Scottsdale Western Week 2024

Scottsdale Western Week on The Scottsdale Living

January 27th - February 4th

Kick off Western Week in Old Town with a mix of music, history, and unique activities. Enjoy live performances from Arizona’s Singing Cowboy, Gary Sprague, and his horse Dusty, bringing the spirit of the wild west to life. Explore the Rodeo Museum with “Did You Know?” historical tours and roping demos. Witness traditional blacksmithing at Cavalliere’s Blacksmith Shop, and savor live music with Prickly Pear Margaritas at Rusty Spur Saloon. Don’t miss the hat bar and permanent jewelry pop-up at the Merchantile Market for a touch of Western flair. Western Week kicks off on January 27th!

Learn more about all the fun and festivities on Old Town Scottsdale 

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Photo via Western Spirit

Free Admission to Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

As a special highlight during Western Week, visitors and residents will have the opportunity to explore Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West at no cost on select days. This world-class museum showcases the art, history, and rich heritage of the American West. Here’s the schedule for free admission:

February 1st: Free entry for Scottsdale residents. 

February 2nd & 3rd: Free entry for everyone.

Event Line-Up:

Arizona Indian Festival

Focus on the cultural significance of this event. Describe the showcases of Native American arts, crafts, dance, and music. Highlight the educational aspect, such as learning about different tribes, their histories, and traditions. This is a chance to show the rich diversity and deep roots of Native American cultures in Arizona.

February 3
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

February 4
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Scottsdale Civic Center

Free Admission

Blacksmith Demonstrations with Master Blacksmith George Cavalliere III

Witness the art of traditional blacksmithing in a captivating demonstration by third-generation Master Blacksmith, George Cavalliere III. Learn about the history and evolution of blacksmithing from Elizabeth Cavalliere, who will explain the techniques and materials used in this ancient craft. Attendees receive a custom Old Town Scottsdale keepsake, a unique memento of this enriching cultural experience.

January 27
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Cavalliere Blacksmith Shop  3805 N Brown Ave.

Free Admission

Gold Palette Art Walk

Emphasize the artistic flair of this event. You could describe the variety of art styles on display, the atmosphere of creativity, and the opportunity for attendees to interact with local artists. Mention the setting, perhaps an open-air gallery or a series of pop-up exhibitions along a scenic walkway.

February 1
6:30 – 9:00 PM

Location: Scottsdale Arts District

Free Admission

Hash Knife Pony Express Arrival

This event harkens back to the historic mail delivery service of the American West. Highlight the excitement and anticipation of the Pony Express riders’ arrival, the historical costumes and horses, and the reenactment of the mail hand-off. It’s a great opportunity to describe the blend of history and live action.

February 2
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West 

Free Admission

Historical Presentations at Scottsdale Western Week

Delve into the past with fascinating historical presentations: Joan Fudala brings “Then & Now,” a photo-rich exploration of the Parada’s history, in the Virginia G. Piper Theater/Auditorium with open but limited seating. Captain Mark Reynolds shares the intriguing evolution of the Hashknife Pony Express in “History of Hashknife,” revealing its journey from a rescue unit to a renowned mail delivery event. “The Summer of 1876” with Chris and Mandi Wimmer offers a captivating look into a defining summer in Western history, intertwining the lives of iconic figures like Custer and Wyatt Earp with global milestones of 1876.

Then & Now:
February 1, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
February 2, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

History of Hashknife:
February 2, 9:45 – 10:30 AM
February 2, 11:00 – 11:45 AM
February 3, 9:45 – 10:30 AM
February 3, 11:00 – 11:45 AM

The Summer of 1876:
February 2, 2:00 PM

FREE for Scottsdale residents; regular museum admission pricing for non-residents

Location: Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Parada Del Sol Historic Parade & Trail’s End Festival

This could be portrayed as the culmination of Western Week, with a festive atmosphere. Include details about the live music, street performers, and possibly a parade with floats and equestrian displays. Emphasize the community spirit and the celebration of Western heritage.

For more information, check out Parada Del Sol’s website.

February 3

Parade – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Route from  Drinkwater Blvd, along Scottsdale Rd., finishing at Brown Ave. & Indian School Rd.

Trail’s End Festival – 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Historic Old Town District

Free Admission

Western Weekend at the Waterfront

Dance the day away with free line dancing lessons on Marshall Way Bridge. Don’t miss the lively western tunes and entertainment. Enjoy a spectacular show by Johnny Hotshot, a 3-time World Champion Wild West Showman, featuring trick roping and cowboy-style antics. No reservations needed – just bring your enthusiasm (and maybe your cowboy boots) for a day full of western fun and family-friendly entertainment.

January 28

11:30 AM – 2:30 PM: Western Music

12:00 PM: Line Dancing Lessons

1:00 PM: Line Dancing Lessons

2:30 PM: Johnny Hotshot Performance

3:30 PM: Johnny Hotshot Performance

The Marshall Way Bridge

Free Admission

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