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Western Week Celebration

April 10 - June 17

The City of Scottsdale has announced a new timeline for its annual Western Week celebration, which serves to honor Old Town’s distinctive heritage, history, cultures and experiences. From Saturday, April 10 through Sunday, April 18, local residents and visitors alike 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.

“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. “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                                                                                                                 

Saturday, April 10 | Noon

Legacy Gallery 7176 E. Main St.

This distinguished auction features more than 350 lots of the finest Western, wildlife and sporting paintings and sculptures on offer 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 www.scottsdaleartauction.com

Old Town Scottsdale Rodeo Museum

Saturday, April 10-Sunday, April 18 | 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. daily

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. www.scottsdalerodeomuseum.com

Western Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk

Thursday, April 15 | 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Scottsdale Arts District

Main St. from Scottsdale Rd. 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.  www.scottsdalegalleries.com

63rd Hashknife Pony Express Arrival

Friday, April 16 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Scottsdale Stadium 7408 E. Osborn Rd.

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, is something to behold! At noon, the Hashknife Pony Express will arrive at Scottsdale Stadium and deliver more than 20,000 pieces of U.S. Mail. www.hashknifeponyexpress.com

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles®
Friday, April 16 | 8:00 p.m.

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. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/mariachi-reyna/

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market

Saturday, April 17| 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

3806 N. Brown Ave.

Now 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. www.arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com/old-town-scottsdale

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Wednesday, April 14-Sunday, April 18 | 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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, particularly as reflected by the arts and the dynamic cultural exchanges that have 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. www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org

Arizona Indian Festival

Saturday, April 17 | 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.| Sunday, April 18 | 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
West Lawn of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

This two-day 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. www.arizonaindiantourism.org/azindianfestival/

The City of Scottsdale’s rich history dates back more than 130 years to the original farming and ranching operations that eventually inspired its nickname as “The West’s Most Western Town.” While Old Town has become significantly more sophisticated with an array of local boutiques, art galleries, fine dining establishments, wineries and craft breweries, the city maintains its “Wild West” charm and heritage, which is celebrated during Western Week. For more, visit www.scottsdalewesternweek.com.


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