9 Fun Things to Do in Phoenix and Scottsdale This Month
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Sweet 16th Hole
Waste Management Phoenix Open
You don’t need to know anything about golf to enjoy the thrill of “The Greatest Show on Grass.” Sure, fans have an opportunity to see some of the best players compete, but this tournament is also known as “The People’s Open,” and there’s plenty of fun for spectators who would much rather wear a tank top than a polo shirt. Party hard at the 16th hole or stick around to see rapper Macklemore or country star Sam Hunt at the Coors Light Birds Nest across the street. Visit website for tee times and ticket prices. Tournament Players Club, 17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, wmphoenixopen.com.
Honor and Tradition
World Championship Hoop Dance Contest
After going virtual last year, Native American dancers from all over the United States and Canada return to Phoenix and perform live for the chance to balance artistry, tradition and a lot of hoops to win a portion of the cash prize totaling $25,000. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., $9-$22, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 252-8840, heard.org.
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
The equine extravaganza, presented by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, features plenty of family-friendly events as over 2,400 members of the most magnificent breed in the world will compete for more than $2 million in prize money. And if you’re curious about riding, there are seminars, pony rides, ceramic horse painting and a shopping expo. Call for times and ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, scottsdaleshow.com.
Arizona Cocktail Weekend
Bartenders from around the world will shake up the Valley bar scene with delicious drinks and memorable mixes for the 10th anniversary of this intoxicating event. Sample new local spirits or get a glance at the unexpected at the Cocktail Carnival. You can even cheer on your favorite mixologist as the best from Phoenix and Tucson stir things up for a Copper State showdown. Check website for tickets, locations and event times. Downtown Phoenix, arizonacocktailweekend.com.
Feb. 20 and Feb. 26
There will be two opportunities to participate in the 13th year of this nationally recognized local food festival this year. You can hobnob with the culinary elite during the Seven Chefs Dinner at The Gladly on Feb. 20. If you’re more comfortable sampling Valley cuisine at home, go online to get a takeout dinner on Feb. 26. Either way, your local restaurant (and tastebuds) will thank you. Check website for menus and ordering information. The Gladly, 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, devourphoenix.com.
Swing into Spring
Cactus League Baseball
Feb. 26-March 29
The smell of peanuts and Cracker Jack will fill the air for the 75th time when 15 Major League Baseball teams visit the Valley to prepare for the regular season. It’s not only an opportunity to sneak a peek at how the summer will shake out, but also a great way for fans to see their favorite players up close and personal. Ticket prices and locations vary. cactusleague.com.
Like A Lady
We all need a laugh, and this award-winning Broadway musical, based on the 1982 Dustin Hoffman film about an out-of-work actor who dresses up as a woman to get the big part, has had audiences rolling in the aisles across the nation. There’s a brilliant score from David Yazbek (“The Band’s Visit”) to boot. Call for times and ticket prices. Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, “ (480) 965-3434, asugammage.com.
You have the entire summer to catch a baseball game, but when was the last time you’ve been to an actual concert? Especially one with Tame Impala; St. Vincent; local up-and-comer Sydney Sprague; and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Foo Fighters. But don’t worry, you can also say hello to legends Roger Clemens and Eric Gagne while you’re there. 12:30-11 p.m. $159; GA+, $289; VIP, $699. Tempe Beach and Arts Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, inningsfestival.com.
What About Love?
The Color Purple
March 2-May 1
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the 1985 film by former Phoenix native Steven Spielberg, this musical chronicles the harrowing life of Celie in Georgia in the early 1900s. Call for times and ticket prices. Hormel Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com.