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.

2017 Fall Award Winners


Best of Show

Bryan Tubbs
Bryan Tubbs Art
Prescott, AZ

Best Booth Display

Cheryl Kabala
Cheryl Kabalaa Studio
Oro Valley, AZ


Karolina Adams
Chandler, AZ


Scott Palmer
Mesa, AZ


Karen Bell
Quarry Hill LLC
Spring Green, WI

Mixed Media

Ernest Curry 
Curry Works
Dallas, TX

Cottage Edibles & Crafts

Arik Glesne
Bee Chama Honey
Lemitar, NM


Timothy Chapman
Phoenix, AZ

Digital Art

Shawn Harris
Shawn Ray Harris
Trinidad, CO


Kristin Schillaci
Kristin Schillaci Photography
Santa Fe, NM


Michael Sage
Sage Designs
Vancouver, WA


Richard Nelson 
Richard James Nelson
St. Paul, MN 


Shawn Tsai
Shawn Tsai Art Glass
Villa Park, CA


Barry Ferich
Ferric Creations
Las Vegas, NV


Maggie Joyce
Chicago, IL

Upcycled/Creative Re-Use

Brian Magby
Undeveloped Area Farms
Oklahoma City, OK


David Switzer
Harvest Leather Design
Augusta, KS


Jane Markham
Mountain Exotics
Grass Valley, CA 


Natalie Wall
Salt Lake City, UT

People's Choice  

Sean Berton
Sean's Celtic Creations 
Berkeley, CA

Honorable Mentions

Virginia Blakey, Jewelry
Pomm Hepner, Painting
Sondra Wampler, Mixed Media