Jan. 6, Murphy Park
Say farewell to the holiday season at the final day of the Glitters light display. Take in 1.5 million LED lights along with two dozen hot air balloons glowing throughout 16 blocks of historic downtown Glendale. Other highlights will include mass balloon glows and musical performances. 4-10 p.m. Free. www.glendaleaz.com.
Jan. 8-14, various locations
Ready, set, swing! Scottsdale Golf Week will offer special pricing and vacation packages at dozens of the most celebrated courses, resorts and attractions. The week will include a variety of golf-themed special events, instructional clinics and competitions. Times and prices vary. www.scottsdalegolfweek.com.
Jan. 12-14, Downtown Phoenix
Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona is the perfect race for New Year’s resolution setters with distances the whole family can enjoy. Run a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K or 1-mile run, with a starting point in Downtown Phoenix and ending in Tempe. Times and prices vary. www.runrocknroll.com.
Jan. 13, Tempe Center for the Arts
Enjoy a night of jazz, all for a good cause. Three renowned pianists, Nicole Pesce, Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi, will perform an evening on Broadway with two concert grand pianos. This performance will benefit the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute Scholarship Fund at ASU. 7:30 p.m. $25-$125. www.tempe.gov.
Jan. 13, Arizona Biltmore
The 14th annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala will be a fairytale-themed evening chaired by Ivy Ciolli, Chrissy Sayare and Erika Williams. Expect to be whisked away with fine dining, cocktails and dancing as well as live entertainment at the black-tie affair. The gala will help meet the needs of thousands of abused children and their families that Childhelp serves each year. 5:30-11 p.m. $1,000+. www.childhelp.org.
Jan. 15-April 2, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
This year will celebrate 30 years of Scottsdale Arts’ Sunday A’Fair series, which will feature outdoor concerts by Valley musicians, an arts and crafts market, and fun activities for children and families. As a bonus, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art will offer free admission during Sunday A’Fair. Sundays, 12-4 p.m. Free. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
Jan. 16 and 30, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Blending Hollywood flair with the element of surprise, Talk Cinema provides sneak previews of new independent and foreign films. Audiences arrive at the theater not knowing what will be screened and are among the first to see new movies and then engage in a discussion led by film scholars and special guests. 7 p.m. $14. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
Jan. 17-20, Scottsdale Fashion Square
Head to Gooding & Company’s automotive marketplace adjacent to Scottsdale Fashion Square. The viewing showcase will open Jan. 17, where enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the high-quality assortment of vehicles and connect with Gooding & Company’s staff and fellow collectors. The auctions will take place Jan. 19-20. Times vary. General admission, $40; auction catalogue, $100; bidder, $200. www.goodingco.com.
Jan. 18, Higley Center
From their mesmerizing rendition of Sound of Silence to their playful version of Cecilia, prepare to fall in love with the music of Simon & Garfunkel all over again. The Guthrie Brothers will take listeners on a journey of one of the most beloved folk-rock duos in this tribute performance. 7:30 p.m. $23-$44.80. www.higleycenter.org.
Jan. 19, Phoenix Art Museum
Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner, a performance by Ballet Arizona, and live music at this gala that benefits Ballet Arizona’s performances, education and outreach. The black-tie soiree will honor longtime Ballet Arizona supporters Rose and Harry Papp. 6:30 p.m. $600. www.balletaz.org.
Jan. 19, Symphony Hall
Savor the Symphony is the signature fundraiser for The Phoenix Symphony, raising nearly $1 million for programs that influence more than 125,000 youth and adults in the community every year. This unique women’s luncheon gives attendees behind-the-scenes access to the rehearsal of The Tenors (a vocal group) and a gourmet meal prepared by a local executive chef. 11 a.m. $350. www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Jan. 19-21, Downtown Carefree
This 25th annual festival will feature more than 155 juried fine artisans, live music, and fine wines from around the world. A wine-tasting ticket includes a souvenir wine glass. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission, $3; wine-tasting ticket, $10. www.thunderbirdartists.com.
Jan. 19-20, Celebrity Theatre
This unforgettable evening will feature the original Jersey Boy, Frankie Valli, and The Four Seasons showcasing their time-honored pop favorites. Doors, 7 p.m.; show, 8 p.m. $66-$126. www.celebritytheatre.com.
Jan. 20, Arizona Biltmore
The Barrow Grand Ball celebrates the philanthropic achievements of the Barrow Women’s Board while raising funds for Barrow Neurological Institute. More than 300 of the Valley’s leaders and philanthropists will attend the black-tie, invite-only event to enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing. 6:30 p.m. Tables, $10,000. www.supportbarrow.org.
Jan. 20, Steele Indian School Park
Celebrate and pamper your pet at this third annual event where you can sample the latest in pet foods, pet products and services, plus get vet tips. There will also be a kids art area and music. Of course, dogs are welcome. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. www.doggiestreetfestival.org.
Jan. 20, Desert Botanical Garden
Grab your furry friend for a walk on the garden trails, where you can meet other dog lovers, learn about local dog-related nonprofits, shop at the “Barketplace” for dog merchandise, and enjoy a dog play zone. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with paid garden admission ($22); $4 for dogs, which benefits the Arizona Humane Society. www.dbg.org.
Jan. 20, Chaparral Park
Bring your favorite four-legged friend to the Chaparral Park off-leash area to talk with experienced pet professionals, visit information booths, learn about dog adoptions, and get great giveaways. Dog food donations will be accepted and will benefit Vista del Camino’s Pet Pantry and rescue agencies. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. www.scottsdaleaz.gov.
Jan. 23-28, Orpheum Theatre
Winner of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. The show features more than 30 crowd-favorite songs. Prices and times vary. www.orpheumtheatrephx.com.
Jan. 24-Feb. 11, Phoenix Theatre
Written by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, this is a celebration of theater at its best and theater people at their not-so-best. The show takes place on opening night of Peter Austin’s new play. At the home of his wealthy producer, Peter is joined by his best friend, the show’s aging starlet, the director, and a drama critic, as the unlikely group anxiously awaits the late-night newspaper reviews. Times and prices vary. www.phoenixtheatre.com.
Jan. 25, Downtown Scottsdale
As part of Scottsdale’s Gold Palette ArtWalk series, this special artwalk will focus on video works. While you can walk, there are also trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides available to transport you throughout the Scottsdale Arts District. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalegalleries.com.
Jan. 30-Feb. 25, ASU Gammage
Catch the musical that’s taken Broadway by storm! The show tells the story of America’s Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the nation’s first treasury secretary. As part of the ASU Broadway Series, Hamilton features a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, rhythm and blues, and Broadway music. While ticket availability is limited, more tickets may become available closer to the opening date. Times and prices vary. www.asugammage.com.