3rd Annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival
DECEMBER 5 THROUGH 7
The banks of the Scottsdale Waterfront will be lined with the greatest selection of juried fine arts, fine wines, delectable chocolates and musicians in the Southwest at this fest presented by Thunderbird Artists. While listening to live musical entertainment and sipping fine wines, patrons will stroll throughout spectacular paintings, bronzes, glass, stone, copper, clay sculptures, photography and jewelry. The Scottsdale Waterfront is a superb backdrop, which adds romance to the event with reflections across the waters.
Downtown Scottsdale, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480.837.5637, thunderbirdartists.com
Tempe Festival of the Arts
DECEMBER 5 THROUGH 7
Consistently ranked among the Top 200 art festivals in the nation and recipient of the prestigious Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association, these spring and fall events each attract nearly 225,000 visitors. Each Festival receives more than 700 applications from throughout North America, in 16 different visual arts categories ranging from wood to photography, ceramics to wearable art.
Mill Avenue District, Tempe, 480.355.6060, tempefestivalofthearts.com
DECEMBER 6 AND 7
Make plans to experience Norwegian music and culture at MIM in honor of that country’s bicentennial! Enjoy musical performances, traditional dances, a Norwegian-inspired menu in the café, hands-on crafts and much more. Also, find Norwegian folk costumes, a photo booth, Norwegian heart basket craft, Sami drum craft, myths and folktales of Norway, a Hardingfele fiddle performance, dances and more.
Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, 480.478.6000, themim.org
The Third Annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts
DECEMBER 12 THROUGH 14
Phoenix Center for the Arts once again bring together Valley artists, musicians, writers, students and scholars to create a weekend-long cultural celebration sure to excite the whole family for the third annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts. In addition to the many arts and cultural organizations participating as vendors and exhibitors, art lovers will be able to enjoy local food truck cuisine and top-notch performances taking place on two stages.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third Street, Phoenix, 602.254.3100, phoenixfestivalofthearts.org
Mesa Arts Festival
DECEMBER 13 THROUGH 14
This fun and exciting community event is the premier place to find unique gifts for the holidays. The annual festival will feature original works of art for sale from local, regional and national artists in various mediums, live entertainment showcasing local and national talent on two stages, live artist demonstrations, the Bookman’s Family Activity Area and an array of culinary delights.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaarts.org