Tempe Festival of the Arts
Tempe Festival of the Arts

Spring 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 henna artists, face painters, musicians, magicians, caricature artists, along with other fun entertainment.

Live Music Stages

Hayden Square Stage

11:00a Poster Wall
1:15p Grant Ferguson
3:30p Seth Loveless Band
11:00a Walt Richardson
1:15p Arizona Entertainment Hall of Fame
3:30p Aunt B
11:00a Vintage Wednesday
1:15p The Mojo Farmers
3:30p Donnie Dean Band

Centerpoint Stage

11:00a Obadiah Parker & the Hallowed Ground
1:15p Holly Pyle & House of Stairs
3:30p Breakup Shoes
11:00a Bohemian Insurgence
1:15p The Solomon Trio
3:30p Mel Bridges
11:00a TRIAD
1:15p Blaine Long & Rosas del Rey
3:30p The Robby Roberson Band

Unplugged Lounge - NEW!

Kick your feet up and dig some of the Southwest’s greatest acoustic instrumentalists at the Unplugged Lounge, located smack dab in the middle of the intersection of 5th Street and Mill Avenue. Unplugged Lounge offers plenty of seats and shade to take in legendary guitar work by the likes of recording artists John Calvert, Boneyard’s Carole Pellatt, Grammy nominee William Eaton, the Petrichor Duo, Stan Sorenson, plus harpist Gieselle Tambe-Ebot and others…

Songwriter's Space - NEW!

The festival's new Songwriter's Space, located on 5th Street just 2 blocks east of Mill Avenue, will feature many of the Valley's top singer-songwriters. Tune in to acoustic folk and rock sounds from the likes of Eric Ramsey, Mikel Lander of the Sugar Thieves, Serena Nicolle, 76th Street, Mark Zubia of The Pistoleros and more...

Street Performers

Featured Street Performers

Enjoy dozens of amazing musical and performing arts experiences throughout the footprint of the Tempe Festival of the Arts, including the Spring Festival's main attraction, Sankofa. Catch this colorful African dance group and its amazing stilt walker parading along Mill Avenue at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm daily. 

Street Entertainers and Buskers 

Don't miss the array of talented street performers, entertainers and buskers scattered throughout the festival footprint all weekend long. Featured entertainers include Vertical Fix's artistic aerial acrobatics suspended above the crowd at the intersection of Mill Avenue and 6th Street, and Conder Dance Company's dramatic dances atop tiny elevated stages planted at Mill Avenue and 7th Street. 

Bluegrass Camp with Jam Pak - Contagiously fun bluegrass by the award-winning children's music group and other | Mill Avenue, N of 3rd Street

Bob Culbertson - "Master of the Stick" with soothing sounds | Mill Avenue, N of 7th Street

Nancy Kartoon - Fun face-painting for the kiddos | Kids Block, 6th Street W of Mill Avenue

Don Evenson - Get a caricature of the whole family | Mill Avenue, S of 6th Street

Henna Shoppe - Henna art from one of Downtown Tempe's favorite shops | Mill Avenue near Valley Art 

Captain Squeegee - Fun roaming musicians | Kids Block, 6th Street W of Mill Avenue

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