"Art Walk the Line" at the Fiesta Bowl Art Walk in Scottsdale
Holding more than 40 statewide events, the weeks leading up to the battle between Baylor University and University of Central Florida Wednesday, January 1, at the 43rd annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl are the ultimate pre-game.
Courtesy Scottsdale Art Walk
There are the known highlights, of course. The anticipated and always colorful Fiesta Bowl Parade takes over central Phoenix at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 28, snaking traffic between Central Avenue and Seventh Street for the handful of Phoenicians not in attendance. The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, itself a 25-year tradition, pits Kansas State and Michigan against each other at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe the same day.
There are parties, both pre- and post-game. An elected queen and her court. A Fiesta Bowl-sponsored youth football clinic; a Fiesta Bowl-sponsored aerospace challenge. A half-marathon. A senior tennis tournament. And an art walk.
Though the latter seems a little out of place, the Scottsdale Gallery Association's Fiesta Bowl Art Walk has been a crowd-pleaser for locals and snowbirds alike for 16 years -- proof positive that on the Venn Diagram of hobbies and interests, sports and the arts are not mutually exclusive.
The event, essentially a tour of the Scottsdale Arts District, is a large-scale version of the Gallery Association's Thursday night art walks. That itself is a 30-year tradition that has gained popularity thanks to great weather and intriguing art from both undiscovered native artists and popular national shows.
Titled "Art Walk the Line," enthusiasts and collectors can get their fix before the big game from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday, December 28. The event includes live music, artist demonstrations, and dining at the district's many restaurants.