In Phoenix this spring for sunny weather, spring training baseball and desert wildflower hikes? You need to add these seasonal museum exhibits and art festivals to your to-do list. 


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Festivals and Events


First Fridays Art Walk

March 6, April 3, May 1

Embark on a self-guided art tour along Roosevelt Row, the Grand Avenue Arts District and throughout downtown Phoenix every first Friday of the month. Lace up your walking shoes or hop aboard a shuttle to experience the city's spirit and culture through must-see exhibitions, unique museums, and scattered pop-up galleries.

Downtown Phoenix
Visit Artlink's website for maps, shuttle locations, and tips for a successful First Friday.


Melrose Street Fair

March 7


Each year, this event in Phoenix's gayborhood features more than 200 booths that showcase the work of local artists, indie crafts, and other products, as well as food, drinks, live music, and family activities.

The Melrose Curve
Along 7th Avenue from Indian School Road to Campbell Avenue, Phoenix


Plein Air Painting Festival

March 7


Over twenty artists will take over The District to create paintings inspired by Desert Ridge Marketplace. Artists will compete for over $1600 in prizes and a chance to have their art featured at the property.

Desert Ridge Marketplace
21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix


Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market

March 7-8


A long-standing nationally recognized event, the fair is the largest art market in Arizona and the second largest market of its kind in the country. It features more than 600 Native artists from 116 tribal affiliations in the U.S. and Canada. 

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix


Scottsdale Arts Festival

March 13-15


The three-day Scottsdale Arts Festival features 170 artists from throughout North America who display their work for sale on the grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale


Phoenix Film Festival

March 26 - April 6


The Phoenix Film Festival will screen more than 175 feature films and shorts at the Harkins Scottsdale 101, as well as Q&A sessions with producers, director and talent.

Harkins Scottsdale/101 Theatre
7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix


Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts

March 27-29

Explore the work of more than 350 artists from across the nation at the Tempe Festival of the Arts.  From lavish masterpieces to affordable gifts, you'll find something among the diverse array of crafts. Shop local artisans, listen to live music, and watch street performers all while walking down Mill Avenue. The festival will include a wine tasting, two live music stages and a hands-on kid’s area.

Downtown Tempe
281 S. Mill Ave., Tempe


Ballet Arizona at Desert Botanical Garden

May 19-23, May 26-30


Surrounded by the lush desert landscape with the setting sun as a backdrop, Ib Andersen’s vision for dance in the desert continues at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix


Scottsdale ArtWalk

Every Thursday


Scottsdale ArtWalk is much like a large, easy-going open house for Old Town Scottsdale, located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way, where all the galleries open their doors as you stroll through the area.

Various Galleries
7100 E. Main St., Scottsdale


Museum Exhibits


Teresita Fernandez: Elemental

March 21 - July 26


This is the first major traveling exhibition and the first mid-career survey of works by contemporary artist Teresita Fernández, considered one of the most innovative artists of her generation, which showcases more than 50 large-scale sculptures, installations, and mixed-media wall works.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix


Larger Than Memory: Contemporary Art From Indigenous North America

May 1 - Oct. 31


The Heard Museum exhibition centers around works produced in the 21st century, highlighting the significant contribution Indigenous artists have made and continue to make to broader culture from 2000 to 2020. 

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix


Stories of Abstraction: Contemporary Latin American Art

May 2 - Sept. 20


This collection features 112 artworks by 49 artists from 14 Latin American countries, such as Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix


Legends of Speed

Through 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.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix



Through March 31


This is more than just satisfying your sweet tooth. Candytopia has full-on immersive, Instagram friendly experiences, with a dozen rooms, samples, and more surprises. 

Scottsdale Quarter
15279 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 120, Scottsdale


Wonderspaces: Elsewhere

Through March 31


The second seasonal exhibition of Wonderspaces Arizona features 13 interactive installations that prompt us to question our reality, ranging from noise-making plants to giant microbes made from yarn.

Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale


David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry

Through 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. 

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix


Grand Procession: Contemporary Plains Indian Dolls

Through April 17


This collection of 23 dolls provides a figurative reference to Indigenous peoples from the Great Plains and Great Basin regions who lived in those areas during the late nineteenth century. 

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix



Through 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. 

SMOCA-Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale


Maria Hupfield: Nine Years Towards the Sun

Through May 6


This solo exhibition of Canadian / Anishinaabek artist Maria Hupfield will feature more than 40 works by the conceptual performance artist, ranging in content from performance, sculptural installation, video, and document at The Heard Museum. 

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix


Wild Rising by Cracking Art

Through 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, Phoenix


Ansel Adams: Performing the Print

Through May 10


The works of America's most famous photographer will be on display at Phoenix Art Museum, with a focus on how he would create varying prints from his own negatives. The 60 photographers come from the Ansel Adams Archive, at the Center for Creative Photography, housed in Tucson at the University of Arizona.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix


Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined

Through May 17


Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined is the first exhibition to recognize designers using extreme and inventive upcycling to address the current state of our depleted and polluted environment. 30 international designers and studios—from Asia, Latin America and Europe—are pioneering a new direction in design by radically transforming waste into useful products.

SMOCA-Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale


It's Your Turn Yosemite

Through May 25


It’s Your Turn: Yosemite explores the iconic landscape, plants and animals of Yosemite National Park and looks at how it has inspired artists to make work.

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix


Art on the Wild Side

Through May 31


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. 


India: Fashion's Muse

Through June 21


This exhibition explores western fashion's fascination with the riches of India, featuring more than 40 garments and accessories made by designers such as Pierre Balmain, Jean Louis, Branell, Bob Mackie, Versace, Olivier Lapidus, Halston, Givenchy and more.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix


Color Vibrations

Through July 19


Spanning from the mid-1940s to the late 1990s, Color Vibrations presents an overview of abstract painting and printmaking that takes into account the artist’s various perspectives—personal, political, and philosophical.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix


Maynard Dixon's American West

Through Aug. 2


The most comprehensive retrospective ever showcasing the life and artistic career of Maynard Dixon, one of the premier artists of the American West, is on display at the Scottsdale Museum of the West.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
3830 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale


Joseph Cornell: Things Unseen

Through Aug. 16


Among the avant-garde artists of the mid-twentieth century, Joseph Cornell created an expansive body of work that features collages, films, graphic designs, and his renowned glass-paneled shadow boxes, which he once referred to as “poetic theaters.” 

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix


By Beauty Obsessed: Gilbert Waldman Collects the West

Through Aug. 24


This collection includes more than 50 artworks featuring diverse cultural perspectives, landscapes, wildlife and more, organized across four geographical regions of the American West: New Mexico, Arizona, Northern Plains and the Mountain West. 

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
3830 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale


Congo Masks and Music: Masterpieces from Central Africa

Through Sept. 13


MIM’s newest exhibition offers a glimpse into the dramatic and lively masquerade traditions of Central Africa with an exclusive collection of more than 150 stunning and rare masks, instruments, and costumes from the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix


"Current State" Featuring Thomas "Breeze" Marcus

Through Sept. 26


Local artist, Thomas “Breeze” Marcus, and the Arizona Historical Society collaborated to feature a collection of works that explore Breeze’s personal experiences and identity as a part of the Akimel and Tohono O’odham communities, in conjunction with cultural artifacts and stories.

Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park
1300 N. College Ave., Tempe


Paul Calle's Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon

Through Oct. 11


This retrospective exhibition traces the career of artist Paul Calle (1928-2010), who was best known for painting and drawing the historic American West featuring mountain men, fur traders and Native Americans, as well as NASA artwork and postage stamp designs including the iconic 1969 First Man on the Moon artwork and stamp.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
3830 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale


Unapologetic: All Women, All Year

Through Jan. 31, 2021


Unapologetic: All Women, All Year takes an in-depth look at works from SMoCA’s collection, highlighting diverse women artists whose work boldly and unapologetically parses topics such as identity, beauty, violence, and equality. 

SMOCA-Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale