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Tempe Festival of the Arts

One of America's Top 20 Art Festivals. The Tempe Festival of the Arts is really two festivals. One is held during the Fall in early December and another in the Spring during late March. The festivals have been held annually for decades and combined, attract almost 500,000 festival-goers to the Downtown Mill Avenue District. The streets are closed to vehicle traffic during the 3-day weekend events creating a safe, interactive environment for families and people of all ages.

Quality of the festival is top-notch. Art and craft exhibitors are required to only show handmade works specifically created by the exhibitors. Of the over 1,000 applicants, about 400 are chosen to display their creations ranging from ceramics to photography, woodwork and wearable art. Participants compete in 18 different categories for creative awards. With one-of-a-kind creations by over 400 exhibitors, the festivals offer a unique shopping experience. There is a children's area where kids can create their own crafts and able to participate in children's activities.

Much more than an art show. Besides viewing and shopping for unique pieces of handmade art, there is a wide variety of activities and entertainment to enjoy. Food vendors feature over 50 different types of food items and live stages feature music entertainment by local well-known musicians. The high energy atmosphere includes street performers, sponsor exhibits and entertainment booths.

When, where and how. The festivals open at 10:00 AM and end at dusk over 3-day weekends. Admission is free. Held in the Mill Avenue District of Downtown Tempe. Since the area streets are closed to vehicle traffic, parking can become congestive. Arrive early to find the best, closest parking. See this Parking Map which defines public parking in downtown. Consider taking the Metro Light Rail that runs between downtown Phoenix and Mill Avenue. With many boarding stations, park-and-ride places, and debarking right on Mill Avenue near the entrance to the Tempe Art Festival, the Light Rail is convenient and easy. If you are visiting from out of town, consider staying at a Tempe hotel near Mill Avenue.

For Scheduled Dates and more info.

Tempe Festival of the Arts Website

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