WESTERN WEEK: YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT THE OLD WEST. COME SEE IT.
During Western Week, Old Town Scottsdale transforms into an authentic old west experience, and a fun ride for the entire family. Connect with Old Town’s western history, up-close and in person, through western and Native American festivals, art walks, the Hashknife Pony Express, and the Arizona Indian Festival. Come say howdy!
Founded in 2005 by three of the most respected names in the field: Michael Frost of New York City’s J. N. Bartfield Galleries, Jack Morris of Morris Whiteside Galleries in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Brad Richardson of Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona; the Scottsdale Art Auction has enjoyed rapid growth and a phenomenal increase in popularity since its inception.
Over 350 lots of the finest in Western, wildlife and sporting paintings and sculptures will be on offer in our state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. American Masters like William Gollings, Carl Rungius, W. Herbert Dunton, Edgar Payne, Albert Bierstadt will be joined by the finest names in contemporary Western and American art: Martin Grelle, Logan Maxwell Hagege, Bill Anton, Mark Maggiori, Kyle Polzin and Morgan Weistling and many more.
For more, visit scottsdaleartauction.com
In continued celebration of the Scottsdale Gallery Association’s 46th anniversary season, April’s Gold Palette ArtWalk will be dedicated to the theme of Western Week with entertainment, music and special offerings at participating galleries throughout Scottsdale Arts District.
For more, visit scottsdalegalleries.com
This year marks the 63rd ride for the Hashknife Pony Express, which is the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world. At noon, the Hashknife Pony Express arrives inside Scottsdale Stadium to deliver more than 20,000 pieces of mail to the U.S. Postal Service.
More more, visit hashknifeponyexpress.com
Enriching the medium as America’s first all female mariachi ensemble, Reyna de Los Angeles® bring sensitivity, beauty, warmth and vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi. Established in 1994, Reyna de Los Angeles® has recorded three albums, shared the stage with world-renowned musicians like Vicki Carr, Guadalupe Pineda and Lucha Villa, and performed for some of the world’s highest profile celebrities including Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack and Michelle Obama.
For more, visit scottsdaleperformingarts.org
Enjoy a selection of the freshest produce of the season, indigenous specialties of the West, flowers, free-range beef, eggs, local cheeses, freshly baked artisan breads, jams and more from local purveyors.
For more, visit Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market
This two-day celebration honors Arizona Indian culture and serves as a platform for tribal tourism to raise awareness of Arizona’s indigenous communities through a spirited and immersive festival. Arizona is made up of 22 tribes, and most will be featured during the event. From traditional food, storytelling, and dancing to singing and dwellings, you will walk away fascinated by the native beauty that Arizona has to offer. Additional features include traditional arts and crafts as well as innovations and trends in cultural tourism experiences in Arizona.
For more, visit arizonaindiantourism.org
Celebrating the West and its importance — not just during Western Week but every day — by educating, inspiring and engaging museum guests through a variety of high-quality exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach addressing regional history, particularly as reflected by the arts and the dynamic cultural exchanges that have marked the transition of the Old West into the New West. Special exhibitions: Maynard Dixon’s American West, By Beauty Obsessed: Gilbert Waldman Collects the West and the Morton and Donna Fleischer American Military Saddle Collection.
For more, visit scottsdalemuseumwest.org
On display in the free, volunteer-run museum are never-before-seen artifacts of Scottsdale’s rodeo history, including original Parada del Sol Rodeo posters, artwork by the likes of Master Artist Kenneth M. Freeman (once called the Rembrandt of Rodeo) and vintage rodeo magazines, programs and photographs dating back to the ‘50s.
For more, visit scottsdalerodeomuseum.com
Western Week Safety Plan
As the city of Scottsdale moves forward with the Western Week event schedule this year, the city and its partners will be doing everything possible to keep attendees and visitors safe. Including requiring each event adhere to CDC and ADHS safety guidelines, the city of Scottsdale’s mask mandate, and a city-approved safety plan that details the numerous safety precautions that must be in place.
Key elements of the safety plan for Western Week events include:
- Face coverings that cover the mouth and nose are mandatory for all attendees and staff
- 6 feet or more of physical distancing required
- Safety Enforcement Staff on site actively monitoring mask wearing and physical distancing
- High-touch areas cleaned continuously throughout the event or activity
- Multiple hand sanitizer stands available at each event or activity
- Restrooms and hand washing stations at or near each event or activity