Arizona is an art lover’s treat and has a thriving art scene. The best way to experience Arizona art is to attend one of its major art festivals. Here is a look at some of the Top Art Festivals in Arizona. Enjoy!
Sedona Arts Festival
Held against the backdrop of Sedona’s breathtaking red rock vistas, the Sedona Arts Festival presents its 27th annual fine art festival Saturday, Oct 7 and Sunday, Oct 8. Attracting artists from New York to California, this renowned festival will showcase a diverse line up of 125 juried artists as well as live music, food, and art fun for the kids. The Sedona Arts Festival is held on the campus of Sedona Red Rock High School, 990 Upper Red Rock Loop Road in West Sedona.
Hidden in the Hills
Whether you’re visiting Arizona or you’re local and love art, make plans now to attend Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour and sale, Hidden in the Hills (HITH), during the last two weekends of November. A signature event of the non-profit Sonoran Arts League, Hidden in the Hills is celebrating its 21st year in 2017 with 188 artists in 47 studio locations throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale.
Exposures Gallery Artist Shows
While talking about the top art festivals in Arizona, we have to include a unique gem in the heart of Sedona. Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art is one of the largest fine art galleries in the world. 2016 marks their 20th anniversary and they have earned a reputation as a national trendsetter. The owners and creators, Marty and Diane Herman, are passionate about presenting art with honesty, integrity and love. They have perfected the unique paradox of maintaining the feeling of a family-owned business while presenting sophistication on par with the finest art museums in the world. Twice a year, they showcase select artists during their annual Artist Shows. Click here to see the next upcoming Exposures Gallery Artist Shows
Arizona Fine Art EXPO: Top Art Festivals in Arizona
The Arizona Fine Art EXPO is an event held every year from January to March in Scottsdale. It brings together art from all over the world including paintings, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and more by 100 artist studios. Started in 1981 by a group of local artists, it has now become one of the top ten expos in the country according to many art promotion organizations and magazines.
In addition to showing works of art, the Arizona Fine Art EXPO allows you to watch as world-renowned artists produce works right in front of your eyes in all mediums. There are also drinks and snacks and a marketplace. Produced by the award-winning Thunderbird Artists, the Arizona Fine Art EXPO is by far one of the top art festivals in Arizona and not to be missed.
Sedona Open Studios Tour
Sedona has a thriving art scene and the Sedona Open Studios Tour gives you a great introduction to it. It’s a similar event but showcases the work of artists in the Verde Valley. It’s held in the spring and there are around 40 artist studios participating. You get to meet the artists and see them work first-hand. Mediums include ceramics, painting, fiber, photography, jewelry, watercolors, sculpture and more. While the Arizona Fine Art EXPO is a world-renowned event with a cosmopolitan feel, the Sedona Open Studios Tour celebrates local art.
Other Top Art Festivals in Arizona include:
The Scottsdale Arts Festival – This festival is held in early spring and features 170 artists from across the country showing their work, as well as live music on two stages and local food trucks.
Phoenix Center for the Arts’ Phoenix Festival – Just in its fifth year, Phoenix Festival of the Arts is an outdoor festival full of art vendors, cultural organizations and local musicians in December.
Tempe Festival of the Arts – Held over a 3-day weekend in December, Tempe’s festival attracts nearly a quarter of a million visitors with 400 artists’ booths stretching along Mill Avenue.
There are also small arts and crafts festivals in every corner of the state held throughout the year.