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About The Festival

The Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine and has received the prestigious Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association.

Quality independent artists are fundamental to the success of the event. Each Festival receives more than 500 applications from throughout North America, in 17 different visual arts categories that range from wood to photography to ceramics, wearable art, jewelry, and other categories. From these applicants, a jury comprised of members of the local art community ranks the top artisans in each category to participate in the Festival, and the highest-ranking artists receive invitations to participate. During the Festival, a new jury selects the best overall artist and the top artist in each category and these winners receive cash honoraria awards.

As many as 350 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience.

This is a Dog Friendly Event:

Leashed and well behaved canine companions are more than welcome at Tempe Festival of the Arts. Any dog within the event footprint must be leashed and we ask that no dogs be allowed to wander at the full length of their leash (standard or retractable) in order to not impede the flow of foot traffic or disturb artwork on display.

Motorized Wheelchairs are not available for this event.