Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, with social distancing being the way of life for the foreseeable future, locals are figuring out ways to connect and socialize while still socially distancing.
Because of this, the Scottsdale City Council recently approved $50,000 toward funding a drive-in summer concert series at WestWorld, which began with the July 25 Blake Shelton concert.
“R Entertainment and MCulinary, producers of the WestWorld of Scottsdale Drive-In Concert Series have requested a one-year event development agreement with the City of Scottsdale,” according to a report from the City of Scottsdale.
The event series will be held at WestWorld and feature popular entertainment and comedic acts through early September. Each event is expected to welcome 500 cars, averaging about 2,000 attendees each time, according to the City.
“WestWorld of Scottsdale will host a summer concert series in which each performance will be filmed exclusively for a one-night-only event,” according to the City.
The Blake Shelton concert charged an average of $115 per “one passenger car, truck or sport utility vehicle with up to six people (or as many as there are legal seat belts).” Prices may vary for upcoming events.
The Scottsdale Drive-In Concert Series is part of a national series. “Venues hosting these events will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, as well as state and local health mandates,” cites the City.
Some of the safety guidelines include:
• Social distancing guidelines will be mandated.
• Cars will be arranged by vehicle size and height and in accordance to social distancing guidelines and to obtain optimal viewing for all guests.
• Attendees will need to print tickets and bring with them or have them on their phones. There will be no ticket sales on site.
• Attendees may bring chairs and sit outside their vehicle, but will need to stay within their parking space area. Space outside of vehicle may be limited.
• And more, according to WestWorld staff.
To see the complete list of upcoming concerts and events, or for additional information, visit scottsdalesummerconcerts.com.
A More Personalized Drive-In Experience
For locals looking for a smaller outdoor movie experience, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is offering drive-in movies for private groups.
“The drive-in movies will only be available for private events – for example, a birthday party, anniversary, corporate teambuilding, etc.,” explains spokesperson John Glynn.
Those who are interested can visit scottsdaleprincess.com to learn more.