Sorry, snowy locales—we're spending our winter enjoying outdoor festivals. Get the details below on all the art events and exhibits coming to Phoenix this season, both in the sunshine and in museums.


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Festivals and Events


First Fridays Art Walk

December 6, January 3, February 7


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.

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


Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts

December 6-8


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. 


Phoenix Festival of the Arts

December 13-15


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. 


Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market

December 14-15


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. 




Maria Hupfield: Nine Years Towards the Sun

December 6 - 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. 


Ansel Adams: Performing the Print

January 11 - 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.


Joseph Cornell: Things Unseen

January 25 - August 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.” 


Ongoing Exhibitions


Antonio: The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration

Through 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


Art on the Wild Side

Through 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. 


Counter-Landscapes: Performative Actions from the 1970s - Now

Through January 19


This exhibition at SMoCA presents a group of artists working in both natural and urban environments whose work exploits the power of place to address issues of social, environmental, and personal transformation over the past 50 years. 


PhxArtx60: The Past Decade

Through 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.


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.


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.


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. 



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. 


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.


Congo Masks and Music: Masterpieces from Central Africa

Through September 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.


"Current State" Featuring Thomas "Breeze" Marcus

Through September 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.