The city of Scottsdale has announced a new timeline for its annual Western Week celebration, which honors Old Town’s distinctive heritage, history, cultures and experiences.
Beginning Saturday, April 10 through Sunday, April 18, local residents and visitors are invited to explore all that Scottsdale once was, and how it has evolved to present day, through a series of educational activities and entertainment surrounding the city’s “Wild West” past and Native American influences, according to a press release.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to continue this annual celebration honoring all that our beloved city of Scottsdale encompasses — past, present and future,” says Karen Churchard, director of tourism and events for the city of Scottsdale, in a prepared statement.
“We’ve made a few modifications to ensure safety during the traditional engagements that our attendees have come to enjoy — and we welcome guests to celebrate this annual event that recognizes the Western culture that is much alive in Scottsdale today.”
Scottsdale Art Auction
• Noon Saturday, April 10
Legacy Gallery, 7176 E. Main St.
This distinguished auction features more than 350 lots of the finest Western, wildlife and sporting paintings and sculptures from the likes of American Masters William Gollings, Carl Rungius, Edgar Payne and Albert Bierstadt as well as contemporary western and American artists such as Martin Grelle, Maxwell Hagege, Kyle Polzin and Morgan Weistling. Auction preview available online at scottsdaleartauction.com.
Old Town Scottsdale Rodeo Museum
• 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily Saturday, April 10-Sunday, April 18, 3806 N. Brown Ave.
On display in the free, volunteer-run museum are never-before-seen artifacts of Scottsdale’s rodeo history, including original Parada del Sol Rodeo posters, artwork by the likes of Master Artist Kenneth M. Freeman (once called the Rembrandt of Rodeo) and vintage rodeo magazines, programs and photographs dating back to the ‘50s. See: scottsdalerodeomuseum.com.
Western Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk
• 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, April 15
Scottsdale Arts District, Main St. from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Blvd., and north of Indian School Rd. on Marshall Way to 5th Ave.
This Gold Palette ArtWalk highlights the theme of Western Week with special Western art exhibits at participating galleries throughout the Scottsdale Arts District as well as live performances by Desert Dixie. See: scottsdalegalleries.com.
63rd Hashknife Pony Express Arrival
• 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday, April 16
Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road.
This annual ride of the Hashknife Pony Express, the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world and a part of Old Town’s legacy, will arrive at Scottsdale Stadium at noon and deliver more than 20,000 pieces of U.S. mail.
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
• 8 p.m. Friday, April 16
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St.
The acclaimed contemporary female mariachi group, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, takes the stage of a night of classic mariachi songs with a twist.
Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market
• 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 3806 N. Brown Ave.
In its 11th season, the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market, located in the heart of Old Town, features more than 100 local growers and specialty food producers.
Shoppers can find organic and pesticide-free produce, seasonal specialties like cider, flowers, natural pork, beef, fish, and free-range eggs from Arizona growers, cheese, fresh baked artisan bread, jams, tamales and more.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 14-Sunday, April 18
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way
Celebrating the West and its importance — not just during Western Week but every day — by educating, inspiring and engaging museum guests through a variety of high-quality exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach addressing regional history, as reflected by the arts and cultural exchanges that marked the transition of the Old West into the New West.
Special exhibitions: Maynard Dixon’s American West, By Beauty Obsessed: Gilbert Waldman Collects the West and the Morton and Donna Fleischer American Military Saddle Collection. Admission cost applies; reservations required for timed entry.
Arizona Indian Festival
• | 10 a.m.-6 p.m Saturday, April 17
• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 18
West Lawn of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
This celebration honors Arizona Indian culture and serves as a platform for tribal tourism to raise awareness about Arizona’s indigenous communities through an inclusive inter-tribal event that celebrates culture, traditional arts and crafts, entertainment, foods and innovations and trends in cultural tourism experiences in Arizona.
Visit: scottsdaleaz.gov or oldtownscottsdaleaz.com.