Phoenix in February — what's not to love? It's a great month to show some affection for the outdoors — and there are plenty of options for doing just that. You could spend an evening finding constellations, enjoy an outdoor movie, or get in on a neon nighttime run that won't disappoint. Whatever dates you decide, get out, have fun, and show a little affection for the outdoors this month.
Lost Dutchman Star Party
Saturday, February 6
Join members of the Superstition Astronomical League for some amazing telescopic views. This is a two-hour event starting at 6:30 p.m., and there will be opportunity to see not only stars, but planets, the moon, and any other astronomical wonder floating around up there. The Superstition Astronomical League is an extremely knowledgeable group of astronomers that will be on hand to explain what you are seeing and answer any questions you may have. It is also a great opportunity to see the night sky through some very sophisticated telescopic equipment. This event will be held at the Saguaro Day Use Area. Dress warm and get excited to see the night sky in a whole new way.
XTerra McDowell Mountain Trail Run
Sunday, February 7
This race, beginning at 6:30 a.m., consists of a 15-mile long course or a 7K course, depending on what adventure fits you best. The long course is geared toward an endurance-minded runner and goes through Pemberton Trail to a climb up towards Dixie Mine. For those looking for a nice, scenic, lower-endurance run, the short course – at just under 4.5 miles — offers some beautiful desert scenes. There will be shuttles to the trailheads available for participants, who will also receive what is being touted as an “awesome race shirt” and a tasty breakfast.
City Lights, Movie Nights
City Scape’s monthly movie showing is offering a two-for this month. With love in the air, they’ve decided to play to your heartstrings with a double-dose of romantic features. At 5:30 p.m., the night will begin with a showing of The Notebook – a gushy, mushy good time – followed by a 7:30 showing of When Harry Met Sally – a timeless romantic comedy. Dinner will also be available, and $20 will get you a large pizza and a bottle of wine of your choosing at The Corner. Sounds like the perfect way to start off your Valentine’s weekend.
Lost Dutchman Marathon
This Valentine’s Day, hit the trails for the Lost Dutchman Marathon. Located near the Lost Dutchman Mine, this race will have you hitting the mountain just in time for sunrise as you embark on the 26.2-mile trek. Considered a favorite among marathoners, the captivating desert landscape offers much in the way of appeal over the many miles endured before crossing the finish line. Now, if marathons are not your thing, don’t worry. This event also offers a half-marathon, a 10K, an 8K, and a two-mile fun run/walk. All finishers will receive a commemorative medal, a little dirt, and a lot of high fives.
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The Neon Run: Phoenix Brave the Night Tour
Not much of a runner? Don’t worry about it. This 5K is all about the fun. Grab your friends, grab your family, and get ready to glow in the dark. The course is set up with "neon zones,” where glow water and powder will be sprayed. Along with fun music and UV lighting, this just might be the most colorful experience you have all month. This run is less about speed and more about enjoying the atmosphere while supporting some local charities aimed toward kindness and helping children in need across the state. After the race, get ready to dance, as there will be an after party for all participants and spectators for $10. Music, food, and refreshments will be available at the post-run party.