The Ultimate Guide to Events in Scottsdale and Phoenix

Discover the pulse of Arizona's Event Season as we guide you through a thrilling journey of events in Scottsdale and Phoenix from college football bowls to the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, the vibrant Phoenix Open, and the electrifying Innings Fest. Experience the best of Scottsdale and Phoenix at the height of event season. Your escape from winter begins here!

The end of the holiday season marks the beginning of an exhilarating Event Season in Arizona, making it arguably the best time to experience the state’s vibrant culture. It’s the moment when winter-weary travelers from all corners of the country flock to the sunny haven of Scottsdale and Phoenix, and the calendar is packed non-stop with thrilling activities.

Go to the fiesta bowl while visiting Arizona.

The year starts with a bang as college football brings the VRBO Fiesta Bowl and the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, setting the stage for a season of sports and entertainment. The VRBO Fiesta Bowl will host the Oregon Ducks as they take on Liberty Football on Jan. 1 in Glendale, Az at State Farm Stadium. But first, the Guaranteed Rate Bowl will host the Kansas Jayhawks as they take on the UNLV Rebels on Dec. 26 in Phoenix, AZ at Chase Field.

Visit Phoenix January 22-28 for Barrett-Jackson auto auction.

Things get more exciting as Barrett-Jackson rolls into town Jan 19, 2023.  Barrett-Jackson hosts more than 1,700 show worthy cars over 9 days in Scottsdale at Westworld. If you are lucky enough to catch the auto auction action, you’ll witness high intensity bidding for cars and for dollars most of us could only dream of. Barrett-Jackson is also starting the week off with Rock The Block with Foreigner on the 19th.

More Than Just Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson is the crown jewel as well as the largest auction but it isn’t the only rodeo in town. Bonham’s is a one day auction that sees some of the week’s priciest vehicles. Mecum Auctions takes over State Farm Stadium and Gooding & Co., RM Sotheby’s and Worldwide Auctioneers also host auctions in various parts of the Scottsdale & Phoenix Metro Area during Arizona’s auto week.

Join the party of the year at the PGA WM Phoenix Open.

Right after Auto Week the Waste Management Phoenix Open arrives. Dubbed “The Party of the PGA”, it is a great time to experience golf like no other place. The WM Open is unique in that you don’t need to be a golfer of any sort to enjoy Waste Management Open. Great times and good business deals are to be had here. The kickoff Concert at the 16th Hole Coliseum will host Post Malone in 2024. The Bird’s Nest is the premier nighttime concert venue during the WM Phoenix Open, featuring an abundance of food and drink vendors, making it a must-visit for enjoying performances by some of the world’s top music artists. Every night has a different artist headlining the stage (see schedule below).

Visit Phoenix on President's day weekend for the ultimate cocktail experience at AZ Cocktail Weekend.

Arizona Cocktail Weekend arrives during President’s Day Weekend. This wonderful event showcases some of the best bartenders and bars from around the world. Enjoy cocktails and dancing at the Cocktail Carnival in Walter Where?House on Saturday night, it’s a great night to enjoy some of the best cocktails along with an immersive light and sound display, art, music and circus performers. Sunday evening hosts our favorite Top Bars, where 40 of the world’s best bars showcase two signature cocktails. There is something for everyone here and is a not to miss event. Monday hosts the exciting The Last Slinger Standing contest, where some of Arizona’s top mixologists battle it out to become champion.

Visit Phoenix for an unforgettable MLB spring training trip.

Cactus League Spring Training begins February 22, 2023, and there isn’t a better state to host MLB spring training. Enjoy the Arizona sun with most of your favorite teams’ stadiums all within a 30 minute drive from one another, with one stadium right in Old Town Scottsdale!

Innings fest kicks off training camp with some of the biggest musical acts in the world.

Prepare to be amazed on the first weekend of the Innings Festival as the stage comes alive with the dynamic performances of headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers and Hozier. But that’s not all; the lineup is brimming with musical talent, featuring the likes of Maclemore, Young the Giant, Third Eye Blind, and many more. What makes this weekend even more special is the presence of baseball legends such as Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Dave Stewart, Bret Saberhagen, Dontrelle Willis, Eric Gagne, and Brandon Webb, making it an event that seamlessly blends sports and music.

The excitement continues into the second weekend with headliners Chris Stapleton and the Dave Matthews Band, putting on unforgettable performances. This weekend promises an equally star-studded lineup of music and baseball legends with the likes of Sheryl Crow, The Gin Blossoms, Rollie Fingers, Tim Raines, and more. Don’t wait too long to secure your tickets, as they are already available and in high demand. Grab them before they sell out and make sure you don’t miss out on this epic musical and sporting spectacle.

AZ Bike week is the premier motorcycle event in Arizona.

From April 3-7, 2024, Arizona Bike Week roars into town, offering motorcycle enthusiasts an unmatched experience. WestWorld hosts the official Bike Week event, complete with nightly concerts, stunt shows, and factory demo rides. Just a short 20-minute ride from WestWorld, you’ll discover Cave Creek, the unofficial heart of Bike Week. Here, you’ll find a charming western town with a rich motorcycle history. Its bars and restaurants come alive with bikers and devoted fans of the culture, creating an electric atmosphere that’s not to be missed.

Endless Excitement with Events in Scottsdale and Phoenix

From the revving engines of Barrett-Jackson to the elegance of the Phoenix Open, the thrill of Spring Training, the sophistication of Cocktail Week, and the musical and sporting extravaganza of Innings Fest and The Birds Nest, the beginning of the year is an exciting time to visit Scottsdale and Phoenix. With events catering to a wide range of tastes from Bachelorette Parties, Stag Parties, birthday celebrations, golf trips, and divorce parties, it’s the perfect way to kickstart your year and escape the winter blues.

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Schedule of Events

26
Dec.

Kansas v. UNLV

Chase Field Phoenix, AZ

01
Jan.

Liberty v. Oregon

State Farm Stadium Glendale, AZ

19
Jan.

Foreigner

WestWorld Scottsdale, AZ

20-28
Jan.

Auto Auction

WestWorld Scottsdale, AZ

03
Feb.

WM Phoenix Open

Concert in the Coliseum: Post Malone

TPC Scottsdale, AZ

05-11
Feb.

WM Phoenix Open

Golf Tournament

TPC Scottsdale, AZ

07
Feb.

HARDY & BAILEY ZIMMERMAN WITH SPECIAL GUEST MIKE.

TPC Birdsnest Scottsdale, AZ

08
Feb.

DIERKS BENTLEY W/ MITCHELL TENPENNY & MEGHAN PATRICK

TPC Birdsnest Scottsdale, AZ

09
Feb.

DURAN DURAN

TPC Birdsnest Scottsdale, AZ

10
Feb.

Kygo w/ Sam Feldt

TPC Birdsnest Scottsdale, AZ

17
Feb.

Walter Where?House Phoenix, AZ

18
Feb.

Warehouse 215 Phoenix, AZ

19
Feb.
22
Feb.

Opening Day

Phoenix, AZ

23-24
Feb.

23-Red Hot Chili Peppers, 24-Hozier

Tempe, AZ

01-02
Mar.

01-Chris Stapleton, 02-Dave Matthews Band

Tempe, AZ

26
Mar.

Last Day

Phoenix, AZ

03-07
Apr.

WestWorld

Scottsdale, AZ

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