I will be the first to admit that before I was able to really spend time in this very unique area of Arizona, I also imagined that outside of southwest and American Indian art galleries; little existed in this community. However, I was very wrong in this case. Of course you do have more of this style art and jewelry made famous in the American Southwest area than you can possible view in a single visit, but there’s also a modern vibe in Scottsdale and Phoenix that brings a great “energy” to the area.
It’s a picturesque corner of the world with a fantastic way of life, which attracts many from the big cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and more to either vacation, live or at least have a vacation home among these vibrant communities within the expansive serenity of the Sonoran Desert. Both this “new blood” and the long-time locals expect international dining and world-class entertainment, which is exactly what has been further developed each year to create what is now a community with all the luxuries of the big cities, while maintaining the clean desert living everyone craves.
An abundance of amazing outside activities are available to occupy your days, such as mind-blowing golf courses, championship tennis facilities, comforting and relaxing hotels (Thunderbird Suites being my favorite), stimulating hiking trails with out-of-this-world views and a desert playground for horseback riding, jeep tours, mountain biking and so much more. After a day of living the Arizona lifestyle, the other side of Scottsdale and Phoenix comes to life with superlative dining options of International cuisine, a very active night life for all ages and a very impressive performing arts scene with a variety of special events, seasonal shows and more throughout a number of venues in the area.
With both modern venues and those with much historical significance, the Phoenix and Scottsdale communities have a delightful combination of old and new mixed with classical and whimsy. Several of these must-visit venues include ASU Gammage, Chandler Center For The Arts, Mesa Arts Center, Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix Symphony Hall and the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Arizona Broadway Theatre is an award-winning, state-of-the-art, professional dinner theatre, which showcases locally and nationally acclaimed artists both onstage and behind the scenes with a variety of shows each year.
7701 W. Paradise Lane | Peoria, AZ 85382 | T: 623.776.8400
Arizona Opera produces grand opera in both Phoenix and Tucson, making it one of only three companies in the US that performs in two cities. For this area, the company performs at the beautiful Symphony Hall in Downtown Phoenix.
75 N. 2nd Street | Phoenix, AZ 85004 | T: 602.266.7464
Ballet Arizona continues to impress with innovative and provocative performances. Their strategy is to work to preserve and celebrate classical dance while still looking for ways to introduce innovative and new works while performing at the Symphony Hall and the Orpheum Theatre.
2835 E. Washington Street | Phoenix, AZ 85034 | T: 602.381.1096
Phoenix Symphony has been an “institution” to this community since 1947; offering a wide variety of programming each year, including Classics, Symphony Pops, Chamber Orchestra, Family offerings and special community presentations celebrating various holidays and events.
1 N. First Street, Ste 200 | Phoenix, AZ 85004 | T: 602.495.1999
Phoenix Theatre was originally founded as the Phoenix Players in 1920, and is the oldest arts organizations in Arizona. Today, they offer a full range of theatrical programming, including the Mainstage Season series of Broadway and world premiere musicals and plays.
100 E. McDowell Road | Phoenix, AZ 85004 | T: 602.254.2151
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is one of the premier performing-arts halls in the Western United States, and recognized for its diverse, high-quality presentations of classical and world music, dance, jazz and theater, educational programs and festivals; serving more than 200,000 people annually in this spectacular venue.
7380 E. 2nd Street | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | T: 480.499.8587
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre is an award-winning, non-profit performing arts theatre that provides an intimate environment for their variety of performances, including Cinderella, Peter Pan, Fiddler on the Roof and more.
4720 North Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | T: 480.483.1664
Valley Youth Theatre is a non-profit theatre dedicated to helping young people achieve their full potential through meaningful engagement, education and excellence in the performing arts; and one that is consistently providing award-winning shows by this talented young cast.
525 N. 1st Street | Phoenix, AZ 85004 | T: 602.253.8188