3/12/2020 9:15 p.m. – The City of Tempe has cancelled all public events and most public meetings through April 2020. For more information, visit the City of Tempe website.
Spring is bursting out all over in Tempe with perfect weather, fragrant citrus blossoms, Cactus League Spring Training and a bunch of fun outdoor events, concerts and festivals. One of Tempe’s biggest, most popular festivals, the Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts, comes to Downtown Tempe Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29, 2020. Admission is free (yay!) and festival hours are 10 a.m, to 5:30 p.m. each day. This festival ranks among the Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation and attracts nearly 225,000 visitors to Downtown Tempe over the course of the 3-days.
Over 375 artists from around the country are selected to display their works of art during festival weekend. Booths will line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets in Downtown Tempe. Artists will display unique, hand-made works include woodworking, photography, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and wearable art.
The Festival of the Arts has more than just beautiful arts and crafts that are on display for three solid days, there are also a ton of fun vendors, activities, sights and sounds that make it a total sensory experience. Other highlights include:
- Street performers, entertainers and buskers scattered throughout the festival
- Live music on three stages
- Two beer and wine gardens and an Arizona wine and spirits tasting
- Kids Block, a hands-on interactive area for young artists on Saturday and Sunday
- The “Young Artist Exhibition” showcasing 300+ student works of art from around the Phoenix Metro area on display and for sale
- Lots of delicious food to purchase in the food court and from food trucks and snack vendors. Off course you’ll find all kinds of yummy eats in the comfortable surroundings of all the great restaurants in Downtown Tempe
- Cottage Edibles and Crafts – There’s also an entire area devoted to the cottage edibles and crafts where you can find ideal gifts for teachers, hostess gifts or goodies for you such as handmade soup mixes, jams, seasonings, salsas, dips, soaps, lotions, aromatherapy and other hand-crafted goodies.
The festival presents well-known local and regional music at multiple locations throughout the event. More than two dozen street entertainers are on-site for your enjoyment. You’ll find henna artists, face painters, musicians, magicians, caricature artists, along with other fun entertainment.
Hayden Station Stage
3rd Street Acoustic Space | Take a seat, relax and enjoy the acoustic sounds and free-spirited vocals, guitarists, drum circle collectives and singer/songwriters from around the Valley.
Unplugged Lounge | Kick your feet up and dig some of the Southwest’s greatest acoustic instrumentalists at the Unplugged Lounge, located smack dab in the middle of the intersection of 5th Street and Mill Avenue.
6th Street Circle | Enjoy the dynamic sounds of Fushico Daiko/Phoenix Taiko Drummers at 6th Street east on Friday and Sunday of the festival for their performances at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.
Street Performers | Don’t miss the array of talented street performers, entertainers and buskers scattered throughout the festival footprint all weekend long.
The Festival of Arts stretches north and south on Mill Avenue from 3rd Street to University Drive and the surrounding side streets between Myrtle and Ash Avenue. Check out the festival map here and plan out your trip!
Recommended parking garages during Festival weekend:
- 201 S. Ash Garage – Located on Ash between 3rd Street and Rio Salado Parkway
- CenterPoint Parking Garage – 730 S. Ash Avenue
- West 6th Parking Garage – 133 W. 6th Street
So, mark your calendar now and don’t miss all the fun in store at Tempe Festival of the Arts. It’s a Tempe classic!
For more information about Tempe events, visit the Tempe Tourism website or call 800-283-6734.