With so many fantastic and fun things to do in Scottsdale, you will be busy all year long enjoying everything the vibrant city has to offer!
Some of the most popular annual events in Scottsdale are the many Major League Baseball spring training games. Each spring, thousands flock from around the United States to Salt River Fields to catch a spring training game and enjoy a hot dog and an ice cold beverage while the weather is still cool. Several other ball field venues in the valley are also spring training homes to the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. To augment the baseball spring training experience, Scottsdale Historical Museum creates a fun and unique exhibit annually that features memorabilia and photographs from the early days of baseball that took place in Scottsdale Stadium.
The Scottsdale Art Walk is a engaging and unique way to experience art in the historic Scottsdale Arts District. Every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. the public is invited to the free event that takes place along Main Street from Scottsdale Road, west to Goldwater Boulevard and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. Restaurants, museums and free trolley and/or horse-drawn carriage rides are available during ArtWalk.
There is simply no better way to experience the true culture of the Scottsdale Arts District than during ArtWalk. Some galleries offer light refreshments, feature live music, have artist demonstrations and extend special incentives during this event. In some instances, individual gallery owners will be available to discuss the works in the gallery and answer questions. We encourage our website visitors to get out and experience the art and culture that the fine establishments in the Scottsdale Gallery Association have to offer.
Another unique experience offered in Old Town Scottsdale is a Segway tour of the area. Since 2005, Segway of Scottsdale has given residents and visitors a great way to see the most exciting shopping and arts area of Scottsdale. Always focused on customer service, safety and an outstanding tour experience, Segway of Scottsdale limits its group sizes to eight or less people. Check the company’s website for special promotional offers.
For those who enjoy nightlife, Scottsdale is home to one of the coolest clubs around - Livewire. Livewire features many up-and-coming local bands and has hosted national acts like Jeff Bridges and the Abiders, Joe Jonas, The Psychedelic Furs and Steve Aoki, along with many other high profile special and annual events. Livewire is an upscale destination that features space for more than 1,100 people, a huge bar, plus seating and a large dance floor.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located just a stone’s throw from Old Town Scottsdale. Throughout the year, the performance and arts venue is the home for plays, concerts, stand-up comics, art shows, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Great Arizona Picnic and so much more! Most Thursdays and Saturdays beginning in January the venue hosts “Native Trails,” a free, hour-long outdoor performance celebrating Native American cultures of the Southwest.
For those looking for a delicious family oriented experience, be sure to check out the Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor. It offers sandwiches, salads and of course, ice cream and sundaes in an old-fashioned parlor setting. In addition to offering a generous menu and unique sundaes and splits, there is an adjacent gaming area for the kids. The Sugar Bowl opened in 1958 and has been a delicious Scottsdale destination for decades!
If you’re visiting Scottsdale with children one of the best attractions is the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The expansive greenbelt park features a variety of historical rail exhibits and a carousel and the centerpiece of the park is the Paradise and Pacific railroad which takes passengers around the park on a one mile track. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is also an outstanding destination for outdoor birthday parties. Ramada reservations are recommended.
For those who are fashion-minded or who need some upscale retail therapy, head to Scottsdale Fashion Square which features 225 retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors and Tiffany & Co. along with 18 unique places to enjoy a meal including Yard House, Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill and Kona Grill.