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Green Scenes Around Arizona: February 2020

Green Scenes - February 2020
Photo by Jacob Tyler Dunn

Central Arizona

February 7-9: Phoenix Chinese Week’s Cultural and Cuisine Festival

Celebrate the year of the rat at Margaret T. Hance Park East. There will be authentic Chinese food, dancing, history, entertainment, children’s activities, and more. Experience continuous entertainment, including the famous dragon and lion dances, martial art demonstrations, folk and traditional dances, and musical performances. There will also be souvenir and arts and crafts booths. For more information, visit http://www.phoenixchineseweek.org/festival/festival-details/

February 8-March 29: 32nd Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival

Huzzah! The Arizona Renaissance Festival is celebrating 32 years of cheer with music, comedy, falconry, acrobatics, mermaids and more. Roam the 30-acre festival village, filled with whimsical castles, cottage, pubs, and 14 stages of nonstop performances. Shop, eat and revel with nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed characters. Also this year, enjoy a five-course meal at the Pleasure Feast (reservations advised). Walk around the 200-plus storybook shops, galleries and studios filled with unique handmade items and people-powered rides. The festival site is located east of Apache Junction on U.S. Highway 60. For more information, visit https://arizona.renfestinfo.com/ 

February 8 & 9: Corks & Cactus

Enjoy an afternoon of sampling wines from regions around the world at this annual event held at Desert Botanical Garden. From 1- 4:30 p.m., sample from 40 different wines from regions all over the world and talk with representatives from each winery against a backdrop of live music. All wines are available for sale by the bottle or by cases, and purchases benefit the garden’s education, conservation, research and horticulture programs. Guests will receive 10% off the total purchase price and can mix and match bottles. For more information, visit https://dbg.org/events/corks-cactus-2020/2020-02-08/

February 15: Galentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is more than having a significant other, it is about celebrating the love you have for everyone in your life. Grab a group of your best girlfriends and join in the day of festivities at the Caitlin Court and Old Towne Districts in Glendale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Local businesses in the area have created the perfect day for women where they can visit participating shops and have a day of fun. Participants will have the opportunity to make charm bracelets, view art demonstrations, explore different gift ideas, take part in make-and-take activities, visit unique boutiques, indulge at local eateries, and get the perfect photo opps. This Galentine’s event is presented by the Historic Downtown Glendale Merchants Association and downtown business community. For more information, visit https://visitdowntownglendale.com/events.

Feb 15-16: Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival + Symposium 

Join vegans, vegetarians, locavores and food-lovers’ alike for a day of plant-based food, chef demonstrations, vendors, yoga, meditations, crafts, live entertainment, speakers, and more. This two-day family event has something to offer for the whole family, from vegan beer, wine and cocktails to a kids’ zone. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.azvegfoodfest.com.

February 15-17: Sustainability Weekend

Spend the weekend at the Arizona Science Center, learning how you can live a more sustainable lifestyle. Attendees can participate in hands-on activities that teach how the little changes we can make in our lives can make a big impact on the future of our environment. To learn more, visit http://scitechinstitute.org/event/sustainability-weekend-2/2020-02-17/.

February 22-23: Devour Culinary Classic

Devour Culinary Classic celebrates 11th year at Desert Botanical Garden on Feb. 22 and 23. Learn from culinary professionals and devour Arizona’s best food and drinks all while taking in the beauty of the desert botanical garden. Tickets and more information can be found at https://www.devourphoenix.com.

February 29: PHX Vegan Food Festival

The annual PHX Vegan Food Festival, sponsored in part by Green Living Magazine, returns to Downtown Phoenix at Margaret T. Hance Park. This year, on its fifth anniversary, the event expands into an all-day and nighttime festival. During the day, hungry festival-goers can enjoy foods from over top vegan restaurants and food trucks. And, not only will there be plenty to eat, but participants can watch chef demonstrations, browse an artisan market featuring vegan-friendly food and products, take the little ones to the kids’ area, watch live entertainment on two stages, and more. Once the sun goes down, the event become more adult-oriented with energetic music, lawn games, electric light shows, LED and glow performers, and UV light activated chalk art and face paint. For VIP ticket holders, admission begins at 10 a.m.; general admission is at noon. The festival runs until 10 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.phxveganfest.com

Southern Arizona

February 2: Ag to Art Market

Want to learn how to make a delicious meal from the produce sitting around the kitchen? Join the residents of Yuma in feeding the body and the soul with cooking demonstrations using local produce and treats inspired by the area itself. There will also be art being featured and sold, and artisan booths will feature natural products. Choose from a variety of local products, including citrus, vegetables, honey, and more. The event takes place at Sanguinetti Park from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.visitarizona.com/events/fairs-and-festivals/ag-to-art-market-feb-2020.

Northern Arizona

Feb. 1: RunSedona

Join runners from all over the world in a scenic run in Sedona on Feb. 1. Participating runners can take part in a 5K, 10K and half marathon. This course takes runners through the Coconino National Forest District, which is known for its beautiful iron-clad formations, and through the streets of the famous city. As the Sedona marathon website says, “If the hills don’t take your breath away, the scenery will.” This event also includes a race day expo, with local exhibitors/ vendors, food trucks, local nonprofit organizations, and a beer garden. For more information, visit https://sedonamarathon.com/

February 22- March 1: Sedona International Film Festival

Sedona will celebrate its 26th anniversary of their international film festival this month by carrying on the tradition of recognizing people who are passionate about film and filmmaking. This festival will showcase everything from features to shorts, documentaries, animation, foreign films and student-made films. It will be nine days of over 160 films and excitement. Join celebrities, filmmakers, industry workers and film buffs to celebrate hard work and the beauty of film. For tickets and more information, visit https://sedonafilmfestival.com.

Business

February 4-6: Green Biz 20

The premier annual event for sustainable business leaders, GreenBiz 20 will be held at JW Marriott Camelback Inn. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the latest trends, tools and insights. More than 1,500 sustainability leaders and practitioners from business, government, academia and NGOs will be on hand to learn from and to connect with. For more information, visit https://www.sustainabilityconsortium.org/events/greenbiz-20/

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