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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Free Entry
/ Feb

Free Entry

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale Civic Center Park, Fountain Stage
Scottsdale, AZ
12:00 pm
Free Admission / Free Event

Scottsdale Civic Center Park, Fountain Stage


La Gran Fiesta!
A Celebration of Latin and Hispanic Cultures
Headliner: The Villalobos Brothers
Sponsored by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

La Gran Fiesta showcases live Latin music and dance, arts and crafts, fun activities for families, delicious cuisine and more. Highlights include a free concert with Mexico’s acclaimed Villalobos Brothers, known for their original compositions and arrangements masterfully blending and celebrating the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music.
Guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of great entertainment.

Noon – 4 p.m.

One of the premier performing-arts halls in the western United States, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts showcases a diverse season of music, dance, theater, comedy and film from around the world. Each year, the Center presents hundreds of events that entertain and inspire – from live performances and educational programs to community celebrations and major festivals.

The Center is among the most important projects of Arizona architect Bennie Gonzales, who designed the 1975 adobe-inspired building as part of the Scottsdale Civic Center. A major renovation in 2009 by Scottsdale architect John Douglas modernized the Center’s main entrance and interiors.

The Center’s spacious Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium welcomes visitors and features the Patron Services Box Office, Store, ArtReach Space and young@ART gallery. Works of art on view include Kana Tanaka’s radiant glass sculpture, Spirit of Camelback (2009), commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art.

The Center is located on a beautifully landscaped, 21-acre urban park, a short walk from Scottsdale’s Old Town and gallery districts. The park is the setting for the award-winning Scottsdale Arts Festival in addition to many other events.

Nearby attractions include Robert Indiana’s iconic Love sculpture and Louise Nevelson’s Windows to the West as well as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), which was designed by architect Will Bruder and includes James Turrell’s Knight Rise skyspace and James Carpenter’s Scrim Wall, both commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art.