Scottsdale This Week Nov 14-20

by John Washington on November 14, 2011

There’s always something happening in Scottsdale!

Here are a few Scottsdale activities events (and occasionally an event from a neighboring city). This list focuses on free or inexpensive events, activities, & unique experiences, as well as links to important City government meetings. If you are interested in participating, please check information links or call to confirm info, as dates/times are subject to change.

Also check our Great Links page.

Ongoing

  • Exhibits at SMoCA, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, FREE every Thursday from 10-5, 480-874-4654.
  • Through 19 November. Arizona Fall Ball, times vary, Scottsdale Scorpions @ Scottsdale Stadium, Salt River Rafters @ Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
  • Scottsdale’s Downtown Trolley is a free ride to anywhere you want to go Downtown. Ride around in environmentally friendly bio-diesel shuttles complete with air conditioned comfort during warm weather and fresh air during cooler temperatures. The Downtown trolleys run daily, every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Thursdays until 9 p.m. for ArtWalk. The Downtown trolleys connect with Scottsdale’s free Neighborhood Trolley, Tempe’s Orbit trolley system, the Valley Metro bus system and even Light Rail. More information on the Scottsdale’s trolley routes can be found here or by calling (480) 312-3111.

Monday 14 November


Tuesday 15 November

  • 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Music & Tea Kerr Cultural Center, Features a soloist or ensemble from the Herberger School of Music. Today features Tetra String Quartet comprised of faculty  associates, bring food for the Vista del Camino Food Bank, free but RSVP, 480-596-2660.
  • 7:30 p.m. Bruce Gates Jazz Consortium – The Best Playing the Best, Kerr Cultural Center, Former USAF Airmen Of Note lead trumpeter Bruce Gates has assembled the best of the valley’s jazz talent, including four Airmen Of Note alumni $14-20, 480-596-2660.

Wednesday 16 November


Thursday 17 November

  • 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Arizona Season Finale Hunter Jumper Competition Through Sunday November 20, WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road Scottsdale, AZ 85620. FREE Admission.
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free SMoCA Thursdays, Designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder, SMoCA’s five-gallery minimalist building (an ingenious renovation of a former movie theater) includes a public “skyspace” by the acclaimed artist James Turrell (one of only a handful in the world), where visitors can experience the ever-changing light of the desert sky. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, (480) 874-4666.
  • 4 p.m. The Singing Cowboy at Civic Center Library. Meet Gary Sprague and his horse, Dusty, and enjoy songs, stories and facts about the life of the cowboy.
  • 6 to 10 p.m. every Thursday, ArtBridge Thursdays, Featuring painters, sculptors, illustrators, wood carvers, metal smiths, weavers, and other artists. Live Music and artistic demonstrations. Marshall Way Pedestrian Bridge. Free.
  • 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, Art Walk, Scottsdale Arts District, just west of Scottsdale Road along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue.
  • 7 pm Community Council of Scottsdale citizens group monthly meeting, Granite Reef Senior Citizen Center (northwest corner of McDowell and Granite Reef), speaker Howard Meyers talks about the upcoming, troublesome changes to the city’s General Plan.  Howard has served on various citizen boards, commissions, and task forces, and is acknowledged to be an expert on city planning. Free.
  • 7:30 pm (doors open at 7p) Film Screening: “A Man Named Pearl,” SMoCA Lounge. Amazing 3+ acres of topiary gardens created with no training, in pursuit of the Bishopville, SC “Yard of the Month Award” – a goal instigated by a bigoted remark – to the many accolades that followed, including museum exhibitions and his status as an internationally-acclaimed artist. No host bar & concession snacks. $7 admission, SMoCA exhibitions are FREE until 10 pm.
  • Free horse-drawn carriage or horse-drawn trolley rides are available every Thursday during ArtWalk 7-9 p.m. along Main Street and every Saturday from 1-4 on Brown and Main Street.

Friday 18 November

  • 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Arizona Season Finale Hunter Jumper Competition Through Sunday November 20, WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road Scottsdale, AZ 85620. FREE Admission.
  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 p.m. Goodguys 14th Southwest Nationals Car Show Through November 20 (Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.), WestWorld 16601 N. Pima Rd. Over 2,000 Rods, Customs, Classics and Muscle Cars thru ’72, General Admission: $18,
  • Kids (7 – 12): $6, Under 6: Free, Parking: $5 charged by WestWorld.
  • 10 am – 5 pm, Sonoran Arts League’s 15th Anniversary Hidden in the Hills Artists’ Studio Tour. Free, self-guided tour of 45 artist studios and 145 participating artists in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale, November 18 – 20 and November 25 – 27, 2011.
  • 8 p.m. Stephen Petronio Dance Company: Underland, Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, visit link for ticket prices.

Saturday 19 November

  • 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Arizona Season Finale Hunter Jumper Competition Through Sunday November 20, WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road Scottsdale, AZ 85620. FREE Admission.
  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 p.m. Goodguys 14th Southwest Nationals Car Show Through November 20 (Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.), WestWorld 16601 N. Pima Rd. Over 2,000 Rods, Customs, Classics and Muscle Cars thru ’72, General Admission: $18, Kids (7 – 12): $6, Under 6: Free, Parking: $5 charged by WestWorld
  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Old Town Farmer’s Market features local growers and specialty food producers. Wide variety of organic and pesticide free produce, seasonal specialities, natural meats, free range eggs, artisan breads, local cheeses, jams, tamales, and more. 3802 N. Brown Avenue. Free.
  • 10 am – 5 pm, Sonoran Arts League’s 15th Anniversary Hidden in the Hills Artists’ Studio Tour. Free, self-guided tour of 45 artist studios and 145 participating artists in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale, November 18 – 20 and November 25 – 27, 2011.
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ArtFest through Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011.  FREE admission. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, near the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 28th Annual Arts & Crafts FairFREE admission. Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 North Granite Reef Road.
  • 1 p.m. Baseball: Arizona Fall League Championship Game, Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd. $6.00 Adult $5.00 Senior Citizen & Youth (17 & under).
  • 4pm – 8pm, McDonald’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Classic Car Show – Every Saturday night for over 20 years! The Pavilions at Talking Stick. FREE admission. Classic cars and motorcycles in a free open air event complete with 50’s era music provided by “Party Time DJ’s. An average night showcases anywhere from 250 to 500 cars and up to 150 motorcycles. .
  • 8 p.m. Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Cost: Tickets $49 or $59.

Sunday 20 November

  • 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Arizona Season Finale Hunter Jumper Competition Through Sunday November 20, FREE Admission. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road Scottsdale, AZ 85620.
  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 p.m. Goodguys 14th Southwest Nationals Car Show Through November 20 (Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.), WestWorld 16601 N. Pima Rd. Over 2,000 Rods, Customs, Classics and Muscle Cars thru ’72, General Admission: $18,
    Kids (7 – 12): $6, Under 6: Free, Parking: $5 charged by WestWorld
  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. SouthBridge SunDays . Artisan Foods, arts and crafts, live art performances. Live music on the patio of the adjacent restaurant, The Herb Box. Southbridge on the Canal, 7135 E. Camelback Rd. Free.
  • 10 am – 5 pm, Sonoran Arts League’s 15th Anniversary Hidden in the Hills Artists’ Studio Tour. Free, self-guided tour of 45 artist studios and 145 participating artists in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale, November 18 – 20 and November 25 – 27, 2011.
  • 10:00 AM – 5 p.m. ArtFest through Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011.  FREE. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, near the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Sommelier Sundays at Iruna in Old Town. Valley sommelier David M. Johnson offers an informal wine tasting. Tapas are available for purchase. 7217 East 1st St.

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Ryan November 17, 2011 at 11:31 AM

The Goodguys car show is always a good time. I love to go hang out and check out all the cool custom rods. There are some really nice older cars there, that have had a ton of work done to them. Thanks for the list!

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John November 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Thanks for the post, Ryan. I haven’t been in a few years, but it used to be a lot of show for the price! Going to try to make it up there this weekend.

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