Living in Scottsdale: Summertime Family Fun Activities

Summer break is winding down and people look for things to do locally.  This is a good time to get the whole family together and explore your community before school starts up again. It may be hot, but there’s tons of fun to be had in Scottsdale during the warmer months. From community events to desert adventures, we’re sharing our favorite Summer activities in Scottsdale!

Scottsdale ArtWalk

Scottsdale ArtWalk is a long-standing tradition in the community. The ArtWalk takes place every Thursday from 6:30pm – 9pm, in Downtown Scottsdale’s art district. The event gives everyone the opportunity to explore local galleries and artists, while enjoying refreshments, music, carriage rides and more.


There’s no shortage of great shopping in Scottsdale, and it’s a great way to beat the heat while finding something special!  Explore local boutiques in Old Town, popular department stores in Scottsdale Fashion Square or unique gift shops in Cave Creek and Carefee. Plus, there are fabulous restaurants around the city to grab a bite in between stores!

Outdoor Adventure Scottsdale

The Northeast Valley has plenty of trails for every fitness level to explore the breath-taking Sonoran Desert. Popular trails include Pinnacle Peak Park and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  Horseback riding is another fantastic summertime activity the whole family is sure to love. MacDonald’s Ranch offers guided horseback rides that let you experience the beauty of the Sonoran Desert in an unforgettable way. Go early in the morning.  Don’t forget to wear a hat and bring plenty of water!

Scottsdale Library

The Scottsdale Library hold numerous events during the summer for both children and teens. It’s a great way for you to meet other families in the area and make new friends! Visit the Scottsdale Library website to see a full list of upcoming events.

There’s a ton of things to do all around the valley.  Keep checking our blog as we share tips and info for locals and visitors.

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