Ongoing, Jade Bar
Learn about the art of cocktail creation at one of these interactive classes, held every Saturday this fall at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa. Expert mixologists will spotlight three to four cocktails during these educational afternoons that are part history lesson, part instructional demo, and part cocktail tasting. In addition, those in attendance will receive 15% off of food during the class. Reservations are required. Noon. $50 plus tax and gratuity. www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com.
Ongoing, Downtown Scottsdale
Taking place primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way, this artistic endeavor will showcase galleries from the members of the Scottsdale Gallery Association, allowing guests to wander through the different styles of art at their own pace while enjoying the beautiful statues and fountains dotting the area. Gallery-goers can walk, but there are also complimentary trolley rides and horse-drawn carriages available. 7-9 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalegalleries.com.
POWERHOUSE WOMEN 2019
Sept. 7, The Clayton House
Connect with like-minded women at this inspirational networking event aimed at encouraging attendees to overcome self-doubt and pursue their goals. The day will include mingling, lunch, inspiring speakers, and a raffle benefiting the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Upgrade to The Ultimate Powerhouse Experience and receive professional headshots, a VIP gift bag, 10 raffle entries, and a mimosa or other complimentary beverage. Ticketholders can also add on the new PJs & Prosecco experience ($47 additional), a kickoff event on Friday evening. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. General admission, $247; VIP, $297. www.powerhousewomenevent.com.
Sept. 10, Talking Stick Resort Arena
Join this talented singer-songwriter as he brings some of the biggest hits of his recording career to the Valley. The seven-time Grammy Award-winner has broken numerous records over the years, earning seven U.S. No. 1s on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart and more entries on the Hot Rock Songs chart than any other solo artist. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
DAVID CROSBY & FRIENDS
Sept. 12, Celebrity Theatre
See the two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash in person as he showcases his timeless musical and vocal skills. Accompanied by the Skytrails Band, the legendary songwriter will perform some of the greatest songs from his decades-long career in the music industry. VIP tickets include front row seating and a meet and greet. 7:30 p.m. $40-$85; VIP, $585. www.celebritytheatre.com.
FULL MOON HIKES
Sept. 13, Pinnacle Peak Park
Watch the sunset and the stars begin to shine on this evening hike through beautiful Pinnacle Peak Park. Led by staff and volunteers, the program will last 1 1/2 hours and include approximately 1 1/2 miles of moderate hiking. Registration is required. 6:45 p.m. Free. www.scottsdaleaz.gov.
JUNK IN THE TRUNK VINTAGE MARKET
Sept 13-15, WestWorld of Scottsdale
Get inspired at this annual vintage market, which will welcome guests to peruse the offerings of more than 140 artisans. The market will also include live music as well as food and beverages. Upgrade to a VIP ticket to join in on the fun at the VIP shopping event on Friday night. General, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Satuday early entry, 8-9 a.m.; Friday VIP event, 4-9 p.m. General admission, $8; early entry, $25; VIP, $65. www.junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.
ROCKIN’ STREET TACO FEST
Sept. 14, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park
More than a dozen restaurants and food trucks will dish out their most innovative takes on tacos at this outdoor festival, which will also include entertainment, a kids play zone, and plenty of beer and margaritas. VIP tickets include six alcoholic beverages, catering from participating restaurants, a catered salsa and tequila bar, and private restrooms and seating. Noon-9 p.m. General admission, $12; VIP, $125. www.rockintacoaz.com.
SPIRITED SIPPING SEMINARS
Sept. 14 and 28, ’Hearth 61
Led by the beverage experts at Mountain Shadows, this tasting seminar and history lesson focuses on a different drink during each class. The afternoon of Sept. 14 will feature bloody marys, and on Sept. 28, guests will compare mountain and valley Napa cabernets. 3-4 p.m. Sept. 14, $30; Sept. 28, $50. www.mountainshadows.com.
Sept. 19, The Canal Club
Delve into all things rum as you learn about the history, makings and cocktails of French-style rum at The Scott Resort & Spa. Tickets include a specialty cocktail, light bites, and a sample of the featured rum, which will be available for purchase at a discount. 6:30-8 p.m. $30. www.thecanalclubaz.com.
Sept. 19-20, various locations
The James Beard Foundation’s cross-country culinary tour will come to the Valley for two days of epicurean events. On Sept. 19, Raising the Bar – which takes place at Seventh & Union – will include mingling with mixologists and chefs while enjoying cocktails and food tastings. The Gala Benefit Dinner at Royal Palms Resort & Spa will follow on Sept. 20, with tastings from five local chefs, a three-course menu created by a visiting and local chef, auctions, and a dessert reception. Upgrade to VIP to gain early access and photo ops with the chefs at both events. Raising the Bar, 6 p.m.; Gala Benefit Dinner, 7 p.m. Prices vary. www.jamesbeard.org.
FALL ARIZONA RESTAURANT WEEK
Sept. 20-29, various locations
Foodies from across the state unite biannually for this week of gastronomic delights. Participating Valley restaurants will offer three-course meals and fixed-price menus to increase awareness of Arizona’s culinary offerings. Restaurants will include Chart House, Marcellino Ristorante and Virtu Honest Craft. Reservations are recommended. $33-$44. www.arizonarestaurantweek.com.
COOKS & CHORDS
Sept. 21, Ability360
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 13th annual fundraising event promises an evening sure to please food and music lovers alike. The event will include delicious dishes paired with wine or beer, acoustic music, a raffle, and a silent auction. Proceeds will help the Arizona Chapter in their mission to empower people suffering from multiple sclerosis. 6-9 p.m. $75. www.nationalmssociety.org.
SELFIE PORTRAITS WITH ANTOINETTE CAULEY
Sept. 21, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Join local portrait artist Antoinette Cauley for an instructional workshop on turning one of your selfies into a portrait. The class will include materials and refreshments and is open to all levels of artistic talent. Noon. $30. www.smoca.org.
MUDDY PRINCESS PHOENIX
Sept. 22, Arizona Horse Lovers Park
This empowering, women-only mud run provides the perfect chance to bond with your girlfriends and make some new ones. The 3.1-mile run welcomes all ages and abilities and includes 18 to 20 obstacles, a goody bag, and a finishing medal for all participants. VIP tickets include unlimited runs of the course, fast pass registration, and an exclusive T-shirt. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. General admission, $49; VIP, $99. www.muddyprincess.com.
DIRECTOR’S CHOICE 2019
Sept. 26-29, Orpheum Theatre
As Ballet Arizona begins its 34th season, enjoy the innovative selections of acclaimed director and choreographer Ib Andersen. These unexpected shows will incorporate the boundary-pushing masterpieces of some of the world’s most celebrated choreographers, including the venerated Sir Frederick Ashton and up-and-coming Nayon Iovino. Times and prices vary. www.balletaz.org.
CONNECTIONS OF HOPE GALA
Oct. 4, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
To support the lifesaving work of Teen Lifeline, this fundraising event will include dinner and a live auction to help the organization continue to foster a supportive community and inspire hope in Arizona’s youth. 6 p.m. $250. www.teenlifeline.org.
NIGHT FOR SIGHT
Oct. 5, Dominick’s Steakhouse
Held to raise awareness for blind and visually impaired children in Arizona, this event will feature entertainment, silent auctions, and food and wine pairings. Funds raised will benefit the Foundation for Blind Children’s programs. 6 p.m. $750. www.seeitourway.org.
SPAYGHETTI AND NO BALLS GALA
October 5, Aviano Community Center
Do you have a soft spot for dogs? If so, Arizona Small Dog Rescue (AZSDR) invites you to their second annual SPAYghetti and No Balls Gala. While the name might sound silly, the gala is anything but. Proceeds raised will benefit AZSDR’s spay and neuter program, which reduces pet overpopulation and needless euthanization by preparing Valley pets for adoption. In addition to helping save the lives of local dogs, guests will enjoy a buffet Italian dinner, entertainment, and a silent raffle and auction – which includes a weeklong stay at an Italian Villa in Italy’s Umbria region. 6-10 p.m. $75. www.azsmalldog.org.