Contact: Western Week
Description: Old Town Scottsdale transforms into an authentic Old West experience for the entire family. Connect with Old Town's history through Western and Native American festivals, ArtWalks, the Hashknife Pony Express and the Parada del Sol. Western Week runs Jan. 28-Feb. 5.
Gold Palette ArtWalk: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, Scottsdale Arts District. This month’s Gold Palette ArtWalk is dedicated to the theme of Western Week with entertainment, music and special offerings at participating galleries.
Annual Hashknife Pony Express Arrival: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Come and witness the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world. This free event features the “Hashknife Boot Camp” for kids, free museum admission, live entertainment, family-friendly games, storytelling, crafts, face painting, onsite food trucks and more. At noon, the Hashknife Pony Express arrives in Scottsdale and delivers more than 20,000 pieces of mail to the U.S. Postal Service at the front steps of the museum.
Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Celebration: Parade - 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 4; Trails End Festival - noon-4 p.m., Historic Old Town. Traffic restrictions will be in place. View the route map. A celebration of the city’s past, present and future, the Parada del Sol Parade boasts more than 100 entries including colorful floats, mounted horse-riders, horse-drawn carriages, marching bands, wagons and stagecoaches representing many cultures from Mexican to Native American to Arabian to Western. At the culmination of the parade, the Historic Old Town District becomes the setting for a Western-style block party with a kids’ area, pony rides, food and merchandise vendors, and multiple stages with live entertainment from today’s popular bands to traditional performers.
Arizona Indian Festival: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, Scottsdale Civic Center. The Arizona Indian Festival provides awareness of Arizona’s indigenous communities by creating an inclusive inter-tribal event celebrating culture, traditional arts, crafts and foods, as well as innovations and trends in cultural tourism experiences in Arizona.