What to do in Scottsdale during Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2020

By Olivia Anderle July 08, 2019

To kick off the New Year, hundreds of thousands of automobile fans will travel to Scottsdale, Arizona for the first Barrett-Jackson Auction of 2020. From January 11-19, Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2020 will take place at Westworld of Scottsdale.

It’s never too early to start planning your trip to Scottsdale. Here are a few of our recommendations:

Old Town Scottsdale

More Cars!

If the thousands of unique, sought-after cars at the Barrett-Jackson auction still aren’t enough, here are three more automobile-related activities for you:

Penske Racing Museum

7125 E Chauncey Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85054

Explore even more cars at the Penske Racing Museum! This two-story, free of charge museum houses an extraordinary collection of cars, trophies and racing memorabilia. You can find many of the signature winning Penske Racing cars here. 

Octane Raceway

9119 E Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Start the New Year by putting the pedal to the metal at Octane Raceway. Octane Raceway is the only full-time indoor and outdoor racing track in North America. Take the 45+ mph karts for a spin on the raceway’s 1/3-mile track.

Arizona Outdoor Fun

35972 Old Black Canyon Hwy, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324

Take an expert-guided ATV/UTV tour at Arizona Outdoor Fun. Go through the desert to the Bradshaw Mountains or travel through old canyons and across the Agua Fria River. No matter which route you go on, you’ll get lost in the stunning colors and views. Arizona Outdoor Fun is about 50 minutes from Scottsdale and a reservation is required, so plan ahead for this adventure!

Scottsdale Fashion Square

7014 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Shop ‘til you drop in Arizona’s largest mall: Scottsdale Fashion Square. With some of fashion’s biggest names (Nordstrom, Gucci, Louis Vuitton), this upscale shopping mall will wow you! Scottsdale Fashion Square ranks in the top 30 largest malls in the country, so make sure to wear your walking shoes.

Old Town Scottsdale

Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

There is plenty to do in Old Town Scottsdale: shopping at the boutiques, exploring the historic district or eating at the many restaurants. Enjoy Mexican Cuisine at the Old Town Tortilla Factory or splurge on desserts at the Sugar Bowl, a delicious ice cream shop. You can also dine at Citizen Public House and enjoy a chopped salad so famous that it has its own Facebook page!

Comedy Spot

7117 E 3rd Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Enjoy a show in downtown Scottsdale. Get some good laughs at the Comedy Spot, the only comedy club in Scottsdale and the longest running in Arizona.

Talking Stick Resort

9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Have some fun at the Talking Stick Resort and Casino. Attend a show, game in the casino, relax at the spa or play 36 holes of golf. There is no way you could ever be bored at the Talking Stick Resort!

Lorill Equestrian Center

30208 N 152nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Do you want to know what it’s like to be a real-life cowboy? If you answered yes, then you should attend Arizona Cowboy College at the Lorill Equestrian Center. Learn Western, English horsemanship skills and ranching techniques through Arizona Cowboy College’s “classes.”

Singh Farms

1490 E Weber Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

Any morning from 9 am to 1 pm, indulge at Singh Farms, a fresh produce market. Alongside organic fruit and vegetables, you’ll find delicious homemade, whole-grain bread, muffins, cinnamon buns and different types of preserves too.

Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale

Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale

4225 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

If the name “Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale” doesn’t intrigue you, what will? This chocolate experience will take you to some of Scottsdale best sources of chocolate, featuring six bakeries and chocolatiers. The best part: you get to taste-test on this tour! As you walk through the Scottsdale’s Old Town, you will get to snack. If you don’t finish all your chocolate delicacies, you get a to-go bag too!

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

7301 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Take a break from cars and learn more about trains at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. With a railroad museum, a Magma Arizona railroad locomotive and gauge railroads on display, this 40-acre park has a lot to offer. Located in the heart of Scottsdale and featuring kid-friendly activities, the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is a great destination for everyone. 

For the Family

The Barrett-Jackson Auction is a week-long event. Make it a family vacation before the kid’s have to go back to school! Here are some family-friendly, fun activities:

MacDonald’s Ranch

26540 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

MacDonald’s Ranch is perfect for all ages! Offering guided horseback rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, there’s a lot to do at MacDonald’s Ranch. There are even pony rides for the little cowboy and cowgirls!

Butterfly Wonderland

9500 East Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Surround yourself with the beauty of nature at Butterfly Wonderland. Housing thousands of butterflies, Butterfly Wonderland is an indoor, interactive rainforest habitat. Other fun activities include aquatic feedings and face painting. The Butterfly Wonderland is open 365 days a year, so your visit can fit into any day of your trip to Scottsdale!

Glow Putt Mini Golf

9160 E Shea Blvd #110, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Rainy day? Glow Putt Mini Golf is an indoor safari jungle themed golf course that glows in the dark! The 18-hole course is lit with special UV lighting with the golf balls glowing too! This is a fun activity for everyone in the family.

Downtown Phoenix


Drive 30 minutes west of Scottsdale and you’ll hit Phoenix, the capital of Arizona. Known as the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix is home to high-end spa resorts, Camelback Mountain, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, a vibrant nightlife scene and more!

Be a VIP at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2020

Top off your time in Arizona by attending Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale as a VIP. An Official Ticket Package from Barrett-Jackson VIP Experiences features premium hospitality, Auction Block Tours, tickets to the Opening Night Gala and more. Click the link below to choose your Official Ticket Package!

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