Top 6 winter and spring events in the Northwest Valley

Arizona, with its exceptionally beautiful, mild winters, has countless outdoors events each January through March while the rest of the country moves indoors in the cold. We’ve made a list of just a fraction of our favorites coming during 2020 that are a short distance from Scorpion Bay at Lake Pleasant!

Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction (Jan. 11-19)

The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale attracts auto enthusiasts from far and wide to an array of unique vintage and modern cars. If you are a car junkie, this is an event you won’t want to miss. We recommend buying your tickets in advance, as prices will increase on Jan. 11.

Westworld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

$80-$190 in advance

Russo & Steele Collector Automobile Auction (Jan. 15-19)

From European sports cars to American muscle cars to hot rods and even custom cars, you’ll find it all at the Russo & Steele Collector Automobile Auction. Russo & Steele has created an in-the-round configuration for ample viewing from everywhere in the venue.

Off Loop 101 at Scottsdale Road
18601 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255


Scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant (year-round)

Scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant is a perfect spot to relax on the water or enjoy dinner with scenic views year-round. Scorpion Bay offers boat rentals and water-sport rentals and features Scorpion Bay Grill with delicious food options for everyone in the family.

10970 W. Peninsula Blvd.
Peoria, AZ 85383

Varies upon activities and time

Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jan. 31-Feb. 3)

The Waste Management Phoenix Open, known as “The People’s Open,” has become a winter staple in Arizona for tourists and locals alike. The four-day attendance of this professional golf tournament usually is about a half-million, making it the best-attended event on the PGA Tour—and arguably the biggest party, as well. Whether you want to follow specific golfers from hole to hole or spend your day at the stadium-like par 3 16th hole, which is the hub of the happenings, you are sure to have the time of your life.

TPC Scottsdale
17020 N. Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255


Major League Baseball Spring Training (February-March)

Arizona’s warm weather makes it the ideal spot for spring training, known as the Cactus League, for 15 Major League Baseball teams every February through March. There are ballparks from one side of metro Phoenix to the other so that America’s pastime can be enjoyed no matter where you are. You won’t want to miss an opportunity to spend a day with baseball, hotdogs and loved ones.

Multiple locations

Varies by team

Hiking (year-round)

Another wonderful winter outdoor activity for you to enjoy across Arizona is the abundance of mountains and hiking trails. After the scalding hot summers, winter and spring are welcome and ideal times to go on a hike in the Valley. From Camelback Mountain to Black Mountain Trail to Superstition Mountain, there are a wide range of options for every level of hiker.

Throughout the Valley


Scorpion Bay is Arizona’s premier floating playground, offering everything from daily pontoon and ski boat rentals to slips for harboring your yacht (or dinghy). Come for the fishing or come for the frolicking—either way, incredible mountain views, fantastic dining and world-class marina services await less than an hour out of Phoenix.