Datebook Picks For September

September 12-15

Ballet Under the Stars

Ballet Arizona continues its annual season-opener. The series of intimate outdoor performances of both classical and contemporary ballet will be held at various Valley venues. Check the website for specific dates and locations.

September 15

Wine, Women & Shoes

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation hosts this fundraiser at Chateau Luxe. Now in its second year, a seated luncheon, fashion show, wine samples, stiletto shoe contest and “Key to the Closet” are highlights. Proceeds benefit the many programs and services offered 

September 21-30

Restaurant Week

Enjoy signature dishes from some of the Valley’s top chefs at this semi-annual event. Participating restaurants include Beckett’s Table, Buck & Rider, The Capital Grille, J&G Steakhouse, Lon’s, Seasons 52 and Vincent’s on Camelback among others. The three-course meals are priced at $33-$44 per person.

September 27-29

Taste America 2018

Foodies, rejoice! The James Beard culinary tour makes a stop in the Valley for a weekend of all things related to fine food. The Friday cocktail and tastings will be held at Dominick’s Steakhouse. Mountain Shadows will be the spot for Saturday’s Night of Culinary Stars. Cooking demonstrations and tastings will be held at Sur La Table, Scottsdale Fashion Square.

September 28 – November 4

Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze

With Halloween just a month away, usher in the fall season by visiting an authentic pumpkin patch.There’s also a petting zoo, haunted corn mazes, train rides, jumping pillows and a petting zoo.

September 14-16

The Phoenix Symphony

Kicking off his fifth season as musical director for The Phoenix Symphony, Tito Muñoz leads the orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and its magnificent “Ode to Joy.” The world-class Phoenix Chorus will be featured.

September 19

Jay-Z and Beyoncé

Making a stop in Phoenix, hiphop’s famous couple join together for their On The Run II world tour. Anticipate a dazzling spectacle as they share mega-hits such as “Crazy in Love,” “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” “Show Me What You Got” and “Drunk in Love.”

September 23

Macy Gray

Known for her distinctive raspy voice, this 2001 Grammy Award-winner for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance will take center stage at Chandler Center for the Arts.

September 28 – October 14

The Wiz

The Black Theatre Troupe opens the season with The Wiz, the rock and soul version of The Wizard of Oz. This lively show follows Dorothy’s adventures with a lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul-inspired music. Debuting on Broadway in 1975, the production won multiple Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

September 29

Chile Pepper Festival

Crank up the heat on Roosevelt Row at this annual festival. Live music. cooking demonstrations, salsa dancing, children’s activities, a talent show, margarita and beer gardens and chili pepper- cuisine prepared by local chefs will be featured.