The beauty of vacations is that they give us time for the finer things in life, and when you visit Scottsdale in May, that includes more than just sleeping in. Scottsdale art galleries are plentiful – there are about 100 in all, and they’re a big part of what makes Scottsdale a top draw for art collectors. Even if you’re more of a serious browser than a serious collector, you’ll appreciate the many galleries and exhibits during your stay here.

ArtBridge – Every Thursday in May, the Marshall Way Pedestrian Bridge turns into ArtBridge. Stop by and stroll among the outdoor displays by local artists and craftspeople. ArtBridge is where Scottsdale art galleries really shine – as does the bridge itself, thanks to all the lovely lights.

ArtWalk – Also every Thursday, “America’s Original ArtWalk” takes place in downtown Scottsdale along Marshall Way and Main Street. During the ArtWalk, Scottsdale art galleries put their best locally produced art on display. You’ll casually stroll the streets and maybe enjoy a bite to eat – and you’ll get a good shot of Southwestern culture to boot. If you’re looking for Scottsdale attractions focused on art, the ArtWalk is a joy.

Spring Butterfly Exhibit – Proving again that there is wonderful art in nature itself, this exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden in nearby Phoenix introduces you to giant swallowtails, great southern whites, painted ladies and more. Walk among them – and if you’re lucky, one might even stop by to say hello. The display is full of butterfly-friendly plants, and a Discovery Zone lets kids get close and really examine the colorful insects.

The Sea – The Phoenix Art Museum’s latest fashion exhibit shows how the ocean has influenced clothing design throughout history. The city of Scottsdale may not be near a large body of water, but you won’t really care when you’ve got the works of Prada or Karl Lagerfeld right there in front of you.

Scottsdale Street Fair – While Scottsdale art galleries specialize in sculptures or paintings, at the Scottsdale Street Fair you’ll find the sort of art that goes great with funnel cakes and cheese fries. But who’s complaining? On Sundays at the Pavilions at Talking Stick, vendors offer flowers, arts and crafts and other desirable home items and gifts. Plus, there’s always entertainment.

Believe it or not, Scottsdale once feuded with another Arizona town over which one really deserved the slogan “The West’s Most Western Town.” Nowadays, Scottsdale is more like a “desert version of Miami’s South Beach,” as the New York Times recently said. Scottsdale art galleries are renowned across the Southwest, and when you visit Scottsdale in May, you’ll experience the best of street art and fine art alike. You’ll find it all in one month – heck, in one weekend – of your visit here.