Tempe Festival of the Arts
Tempe Festival of the Arts


Over 375 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 one of the oldest and largest festivals of its kind in the state of Arizona, hosting as many as 250,000 festival visitors.

Sunshine Artist magazine (the leading publication for festival artists) ranks the Tempe Festivals of the Arts in the Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation, based on artists’ surveys of excellence!

Coming from throughout North America —and around the world—Festival artists’ original works cover the gamut of creative visual categories including painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, folk craft, glass, leather, metalwork, wearable art, woodwork, mixed media (2 and 3 dimensional).

The festival features only original art, and our artists are all present on-site to greet festival attendees. Works of art range from collector masterpieces to affordable art and craft for enthusiasts on small budgets.

Emerging Artists - NEW! 

This is a new program as of Fall 2017. These individuals must reside in the state of Arizona and be new to their artistic field. Whether they are right out of school or switching careers later in life, we are hopeful that they will make the visual arts scene more robust and vibrant in our home state. Artists can participate as "Emerging" for a max of two festivals.

2018 Spring Award Winners


Best of Show

Andy Anh Ha
Mixed Media
Los Angeles, CA

Best Booth Display

Crystal Rivera
Long Beach, CA


Colleen Everett
Eagle, CO


Kenneth Fenton
Fruitland, ID

Cottage Edibles & Crafts

Ken Smith
Tempe, AZ

Mixed Media

Joshua Serafin
Huntington Beach, CA

Digital Art

Tony Fowler
Surprise, AZ


Placentia, CA


Haylee McFarland
Whittier, CA


Timm Chapman
Apache Junction, AZ


Doris Namaste Kanz
Yelm, WA


Richard Nelson 
St. Paul, MN 


Scottsdale, AZ


Bozeman, MT


Wolfgang Vaatz
Rio Rico, AZ

Upcycled/Creative Re-Use

Richard Curtner
Cathedral City, CA


Lee Watrous
Freedom, CA


Eddy Crutcher
CRC Woodworks
Queen Creek, AZ


Honorable Mentions

Amber Frigaard, Tila & The Textiles, Fiber
Robert Lococo, Painting
Jeff & Colinne Seemayer, Colors Artwear, Fiber