February 2018 Highlights

Second Annual Western Week in Scottsdale

For the second consecutive year, the City of Scottsdale hosts a variety of events that combine traditions of the city’s Old West roots with modern day Western-style family fun. Beginning February 3, the activities leading up to the culminating event — the 65th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival on February 10, 2018 — have been proclaimed “Western Week.” This year’s Western Week and Parada del Sol activities are themed “Scottsdale: Past, Present and Future,” defining how the city has stayed true to its “Wild West” spirit while moving into present day.

Activities include:

The American West in Film and Television: Wrecks and Effects ‒ The Stuntmen
Saturday, February 3 – 11 a.m.-noon 
FREE for museum members, included with general admission price
Hosted by Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian Charlie LeSueur and taking place at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, located at 3830 N. Marshall Way, this event showcases the early days of filmmaking, when stuntmen came from a background in circus, rodeo or gymnastics. This program explores the world of stuntmen such as Yakima Canutt and Dave Sharpe, whose talent and contributions to the industry continue to influence action sequences today. For more, visit scottsdalemuseumwest.org.

Western Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk
Thursday, February 8 – 6:30-9 p.m.
FREE
The Scottsdale Gallery Association transforms its popular ArtWalk series with a western theme, including Scottsdale’s finest examples of Old West and contemporary art. While strolling through the downtown area’s 100-plus galleries, guests can enjoy live mariachi performances, a rope trick artist, live demonstrations inside some of the galleries — with artists’ creating sweeping southwestern landscapes and fine cowboy art in real time, and presentations of art in a variety of mediums from video works to ornately framed “living paintings.” Other activities surrounding this western-themed ArtWalk include trolley and carriage rides, line and square dancing, walking historical tours, and western-themed refreshments. For more, visit scottsdalegalleries.com.

Hashknife Pony Express Mail Delivery and Community Celebration
Friday, February 9 – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 
FREE (suggested donation of $5 per adult, $2 per child/student)
The oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express celebrates its 60th year with riders blazing their trail from the tiny town of Holbrook, Arizona to the streets of downtown Scottsdale. Arriving on horseback and covering a relay mail route of more than 200 miles, the annual delivery consists of 20,000 pieces of first class mail that bear the “Hashknife Pony Express” insignia. At noon, riders arrive at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Surrounding this historical event, outdoor activities for the whole family take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. including family-friendly games, storytelling, crafts, face painting, onsite food trucks, horse-and-rider meet and greet and autograph-signing party following the mail delivery; and live entertainment. For more, visit hashknifeponyexpress.com.

Old Town Farmers Market
Saturday, February 10 – 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
FREE
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. Located at 3806 N. Brown Avenue. For more, visit arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com

65th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival
Saturday, February 10 – 10 a.m.-noon Parade; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Trails End Festival
FREE
As in years’ past, 2018’s Parada del Sol promises a variety of horse groups including mounted horse riders of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse, the Hashknife Pony Express riders and Scottsdale Charros, as well as horse-drawn carriages, bands, wagons and stagecoaches. At the conclusion of the parade, the streets of downtown Scottsdale come alive with a western-spirited festival featuring western bands, Aztec and Folklorico dancers, street entertainment, dancing, and a cowboy kids’ zone with petting zoo, bouncy houses, horse rides and more. Three outdoor stages feature rockabilly, string, and rock bands, and the Arizona Wine Garden offers award-winning locally produced wines. The famous 1959 “Howdy Dudettes,” ambassadors from the Embassy Suites Hilton, are the official western ambassadors during the festivities. For more, visit paradadelsolparade-trailsend.com.

Arizona Indian Festival 
Saturday, February 10 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, February 11 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
FREE
Held at Scottsdale Civic Center Park, this two-day family-friendly event features Arizona tribes sharing cultural experiences, traditional dwellings, art demonstrations, Native American storytelling, performances, music and contemporary entertainment, an artisan market, Tribal and Tourism Expo, food trucks and fry bread stands, giveaways, raffles and kids’ activities. For more, visit arizonaindiantourism.org.

“The Last Buffalo” (a Smithsonian Channel film)
Sunday, February 11 – 1 p.m.-2 p.m. 
FREE for museum members, included with general admission price
Held at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, this event goes back in time to the late 1800s when the population of bison in the Great Plains suddenly dropped from nearly 30 million to just a few hundred in less than 100 years. The program explores the mystery that put this national icon on the brink of extinction, details the events that led to this mass extermination, and then follows the story of William Temple Hornaday, a chief taxidermist at the Smithsonian Institution who headed west to hunt bison for the museum, but ultimately ended up saving the species. For more, visit scottsdalemuseumwest.org.

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