Approximately 350 fine artists and crafts persons display and sell their original work amid a street festival atmosphere throughout Downtown Tempe. A beloved, award-winning tradition, the event is the largest festival of its kind in the state of Arizona, hosting as many as 225,000 festival visitors.
Sunshine Artists Magazine (the leading publication for festival artists) ranked the Tempe Festivals of the Arts in the Top 200 fine art and fine craft festivals nationwide, based on artists’ surveys of excellence.
Coming from throughout the country—and around the world—Festival artists’ original works cover the gamut of creative visual categories including painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass, leather, metalwork, fiber, woodwork, mixed media and upcycled.
The Tempe Festival of the Arts features only original work and our original artists are all present on-site to greet festival attendees. NO BUY/SELL PRODUCTS ARE ALLOWED AT THIS FESTIVAL, and if they are discovered the booths will be closed. Works of art range from collector masterpieces to affordable art and craft for enthusiasts on small budgets.
Arizona enjoys a robust tourism market, with both festivals bookending our highest tourism season that includes our valued “snowbird” clientele.
The Tempe Festival of the Arts accepts artists’ applications exclusively through Zapplication (www.zapplication.org). The service is free and easy: go to the Zapp website and follow the instructions for creating your own account. Once you have done that, you’ll receive all of Zapp’s notices for shows throughout the country, including the Tempe Festival of the Arts. The application is currently open for the Spring 2019 event. See all deadlines below.
50th Annual Fall 2018 Festival:
Application Opens - passed
Application Closes - passed
Artists Notified - passed
Deadline to Confirm and Pay - passed
Notified of Booth Location - passed
Final date to cancel and receive refund (less $75 processing fee) - October 19, 2018
Wait List Notification Begins - October 22, 2018
Check-In at Office - November 27 & 28, 2018
Check-In at Festival - November 29, 2018
Festival Dates - November 30-December 2, 2018
42nd Annual Spring 2019 Festival:
Application Opens - passed
Application Closes - October 19, 2018 (late application begins October 1)
Artists Notified - November 5, 2018
Deadline to Confirm and Pay - December 14, 2018
Notified of Booth Location - January 11, 2019
Final date to cancel and receive refund (less $75 processing fee) - February 15, 2019
Wait List Notification Begins - February 18, 2019
Check-In at Office - March 26 & 27, 2019
Check-In at Festival - March 28, 2019
Festival Dates - March 29-31, 2019
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