A three-day celebration of arts, entertainment and libations will bring nearly 400 juried artisans to the streets of Downtown Tempe this December. One of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind, Tempe Festival of the Arts is a semi-annual event held each fall and spring. This autumn’s artist-driven event takes place in Downtown Tempe (3rd Street to University), from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6, 2015, and is open to the public with free admission for the entire family. Easily accessible via Valley Metro Light Rail, the event is ranked as one of the top fine arts festivals in the nation, with artisans from all over North America flocking to Tempe to showcase their works and unique pieces. The award-winning festival is set to draw as many as 225,000 guests looking for one-of-a-kind art pieces, jewelry, décor and more this December.
The juried artists fall into 16 categories including fine art, ceramics, photography, sculpture and jewelry. Artists will be on-site to discuss their craft and connect with festival attendees. This year’s featured artist, Geoffrey Aaron Harris, draws inspiration for his digital paintings from his passion for vintage toys. His contemporary pieces offer a nostalgic quality, making bold use of color and illustrating the “atomic age” fascination of years passed.
While strolling through Tempe’s open air downtown, attendees are treated to music, entertainment and interactive performances. This year features live music all weekend including The Joe Costello Project, The Resonators and Ronstadt Generations. Emcees include KJZZ on-air personality Blaise Lantana, as well as Arizona Music Hall of Fame inductee Walt Richardson.
Several festival firsts this year include the introduction of food trucks and the Festival After Dark presented by Filmstock Film Festival. Festival food is a top attraction of the event, and the addition of several local food trucks including The Grilled Cheese Truck and The Maine Lobster Lady complement the standard food fare and Cottage Edibles offerings.
An annual favorite, festival attendees may enjoy the AZ Wine Festival and the Art of Beer. AZ Wine Festival is teaming up with eight of Arizona’s best wineries, featuring servings as well as purchases by the glass, bottle or case from Page Springs Cellars, Pillsbury Wine Company, Sonoita Vineyards and more. The Art of Beer offers craft connoisseurs the chance to enjoy local brews from local breweries including Gordon Biersch and Four Peaks Brewing Company.
Tempe Festival of the Arts brings a distinctive shopping experience to the downtown district. Each year this famed festival receives over 1,600 applicants looking to participate and sell their art. With over $1.6 million of original art sold on average, the fall festival is perfect for finding one-of-a-kind holiday gifts at affordable prices. The introduction of some festival firsts and an amazing roster of artists and entertainment are sure to make this year’s festival bigger and better than ever.
For a complete list of artists and festival details visit http://www.tempefestivalofthearts.com/