It’ll be a sugar lover’s dream at the Sweets Festival in Gilbert. Vendors will put their own sugary-twist on regular food and create items like cotton candy tacos. There will also be regular sweet treats like fudge, caramel, ice cream, cupcakes, candy bars, macaroons, pies, and more. Some sweet cocktails and drinks will be offered for those over 21. Family activities include bouncers to spinning berries, photo opportunities, crafts, and more.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN HORSE SHOW
One of the largest horse shows returns to Scottsdale. The 65th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show starts this weekend where thousands of horses and trainers will show off their skills for more than $2 million in prize money, trophies, and awards. Along with the competition, there will be more than 300 vendor booths that feature lavish jewelry, clothing, and works of art. Families can “meet an Arabian horse,” check out art contests, behind-the scenes barn tours, Paint-A-Pony ceramic horse painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, camel rides, and more. Tickets start at $10 per day.
Feb. 13 to Feb. 23
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
ARIZONA GAY RODEO
One of the first gay rodeos ever started is this weekend. The 35th annual Arizona Gay Rodeo is an event that has traditional rodeo activities such as bull riding, barrel racing, goat dressing, and more. There’s also camp drag events, vendors, food, full-service bars, drag performances, dancing, rodeo royalty, games, and more.
Feb. 14: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Feb. 15 & 16: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
DOLLA DOLLA DANCE PARTY
Get paid to party in downtown Phoenix this weekend. The Van Buren is hosting the Dolla Dolla Dance Party where the venue turns into The Blunt Club, Arizona’s longest running hip hop party. In honor of President’s Day weekend, they’ll give you a $1 to come down and dance the night away. There will also be drink specials, photo ops, a money gun, and more.
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
SEXY SCIENCE: SCIENCE WITH A TWIST
Get turned on by science on Valentine’s Day. The Arizona Science Center will be opening doors after hours for Sexy Science: Science with a Twist. There will be a star-crossed lovers planetarium presentation, heart dissections, and a special showing of the Prince Laser Show. Guests can check out the 66 million-year-old T. Rex and then find out how dinosaurs mate at a special talk with paleontologist Gavin McCullough. Tickets are $12 for non-members.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
One of the most popular performances will be in Phoenix just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend. The Vagina Monologues is an award-winning play that is based on interviews with more than 200 women. It’s been around for more than 16 years and celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Tickets are $10.
Feb. 15: 7 p.m.
Feb. 16: 2 p.m.
BALLET ARIZONA: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Shakespeare’s hilarious tale comes to life in Phoenix. Ballet Arizona puts on performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’ll feature new sets and 81 lavish costumes designed by Fabio Toblini. Tickets start at $34.
Feb. 13: 7 p.m.
Feb. 14: 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15: 2 p.m., 7: 30 p.m.
Feb. 16: 1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
ARIZONA COCKTAIL WEEKEND
Arizona Beer Week is coming to an end so it’s time for the ninth annual Arizona Cocktail Weekend. The activities include three signature events, which are the Cocktail Carnival at the Walter Where? House, Top Bars at The Croft, and Last Slinger Standing at Young’s Market Company. Plus some of the best in the industry will show off their top spirits at various spots throughout the weekend. That means everything from brand-driven happy hours and parties to educational seminars.
Various times and places
GREAT SOUTHWEST CAJUN FEST
Experience the heart and soul of New Orleans plus a little Arizona fusion and flavor at the Great Southwest Cajun Fest in downtown Chandler. The big event will feature live music with jazz, blues, and contemporary swing revival bands. Those who geaux (go) will feel like they’re in Louisiana with Cajun culture and cuisine from food vendors. There will also be themed zones, eating competitions, a kids zone, and more. Tickets are $8.
Noon to 9 p.m.
ARIZONA VEGETARIAN FOOD FESTIVAL
Filly your belly but avoid the meat at the sixth annual Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival in Scottsdale. Guests can enjoy delicious grub from more than 60 vegan vendors, more than 40 chefs, keynote speakers, yoga and workout classes, kids’ activities, live music, and more. Tickets start at $20.
Feb. 15 & 16
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
DEVOUR THE WORLD
The foodies who want to have a taste of all the culinary creations, there is an event in Peoria that will delight the taste buds. Devour the World celebrates international flavors with multicultural cuisines from regional restaurants and food trucks. There will also be cultural music and dance performances. There will also be wineries and breweries handing out samples, too. This is a 21 and over event with tickets costing $55.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
PHX FIELD DAY
Adults can play like kids at PHX Field Day in downtown Phoenix. The event is a little earlier in the year compared to last year but has all the same fun. Adults can enjoy classic games like sack races, tug-of-war, dizzy bat flip cup, a gigantic obstacle course and more. There will also be food trucks, a bar, a concert experience, major giveaways and more.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
D-BACKS FAN FEST
Pitchers and catchers have already reported and fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks can get up close to their favorite players at D-backs Fan Fest. There will be a live stage show featuring the players, D-backs alumni and broadcasters, a behind-the-scenes clubhouse tour, baseball activities, photos on the field, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Yard Sale, autographs, and photographs with players and more. Tickets and parking are free.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2020 VISIT TUCSON SUN CUP
Soccer fans can get a preview of what the season could be like for the Phoenix Rising Football Club with the 2020 Visit Tucson Sun Cup in Arizona. There will be a total of nine matches in Scottsdale and Tucson. Phoenix Rising fans in the Valley can see the squad take on the Columbus Crew SC in Scottsdale on Saturday. The Visit Tucson Sun Cup winner will be determined by the total points earned in the three matches. The tournament ends Feb. 22
One of the biggest names in music from the late 1990s is coming to Phoenix. Sarah McLachlan will be performing her emotional ballads on Saturday. She has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, with her best-selling one being Surfacing, which came out in 1997.
ARIZONA COYOTES VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS
The Arizona Coyotes will be hosting one of the best NHL teams in the Eastern Conference this weekend when the Washington Capitals come to town. Alex Ovechkin is a scoring machine but they’ll face a tough Coyotes defense. The ‘Yotes will be hungry for a win after falling to fifth in the Pacific Division.