The two-day Taste of Cave Creek event gathers more than 25 local restaurants and the region's most renowned chili chefs and salsa makers at Stagecoach Village. Two stages host live music performances, while samples of barbecue, Mexican, Italian, and other unique types of food are served. Judges and guests taste the contestants' chili and salsas during a cook off before their eyes feast on sculptures, paintings, and artisan jewelry at the art exhibits. Throughout the evening, guests can enjoy tastings of tequila and sip on drinks at a wine and craft-beer garden.
Winter Fest kicks off the holiday season with a fun-packed collection of attractions suited for revelers of all ages. The glittering lights of a 50-foot Christmas tree illuminate gracefully gliding ice skaters, and a 15-foot, life-size snow globe teaches a seasonal lesson on weather patterns. Santa Claus waits to snap smiling photos with guests. Carnival-style attractions, such as a Ferris wheel, laser tag, go-kart racing, and a bounce house provide recreation for visitors young and young-at-heart. Vendors supply tempting eats, refueling holiday shoppers as they visit 300 on-site craft and retail vendors.
Nestled within 18,500 square feet and designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's quintet of galleries—formerly a cineplex's five theaters—have hosted changing and permanent exhibitions of art, architecture, and design since 1999. The outdoor sculpture garden features acclaimed pieces such as James Turrell's experiential Knight Rise skyspace and James Carpenter Design Associates' Scrim Wall. After viewing the art outside, visitors can return indoors to explore furnishings and jewelry in the shop or examine work by local youth in the young@art gallery. The museum's Visions Teen Program continues to nurture burgeoning talent, pairing teenagers with visual-art teachers and visiting artists. Adults can also enrich their artistic know-how at lectures and workshops until they are able to draw a perfect circle with a pencil still tucked behind their ear. The museum's lounge fosters artistic communities through events ranging from screenings of international art movies to art-making sessions.
The Venue Scottsdale is a chameleon of a building, as ready to effortlessly host an elegant wedding reception as it is to present a comedy show or concert. The 29,000 square-foot, multi-level confines feature an indoor cobblestone courtyard and leaf-covered balconies, offering an outdoorsy ambience without the worry of inclement weather. Upstairs, a ballroom and a VIP lounge welcome private event goers, while a comedy club inspires knock-knock jokes with its own private entrance.
Named the Best Arts Festival in 2010 by the Phoenix New Times, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has showcased the fine arts since 1971. This year, nearly 200 jury-selected artists from around the United States and Canada contribute vibrant paintings, glass and ceramic sculptures, photography, and connect-the-dots sketches framed with macaroni. Throughout the festival, artists engage guests with interactive projects. Tunes from live bands swirl past attentive eardrums while mouths are occupied at gourmet food trucks serving such great festival eats as hot dogs, barbecue, pastries, and more. Throughout the day, pintsize patrons and kids of all ages can skip over to Imagine Nation to participate in artistic activities, such as walking down Kid’s Way and creating a paper hat.
If ever you've found yourself serving crab, you might have wondered what would be a good side dish for it. The Arizona Seafood Festival answers that question without hesitation: more crab. A celebration of all things seafood, the annual festival treats taste buds to some of the ocean's most hard-to-find delicacies. And, of course, lots and lots of crab. The festival punctuates its sea feast with land-based treats, plus contests and activities for kids anchored by an aquarium exhibit. Adults can whet their whistles on Wine Row with craft beers and wines, which are much tastier than of wringing out the beards of any sea captains in attendance.