Community Events Calendar

The Peak’s calendar covers community events in Scottsdale and neighboring communities. Our local events include everything from local concerts, festivals, equestrian activities, too government events. On this page you can find or access:

 

 

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Ongoing
Activities, Events and Classes, Desert Foothills Library

Website

 

Ongoing
City of Scottsdale, Downtown

Where the Old ScottsdaleDowntownWest Meets the New West —…………………………………. Downtown Scottsdale is the ultimate destination for visitors and residents alike to enjoy art galleries, specialty retail, dining venues that range from casual to upscale, southwestern cultural attractions and an extraordinary nightlife. Website

  • Scottsdale Artwalk.  Visit many of the roughly 70 art galleries in Downtown Scottsdale, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, year ’round Scottsdale Art District.   Website
  • Free Downtown Scottsdale Trolley. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.  Runs every 10 minutes. 480-634-6850.
  • Downtown Scottsdale Cultural Trolley Tours. Second Saturday of the Month, 10:30 a.m. Begins and ends at Old Adobe Mission, Downtown Scottsdale. 480-634-6850. Free.
  • 365 Live. Live and local performers take to the streets of Downtown Scottsdale 365 times throughout the year. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 480-980-6202.
  • Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Celebrates the art, history, culture and unique stories of the 19 states comprising the American West.   Website

Ongoing
Cave Creek Museum
Exhibits related to Cave Creek history. Closed during summer months.   Website

 

 

 

Ongoing
Desert Botanical Garden

 Website

 

Ongoing
Musical Instrument Museum

“The world’s only musical instrument museum.” Located in northeast Phoenix.  Website

 

Ongoing
McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Hikes and educational programs.  Website

 

Ongoing
Pinnacle Peak Park
Hiking and educational programs. Features a moderate out-and-back trail. North Scottsdale.
 Website

 

Ongoing
Desert Foothills Land Trust Preserves Hikes and educational programs.  Website

 

Ongoing
Cave Creek Regional Park

Hiking and educational programs.  Website

 

Ongoing
WestWorld
Hosts various horse shows and other events.  Website

 

Ongoing
Scottsdale Events Calendar

For a calendar listing of upcoming city events, visit scottsdaleaz.gov/events.  Website

 

Ongoing
Town of Carefree Information and Website Website

 

Ongoing
Town of Cave Creek Information and Website Website

 

Ongoing
City of Scottsdale Information and Website

Call  (480) 312-3111 and be connected to an operator who has event, traffic, department, meeting information, and other assistance. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and for special events as publicized.  Website

 

Ongoing
City of Scottsdale Public Meetings and Newsletters Related to the Missions of GPPA and Friends of the Scenic Drive

  • Scottsdale City Council Meetings. As a general rule, the city council holds its regular meetings  on the first and third Tuesday of each month, starting at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard in downtown Scottsdale.  Additional meetings may be called and the schedule may change because of holidays, elections, etc.  All council meetings are televised on City Cable 11 and normally rebroadcast the following Friday and Saturday evenings at 5 p.m.For an up-to-date schedule, directions, and more information about the council, visit http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/council/meetings Website
  • City of Scottsdale  Planning Commission Meetings. The planning commission meets twice per month, generally on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Typically, meetings are held in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard in downtown Scottsdale. However, the precise schedule each month may vary, depending on holidays, elections, etc.  For up-to-date information about meetings and commission activities, visit http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/boards/PC Website
  • Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series. For a schedule and description of lectures.  Website
  • City of Scottsdale P & Z Link Newsletter. Identifies new planning and zoning cases, announcements, minutes of past meetings, and more. To review the latest newsletter editions by clicking Review Recent Newsletters,    Review Recent Newsletters

 

City News, Upcoming Events, Services, Contact Information
Scottsdale Update Newsletter

Article

 

City of Scottsdale Videos
Scottsdale Video Network Program Guide

A summary of the new City of Scottsdale complimentary videos.  Subjects vary from month to month.

Article

 

Events and Activities
Scottsdale Economic Development Newsletter Upcoming Events

Article

 

Events and Activities
Scottsdale Public Library

Article

 

Planning and Zoning Meetings and Information
Scottsdale P & Z Link Newsletter

A concise description of new cases, meetings and minutes, request of community input, and related resources available to residents.

Article

 

Events and Activities
Scottsdale Parks and Recreation

Article

 

News, Activities, Events, Concerts
Musical Instrument Museum, Tuned In Museum News

Article

Upcoming Concerts
Musical Instrument Museum Theater, Upcomimg Concerts

Article

Winter/Spring Concert Series, January through April
Musical Instrument Museum

Article

 

Exhibits, Events
ASU Art Museum

Article

 

Upcoming Events, Scottsdale Arts
Ten different live and local bands and entertainers perform a variety of musical genres, including Latin, Americana, Jazz.

Article

 

Events, Exhibitions
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) Spring 2018 Program Calendar

Article

 

Arizona Musicfest, 2017-18 Season

Diverse lineup of musical artists.

Article

 

Upcoming Concerts
MusicaNova Orchestra, 2017-18 Season

Classical music that is exceptional.

Article

 

Through Sunday, January 21, 2018
Making the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists for Aboriginal Australia
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibit

Article

Events and Activities
Scottsdale Economic Development Newsletter Upcoming Events

Article

Events & Classes
January, Desert Foothills Library

Article

Events & News
Desert Foothills Land Trust

Article

HAPPY NEW YEAR –  JANUARY 2018


Fireworks display in skyClasses & Programs
December/January, Foothills Community Foundation, Holland Center

Article

 

Events & Classes
January, Desert Foothills Library 

Article

 

Concerts
January, Nash Theater

“Jazz Happens Here”

Article

 

Tuesday, January 2 through Friday, January 5, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Winter Camp for Kids, Desert Foothills Youth Theater

A Fairy Tale Frenzy … Shake off the winter blues with a fun winter camp.

Article

 

Friday, January 5 – Saturday, March 24, 8p.m.
Late Nite Catechism, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts
Starring Patti Hannon

Sister’s hysterically funny lessons on saints and sins.

Website

 

 

 

Friday, January 12 through Sunday, January 21 (See schedule), Evening Performances 7 p.m., Matinee 2 p.m.
Charlotte’s Web, Desert Foothills Theater

Article

 

 

Sunday, January 14 through Monday, January 22,  9 a.m.
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, WestWorld of Scottsdale

47th annual world-famous auction offers a diverse lineup American cars, one-of-a-kind custom vehicles and much more.

Website

 

January 16, 7:30 p.m. Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great? Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Dvorak’s American Quartet

An exploration and performance of one of the most popular and joyful works of chamber music.

Website

 

Wednesday, January 17, 7:30p.m.
Close Encounters With Music, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

Music to celebrate the approaching centennial of women’s  suffrage with  Ren na Gutman, piano, Peter Zazofsky, violin, Danielle Talamantes, soprano, Yehuda Hanani, cello.

Website

 

Thursday January 18, 7:30 p.m.
Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great? Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts
You’re the Top: The Songs of Cole Porter

A thrilling exploration and performance of the music and lyrics of one of Broadway’s greatest composers.

Website

 

Friday, January 19 through Sunday, January 20
Carefree Fine Arts and Wine Festival, Thunderbird Artists

Website

 

Saturday, January 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Paws in the Park, Chaparral Park Off Leash Area, Scottsdale

Free. Learn about products for your pets, obedience demonstration, and more.

Article

 

Saturday, January 20, 8 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix
Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening With Ira Glass, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts

Stories and life lessons from the host and creator of the hit public radio show This American Ute.

Website

 

Sunday, January 21, 3 p.m.
Pinnacle Concert Series, Pinnacle Presbyterian Church
Bartholomew Faire

Website

 

Tuesday, January  23, 7:30 p.m.
Keyboard Conversations® With Jeffrey Siegel, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Virtuoso Variations

Spellbinding variations on famous melodies.

Website

 

Saturday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.
Pinnacle Concert Series, Pinnacle Presbyterian Church
Diamond Rocks

Website

 

 Saturday, January 27, 8 p.m.
Mark Cortale Presents Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Kelli O’Hara

Featuring Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host. One of Broadway’s great leading ladies in the spotlight.

Website Article

 

Sunday, January 28, 2 p.m.
Piano Men Generations, Desert Foothills Theater

Celebration of the influence of Billy Joel and Elton John.

Article

 

Monday, January 29 through Sunday, February 4
Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPPC Scottsdale

“The greatest show on grass.”  PGA Tournament Feb. 1 – 4.

Website

 

Wednesday, January 31, 11:30 a.m. check in, 12:30 p.m. Mayor’s address
Scottsdale Mayor Lane’s State of the City Luncheon

Article

 

Wednesday, January 31, 7:30 p.m. Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix
The Manhattan Transfer, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts

One of the most innovative vocal groups in the history of popular music.

Website Article

FEBRUARY


February Events and Concerts
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Article

 

Ongoing, Thursday, February 1  through Sunday, February 4
Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPPC Scottsdale

“The greatest show on grass.” PGA Tournament Feb. 1 – 4.

Website

 

Thursday, February 1, 7 – 8:30 p, m,
Living an Edible Landscape Life, Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series

Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale

Article

 

Friday, February 2, 8 p.m.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts

Joyous and uplifting vocal harmonies from South Africa.

Website

 

Saturday, February 3, March 3, April 7, 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Preserve at the Cave Tour, Desert Foothills Land Trust

Guided hike to the cave on Cave Creek. Free, registration is required.

Article

 

 

Wednesday, February 7, 7:30 p.m.
Close Encounters With Music  Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts
The Passion of Camille

The brilliantly virtuosic Saint-Saens Violin Sonata No. 1 and the smoldering Franck Piano Quintet with Saint-Saens and Cesar Franck: L’.Amour Toujours! Roman Rabinovich, piano, Hagai Shaham, violin Diana Cohen, violin, Yehuda Hanani cello, Pierre Henri Xuereb, viola.

Website

 

Friday, February 9, 8 p.m.
SONGBOOK: Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts

An unforgettable evening of seminal pop songs with the lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies.

Website

 

Sunday, February 11 through Sunday, February 25
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival

21 features, 5 shorts, 40 screenings, 3 locations.

Article

 

Wednesday, February 14, 7:00 p.m. Refreshments, 7:30 Presentation
Obliterated Itineraries: The Archaeology  of Roads, Paths and Trails, DFC-AAS

Presentation by archaeologist James Snead PhD

Article

 

Thursday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.
ODC/Dance, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts

San Francisco-based dance group showcases modern dance moves.

Article

 

Thursday, February 15 through Sunday, February 25, 8 a.m. events start each day, check schedule
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo, WestWorld

Known for their elegant beauty, versatility, athleticism and endurance, Arabian horses from around the world will compete in hundreds of events. The event also hosts more than commercial exhibitors from artists to craftsmen, bringing fine art, clothing, jewelry, equestrian products and more.

Website

 

Friday, February 16, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Concert Series, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts
Yefim Bronfman

One of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists featuring Stravinsky’s Petruschka.

Website Article

Tuesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.
Keyboard Conversations  With Jeffrey Siegel, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts
Bach and Chopin: A Musical Kinship

Dramatic preludes and vivacious dances for the ears by these two popular composers.

Article Website

 

Tuesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great?®  Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts
Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata

A spellbinding discussion and performance of Beethoven’s iconic masterpiece.

Website

 

Thursday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.
Rob Kapilow : What Makes It Great?® Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts
From On the Town to West Side Story: The Theater Music of Leonard Bernstein

An illuminating performance and discussion revealing how a great classical composer transformed Broadway.

Website

 

Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24
Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light, Scottsdale Waterfront Downtown

Scottsdale Arts premier event, featuring art installations, workshops, and performances.

Article

 

Saturday, February 24, 8 p.m.
Mark Cortale Presents Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Megan Hilty

Featuring Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. Songs and candid showbiz stories from this star of Wicked.

Website Article

 

Sunday, February 25, 4 p.m.
Jesse Cook, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts

World rhythms from the rumba-flamenco guitarist.

Website

 

Tuesday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.
The Chieftains, The Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts

The best-known Irish band in the world.

Website

 

Wednesday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
The TEN Tenors: The Power of TEN, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts

High-octane Ms and timeless classics from Australia’s singing sensation.

Website

MARCH


March Events and Concerts
Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts

Article

 

Friday, March 2, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Concert Series, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts
Seong-Jin Cho

The First Prize winner of the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition.

Website

 

Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, 4 – 10 p.m.
Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light, Scottsdale Waterfront Downtown

Scottsdale Arts premier event, featuring art installations, workshops, and performances.

Article

 

Saturday, March 3, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Yamato, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts
 The Drummers of Japan World Tour 2017-18 Chousensha/The  Challengers

A spirited, thundering showcase of Japanese taiko drumming.

Website

 

Friday, March 9, 8 p.m.
Parsons Dance, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts

Known for its artistry and athleticism, David Parsons’ internationally renowned dance ensemble.

 

Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Rob Kapilow : What Makes It Great? Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts
Finishing the Hat: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim

Performance and discussion of classic Sondheim songs, from “Send in the Clowns” to ‘ Finishing the Ha.”

Website

FridSetay, March 16, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Concert Series, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts
Amit Peled, cello Noreen Polera, piano

Lyrical masterpieces of the cello repertoire by Brahms, Popper and Schubert.

Website

 

Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18
Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival, Thunderbird Artists

Event held in the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.

Website

Friday, March 17, 8 p.m.
Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host

Website

 

Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Concert Series, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts
Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Hope, Music Director and Violin

One of Europe’s finest chamber orchestras, performing Vivaldi’s beloved The Four Seasons.

Website

 

Sunday, March 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Family Fun(d) Day, Desert Foothills Library

Article

 

Saturday, March 31, 8 p.m.
Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band

A fiery stew of jazz, soul and infectious Latin and South American rhythms.

Website

APRIL


Saturday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Keyboard Conversations  With Jeffrey Siegel, Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts

Leonard Bernstein at 100

Article Website

 

Thursday, April  5, 7 – 8:30 p, m,
Building with earth and Mass in the Desert, Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series
Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale

Article

Thursday, June  7, 7 – 8:30 p, m,
Heating and Cooling with Ductless Mini-Splits, Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series

Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale

Article

 


VENUE WEBSITES


A variety of organizations in the greater Pinnacle Peak area have event  information posted on their website or social media pages

  • Hikes
  • Museum, Aquarium Exhibits and Events
  • Art Exhibits and Festivals
  • Concerts
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Desert Preservation
  • Golf
  • Health and Fitness
  • Education and Recreation, and more.

Click on the link below for a list of popular venues and links to their websites.

Venues

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  Click on the link below to view current articles and newsletters about local events and venues.

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 Local organizations publish newsletters and announcements to provide information about their upcoming events and activities. Check out these articles for things to see and do.

Recent Newsletters and Announcements

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2 Comments

  1. To Whom it May Concern,

    I would like to inquire about adding the Jackalope Scottsdale Holiday Market to your event calendar!

    Jackalope, an indie artisan market, is a unique, curated Holiday shopping experience featuring 150+ of the top trendsetting makers & designers of local goods. Our market provides an alternative to the chaos of the malls where attendees can shop local & handmade on the busiest shopping weekend of the year!

    The event will take place at WestWorld of Scottsdale in the Hanger Tent and will span over a 2-day period on November 26th & 27th from 10am-5pm. The market is free, family friendly, and an American Express supported #ShopSmallSaturday neighborhood event!

    In addition to the many artisans, the market will feature live local music, local food & full bar, interactive kids games, DIY workshops, and more!

    See a full line up of activities, pre-register for workshops, and check out our featured artisans on our website at http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/phoenix/

    Please let me know if you need any additional info!

    Thanks,

    Laura Fischer
    Jackalope : an indie artisan market
    Where Culture Meets Craft
    office. (323) 989-2278
    mobile. (602) 402-4116
    web. http://www.jackalopeartfair.com

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    • Laura, Thank you for supporting The Peak. We will post your event information in the Community Events Calendar in the next few days. You might consider using the listing information and creating an article including several photographs and having a publish it as a VIP Event, which means it’s featured on the home page. The rate is only $25 per month. If you are interested, I can email you details. Les

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