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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 Art Walk

Old Town Scottsdale’s quaint and art-filled streets are worth a stroll any day of the week. But there’s something special that unfolds every Thursday evening: the Art Walk. Much like an easy-going open house for the art world, Thursdays see Scottsdale’s arts district come to life with the buzz of culture and community. Galleries open, music plays, and people of all ages enjoy art in the warm evening air.

Come 9 p.m., the many galleries and boutiques once again close up shop, meaning weekend warriors will miss the fanfare entirely. Throughout the spring and summer, the Art Walk partners with other events like the Summer Spectacular, bringing  something special to Scottsdale every week.

Five C’s Dinner Series

Weekdays will also bring you closer to some of the most authentic flavors in Scottsdale. One Thursday a month, KitchenWest restaurant’s private dining room transforms for the Five C’s Dinner Series. Each dinner celebrates a unique facet of Arizona’s diverse economy: citrus, cotton, climate, cattle, and copper. These rustic dinner experiences feature a three-course meal paired with some of the best Arizona wines.

Attend a dinner in the series while you can because the last meal will hit the table in June. Weeknights need no sprucing up, but an evening at the Five C’s Dinner is sure to elevate your Thursdays in the name of fine dining.

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.

At happy hour, you can dig into 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?

NightLife at Odysea Aquarium

If you’d heard that aquariums are just for kids, you heard wrong. NightLife at Odysea Aquarium is an adults-only event that brings exciting entertainment into an aquarium setting. Peek at the aquarium’s diverse sea life as pop standards from the 40s fill the event space, witness guest appearances from multiple penguins, and sip on whiskey and martini speciality cocktails served throughout the aquarium.

These fun spring events kick off on Thursday nights only, so if you’re not in Scottsdale during the week, you’ll miss out. If live music and the underwater world are your things, this is the mid-week event for you.


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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