Any Harry Potter fan would agree: There’s nothing like going to Hogwarts for the holidays, and with this downtown Phoenix celebration, you can do just that. Featuring trivia, a costume contest and music by Order of the Phoenix Quartet, this event offers wizards and Muggles alike a chance to drink butter beer all night long. As for parking: Take your broomstick – or just the Light Rail.
The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, thevanburenphx.com, 7 p.m., Friday, December 22, $10.
Partake in a vintage, ‘20s-style party – minus the Prohibition part. The sights, sounds and tastes of the Roaring ‘20s are back till midnight with a dance lesson, a live Big Band and a special vintage drink menu. Whether you’re looking to get your Gatsby on or show off your Jitterbug, your chance is now. Giggle water, anyone?
DeSoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, desotocentralmarket.com, 7 p.m., Friday, December 22, free.
Growhouse Garden Day
Roosevelt Growhouse is downtown Phoenix’s hip little abandoned house turned community garden. Started by two artists on a mission to turn some grass into a space to grow food, the garden takes volunteers every Saturday morning. Take advantage of the winter weather and get your hands dirty in the garden.
Roosevelt Growhouse, 1025 N. Second Street, Phoenix, growhousephx.com, 10 a.m., Saturday, December 30, free.
Flannel Ball New Year’s Eve Party & Art Show
Party like it’s 1999 – or at least like it’s your eighth-grade grunge phase – with this outdoor New Year’s celebration. While your east coast friends have to deal with sweaters and jackets, all one needs for a downtown Phoenix party is a decent flannel. With beer, lawn games, music and an art show at this fete, who would want to watch a big ball drop anyway?
Roosevelt Row Arts District, Seventh Street and Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, bit.ly/2Czrm8R, 9 p.m., Sunday, December 31, $15-$25.
The Morning After
If the clock strikes midnight and you’re not done beckoning in 2018, continue the party with El Hefe’s annual The Morning After. Whether you’re looking for a mimosa, Champagne or just some cold water, this Old Town spot has you covered to the tune of some of Scottsdale’s best DJs. For those coming straight from their New Year’s celebrations, this party is BYOI: Bring your own Ibuprofen.
El Hefe Scottsdale, 4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, elhefe.com, 6 a.m., Monday, January 1, free.
The Last Five Years
This off-Broadway classic tells the story of a couple’s five-year relationship through reverse narratives and a compelling musical score, which inspired the hit Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan film adaptation. Catch its songs – and its rollercoaster of emotion – up close in person at one of SIC Sense’s night performances.
The SIC Sense Theatre, 1902-9 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, thelast5yearsphx.brownpapertickets.com, 7 p.m., Friday, January 5, to Saturday, January 6, $11.34.
David Bowie Nite
Disco dance the night away in remembrance of the one and only Starman. This 21-plus David Bowie tribute party features all the hits, all the videos, all the films and only Bowie. On the one-year anniversary of his passing, there’s sure to be some celestial vibes in Crescent Ballroom.
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, crescentphx.com, 9 p.m., Wednesday, January 10, $5.
ACE Comic Con
The newest comic convention to fly through Arizona brings two of Marvel’s biggest super heroes along. This con packs three days of workshops, panels and geeking out together in a unique stadium setting. Chris Evans (Captain America) and Tom Holland (Spiderman) will both make appearances, as well as Stan Lee and other familiar Marvel faces.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, aceuniverse.com, times vary, Saturday, January 13, to Monday, January 15, $45-$95 plus meet and greet costs.
The All-Arizona Poetry Slam Championship
Fourteen slam poets from across the state will square off in a competition for cash prizes and poetic glory. The best of the best, including the winners of the Maricopa, Phoenix and Flagstaff poetry slams, will showcase their three-minute compositions for a slew of random judges picked from the audience.
Honeycutt Coffee, 44400 W. Honeycutt Road, Site 109, Maricopa, bit.ly/2Bt94Iw, 7 p.m., Saturday, January 13, $5.
Spielberg Film School: E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
Whether you’re a self-diagnosed film junkie or movie illiterate, you’ll learn something at FilmBar’s Spielberg Film School – their special “living room book club” for film fans. Led by ASU film professor Joe Fortunato, this screening of E.T. breaks down Spielberg’s most personal film with discussions, insights into the filmmaking process and live commentary.
FilmBar Phoenix, 815 N. Second Street, Phoenix, thefilmbarphx.com, 7 p.m., Monday, January 15, $9.