Room // 5 p.m. // $8)


Tuesday, January 7

Phoenix Poetry Orchestra Featuring Sean Avery

The Phoenix Poetry Orchestra will help Sean Avery, a poet, perform his poems. There is an open mic, and the orchestra will interpret your prepared and improvised poems. Your words will transform into music. (FilmBar Phoenix // 7 – 9 p.m. // $10)

Short Illusionist Dan Sperry

The Chicago Sun-Times has compared Dan Sperry’s act to David Blane and Criss Angel, and The Melbourne Herald Sun has proclaimed Sperry as the new face of magic, so you can be sure that this evening will be magical. (Copper Blues Live // 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. // $22)


Thursday, January 9

Sip ~ Shop ~ Sparkle in Phoenix

Marie Esposito is launching Tocara, a jewelry company from Canada, in Phoenix. This is your chance to get jewelry for the new Spring/Summer collection. There are free gifts with your purchase. Enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar; there will also be prize giveaways. (The Playa II Bar and Grill // 7- 8:30 p.m. // Free to attend)


Friday, January 10

Beginner Pottery Painting Class

Cacti have never been more fun! With this class, you have the chance to make your own using pottery techniques. You will get detailed instructions to help you craft your cactus. (As You Wish Pottery [Desert Ridge Studio] //  6:30- 9:30 p.m. // $15-$65)


Saturday, January 11

Birds and Bikes

The Audubon naturalists are offering you a guided bike ride of the Rio Salado. This casual ride will cover two miles, where you’ll have the chance to see native wildlife. (Audubon Arizona // 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. // Free to attend)

David Spade Live

David Spade, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, is having his show in Phoenix. Spade was raised in Scottsdale and attended college at Arizona State University – don’t miss your chance to see a hometown celebrity. (Stand Up Live // Starts: 9:30 p.m. // $45)


Sunday, January 12

Games for Dames: Winter Court

Ladies, get your fantasy outfits ready and enter the Winter Court. This magical evening will play host to board and role-playing games. This event includes a Dungeons and Dragons character creation station. (Imperial Outpost // 6-10 p.m. // Free to attend)


Thursday, January 16

Desert Institute of Gardening: Down to Earth with Soil & Compost

Have you ever created a garden before? Bonnie Newhoff, an expert in composting, will help you create a flourishing garden of your own. At this event, you’ll learn about Arizona soil and how to improve the soil. You will also learn how to compost and use fertilizer. (Maricopa County Master Gardeners // 6:15-8:15 p.m. // $10-$20)


Friday, January 17

Napoleon Dynamite Live with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez & Jon Gries

Your favorite cast from Napoleon Dynamite, Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Jon Gries, reunite for a screening of the classic comedic tale. There will be a moderated discussion after the screening. Enjoy the movie, and remember to vote for Pedro. (Orpheum Theatre – Phoenix // 8-11:30 p.m. // $25-$75)


Saturday, January 18

Arizona Nom Nom Noodles Festival 

The Nom Nom Noodles Festival is the newest annual event. There will be a mixture of noodles and pasta to taste. Enjoy a variety of meals from tasty ramen or a classic spaghetti and meatball cuisine. There will be over 12 local noodles and pasta businesses at this event. (The Pressroom // 6-11 p.m. // $8-$13) 

Cooking Class with Chef Beckett

January is winter soup season, so join Chef Beckett for a cooking demonstration while you have a three-course lunch and wine tasting. Your ticket will also get you a snack and handout materials. (Beckett’s Table // 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. // $95)


Sunday, January 19

Food Fest!

A variety of vendors will feed you at this event, which features specialty foods will be available at one location. There will even be a selection of cocktails and other adult beverages available for purchase. Come with hungry stomachs and leave with warm bellies. (Ocotillo Restaurant and Bar // 4-9 p.m. // Free to Attend)

Advanced Dragon Training: Learn to Eat & Breathe Fire

This is your chance to learn how to improve your fire bending skills. There is a prerequisite course for beginners to take. This workshop will teach you new techniques and combos. Attendees should wear form-fitting clothes, have their hair tied back or covered and avoid wearing oils or lotions. (House of Cirque // 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. // $50-$90)


Monday, January 20

Craft Chocolate Making 101

All chocoholics will be delighted by this event, which will teach chocolate lovers about ethically-sourced craft chocolate and how it is different from industrial chocolate and includes a demonstration of micro-batch craft chocolate making. The best part: there are samples and a tasting of different chocolates. (Desert Botanical Garden // 7-9 p.m. // $52-$65)


Thursday, January 23

Murder Mystery Dinner

There has been a murder, and you will help find the culprit. This whodunnit will have you examining clues and investigating suspects. Come hungry for mystery and enjoy a three-course meal. (The Old Spaghetti Factory // 7-10 p.m. // $60)


Friday, January 24 – Sunday, January 26

The Arizona Wine Festival

At this three day festival, it is always Wine O’Clock. Sip wine at the largest gathering of Arizona wineries. There are 25 different wineries in attendance, plus food trucks and other vendors. (Heritage Square // Various Times // $20-$25)

Crique Cinderella

This reimagining of Cinderella is an acrobatic feature. A combination of cirque performers will help tell a cherished story. This cirque experience will enchant you. (Orpheum Theatre – Phoenix // Various Times // $37-$83) 


Saturday, January 25

Danny Zalisko Presents Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything

You might recognize Patton Oswalt from his role as Spencer on King of Queens or his voice work for Disney’s Ratatouille and The Goldbergs. You will be in a fit of laughs at this event. (Celebrity Theatre // 8-11 p.m. // $45-$95)


Sunday, January 26

Beer Run – SanTan Brewery

This fun-run will get your blood pumping as you trek for a 5k journey. Go at your own pace and enjoy craft beer. After the race, you can relax and listen to live music. (SanTan Brewing + Distilling // 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. // $30)

SHE Power Half Marathon & 5K

Leslie L. Harrington is hosting this event, and everyone who completes the trek will get a reward. This is a good way to stretch your legs and walk and meet people in your community. Get into motion and get empowered. (Downtown Chandler Stage Park // Starts at 7:30 a.m. // $80-$90)

SideShow School Workshop

Thrillseekers, this is the perfect event for you. You will learn the best way to lay on a bed of nails, how to walk on broken glass and escape a straitjacket. These would certainly be a great party trick to show your friends. Be sure to wear form-fitting workout clothes. Must be 18+ to attend. (House of Cirque // 2:30-4:30 p.m. // $50-$90)


Tuesday, January 28

Tim & Eric: 2020 Mandatory Attendance World Tour

The title says it all; this event is mandatory. You will enjoy an evening filled with jokes and gags. There may even be a special surprise. (Orpheum Theatre – Phoenix // 8-10 p.m. // $95)


Thursday, January 30

Darren Knight’s Southern Momma An Em Comedy Show 

People have compared Southern Momma to other redneck comedians like Jeff Foxworthy. Southern Momma is the fastest rising comedian in American History. Slim McGraw will also be present. McGraw has performed with several musicians including Calvin Harris and Nelly. (Stand Up Live – Phoenix // 8-10 p.m. // $25-$55)


Friday, January 31

A Cactus Life Painting

Craft and A Cork LLC will provide craft supplies and help you paint a delightful piece of art. Drink your favorite drink as you create art. The event is BYOB. (Craft And A Cork LLC // 6-9 p.m. // $35)


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