The Top 5 Art & Food Festivals — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:
Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace
12601 E. Hwy. 60,
Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
Escape the rigors of the 21st century and travel back into the past with Arizona’s Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace. The festival showcases events such as a jousting tournament, a day-long feast and a 30-acre circus.
Fountain Festival of the Arts & Crafts
16837 E. Palisades Blvd.,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
The Fountain Hills Festival of the Arts & Crafts runs from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11 and features nearly 500 artists, artisans, food, live music and a beer garden.
Tempe Festival of the Arts
310 S. Mill Ave., #A-201,
Tempe, AZ 85281
The Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, attracts nearly 225,000 guests and features more than 400 artists. Although the festival’s primary focus is on visual art and artists, it also includes musical performances, street artists, vendors and sponsored exhibits.
Scottsdale Arts Festival
7380 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The Scottsdale Arts Festival runs March 8-10 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and features nearly 200 jury-selected artists. Alongside the showcased artists are 22 bands and 12 food trucks.
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
This culinary adventure annually draws nearly 40,000 visitors who attend more than a dozen events. Featured within these activities are hundreds of restaurants, dozens of chefs and a large selection of wines and spirits. Takes place April 9-14, 2013.