Thousands of people will converge on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall for a three day festival packed with entertainment, art, crafts, interactive activities, artist demonstrations, and more. Springtime in Scottsdale means it's time for the Scottsdale Arts Festival.
What is the Scottsdale Arts Festival?The Scottsdale Arts Festival is held each March. As Scottsdale's oldest arts festival (it began in 1971), the Festival draws 40,000 visitors in a weekend and is routinely ranked as one of the best art festivals in the nation. Proceeds from the Scottsdale Arts Festival help support the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' education and community outreach programs.
New in 2013: an interactive art installation by Baltimore artist Scott Pennington entitled Pink and Blue Dilemma: The Foam Incident. Visitors will play with water-based soap suds that spill from a colorful factory as pink-and-blue-clad ‘technicians’ attempt to contain the flood of bubbles. ‘Foam incidents’ will occur five times a day and last for about 30 minutes.
When is it?Friday, March 8, 2013: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, 2013: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 10, 2013: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where is it?The Festival takes place at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, which is located in Old Town Scottsdale next to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
There are four entrances to the Scottsdale Arts Festival:
Gate 1 is inside the main (west) entrance of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts at 7380 E. Second Street
Gate 2 is on the west side of the Saguaro Hotel
Gate 3 is on 75th Street, east of Drinkwater Blvd. and South of 1st Avenue
Gate 4 is in front of the Scottsdale Public Library
Parking at the Scottsdale Arts FestivalFree parking is available:
1 - in the garage located west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and directly behind Los Olivos restaurant on Wells Fargo Avenue.
2 - at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue
3 - in the library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.
The Downtown Scottsdale Trolley will also get you there.
How do I get tickets and how much are they?You can get tickets at the gate on the day of the event or in advance, online.
Adults: $8 for each day
Two-Day Pass: $12
Students: $5 (not available online)
Children 12 and under: free
Members of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: free
Are discounts available?Not that I know of.
What else should I know?No pets are allowed. There will be nearly 200 exhibitors, live music on two stages, hands-on activities for children, artist demonstrations, and more.
Local food trucks are scheduled to be on hand to provide snacking opportunities, including The Grilled Cheese Truck, Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food, Jamburritos Cajun Grill Express, Luncha Libre, The Maine Lobster Lady, Mojo Bowl, Paletas Betty, Short Leash Hot Dogs, Spice it Up, Taste Rite!, Tom’s BBQ and Whiskey Ranch Wood-Fired Pizzas.
Do you have pictures?Yes! Enjoy this Scottsdale Arts Festival photo gallery.
What if I have more questions?For more information, contact the Scottsdale Arts Festival at 480-874-4686 or visit the Scottsdale Arts Festival online .
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