Quick and dirty guide to the Scottsdale Artwalk
You may have noticed the colorfully painted sidewalk directions advertising “Artwalk the Line” directing you through the Scottsdale Artwalk in Old Town Scottsdale. Also known as “America’s Original Artwalk” it really is historically the very first established artwalk in the country. Established in 1976 this three-block artwalk will guide you through the most prestigious and established art galleries throughout Old Town Scottsdale.
Feel free to window shop or follow the path of the Scottsdale Artwalk any time of the day or night but the official tour hours are every Thursday evening all year long from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The fifteen plus sparkling galleries offer these special late hours for casual art enthusiasts and serious collectors alike to shop these striking galleries. The artwalk will direct you down Main Street, across Marshall Way and up Goldwater Boulevard.
Even if you’re the most casual of art fan there is plenty else to see along the walk. The beautiful strolling path is complete with Western and Southwestern themed public art and various boutiques and specialty shops. It’s also safe to say that you’ll likely be entertained by the Thursday night Old Town Scottsdale nightlife.
You’ll also be pleased to find plenty of tasty spots to dine or sip a drink or two along the way. For an out of this world happy hour and dinner menu, be sure to visit Eddie’s House, of famous local chef Eddie Matney. Stop by 5th and Wine for a glass or two of a unique wine by the glass or bottle. For a more intimate and “sceney” stop, visit Kazimierz World Wine Bar for some delectable wine and cheese plates, though it’s a tad off the Artwalk path but well worth it.
For more information about the Scottsdale Artwalk, be sure to visit ScottsdaleGalleries.com to learn more about upcoming special events and announcements.