Long recognized as one of the top arts fairs in America, the Scottsdale Arts Festival is a weekend-long celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts.
The event features 175 jury-selected artists from North America, who work in painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and other media. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and through the festival’s online art auction.
Activities take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 13-14, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 15.
More than 20 Arizona bands and performers will provide continuous live music and entertainment on two stages, including blues, country/folk, jazz, R&B, rock and much more. Among the musical acts are ’56, Alan Jones Jazz Quintet, Ashley Wineland, Big Nick & the Gila Monsters, The Blue Goats, Blues Review Band, Carmela y Mas, Jan Sandwich Band, Str8 Up Band, Robby Roberson Quartet, Teneia Sanders, Traveler and Whiskey Kiss.
Returning by popular demand, more than a dozen of the Valley’s gourmet food trucks will serve up savory dishes from around the world. Participating mobile eateries include: The Grilled Cheese Truck, Kruzin Cuisine, Luncha Libre, The Maine Lobster Lady, Paletas Betty, Q Up! Barbecue, Rollover Donuts, Satay Hut, Short Leash Hotdogs, Spice It Up, Taste Rite!, Tom’s BBQ, The Traveling Monk and Whiskey Ranch BBQ.
Also on the menu are Barries Original Kettle Corn and Lulu’s Italian Water Ice, tastings of craft cocktails and sparkling beverages all weekend, and Friday happy-hour specials from 4 to 6 p.m.
In collaboration with the festival, Scottsdale Public Art will debut the newly commissioned interactive artwork “Shifting Sand Land,” by artist Bobby Zokaites, a recent M.F.A. graduate of ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, who explores themes of adventure and childhood in his playful, large-scale spaces and objects.
Inspired by the videogame world of Super Mario Brothers, “Shifting Sand Land” is an imaginative landscape of colorful platforms designed to keep people on their toes.
Sponsored by Arizona Coyotes, Imagine Nation, the festival’s family area, will give visitors of all ages the opportunity to engage their creativity through free arts activities, storytelling, dancing and more. This year’s theme is “I Love Toys! FUN! Let’s Play!”
During the Ffestival, admission will be free to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, which features the exhibitions “Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia;” “southwestNET: Postcommodity;” murals by James Marshall (aka Dalek); James Turrell’s skyspace “Knight Rise” and more.
Admission to the Scottsdale Arts Festival is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children 12 and under and members of the Scottsdale Cultural Council. A two-day pass is available for $15.
Tickets may be purchased in advance or at any festival entrance on the day of the event. Parking and trolley service are free. Pets are not allowed, except for trained service animals.
Additional information is available through www.ScottsdaleArtsFestival.org or 480-499-8587. Proceeds benefit the programs of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.