Scottsdale announces Western Week itinerary for February

The Hashknife Pony Express will deliver mail to the front steps of Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. (photo by city of Scottsdale)

The city of Scottsdale is bringing back Western Week, a multitude of festivities that pay homage to the area’s Old West history and celebrates the city’s vibrancy to date.

Western Week is slated to run from Saturday, Feb. 2 to Sunday, Feb. 10, according to a press release.

“We are delighted to once again offer a number of themed events throughout this special week that bring the community together to remind us all of our city’s Western roots,” Karen Churchard, director of tourism and events for the city of Scottsdale, said in a prepared statement.

“As our town continues to grow and develop, we work hard to keep a tight grasp on our unique history that makes Scottsdale so special.”

Events for the week include The American West in Film and Television: Top Ten Westerns; Old West/New Tech; Western Week Gold Palette ArtWalk; Hashknife Pony Express Arrival; Arizona Native Experience; Arizona Indian Festival; and Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival.

The American West in Film & Television: Top Ten Westerns will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2 at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way.

A view of the Parada Del Sol parade in Scottsdale. (File photo)

Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian Charlie LeSueur will lead a conversation on what defines the greatest films in the Western genre and create a top 10 list of Western films from 1930 to present.

Old West/New Tech is slated from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
Chris Wimmer’s Legends of the Old West podcast revives the stories of the Old West for today’s audiences.

During this program, audience members will learn about the process of identifying, researching and producing the stories that Mr. Wimmer brings to life.

Scottsdale Arts District will host the Western Week Gold Palette ArtWalk from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. The art district is Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard and north of Indian School on Marshall Way to Fifth Avenue

This event will feature live music from the Desert Dixie band, line-dancing instruction and artists’ demonstrations, a multitude of traditional and modern Western artwork will be on display throughout the Scottsdale Arts District’s numerous galleries during this Western Week kick-off event.

Guests can witness the officially-sanctioned Hashknife Pony Express ride into Scottsdale to delivers more than 20,000 pieces of U.S. Mail to the front steps of the museum of the west at noon Friday, Feb. 8.

This free community event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., features entertainment, food trucks, and family friendly activities, and includes free museum admission.

The Arizona Native Experience — which runs from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at the Saguaro Hotel, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd. — will serve as the kick-off event for the Arizona Indian Festival.

The Arizona Native Experience introduces guests to authentic native culture and cuisine in a cocktail setting with Native Chef tasting stations featuring traditional and fusion foods and cocktails as well as demonstrations, interactive conversations, traditional and contemporary Native Arts

The Arizona Indian Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

This free two-day family-friendly event serves as a celebration of the region’s Native American roots in culture and ancestral traditions, a release states.

Guests can view historic dwellings and art demonstrations and enjoy Native American storytelling, performances, music and contemporary entertainment along with an artisan market, Tribal and Tourism Expo, food trucks, fry bread stands and kids’ activities.

Rounding out the list of events is the 66th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival. This will be Saturday, Feb. 9 with the parade running from 10 a.m. to noon and the festival following the parade until 4 p.m.

The parade route is from Drinkwater Blvd. along Scottsdale Road, finishing at Brown Avenue and Indian School Road. The Trail’s End Festival will be in the Old Town District

The Parada del Sol will have colorful floats, mounted horse-riders, horse-drawn carriage, marching bands, wagons and stagecoaches.

Once the parade ends, the western-spirited Trail’s End festival begins, featuring live Western-themed music, Aztec and Folklorico dancers, the famed Howdy Dudettes from 1959, street entertainment, dancing, a wine garden and “cowboy” kids’ zone.

The city of Scottsdale’s past dates back more than 130 years, to the original farming and ranching operations that eventually inspired the nickname “The West’s Most Western Town.”

While Old Town has become significantly more sophisticated with a bevvy of local boutiques, art galleries, fine dining and wineries and craft breweries, the city still maintains its Old West charm, which is celebrated during Western Week.

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