In a community renowned for its devotion to the arts, Scottsdale has one arts festival that rises above them all. Now in its 48th year, the Scottsdale Arts Festival, held every March during the height of the city’s tourist season, has established a reputation as the premier arts festival in the Southwest. It has been named “Best Arts Festival” by Phoenix New Times and one of Art Fair SourceBook’s “‘Elite 20’ Fine Art Fairs.”
The Scottsdale Arts Festival showcases 170 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and Canada, live music on two stages, gourmet food trucks, wine tastings, creative activities for families and children, an online benefit art auction with original works of art donated by Festival artists (donations optional), free admission to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and more. The Festival takes place at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and surrounding grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center, a beautifully landscaped, 21-acre urban park, a short walk from Scottsdale’s Old Town and gallery districts. Arizona’s glorious spring weather complements the Festival’s park-like setting, creating a unique experience that attracts up to 25,000 seasonal and year-round residents and tourists in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
The Scottsdale Arts Festival is produced by the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts, which manages Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art.