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, with artists who work in painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and many other media.
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.
When is it?
Friday, March 14, 2014: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 15, 2014: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 16, 2014: 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 Festival
Free 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, artist demonstrations, and more.
Imagine Nation, the Festival’s family area, will offer free arts activities, storytelling, dancing and more.
Local food trucks are scheduled to be on hand to provide snacking opportunities, including 180Q, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food, Jamburritos Cajun Grill Express, Luncha Libre, The Maine Lobster Lady, Mamma Toledo’s, Paletas Betty, Pizza People, Satay Hut, Short Leash Hot Dogs, Spice it Up, Taste Rite Gourmet, Tom’s BBQ and Two Fat Guys Grilled Cheese.
Special in 2014
This event will feature the U.S. debut of Happy Rainbow by the Los Angeles-based artist duo FriendsWithYou. This interactive outdoor installation of brightly colored sculptures includes a giant, 40-foot-wide inflatable ‘bounce house’ where people of all ages may play and explore.
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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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All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.