Scottsdale Update - Jan. 30, 2020


WestWorld of Scottsdale named "Facility of the Year." The League of Agricultural & Equine Centers presented WestWorld of Scottsdale with the 2020 Facility of the Year Award at its annual symposium. WestWorld encompasses more than 300,000 square feet of exhibition space that offers unlimited possibilities for event producers and planners. The facility hosts horse shows, auto auctions, various expos, concerts and more. 

Celebrate Western Week in Historic Old Town Scottsdale. Old Town transforms into an authentic Old West experience and fun ride for the entire family during Western Week. In addition to the featured events below, find lots more at the website provided above.

  • Western Week Gold Palette Artwalk, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, Scottsdale Arts District: In celebration of the Scottsdale Gallery Association's 45th anniversary season, this month's Gold Palette ArtWalk will be dedicated to the theme of Western Week with entertainment, music and special offerings at participating galleries.
  • Hashknife Pony Express Arrival, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West: Witness the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world. This free event features the "Hashknife Boot Camp" for kids (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), 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.
  • 67th Annual Scottsdale Parada Del Sol Parade and Trail's End Festival, 10 a.m.-noon (parade), noon-4 p.m. (festival), Saturday, Feb. 8, Historic Old Town: A celebration of the city's past, present and future, the Parada del Sol Parade boasts nearly 150 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. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, Scottsdale Civic Center: This two-day celebration honors Arizona Indian culture - most of Arizona's 22 tribes will be featured during the event. From traditional food, storytelling, and dancing to singing and dwellings, you will walk away fascinated by the native beauty that Arizona has to offer.


Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell talks with public safety officials and the Phoenix Thunderbirds about keeping Phoenix Open attendees safe.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open runs through Sunday. New settings and enhanced fan experiences spice up the 85th edition of "The People's Open." Find out why this tournament boasts the largest galleries in golf! The Phoenix Open takes place at the TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road.  

Sunday A'Fair minifestivals rock Sundays. Sunday A'Fair features free outdoor concerts by the Valley's top musicians, an arts-and-crafts market and fun activities for children and families. The concerts run from noon-4 p.m. most Sundays through March 29, on the Scottsdale Civic Center. 

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday year-round, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.

Veg out at Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market. Buy food and specialty items supplied by locals. There is a large variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, as well. The market runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through May, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Railroad Park seeking exhibitors for Exclusively Little Expo. If you are a local business or organization that provides products or services to families, you won’t want to miss out on exhibitor space at the Exclusively Little Expo, Saturday, April 4, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Businesses that would benefit include museums, summer camps, educational institutions, attractions, theme parks, retail organizations and rental companies. For more information or to secure space, contact Darryl Grimes at 480-312-8501 or

Last chance to view new city gateway entry marker designs. The city is working with Scottsdale Public Art to update and provide a contemporary look to the markers for residents and visitors entering Scottsdale. Public Art narrowed down the pool to five artists and designs. The new markers will reflect Scottsdale's unique character. Consequently, there may be more than one design awarded as Scottsdale's character can change depending on location. The designs are on display this week at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. The public also can access information online and tell us which design(s) they like best. An artist selection panel will choose the finalist(s), which will be announced in February.

City information is just a phone call away by dialing 480-312-3111. The city of Scottsdale's information line connects you with live operators who have much of the event, traffic and meeting information that you want, or we'll forward your call to the correct department for further assistance. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and for special events as publicized.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Check out the Local Author Book Sale, Saturday. Meet our talented Arizona writers at this novel book sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Civic Center Library. Books are available for all ages and interests. Be where Arizona authors and readers connect!  

"All Things Senior" Expo & Tradeshow offers one-stop resources, Wednesday. This free event features more than 100 exhibitors providing information about health care, senior housing, recreation and fitness opportunities, entertainment, lifestyle, technology, transportation and much more. It takes place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Green Building program presents, "Living an Edible Landscape Life." Be inspired to grow as urban gardeners share the benefits and how-tos of growing your own healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in our desert environment. ASU’s School of Urban Planning and Sustainable Food Systems Frances Craik will join master gardener and environmental artist Joan Baron to share their adventures in growing edible flowers, vegetables and herbs while inventing tasty recipes to share. The free program includes a food-tasting experience for all ages. Attend from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Granite Reef Senior Center.  

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