The city of Scottsdale announced the debut of “Western Week,” a period of Western-themed events leading up to the city’s 64th annual Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival.
The week kicks off on Saturday and ends on the Feb. 11, and will include events “inspired by the indigenous cultures and traditions of the Old West,” read a statement from the city.
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West will host some of the events, while others can be enjoyed outside.
Rhinestones, Rodeo and Retro Style: Vintage Glamour
On Saturday, the Museum of the West will host a showcase of vintage clothing from personalities like Rodeo Ben, Nathan Turk (aka “The Tailor to Hollywood”) and Nudie Cohn (aka “The Original Rhinestone Cowboy). Their one-of-a-kind costumes were favored by music stars like Glen Campbell, Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys. The event starts at 11 a.m.
Meet the Author: Robert Knott
New York Times bestselling author Robert Knott will publicly speak and sign copies of his latest book, Robert B. Parker’s Revelation. It’s free to the public, and starts at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Museum of the West.
Marshall Trimble: Tombstone’s Social Life (What Folks Did When They Weren’t Gunfighting)
Official state historian Marshall Trimble will describe social customs, cultural advances and pastimes of the residents of Tombstone, a historically-significant town in southern Arizona. Find Trimble at the Museum of the West on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Gold Palette ArtWalk themed Western Spirit
Arizona historian Melanie MacEachern and Scottsdale historian Joan Fudala lead a walking tour of the Old Town Arts District from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. This educational tour concludes at the Museum of the West.
The Mail Arrives at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
More than two dozen members of the Hashknife Pony Express will finish a 200-mile horseback trip in front of the Scottsdale’s Museum of the West on Marshall Way. They’ll deliver 20,000 letters specially marked by the U.S. Postal Service, continuing a tradition from 1958.
Old Town Farmers Market
Western specialties like flowers, free-range beef and eggs, cheeses, breads, jams and more can be found at this market on Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event will be held at 3806 N. Brown Avenue in Scottsdale.
Parada del Sol Parade
On Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, this parade will run from Drinkwater Boulevard and Scottsdale Road to Brown Avenue and Indian School Road.
““For 64 years the Scottsdale Parada del Sol Committee of volunteers has coordinated this free parade of horse-drawn carriages, bands, wagons and stagecoaches,” Parada president Wendy Springborn said. “Mounted horse riders like the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse, Hashknife Pony Express riders and Scottsdale Charros are just a fraction of the horse groups visitors will see.”
Trail’s End Festival
A festival in Downtown Scottsdale will feature three stages hosting entertainment from Native American and Hispanic Dancers and western entertainers. Kids can enjoy activities in the “Cowboy Kids zone,” as well as games and cultural programming. Multiple musical acts are scheduled to play, and the wine garden can keep adults entertained. The Festival is from noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11.
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