What we’re all been longing for is finally happening.
Here are three Valley reopenings.


This Saturday, September 19, the Phoenix Zoo will reopen, welcoming the public back to roam the 125-acre property and visit its residents who are excited to welcome you back.

The health and safety of the community, guests and staff are of the utmost importance. Therefore, the Zoo developed its reopening plans following recommendations by health organizations as well as local and federal authorities in mind. Operating at a limited capacity each day to allow for social distancing, masks are required for both guests and staff. In addition, an enhanced protocol of cleaning and sanitation is in place with over 50 hand sanitizing stations conveniently located 

During your visit, be sure to enjoy some of your favorite experiences, including Stingray Bay, Camel Rides, the Carousel and Safari Cruiser.

However, for your safety, many encounters and experiences will open at a later date.

Through September Zoo hours are 7 a.m. until noon, with members offered early entry at 6 a.m. In October, the visiting hours return to  the regular schedule, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., with members offered early entry at 8 a.m.

Cruise the Zoo one last time next weekend on September 25, 26 and 27. The Zoo will be closed to foot traffic during those days. For more info, visit


As Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts reconnects patrons to the arts during its 2020–21 season there are myriad changes the public can expect ahead of the Jazz con Alma performance on Saturday, September 26.

Also, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) presents mother and daughter artists Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and Nellie King Solomon in their first joint exhibition, Outside the Frame: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and Nellie King Solomon will be on view when SMoCA reopens at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 3. Free admission will be in place throughout October.

Both artists were trained as architects but were never licensed, which might explain the way they establish rules, grids or frameworks, only to challenge their very existence. At the heart of the pair’s artistic practice lies the confident ability to think and explore beyond the norm, or outside the frame.

These plans to reopen are consistent with ordinances from the city of Scottsdale and Maricopa County, as well as the State of Arizona’s Phased Reopening Model. Additionally, the new policies and protocols follow recommendations from the federal government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Scottsdale Arts Health Advising Team. For more info, visit


The Phoenix Art Museum is pleased to announce that the latest original exhibition by Phoenix Art Museum, Stories of Abstraction: Contemporary Latin American Art in the Global Context, will premiere upon the Museum’s October 1, then re-opening to Members before opening to the public on October 14. 

This groundbreaking exhibition features more than 40 contemporary Latin American paintings, installations, sculptures, and more by some of the most innovative artists working in the region today, in addition to work by American and European modernists such as Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Bridget Riley, and Victor Vasarely.

The Museum is also thrilled to share that work by Phoenix-based artists Liz Cohen, Matt Magee, Rotraut Klein-Moquay, and Geny Dignac will be featured in the exhibition to show how abstraction as a visual language continues to evolve on a global scale, including right here in the Valley of the Sun. 

And, the official premiere of Teresita Fernández: Elemental may have been delayed due to Phoenix Art Museum’s temporary hiatus, but the exhibition’s visually dazzling artworks remain on view. Visit the Museum’s website to get dual-language audio guides, a behind-the-scenes video, exhibition reviews, and so much more. This virtual preview of Elemental will get you good and hyped for the exhibition’s much-anticipated Phoenix debut. For more details, visit