Scottsdale’s Historic Art District

By local contributor
Kelly Triplett

In a destination that embraces creativity and also boasts 330 days of sunshine, it’s no wonder art is found on nearly every street corner. The historic Art District, in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, is a pedestrian-friendly stretch, home to many of Scottsdale’s 70 galleries and museums.

Explore Scottsdale’s creative spirit every Thursday during the nation’s longest-running ArtWalk. During this weekly ArtWalk, galleries in the historic Art District stay open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and roll out the red carpet for their guests. More than just an aficionado’s perfect evening, the ArtWalk is also a cherished community tradition that brings together residents and visitors. Wander into the galleries at your own leisurely pace. Quite often, you will find artists painting or exciting exhibition openings occurring. Stroll down famed Main Street and Marshall Way and visit galleries, restaurants and many other retailers while stopping to listen to street musicians or taking a horse-drawn carriage ride with the kids!

If you’re not in town on a Thursday evening, be sure to still head down to the historic Art District as the galleries are open daily. You’ll find the works of more than 1,000 artists on display, all within walking distance of one another. The streets are also lined with wine tasting rooms and local restaurants so you can refuel along the way. Another crown jewel of the area is Scottsdale's Museum of the West, a Smithsonian Affiliate, which is just steps away from the galleries on Main Street. The museum is every Tues. - Sun. and offers extended hours on Thursday's to coincide with the weekly ArtWalk.