Scottsdale Update - Oct. 17, 2019


Loop 101 closes between Shea Boulevard and Loop 202, Oct. 19 & 20. The Loop 101 Pima Freeway will be closed along an approximately 12-mile section between Shea Boulevard and the Loop 202 from 1 a.m.-7 p.m. each day for asphalt maintenance. Sections will be reopened as work progresses throughout the day: 

  • From 1 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19: Southbound Loop 101 will be closed between Shea Boulevard and Loop 202. Detour: Use Hayden Road.
  • From 1 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20: Northbound Loop 101 will be closed between Loop 202 and Shea Boulevard. Detour: Use Scottsdale Road.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors.

Data help Scottsdale Transportation improve driving safety. Allstate recently published a report ranking Scottsdale 15th in the nation for safest drivers. The report compares collision frequency based on Allstate claims data for the 200 largest U.S. cities. Since 1990 the median collision rate for intersections in Scottsdale has held steady at approximately 0.5 per million vehicles … that means only one of every million vehicles traveling through Scottsdale intersections is in an accident.


The Scottsdale City Council unanimously agreed to seek voter approval to issue bonds for 58 community projects totaling up to $319 million.

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Attend trailheads dedication as part of McDowell Sonoran Preserve's 25th anniversary. Join the community at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, to officially open Fraesfield and Granite Mountain trailheads at the Fraesfield Trailhead, 13400 E. Rio Verde Drive. On Oct. 3, 1994, the Scottsdale City Council formally dedicated the first lands for the preserve. The "Day One" preserve was 4.5 square miles consisting of three parcels of city-owned land. Today, this permanently protected, sustainable desert habitat encompasses 47 square miles. Here are other ways to commemorate this anniversary.

World Gay Rodeo Finals ride into WestWorld, Oct 25-27. Witness about 100 contestants from around the United States and Canada compete in bull riding, ranch saddle bronc riding and roping. In addition to the rodeo activities, the event showcases its annual pageantry competition with winners from local chapters vying for the national title.  

Halloween Happenings: Note: Scottsdale does not have laws or ordinances regarding trick-or-treating times or age restrictions. However, we do enforce curfew times – 10 p.m. for those younger than 16; and midnight for those 16-18.

  • Get your caboose to the "Halloween Spook-Track-ula," Oct. 25-31. Stop in for a spell as the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park transforms into a haunted hideaway! The family-friendly event features a spooky train ride created with younger children in mind… a bit spooky, but not too frightening. The event runs from 6:30-9 p.m. nightly. 
  • Calling all boys and ghouls for Scottsdale's Fall Festival, Oct. 26. Join friends and family for a night of treats, fun and frights from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the south Eldorado Ballfield, 1909 N. Miller Road. Come for games, a haunted forest and costume contests, then stay until the end for fireworks.  
  • Forget bobbing for apples, try dunkin' for a pumpkin, Oct. 27. Pumpkins float! Join us from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the heated McDowell Mountain Ranch pool. Pick a pumpkin then decorate it. Cost is $10 per person and includes the pool entrance fee and a pumpkin – while supplies last.  
  • Halloween Bash happening at senior center, Oct. 31. Looking for a spook-tacular way to celebrate Halloween? Join us at Granite Reef Senior Center's annual Halloween luncheon, featuring costume contests, games and live entertainment. The free program takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Space is limited and registration is required.  

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, 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.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Wear purple Tuesday, Oct. 24, in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since 1981, this commemoration has sought to recognize that people of all ages and backgrounds are affected by domestic violence and to connect those individuals with advocates and resources. If you or someone you know is a victim or survivor of domestic violence, resources are available through Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

Get fit this fall at Scottsdale's Club SAR Boxing & Fitness Center. Club SAR Boxing & Fitness Center is a multi-sports instructional facility that can help you meet your physical conditioning goals. Take a fitness class or use the abundant exercise equipment. Various membership types are available at affordable prices.

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Neighborhood College hosts free class on Social Security. Attend this free seminar, "Scottsdale Security Made 1, 2, 3 Easy," from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. This presentation will teach you how to maximize your benefit. Register here.

Celebrate National Make A Difference Day by participating in Adopt-A-Road cleanup. Grab a group of friends and volunteer to clean Scottsdale. The Adopt-A-Road event will be Saturday, Oct. 26, which coincides with National Make A Difference Day. The city provides trash bags, safety vests and cotton gloves. 

"Sprint to Success" seminar and job fair aid those looking for jobs. The city is hosting a free seminar on mastering interview skills, understanding online applications and perfecting resumes from 9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Civic Center Library Loft. A job fair follows where attendees can meet with local employers offering a variety of jobs in various industries. Learn more and register.

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