The 43rd annual Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts from begins Friday through Sunday this week and will welcome more than 500 artists from across the United States and Canada.
Every piece of art shown at the festival, in such categories as painting, clothing, metal, photography, glass and jewelry, must be original.
The event is a juried show. On average, 700 artists apply to show their work at the festival. Each is judged by a jury of art professionals. The judges rank all the applicants, and only the artists with the highest scores are accepted into the show.
Here are five reasons to go the Tempe Festival of the Arts
1 The festival is tailored to holiday gifts, and original masterpieces will be available..
2 The music will keep you entertained. You'll hear a little bit of everything from Esteban, Joel Robin Jazz, Hope Morgan and Margo Reed.
3 For the first time, the Cameo Circle on Fifth Street and Mill Avenue will feature a 45-minute performance by street entertainers.
4 A Kids Station will offer free crafts for kids to make and take home. Crafts will include hat making, photography with sun prints and fresco and wax-resistant painting.
5 You'll have the chance to taste wine from around Arizona and beer from Tempe..
Tempe Festival of the Arts
What: Three-day art festival with offerings from 500 artists, 14 Arizona wineries, three Tempe microbreweries and various musicians.
When: 10 a.m.-dusk Friday-Sunday.
Where: Mill Avenue from Third Street to University Drive in Tempe.