Fall for the Arts in Scottsdale


On Nov. 7, 2013, Scottsdale kicks off the 2nd Annual Scottsdale Fall for the Arts, a four-day celebration of its standing as one of America’s top arts destinations. The Scottsdale Fall for the Arts features seven individual events (up from five in 2012) and spotlights the city’s vibrant cultural scene, which is brimming with an estimated 100 art galleries, world-class museums and performance spaces, and an award-winning public art program.

Scottsdale Fall for the Arts exhibits all of these attractions and more, including live auctions and artist demonstrations. Following is the complete lineup:

Fall for the Arts ArtWalk

Date: Thursday, November 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Downtown Scottsdale Arts District

Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association, Fall for the Arts ArtWalk features original art in 50 galleries plus artists’ receptions and exhibition openings. Admission is free, and complimentary valet parking is offered on Main Street, just west of Marshall Way. More info

West Select Sale

Date: November 7 at 5:30 pm. and November 8 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: $125/person
Location: Phoenix Art Museum

A $125 ticket gets you access a series of events, including a kick-off reception Thursday evening, the sale preview on Friday, an artist presentation, and the sale where you can bid on more than 110 works of art including paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs by today’s leading artists. The awards lunch will be held Friday afternoon and is an additional $35 per person. More info

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents Diavolo Dance Theater

Date: November 7 at 7:30 p.m. and November 8 at 8 p.m.
Price: From $29
Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Led by founder Jacques Heim, Los Angeles-based Diavolo Dance Theater is an internationally renowned modern acrobatic dance company that takes movement, athletics and daring to the extreme. The troupe’s gravity-defying performances explore the human experience using oversized, surrealistic sets and everyday structures. Tickets start at $29. Be sure to arrive early to Friday’s performance and elevate your experience with Catwalk Lounge. Connect with friends before teh show and enjoy the view in this exclusive lounge overlooking the Dayton Fowler Grafum Atrium.  $10 includes one beverage of your choice and light appetizers. More info

Canal Convergence | Art + Water + Light

Dates: November 7 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
            November 8 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
            November 9 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
            November 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Downtown Scottsdale/Scottsdale Waterfront

Engaging and inspiring for all ages, this year’s fall event lights up the Arizona Canal with Voyage, a mobile-interactive piece by UK-based Aether & Hemera. Canal Convergence offers innovative artworks by local and international artists, hands-on activities, live music, performances, and Artisan Market’s urban marketplace experience. Artisan Markets also will be set up to showcase local artists’ works. If you enjoy art installations at the Scottsdale Waterfront, make plans to check out the Red Bull Illume 2013, which will be on display November 14 – 24, 2013. More info

Paint Out Auction, hosted by Main Street Galleries

Date: November 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Scottsdale Arts District – Main Street and Marshall Way

Watch local, regional and national artists paint and sculpt live during this free event in downtown Scottsdale, then bid on the one-of-a-kind artwork (while the paint is still wet!) in the two-hour “Quick Draw” auction at High Noon.  Live music and special exhibition art shows at nearby galleries to occur simultaneously.

Conversations with Artists, hosted by Gallery Row

Date: November 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Downtown Scottsdale Arts District – Main Street, west of Marshall Way

Mix and mingle with artists on Gallery Row and ask them questions about their work while browsing through various art galleries.  See live demonstrations at most galleries, each with a distinct style and exciting offerings. Free valet parking, complimentary tea & coffee, and live music also will be offered.

Beaux Arts Fundraiser

Date: November 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $125
Location: Scottsdale Artists School

Enjoy a fabulous and festive evening featuring a silent auction, live music, artist demonstrations and libations and light fare for $125. All proceeds benefit the Scottsdale Artists School. More info

On-Going Exhibitions

Location: Downtown Scottsdale

Information: The Scottsdale Arts District is home to a wide selection of world-class art galleries, many of which are opening new exhibits during Scottsdale Fall for the Arts. Browse collections ranging from western and Native American to modern and contemporary. Check out the ongoing exhibits at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for additional creative fodder. On display this fall is Narrower to the Interior: Contemporary Japanese Artists (through Jan. 12, 2014); Julianne Swartz: How Deep is Your (through Jan. 26, 2014); and Inspire (through Jan. 5, 2014). And located just minutes from downtown Scottsdale, Desert Botanical Garden will once again play host to a Dale Chihuly Exhibit Nov. 10, 2013 through May 18, 2014. Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium.

Download the Fall for the Arts PDF Brochure