Festivals, Events and Things to Do in February

Stock up on festivals and fun times with this monthly look at the valley’s high season.


Fine Arts Celebration
Until March 27

This invitational, juried art gathering, featuring renowned and emerging artists, continues. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 18400 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-443-7695, celebrationart.com

Arizona Music Festival
February 4-April 29

This month-long festival features the country’s top artists in classical, chamber, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, country, bluegrass and pop. Highlights include: Steve Tyrell, February 4; A star is born: the concert, February 7; Music City Hit-Makers, Feb. 14; Kenny G, February 19; Sinfonia Festival, February 20; Inon Barnatan and the Festival Orchestra, February 24; Orchestra Pops Festival: A Salute to Arizona and the Wild West on February 25; and Beethoven’s Ninth: Ode to Joy, February 27. North Scottsdale/Phoenix venues, 480-422-8449, azmusicfest.org

Ground Parade
February 5

Everyone’s a cowboy or cowgirl at the Parada del Sol Parade, which parades through downtown Scottsdale, followed by the festive Trail’s End block party in Old Town. Downtown Scottsdale, scottsdaleparade.com

Arizona Renaissance Festival
February 5-April 3

He is back. Huzah! See legend on page 112 for details. Saturday-Sunday, plus President’s Day, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 12601 E. Hwy. 60 Gold Canyon, 520-463-2600, renfestinfo.com

Competition in the hills
12 February

More than 1,000 collectible and high-performance cars representing most makes and models criss-cross the gentle slopes and green grass around the world-famous lake and fountain. Proceeds benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, 480-837-1654, concoursinthehills.org

hoop dance competition
February 12-13

Enjoy the rapid precision, grace and creativity of hoop dancing as the best hoop dancers from the United States and Canada compete for cash prizes and the title of world champion. 9am-5pm Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-252-8848, hear.org

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
February 17-27

Since 1955, this show has been a leader in the Arabian horse world, growing from 50 horses to nearly 2,400 of the best horses in the world, each competing for the title of “champion of Scottsdale”. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, 480-515-1500, scottsdaleshow.com

Fountain Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts
February 25-27

This juried show in the northeast valley features nearly 500 performers from across the country, as well as live music, food stalls and beer gardens. Feb 25-26, 10am-5pm; February 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Avenue of the Fountains and Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, 480-837-1654, Fountainhillsartfairs.com

Devour Week
February (to be determined)

As this issue went to press, organizer Local First Arizona hoped to repeat the home delivery format of the 2021 event, instead of the traditional on-site food festival at Desert Botanical Gardens, citing labor shortages. work in the local restaurant industry. devourphoenix.com

Pony Express Knife
February (to be determined)

Welcome the Hashknife Riders as they journey 200 miles on horseback from Holbrook to Scottsdale, delivering thousands of letters. This re-enactment of Western history is the longest Pony Express ride in the country. Riders arrive at noon at a soon-to-be-announced Scottsdale location, 480-686-9539, hashknifepony-express.com

Schnepf Farms

This family farm offers a country store and bakery, wagon rides, organic ‘pick your own’ gardens and orchards, farm tours, a children’s barn and a variety of special events. A Peach Blossom Celebration (February/March), 4th of July Festival, Christmas Lights and Pumpkin Patch (October) are highlights. 24610 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, 480-987-3100, schnepffarms.com

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