Scottsdale is a mecca for art lovers, with more than 100 galleries devoted to displaying the best visual art from around the world, as well as exceptional local Arizona art. The Scottsdale ArtWalk was established in 1975 and is held in the Old Town Scottsdale Art District. It encourages visitors to walk at their own speed through a festive area filled with dramatic sculptures, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, renowned restaurants, and live music.
It’s a perfect way to get out for a couple of hours and see artists and galleries every Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Scottsdale’s ArtWalk allows you to browse at your leisure, wandering into galleries while taking in the sights and sounds of dramatic sculptures, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, renowned restaurants, and live music.
From nearby free parking areas, horse-drawn carriage rides, golf cart rides, and trolley rides are available. For the exclusive Gold Palette case ArtWalks, look for valet parking service on Main Street.
Scottsdale Gallery Association
The Scottsdale Gallery Association is a non-profit organization founded by gallery owners to support fine art galleries in Scottsdale’s Art District. The galleries show a wide range of work in a number of mediums. Members of the SGA work to make art available to all, from professional collectors to informal art patrons.
If you happen to run into any working musicians or artists who are getting a show opening during Scottsdale ArtWalk, don’t be afraid to sit and talk with them. One word of caution, though: please do not film artists in the studio, or any art for that matter, without permission.
The Scottsdale ArtWalk features a variety of galleries in downtown Scottsdale. Traditional paints, Western art and bronzes, glass art, ceramics, pottery, watercolors, and more are among the items available.
How to get there?
The Thursday evening Scottsdale ArtWalks do not close Marshall Way, Main Street, or any other streets in Scottsdale. That means that if you wait long enough, you will be able to find a parking space on the highway. If you’re not so fortunate, park in the Scottsdale Civic Center parking garage and stroll through Old Town Scottsdale on the east side of Scottsdale Road.
If you are staying at a local hotel or parked a few streets away, the Scottsdale Trolley is a fun way to get to the Scottsdale ArtWalk. The Scottsdale Trolley is a free service that runs all year. The Scottsdale Trolley operates until 9 p.m. on Thursday nights only so we can admire the Scottsdale ArtWalk.
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Why you should go when visiting Scottsdale?
The Scottsdale ArtWalk is a fantastic place to take in the sights and sounds of downtown Scottsdale. These streets still have some fine restaurants, but they seem to fill up fast on Thursday evenings. Come down early, meet some neighbors, grab a bite and a bottle of wine, and take a leisurely walk around the neighborhood dressed comfortably and casually.
Scottsdale, Arizona is full of amazing historical landmarks that help to make our city an amazing, culturally rich city:
- Scottsdale Grammar School, also called The Little Red Schoolhouse
- George Ellis House
- Louise Lincoln Kerr House
- McCormick Stillman Railroad Park
- The Valley Field Riding and Polo Club of Scottsdale
- Roald Amundsen Pullman Private Railroad Car
- Historic Taliesin West
- Old Town Scottsdale
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 7106 East Main Street! Stop by for a visit anytime!