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What’s New in Scottsdale, Ariz. – Fall ‘21

Fall in Love with Scottsdale’s New Art + Attractions, Luxe Resort Amenities and Places to Sip + Savor

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (August 20, 2021) – As Autumn breezes into the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale comes alive. Resorts and hotels introduce invigorating programs, spas offer fresh ways to relax, and though the weather cools off, the dining scene turns up the heat. Not to mention, there’s awe-inspiring art installations and exhibits from across the state, country and around the world, all converging in Scottsdale. We’ve rounded up fall’s must-see attractions and all the latest happenings.


Sometimes, memorable vacations happen without ever leaving the hotel and here in Scottsdale, the on-property opportunities to remain active and learn a new skill – or maybe even enjoy some special perks – are endless this season.


  • Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is keeping guests entertained this fall with new on-property activities, including a dog-friendly beer garden every Friday and nightly live music in October, plus special festivities like holiday brunches in November and December, and a holiday market featuring pieces for sale by local artisans.
  • During a stay at Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale, guests can dive into a good book, flow into lawn yoga, and view incredible art. Debuting Sept. 6, the resort’s new Library Coffee Cart will offer design-centric books and exclusive specialty coffee pairings. Guests will also find Free Flow Yoga Nights on Monday evenings and new art on display at The Gallery. “Erika Lynne Hanson: Future Ecologies” focuses on concerns of ecology, climate and human nature through woven tapestries, crafted objects, and video installations.
  • In the quiet foothills of Scottsdale, romance-seekers can bask in the ambiance of Boulders Scottsdale Resort & Spa with private casitas and indulgent starlit dinners for two. The linksman can take advantage of fall weather with the Fall Golf Academy Programs and “Birdies, Birds & Beyond.” For foodies, the Bourbon + Cigar Dinners at Palo Verde Restaurant and Herradura Tequila Dinners at the Spotted Donkey are not to be missed.
  • Some travel experts say that celebratory travel is the hot new trend, and Scottsdale has a few milestones of its own to celebrate this year. 2021 marks the city’s 70th birthday and to celebrate, The Saguaro Scottsdale is offering rates as low as $70. Just blocks away, Hotel Valley Ho is celebrating its 65th anniversary and in nearby Paradise Valley, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa is celebrating its 85th, both with special offerings for guests.

THE BIG NEWS: On July 14, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess debuted Arizona’s first Sisley-Paris Spa – a “spa within a spa” – which features a private, six-room treatment facility inside its Well & Being Spa. The international luxury beauty brand is the benchmark in phyto-cosmetology, sourcing the best natural plant extracts to obtain the most effective skincare results. As the first of its kind for Sisley Spa, this concept draws inspiration from the surrounding Sonoran Desert and delivers innovative treatments with ingredients sourced from plant leaves, seeds, flowers and more.


  • This fall, CIVANA has reimagined its signature wellness programs to take greater advantage of nature’s capacity for self-healing; from morning meditation, twice daily desert hikes and outdoor sunset spin classes, to sound bowl and star-gazing sessions on the yoga lawn, CIVANA is the ultimate spot to find peace.
  • With travelers focused on self-care now more than ever, Castle Hot Springs continues to bring world-class wellness to its guests, launching a new Intentional Wellness Menu. This program provides customized services aimed at balancing the mind, body and soul through yoga, mindfulness classes, soaking in the property’s geo-thermal waters, and more.
  • A new, modern facility, Quasar Quantum Healing Center offers healing methods designed to transform at a cellular level. The center uses cutting-edge, non-invasive, therapeutic methods coupled with yoga, meditation, grounding, and nutritional guidance to target underlying issues, promote healing and healthy behaviors, and create lasting change.

THE BIG NEWS: Canal Convergence returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront – live and in-person – Nov. 5-14. Each year, the large-scale public art event is organized around a central theme, and this year focuses on the powerful combined forces of Art &Technology, allowing eventgoers to discover cutting-edge technologies in art and gain knowledge on the role of technology in artmaking. During the 10-day festival, visitors can immerse themselves in interactive art, augmented reality, music, dance, and the return of fire shows on the historic Arizona Canal.


  • This month, Immersive Van Gogh opens in Old Town Scottsdale. Art enthusiasts will find themselves surrounded by 500,000 cubic feet of moving projections of Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic works, paired with sounds and music.
  • In September, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art will debut two new exhibits; “Mimi O Chun: It’s all cake,” and “Forever Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists.” The first installation opening by Mimi O Chun will feature soft sculptures created by the artist while the second exhibit, “Forever Becoming,” will highlight the works of 11 local artists addressing a variety of topics related to the resilience, determination and evolution of the new generation.
  • Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is ready to welcome patrons back. Starting October, explore the world of dance and theatre with incredible performances and family-friendly shows like “Flamenco Intimo,” Dorrance Dance, “Cinderella: A Classic Fairytale Opera,” “The Underwater Bubble Show,” and more.
  • Other art exhibitions to be seen in Old Town Scottsdale this fall include, “Before I Die..” by Candy Chang at Wonderspaces, in which visitors write personal aspirations in chalk to share with the public, and a new photo exhibit at Western Spirit. “Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis” opens Oct. 19 and honors Native Americans through images, audio recordings and motion pictures from photographer, Edward Curtis.
  • The Native Art Market, a traditionally open-air, pop-up market in fall and spring, has just opened its first brick and mortar store, the first Native-owned shop in Old Town. It is open daily and showcases over 200 Native small businesses.

THE BIG NEWS: This Fall, Scottsdale Quarter will welcome Etta, led by two-time Michelin-star Chef, Danny Grant. The concept is centered around sophisticated, yet familiar dishes and will serve up an ever-changing menu of wood-fired pizza, house-made pasta, and farm-fresh salads. In addition, LGO Hospitality recently announced new Arizona locations for two popular eateries in the Valley of the Sun, Ingo’s Tasty Food and Buck & Rider, both coming to North Scottsdale mid-2022.


  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taliesin West has launched a new happy hour program, Sunsets & Sips, which invites visitors on an evening tour through the late Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and laboratory, with a drink in-hand.
  • Adventurers can partake in a lively ride and libations with Stellar Adventures’ new Trails & Tequila tour. The excursion starts with desert off-roading and ends with a trip to Scottsdale’s own Cien Agaves Tacos and Tequila.
  • This month and next, enjoy Brews on the Roof at Outrider Lounge. On the second Friday of each month, the rooftop restaurant at Canopy by Hilton Old Town Scottsdale’s will feature a rotating list of local brews.
  • The Saguaro Scottsdale’s sizzling signature restaurant has a fresh look, called La Señora Cantina. Developed by mixologist Matt Pladgeman, the new bar program places an emphasis on craft cocktails and explores the flavors of Mexico with inventive, seasonal drinks – or ask for a custom “cocktail on the fly.”
  • Travelers can celebrate southwestern spice with Blue Clover Distillery at the third-annual Hatch Green Chile Roast Sept. 24-25, with Hatch Green Chile-infused vodka, Hatch Green Chile pork stew, Hatch Green Chile burgers and more.
  • On Dec. 3, Taliesin West and Desert Botanical Garden will open, “Chihuly in the Desert.” This stunning, large-scale exhibition by Dale Chihuly, activated in two iconic Arizona locations showcases the American glass sculptor’s masterpieces which draw on color and light from the surrounding desert. Tickets go on sale Oct. 4.
  • Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley – a 215-room, 20-acre new-build opening in Fall 2022 – will have it all; exemplary service, views of Camelback Mountain, modern and sleek interiors, a 16,000-square-foot spa and a prime location.
  • In 2023, Caesars Entertainment Corporation will open Caesars Republic Scottsdale, its first non-gaming hotel in the United States. The 11-story glass structure will house 256 rooms, a bar and coffee shop, two signature restaurants from Chef Giada De Laurentiis, a rooftop pool, and a fitness center.
  • Accor, in conjunction with Dakota Development and DESCO Arizona, announced its plans to open SLS Scottsdale in June 2023. The property will house 235 hotel rooms with 30 luxury suites, two floors of entertainment space, plus on-property dining and a bar.

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