60th BirthdayIf you’re planning on going to the city of Scottsdale this year, you’ll be just in time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of an amazing desert town. From its roots as an outpost of Phoenix to its current status as one of the hippest places in Arizona, the city of Scottsdale is an exciting place with tons of great history. In honor of Scottsdale’s 60th birthday, the city is throwing 60 days of fun events through June 25th, 2011. Here are just a few of the exciting things happening in Scottsdale this spring:

  • Arizona Authors and Appetizers. On May 20th, you can join some noted Arizona authors for appetizers and interesting stories. Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander Series, will be there, along with many other great local authors.
  • ArtBridge Thursdays. Pick up a local handcrafted item or piece of art at the ArtBridge marketplace on Thursdays. This is your chance to celebrate while also picking up absolutely unique souvenirs for the people who weren’t lucky enough to join you on your amazing Arizona vacation.
  • Art”ini Thursdays. Enjoy a delicious martini while enjoying the local Scottsdale art scene. You can meet artists and enjoy works from around the area while sipping your favorite cocktail. Take your partner for a romantic evening, or bring along your best friends for a “girls’ night out.”
  • Scottsdale History Tour. Occurring throughout the celebration, this tour will take you through the history of the city of Scottsdale. While the tour is free, you do have to register in advance and seating is limited, so make sure you plan your Scottsdale trip early.
  • ArtWalk. Although the ArtWalk occurs every week, on June 23rd the city of Scottsdale will be hosting a special celebratory event. Enjoy Scottsdale’s art galleries for free during the ArtWalk – bring along the whole family for this great cultural event.
  • Grand Soiree. The grand finale of the Scottsdale birthday celebration happens on June 25th when the city will come together for a huge soiree. Dance the night away and dedicate a toast to the city of Scottsdale at this fun event.

Celebrate the area on your next Scottsdale trip by attending one of these fun anniversary events. Even if you’re not from the area, learning more about the town will help enrich your next Scottsdale trip.