Free Things To Do In Scottsdale: Art, Photography, And More

As a local Scottsdale photographer with a keen eye for the art scene and the stunning desert landscapes, in this post, I’ll go through a curated list of top free, unique experiences in Scottsdale. These experiences are sure to inspire you and ignite your sense of adventure and creativity.

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Free Things To Do in Scottsdale:

  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: Art at SMoCA is pay-what-you wish every Thursday and the second Saturday of the month.
  • Old Town Scottsdale ArtWalk: Every Thursday evening, Old Town galleries showcase their work with displays of local and international pieces. It’s also an opportunity to discover and network with local artists.
  • Gallery Canyons: An Arizona-based, one-of-a-kind photographic gallery featuring exclusive work from independent artists. Gallery Canyons is an online destination, and they have a physical gallery in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Typically, their visit hours are during the weekend.
  • Public Art and Historic Walking Tour: It’s a self guided walking tour through the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, uncovering public art and historic landmarks.
  • Cosanti: A testament to the visionary genius of architect Paolo Soleri, this gallery was his residence and today is an Arizona historic site open to the public.

Exploring Free Alternatives:

  • Hiking Trails: Scottsdale offers 400 miles of hiking trails. You can check out my 3 top trails in this article.
  • Desert Botanical Garden: Here, you can find the wonders and resilience of desert flora. The Desert Botanical Garden offers free admission on the second Tuesday of every month.
  • Old Town Farmers Market: It’s a community where you can find local produce and artisans goods.

Photography in Scottsdale

  • Civic Center Mall: Renowned for events and concerts, it offers a charming fusion of urbanity and nature, providing an ideal backdrop for candid photography with a timeless Southwestern allure.
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Is a vast expanse that includes a multitude of hiking trails catering to various skill levels. Here you can find desert landscapes and evocative backdrops.

Museums Suggestions:

  • Western Spirit: The museum of the West honors the spirit of the frontier and celebrates the enduring legacy of the American West.
  • Phoenix Art Museum: Not too far from Old Town Scottsdale, it features works from different genres and eras.

Final Thoughts

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So these were the top free things to do in Scottsdale, particularly focusing on art and photography. They aim to provide everyone with the opportunity to relish the creativity, beauty, and exploration offered by Scottsdale.

I trust you found this article enjoyable and gained valuable insights or ideas, whether you’re seeking unique and authentic experiences, looking to enhance your space or art collection, or simply aiming to capture memories in the most exquisite manner for yourself or for your clients while in this area.

Are you passionate about photography, seeking artistic inspiration and eager to stay updated with the creative journey?

About Sal

I’m Sal Giudici, an adventurous photographer based in the Arizona desert. I strive to capture uncommon views that can challenge perspectives and ignite the imagination.

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