Historic Old Town ESPN Main Street Tailgate
A five day Western-style tailgate party is taking place along Main Street between Scottsdale Road and Brown Avenue in Old Town adjacent to Scottsdale Civic Center from Wed., Feb. 8 through Sun. Feb. 12. In conjunction with ESPN, the event will serve as the backdrop for much of the network’s pre-game coverage of Super Bowl LVII.
The event is daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. – noon, with multiple ESPN productions each day. Throughout the event, guests can enjoy games and live performances from local favorites including The Singing Cowboy Gary Sprague and his trusty steed Dusty. Attendees will also have multiple photo opportunities (including ESPN talent spotting!) — and the chance to make a cameo on live TV.
First Phase of Scottsdale Civic Center Open
The first phase of improvements to Scottsdale Civic Center opened in late January. The entire project will be complete in late March and the city is planning a community celebration in April to showcase the newly renovated public space. Funding for much of the $33.5 million project was approved by Scottsdale voters in the 2019 Bond Election. Construction began in October 2021 and the area has been closed to the public during construction.
The western two-thirds of the project were the first to open in January including the West Paseo from Old Town Scottsdale, West Bowl, 360 Stage, Civic Lawn, and Marshall Gardens. Pedestrian access will be provided across Civic Center from Old Town and the Center for the Performing Arts to the northern City Hall parking lot.
The remainder of Civic Center is expected to be complete in late March 2023. This includes everything east of the Civic Lawn including the City Hall Lagoons, Water and Fog Plaza, Children’s Gardens, and the East Bowl.
Founder’s Day Celebration
The 186th birthday of Scottsdale’s founder Winfield Scott will be celebrated at noon, Fri., Feb. 24, in front of the newly re-opened Little Red Schoolhouse, 7333 E. Scottsdale Mall.
Join the Scottsdale Historical Society, the city of Scottsdale, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Winfield Scott Chapter as they mark this event in the history of our community. For more information, visit scottsdaleaz.gov/events.
How to Ride a Bike Classes for Kids
Is your child struggling to learn how to ride their bike? Scottsdale Parks & Recreation has partnered with REI to bring back their popular Ride a Bike for Kids classes, where kid-friendly instructors guide your child (ages 5 to 11) through their first lesson (possibly the only lesson they’ll need). REI’s fun and unique instruction methods have helped hundreds of kids experience the joy of riding a bike. The fee for residents is $102 and $153 for nonresidents. Visit recreation.scottsdaleaz.gov for available class dates and to register.