Scottsdale’s Western Week brings together the best of our community’s Old West traditions with new West style and expanded events. Western Week runs Feb. 5-11.
During Western Week, Old Town Scottsdale transforms into an authentic old west experience, and a fun ride for the entire family.
Here's a roundup on major activities:
Western Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk, Feb. 8
Scottsdale’s popular ArtWalk series adopts a western theme from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. This free event features the finest examples of Old West and contemporary art. Guests will also enjoy live mariachi performances, a rope trick artist, and live demonstrations inside some of the galleries. Other activities surrounding this western-themed ArtWalk include trolley and carriage rides, line and square dancing, walking historical tours, and western-themed refreshments. For more, visit www.scottsdalegalleries.com.
Hashknife Pony Express gallops into town Feb. 9
Celebrate the Old West at high noon Friday, Feb. 9, when the Hashknife Pony Express thunders into town. Following their arrival, the public can mingle with riders and their horses, plus enjoy free museum admission. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. there will be family-friendly activities – including a hands-on "Cowboy Bootcamp" for kids at the Scottsdale Museum of the West. More information: ScottsdaleMuseumWest.org, view "upcoming events."
Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival, Feb. 10
Celebrate one of Scottsdale’s oldest traditions – the Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Scottsdale Road south of Camelback. The party continues at noon with Old Town hosting live music, activity booths and other entertainment. Information: ScottsdaleParade.com.
Arizona Indian Festival, Feb. 10-11
This free, two-day family-friendly event begins at 10 a.m. both days on Scottsdale’s Civic Center Mall. Tribes from throughout Arizona will share cultural experiences, traditional dwellings, art demonstrations and more. Other highlights include Native American storytelling, performances, music, an artisan market, food trucks, fry bread stands and kids’ activities. For more details, visit www.arizonaindiantourism.org.