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:


Canal Convergence

November 8-17, 2019

Canal Convergence returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront for its seventh year in 2019. Sponsored by Scottsdale Public Art, this annual event along the Arizona Canal in Old Town features large-scale interactive art installations by local and international artists, as well as hands-on activities, live music and other entertainment.


Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

January 11-19, 2020

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 more than 1,600 pieces of authentic automobilia, including gas pumps, tin and porcelain signs, arcade machines, soda fountains and more. Visit the Barrett-Jackson website for more event details and information on cars up for auction.


Celebration of Fine Art

January 18-March 29, 2020

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. 


Waste Management Phoenix Open

January 27-February 2, 2020

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 29 - February 1, 2020) for concerts with some of music’s biggest names. 


Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

February 13-23, 2020

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. 


Spring Training

February 22-March 24, 2020

Every February, 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 2018 World Series Champs, the Boston Red Sox. It’s Major League Baseball action at its finest!