April 8, 6 p.m.
For more than 100 years, the Board of Visitors has been dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly. The organization invites you to their 102nd annual Charity Ball, which will take place at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. A cocktail reception will be followed by the Presentation of the 2017 Flower Girls, a gourmet dinner, incredible music and dancing. $600. www.boardofvisitors.org.
April 8, 6 p.m.
The 15th annual First Press Wine Dinner and Auction is an evening of elegant indulgence at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. This black-tie affair will feature a wine-tasting reception, wine-themed auction items, raffle prizes, a five-course meal and entertainment. During dinner, you’ll enjoy paired wines served by winery representatives. $350. www.firstpressarizona.com.
April 8-9, 12 p.m.
Held at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, guests will enjoy cooking demos and challenges, wine seminars and discussions with culinary leaders. This year, the festival will usher in a new event: The Cocktail Society (April 7 only; 7-11 p.m.), which includes complimentary cocktails, unlimited food and live entertainment and music with the purchase of a ticket. Come hungry – and thirsty! Festival, $12-$150; The Cocktail Society, presale, $85; at the door, $100. www.scottsdalefest.org.
April 22, 6-11 p.m.
American Cancer Society chair Dr. Linda Greer will welcome more than 500 “stars” to the 56th annual Picnic Under the Stars Gala at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch to support the American Cancer Society. The evening will include a cocktail hour, silent auction and games, a gourmet meal, entertainment and dancing – all under the beautiful desert sky. Proceeds from the event will help the American Cancer Society. $400. www.picnicunderthestars.org.
April 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
This signature event helps ensure that every child starts the day with a breakfast. Hosted by the Women’s Leadership Council at Valley of the Sun United Way, the luncheon will be held at The Phoenician with Geena Davis, an Academy Award-winning actress and advocate, as the keynote speaker. Proceeds from the luncheon will directly benefit Breakfast in the Classroom, which is part of the organization’s Ending Hunger in the Classroom Initiative. $125. www.vsuw.org.
April 28-30, times vary
Calling all trendy, vintage-loving Phoenicians: Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will welcome more than 70 vendors selling all things vintage and handmade to WestWorld of Scottsdale. And, be the first to shop on Friday night; each Friday ticket includes weekend re-entry (plus early entry on Saturday), one drink and a canvas bag. $8-$65. www.junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.
May 4, 5 p.m.
Artists, organizations, businesses, educators and individuals from communities across Arizona have been nominated for the 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards in eight categories. The winner of each category will be announced at the 36th annual Governor’s Arts Awards dinner and celebration at The Phoenician. The Governor’s Arts Award commemorates those who have contributed greatly to the Valley’s arts and cultural heritage. $250. www.azcitizensforthearts.org.
May 6, 6-10 p.m.
Choose your boldest and brightest future-chic attire to wear to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual SMoCA Mix fundraiser. This year’s event will offer guests an evening of interactive technology and media with an artistic perspective from various artists. It will also honor Valley philanthropist Dorothy Lincoln-Smith, who has greatly contributed to the local arts community and is part of the generation that created SMoCA in 1999. General, $175; VIP, $250. www.smoca.org.