Musician at Scottsdale Arts FestivalIf you’re looking for art events in Phoenix, it really doesn’t get any better than the Scottsdale Arts Festival. Now entering its fifth decade, this annual event is one of the best in the Phoenix art scene. Held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts from March 11 – 13, the 41st Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival includes both local and nationally-renowned artists. Here are just a few of the fun events taking place at this year’s festival:

  • Online art auction. View the art in person, then head to the web to bid on your favorite pieces. The online art auction features works of art from many different mediums, from sculpture to mixed-media pieces. You can place and track your bids throughout the festival by visiting the website.
  • Art marketplace. If auctions aren’t your thing, you can purchase works directly from the artists at the art marketplace, featuring over 200 artists from Scottsdale art galleries and across the country. Past marketplaces have included traditional art pieces, jewelry, blown glass objects, ceramics and pieces for the home. This is truly the finest Scottsdale shopping you’ll find.
  • Interactive children’s area. The Scottsdale Arts Festival is a family-friendly event, featuring fun and creative make-and-take projects for children. This year’s theme is Look at Books, so children can discover how reading and art relate, as well as make projects related to some of their favorite books.
  • Live music. Take a break from the visual arts by enjoying live music. Some of Phoenix’s best bands show up at the art festival to perform live music.
  • Visit Scottsdale art galleries. With your festival admission, you can also visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for free, further enhancing your art experience. Scottsdale art galleries are some of the best in the country.
  • Cuisine and wine tastings. Some of the best restaurants and wineries have booths at the Scottsdale Arts Festival, and you can enjoy their tasty treats throughout the event.

Admission to the festival is $7 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 12. You can park for free, or take the new trolley straight to the festival. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor area around the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts as you enjoy the Scottsdale Arts Festival.