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January 2009
Arizona Events Calendar

This calendar of events for Arizona communities has been produced to assist you in making travel arrangements. It is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation.

Dates for January 2009 Arizona events were correct at time of publication. Since dates are occasionally changed, please confirm them in advance. Updates, additions and corrections to any Arizona events are made at

AZ cities and town filled with activities in December

Since there are so many events and activities being held throughout Arizona communities in November, this calendar of event listings is split into two pages.

The Arizona Office of Tourism will release a 2009 Summer Calendar of Events, which includes information for events held between Memorial Day, May 28 through Labor Day, September 3.

The printed Summer Calendar of Events is now available at the Arizona Office of Tourism, 1110 W. Washington, Ste. 155, Phoenix, and will also be available at local visitor centers throughout Arizona and online. To request an Arizona Summer Events Calendar visit

January 1-15, 2009 Arizona Event Listings

January 16-31, 2009

ATC's America Plays! presents a Co-Production with nThe Cleveland Play House and Penumbra Theatre Company of "A Raisin in the Sun"

1              GLENDALE, AZ: 31st Annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship – University of Phoenix Stadium, one of the most prestigious high school marching band competitions in the country, participants present their best 10-minute field presentations, top bands compete for the coveted Grand Master’s Trophy, preliminaries 10:30 am, finals 6:30 pm,
1              PHOENIX, AZ: 4th Annual New Years Day 5K and 1 Mile – Papago Park, 5K Run, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, 8 am , 623-362-8438 or
1              TUCSON, AZ: Copper Bowl Junior Tennis Tournament – Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, junior tennis players compete in top-ranked tournament, headquartered at Hilton Tucson and other public and private venues around town. 520-742-2204 or
1-24         MESA: Othello – Mesa Arts Center, set in the sun bleached colonial outpost of Cyprus, this tale boils with fury, sexual heat and consuming passions, this tale of love and treachery features the talented Richard Baird as Iago, $12.50-33.50, 7:30 & 2 pm, director’s orientation at 7:10 pm, 480-6500 or 
1-2/28     QUARTZSITE: 9th Annual Desert Gardens Intl. Gem & Mineral Show - free, 9 am - 6 pm, 928-927-6361 or or 
2              LAKE HAVASU CITY: Test & Tune – Havasu 95 Speedway, free, 6-9 pm, 928-716-6634 or
2              PHOENIX: Artlink First Fridays - self-guided art tour of central Phoenix, galleries, art spaces, studios, first Friday of each month, free shuttle rides, free, 6-10 pm, 602-256-7539 or 
2-4           SCOTTSDALE: 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother – Theater 4301, Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian Judy Gold will perform her side-splitting, one-woman show, $32-38, 8 & 2 pm, 480-994-2787 or
2-4           SCOTTSDALE: Arizona National Horse Show - WestWorld, includes events such as a cutting competition, Quarterhorse show, 4-H & FFA Horse Show & AZ National Reining & Western Affiliate qualifying show, free, 8 am, 602-258-8568 or
2-4           TUCSON: Indian America New Year’s Competition Pow Wow & Indian Craft Market - Rillito Raceway Park, dancers from more than 50 tribes, authentic handmade craft market, traditional food, drum contest, children’s activity area, dance to bring in New Year, $12, 520-622-4900 or
2-7           TUCSON: Copper Bowl – Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort and other venues, junior tennis players compete in top-ranked tournament, 520-742-2204 or
2-11         QUARTZSITE: Annual Tyson Wells Rock/Gem/Mineral Show - goldsmithing, silversmithing, precious metals, lapidary tools, equipment, supplies, 8 am - 5 pm, free, 928-927-6364  or or 
2-2/8       TEMPE: Disney’s The Lion King – ASU Gammage, animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, a Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation, musical, 480-784-4444 or
3              GLENDALE: Fiesta Bowl Gridiron Jam – Downtown, a football-themed fan festival, with street performances by local artists, football-related attractions, interactive games and merchandise, food and beer gardens, appearances by college football personalities, 4-10 pm, 623-930-2299 or
3              JEROME: Jerome Art Walk – visit more than 30 of the unique art studios and galleries, meet the artists and see handcrafted art including jewelry, pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, paintings and sculpture and more made both locally and internationally, free, 5-8 pm,
3              LAKE HAVASU CITY: Day Race – Havasu 95 Speedway, ASA Street Stocks, Bandoleros, Factory Stocks, Powder Puff & Demo Derby, gates open at noon, racing starts at 2 pm, 928-716-6634 or
3              LAKE HAVASU CITY: 39th Annual Polar Bear Ski Run - Nautical Inn Beach, noon - 4 pm, 928-486-4963 or
3              PHOENIX: 38th Annual Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade - Central Phoenix., floats, bands, specialty and equestrian units; Arizona's largest one-day spectator event and one of the nation's finest and largest parades, reserved seats $25, 11 am,  480-350-0911 or   
3              PHOENIX: 25th Annual Resolution Run 5K - Papago Park, $20-25, 9 am, 480-345-5752 or
3              PHOENIX: Arizona Road Racers Castle Hot Springs 22 Mile Run – 7:30 am, 602-954-8341 or
3              QUARTZSITE: Hi Jolly Daze Parade & Festivities - Town Park, parade & entertainment, fiddlers contest, BBQ, gem stone scoop, 928-927-5600 or
3              SCOTTSDALE: 11th Annual Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk - Scottsdale Arts District, free opening receptions, demonstrations, live music, sponsored by Scottsdale Gallery Association, free, noon – 5 pm, 480-990-3939 or 
3              SCOTTSDALE: Beloved Brahms – Kerr Cultural Center, a drama about the highly charged atmosphere between the Brahmsian and Wagnerite campus of music in the late 19th century, performers are Harry Clark, cello, and Sanda Schuldmann, piano, $17-21, 8 pm, 480-596-2660 or
3              TUCSON: Just for Kids Concert – Tucson Symphony Center, features the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, 10 am, 11:15 am, 520-882-8585 or
3-4           PHOENIX: Bugs Bunny on Broadway - Special Event Concerts – Symphony Hall, George Daugherty, conducts, watch Warner Bros. Studios cartoons on the big screen, with the Phoenix Symphony, 7 & 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or
3-4           SIERRA VISTA: The Arizona Folklore Preserve Presents Trails & Rails – western history told with cowboy and train songs and stories, $6-15, 2 pm, reservations required, 520-378-6165 or
3-4           YUMA: 35th Annual Antique Show & Sale - Yuma Convention Center, featuring a silent auction with Yuma's Historical Society, Sat. 9 am - 5 pm, Sun. 10 am - 4 pm, $3, 602-717-7337 or
4              PHOENIX: Fiesta Bowl Invitational presented by Ellie & Michael Ziegler – The Phoenician, an upscale affair, dance the night away with Valley business leaders, VIPs and special visitors in town for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, dinner, silent auction, entertainment, $400, 6:30 pm, 480-350-0921 or
4              TUCSON: Edward Herrmann in Beloved Brahms - Berger Center for the Performing Arts, Chamber Music Plus Southwest presents Tony award-winning actor Edward Herrmann starring in a theatrical and musical production about Johannes Brahms and the politics and art of the 1800s, 3 pm, 520-400-5439 or
5              GLENDALE: 38th Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Football Classic – University of Phoenix Stadium, top teams play, the champion of the Big 12 Conference and another one of the nation’s top college football teams, 5:30 pm, 480-350-0911 or
5              GLENDALE: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Brings You College Football’s Biggest Party – Glendale Youth Sports Complex, action-packed celebration full of the ultimate tailgate experience, pep rallies, university marching bands and cheerleaders, interactive games, food, 11:30 am – 5:30 pm,
6              LAKE HAVASU CITY: Pavlo – Lake Havasu Performing Arts Center, dynamic composer, guitarist and singer with a unique style best described as “Mediterranean music,” $25, 7:30 pm, 928-855-5361 or 928-855-7486 or
7              SCOTTSDALE: Intro to The Elixir of Love – Kerr Cultural Center, features Arizona Opera, bring canned food or personal item for Vista del Camino food bank, free, but RSVP, 10:30 am, 480-596-2660 or
7              SCOTTSDALE: Dennis Rowland and the Extreme Decibel Big Band – Kerr Cultural Center, $24-29, 7:30 pm, 480-596-2660 or
7-25         MESA: Dixie’s Tupperware Party – Mesa Arts Center, Nesbitt-Elliott Playhouse, fast-talking Dixie Longate throws a good ol’fashioned Tupperware Party filled with outrageous tales, free giveaways and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware, which will be on sale after the show, $37, 480-644-6500 or
8-9           PHOENIX: Respighi: The Pines of Rome – Symphony Hall, Michael Christie, conducts, with the Phoenix Symphony, and Colin Currie, percussion, 7 & 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or
8-29         PHOENIX: Revenge of a King – Playhouse on the Park, a multicultural hip-hop musical featuring original music, freestyle rhymes an MC battle, graffiti, dance and a live DJ, a retelling of Hamlet where Hamilton L. King, an aspiring hip-hop artist, struggles to overcome his father’s mysterious death while simultaneously learning to accept his mother’s untimely marriage, by Black Theatre Troupe, $23.50-33.50, 8 & 3 pm, 602-254-2151 or
8-10         LAKE HAVASU CITY: Quilting at the Lake – The Nautical Inn, featuring classes by national & local teachers, Th-Fr 8 am – 10 pm, Sat 8 am – 5 pm,
8-11         TUCSON: 4th Annual Tucson Slow Food Film Festival – a weekend of new & classic food films, culinary events, cultural discussions and silent auction,
8-11         TUCSON: Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky – Classic Series with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, George Hanson conducts, features Fabio Bindini, piano, 8 & 2 pm,
9              PHOENIX: The Smothers Brothers – Dodge Theatre, blend of comedic and musical talents,
9              PRESCOTT: Branson’s Ozark Jubilee – Yavapai College Performance Hall, rollicking comedy and music direct from Branson Missouri, $23-28, 7:30 pm, 928-776-2000 or 877-928-4253 or
9-10         PARKER: Parker Best in the Desert 250 - motorcycle and quad points only and mini-motorcycle race, 928-669-2174 or or
9-11         CASA GRANDE: 23rd Annual Fiddler & Bluegrass Jamboree, Arts & Crafts Bazaar & Car Show - Pinal County Fairgrounds, famous fiddler & bluegrass musicians, old time fiddlers, arts & crafts, live entertainment, RV & car show,  $2, 9 am - 5 pm, 520-723-5242 or  
9-11         MESA: 37th Annual Flagg Gem & Mineral Show - Community College, activities for children, free mineral samples for children & teachers, booths, 80 dealers sell minerals, fossils & gems, educational information, three original 19th Century Peralta Stone Tablet Treasure Maps will be on exhibit, sponsored by Arizona Mineral & Mining Museum Foundation., free, 9 am - 5 pm, 480-814-9086 or or 
9-11         SIERRA VISTA: 28th Annual Senior Olympic Games - hundreds of seniors come from many states to show off their skills, competition in archery, basketball, billiards, golf, softball and other sports, free for spectators, 520-458-7922 or
9-2/1       PEORIA: Premiere! – Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, the latest play by renowned, multiple-Tony Award-winning playwright Dale Wasserman, debuts at Theatre Works, about a newly discovered play by the Bard of Avon, which is clearly the event of the century – unless it could possibly be a fake, comedy, 623-815-7930 or
9-2/15     MESA: Annie Get Your Gun – Arizona Broadway Theatre, rootin’-tootin’ spectacular musical comedy with a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, dinner theatre, 623-776-8400 or
9-2/22     PRESCOTT: It Ain’t Easy Being Green – Prescott Fine Arts Association, 208 N. Marina St., artists will translate their work in a variety of ways by creating anything related to the color green, free, 928-445-3286 or
10            ORO VALLEY: Musical Magic for Kids Concert – Oro Valley Council Chambers,
10            PHOENIX: 5th Annual “Run to Remember” – Wesley Bolin Plaza, 10K run, 5K run/walk, proceeds go to the families of officers that will be honored at National Police Week in May 2007 and to the Arizona Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, 7:30 am,
10            PHOENIX: Monster Energy AMA Supercross World Championship – Chase Field, motorcycle racing competition, 7 pm, $10-60, 480-784-4444 or or
10            PHOENIX: Petroglyph Discovery Hike – Hieroglyphic Springs at Superstition Mountains, an experienced guide will lead you on an exploration of rock art created hundreds of years ago by the Hohokam people, moderate, 8-11 am, $5, pre-register, 602-495-0901 or
10            PRESCOTT: 4th Annual Polar Bear Splash – Mountain Valley Splash Pool, a snow machine will provide a layer of snow for sledding, ice block races, ice cream eating contests, the crowning of the Ice Princess and the costume swimsuit competition, Polar Bears, ages 18 or above, will plunge into the pool, 10 am – noon, 928-759-3090
10            SAHUARITA: Great Expectations Academy Feeling Fit 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk – 9 am, 520-820-6447 or
10            TUCSON: The Smothers Brothers – Concert Specials – Tucson Music Hall, with Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Albert-George Schram as guest conductor, 7:30 pm,
10-11       LITCHFIELD PARK: 17th Annual Native American Art Festival “The Gathering” – Scout Park, Native American art, entertainment and food, a real Native American cultural experience, 10 am - 5 pm, 623-935-5033 or 
10-11       SIERRA VISTA: The Arizona Folklore Preserve Presents Journey West – traditional western music, $6-15, 2 pm, reservations required, 520-378-6165 or
10-11       TUCSON: Marilyn Forever Blonde – Invisible Theatre, Southwest Premiere, Sunny Thompson brings Marilyn Monroe back to life in this critically acclaimed play with music, 520-882-9721 or
10-11       YUMA: 11th Annual Gathering of the Gunfighters - Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, gathering of old west re-enactors in a two-day skit competition for "Best of the West," 9:30 am - 5 pm, 928-783-4771 or or
10-22       TUCSON: 18th Annual Jewish Film Festival - Jewish Community Center, series of American and international films that entertain and foster understanding of Jewish culture and heritage, 520-299-3000 or
10-25       PHOENIX: Half and Half – PVCC Performing Arts Center, by Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, a new work by the playwright James Sherman, the first half of the play takes place in the 1970s during the start of the feminist movement, the second half is contemporary and gives us a view of where all that freedom has landed today’s woman, 602-264-0402 or
10-25       QUARTZSITE: Main Event - displays from around the country, dealers with gems, minerals, jewelry demos, general swapmeeting, arts & crafts, Hit & Miss Engine Show, fireworks, 928-927-5213 or 
10-25       TUCSON: Dinner with Friends - Beowulf Alley Theater, winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for drama, 520-882-0555 or
10-31       TUCSON: A Raisin in the Sun – Temple of Music and Art, an explosive tale of one family living and learning together on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s, it was the first authentic voice of an African American playwright to hit the Broadway stage, an award-winning drama, a co-production with the Cleveland Play House and Penumbra Theatre Company, 520-622-2823 or
10-4/11   SCOTTSDALE: 7th Season of Native Trails presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation - a series of free festivals celebrating Native American culture, highlighting tribes from across Arizona including the Fort McDowell Yavapai, Hopi, Apache and Navajo nations, includes Native American music and dance created with traditional flutes and drums, arts, crafts and jewelry also available, monthly guest performers, most Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, free, noon - 1:30 pm, 480-421-1004 or
11            CHANDLER: The Casa Grande Century - options of 62 miles (metric century), 62 miles or 103 miles (century plus), $15-35, 8 am, 480-239-8226 or 
11            FLAGSTAFF: Stories to Life – Cuentos y Cantos: En Espanol e Ingles – Coconino Center for the Arts, this week features poems and tales by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jose Marti and Pablo Neruda with actors from Theatrikos and music by Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, free, 4 pm, 928-779-2300 or
11            PHOENIX: We Support our Troops 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Run/Walk – Reach 11, 8 am, 602-285-7342 or
11            SCOTTSDALE: Sunday A'Fair - Center for the Arts, features the Valley's top entertainers, this week is Kirsten Cuzick-Lambeck, jazz vocalist, and Alice Tatum, a diverse selection of arts & crafts, hands-on craft activities for children, docent-guided tours of the outdoor sculptures, free, noon - 4:30 pm, 480-994-ARTS or
11            SEDONA: Magical Music in the Red Rocks – Chamber Music Afternoons – Saint John Vianney, featuring The Biava Quartet, one of today’s most exhilarating young American string quartets, 2:30 pm, $25-35, 928-204-2415 or
11            TUCSON: Winter Trail Series Race – Tortolita Mountains, 6 am, 520-270-0763 or
11-18       SCOTTSDALE: 38th Annual Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction - WestWorld, largest, most prestigious antique/classic car auction in the world, 700+ American & European classic, sports & racing cars, buyers from around the world, 9 am - 10 pm, 480-421-6694 or 
12            SUN CITY: Alexander String Quartet – Faith Presbyterian Church, 16000 North Del Webb Blvd. World-premier ensemble and the ensemble in residence for the San Francisco Performances and New York City’s Baruch College, 7:30 pm, preview lecture at 6:30 pm, $25, 928-972-0478 or
13            SCOTTSDALE: Scottsdale Open Mile – Scottsdale Community College, 1 mile, 6:30 am, 602-943-8298 or
14            MESA: National Geographic Live: Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration - Mesa Arts Center, with marine geologist Robert Ballard and renowned underwater explorer, a veteran of more than 125 expeditions, many in search of lost ships and ancient history, he shared highlights from 40+ years of exploring the oceans’ depths along with his vision of how technology can continue to advance the frontiers of exploration, 480-644-6500 or or
14            SAFFORD: Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble – Safford Center for the Arts, featuring clogging from Southern Appalachia; step dances from Ireland, England and Canada and ham boning, hoofin’ and early jazz tap of the American South, $5-15,
14-16       SCOTTSDALE: Inside the Creative Process: Telling the Kurt and Gerda Weissman Klein Story on Stage – Theater 4301, the talents behind the stage adaptation of Gerda’s Lieutenant, a remarkable true story of love, loss and survival, will discuss highlights from its development, $25, 7:30 & 8 pm, 480-994-2787 or
14-18       SCOTTSDALE: 9th Annual Russo and Steele "Sports and Muscle" Car Auction - features more than 500 sports cars, muscle cars and hot rods, presenting the finest in European Sports, American Muscle, Customs and hot rods, memorabilia auction, supports local charities, $15, 480-517-4005 or
15            SCOTTSDALE: Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations – Concerts with Commentary – Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, featuring a program on Haydn and Mozart: Humor and Heartache, $32-38, 7:30 pm, 480-994-2787 or
15-16       PHOENIX: 10th Annual Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona - Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, some of the world's most influential automobiles will be offered for sale, 800-211-4371 or 
15-18       TUCSON: 61st Annual Southern Arizona Dance Festival – Tucson Convention Center, 300 dancers from all over the US and Canada attend, square dance (mainstream through C Star tips) and clogging at all levels, top callers and cuers, $, Thu 6:30-10 pm, Fri & Sat. 9 am – 5 pm and 7-10 pm, 520-797-9632 or  
15-18       WILLCOX: 16th Annual Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival – Willcox Community Center, a celebration of birds, nature and culture, includes guided tours and field trips for bird watching, photography, geology, ranching, agriculture, history and more, free seminars, a crafts and trade show, live animal educational booths, workshops, banquet, silent auction and keynote speaker, $5-90, 800-200-2272 or 
15-24       PRESCOTT: Elephant Man – Prescott Fine Arts Association, 208 N. Marina St., by Bernard Pomerance based on the true story  of a shared lesson on the goodness in humanity, 7:30 & 2 pm, $12-16, 928-445-3286 or
15-3/29   SCOTTSDALE: 5th Annual Arizona Fine Art Expo – Southwest corner of Jomax & Scottsdale Rd., juried fine arts & crafts in a working studio environment, hands-on art demonstrations and workshops, entertainment, $7, 480-837-7163 or

This calendar has been produced to assist you in making travel arrangements. It is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation. Dates for events were correct at time of publication. Since dates are occasionally changed, please confirm them in advance.

Continued Arizona Event Listings for January 16-30, 2009

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