The City of Surprise is the destination for many entertainment options in the new year for all ages and interests, from dog shows to legendary musical entertainment and fine art festivals!

11th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival · January 13-15 | Event Info
In addition to the works of featured artist Sue Elliot, 80 other juried fine artists will join Thunderbird Artists to bring the City of Surprise a world-class, fine art event.   Patrons love the intimate feel of this festival, where they can get up close and personal with the artwork and can discuss each piece firsthand with the creator. 

The festival boasts subject matters ranging from southwest and traditional to contemporary and abstract, figurative, floral, wildlife, European, African, Native American and much more, ensuring all attendees find a piece that speaks to them.     

Live music and a variety of food trucks will add to the atmosphere of the art arena. The event will take place 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day at Mark Coronado Park, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Admission is $3 and cash only. 

The Drifters at The Vista · January 14 | Event Info
“The best act of its genre on the music scene today,” the Bill Pinkney legacy group still reflects the entire legendary Drifter’s presence and weaves a blend of nostalgic magic and on-stage excitement with a 21st Century twist.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at The Vista Center for the Arts located at 15660 N. Parkview Pl. Ticket prices and availability can be found at The Vista Center for the Arts

Kachina Kennel Club Copper Classic Dog Show · January 27-29 | Event Info
More than 2,000 dogs will prance on over to Surprise for the Copper Classic Dog Show. Presented by the Kachina Kennel Club, the Copper Classic Dog Show is a three-day dog show, representing over 200 different breeds throughout a variety of sports, agility, conformation competitions and so much more for the whole family to enjoy.   

Admission and parking are free. The event will begin at 6 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. daily and will take place at Mark Coronado Park located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave.

Dog Show Etiquette - Dog shows are exciting and fun but please keep these tips in mind as you enjoy the day’s events. 

  • Always ask handlers before you pet a dog. Wait until handlers have finished an event before asking questions. 
  • Please turn off or silence any mobile devices as this may be a distraction to the dogs and pet handlers. 
  • Do not bring your own dog; only dogs competing in the show are permitted.  

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