The Festival features many entertainment opportunities. See below for the various ways that you can get involved with the Tempe Festival of the Arts and showcase your unique performance talent!
Booth Entertainers are stationed throughout the venue to delight our audiences and to provide a welcome and entertaining environment. These entertainers have an item(s) to sell and they are located in a 10x10 booth within the festival. They consist of face painters, palm readers, caricature artists, musicians, etc. They are selected for suitability for performance at an outdoor art festival, and for the quality of entertainment. Booth entertainers set up a 10×10 display and may be asked to perform live a minimum of five (5) 20-minute sets during each day of the festival. Booth entertainers must be present all three days. The Tempe Festival of the Arts selects specific on-site locations for each booth. All instrumentation and sound systems must be provided by the entertainer. Electrical access is not available in all locations.
There are three festival stages within the grounds of the event and many sites for roaming entertainment. These stages offer groups and bands an opportunity to participate with a different entertainment program on each of the three days of the Festival. Criteria for selecting these includes the type of music, sound requirements, pricing, availability, suitability for performance at our outdoor visual art festival, and compatibility with the conduct of the adjacent programming. The Tempe Festival of the Arts provides a PA system and sound tech for all stages. All other instrumentation must be provided by the group. Stage entertainers who sell CDs will share gross revenue with the Festival.
Buskers, or roaming entertainers, include stilt-walkers, jugglers, magicians, vaudevillians, roaming musicians, cirque acts, etc. They are selected for suitability for performance at an outdoor art festival, and for quality of entertainment. All roaming entertainers have the opportunity to participate in a featured 30 minute exclusive performance in Cameo Circle, located at 5th & Mill Avenue, the epicenter of the Festival. The Cameo Circle schedule is based on the number of street entertainers who want to participate and the number of time slots available per day. A basic “plug and play” PA system can be provided. Entertainers who prefer to use their own amplification equipment are responsible for transportation and set up. Other required electronics are the responsibility of the entertainer.
Whether you are looking to busk, perform on a stage, or set up a booth, email Krislyn Powell, Krislyn@downtowntempe.com with a link to your performances.