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. Located in the heart of Old Town, the pedestrian-friendly historic Arts District is home to many of Scottsdale’s most renowned galleries and museums.

Explore Scottsdale’s creative spirit every Thursday evening during the nation’s longest-running ArtWalk. During this weekly event, galleries in the historic Arts District stay open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and roll out the red carpet for their guests. More than just an art aficionado’s perfect evening, the ArtWalk is also a cherished community tradition that brings together residents and visitors. Browse the galleries along Main Street and Marshall Way at your own pace, enjoying artist demonstrations, exhibit openings and live entertainment as you go. You’ll also find some of Old Town’s most popular restaurants and wine-tasting rooms in the Arts District – perfect for a bite to eat or glass of wine before an evening of gallery hopping.

Throughout the year, eight special Gold Palette ArtWalks focus on themes like Western Week, Native Spirit and Summer Spectacular. These special events take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and feature art and entertainment celebrating the evening’s theme.

If you’re not in town on a Thursday evening, there’s still plenty to see in the historic Art District. Galleries are open daily and display the works of thousands of artists in all genres. Another crown jewel of the historic Arts District is Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. A Smithsonian Affiliate, this award-winning museum celebrates the history and culture of the American West. Western Spirit is open every Tues. through Sun., with extended hours on Thursday's from November through April to coincide with ArtWalk.