It’s going to be perfect weather in March for the Tempe Festival of the Arts.
Each spring and fall, the Tempe Festival of the Arts attracts nearly 225,000 visitors to Downtown Tempe over the course of a 3-day weekend. Make time March 8 – 10, 2024 to experience this festive and FREE event.
Ranking among the Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist website, this festival has also received the prestigious Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association.
What to Expect
One of the most anticipated open-air art events in the Southwest— the Tempe Festival of the Arts has set a standard for quality and variety for over 50 years. The event has become an attraction beyond the art community, with a loyal following for its featured programming that includes a local and regional entertainment lineup, special exhibitions, a food and snack playground, beer and wine gardens, chalk art, kids programming, and more.
This art festival transforms the already charming Downtown Tempe into a three-day celebration of art and community. Participating artists are selected by a rigorous jury process and exhibit a range of work, including painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, glass, fiber, wood, photography, mixed media, and more. This urban fine art festival features visual artists from around the country.
In addition, a section of the festival is dedicated to cottage arts, such as handmade seasonings, soaps, candles, and sauces. There are two stages with live music all three days, a Kids Block section including a K-12 Exhibition, wine + spirits tasting and many other features that make it a festival for the entire family.
For a guide to the Tempe Festival of the Arts, click here.
When and Where
Grab the family and make it a day on Friday, March 8; Saturday, March 9; or Sunday, March 10. Hours are 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM all three days. No entry fee, the Tempe Arts Festival is FREE.
The Tempe Festival of the Arts is located on the city streets of downtown Tempe, on Mill Avenue between 3rd Street and University Parkway, and on 5th Street between Myrtle and Ash Avenue.
For a map of the Tempe Festival of the Arts, click here.
Parking and Public Transportation
For parking in Downtown Tempe, plan on paying around $15 for a parking garage and $2 an hour for a parking meter in the area if you can find one. Click here for map and a list of all parking garages in the area.
Consider public transportation — ride share (like Uber or Lyft), light rail, or city bus to get to the Festival. Click here for details on mass transit options in the area.
For more details on the Tempe Festival of the Arts, click here.