The Downtown Scottsdale Art District is located in, or at least adjacent to, what is known as Old Town. There are about one hundred galleries and nearly that many public works of art scattered around the area. Many internationally known artists fill the galleries with work ranging from southwest landscapes to Native American jewelry and pottery, metal sculptures, modern art, glass, cowboy wares, and much more.
The Scottsdale ArtWalk happens every Thursday between 7 and 9 in the evening. Residents and visitors alike stroll around town from one gallery to the next admiring the art and enjoying the refreshments the proprietors and artists put out. There is even a one-hour self-guided walking tour of the top ten public art displays, one of which is the bronze horse statue in the center of a roundabout on the edge of the Art District.
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art presents various creative exhibitions of design, architecture, and culture. It is juxtaposed by the Scottsdale Museum of the West which displays beautiful traditional Western art.
Before heading out to the ArtWalk, you might want to hit up the Waterfront, a centerpiece to boutiques, restaurants, and high-end shopping. There are more than 75 restaurants in the immediate area of Old Town and the Scottsdale Waterfront. Stroll along the canal, look at the sculptures and grab a bite to eat while you listen to live local musicians entertaining the customers.
As a Scottsdale insurance agent, I have been all around Old Town and experienced many of the businesses and restaurants of the area.
The Waterfront is the backdrop for the Annual Fine Art and Wine Festival that happens in February. What could be better than walking around looking at interesting art and sipping on local Arizona wines? What? Didn’t you know we have award-winning wineries and vineyards in Arizona? Boy, are you missing out!
There are several winners in Arizona. Most are located at higher elevations a few hours north and south of the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Head up to Sedona, Jerome and Cottonwood about 2 hours to the north for a day excursion to fantastic vineyards and tasting rooms. Or go south about 3 hours to the Wilcox or Sonoita areas and get superb tastings. However, if you don’t want to take the entire day, just stop into one of the several tasting rooms right in downtown Scottsdale!
If you are going to the bars or sitting down for wine tastings, please drink with responsibility. Don’t drive after drinking because not only could you hurt someone, but then you will need SR22 DUI insurance. Scottsdale has cracked down on drunk driving, and with driving services like Uber or Lyft being so easy to get, so why take the risk? Don’t ruin your night and possibly someone’s life.