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Call for Artists: Tempe Festival of the Arts

November 30-December 2 
Tempe, Arizona
Presented By; Downtown Tempe Authority
350 Artists
Deadline: July 20

Application Fee: 
$35.00 May 1-June 30; $50.00 July1-July 20  
Booth Fee: $250-$550

The Festival occurs in a festive urban street fair atmosphere. It takes place outdoors on the streets of Mill Avenue, within the Downtown Tempe Shopping district. The festival takes advantage of the "snowbird" high tourism season in Arizona. More than a quarter of the Festival's visitors come from outside Phoenix and outside Arizona to shop for one of a kind gifts.
As many as 375 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience.
The Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine and has received the prestigious Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association. The spring and fall events each attract nearly 225,000 visitors to the Downtown Tempe over the course of a 3-day weekend.
Guests also find two stages with live entertainment, a chalk art event, a KIDS BLOCK and Kids Exhibition, wine tasting, and roaming entertainment. The Tempe Festival of the Arts offers a wide variety of amenities for artists including hospitality carts, booth sitting services, a large art delivery assistance program and a 24-hour roaming security patrol.

Quality independent artists are fundamental to the success of the event. Each Festival receives more than 500 applications from throughout North America, in 17 different visual arts categories that range from wood to photography to ceramics, wearable art, jewelry and other categories. From these applicants, a jury comprised of members of the local art community ranks the top artisans in each category to participate in the Festival, and the highest ranking artists receive invitations to participate. During the Festival, a new jury selects the best overall artist and the top artist in each category and these winners receive cash honoraria awards.


"Always the best art festival, people are friendly, food is yummy. Lots of art, anything you can think of and amazing creations you can only find here. Wonderful place to go" -Debbie Rudner

"By far one of the best and longest-running arts festival around even in the Phoenix area where there are many choices." -Alan Luse (Local Guide)

"My family and I have been attending the art festival for about 30 years now and it never seems to get old. The artists are amazing, and there are one-of-a-kind pieces you simply cannot get anywhere else. The ambiance and hippy feeling couldn't be any better. Great for Christmas shopping too!" -David Pearce

Awards:  Around $10,000 in cash awards will be given. Awards include one Best In Show ($1500), one Best Booth Display ($500) and awards in each category above. 

Artist Amenities:  
We strive to make the festival very comfortable for our artists, amenities include:
  • Hospitality Suite
  • Snack/Water Cart
  • Artist Reception
  • Booth Sitters
  • Large Art Delivery Service

More Information:
Contact: Kate Borders  (480) 355-6060

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Comment by Peggy Crago on July 13, 2018 at 12:06pm

Beware of this show.  I did it several times and got placed in a dead-end, no traffic spot off Mill St every time.  The big "draw" was port-a-potties or some such excuse.  Unless they've changed - I swore off the show years ago, and I don't know of any way to guarantee a spot on Mill - don't waste your money and time. 


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