Drinkwater Boulevard Closure FAQ
How will this closure affect Scottsdale Arts Festival?
During the 2019 Scottsdale Arts Festival the Drinkwater Boulevard Bridge will be closed for reconstruction and improvements. The closure has required Scottsdale Arts to revisit the overall layout of the event. We are working to maintain a wonderful and successful event for all involved and attending. There are two pedestrian bridges that have been constructed to access both sides of the park with ease. Parking has not been affected by this closure. Additional information can be found on Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts webpage.
Is it possible to walk from one side of the Civic Center Mall (Park) to the other side?
Yes. Pedestrians may use the new temporary ADA compliant pedestrian bridge that connects the Scottsdale Civic Center Library to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The Scottsdale Arts Festival takes place on both sides of the park. With the new temporary pedestrian overpass, it is now possible to park on the east side and walk to events on the west side and vice versa.
Is the Festival and temporary pedestrian bridge ADA accessible?
Yes. The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is ADA accessible and the majority of the Scottsdale Civic Center Park is ADA accessible via sidewalks including the new temporary pedestrian bridge that connects the Scottsdale Civic Center Library to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Are all of the businesses in the area open?
Yes, all of the buildings on or around the Civic Center area are open and accessible.
Scottsdale Arts Festival FAQ
Why does the festival charge an entrance fee?
The Scottsdale Arts Festival is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts and the proceeds benefit the programs and arts education initiatives of its four branches — the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Public Art, and Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach.
Where may I park?
There are parking garages on both sides of Drinkwater Boulevard. The parking structure at Wells Fargo Avenue and First Street is still the closest parking for Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, as well as events on the west side of the Civic Center Mall. There is an ADA compliant pedestrian bridge that connects the Scottsdale Civic Center Library to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Our “Visit” page has the festival map and local trolley map for your reference:
Is the festival ADA accessible?
Yes, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is ADA accessible and the majority of the Scottsdale Civic Center Park is ADA accessible via sidewalks.
May I bring chairs and/or blankets to the festival?
You may bring blankets to watch performances or to enjoy the festival from an open spot of your choosing, but please do not bring chairs. The festival has picnic tables, benches, and tables with chairs available for use on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the park.
May I bring in outside food and beverage?
No. Outside food and beverage is not allowed with the exception of water and children’s snacks. The festival has five lemonade stands and three bars that sell a variety of beverages. Food is available at 15+ vendors around the park.
May I bring my pet?
No. Pets are not allowed with the exception of credentialed service-trained animals. Please refer to the list below for pet-sitting facilities in the area. The Scottsdale Arts Festival does not partner with, nor endorse, any of these facilities; they are provided for information only.
Applewood Pet Resort & Spa
6909 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ, 85253: On the south side of Lincoln Drive, west of Scottsdale Road.
Bark N’ Babies – Grooming, Boarding & Day Care
8134 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251: On the north side of Indian School Road, east of Hayden Road.
4380 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251: On the southwest corner of Miller and Camelback roads.
Scottsdale Pet Hotel
2700 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe, AZ, 85281: On the west side of Scottsdale Road, south of McDowell Road.