Scottsdale Update - Jan. 29, 2024


Scottsdale Western Week continues through Feb. 4. Western Week stokes the embers of our rich heritage and ensures our western legacy glows as brightly as it did a century ago. Highlights include:

  • Gold Palette ArtWalk: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, Scottsdale Arts District. February’s Gold Palette ArtWalk is dedicated to the theme of Western Week with entertainment, music and special offerings at participating galleries.

  • Hashknife Pony Express: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. The oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express celebrates with riders blazing their trail from the tiny town of Holbrook. At high noon, welcome its arrival at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West as riders conclude a 200-mile trek with more than 20,000 pieces of mail. The fun starts at 11 a.m. with family-friendly games, storytelling, crafts, face painting, food trucks, live entertainment and more. 

  • Parada del Sol (10 a.m.-noon) and Trail’s End Celebration (noon-4 p.m.): Saturday, Feb. 3, Historic Old Town. Scottsdale’s own hometown parade features colorful floats, mounted horse riders, horse-drawn carriages, marching bands, wagons and stagecoaches. The parade ends with a western-spirited festival featuring live music, street entertainment, dancing, a wine garden and a cowboy kids’ zone. Parade route (pdf).

  • Arizona Indian Festival: Saturday, Feb. 3, and Sunday, Feb. 4. Arizona tribes will share their culture at the Arizona Indian Festival at Scottsdale Civic Center. The festival includes traditional food, song, dance and crafts. 

Investing in Our Scottsdale: Phase one of Indian Bend Wash lakes and irrigation improvements are underway between Murry Lane and McDowell Road. The Eldorado Park ballfields, playground and amphitheater immediately east of the pool are closed though the end of April. The multiuse path on the east side of the park is open and provides a through connection along the wash. Voters approved project funding in the 2019 Bond Election. Learn more about the project.  


Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. 

Week of Jan. 29:

Learn about the responsibilities of city Boards and Commissions and how you can serve.  


Help Scottsdale Arts celebrate Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s 25th birthday. In the late 1990s, architect Will Bruder converted a former movie theater into Scottsdale’s preeminent museum of contemporary and modern art, architecture and design. Join us from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, for signature cocktails, treats from Pinwheel gourmet rolls food truck, music from DJ J-ME LEE, a performance by artist Carolina Aranibar-Fernández and live music. The event is free and open to the public with an RSVP. Learn more and RSVP.


  • Scottsdale ArtWalk: Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries, dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from around the world and locally. Stroll at your own pace. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Specialty-themed Gold Palette ArtWalks are held 6:30-9 p.m. about once a month. 

  • Old Town Farmers Market: Find a variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, and seasonal specialties such as cider and apples, flowers, natural pork, beef, fish and free-range eggs. Th market runs 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through June at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

  • Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts: Attend exciting, diverse events throughout the year. 

  • Find McDowell Sonoran Conservancy events


Get more events information.


Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event. The service runs 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box or bag.

Plug into Electronics Recycling Collection Day. Scottsdale residents can recycle unwanted electronics from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the city's Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment.  

Neighborhood College Spring 2024 Series continues with “HOA and Condo Committee Basics.” Learn everything you need to know about HOA/condo committees, including committee types, functions, responsibilities and legal requirements. The free class runs 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. Learn more and register.

Other classes:

  • HOA/Condo Series track: Rentals, Animals & Disabilities - What You Need to Know. 

  • The Stories of Scottsdale History Series track: The Great Desert Escape; Treasures of Scottsdale: The Extraordinary Ellis Family; Murder in the First Degree: and The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree.


What’s something Scottsdale Parks and Recreation does not provide that you would love to see? Tell us on Speak Up Scottsdale, an online community where residents can discuss city issues, programs, services and projects. The Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Department is working on a Master Plan, a long-range plan that identifies key initiatives, policies, and strategies to guide Scottsdale’s parks and recreation over the next decade. Your feedback will ensure future parks and recreation priorities and goals are citizen-driven and will meet the evolving demands of the community.

If you like feeling connected to your community and to your neighbors and are ready to engage in fun and meaningful discussions about Scottsdale, we would love to have you become a member. Find other ways to get involved.

New Podsdale episode - Exploring vitality: Unveiling Scottsdale Senior Services. From recreation to social services, and health and wellness programs, Scottsdale Senior Services provides a range of offerings designed to foster connection, engagement and well-being. Learn more about Scottsdale’s inclusive senior programming and efforts to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to thrive in their golden years. Listen now.

Job of the Week: Water Service Worker II. Looking for a career that's as refreshing as it is rewarding? The city invites you to dive into a thrilling opportunity within our esteemed Water Department. As a water services worker II, you'll embark on an exciting journey, mastering the art of installation, maintenance and repair of crucial water lines in our distribution system. Join forces with Team Scottsdale and be part of a wave of positive change in our community. Together, let's ensure a steady stream of clean, reliable water for generations to come. Learn more and apply.


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