When it comes to attractions and entertainment, Phoenix is a major league town! The 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Club, the 2008 and 2009 NFC West Division Champion Arizona Cardinals football team, the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL and the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA.

Next, college footballs’ Fiesta Bowl Block Party, a week-long December party and parade in the Mill Avenue District of Tempe featuring top pigskin talent and culminating in a key New Year’s Day matchup. A celebration you do not want to miss!

In January, the PGA sanctioned Waste Management Phoenix open field at the Tournament Players Club in Scottsdale, visits the Valley. The LPGA tourney, the Safeway International at Superstition Mountain, draws the world’s best female golfers each March.

There is NASCAR, the Arizona State Fair, the Phoenix Zoo, Tempe Festival of the Arts, casino games and, of course, Spring Training Major League Baseball.

Each February, the Valley hosts nine separate ball clubs for Spring Training including the 1908 World Champion Chicago Cubs, the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, Seattle Marines, Texas Rangers, KC Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; for six glorious weeks day baseball under the sun rules. Players sign autographs. Volunteers grill brats. Tickets are cheap and all 7,000 seats have great sight lines.

Symphony Hall, the historic Orpheum Theater and the Herberger Theater Center feature world class opera, musicals, theatre and dance presentations. Nearly one half million persons visit these wonderful facilities each year.

Phoenix also has a world-class music scene. Each year, hundreds of rock, pop, country and hip hop acts play in dozens of large venues and small clubs throughout the Valley.

Phoenix has art. The ASU Galleries and Collections, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Taliesin West (part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation) highlight the Valley’s cultural strength. Finally, the landmarks!

The Arizona Biltmore Resort remains the “Jewel of the Desert” with the Frank Lloyd Wright design, gardens, swimming pools, gourmet dining and an inspired golf course. The Wrigley Mansion, in its seventh decade, is the former 16,000 square foot, 34-bedroom, 12-bath winter home of the chewing gum magnate. St Mary’s Basilica on North Third Street was founded in 1881 and is the oldest Catholic Church in Phoenix.

Ticket Sales: The Phoenix Convention Center Ticket Office at 100 N. 3rd Street is the official ticketing service for events happening in Phoenix venues. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached at 602.262.7272. Arizona State ticket sales: 1.888.SUN.DVLS, University of Arizona ticket sales: Athletics 520.621.2287 / Fine Arts 520.621.1162 / Centennial Hall 480.621.3341..