Get the details on downtown's First Fridays Art Walk and what's coming to Phoenix Art Museum, Desert Botanical Garden, and more.
September 7 - January 26
In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Phoenix Art Museum will showcase some of its finest works collected in the past 10 years, including modern and contemporary art, Latin American art, American art, Asian art, and fashion design.
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave, Phoenix
September 15 - January 15
See wildlife in person and on the canvas when you visit this gallery at the Phoenix Zoo, where select artists show their unique vision of wildlife and conservation via photography, paint and mixed media.
455 N Galvin Parkway Papago Park Phoenix, AZ
September 20 - September 21
Who can say no to chocolate? While you nibble on some sweets, enjoy live body painting, live music, face-painting, and works from many of Phoenix's up-and-coming artists.
Unexpected Art Gallery
734 W Polk St. Phoenix, AZ
Starting September 20
Arizona Senator and presidential candidate Barry Goldwater may have been best known as a politician, but he also had a keen eye for photography. View 962 color slides of the earliest color landscape photographs of the Navajo and Hopi tribal lands, the state of Arizona, and geographical areas that have long disappeared since the creation of Lake Powell.
2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix
September 21 - January 5
More than 100 original drawings, magazines and photographs by legendary fashion designers Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos will grace the walls of Phoenix Art Museum for this exhibition, including pieces that appeared in Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, and Bloomingdales.
October 12 - May 10
See more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic, including 20 penguins posing among the cactus, snails stunningly positioned atop of the Garden’s butte and 40 majestic grey wolves guarding the Sybil B. Harrington Cactus and Succulent Galleries for this season's installation at the Southwest's best botanical garden.
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Starting October 26
Signature works from the permanent collection at the iconic Heard Museum will be on display in honor of its 90th anniversary, including Hopi katsina dolls, classic Pueblo pottery, Navajo textiles, jewelry and more.
Live and visual art collide in this colorful annual celebration presented by the Herberger Theater Center. The free performance schedule is a sampler of arts across two outdoor stages. The festival also includes works in a variety of mediums plus food, drinks, craft beer and wine tasting, vendor booths and kid-friendly fun.
Herberger Theater Center
222 E Monroe St, Phoenix
October 28 - April 5
Yosemite has continuously caught the attention of artists, and this exhibit aims to show the variety of artists and their inspiration. View works by icon David Hockney (which will be in Arizona for the first time), and intricately weaved baskets by the country's indigenous women.
November 3 - March 15
The first major exhibition of racing cars at Phoenix Art Museum will feature more than 20 classic cars, including Maserati, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, and Ford, driven by some of the greatest drivers in the history of racing, including A.J. Foyt, Dan Gurney, and Stirling Moss.
November 8 - November 10
Head to the hills for one of the area's largest arts and crafts shopping events. More than 200,000 visitors flock to Fountain Hills to peruse the works of 500 artisans to find a handmade holiday gift, including themed ornaments, or just something for themselves. Live music, breakfast and lunch keep shoppers refreshed around the town's signature Fountain Park.
12925 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills
November 8 - November 17
The Scottsdale Waterfront transforms from a shopping and dining area to a massive array of lights and sounds during Canal Convergence. For 10 days you can get experience unique installations - and get some great Instagram pics.
E. Via Soleri Drive Scottsdale, AZ
Downtown Phoenix's kooky arts district comes even more to life during the Grand Avenue Festival, where the area's artists, musicians and creators put their work on display for all to see. Go during the day with the family or after hours for a more lively time.
Historic Grand Avenue
Lower Grand Avenue
November 11 - April 30
Artist Squidsoup, known for his enthralling light installations, is bringing a site-specific experience to SMoCA. See and hear a flurry of light and sound - with unique daytime and nighttime experiences - all brought on by a networked data system.
This isn't your traditional arts festival. The third annual Kierland POP features all sorts of interactive art installations that will catch your eye, or may even pass you by if you're not paying attention.
15205 N. Kierland Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ
November 23 - November 24
Just in time for the holidays, visitors to Downtown Scottsdale's annual ArtFest can browse fine art, crafts and gifts from 150 artisans in Civic Center Plaza's sculpture garden setting. The family-friendly event features activities for kids as well as live music and food.
Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
7380 E 2nd St, Scottsdale
October 4, November 1, December 6
Fall is the perfect time of year to get out for First Fridays, downtown Phoenix's monthly, self-guided art walk through the Roosevelt Row Arts District, Grand Avenue Arts District and other locations throughout downtown.
Art spaces, galleries and studios open their doors for exploration, cultural attractions such as Phoenix Art Museum and Heard Museum offer free admission and activities, and the streets become a lively scene for walkers seeking art, food, shopping and bars.
Every Thursday, September - November
Imagine an open house for art galleries, and that's what you'll get with the Scottsdale ArtWalk. This 30-year-old event is slow and easy going, with a variety of pieces to enjoy (and even purchase, if you're feeling like treating yourself).
Old Town Scottsdale
7100 East Main Street Scottsdale , AZ
September 20, October 17, November 21
Downtown Chandler turns the sidewalks of Boston and San Marcos Streets into a full-fledged arts market, complete with food trucks, live music and kids activities.
Historic Downtown Chandler
3 S. Arizona Ave. Chandler, AZ