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December & January Events in the East Valley

2023 is right around the corner. It’s never too late to get in that family time in this year or too early to get a jump on your planning quality time with your family and friends! Here are some events that you can look forward to in the East Valley next month.

VRBO Fiesta Bowl

December 31st, 2022 at 2:00 PM | State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr, Glendale, AZ 85305

Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has provided the best hospitality and gameday experiences that college football has to offer. The Fiesta Bowl is a member of the College Football Playoff New Year’s Six and will host a CFP Semifinal game this year. Two of the nation’s four playoff contenders will square off on Saturday, December 31, 2022, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, with the winner advancing to the 2023 CFP National Championship game.

Before the game, fans can enjoy various pregame festivities such as the Caesars Sportsbook Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Fan Fest Pregame Party, which is free with a game ticket. Fans looking to elevate their pregame experience – with big-screen televisions, live entertainment and an all-you-can-eat buffet – can purchase tickets to the premium pregame party, Club ’71.

For more information please visit

Zoppe Circus

December 16th – January 2nd, 2023 (multiple show times per day) | Bell Bank Park, 6321 S Ellsworth Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212

The Zoppé Family Circus welcomes guests into an intimate, 500 seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the history of their old-world Italian circus tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus is propelled by a central story (as opposed to individual acts) that features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.

An Old-World Family Circus: As we’ve been making for more than 180 years. Real. Immersive. Fascinating.: Suspend your modern world, rejuvenate with joy, inspiration and connection. Parte Della Famiglia: Experience our Italian hospitality. Step into our home, and you’re one of the family. Feel the Difference: A joyful celebration of life, family and circus. A collection of talents from around the globe. Little Ones: Children 3 and under sitting in your lap are free.

For more information, please visit

Snow Week

December 26th-31st at 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM | Arizona Science Center, 600 Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Snow Week, made possible by Subaru, returns for its eleventh year at Arizona Science Center! With a snowstorm of activities—including the return of our beloved Snow Hill—there’s something for everyone in the family.

From December 26, 2022 through January 1, 2023, enjoy subzero science engagements, from our SnowPal Construction Zone to our dazzling demonstrations!

S​now Week activities are included with general admission to the Science Center. Additional tickets are required for the Irene P. Flinn Giant Screen Theater, Dorrance Planetarium and featured exhibition. Children under 3 are always FREE.

For more information on this event, please visit Arizona Science Center.

Happy Noon Year

December 31st at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

GilRing in the New Year at the Museum during our Happy Noon Year Celebration! Sip sparkling cider, move and groove on the dance floor, create a colorful noisemaker, and count down to our festive balloon drop! There are two exclusive events choose from: 9:00an-noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Tickets for this special event will be $26 per person and $10 per person for members.

For more information on this event, please visit Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Taiyou con

January 6th – 8th (Times vary per day) | Mesa Convention Center, 263 N Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201

Taiyou Con is an intense 3 day anime experience at the Mesa Convention Center! We are celebrating all things Japanese culture – anime, cosplay, video games, shopping, special guests and much more with over 300 hours of interactive activities just for YOU.

We provide an immersive environment for passionate anime fans and cosplayers. When you’re here, anime is life! Our 14 years of experience in running conventions makes sure that you have the most anime immersive weekend of the year with your friends.

Your favorite voice actor, artist, or cosplay extraordinaire come to life. This isn’t just an anime convention with a vendor hall and some guest signings… it’s an anime convention experience.

For more information on this event, please visit taiyoucon.


January 21st – 29th (Event times vary) | West World of Scottsdale, 16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

The automotive event of the year returns to Westworld of Scottsdale as Barrett-Jackson presents its Scottsdale Auction.

Widely regarded as a barometer of the collector car industry, the auctions have evolved over the years into world-class automotive lifestyle events where thousands of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience — in person and on live national and international television. Witness auction action at its best, capture the car of your dreams, learn more about collector cars through “Behind the Hobby” symposiums, mingle with celebrities, experience heart-stopping thrill rides in the latest vehicles from America’s top automakers, shop in the vast Exhibitor Marketplace and more.

For more information on this event, please visit Barrett-Jackson.

Chandler International Film Festival

January 21st – 29th at 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM | LOOK Dine-In Cinema, 1 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85225

LOOK Dine-In Cinemas combines two of everyone’s favorite things, restaurants and movie theaters. Watch the latest movie while being served a variety of entrees from sushi to quesadillas. LOOK is your one-stop-shop for the perfect date night.

For more information, please visit Chandler Film Festival.

6th Annual Doggie Street Festival Phoenix

January 28th at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Steele Indian School Park, 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Join us at this not-to-be missed companion animal adopt-a-thon and fun celebration of our furry best friends. Check out fantastic pet products and services, yummy eats, vet tips, music, auction prizes and much more! Bring your friendly dog. Together we can do good for our furry family members!

For more information, please visit Doggie Street Festival.

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