Posted on: March 21, 2013
Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts | Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7, 2013
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily | Free Admission
It’s the event that everyone looks forward to each spring, and it’s on its way. Visitors from all over the country, even all the way from Canada, anticipate attending the great Tempe Festival of the Arts. It’s so good; Tempe hosts this festival not once, but twice a year! Lined up along the streets of Mill Avenue are white tents of over 350 artists, each displaying their own gems of work. Over 225,000 festival visitors come to enjoy our sunshine and eclectic array of art in display. Read below to check out what is in store – it’s not all art, there’s more!
Featured Artist - Armando Adrian Lopez from Abiquiu, New Mexico
“Maria de los Golondrinas”
The 2013 Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts has chosen Armando Adrian-Lopez as the featured artist. Though he is known for his works in basketry, sculpture, and 3-dimensional media, they have chosen his painting “Maria de las Golondrinas” as their Spring Festival featured work of art. Check out his work in the Featured Artist location at 5th Street & Mill Avenue!
Must Eat Food – On 7th St., just west of Mill Avenue
You will find many options to satisfy your festival cravings: Beer Batter Delights, Blue Banjo BBQ, Crepes and More, Island Noodles, Maile & Son (Fried bread), Paradise Hawaiian BBQ, Chan’s Concessions (Chicken & Fried Rice Plates), Sally’s BBQ, Tornado Fries (with corn dogs) and more.
There are also many snack vendors: Grandma Goes Nuts, Kabob Shack, Kettle Pop Productions, Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice, Miss Hannah’s Gourmet Popcorn Co., Nutz about Nuts and San Francisco Chocolate Factory.
Beer & Wine Galore - On 7th St., just west of Mill Avenue
Beer $10 for 5 samples or $5 by the glass - Taste the best variety of microbrewery craft in Arizona with Four Peaks Brewing Company & Sleepy Dog brewery.
Wine $15 for 6 sample tickets – Bringing the best in Arizona wines to complement the ambiance of a fine arts festival environment, thirteen Arizona wine growers are on hand for tastings.
Fun for Kids Too - 6th Street Park surface parking lot, on the west side of City Hall
This is a fun & FREE offer that allows hands-on educational art entertainment for children, where they make their own masterpieces to take home!
Live Music – Festival Stage – On 7th St., just west of Mill Avenue
Come enjoy live music from artists all around. Each artist offers a unique array of style – enjoy music from jazz to reggae, to rock to blues – you will find what fits best for your ears. Friday through Sunday there will be 4 different set times of artists with the first set starting at 11:00 a.m. and the last set at 4:15 p.m. See program for featured artists.
Street Entertainers – Continuous cameo appearances from Festival Street Entertainers will be surrounding the center of 5th Street and Mill all three days of the festival. Some to look out for include: Living Trees-Stilt Characters, Shawn Greer-Magician, Keith Johnson-Steel Drums and Canyon Records-Native American Recording Artists.
For more information about the Tempe Festival of the Arts and other upcoming events in Tempe, be sure to visit the Tempe Tourism Office website or call 800-283-6734.
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