February 7
Hashknife Pony Express
Applaud the Hashknife riders as they complete their 200-mile route on horseback from Holbrook to Scottsdale. This annual reenactment has them scheduled to arrive at noon at the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum.

February 7
First Friday
Take in the culture and spirit of downtown Phoenix. Visit museums, art galleries and studios free of charge; enjoy indie bands and street performers; shop the boutiques and vendor stalls; and check out the nearby restaurants and bars.

February 7
Art Lovers Book Club
Join Museum staff and fellow art lovers for a close reading of Utopia Parkway: The Life & Work of Joseph Cornell by Deborah Solomon, coinciding with the Joseph Cornell: Things Unseen exhibition. The program will begin in the Museum galleries and move to the Lemon Art Reseach Research Library. Space is limited. RSVP required.

Through March 13
Holocaust by Bullets
The Phoenix Holocaust Association presents Holocaust by Bullets: 10 Years of Investigation, which offers research uncovering step-by-step documentation of crimes committed against the Jews and Romas. Lectures, films and discussions are held around the Valley. Consult the website for specific dates, time and locations.

Through March 15
On display at Scottsdale Fashion Square, visitors will interact with 13 immersive and thought-provoking artworks spread across a 16,000 square-foot exhibition space.

Through March 22
Arizona Fine Art Expo
Hosted by Thunderbird Artists, attendees will have the opportunity to view award-winning artists at work in 120+ visitor-friendly studios.

Through March 29
Celebration of Fine Art
Over 100 established and emerging artists will display and sell their work in an intimate studio setting.

Through May 10
Wild Rising
An installation of more than 1,000 colorful animal sculptures made from recyclable plastic are on view at Desert Botanical Garden. The creatures featured in Wild Rising not only capture the magnificence of nature, but also address global and local sustainability and conservation issues.

February 8
Parada del Sol
Arrive at 10 a.m. in your finest cowboy attire for the Western Legends-themed Parada del Sol as it winds through Old Town Scottsdale. Immediately afterwards the Trails’ End block party begins with kids games, pony rides, food vendors, live music, dancers and merchandise vendors. p.m.

February 8-9
Corks & Cactus
Attendees will enjoy a variety of wines while strolling through the garden. Representatives from the wineries will be on hand to chat and live music will add to the ambience. Food pairings and wine by the bottle or case are available for purchase.

February 8-9
Hoop Dance Contest
At this two-day competition, men and women compete on an equal field. Indigenous communities first employed hoop dance as a healing ceremony. Today, hoop dance is shared as an artistic expression to celebrate and honor traditions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Dancers are judged on a slate of five skills: precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativity and speed in five age divisions.

February 8-9
Street Eats Food Truck Fest
Over 55 food trucks will sell all types of food, with every menu including a $2 sample. Once inside the festival, you can use cash or credit cards at all bars and food trucks. The event will include live bands, lawn games, eating contests, local vendor marketplace, kid’s zone, cooking classes and much more.

February 8 – March 29
Arizona Renaissance Festival
Chivalry is alive and well at the 32nd annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. The 30-acre village, filled with castles, cottages, pubs and costumed characters, will transport guests back to the 16th century. There are 14 stages for entertainment, jousting tournaments, 200+ artisan shops, games and rides for all ages and lots of feasting opportunities.

February 9
Willo Home Tour
Enter 15 beautifully restored Tudor, Spanish, Colonial and bungalow-style homes built in the 1920’s through the 1940‘s when Willo Historical District hosts its annual tour.

February 12
Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday
Every Wednesday, from 3 – 9 p.m., Phoenix Art Museum offers complimentary admission in an effort to reduce economic barriers to the arts.

February 13-23
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
Now in its 65th year, the annual show has grown from 50 to nearly 2,400 horses bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance at winning. This year’s event proudly benefits the following charities: Arabian Horsemans Distress Fund, ASU Western Equestrian Team, SCC Equine Sciences Scholarships and March of Dimes.