Canal Convergence- The Power of Play

Scottsdale Arts’ Canal Convergence will explore the power and influence that play has in our lives through engaging public art, performances, and programming from Nov. 3–12, 2023, at the Scottsdale Waterfront. 

The free, 10-night event features large-scale public artworks created by artists from around the world alongside live music and dance performances, creative workshops, educational tours and activities, food trucks, and a beer and wine garden. In addition to the event’s perennial focus on the union of water, art, light, interactivity, and sustainability, this year’s featured theme is “The Power of Play.” 

With interactivity being one of the enduring themes of the event, acts of play have always had a significant role in Canal Convergence. For 2023’s event, Gill challenged artists to propose engaging and immersive public artworks that speak to play and acts of play’s importance in people’s lives. By harnessing the power of play through public art, artists have the opportunity to inspire and create meaningful experiences that reveal play’s true power

Art Work Line Up:


  • Friday, November 3–Saturday, November 4, 6–10 p.m. 
  • Sunday, November 5–Thursday, November 9, 6–9 p.m. 
  • Friday, November 10–Saturday, November 11, 6–10 p.m. 
  • Sunday, Nov. 12 (closing night), 6–9 p.m. 


  • At the Scottsdale Waterfront along the pedestrian pathways, bridges, and in and above the Arizona Canal, between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard.
  • Free parking is available in Parking Garages around Old Town Scottsdale. You can find these parking locations in our Old Town Parking Map. 


7135 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 155
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Recurring daily
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(480) 499-8587
(480) 499-8587