Scottsdale will celebrate western history with a week-long series of activities and events

PHOENIX — Scottsdale will celebrate the city’s rich Western history with a week-long series of activities and events.

There are more than 15 activities for people throughout Western Week, which runs from Saturday through February 6, such as parades, Native American festivals, live music, tours, workshops, presentations and museum exhibits.

The complete list of events is available online.

The majority of the iconic attractions take place at the end of the week-long celebration, such as the 64th annual Hashknife Pony Express arrival which will bring with it over 20,000 pieces of mail when it takes place Feb. 4 at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Native American music, line dancers, hoop dancers and royalty are also part of the event.

It is the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world, according to the official website.

The 68th Annual Parada Del Sol Historic Parade and Trail’s End Festival will follow on February 5.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. and continues until noon with the route running from Drinkwater Boulevard along Scottsdale Road before ending at Brown Avenue and Indian School Road.

The festival, which will be a Western-style block party with a children’s area, food trucks, merchandise vendors and several stages for live entertainment, follows the parade through the Old Town district and runs until at 16.

People can also shop for traditional arts and crafts while enjoying live entertainment and food at the Arizona Indian Festival in the Old Town district from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 5 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 6. The event serves as a celebration of the 22 native Indian communities in the state.

The Arizona Native Edible Experience is another option to attend on February 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Western Museum, where attendees have the chance to sample traditional and fusion dishes prepared by Native American chefs.

In addition to larger events, people can also take advantage of free admission to the Western Museum on February 4 and 5.

The week-long event started in 2017.

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