In March 2020, the Scottsdale Arts Festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original event held in 1970. Many things have changed for this cross-cultural happening. One thing that has not changed with the three-day festival is the goal to celebrate community and family. The event will bring together people from all walks of life to enjoy art, food and fun at the Scottsdale Civic Center Park. The festivities will be happening no matter the weather.
The art being exhibited will amaze you to no end. From artists, you will see a cross section of exhibits in wood, fiber, digital and metal. You could see creations that are photographs, jewelry, glass and mixed media. You might see printmaking and paintings in pastels, oils, gouache and acrylic as well as drawings in various compositions.
You will see the accomplishments of some well-known artists from afar as well as some local to Arizona. Some of the artists who will be showing their talent include Lisa Telling Kattenbraker, who does beautiful work with fiber. Her art will be at booth 21. Booth 10 will display the magical glasswork of Joshua Dopp. Many furniture and home accouterments artists who use wood can be found at booths throughout the event. The work of Thomas Dumke will occupy booth 90 with Mitchel Sandvig at booth 161 and Keoni at booth 48. For a more complete listing of artists and media, please see the Scottsdale Arts Festival website.
There will be chances for kids and their parents to do some art. If the grown-ups want to go off for a while by themselves, there will be a place to take the kids. Trusting Connections Nannies will be there, so you can let yourself breathe for a while, knowing that your aspiring artists are in good hands.
Musical entertainment during the festival will include new acts from Friday through Sunday. On Friday, you will be able to enjoy a variety of performers including Haley Green, the Rastafarmers and House of Stairs. Your day will be full on Saturday with a dance performance by Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. Later in the day, you can enjoy Big Pete and the True Flavor Blues Band as well as Yachty by Nature with soft rock of the '70s and '80s.
The schedule on Sunday includes music in addition to activities like yoga, screen printing and storytelling. Playing Sunday will be the Zach Gillespie Quartet, Vets Jam Band, Eloni Yawn and The Sugar Thieves, just to name a few.
If you will be traveling to Scottsdale in your RV, there are some options for local campgrounds depending on how close you want to be to the festivities.
16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Power: 50 amps, 30 amps, 20 amps
Dump site: Yes
Restrooms and showers: Yes
7010 E Continental Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Power: 50 amps, 30 amps
Restrooms and showers: Yes
Billiards and pool: Yes
Swimming pool: Yes
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Power: 30 amps
Restrooms and showers: Yes
If you are looking for accommodations other than an RV, you have many options for starred hotels in Scottsdale as well as some less expensive hotels that are very close to the festival. Some of the hotels include:
7320 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
3131 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Kids stay free
6848 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Take I-17 South for approximately 148 miles. Take AZ loop 101 East to Exit 47. Stay on Indian School Road North to Drinkwater Boulevard in Scottsdale.
Take I-10 West for approximately 109 miles to East McDowell Road in Phoenix. Continue on McDowell Road to North 64th Street. Take North 64th Street to Drinkwater Boulevard in Scottsdale.
There is free parking near the festival. The main lots for festival parking are located at Wells Fargo Avenue and Second Street, Second Street and Brown Avenue, and Drinkwater Avenue and Second Street.
The Scottsdale Trolley will be running between the parking lots about every 15 minutes. There are also approximately 20 other parking lots in Scottsdale that are serviced by the trolleys. Please see the festival parking map for other locations.
Another fun way to get around is JoyRidesAZ. You can call to set up a ride via golf cart to the Scottsdale Arts Festival by calling (480) 675-7857.
Tickets for the festival are reasonably priced and can be purchased online through the Scottsdale Arts Festival website. Children 12 and younger are free. Single-day tickets are $12 while two-day pass tickets are $20. Students under 18 with school ID can get in for $6. For the student price without ID, please call the festival office.
If you turn 50 years old in 2020, you will get half off a single-day or two-day ticket. Bring your ID. If you are a patron who is current or retired military and 65 or older, you will save $2 on your ticket. Scottsdale Arts members will be admitted free of charge. There is also free admission for everyone to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as SMoCA.
For a fun way to share the memories you have at the festival, RVshare would love to post some of your photos on its social media sites. You can send pictures to [email protected]
For more information, check out @ScottsdaleArts on Twitter, @scottsdaleartsfestival on Instagram and Scottsdale Arts Festival on Facebook. You can also keep up to date with the events on the website's full calendar.
Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.