It’s a leap year, and while they may not have added an extra day to February simply to accommodate all of the happenings in the city of Scottsdale this month, that’s definitely going to be necessary at some point down the line. Be thankful, though, because when you visit Scottsdale this year – whether you’re into music, history, art or even fashion – you’ve got one extra day to check out all these great events.
Parada del Sol Parade: The “world’s largest horsedrawn parade” kicks off the events of Parada del Sol, a month-long celebration in the city of Scottsdale. The parade itself (on February 11th) features over 150 entries and runs north up Scottsdale Road. Immediately after the parade, be sure to check out the Trail’s End Celebration & Block Party in Old Town Scottsdale, which features food, games and pony rides for the kids.
22nd Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest: The grace, precision and athleticism of the top Native American hoop dancers in the world will be on display at the Heard Museum February 11th & 12th. Come watch an amazing piece of live Southwestern history while you sample delicious Native American food.
Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: The 2010 Grammy Winners for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble” visit the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 24th. Hailed as one of the jazz world’s young giants, Irvin Mayfield and his 16-piece band will get you swinging in your seat as they carry the traditions of New Orleans jazz into the 21st century.
Childhelp Wings 2012 Up, Up & Away Fashion Show: If you have a passion for fashion, you’ll want to grab tickets to this incredible fundraiser at the Camelback Inn on February 26th. Members of the Childhelp/Wings team will strut their stuff on the runway at this luncheon and fashion show, and later there’ll be raffles for some really great prizes. All proceeds go to Childhelp, a nonprofit organization that helps abused and neglected children in the Scottsdale area.
Twenty-nine days might not even be enough to take in all the great events in Scottsdale this February. We didn’t even mention the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival or the Scottsdale Arabian Horse show. If you don’t get a chance to visit this month, you’ll have another shot next winter when (we hope) the state legislature abandons both the Mountain time zone and the Gregorian calendar in order to accommodate all the fun February happenings in the city of Scottsdale.