Local Lily Look Ahead {February} Drinks, Dines & Good Times

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While everybody else is all “cupid, hearts, chocolate, Valentines”…I’m all “Flea markets, beer, cactus, cocktails, food trucks and more beer.”  Boozing festivals abound in February, so be sure to buy a box of sweets for your designated driver because it’s gonna be a busy month. The forecast calls for anything being anything but dry, so put on your pretzel necklace and belly up to a bevy of events for Arizona Beer Week, followed immediately by Arizona Cocktail Week. Somewhere in between I’ll be sobering up at some outdoor markets and trying my hand at chasing the moon.

What’s on your agenda for the next few weeks? Find me on Instagram and let’s swap stories.

Sunday A’Fair
Every Sunday
Concerts in the park
Scottsdale Civic Center Park

Thieves Market
Saturday, February 4
The closest thing we have to a real flea in Tempe. Go early, bring cash and take home a treasure. Well-behaved dogs welcome.
1500 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe
(photo credit)

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Brewers Bowl
Saturday, February 4
Sip local at this street festival featuring Arizona’s best microbrews. Of course, beer calls for food and there are going to be plenty of eats from local food trucks.
4216 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale

Arizona Beer Week
Thursday, February 9 – Saturday, February 18
Reach across party lines and take this special opportunity to sample suds at multiple locations across the Valley and the state. Check their website for all the details.
Phoenix, AZ

Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series
Friday, February 10
Big Pete Pearson Blues Band
Desert Botanical Garden – Ullman Terrace
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix


City Lights Movie Nights feat. Home
Friday, February 10th
Pack up the fan and some snacks to watch Home at 6:30 p.m

Chasing the Moon
Friday, February 10
It’s embarassing how many failed attempts and moon pics I have. Apparently I’m not the only one, because our friends at DBG are hosting a workshop on how to take the perfect photo of the moon. Grab your camera for this hands on class 4 pm to 7pm.
Desert Botanical Gardens
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival
Friday, February 10 – Sunday, February 12
Art, food, wine, sunshine…all the usual February suspects in Downtown Scottsdale, and a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Downtown Scottsdale
7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
CLICK HERE for a short list of my favorite local drinks and dines in Downtown Scottsdale.

17th Arizona Strong Beer Festival
Saturday, February 11
This beer fest is no joke! One of my favorites to attend every year.
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
(photo credit)
CLICK HERE for restaurants in the ‘hood, where you can get food to fuel your debauchery.

UnCommon Markets
Saturday, February 11 – Sunday, February 12
I’m loving all the makers markets popping up! Although I’ve not been to this one before, I spent some time checking out their site and am now daydreaming about vinyl record re-creations and indigo dyed mud cloths.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7755 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
(photo credit)

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Street Eats Food Truck Festival
Saturday, February 11 – Sunday, February 12
An entire festival of food trucks? You’ll know where to find me.
Salt River Fields
7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

Sangria Social
Sunday, February 12
I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday. Sunshine, sangria and local artisan food. I believe well-behaved dogs are welcome in the grove, but you may want to call ahead as rules can change.
Queen Creek Olive Mill

Sunday A’Fair
Every Sunday (February 12, 19, 26)
Concerts in the park
Scottsdale Civic Center Park
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
CLICK HERE and choose to pick-up lunch for your picnic.

Science with a Twist
Friday, February 17
Adult night at Arizona Science Center is always a blast. Science and cocktails…How could that chemistry not be fun?
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St., Phoenix

Lookahead3_Poloroids_Feb 2017(photo credit, AZ Cocktail Week  and @counterintuitiveaz)

Arizona Cocktail Week
February 12 – February 24
A whole week dedicated to cocktails! There a ton of great specials and events packed into this week. I’m hoping to attend:

Cocktail Carnival
Friday, February 17
Hotel Valley Ho

Top Bars
Sunday, February 19
Top bars from around the world go head to head and prove why they’re the best.
The Croft

Artisanal Market Spirit & Cocktail
Monday, February 20
A cocktail market. My home bar is about to reach new levels.
Hotel Valley Ho

Last but not least….

2017 PHX Vegan Food Festival
Saturday, February 25
Back for it’s sophomore year, Arizona’s favorite vegan restaurants and vendors return for a day of food, music and community. Some of my favorite participants in the lineup include Pomegranate Cafe, Affogato Truck, andPeanut Butter Americano.
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix