The end of the month is here and with it comes a whole bunch of events that will take you outside to enjoy the amazing weather that only spring in Arizona can give you. There are tons of festivals taking place over the next seven days, as well as other events ranging from music to food tastings that are sure to be at the top of your list of must-dos.
Wednesday, January 23
– A farmer’s market is kicking off tonight (to recur weekly) at the Arizona Center starting at 4pm. The night will feature more than 40 local small businesses and farmers offering their fresh produce, crafts, and other handmade goods. The event will run until 8pm.
– The Mesa Artspace lofts are celebrating their grand opening with an evening of performances and arts that is open and free to the public. The lofts are home to 50 artists’ families that include singers, writers, musicians, and more. You can experience the space and enjoy tons of live entertainment, refreshments, and art installations. From 4-8:30pm.
Thursday, January 24
– Film Bar is hosting two showings of “Don’t Come Back from The Moon,” a drama and story of abandonment where all the men in a desert California town leave their families to “go to the moon.” The film stars Rashida Jones and James Franco. The showings are at 12:30pm ($7) and 5:10pm ($9.95).
– Jazz and swing music will fill the rooms at the Grand for “Grand Central Swing” night, taking place from 6:45-11pm. There are lessons from 7:15-8pm and then free dancing from 8-11pm. Cover is $8 per person. Vintage drinks available for purchase.
Friday, January 25
– From 4-8pm, enjoy a night of “Evening Glows” as a part of the 2019 Arizona Balloon Classic taking place all weekend, where a field full of illuminated, tethered hot air balloons glow in time to music. There will be live entertainment, food trucks, and more.
– In the mood to chow down on some great food? The Food Truck Friday West event takes place from 5-9pm off of 83rd Ave. and Union Hills. The event is free to enter and park at and will feature tons of great food trucks to choose from. Plus, there will be music and the event is pet-friendly!
Saturday, January 26
– A brunch bash is heading to Downtown Phoenix from 10am-4pm. Enjoy an ultimate spread of breakfast dishes available for purchase and all of your favorite morning cocktails. General admission is $8 and then you can purchase individual drink and food tickets, though there will be some samples for free. There will also be live music!
– Maybe tacos interest you more than brunch. You can head over to the New Times’ Tacolandia, which provides unlimited taco samples from over 50 of the best taquerias. There will also be live entertainment. General admission is $30.
Sunday, January 27
– Heritage Square Park will host the Annual Grand Wine Festival and Marketplace from 11am-5pm, featuring over 35 wineries pouring over 200 wines. There will be live music, food trucks, and other vendors offering good for sale. General admission is $15 (with no tasting tickets) or there are other ticket options with tasting tickets available as well. All tickets include a free wine glass!
– Enjoy the largest light and lantern festival in North America over at the State Fairgrounds from 5-10pm. The Lights of the World display is going to combine lanterns with technology and lights. Tickets range in price.
Monday, January 28
– It’s the 5-year anniversary for Culture PHX and I Am Roots’ “One Mic Stand.” The event is a showcase of great poets and musicians from across the nation. Enjoy the celebration as well as great performances starting at 7pm for a $7 admission.
– Jobot Coffee is hosting a DJ for the night to make your Monday a bit better, as well as drink specials from 7-11pm. You can look for Jobot employees around town to try and snag a 25 cent first drink card, but if not, you can still enjoy $4 wells all night while you enjoy the music. There’s also drawing out on the patio as a part of the Drawing Night Collective.
Tuesday, January 29
– Enjoy a community dinner with Kim Jordan, the co-founder of New Belgium Brewing. There will be New Belgium beers pair with a full course meal, all taking place in the heart of Roosevelt Row. Tickets are $75, and the dinner runs from 5:30-8pm.
– Indie rock band Hippo Campus will be performing at the Van Buren as a part of their Bambi tour promoting their latest album. Best known for songs such as “The Way it Goes,” the show is bound to be a great one. Tickets are $25.
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