Tempe Festival of the Arts
Tempe Festival of the Arts

Fall Festival Entertainment

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 stilt walkers, face painters, musicians, magicians, caricature artists, along with other fun entertainment.

Live Music Stages

Hayden Square Stage

11:00a Josh West
1:15p The Hourglass Cats
3:30p Shawn Johnson Band
11:00a Walt Richardson
1:15p Cross Town Players
3:30p Breakdown
11:00a The Effects
1:15p Muno Barz
3:30p Outside the Line

Centerpoint Stage

11:00a Bossa Brazil
1:15p Ioannis Goudelis Trio
3:30p Black Forest Society
11:00a Jeanne Newhall with Mary Petrich
1:15p Fred Forney Quartet
3:30p Joel Robin Quartet feat. Delphine Cortez
11:00a Dmitri Matheny Quintet
1:15p The Blaise Lantana Band
3:30p Dennis Rowland with Diana Lee

ASU Music Lounge

10:00a Gabe Lehrer
12:00p Deb and Jai
2:00p Josh Bierman
4:00p Desert Dixie
10:00a Kathryn Collins
12:00p The Wilders
2:00p Haley Green
4:00p Shawn Johnson
10:00a Trey Odum
12:00p Patrick and Emily
2:00p The Brothers Too
4:00p Wesley Skinner

Unplugged Lounge - NEW!

Kick your feet up and dig some of the area's greatest acoustic guitarists at our new Unplugged Lounge located smack dab in the middle of the intersection of 5th Street and Mill Avenue. Formerly called "Cameo Circle", Unplugged Lounge offers plenty of seating and shade to take in the legendary guitar from area artists, John Calvert, William Eaton, Scotty Spenner, Stan Sorenson and many others.

ASU Ceramics Research Center

We are lucky to have the ASU Ceramics Research Center located in our downtown and grateful for all the ways they partner with us at Tempe Festival of the Arts!  Want to see demos and roll your sleeves up yourself?  Here are all the ways to engage with Ceramics Research Center ...

  • Check them out at Kids Block on 6th Street, they will have whirligig toys for kids to paint and a Community Clay Garden.
  • Visit them at the CRC in the Brickyard, just steps off Mill Avenue, and paint two star ornaments - one for their holiday tree and one to take home
  • Watch live demonstrations at the intersection of 7th and Mill throughout the festival

Street Performers

Bluegrass Camp with Jam Pack - Contagiously fun pickin' and grinnin'

Bob Culbertson - Master of the Stick

Don Evenson - Caricatures for the whole family

Henna Shoppe - Henna art from a local merchant 

Inka Gold - Native musical sounds return

Nancy Kartoon - Fun face painting for the kids 

The Fridas by Cultural Coalition - Beautifully costumed ladies representing Frida Kahlo 

If you are interested in performing at the festival, please take a look at our Entertainer Information page.