Downtown

As the days cool off, Scottsdale hosts more and more events. While the peak of event season isn't until January through March, there are a lot of great events to enjoy. Check out these six if you are looking for something fun to do.

Public Art Walking Tour


Location: Downtown Scottsdale
Times: Self guided


The 10 Most Celebrated Public Art Works You Can See in a 60-Minute Walk. With more than 70 public art works dotting the city’s landscape, it’s difficult to see all of Scottsdale’s public art pieces in an hour, or even a day. This self-guided, 60-minute walking tour through downtown Scottsdale will introduce you to 10 of the most-celebrated Scottsdale public art works, including striking bronze statues, dramatic fountains and interactive installations. Print out this map to begin your journey as you explore the city’s rich legacy of art. At the end of your journey, hop on the Scottsdale Downtown Trolley, which runs year-round from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily and till 9 p.m. on Thursdays. The closest stop at the end of your tour is on Main Street just west of Brown Avenue. With stops every 15 minutes, the trolley can help you get back to your starting point or continue on to another part of downtown for your next Scottsdale adventure.

"America's Original ArtWalk"

Scottsdale ArtWalk

Every Thursday Night
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Downtown Scottsdale

The 30-year tradition of Scottsdale ArtWalk takes place every Thursday evening from 7pm-9pm in along Main Street and Marshall Way in Downtown Scottsdale. The galleries open their doors to the public and show off the work of the Southwest's outstanding artists. The process is simple - proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries, stroll around a delightful areas punctuated by dramatic statues, dine in famed restaurants and enjoy live music all along the way. Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available.

Scottsdale Art Walk

Scottsdale Gallery Association
PO Box 2045
Scottsdale, AZ 85252

Internationally known as a mecca for art collectors, Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries. The Scottsdale Gallery Association was formed by professional art dealers to promote these fine art galleries and their weekly ArtWalks. Dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from all over the world, the galleries offer a dazzling and diverse array of work in a wide variety of media. SGA members strive to make art accessible to all, from the serious art collector to the casual art appreciator. By funding arts projects in local schools, the SGA has become an important partner in the education of our community's youth.

Parada del Sol Parade

Location: Downtown Scottsdale
Times: 10:00am / Trails End Celebration to immediately follow

The Scottsdale Jaycees proudly present the Parada del Sol Parade. This parade has the distinction of being known as the "World's Largest Horsedrawn Parade". The Parade route runs north up Scottsdale Road from Oak to Indian School. With close to 150 parade entries anticipated this year, this is an event to be experienced. So plan on grabbing a seat, your friends and family and come hang out at the Parada del Sol.

The annual Trail's End celebration is presented by Scottsdale Downtown. The party will begin immediately following the Parada del Sol Parade. The Trail's End party will take place in Old Town Scottsdale on 1st Avenue and Main St, between Brown Rd and Scottsdale Road. This is a huge block party for all ages, including the Kid's Area with games, pony rides and much more. There will be many food and merchandise vendors located throughout the area.

  • Phone: (480) 990-3179
  • Admission: FREE

Native Arts Artwalk

Location: Downtown Scottsdale
Times: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Celebrate Arizona's Indigenous cultures on March 1. Free. Hosted by SGA in conjunction with the Hopi Education Endowment Fund and the Heard Museum's famed Indian Fair.

  • Admission: FREE

Downtown Cultural Trolley Tours

Location: Downtown Scottsdale
Times: 10:30am - 12:30pm

The historic Old Adobe Mission opens its doors for trolley tour participants to gather for a private docent talk and tour prior to the start of the trolley tours of downtown Scottsdale. Built in 1933 by volunteer crews of parishioners, primarily from the Hispanic community, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Old Adobe Mission served as "a symbol of community togetherness, pride and hard work". Restoration of the mission began in 2005. The 75th anniversary was celebrated on October 14th, 2008. Attendees meet at the Old Adobe Mission. Underground parking is available across the street on the northwest corner of Brown and 2nd Street. Tour participants are treated to a talk on the history of the mission by a docent before they board the trolley. From there they will board the trolley and be provided with a guided tour of the Arts District, Hotel Valley Ho, SouthBridge and the Waterfront districts. Participants will learn about Scottsdale's fascinating history, culture, arts and where to find extraordinary restaurants and shopping.

The tour will conclude at 12:30 p.m. and bring attendees back to the Old Town parking lot. Attendees will receive information on downtown Scottsdale restaurants and shopping as well as maps.

RESERVATIONS ARE MANDATORY PLEASE RSVP to 480-634-6850 for reservations, seating is limited. These tours are being offered by Ultimate Art Tours.

  • Phone: (480) 634-6850
  • Admission: FREE

The Polo Party

Westworld of Scottsdale
Gates open at 11:30 am

There's a new polo event coming to Scottsdale November 5th at WestWorld. It will be an awesome experience for those who have never experienced a polo match or those anxious to get back out on the field to replace the divots. Guests will also get a sneak preview of vehicles for the 41st Annual Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction

Old Town Farmers Market

Downtown Scottsdale
8:30 am – 1:00 pm

This lively market features local growers and specialty food producers, Be ready to find a wide variety of organic, and pesticide free produce. Seasonal specialties such as cider and apples, flowers, natural pork, beef and fish, free range eggs. and local cheeses; freshly baked artisan breads, Amish friendship breads, Jams, picadillies, tamales, are just some of the great local foods you'll find here. Family friendly, and well mannered pets welcome!