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2019 Arrives with a Big Bang, Fests Across Arizona Begin

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2019 Arrives with a Big Bang, Fests Across Arizona Begin

Lights of the World: December 6, 2018, to February 3, 2019

Labeled as “Top 5 Over the Top Holiday Light Shows,” the enlightening’ event is set to brighten Phoenix’s skies, Lights of the World opens from December 8, 2018, through February 3, 2019, at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix. Over 10 million lights, 65 stunning displays, free carnival rides, acrobatics, sea lion shows, delicious food court treats are sure to bedazzle you. The festival is “a celebration of cultural awareness” and promises to highlight a gamut of exhibitions combined with live performances, food, and holiday spirit.

The third annual Chandler International Film Festival, January 17 to 21, 2019

Marking its return to the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort in Chandler, Arizona, the third annual Chandler International Film Festival (CIFF) promises to be a star-studded affair. Over 150 films by independent global filmmakers are set to be screened including premieres, features as well as short films covering genres like comedy, drama, action, horror, suspense, animation. The event will have attractions like red carpet opening ceremonies, a film auction, educational workshops, film market, after parties each day and an awards ceremony too.

“The Competition,” a romantic film starring Thora Birch, Chris Klein, Claire Coffee, and David Blue, and directed by Harvey Lowry will premiere Friday at the Harkins Crossroads Theater.

Field to Feast Tours: January 9 to 31, 2019

All set for farming lessons? A chance to relive a farmer’s life and dig into some ‘earthly’ treasures, Field to Feast Tours offer you a sneak peek into Yuma’s lush fields. In these half-day tours, led by a local grower, you visit a field exclusively planted for guests at the University of Arizona research farm. Here, you may get a lowdown on quick food safety lesson from Yuma food safety experts, donning hairnets, rubber gloves, lettuce knives, and a recipe card: your clue to pantry treasure. Novices need not panic for there is always help at hand (read experts). Just remember to put on comfortable, closed-toe shoes while at the “real working field” as you get insightful details from culinary and agriculture students. You also get a chance to carry self-picked fresh Yuma produce home.

26th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival: January 18, 19 & 20, 2019

Showcasing over 155 juried fine artisans, musicians, wine connoisseurs, chocolatiers across the United States and abroad, the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival promises a mix of fine arts and fine crafts. Artist may dabble in paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and ink. It a chance to highlight your skills in impressive small, medium and life-sized sculptures, the sparkling hand was blown glass, clay, metal, stone, wood, bronze, one-of-kind handcrafted jewelry, beautiful photography. Sculptor Austin Casson has been declared as the featured artist for the fest. It offers an elaborate collection of domestic and imported wines for tasting while you stroll amidst the sound of live music reverberating as you survey 5,000 pieces of original artwork.

Sedona Veg Fest: January 19, 20, 2019

Be informed and inspired about the plant-based diet as also lifestyle at this two-day event by Healthy World Sedona. Sedona Vegfest aims to celebrate the health, ethical and environmental benefits of whole food, plant-based (WFPB) diet and lifestyle. “Healthy. Humane. Sustainable” is the theme for this year’s event. Gobble down delicious lunches, listen in to renowned experts as well as proponents of WFPB at the event. This year’s event includes an all-day cooking demonstration track, feature film screening tracks. The annual affair aspires to be a Certified Zero Waste Event through the Sustainability Alliance AZ. Attendees to the event may have to bring their own reusable beverage containers.

9th Annual Flagstaff BrewHaHa: January 19, 2019

A winter tasting event, the 9th Annual Flagstaff BrewHaHa will take place at High Country Conference Center in downtown Flagstaff. Over 60 of the best local, regional, and national breweries and over 150 different craft beers will be showcased at the event including live music featuring Flagstaff’s FoxyKoshka.  Members of the local homebrewers club will judge a Best of the Fest Contest-The Snowman’s Choice Award for the best brew and a People’s Choice Award. One-of-a-kind event aims at raising a toast to local flavor, while attendees can savor great views from the High Country Conference Center.

Savor Yuma Culinary Tours: January 22, 2019

It’s time to delight your taste buds via Savor Yuma culinary tours. Take a bus ride to eateries, taco trucks to iconic Yuma restaurants and gobble down local delicacies as you learn about their traditional past. Ideal for treating friends, family, colleagues, even as you sample amazing grub all through the city.

The Marana Gastronomy Tour – January 24, 2019

The Marana Gastronomy Tours claim to be the first tours approved by UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network member, Tucson City of Gastronomy. Get informed about the “cultures that farmed and foraged in this area for thousands of years and built the oldest agricultural irrigation canal system found in North America.” Make sure to get into comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, also get a hat or parasol along.

Yuma German Fest: January 19, 2019

Achtung! Wish for a day lined with German folk music, dancing, traditional games, contests? Yuma German Fest makes sure that you get your family along, raise a stein, Polka the day away, eat lots of brats and make this fest your new tradition!” Free entry to those dressed up in dirndl and lederhosen.

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