Posted by: Patrick
March 6, 2014
The Tempe Festival of the Arts is one of – if not the most – popular event in Tempe. Our office receives many phone calls every year with questions about it. I know for a fact that people travel from near and far every year to Tempe to walk around and enjoy the three-day weekend when the Tempe Festival of the Arts is taking place. Needless to say, the Tempe Festival of the Arts is a big deal.
Personally, I love the Tempe Festival of the Arts and will admit to the millions of people reading this blog that it’s my favorite Tempe event. As a kid, I loved to draw and was voted the second best “drawer” in my grade, a distinguished honor that I’m proud of even today. So needless to say, art has always had a special place in my heart.
I think one of the best things about the Tempe Festival of the Arts is it has something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you love oil on canvas, watercolors, wood carving, metal work, photography, ceramics or jewelry because they have it all. Some of the work I’ve seen is absolutely incredible and has left me wondering why I’m seeing it in the middle of Mill Avenue instead of in a museum.
From March 28-30, the Tempe Festival of the Arts is back in town. It’s been ranked by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of the best art festivals in the country – which helps explain why over 225,000 people visit the Tempe Festival of the Arts over a three-day weekend.
In addition to the handmade crafts, there will be other activities for adults and kids that will make spending the day on Mill Avenue a fun time. The Arizona Wine Festival Garden will be on 7th Street, just west of Mill Avenue. They’ll be partnering with some local wineries for tastings and pairings. Admission is free but if you want to participate in some of the tastings, tickets are just $12. A new experience that I’m pretty excited to check out is The Art of Beer. It’ll be located in the same area as the Arizona Wine Festival Garden. Here, we’ll be able to see and sample some of the best local microbrews in the state. The cost is really reasonable, at $10 for five sample tasting tickets or $5 a glass. Obviously, you need to be at least 21 years old or older for both.
Kids will be able to channel their inner Andy Warhol at the Kids Innovation Station. It will provide hands-on visual art education for children. They will offer age-appropriate instruction and supplies for children to choose among three types of collage-making, learning about the medium of our Featured Artist, Richard Curtner. Kids pre-school through high-school can drop by to make their own masterpieces and take them home, free of charge. The Kids Innovation Station will be located at 6th Street Park, east of Mill Avenue, next to City Hall.
When you get hungry, stop into your favorite Mill Avenue restaurant to grab a bite to eat. In addition, there will be many other food vendors for you to check out. The Festival Food Court will be on 7th Street, west of Mill Ave. Three vendors that I’m excited about here are Alaskan Salmon Grill, Beer Batter Delights and Paradies Hawaiian BBQ. You’ll also find vendors located throughout the festival, selling snacks and beverages.
For more information about Tempe events, visit the Tempe Tourism website or call 800-283-6734.