Upcoming Events


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, Parada del Sol Parade, and the Arizona Indian Festival. Come say howdy!

Old Town Scottsdale Western Week Maynard Dixon Art & Spirit

This feature length documentary profiles the breathtaking art and complex life of artist Maynard Dixon (1875-1946). Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton, it provides a revealing look at Dixon’s life through his paintings and drawings, family photographs by celebrated wife and photographer Dorothea Lange, and interviews with his two sons, his granddaughter, and Dixon scholars and friends. FREE for members; included with museum admission for guests.

For more, visit scottsdalemuseumwest.org

Old Town Scottsdale Western Week Wyatt Earp

This bio-drama features grandnephew Wyatt Earp in a portrayal of his famous relative, a role he has performed more than 1,000 times. Written by his wife Terry Tafoya Earp (1949-2019), an award-winning Arizona playwright, the play imagines a conversation between an elderly Wyatt Earp and author Stuart Lake during the mid-1920’s as they discuss Earp’s adventures during the final days of the American frontier. This is a 2-hour program. FREE for members; included with museum admission for guests.

For more, visit scottsdalemuseumwest.org

Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera

Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera, is a new film about the artistry behind Arizona Opera’s electrifying opera, Riders of the Purple Sage, based on the Zane Grey novel. The film marks an unprecedented collaboration between the work of author Zane Grey, American composer Craig Bohmler and librettist Steven Mark Kohn, and Arizona’s “visual poet laureate,” painter Ed Mell. Tickets are $18 per person.

For more, visit scottsdaleperformingarts.org

Painting Credit: Ron Stewart “Morning Journey” 30X60 Oil

In continued celebration of the Scottsdale Gallery Association’s 45th anniversary season, this month’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

Western Spirit Museum

This 43,000-square-foot museum offers an encyclopedia of Western art, featuring regularly changing and permanent exhibits of Western and Native American art and artifacts, entertaining events and informative programs that bring the West’s heritage, culture and community to life. Current exhibitions include more than 250 artworks from iconic Western artist, Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) – the world’s most comprehensive retrospective exhibition to date showcasing Maynard Dixon’s lifework and artistic career as well as Photographs by Barry M Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection presented by SRP, and more. Permanent exhibitions include Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection, which features 65 of the finest examples of Hopi pottery spanning six centuries, and The Abe Hays Family Spirit of the West Collection, a showcase of more than 1,400 saddles, spurs, cowboy gear and other Old West objects.

For more, visit scottsdalemuseumwest.org

Old Town Scottsdale Hashknife Pony Express

This year marks the 62nd ride for the Hashknife Pony Express, which is the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world. This free event features activities including the “Hashknife Boot Camp” for kids (11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.), free museum admission, live entertainment, family-friendly games, storytelling, crafts, face painting, onsite food trucks and more. At noon, the Hashknife Pony Express arrives in Scottsdale and delivers more than 20,000 pieces of mail to the U.S. Postal Service at the front steps of the museum, after which is the opportunity to meet and mingle with the riders.

For more, visit hashknifeponyexpress.com or scottsdalemuseumwest.org

Scottsdale Western Week Parada del Sol Rodeo Kickoff Party

Come say "howdy" and enjoy live music and adult beverages for sale, while viewing vintage rodeo artifacts, saddles, programs and never-before-seen photographs.

For more, visit paradadelsol.net

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market

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 oldtownscottsdaleaz.com

Scottsdale Parada del Sol

A celebration of the city’s past, present and future, the Parada del Sol Parade boasts nearly 150 entries including colorful floats, mounted horse-riders, horse-drawn carriage, marching bands, wagons and stagecoaches representing many cultures from Mexican to Native American to Arabian to Western. At the culmination of the parade, the Historic Old Town District becomes the setting for a Western-style block party with a kids’ area, pony rides, food and merchandise vendors, and multiple stages with live entertainment from today’s popular bands to traditional performers.

For more, visit paradadelsolparade.com

Arizona Indian Festival

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

Old Town Scottsdale Arizona Native Edible Experience

As part of the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association’s Arizona Indian Festival, the Arizona Native Edible Experience takes place in a cocktail-style setting with Native art and artists, chef tasting stations offering traditional and fusion foods and cocktails, a silent auction and more to pay homage to the culture and heritage and today’s Native communities living in Scottsdale. Tickets are $25 per person with no host bar. VIP, sponsors and press activities begin at 5:00 p.m.

For more, visit ArizonaNativeExperience.com

Parada del Sol Rodeo


March 5-7 | 7:00 PM
March 8 | 2:00 PM
Westworld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale 85260

The Parada del Sol is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioned rodeo. This four-day event consists of four, action-packed performances. As one of the oldest, officially sanctioned rodeos in the country, the Parada del Sol Rodeo event includes bull riding, wrestling, calf roping, and barrel racing, along with other family fun! Ticket Price: $10-$45 per person, depending on performance.

For more, visit paradadelsol.net