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FUN! 14 things to do this weekend around Phoenix

Posted at 11:29 AM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 18:40:45-05

The biggest event happening this weekend is the festivities surrounding the College Football Playoff Championship.

Clemson and Alabama will go head-to-head on Monday, Jan. 11 at the University of Phoenix Stadium for the national title. But before that, downtown is turning into Fan Central with concerts from The Band Perry, John Mellencamp, WALK THE Moon and more.

The Phoenix Convention Center will be turned into the ultimate Fan Central with official merchandise shops, exhibits, meet-and greets and more. 

If you're headed downtown, don't forget to check out our GUIDE to parking and public transportation.

Scroll down to view our pick of the best events happening this weekend around the Valley.

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Friday, Jan. 8:

FREE CONCERT: The Band Perry, David Nail, Campus DJ
Where: Downtown Phoenix between First, Second, Washington and Jefferson Streets
Time: Gates open at noon. Show starts at 5:15 p.m. (Arrive early!)
Admission: FREE

College Football Playoff Fan Central
Where: Phoenix Convention Center
Time: Friday, 3 - 8 p.m; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m; Sunday, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission: $12 - adults; $7 - children, students, seniors, military

Donny Osmond
Where: Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $65 - $135

Phoenix Suns vs Miami Heat
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Varies by seat, section. Please check website for seat availability.

Joel McHale
Where: Stand Up Live
Time: 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Admission: $35
**Performances scheduled for 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Jack Hannah's "Into The Wild Live"
Where: Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $25 - $75. Special VIP meet-and-greet passes available for $77.

Saturday, Jan. 9:

FREE CONCERT: Ciara, WALK THE MOON, X Ambassadors, Campus DJ
Where: Downtown Phoenix between First, Second, Washington and Jefferson Streets
Time: Gates open at noon. Show starts at 5:15 p.m. (Arrive early!)
Admission: FREE

Glendale Glitter and Glow Block Party
Where: Historic downtown Glendale
Time: 4- 10 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Connect2STEM at University of Arizona College of Medicine
Meet with medical students and see the inside of an operating room, a cow heart and pig eyes.
Where: University of Arizona College of Medicine, 550 E. Van Buren Street
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission: FREE
** Registration is encouraged. Click here or the link above to register.
 
24th annual Native American Fine Arts Festival
Where: Litchfield Elementary School, 255 E. Wigwam Blvd.
Time: 10 a.m. - 5. (10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday)
Admission: $10
 
Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival
Where: Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $20 general admission each day; $50 for weekend VIP pass
 
Scottsdale's FREE Sunday A'Fair concert
Nancy McCallion & The Scarlett Lettermen and Big Nick & the Gila Monsters
Where: Scottsdale Civic Center Park
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Sunday, Jan. 10:

FREE CONCERT: John Mellencamp, Andy Grammer, Moon Taxi, Campus DJ
Where: Downtown Phoenix between First, Second, Washington and Jefferson Streets
Time: Gates open at noon. Show starts at 5:15 p.m. (Arrive early!)
Admission: FREE

School House Rock Bop! presented by Phoenix Symphony
Where: Symphony Hall, One North First Street in downtown Phoenix
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $11+
**Due to festivities surrounding the national championship, you are encouraged to arrived one hour before the concert starts.

 

Monday, Jan. 11:
 
The College Football Playoff National Championship
Alabama vs Clemson

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium
Time: Kick-off: 6:30 p.m. Tailgate starts at 11 a.m.
Admission: Varies by seat, section
*** Country singer Eric Church will be performing during the official game-day tailgate. You must have a ticket to attend both the game and the tailgate.