Pinners Conference Returns to Scottsdale Nov. 8–9

The Pinners Conference returns to Scottsdale this month for two days of crafts, workshops, shopping and more. The event takes place at WestWorld of Scottsdale, located at 16601 North Pima Road, Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, and features more than 100 classes taught by some of the nation’s top experts, influencers and creators as well as an entire shopping floor representing nearly 300 local and national brands.

“Our goal is to facilitate an inspiring experience,” says Roxanne Bennett, co-founder of the Pinners Conference with Kendall Bennett. “We hope our attendees leave feeling enlightened, encouraged, creative and happy.”

The Pinners Conference, which brings the spirit of Pinterest to life, invites crafty guests to learn, create and connect through a series of workshops and opportunities that allow attendees to customize their experience while connecting to other passionate crafters, experts, influencers and retailers — all through one fun event. Class themes include beauty and fashion, home and décor, health and fitness, DIY and crafts, food arts, photography, party planning and more, with some of the nation’s top experts, influencers and creators leading sessions on popular trends.

Event hours are 10am to 8pm, Friday, Nov. 8, and 9am to 7pm, Saturday, Nov. 9. Admission tickets range from $10 (general admission with access to all exhibitors, shopping and make-and-takes) to $139 for a VIP pass, including VIP party the night before the show with swag and prizes, a two-day class pass, early shop times, full access to in-show VIP room with no wait times and more. Other package options are available.

For tickets and complete package information, visit

Arizona Taco Festival Returns for its 10-Year ‘Taco-versary’

The 10th Annual Arizona Taco Festival, sponsored by the City of Scottsdale, is celebrating a decade of tacos by offering more taco amusement and milestone munchies, including more than 50 taco teams dishing out creative $3 steak, pork, seafood, veggie and even vegan tacos, as they compete for $10,000 and bragging rights in this esteemed taco competition.

The festival will commence Oct. 12–13 at its new, larger WestWorld of Scottsdale location. The taco playground will expand and take over 300 acres, featuring the fan-favorites, plus a whole new line-up of entertainment during the two-day festival.

New festivities at the 10th Annual Arizona Taco Festival include:

  • Lucha Libre Arena and Lucha Bar: Wrestlers slam down under a structured tent, and bleacher seating with its own bar and band with a Tijuana meets Quentin Tarantino vibe.
  • Taco Society Culture Tent: Taco-centric fashion, art, photography, music and more to get into the full taco spirit, mind, body and soul, co-curated by local artist Gennaro Garcia.
  • Holy Hot Sauce: This expo tent will feature 100 hot sauces to sample, buy, and vote for the People’s Choice award. All hot sauces will be curated by Vic Clinco, the owner of the largest private collection of hot sauces in the world.
  • Day of the Dead Wedding: For one lucky couple who gets hitched on the main stage Day of the Dead style and then celebrates with their wedding party in a private cabana.
  • Tequila Expo: Guests will be able to sample from over 100 types of tequila and other agave-based spirits. Expo tickets are $20, and hours are from noon to 5pm.
  • Technicolored Instagrammable cooking demo hosted by AZFoodie

Returning festival favorites include a solid line-up of over 50 taco vendors including Arizona’s top taquerias, taco food trucks, and taco titans will bring the best of the best tacos for $3 each; the Main Taco Competition, where local chefs battle for the best taco titles as well as $10,000 in cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights; interactive photo booths and photo experiences; Hot Chili Pepper eating contest; Mucho Taco Eating contests where 10 strong stomached volunteers see how many tacos they can consume in a short amount of time; and the Ay! Chihuahua Beauty Pageant where over 20 chihuahuas in vibrant costumes strut their stuff with eccentric owners in tow.

The festival is open Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13, from 11am to 7pm. One-day general admission will begin at $10 per ticket in honor of the 10th anniversary for the first 2,019 ticket buyers and increase to $15 per ticket. Military members will receive half off their ticket. The VIP Cantina will offer chef curated food, private bars, entertainment, private bathrooms, seating for $135 per day. Tickets are only sold online on and food and beverages cost extra. Arizona Taco Festival is a cashless event.

WestWorld of Scottsdale is located at 16601 North Pima Road, Scottsdale. For an up-to-date lineup of 10-year anniversary festivities, restaurants, spirits and entertainment, visit

Gear Up for the Forty-Eighth Annual Scottsdale Auction

’54 Corvette Custom Convertible

Rare and authentic domestic vehicles, authentic automobilia collectibles, one-of-a-kind supercars, some of the world’s most coveted ’60s to ’70s era custom vehicles… Barrett-Jackson will usher in a new year of high-octane auction action during its 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction, Jan. 12–20 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. As in decades past, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions will be the epicenter of Collector Car Auction Week and entertain thousands of automotive enthusiasts with interactive exhibits, entertainment and activities.

“Our Scottsdale Auction has become a tradition unlike any other in the collector car industry,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Every year we are honored to host enthusiasts from around the world, who come to experience the magic that comes from bidding on the collector car of their dreams. While the auction is the heartbeat of our Scottsdale event, in addition to the thousands of enviable collector cars — like the exclusive Lexus LFA or rare automobilia pieces — we’ve built the ultimate automotive lifestyle event with fun activities, exhibits and dining the whole family will enjoy.”

ʼ12 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition

Barrett-Jackson’s 2019 Scottsdale Auction will be home to some of the most coveted collector cars on the market including a ʼ12 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition (Lot #1412). Also available are incredible ’60s to ’70s era custom vehicles. A few examples: a ’63 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Custom Coupe (Lot #1333) built by Jeff Hayes and American Speed Shop; the ’65 “SN65 Mustang” (Lot #1325), which masterfully integrates two unibody cars separated by 40 years of production; and a ’61 Oldsmobile Starfire (#1018.1) from the Bryan Frank Collection.

The 2019 Scottsdale Auction preview docket is now available to view online. Advance tickets, nine-day ticket packages and information on VIP Packages are also available. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, call 480.421.6694 or visit


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Barrett-Jackson Celebrates Ultimate Automotive

1955 Ford Thunderbird Custom Convertible (Lot #1417)

Mopar Mecca, rare prototypes, custom creations and more

Barrett-Jackson is ramping up for its 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction with an incredible docket of collector vehicles and automobilia collectibles, January 13–21, at

. The “World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions” will once again take center stage as the ultimate automotive lifestyle event during Barrett-Jackson Week, with a festival of entertainment, exhibitors and activities for the entire family.

“We are building an exciting docket covering nearly 100 years of automotive history, with some of the rarest and most sought-after vehicles,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Of course, what truly makes Barrett-Jackson the ultimate automotive lifestyle event is the wide, week-long range of incredible activities and exhibits for guests of all ages.”

Highlighting the Salon Collection is a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Freestone & Webb Sedanca De Ville, one of only 10 Rolls-Royce cars built by a small English coach building company called W.S. Atcherley. Also on the docket is a rare ’66 Shelby GT350 Prototype #001. It was the first GT350 built that year, which led to the unbeatable, trendsetting new Pony car.

1951 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Saoutchik Coupe (Lot #1381)

“Barrett-Jackson is the ultimate collector car event because it is fueled by genuine car people,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “From great salon cars like the incredible Rolls-Royce, to spectacular muscle cars, supercars and more, we will once again have a diverse docket that all our passionate fans will love. It’s what makes our Scottsdale Auction an annual event that breathes new life and adrenaline in the collector car community each year.”

From custom creations to well-preserved originals, the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction will include some of the most sought-after collector vehicles, including:

  • A one-of-a-kind 1951 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Saoutchik Coupe (Lot #1381)
  • A 2006 Ford GT finished in Tungsten Grey with a 5.4-liter engine and only 650 actual miles (Lot #1372)
  • Two 1963 split-window Corvettes, including a 327/300 (Lot #1123) and a 327/340 (Lot #1063)
  • A beautifully restored ’65 Volkswagen 21-Window Deluxe Microbus (Lot #1105)

The auction will also be the stage for some of the world’s most incredible Mopars, including Lot #1411, the last known HEMI ’Cuda.

“Our guests will have the chance to take home some of the most coveted Mopars on the planet,” said Jackson. “These cars were born from a passion for performance and built to command respect, on the road and on the track. From the incredibly rare last known HEMI ’Cuda built in the ’70s to original and restored versions of the Road Runner, Challenger and Super Bee, our Scottsdale Auction will be a dream for Mopar and American muscle car enthusiasts.”

The 2018 Scottsdale Auction preview docket is now available to view online. Advance tickets, three-day ticket packages and information on VIP packages are available at For more information, call 480.421.6694.


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