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, live performances, arts and crafts, the Hashknife Pony Express, and the Arizona Indian Festival. Come say howdy!
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
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. Participating art studios and galleries throughout the Scottsdale Arts District will feature Western artists and guests can enjoy live music from Desert Dixie.
At 6:45 p.m. attendees are invited to gather at the Casa des Artistes Plaza, located on the northwest corner of Marshall Way and Main Street, to view the unveiling of an exclusive 2021 Parada Del Sol commemorative lithograph titled “Learning the Ropes.” With only 125 in the first and final print run, each limited-edition lithographic print is numbered and signed by renowned artist Tim Gallegly. Available for $200 each throughout the evening, print proceeds will go to the Parada del Sol Parade Foundation, which benefits local youth and educational charities in the community.
For more on Gold Palette ArtWalk, 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. Festivities will take place at Scottsdale Stadium with a reimagined format designed for fun and safety while recognizing this important element of Scottsdale’s heritage. Upon arrival, guests will be met with the passionate sounds of Arizona-based all-female mariachi group, Mariachi Pasion. They can then peruse the concourse alive with Western decor, shop authentic Hashknife Pony Express merchandise, and enjoy Western-themed strolling entertainment such as a Western ball walker, cowboy clown, balloon artist, and a Scottsdale favorite — Gary Sprague, otherwise known as the Singing Cowboy, and his beloved horse Dusty. As guests make their way into the stadium itself, seating is appropriately designated to ensure social distancing. On the field’s main stage, the Herndon Brothers along with an array of talented line dancers will entertain the crowd. At high noon, upon completion of their 200-mile trek from Holbrook, Arizona, approximately 30 to 40 Hashknife Pony Express riders on horseback will enter the stadium for an impressive show as they deliver approximately 20,000 first class letters to a U.S. mail truck set up on the field.
More more, visit hashknifeponyexpress.com
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. Get into the western spirit and take a photo with the nearly 6 foot tall (stuffed) buffalo. Guests are encouraged to dress in western wear!
For more, visit Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market
The Brush Bar Western Week Painting: Floral Cattle Skull
Sunday, April 18 - 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
$40 Per Person; Limited Seating
Grab a partner and dosey doe on over to The Merchantile of Scottsdale, where The Brush Bar hosts a special western-themed painting event. Attendees will receive everything needed to create this Floral Cattle Skull work of art. Ticket price also includes a fun, thematic mocktail for you to enjoy!
For more, visit Western Week Painting
Cowboy Music & Beer Garden
Friday, April 16 - 10:00 am to Midnight
Saturday, April 17 - 10:00 am to Midnight
FREE; Adult Beverages for Sale
Listen to toe-tapping cowboy classics while enjoying a refreshing adult beverage. Learn to rope from real life cowboys, take a picture with the larger-than-life stuffed buffalo and learn historic facts about early Scottsdale. Guests are encouraged to dress western!
Crafting Goddesses Western Light Decor Workshop
Saturday, April 10 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
$39 Per Person; Limited Seating
Come kick off Old Town Scottsdale’s Western Week with Katie of Crafting Goddesses. In this fun-filled creative craft class you will get to choose from a variety of western themed stencils* to paint your oversized decorative bulb for a professional look no matter your skill level. Finish off by adding burlap twine accents and copper wire fairy lights for a unique and gorgeous decor lamp you'll be proud to say you made. All materials included! Limited Seating. *Stencils include steer head (shown), horse, dream catcher, compass with moons, deer head and more.
For more, visit Western Light Workshop
JOYRIDESAZ WESTERN WEEK TOUR
SATURDAY, APRIL 17 - BETWEEN 4:00 PM AND 6:00 PM
This tour is perfect for first time visitors or those that haven’t been to Old Town in a while! Come join us during Saturday's Western Week event! Cowboy guides will share historic information about Old Town and Scottsdale, as well as introduce riders to businesses and restaurants offering fun demonstrations and activities for Western Week. Remember to practice social distancing, and follow CDC guidelines. This is a special mini-tour offer for April 17th only. All proceeds will be donated to Junior Diabetes Research Team Gord E.
For more, visit joyridesaz.com
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles®
Friday, April 16 - 8:00 pm
$25 - $45 Per Person
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
Native Art Market Cultural Experience Week
Saturday, April 10 - Sunday, April 18
9:00 am to 7:00 pm daily
Ya'at'eeh friends! Celebrate Western Week at the first Native American owned business in Old Town Scottsdale. Witness live tribal performances, storytelling, metalsmith demonstrations and fresh frybread all week long.
For the full schedule of events, visit Native Art Market Calendar
Old Town Scottsdale Rodeo Museum
Saturday, April 10 - Sunday, April 18
10:00 am to 4:00 pm Daily
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
Rusty Spur Saloon Live Music
Saturday, April 17 - 10:00 am to 1:00 am
Established in 1951 as the first saloon in Scottsdale, the Rusty Spur is celebrating its 70th year in Old Town! Take a seat at the legendary bar and transport back to the Wild West with live music all day and Western Week drink specials.
For more, visit rustyspursaloon.com
Scottsdale Art Auction
Saturday, April 10 - 12:00 pm
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
Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
Wednesday, April 14 - Sunday, April 18
10:00 am to 3:00 pm Daily
$9 - $20 Per Person
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
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 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 recommended for all attendees and staff
6 feet or more of physical distancing required; if a distance of 6 feet can not be maintained, a face covering that covers the mouth and nose is required
Safety Enforcement Staff on site actively monitoring 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