Tempe Festival of the Arts
Tempe Festival of the Arts


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.  Then next application process will be for the Fall 2018 show and will open May 1, 2018.

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Important Dates:

41st Annual Spring 2018 Festival:
Application Opens - date passed
Application Closes - date passed
Artists Notified - date passed
Deadline to Confirm and Pay - date passed
Notified of Booth Location - date passed
Final date to cancel and receive refund (less $75 processing fee) - date passed
Check-In at Office - March 20 & 21, 2018
Check-In at Festival - March 22, 2018
Festival Dates - March 23-25, 2018

50th Annual Fall 2018 Festival:
Application Opens - May 1, 2018
Application Closes - July 31, 2018 (late application begins July 1)
Artists Notified - August 6, 2018
Deadline to Confirm and Pay - September 14, 2018
Notified of Booth Location - October 5, 2018
Final date to cancel and receive refund (less $75 processing fee) - November 1, 2018
Check-In at Office - November 27 & 28, 2018
Check-In at Festival - November 29, 2018
Festival Dates - November 30-December 2, 2018

Artisan Resources

Load-In Instructions

2018 Spring Festival Map

Useful Numbers/Businesses in Tempe

Transaction Privilege Tax Form - Non Arizona Businesses (Use this form to apply for a temporary business license if you are coming from another state)

Transaction Privilege Tax Form - Arizona Businesses (Use this form to add Tempe to your business license if you are already licensed in Arizona)

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