From colorful street murals to sleek gallery spaces, monthly art walks to world-class exhibition halls, every city has its own artistic personality and cultural identity. Below are some of our favorite artful attractions in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
SCOTTSDALE ARTWALK – Located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale’s historic Downtown, this long-running artwalk claims to be America’s original. Taking place every Thursday evening all year-round, local galleries open their doors to the public from 7 to 9 pm for an evening of art and imbibing. The city even offers free trolly and horse-drawn carriage rides to transport visitors from parking facilities throughout the Arts District and Downtown.
MURALS OF PHOENIX – From elaborate graffiti to vibrant murals, Phoenix is home to a thriving street art scene. Founded through a collaboration of artists, photographers and art enthusiasts, Murals of Phoenix has spearheaded efforts to provide the Phoenix community with a repository of local murals. The organization has mapped out some of the city’s most impressive works, and helps connect local artists with commission opportunities. Visit its website for an interactive map of the city’s latest street murals and get ready to soak up some culture.
ELECTRIC DESERT AT PHOENIX BOTANICAL GARDEN – Running through May 12th, this light and sound experience at the stunning Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix takes visitors on an immersive nighttime journey through the iconic desert garden, transforming the landscape into a living canvas through light and original music.
TEMPE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS – Take a day trip to nearby Tempe for this beloved community event, now in its 50th year. Held on March 29th through 31st, more than 350 artists will display their handmade wares on the streets of Downtown Tempe, along with food stalls, wine tasting, and two live music stages.
PHOENIX ART MUSEUM – Since opening its doors in 1951, this beloved art museum has emerged as the largest in the southwestern United States. It has hosted over 400 national and international exhibitions alongside its permanent collection, which has grown to include over 17,000 works of modern and contemporary art, photography and fashion design. Its interactive PhxArtKids gallery is suited to young art lovers of all stripes, while the Dorrance Sculpture Garden is the perfect place to while away a lazy Sunday.