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Like you, I’ve got a 1,000,000,000 things on my to do list between now and New Years. First though, it all takes a glorious pause for 3rd Thursday Hangs tomorrow at Coach House. Join some cool guys and badass ladies for no good reason, just good times. Perhaps you’ll even be named the Christmas Cheermeister, and win a prestigious award.

From fine dining to flannel, 2018 kicks off with toasts tailored to all tastes. I’m planning ahead for a couple of concerts including Willie Nelson and Family at Celebrity Theater, Lana Del Rey, a return to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, and a visit to The Grand Wine Festival. Keep reading for more ways to get your New Year off to a eventful start.

HMU the next time you’re on Instagram and Facebook and let’s swap stories.

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Las Noches de Luminarias
Now – Saturday, December 30
8,000 hand lit luminaria light up DBG each year for one of my fave Arizona local traditions.
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix

New Year’s Eve Block Party
Sunday, December 31
From 3rd Ave to Van Buren the streets are closing down to ring in 2018 in a big way. Two stages, food trucks, Walter the Bus, and drinks make this the ultimate Phoenician NYE party.
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Quiessence
Sunday, December 31
Looking to ditch the crazy crowds and ring in the New Year with romance? You can’t beat an amazing meal under the stars!
Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain
6106 S 32nd St The Farm at South Mountain Phoenix

New Year’s Eve Flannel Ball
Sunday, December 31
Something a little different than the usual glitzy bash. The Flannel Ball promises beer, live music, art show, flannel clothing, food trucks, lawn games, photo booth, champagne toast, midnight countdown, and piñata drop.
Roosevelt Growhouse
1025 N 2nd St. Phoenix

The Art of Ice Cream Experience
Now – Wednesday, February 28
One giant Instagram shot, this pop-up art exhibit is full of whimsical Ice Cream inspired creations perfect for photo ops.
4224 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale

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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
Saturday, January 13 – Sunday, January 21
The whos who of AZ will be out for this event. Drool over super rare collector cars, take a spin around a race track and check out the auction.
Westworld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale

New Times’ Tacolandia
Saturday, January 27
An event this delicous needs no explaining. But you better come hungry because there will be samples from 45 of the city’s best taquerias ranging from trending hot spots to authentic street style.
Hance Park
1242 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

The Grand Wine Festival
Saturday, January 27 – Sunday, January 28
Get your day drink from more than 35 AZ wineries. The perfect weekend pre-game, or if you plan it right you can catch a buzz and be in bed at a decent hour.
Heritage Square Park
115 N. 6th St., Phoenix

Lana Del Rey
Tuesday, February 13
All hail Queen Lana!
Talking Stick Arena
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

Monday, February 19
If you haven’t checked out this awesome venue yet I highly recommend catching a show there.
The Van Buren
401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix


Photo credits: Caleb WoodsPaul Morris, John CanelisShane Rounce