In The Hood: January 2016

In The Hood: January 2016

Posted 12/28/2015

Happy New Year!

The New Year is practically upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about those new year’s resolutions. While many of us have our sights set on losing weight, saving money or even cleaning out old emails, we could all benefit from resolving to have a little more fun in our lives.

To help you kick the year off right, here are a few family-friendly events happening in January near our Maracay Homes neighborhoods:

45th Annual Battle Frog Fiesta Bowl
Friday, January 1, at 11 a.m.
One of college football’s most prestigious bowl games, the Fiesta Bowl will feature the Ohio State Buckeyes and Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish. You don’t have to be a fan of either team to enjoy the festivities. Events include a parade, pregame parties and much more. For more info, visit

Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party
Saturday, January 9, from 4 – 10 p.m.
Put on your shades, because this stunning light show features 1.5 million lights and more than 20 hot air balloons glowing brightly over 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale. The block party also features live music, games and much more.

Live Music at Westgate
Every Friday and Saturday, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Dust off your dancing shoes because every Friday and Saturday night will be buzzing with talented local bands and musicians at Westgate. Whether you prefer jazz, rock, funk or something in between, this calendar of events can’t be missed. 

Spring Out to Lunch Concert Series
Every Thursday, beginning January 21, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Take a break from the usual and enjoy these free concerts in the Wells Fargo Garden performance area, located on the Shadow Walk at the Mesa Arts Center. You can bring your own picnic lunch or choose from a variety of hot and cold lunch options available at the concert.

Rawhide Snowy Christmas
Saturday, January 3, at 5 p.m.
Christmas may have passed but that doesn’t mean the holidays are over. This is your last chance to join the fun during Rawhide’s 3rd annual Snowy Christmas. In addition to meeting Santa, the family can stroll down Arizona’s most western town and watch the snow fall while shopping and taking in the holiday lights.

Chandler Multicultural Festival
Saturday, January 16, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Chandler’s signature event, the festival offers a quality arts experience in the comfortable setting of the downtown Chandler Public Library. Honoring the community’s heritage and diversity, the fun-filled day includes music, dance, art, interactive sports areas and much more.

Queen Creek
The New Shanghai Circus
Friday, January 22, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Watch in amazement as these astonishing athletes of the New Shanghai Circus defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats while they stretch the limits of human ability. The family-friendly event is hosted by the Queen Creek Arts Center and features acrobats, jugglers, and contortionists.

Saturday in the Park at Queen Creek Olive Mill
Saturday, January 30, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
It’s a great time of year to be outside, and what better way to spend it than taking the family to the famous Queen Creek Olive Mill for its Saturday in the Park event. Enjoy live music by the Valley Fever band, plus ice cream, games, a free photo booth, a balloon artist, food, beer and much more. Admission is free.

Tucson Jazz Festival
January 14 – 24
Jazz of all genres brings together thousands of fans at the HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival in historic downtown Tucson. The dazzling 2016 lineup includes a free MLK Day Downtown Jazz Fiesta, January 18, and renowned international artists such as National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Grammy Award-winners Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, and much more. Information can be found by clicking here.

Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase
January 30 – February 14
Be a part of the action as Tucson becomes a playground for the world of international gem and mineral trading, buying and bragging rights. Occurring all over Tucson, with more than 40 sites, there’s an exhibit or show for every type of person. Nearly every show is free, including the “Main Event,” the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, which features free seminars and a junior education area.

Tucson Desert Song Festival
January 20 – February 7
Bring the whole family out and enjoy performances by some of the world's leading classical singers joining accomplished regional arts groups. The festival features a unique three-weekend blend of glorious singing in orchestral, chamber, choral, and solo formats along with related lectures and master classes in the warmth and charm of Arizona’s renowned Sonoran Desert resort region. The full lineup and details can be found here.