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Scottsdale Culinary Festival FAQ

Will there be a festival in 2023?

Unfortunately, this event will not be returning in 2023 due to ongoing construction at Scottsdale Civic Center.

We are looking forward to bringing a diverse variety of events to the newly renovated Civic Center in the near future.

Why does the festival charge an entrance fee?

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts and part of the proceeds benefit the programs and arts education initiatives of its four branches—Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Public Art, and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation.

Where may I park?

There are parking garages on both sides of Drinkwater Boulevard. The parking structure at Wells Fargo Avenue and 2nd Street is the closest parking for Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the west side of Scottsdale Civic Center Park. The structure near the Scottsdale Civic Center Library at Drinkwater Boulevard and 2nd Street is the closest parking for the east side of the park.

Our “Visit” page has the festival map and local trolley map for your reference:

Is the festival ADA accessible?

Yes, 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.

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 Culinary Festival does not partner with, nor endorse, any of these facilities; they are provided for information only.

Applewood Pet Resort & Spa

6909 E Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253: On the south side of Lincoln Drive, west of Scottsdale Road.

Phone: 480-596-1190

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.

Phone: 480-860-2224

PetSmart PetsHotel

4380 N Miller Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251: On the southwest corner of Miller and Camelback roads.

Phone: 480-429-4519

Scottsdale Pet Hotel

2700 N Scottsdale Road, Tempe, AZ 85281: On the west side of Scottsdale Road, south of McDowell Road.

Phone: 480-947-9636

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