- $17 for a ticket for one to Rawhide Holiday Beer and Wine Festival ($30 value)
The festival takes place on December 5 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and December 6 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ticket holders get 15 beer tastings, 5 wine tastings, and a holiday gift bag. Guests browse the wares of food trucks as well as holiday arts and crafts vendors, while kids sit with Santa. Kids get in free.
Tim Flanigan created the event-planning company that bears his name in order to quench beer enthusiasts' thirst while supporting worthy causes. His Beat the Heat WinterFest brings a much-needed frosty edge to summertime in Arizona, and the Spring Swing Beer Bash kicks off baseball season with cold glassfuls of hoppy, wheaty, and malty goodness. The festivals showcase local and internationally renowned breweries, from Phoenix's own Old World Brewery and Phoenix Ale Brewery to Stella Artois and Hoegaarden Brewery.
Past events, which have benefitted children's charities, have been held at the 30,000-square-foot Arizona Event Center and The Venue Scottsdale, whose stone walls, chandeliers, and retractable roof resemble the medieval football stadiums of yore.