Winters in the Sonoran Desert are nothing short of perfect. Sure, the nights can get chilly, sometimes leaving behind a morning frost, but typically the air is warm and the sun is shining all season long. And, the month of February is no exception, offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
Here are a few February events happening near our Maracay Homes neighborhoods that embrace family fun and the great weather:
22nd Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire
Friday, February 5, 5 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, February 6,10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, February 7, noon – 5 p.m.
Get ready to fulfill your sweet-tooth cravings because the 22nd Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire is bringing 40 chocolate purveyors and all of their treats to Murphy Park in Historic Downtown Glendale. Visitors will be able to try mouth-watering chocolate-covered confections as well as tour the candy factory of Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta Candy Company. Festival activities also include face painting, carnival rides, a rock-climbing wall and more. For more info, visit www.GlendaleAZ.com.
26th Annual Winter Tractor & Engine Show
February 13-14, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
A fun event for all generations, the 26th Annual Winter Tractor & Engine Show returns to the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area for antique engine displays, engine demonstrations, tractor pulls, a parade, food, crafters and more. For more info, visit www.aedgeta.org.
2016 Arizona Renaissance Festival
February 6 – March 27
Travel back to the medieval times at the annual Renaissance Festival, where families can enjoy 13 stages of continuous live entertainment, 30-acre circus, arts and crafts fair, jousting tournament and a day-long feast. Watch the ancient skills of glassblowing, leatherwork, woodcarving or candlemaking, or take part in games of chance. More detailed information can be found here.
Sonoran Sunset Concert Series at Veterans Oasis Park
Thursday, February 18, 6 – 7 p.m.
The Sonoran Sunset Concert Series continues into the month at Veterans Oasis Park, where the whole community is welcome to come out for free live entertainment and family fun. Bring your blankets, chairs, and dinner to sit and watch local talent, The Real Thing Band, play on February 18. For more details, click here.
Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Friday, February 19, 6 – 10 p.m.
Every third Friday of the month, the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership puts on the Downtown Chandler Art Walk as a way for local artists to showcase their work for visitors and residents alike. From oil painting to finely crafted jewelry, there will be something for everyone to appreciate. Located conveniently downtown, art-walkers can view more artwork in the independently owned galleries or grab a bite to eat at any of the numerous downtown-area restaurants.
The Neon Run
Saturday, February 27, 4 – 11 p.m.
The Neon Run kicks off its 2016 tour in Chandler. The all-ages 5K night run will take place at Rawhide, filled with epic lighting, DJs, dancing, glow sticks, black lights, costumes and more. For tickets and more information, visit The Neon Run website.
Saturday, February 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The National Tour of Flashdance hits the stage at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center and tells the story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. For tickets, call 480-987-7469 or visit http://qcpac.com.
Peach Blossom Celebration
Every Thursday-Sunday, from February 4 – March 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Peach blossom season is in full swing in February at Schnepf Farms, where the whole family can come out to celebrate the beauty of the farm with over 80 acres of fruit trees blooming with pink and white blossoms. When visiting, families can hop on guided hayrides, the walking trail, or a train ride through various orchards, all while enjoying a homemade peachy cinnamon roll or peach pie in hand.
Savor Food and Wine Festival
Saturday, February 6
The momentum behind the Tucson culinary scene is rising, and this year the Savor Food & Wine Festival grows with up to 40 of the region’s finest chefs and local restaurants highlighting the flavors of Southern Arizona and techniques of conscious cooking. Held at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, the event will feature samplings of food, fine wine, spirits, craft beer, as well as entertainment.
Broadway in Tucson – The Book of Mormon
February 16-21, 2016
For an entire week, theater-goers have a chance to get a taste of Broadway when The Book of Mormon comes to town. The often acclaimed “best musical of the century” and nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park pokes fun at religion, sexuality, poverty and race. Show times and tickets can be found here.
Tucson Rodeo & Parade (La Fiesta de los Vaqueros)
Celebrate the Old West heritage at the Tucson Rodeo & Parade, better known to many as La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. The eight-day event attracts more than 650 competing cowboys and cowgirls. Workshops, performances, competitions and bar dances occur daily and the Tucson Rodeo Parade takes place on February 25. For more information and tickets, visit www.tucsonrodeo.com.