Scottsdale's Outdoor Events

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

Trade in your mufflers and mittens for shirtsleeves and sunscreen – it’s outdoor event season in Scottsdale. Every winter, the city hosts some of the nation’s most popular special events, including collector car auctions, cultural festivals, horse shows and professional sports. And with plenty of blue skies and daytime highs hovering near 72 degrees (22 C), the weather’s just right for outdoor diversions of any kind.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the special events coming to Scottsdale this winter:

Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

January 13 – 21, 2018

Barrett-Jackson rolls into WestWorld of Scottsdale with an unparalleled selection of collector cars as well as an opening-night gala and a marketplace filled with automobilia. A highlight of the 2018 auction is sure to be a 2017 Ford GT, one of the most celebrated and rare supercars of today, with only a limited number produced in 2017. It’s the only current-generation Ford GT to be auctioned for charity and was donated by Ron Pratte. Click here for more information.


Celebration of Fine Art

January 13 – March 25, 2018

More than 100 juried artists from across the U.S. come to Scottsdale and set up working studios under the Celebration of Fine Art’s legendary big white tents. Talk with painters, sculptors, glass and jewelry makers, and other fine artists as your browse their works and watch them create new masterpieces. Click here for more information.

Waste Management Phoenix Open

January 29 – February 4, 2018

The Greatest Show on Grass” draws the largest crowds on the PGA TOUR to the TPC Scottsdale for a week of championship golf. And the fun doesn’t stop there. When the day’s rounds are done, head over the Coors Light Birds Nest (January 30 – February 3, 2018) for concerts with some of music’s biggest names. Click here for more information.

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

February 15 – 25, 2018

Since 1955, the annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. This year, nearly 2,400 of the world’s finest horses, trainers and breeders will converge on Scottsdale for a week of unmatched equestrian competition. The show also features an international food court and an expansive retail marketplace where you’ll find everything from equestrian gear to fashions, jewelry, art and more. Click here for more information.

Spring Training

February 23 – March 27, 2018

Every March, Cactus League Spring Training brings MLB action to Scottsdale! The San Francisco Giants play ball at Scottsdale Stadium, while the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks take to the field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Come watch our “home” teams take on the competition, including the 2016 World Series Champs, the Chicago Cubs. It’s Major League Baseball action at its finest! Click here for more information.