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Things to Do Around Scottsdale During the Week

Author Anthony T. Hincks said that “Monday is the day I start counting down to the weekend.” Clearly he’s never been to Scottsdale. Though there’s a common misconception that Fridays through Sundays are unequivocally the best days of the week, in Scottsdale the weekdays are when the desert really feels alive. If you know where to go.

While you’ll never run out of things to do around Scottsdale, AZ, you’ll find that on the weekend, the crowds swell in just about every place you want to be. Not to mention that Scottsdale’s more authentic events kick off on Monday through Thursday evenings. From unique entertainment to arts and culture showcases, take a peek at five of Scottsdale’s best attractions--available during the week only.

Old Town Scottsdale Arts District 

Old Town Scottsdale’s quaint and art-filled streets are worth a stroll any day of the week. Though the Thursday evening ArtWalk is temporarily suspended, there's still so much to see in Old Town Scottsdale. Many galleries have re-opened with social distancing measures in place so you can still peruse the art within. 


Old Town does still plan to host their Summer Spectacular for those wanting an extra special taste of the Art Walk. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. on July 9, listen to live music, see themed exhibits, and watch live demonstrations. 

Crowd-Free Adventures

Most adventures wait for the weekend, right? Wrong. Though it’s true that Scottsdale’s attractions won’t just disappear come Friday, the serene Scottsdale you’d experience during the week might go up in smoke. Weekends are Scottsdale’s most highly trafficked days, both by travelers and by locals who decide to hit the road. That’s why you’ll be better off on a weekday.

Whether you peruse the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, hike the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, or tour Taliesin West, during the week the attraction will be all yours. There’s nothing quite like a warming afternoon in a solitary desert. Visit mid-week to see for yourself.

Happy Hour at Bar Six40

Fill your weekday evenings with the happiest of hours at Bar Six40. Though bars and restaurants across Scottsdale host weekday happy hours, Bar Six40’s is one of the best. This exclusive menu features special pricing on draft beer, wine, well cocktails, and some of Bar Six40’s most popular menu items. The bar's cozy booths are also big enough for the whole family, and the kids will be just as excited to dig into the menu as you are. 

At happy hour, you can enjoy molé meatballs, fried mesquite honey cheese curds, roasted corn queso and more for as little as $6. All this served over breathtaking views of the Scottsdale desert. Why wouldn’t you want to chow down during the week?

Twilight at Odysea Aquarium

An aquarium is a great place to take the kids during the week. The whole family can cool off as you get closer to the aquarium's diverse sea life. The aquarium is currently operating at limited capacity to make space for social distancing. While this might mean you'll have to wait your turn, it also means you'll have a less crowded viewing experience.


Twilight at Odysea Aquarium begins at 4:30 p.m. each day, and is an opportunity to visit the aquarium at a discount. Twilight passes are just $25 for adults! 


Travel at any time of week is a dream come true. It’s an invaluable opportunity to eat, drink, explore, relax, and take a step out of your day-to-day. But if you can, plan for a mid week getaway. These are the days when the best of Scottsdale presents itself to those lucky enough to be in town.

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