When you arrive in Downtown Scottsdale, you have arrived at one of the most acclaimed and desirable tourist destinations in Arizona. This is where the Old West meets the New West.

Downtown Scottsdale provides a mix of specialty retail, art galleries, an exuberant nightlife and dining styles to suit even the most discriminating tastes. It also holds vibrant public art and cultural attractions everyone will enjoy.

The area is also a booming business district – second only to the Scottsdale Airpark – which adds to the lively vibe of this urban center.

Downtown Scottsdale by the Numbers

• 786 acres

• Free trolley service

• Free parking

• 2,500 residential units

• 3,300+ hotel rooms

• 100+ art galleries

• 50+ night spots

• 85+ restaurants

• 50+ public art pieces

Events in Downtown Scottsdale

Throughout the year, visitors can catch a wide variety of art, fashion, culinary and music festivals in Downtown Scottsdale. For an up-to-the minute list of all that is happening, visit Downtown Scottsdale on Facebook.decemberscottsdalefeature2edit.jpg

Downtown Scottsdale’s Arts Scene

Downtown Scottsdale has more art galleries per capita than almost any other city in the U.S. – more than 125 at last count. The galleries offer a wide variety of art, including a selection of Western art of the highest caliber. The majority of galleries lie along Main Street and Marshall Way.

Downtown Scottsdale has also hosted the Thursday night ArtWalk for more than 30 years. Every Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m., galleries open their doors to the public and show off the works of some of the Southwest’s most talented artists.

Or, explore Downtown Scottsdale public art, featuring more than 50 pieces, including the newly dedicated Soleri Bridge and Plaza along the waterfront just west of Scottsdale Road. 

Old Town Farmer’s Market

Visit the market at 2nd Street and Brown Avenue every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Select fresh items from local growers, attend educational sessions and lots, lots more! Visit www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com for more information.

Want Sports?

February through March, support the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants as they warm up for the season in Scottsdale. Watch the Boys of Summer in a Spring Training game at Scottsdale Stadium (7408 E. Osborn Rd.), or catch one of their workouts at the sports complex at Indian School Park (4289 N. Hayden Rd.). 

If your loyalties lie with another team, chances are your favorite team will play at the Scottsdale Stadium sometime during the month of March. So bring the family out for a day at the park.

If you’re here in October, head to Scottsdale Stadium for an Arizona Fall League game. Cheer on the Scottsdale Scorpions as they take on top minor leaguers from both the American and National leagues.

Former Fall League players include Dustin Pedroia, Brandon Webb and Derek Jeter, so who knows what future star you could see, and these games are priced right for families. Plus, while you are at the stadium, pay a visit to the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame.

For more information on Spring Training or Arizona Fall League, call 480-312-2586 or visit www.scottdaleaz.gov/stadium.

Scottsdale Nightlife

Is it an exciting and vibrant nightlife you want? You will find it in Downtown Scottsdale.

Visit any of the more than 50 nightspots in the downtown area. The variety of venues will provide anyone with the type of experience they are looking for, from neighborhood locations to upscale environments.

Visit www.scottsdaledowntown.com to view the list of nightclubs, bars, and lounges.Rooftop at Valley Hoedit.jpg

Shopping Scottsdale

Do you want a new wardrobe, new fragrance or a unique gift or souvenir? Scottsdale has stores for anything – and anyone – on your list. Visit the specialty shops in the Fifth Avenue area, go west and visit Old Town Scottsdale, or visit the largest indoor mall in Arizona – Fashion Square at Camelback and Scottsdale roads.

(Brought to you by Downtown Scottsdale, (480) 312-2459, www.scottsdaledowntown.com.)