Upcoming Events

Downtown Scottsdale proudly presents Western Week.

Enjoy western-themed parades, festivals, art walks and other events throughout February. All are occurring right here in downtown Scottsdale. Scroll down to see event listings.

Hashknife Pony Express

The Pony Express endures as one of the most daring and romantic chapters of the American West. That era comes to life across Arizona, culminating in a colorful, hoof-pounding mail delivery at high noon Friday in Downtown Scottsdale. The public is invited to attend when more than two dozen members of the Hashknife Pony Express conclude their 200-mile horseback trek in front of Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West on Marshall Way.at the Passing the Legacy sculpture near the Marshall Way Bridge. They will deliver 20,000 letters specially marked by the U.S. Postal Service in a tradition that dates to 1958. Following a brief ceremony and a Cowboy Camp for kids, a free public meet and greet. The Hashknife riders – members of the Navajo County Sheriff's Posse – begin their journey Wednesday in Holbrook. They take on the weather and some of Arizona’s most rugged terrain to participate in the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express route in the world. After overnight stops in Payson Wednesday and along the Verde River Thursday, the riders make a stop in Fountain Hills before delivering the mail in Scottsdale.

Parada Del Sol Parade

The 64th Annual Parada del Sol Parade will be held in downtown Scottsdale. Since its start in 1953, the Parada del Sol has grown to be one of the world's longest horse-drawn parades and boasts more than 100 entries, including floats, bands and individual riders. This year's Grand Marsall is State Historian Marshall Trimble.

Native Trails

FEB. 2 - NATIVE TRAILS

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

Native Trails is a free outdoor festival celebrating the Native American cultures of the Southwest through song and dance. Each event brings together traditional instruments, colorful dances and authentic attire to share the stories of Southwest tribes, including the Hope, Dine (Navajo), Akimel Au-Authm and San Carlos Apache. Audiences enjoy performances such as the Southwest horse dance, inter-tribal pow-wow dancing, world class hoop dancing and the participatory round dance. Native Trails also features American Indian artisans selling specialty items such as jewelry, baskets, flutes and paintings, as well as light snacks and beverages. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets.

Robert Knott

FEB. 7 - MEET THE AUTHOR: ROBERT KNOTT

1:00 pm - Scottsdale's Museum of the West (Poisoned Pen)

Hear from bestselling author Robert Knott, who will give a talk in the theater and sign copies of his newest release, “Robert B. Parker’s Revelation,” which will be available for purchase in the museum store. Knott, who is also an actor and producer, was chosen by the estate of author Robert B. Parker to continue his acclaimed Virgin Cole and Everett Hitch western novels. Parker was considered the dean of American crime fiction; he died in January 2010. Knott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “Robert B. Parker’s The Bridge,” “Robert B. Parker’s Bull River,” and “Robert B. Parker’s Ironhorse.” Produced in collaboration with Poisoned Pen Bookstore. Museum admission is required for gallery access.

Behind the Lens

FEB. 7 - BEHIND THE LENS:
PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE AMERICAN WEST FEATURING LAURA WILSON

6:30 pm - Scottsdale's Museum of the West

Join Laura Wilson as she discusses how her photography documents the stark realism of small Western communities and the individuals who live there. Wilson’s images have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ Magazine, English Vogue, London’s Sunday Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine and Wallpaper. Museum admission is required for gallery access.

Marshall Trimble: Tombstone’s Social Life (What Folks Did When They Weren’t Gunfighting)

FEB. 8 - Marshall Trimble: Tombstone’s Social Life (What Folks Did When They Weren’t Gunfighting)

1:00 pm - Scottsdale's Museum of the West (Poisoned Pen)

Official State Historian Marshall Trimble brings perspective to the social customs, cultural advancement and pastimes of the raucous and rowdy residents of Tombstone, the “Town Too Tough to Die.” Museum admission is required for gallery access.

Artwalk: Western Spirit

FEB. 9 - Artwalk: Western Spirit

Main St. & Marshall Way

Western Spirit connects the two driving ideals behind the creation of the West’s Most Western Town: a passion for the clean air and clear blue skies unique to the Sonoran Desert and a deep appreciation for culture and the arts.  There is nowhere better to connect to those roots than Marshall and Main, where you would have seen cattle drives 100 years ago but today can find art galleries that are an internationally treasured destination for collectors and buyers.

Old Town Farmer's Market

FEB. 11 - Old Town Farmer's Market

8:00 am to 1:00 pm - 3806 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale

This lively market features local growers and specialty food producers with a wide variety of organic and pesticide free produce. Enjoy a plethora of seasonal specialties such as cider and apples, flowers, free-range beef, free-range eggs and local cheeses as well as a selection of freshly baked artisan breads, Amish friendship breads, jams, picadillies, and tamales.

Trails End Festival

FEB. 11 - Trails End Festival

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Main Street and 1st Avenue - Old Town

Immediately following the parade, Trail's End Festival in Old Town is great fun for all ages and includes live music, delicious food, shopping opportunities and a Kids' Area with games, pony rides and much more. Themes center around our Hispanic, Native American and Western cultures and heritage.

Native Trails

FEB. 16, 18, 23, 25 - Native Trails

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

Native Trails is a free outdoor festival celebrating the Native American cultures of the Southwest through song and dance. Each event brings together traditional instruments, colorful dances and authentic attire to share the stories of Southwest tribes, including the Hope, Dine (Navajo), Akimel Au-Authm and San Carlos Apache. Audiences enjoy performances such as the Southwest horse dance, inter-tribal pow-wow dancing, world class hoop dancing and the participatory round dance. Native Trails also features American Indian artisans selling specialty items such as jewelry, baskets, flutes and paintings, as well as light snacks and beverages. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets.