When summer fades and the temperatures start too cool down, people awake from hibernation and their safely air conditioned cars and apartments to enjoy Arizona's best time of year.
A perfect way to enjoy Scottsdale's outdoor space is to stroll around Old Town Scottsdale. Make your way down 5th Avenue past all of the local shops, people watch down Marshall Way and be sure to gallery hop along Main Street.
Every Thursday evening between 7pm and 9pm member galleries from Scottsdale's Gallery Association open their doors to the public and showcase the amazing work of local and Southwestern artists. At your leisure you can wander local galleries featuring traditional paintings, sculptures, ceramic pieces, and more.
Most often they will have live music and you may even get to meet one of the many featured artists. Once you get tired of walking you can hop on the conveniently located Scottsdale trolley.
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Downtown's 5th Avenue District
You’ll know when you’ve crossed over from SouthBridge into Scottsdale’s 5th Avenue District when you spot Bob Park’s famous Horse Fountain, one of the city’s most-photographed landmarks. There’s more to 5th Avenue than just shopping; many of Scottsdale’s best restaurants, bars and clubs are also nearby. But the cute and kitschy shops are one of my favorite things. Celebrations in Paper is the kind of place I could drop stacks in, and Classy Jazzy is actually a lot cooler than it sounds. The women’s boutique sells trendy dresses, tops and accessories. There’s a high concentration of jewelry shops along 5th Avenue, too.