With its world-renowned museums and numerous galleries, the city of Scottsdale is certainly known for its dedication to the arts. Nowhere is that love more apparent than at the annual Scottsdale Arts Festival. This year’s festival will be held at the Scottsdale Civic Center Park the weekend of March 9th through the 11th, and it promises to be a favorite for the whole family. Here are just a few reasons you’ll want to attend this incredible Scottsdale attraction.

Scottsdale Art FestivalThe Artists: Almost 200 of the country’s top artistic talents – from as far away as New England and as close as the city of Scottsdale – will feature their work at this year’s festival. Each artist is selected by a jury and must be invited, making the Scottsdale Arts Festival one of the most exclusive festivals in the country. Whether you love traditional canvas, charcoal drawings, pastels, ceramics, handmade jewelry, glasswork or sculpture, these amazing pieces will definitely make an impression.

The Entertainment: The air will be filled with music all weekend long. Twenty-one great local bands will entertain the crowds from two separate stages with bluegrass, folk, Spanish, swing, blues, country and more. Also watch for a special Sunday dance performance by students from four local high schools.

The Food: What’s a festival without incredible food? This year’s festival will once again feature mobile eateries from 12 local establishments. Whether your stomach is rumbling for quesadillas, barbecue, wood-fired pizza or a cool, healthy smoothie, you won’t go hungry at the Scottsdale Arts Festival.

The Workshops: Don’t let the Arts Festival become something that simply happens around you. Become a part of it by delving into any of the exciting workshops offered throughout the weekend. Whether your interest is visual journaling or drawing with thread, make sure to pounce on this opportunity to learn a new skill from an expert teacher.

As far as Scottsdale attractions go, the 42nd Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival is a must for anyone who lives or vacations in the Valley of the Sun. Fine art, delicious food and fun music will light up the city of Scottsdale this March. Don’t miss out on one of the great events of the year.