Signature Scottsdale Events Showcase Destination’s Variety
- Arizona Restaurant Week (fall) – Sept. 16-25: Experience the state’s finest fare at more than 200 restaurants offering discounted prix-fixe three-course dinners at $33 and $44 per person.
- Arabian National Breeder Finals – Sept. 28–Oct. 1: This prestigious title show will offer the Arabian community an opportunity to showcase the best the breed has to offer in an unparalleled venue. The event includes an outstanding halter/breeding showcase that will offer prize money, prestige and abundant marketing opportunities for breeders and Arabian horse enthusiasts. Parties, farm tours, world-class shopping and dining are all part of the familiar Scottsdale ambiance.
- Arizona Fall Championship – Oct. 6-9: The Arizona Quarter Horse Association is proud to announce the Arizona Fall Championship Show, replacing the Scottsdale Classic. The Arizona Quarter Horse Association assumed the dates and has established an exciting new format for the show, including a total of six AQHA shows.
- Scottsdale International Film Festival – Oct. 6-10: The Scottsdale International Film Festival’s mission is to be the undisputed Arizona leader in the use of film to foster a meaningful understanding of the world’s cultures, lifestyles, religions and ethnicities. The vast majority of the international works screened at the festival champion stories of people who stand their ground to make a difference and seek positive change.
- Tour de Scottsdale – Oct. 9: Starting at DC Ranch’s Market Street, cyclists journey through the McDowell Mountains to support desert preservation awareness.
- Arizona Taco Festival – Oct. 15-16: Taste some of the state’s best tacos during this festival at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick that also includes a tequila expo, hot chili pepper eating contest and taco cook-off competition featuring Scottsdale favorites The Mission, Distrito and La Hacienda.
- Grand Prix of Scottsdale – Nov. 4-6: Not even Gatsby could dream up a party as grand as the inaugural Grand Prix of Scottsdale, a 1920s-era race taking over downtown Scottsdale. Attendees don their best flapper ware and race in vintage mini racers.
- Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championship: Horses & Horsepower – Nov. 5: Staged at WestWorld of Scottsdale, this event not only brings the sport’s top contenders during two polo matches, it also provides attendees a sneak preview of the world renowned Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and highly acclaimed Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show.
- Goodguys 18th Annual Southwest Nationals – Nov. 18-20: The largest hot rod and custom car association in the world comes to WestWorld of Scottsdale, offering exhibits, a swap meet, model and pedal car show, and hot rod cruise.
- ArtFest of Scottsdale – Nov. 21-22: International cuisine, art of all kinds and the Book Street authors’ area make up this open-air gallery at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.
- ZooLights – Nov. 23-Jan. 15: Experience Zoo Lights with more lights than ever before. As the sun goes down, watch the zoo transform into a brilliant display of more than 3 million lights and 500 custom-made animal and nature light sculptures. A larger-than-life lighted orangutan greets you at the entrance while other primate light displays swing through the trees above your head.
- Las Noches de las Luminarias – Nov. 25-Dec. 31: Stop by the Desert Botanical Garden at night to walk the paths lit with more than 8,000 traditional luminaries, listen to live music and sip hot chocolate.
- Scottsdale Golf Week – Dec. 5-11: The inaugural Scottsdale Golf Week will make teeing off in the destination easier than ever. Take advantage of great deals on golf, resorts and activities during the inaugural event.
- Holidays at the Heard – Dec. 26-31: A Southwestern tradition, Holidays at the Heard is a great way to spend time with family and friends, enjoying tasty fry bread while watching exciting performances and demonstrations showcasing traditional and contemporary American Indian music, dance and art.
- Cactus Bowl – Dec. 27: Chase Field in downtown Phoenix will host this bowl contest, now in its 28th year. Just 12 miles from downtown Scottsdale, this game is a conference showdown between the Pac-12 and Big 12.
- Fiesta Bowl – Dec. 31: College football fans swarm the Valley to cheer on their favorite team at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale for this iconic bowl, which is now a College Football Playoff semifinal game. The winner of this high-stakes tilt will play for the national championship.
- Native Trails – Jan. 12-March 30: Take a true sensory journey of American Indian song and dance at this free series of events at Scottsdale Civic Center Park.
- P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon – Jan. 14-15: One of the top five running events in the world with more than 30,000 participants, this marathon takes joggers through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, with vibrant scenery and live music.
- Celebration of Fine Art – Jan. 14-March 26: Immerse yourself in the creative process at this event in North Scottsdale, where you can meet up to 100 working artists in their studios.
- Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction – Jan. 14-22: With more than 1,000 collector automobiles and hundreds of vendors at WestWorld of Scottsdale, this event is a must see for luxury travelers and car lovers.
- Russo & Steele Collector Auto Auction – Jan. 18-22: This boutique-style auction held in North Scottsdale features more than 700 American muscle cars, European sports cars, hot rods and customs in an all-reserve auction format.
- Gooding & Company Auto Auction – Jan. 20-21: This annual auction brings high quality collector vehicles to Scottsdale Fashion Square and has sold some of the highest-priced cars in Arizona’s auction week history.
- Hashknife Pony Express – January: Every year, the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world travels 200 miles from Holbrook, Ariz., to Scottsdale, delivering 20,000 first-class letters by horseback.
- Waste Management Phoenix Open – Jan. 30-Feb. 5: Drawing the largest crowds of any professional golf event, the “Greatest and Greenest Show on Grass” combines serious golf with a fun party atmosphere at TPC Scottsdale.
- Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show – Feb. 16-26: Since 1955, the annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. It has grown from 50 horses to more than 2,000 horses, bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance to win.
- Parada del Sol Parade – February: Celebrating more than 60 years in Scottsdale, thousands of horses and riders participate in the world’s longest western parade in downtown.
- Scottsdale Street Eats Food Truck Festival – February: Sample the best food trucks from around greater Scottsdale at this festival hosted at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Participate in competitions that test your inner competitive eater or catch cooking demonstrations from local chefs.
- Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show – March 4-12: The largest equine circuit in the nation hosts 1,500 of the country's best quarter horses as they compete for $200,000 in prizes at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
- Parada del Sol Concert & Rodeo – March 9-12: Check out the adventurous side of Scottsdale as cowboys strut their stuff with barrel racing, steer wrestling and bull riding at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
- Scottsdale Arts Festival – March 10-12: The Scottsdale Arts Festival has been a favorite of visitors and artists alike since 1971. Nearly 200 artists throughout North America come every year to display their work at the Scottsdale Civic Center Park.
- Cactus League Spring Training – March: Come see the 2014 World Series champion San Francisco Giants at their home, Scottsdale Stadium. Or catch a game at beautiful Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
- Final Four – March 31-April 3: Phoenix will host the Final Four for the first time. The 2017 championship weekend will be one of the biggest yet, with thousands of fans visiting greater Scottsdale and enjoying the destination’s resorts, restaurants and attractions.
- Arizona Bike Week – April 5-9: Bikers own the open desert road at this annual celebration of motorcycles held at WestWorld of Scottsdale with charity rides, bike races and Cyclefest, a motorcycle expo and music festival.
- Scottsdale Culinary Festival – April: After nearly 40 years, the country’s longest-running food festival continues to draw approximately 40,000 culinary conquistadors with events like the Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner and the Great Arizona Picnic.
- Summer Concerts at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park – May 7-July 2: Every Sunday night, bring a blanket, kick back on the grass and enjoy the sounds of local bands for free in addition to riding the train and carousel or touring the museum.
- Arizona Restaurant Week (spring) – May: Experience the state’s finest fare at more than 200 restaurants offering discounted prix-fixe three-course dinners at $33 and $44 per person.
- Summer Concert Series at Kierland Commons – June: On Saturday nights, enjoy free live music including rock, jazz and blues.
- Scottsdale Summer Spectacular ArtWalk – July: Celebrate the days of summer in downtown with a free ArtWalk featuring food, live entertainment and prize giveaways.