You didn’t think the city of Scottsdale would leave all the fun back in 2011, did you? With art, wine, music and even a beautiful backcountry bike ride, January ushers in 2012 with a variety of exciting events. Here are just a few reasons to visit Scottsdale this month.

Arizonia Desert Peter Schiff Seminar: The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents world-renowned economist Peter Schiff on Monday, January 9th. The always- engaging Schiff will relay his thoughts on the state of the American economy and smart investing during the current economic downturn. All guests will also receive a free copy of his latest book.

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival: The streets of downtown Carefree will be closed to host four days of art and wine from January 13th through the 16th. Browse over 5000 jury-selected pieces while casually sipping some of the world’s finest wines in this quaint little town just north of Scottsdale. Admission is only $3 and wine tasting a mere $10.

International Guitar Night 2012: The world’s foremost guitar wizards make their fingers dance across the frets at the Musical Instrument Museum on Sunday, January 22nd. Sit back and enjoy the amazing talents of host and founder Brian Gore, England’s Adrian Legg, Germany’s Lolo Reinhart and Brazil’s Marco Pereira. If you love music, don’t miss your chance to see this incredible collection of talent all on one stage.

McDowell-Sonoran Challenge: On January 28th, get out and get fit while helping the McDowell-Sonoran Conservancy protect acres of pristine desert. Choose from three great outdoor activities, including a 20-mile bike ride, a 9-mile hike and a 15K run through this unspoiled and seldom-viewed backcountry. Proceeds will help the city of Scottsdale acquire lands to complete the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve.

This January, make it your goal to visit Scottsdale and take advantage of all that the area has to offer. Even if all of your other personal resolutions for the upcoming year quickly fall by the wayside, having a blast in the city of Scottsdale will be one that’s easy to keep.