Get the details on downtown's First Fridays Art Walk and what's coming to Phoenix Art Museum, Desert Botanical Garden, and more.

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September

 

PhxArtx60: The Past Decade

September 7 - January 26

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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
602-257-1880

 

Art on the Wild Side

September 15 - January 15

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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. 

Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Parkway Papago Park Phoenix, AZ
602-286-3800

 

Chocolate and Art Show

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
602-638-1313

 

Through the Lens of Barry Goldwater

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.

Heard Museum
2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix
602-252-8840

 

Antonio: The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration

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

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave, Phoenix
602-257-1880

 

October

 

Wild Rising by Cracking Art

October 12 - May 10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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
480-941-1225

 

Celebrate! 90 Years at the Heard Museum

Starting October 26

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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.

Heard Museum
2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix
602-252-8840

 

Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts

October 26

 

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
(602) 254-7399

 

David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry

October 28 - April 5

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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. 

Heard Museum
2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix
602-252-8840

 

November

 

Legends of Speed

November 3 - March 15

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave, Phoenix
602-257-1880

 

Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts

November 8 - November 10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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.

Fountain Hills
12925 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills
(480) 837-1654

 

Canal Convergence

November 8 - November 17

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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. 

Soleri Plaza
E. Via Soleri Drive Scottsdale, AZ

 

Grand Avenue Festival 2019

November 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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
602-391-4016

 

Murmuration

November 11 - April 30

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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. 

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E 2nd St, Scottsdale
480-874-4666

 

Kierland POP

November 16

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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.

Kierland Commons
15205 N. Kierland Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ
480-348-1577

 

ArtFest of Scottsdale

November 23 - November 24

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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
(480) 968-5353

 

Ongoing

 

First Fridays

October 4, November 1, December 6

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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. 

Downtown Phoenix
(602) 256-7539

 

Scottsdale ArtWalk

Every Thursday, September - November

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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
602-638-1313

 

Downtown Chandler Art Walk

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
(480) 855-3539