This July, lovers of fine art will gather in downtown Scottsdale for one of the city's biggest arts events of the year. The 25th Annual Summer Spectacular Artwalk, which is presented by the Scottsdale Gallery Association and the City of Scottsdale, is scheduled for Thursday, July 10, in the Marshall Way Arts District. The event officially runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Summer Spectacular is a bigger version of the weekly self-guided gallery tour that has made the Scottsdale Artwalk one of the longest-running and most popular art walks in the country. With additional funding provided by the city, the Summer Spectacular allows organizers to present the event on a much larger scale.
Although there is certainly an emphasis on Western art, the Summer Spectacular showcases the diverse artwork of local and national artists. Galleries feature everything from landscapes, figure paintings and abstracts, as well as hand-crafted jewelry, ceramics and sculpture.
The Scottsdale Summer Spectacular Artwalk draws hundreds of art lovers to downtown Scottsdale every year — Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Artwalk / Scottsdale Gallery Association
In honor of the Summer Spectacular, the Scottsdale Gallery Association encourages gallery members to do something special for the event. Many galleries host exhibit openings and artist receptions during the night. Many also put out hors d'oeuvres and drinks, and featured artists demonstrate their techniques in front of art-loving crowds.
Even with scorching summer temperatures, the Summer Spectacular is one of the most popular and well-attended annual art events in the city. More than 35 galleries along Marshall Way and Main Street participate in the event. The atmosphere is casual, lively and family-friendly, with attendees browsing the galleries and enjoying the nightlife.
There will be live music on the streets and inside the galleries, free trolley rides, food samples from local eateries and, of course, excellent people watching. An eclectic selection of local bands and ensembles will be perched along Main Street and Marshall Way, playing everything from jazz, rock and blues.
The gallery association is also partnering with local food trucks and vendors, so visitors can sample treats throughout the night. The arts district is also located within easy walking distance to many of the most popular restaurants and bars in downtown Scottsdale. Many bars will be offering an extended happy hour in honor of the event.
The Scottsdale Arts District is located west of Scottsdale Road along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. There is plenty of free parking in the area. And if you can't find a parking spot nearby, grab a lift from one of the horse-drawn carriages circulating downtown Scottsdale.