Scottsdale ArtWalk

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Couple strolling down Main Street on the Scottsdale ArtwalkAre you looking for a classy, cultural date? Scottsdale has fantastic art galleries, and one of the best times to visit them is during the Thursday Night ArtWalk. 

The Scottsdale ArtWalk runs every Thursday night, from 7 till 9 pm.  It covers much of Old Town Scottsdale, and you can spend any amount of time browsing.  Most of the galleries and many of the souvenir and specialty shops are open.  You can dress to impress or don casual wear, but make sure your shoes are comfortable for walking.  Then follow this itinerary to visit all the hot spots.
Statue of an Indian in Old Town ScottsdaleEntry to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary ArtThere is easy to find,  free parking in the Civic Center Parking garage, on Drinkwater Blvd, just south of Indian School.   (In front of the Civic Center Library.)  Cross the street and make your way west down 2nd Street. 

About half way down the block, to your right, you will find the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.   The sign in front isn't that big, but keep your eyes open and you will find it.  Admission is free on Thursdays, and this is a good place to begin your evening at the Artwalk.  Contemporary Art is always a good conversations starter, and you can learn a lot about each other's taste.

Ceiling of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Street sign on Main Street in Old Town ScottsdaleThe museum has interesting, frequently changing exhibits in three galleries.  You should be able to browse through in 30-60 minutes.   Make sure you see the Knight Rise Skyspace by James Turrell before you leave the museum. 

As you exit, turn left (north) and walk to the Civic Center Plaza.  Then start wandering left. (west)  There are historic statues, fountains, and flower beds in this area, making it a pleasant section of your walk.  You will emerge on Main Street.

Jewelry display in Old Town Scottsdale Art display in the window of a galleryKeep going west along Main Street for a block.  Before you cross Scottsdale Road, there are shops that feature jewelry, pottery, and souvenir items.  When you cross Scottsdale Road, most of the building are art galleries which display statues and paintings.  Western art is  popular, but there is art of every kind to enjoy.  Just keep following the "Walk the Line" markers painted on the pavement to make your way through the Main Street Art District.

Metal Kokopeli figurineAfter you've browsed on Main Street, wander north on Marshall Way.  About two blocks from Main Street, there is another art district.  This area also has souvenir and fashion shops.  Stroll along and find the Waterfront, a collection of shops and restaurants lining the canal. 

Sign at a trolley stop in Old Town ScottsdaleWhen you tire, hop on the free trolley, and ride back to Main Street.  You've enjoyed a fabulous ArtWalk.

 

 

For more information about the Scottsdale ArtWalk, visit http://scottsdalegalleries.com/.

Sign marking the art district of Old Town Scottsdale

ArtWalk marker on the pavement in Old Town Scottsdale

Another Date Idea

  • Take a ride on a scaled train. The free, 30-40 minute rides are offered every Sunday.