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Events Around the Valley This Week (Feb. 12-18)

This is a curated list of weekly events around the Phoenix area for February 12-18.
Calendar listings include public events and attractions from around the Valley and state. Confirm information before making plans by calling the listed phone number, or check each website for last minute confirmation or cancellations. Information for EVENTS should be submitted at least eight weeks before the first of the month it is to be published. Log on to


World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Every year, in a stunning display of precision and tradition, hundreds of indigenous performers from across North America will compete for cash prizes totaling $25,000 and the title of world champion hoop dancer. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10-$25, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 252-8840,

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
Feb. 15-25

For 10 days, Scottsdale becomes the center of the equestrian world. More than 2,000 of the world’s finest Arabian horses and their owners, trainers and breeders from around the world will compete for a variety of championship titles across several categories in an event dubbed “The Greatest Horse Show on Earth.” Call for times and ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, (480) 515-1500,

Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival
Feb. 17

One of the state’s highly attended festivals is moving to a larger location. More than 20 Arizona wineries, along with local artists and live music, will be in attendance. Bring your appetite because food trucks will serve delicious food that will pair well with whatever you’re sipping. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Early bird tickets, $35; General admission, $45; VIP tickets, $60. Kallista Park, 4450 S. Houghton Road, Tucson,

Navajo Rug Show and Sale
Feb. 16-18

More than 200 traditional handwoven Navajo rugs will be available for purchase at this event, along with jewelry and other Native American crafts. The proceeds will go directly to the artists, who will be on hand to discuss their craft, give demonstrations and share the stories behind their work. VIP Friday Admission, $50. Free, Sat.-Sun., Fri., 5-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, (480) 488-1090, ext. 1003,

Arizona Strong Beer Festival
February 17

It’s time to tap into some of the best craft brews the Grand Canyon State has to offer, along with some delicious bar food (including an edible pretzel necklace), music and games that will keep the party going all day long. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $50; $20 for designated driver. VIP access, 11:30 a.m., $70. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,

Arizona Fine Art Expo
Through March 24

Attendees can meet and watch nationally acclaimed and award-winning artists at work in 124 patron-friendly studios as Thunderbird Artists hosts this art adventure. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $12, season pass; $10, seniors and military. 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-837-7163,

Celebration of Fine Art
Through March 24

This annual juried invitational gathering features 100 artists from across the country who show and sell their gallery-quality work in an intimate studio setting. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Season pass: $10, adults; $8, seniors and military; free, children 11 and younger. 18400 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-443-7695,


Barbie: A Cultural Icon
Feb. 14-July 7

On the heels of the hit movie, the Phoenix Art Museum’s exhibition, created by Illusion Projects and Mattel, Inc., gives visitors a real sense of the doll’s place in art, design and pop culture over decades. Visitors can even get their picture taken next to a life-size Barbie Mirror-Pink Corvette. Call for times and ticket prices. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 257-1880,

Hotel Saguaro
Through February 23

Written in collaboration with the Desert Botanical Garden, this educational puppet performance illustrates why cacti are vital for desert life. Call for times. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, 602-262-2050,

The Truth About Winnie Ruth Judd
Through March 17

One of the most notorious true-crime cases in Arizona history gets the theatrical treatment in this bizarre drama about murder, the press and suitcases. Call for times and ticket prices. Judith Hardes Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151,

Dorothy Fratt: Color Mirage
Now through July 21

The term “underrated” gets needlessly thrown around, but it certainly applies to Valley painter Dorthy Fratt. The artist helped commission the public sculpture “Windows to the West” by Louise Nevelson in Scottsdale while her work blazed its own trail in abstraction. “Color Mirage” is the first U.S. exhibition celebrating her art, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Call for times and ticket prices. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, (480) 874-4666,

Shadow Passes, Light Remains: Binh Danh and Michael Koerner
Through Feb. 24

Personal trauma and universal truth are developed both literally and figuratively in the darkrooms of visual artists Michael Koerner and Binh Danh. See how beauty and destruction merge and mutate in this stunning photographic exhibition. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Opening reception, Jan. 13, 1-3 p.m. Lisa Sette Gallery, 210 E. Catalina Drive, Phoenix, (480) 990-7342,


March 16

Rescheduled from July 22, 2023. For each of the four decades she has performed, Madonna has pushed pop music forward with songs like “Borderline,” “Vogue,” “Ray of Light” and “I Don’t Search I Find.” To celebrate her phenomenal collection of hits, the singer is heading out on tour with a show that will undoubtedly push the envelope and make you get into the groove. 8:30 p.m. Check the website for ticket prices. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, (602) 379-7800,

Innings Festival
Feb. 23-24, March 1-2

This spring-training-themed music festival expands to two weekends in what has become a welcome tradition. Baseball and rock legends will take the stage in Tempe for the latest edition of this event. And when the headliners include Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jimmy Eat World, you know this festival is batting a 1.000. Check the website for set times and ticket prices. Tempe Beach and Arts Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe,

PHOENIX magazine’s Dish Fest
March 17

We may be biased, but our sister publication knows how to throw a party, and the only thing you need to bring for this edition of their food festival is an appetite. There will be unlimited bites from the best culinary minds in the Valley, with food demonstrations galore. Proceeds benefit The Joy Bus Charity. VIP Tickets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; general admission, 12-3 p.m., $70-$115, The Clayton House, 3719 N. 75th St., Scottsdale,


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