The Best Arts & Entertainment in Phoenix: 2013


Bored? Never! The Valley of the Sun is full of award-winning museums, a slew of special events and galas, auto auctions, musicians. Here are the top Arts & Entertainment options around.

These are the winners of Best Of Our Valley 2013 in the Arts and Entertainment category – the best of the best in Arizona. The winner each category this year will be featured in Arizona Foothills Magazine’s March 2013 issue, a tell-all guide to the coolest people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents. The winner with the most total votes will be featured on the cover of Arizona Foothills Magazine’ s Best Of issue (but we aren’t telling who won the cover just yet!). All those who won this year can download their 2013 Winners logos here.

To nominate a business, person or item for the 2014 contest, e-mail by September 1, 2013. 

Best Annual Charity Event

WINNER: Everything Kids Fest

Key to the Cure
Compassion with Fashion, AZ Humane Society
Brophy College Preparatory Luncheon and Fashion Show, Brophy College Preparatory Mother’s Guild
Race For the Cure, Susan G. Komen
Old Bags Luncheon
Oscar Night America, Arthritis Foundation
Fresh Start Golf Tournament, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation
Xavier College Preparatory Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show, Xavier College Preparatory Mother
Dancing With The Stars, Arizona Kidney Foundation
Handbags for Hope,  St. Jude’s Children’s Research Foundation
A Night to Remember, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Blueprints & Bluejeans, Habitat for Humanity
Walter Cronkite Luncheon, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
Emily Center Children’s Fashion Show

Best Annual Fashion Event

WINNER: Fashion’s Night Out

The Pink & Blackjack Affair, Arizona Princess Program
Brophy College Prep Fashion Show Luncheon
Xavier College Prep Fashion Show Luncheon
Phoenix Fashion Week
Key to the Cure

Best Annual Gala

WINNER: Night of Gold, John C. Lincoln Guild

American Heart Association
Fresh Start Fashion Gala, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation
Drive the Dream, Childhelp
Suns & Stars Gala, Phoenix Suns Charities
Celebrity Fight Night, Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center at Barrow Neurological Institute
Hope Ball, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Beach Ball, Phoenix Children Hospital
Mardi Gras Gala, The Epilepsy Foundation
Night at the Museum Gala, Phoenix Children’s Museum
Promise Ball, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Best Buddies Gala
Gourmet Gala, Notre Dame Preparatory

Best Annual Valley Event

WINNER: Scottsdale International Film Festival

Phoenix Open
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Cactus League Spring Training Games
Phoenix Film Festival
Tempe Festival of the Arts
Arizona State Fair
Tempe Fiesta Bowl Block Party
The Great Arizona Beerfest
Fiesta Bowl
NASCAR at Phoenix International Raceway

Best Automobile Auction

WINNER: Barrett-Jackson (Winner 2011)

Russo & Steele
Gooding & Company Collector Car Auction
RM Auctions

Best Concert Venue


The Crescent Ballroom
Marquee Theatre
Celebrity Theatre
Mesa Amphitheatre
Comerica Theatre
US Airways Center
Venue of Scottsdale
Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavillion
The Rhythm Room
Mesa Arts Center
University of Phoenix
The Sail Inn

Best Haunted House

WINNER: Dark Scares, Mesa

The Panic Park, The Pavilions at Talking Stick
Arizona Scream Park
The Nest Haunted House, Phoenix
Crypt Haunted Attractions, Fiesta Mall
Monsterland, Mesa
Chamber of Fear, Surprise
13th Floor Haunted House, Phoenix
Zombie Walk 3, Phoenix
Night of Impending Doom, Phoenix
AZ Field of Screams, Glendale
Haunted House Hayride, Phoenix
Jack and  Jills Haunted Hill, Phoenix
Terror Nights, Tempe

Best Local Band/Musician

WINNER: The Walkens

Black Carl
Snake! Snake! Snakes!
Sister Cities
What Laura Says
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Future Loves Past
You Hang Up
Underground Cities
Sean Watson

Best Museum

WINNER: Musical Instrument Museum

Heard Museum
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Phoenix Art Museum
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Arizona Science Center
ASU Art Museum

Best Special Event Venue

WINNER: W Scottsdale

Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa
Montelucia Resort and Spa
The Phoenician
Hotel Valley Ho
Sanctuary on Camelback Resort and Spa
Royal Palms Resort and Spa
JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort and Spa
The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix
The Boulders Resort
The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
Hermosa Inn
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
The Phoenix Convention Center

Favorite Special Event DJ

WINNER: Mr. P-Body, DJ

DJ Soloman
Thomas James
Ryan Tucknott, DJ
WillPower, DJ
Noah Wylie
Nathan Reeser
DJ Seduce
DJ Melo
Deejay Pandora
DJ Circle
DJ Jen Jones
Phillip Thomas

Most Elite Men’s Group

WINNER: Scottsdale Charros

Phoenix Thunderbirds



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