Look, learn, play and create with these free family-friendly activities and events.

Sketching in the Galleries
First Thursdays, through January 2017, 6–8 p.m.         This event is closed. Future dates TBD.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Free admission

One of the most effective ways to observe art is to draw it. Set some time aside each month to sketch original artworks in the Museum. Bring a sketchbook and pencils, sit next to your favorite artworks and learn about the aesthetics of contemporary art. No experience necessary and all ages welcome.

Canal Convergence
Feb. 23–26, 2017
Scottsdale Waterfront

Scottsdale Public Art and Salt River Project present Canal Convergence Art + Water + Light. This annual event offers interactive artworks by local and international artists, hands-on activities, live music and performances at the Scottsdale Waterfront between Scottsdale and Goldwater roads.

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47th Scottsdale Arts Festival
March 10–12, 2017
Scottsdale Civic Center Park
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Long recognized as one of the top art fairs in America, this weekend-long celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts features 175 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and Canada, continuous live music and entertainment on two stages, local gourmet food trucks, interactive art experiences, creative activities for kids at the Imagine Nation family area, free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and more.

Visit ScottsdaleArtsFestival.org for more information.

OrigiNation: A Festival of Native CulturesOrigiNation
March 26, 2017, Noon – 4 p.m.
Scottsdale Civic Center Park

An educating and entertaining afternoon celebrating the cultures of France and Arizona. Enjoy live music, interactive workshops, arts and crafts, hands-on family activities, a French market, food and more.


SMoCA Family Mix:Tinkering with Technology
Sunday, May 7, 2017, Noon – 3 p.m.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Free admission

Parents, give your kids a chance to teach you what they know about technology! Exciting demonstrations and makerspace activities will make this family event something everyone will enjoy. Art, science and make-and-take projects, all for free–don’t miss it!