See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in the Phoenix area at the link below, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
September 4, 2016, 9pm-4am at Karamba Phoenix, 1724 E McDowell Rd. Performing Live from Rupaul Drag Race "Yara Sofia" w/ special guest "Reybl Chyld." Free Meet and Greet with Yara Sofia after the show. DIRECT FROM LOS ANGELES The Boyz Of Fantasy Ent Go-Go Boyz all night along with free giveaways. - $10 Cover. 21+ before 2am; 18+ after 2am.
September 30 - October 1, 2016, 7:30pm at Symphony Hall. Tip your hat to Broadway as this popular program returns featuring music from The Phantom of the Opera. Under the baton of guest conductor, Robert Franz, The Phoenix Symphony is joined by three world-class Broadway soloists to perform your favorite Broadway tunes from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Les Misérables, and more.
September 30, 2016, 9pm-2am, at The Rock, 4129 North 7th Avenue. PARKING LOT PARTY! for bears, cubs + friends, 100's of furry guys from all over Arizona!. Tasty snacks, chunky visuals. DJs RYAN JONES + FRANK TERRY. $6 before 10pm, $8 after.
October 15, 2016,10am-6pm in Heritage Square Park, Downtown Phoenix. Annual celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQ community draws a crowd of over 22,000 friends, families and allies -- the 2nd largest LGBTQ event in the state of Arizona - a free event open to the public. Nearly 150 exhibitors and sponsors plus 2 stages of entertainment throughout the weekend.
October 27-30, 2016, at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N 2nd St, Heartbreaking tale of temple dancer and young warrior kept apart in life, united only in death. The lovers are wrenched apart by twists of fate/ doomed by vengeance. Lavish set designs conjure up exotic locales as the ballet transports you to a world of noble warriors, cruel princesses, and beautiful temple dancers.
October 27-30, 2016 - La Bayadère 2016 - Symphony Hall - Heartbreaking tale of temple dancer and young warrior kept apart in life/ united only in death. Dec 9-24 - The Nutcracker. Feb 9-12, 2017 Romeo & Juliet. Mar 23-26 - Today’s Masters - at Orpheum Theatre. May 11-14 - All Balanchine - at Symphony Hall. May 23 - June 10 - An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden.
January 13-16, 2017 (TBC), Martin Luther King weekend, in Tucson, AZ. Supper, banquet, BBQ, beer bust; frisky, mirthful bears from across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, & beyond relaxing poolside or in the hot tub together for good times in the desert sunshine. See website for notie of host hotel and more details closer to the date.
February 3-5, 2017 at Arizona Opera, 1636 N Central Ave. A lifetime of hope and anticipation, betrayal and despair. Set in the idyllic village of Nagasaki, Japan, an innocent geisha's love for an American naval officer leads to heartbreak and tragedy. Considered Puccini's greatest masterpiece, Madama Butterfly takes audiences to both the pinnacles and the depths of human emotion.
February 17-19, 2017, The 32nd annual event, past year at Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds, 7611 S 29th Ave, Laveen AZ. Official Hotel: Hotel 502, 502 W. Camelback Rd, pool party. Rodeo events, vendors, Fr/Sa/Su dancing and entertainment + Sunday awards. See 2017 updates.
April 1-2, 2017, SAT Parade, step off: 10am from 3rd St at Thomas to 3rd St at Indian School. SAT/SUN Festival, noon to 9pm at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E Indian School Road. Festival attracts over 30,000; features 150+ performances on 5 stages, over 300 food, retail and exhibit vendors, Arts Expo, Health/Wellness Pavilion, KidSpace, YouthZone, VIP Experience + Dance Pavilions.
April 6-13, 2017. Annual film festival, at Harkins Scottsdale/101 Theatre (7000 E Mayo Blvd), includes feature films, live action shorts, animated shorts, home grown shorts, Arizona shorts and short documentaries, plus the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival. See website for screenings listings.
April or May 2017 (TBC), Bears of the West fun in the sun, new friends + everything Phoenix has to offer. Past year featured: man-hunt party for bears and admirers, buffet banquet, casino day, pool parties. Past year host hotel: Embassy Suites Airport.
June 10, 2017 (TBC), 10am at Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Phoenix Pride hosts its annual Awards Brunch every June, following the Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade. This event focuses on recognizing and awarding individuals and organizations from the metropolitan Phoenix area who have made a significant and positive impact in the LGBTQ community.
June 16-18, 2017 (TBC) in Bisbee AZ. Past years have included: Hot Ass Happy Hour, Ghost Tour, Midnight Street Dance, Grand Cabaret, Hardways at Stock Exchange, Artisan/Vendor Street Fair, City Park Beer Garden/ Day Stage, Artwalk, Psychic Fair, Pride Parade, Pride Welcome/Rally, Pool Party/ BBQ, Midnight MAGIC IN THE MOUNTAINS, See website: