Sorry, snowy locales—we're spending our winter enjoying outdoor festivals. Get the details below on all the art events and exhibits coming this season, both in the sunshine and in museums.
Mill Avenue transforms into a festival street lined with 400 artist booths, roaming entertainers and musical experiences throughout the weekend. In addition to fine work from artisans, the festival also features a special zone for local businesses in "Sixth + Mill Makers," including unconventional gifts and handmade crafts from upcycled woodworks to floral arrangements.
Mill Ave and University Drive, Tempe
Phoenix Festival of the Arts
Local artists, musicians and performers converge in the park to offer patrons a weekend of shopping, entertainment, food and family at the annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts. Browse more than 150 vendors for some art to take home, and leave your mark on the hands-on Phoenix Mural Project collaborative painting piece.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix
How about browsing with a bit of history? You'll find authentic fine art and collectibles from American Indian artists along the Pueblo Grande Museum's historic interpretive trail, offering guests a look at ancient Hohokam structures and a chance to participate in activities. Don't miss the dance performances and Indian fry bread.
Mesa Arts Festival
Check out local and national artwork for sale at Mesa Art Center's annual festival. In addition to shopping, attendees can catch musical acts on two stages, and watch live artist demos in glassblowing, metals and ceramics.
1 E Main St, Mesa
For fans of both art and wine, we've found your festival in Gilbert's high-end boutique area. More than 100 juried fine artists will be showing 2,000 pieces of art, from wood sculptures to jewelry to photography. Complement your browsing with a collection of domestic and imported wines—for $10, you can snag a souvenir glass and six tasting tickets.
Gilbert Civic Center, 90 E Civic Center Rd, Gilbert
Through May 6
See, hear and feel the sounds and instruments from the dawn of Chinese civilization in an immersive exhibition at the one-of-a-kind Musical Instrument Museum. On display are elegant strings, grand bronze bell racks and a 9,000-year-old bone flute, among other artifacts and artworks.
Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix
Through May 13
Turn the corner at the Desert Botanical Garden, and you'll come face-to-face with a colorful raccoon-dog or a larger than life ceramic head. The sculptures are the work of famed Japanese American artist Jun Kaneko, and they'll be living along the garden trails this season for photo ops or mindful observation.
Through January 28
Artist and architect Paolo Soleri is known in Arizona for Cosanti and Arcosanti, two experimental desert communities, and his iconic Soleri bells. To bring together elements from his exploration of environment and architecture, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is unveiling an exhibition of his career, containing original sketches, early artisan crafts, and large scroll drawings—some up to 30 feet long. It's the first presentation of Soleri's works on this scale in North American since the 1970s.
January 13-March 25
Sneak a peak at the creative processes of more than 100 fine artists from the country and Canada over a 10 week celebration. Everything takes place in 40,000 square feet of studio space, open for guests to interact with the artists as they work alongside each other.
18400 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale
Love art? Love wine? Then you're in luck at Carefree's annual festival, where the work of 155 juried fine artisans pairs with an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines up for tasting. Shop watercolors, oils, sculptures, woodwork, jewelry, and more and enjoy six samples of wine plus a souvenir glass for $10.
101 Easy Street, Carefree
January 12-March 25
Artisans from around the globe will call the Sonoran Desert home for 10 weeks as they create original works in more than 100 patron friendly studios. Stop by to see them working in all mediums from charcoal to pastels to wax casting, and talk with the artists one-on-one.
26540 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
February 9-April 15
It's the next level of crafting at Mesa Arts Center's annual exhibit of traditional mediums, featuring works from artists in ceramics, basketry, metals, wood, jewelry and papermaking.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main St, Mesa
Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art
Through December 31
This collection is the first presentation of objects from the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, to appear in the United States. Hosted by the Phoenix Art Museum, Past/Future/Present gives viewers a glimpse of 70 innovative works in painting, sculpture, photography and more media produced in Brazil from the years between 1990 and now.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave, Phoenix
Through April 15
A renowned Native American artist of the 20th century, T.C Cannon's art is said have power to engage and foster ideas in its viewers. Analyze his sprawling canvases and the many themes they speak to: A tribute to the power of music in A Remembered Muse; his artistic twist on the Kiowa history in Washington Landscape with Peace Medal Medallion; and many more. This is the first time Cannon's paintings have been on display in more then 20 years.
Heard Museum, 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix
December 1, January 5, February 2
Spend the night out at downtown's monthly, self-guided art walk through the Roosevelt Row Arts District and beyond. 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.
December 16, January 20, February 17
Every third Saturday through June, Mesa Arts Center hosts an entirely free arts event for all ages, with themes from street art to carnivale night to a European-style night market. You can always expect live music, live art demos, and food and adult drinks for purchase.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St, Mesa
February 23-March 3
The Scottsdale Waterfront transforms into an art lovers' playground for four days, as large-scale installations take over the ground, water and air. Explore engaging and interactive pieces bursting with light and color, and enjoy live music and performances.