This weekend is themed “art” as it is now overloaded with more than 400 artists from 27 different states here for the annual Tempe Festival of the Arts! Taking place in the Mill Avenue District, this free, three-day celebration (Friday–Sunday) of “fine art and funky crafts” also features an array of live entertainers you and the whole family will love.
Bands to provide the tunes include the Stu Siefer Combo, the Pete Pancrazi Trio and the ASU Jazz Combo with Mike Kocour. Keep your eyes out for the festival’s street performers, jugglers, magicians and face painters; and bring your filled wallets as all items at the show are for sale.
Parking: Organizers suggest using Metro Light Rail, as there is a station at Third Street and Mill Avenue, however the festival will provide several garges and lots near the event.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. until dusk and is bounded by Third Street on the north, Myrtle Avenue on the east, University Drive on the south and Ash Avenue on the west.
About The Tempe Festival of the Arts: The Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 20 art festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist and has received the Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association. The spring and fall events each attract nearly 250,000 visitors to the Mill Avenue District over the course of a 3-day weekend.
Each year, the Festival receives more than 1,000 applications from artists across the country. From these applicants, a jury comprised of members of the local art community selects the top artisans in each category to participate in the Festival. During the Festival, a new jury then selects the best overall artist and the top artist in each category.
Participants are separated into 18 different artistic categories for judging, ranging from woodwork to photography to ceramics and even wearable art. More than 400 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience.
For more information please visit tempefestivalofthearts.com.