About the Fountain Hills Arts and Crafts Festival:
Each November, enjoy juried arts and crafts show and sale in a beautiful outdoor setting. The Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts is a fine art show featuring over 400 artists, entertainment, and food. It attracts well-known artists from across the nation.
When is the Festival?:
Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts takes place the second weekend of November annually. The festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10a.m. - 5p.m. daily.
The festival and parking is free. Art and food is extra, of course. Bring some cash for food. Many artists take checks and credit cards. For an additional fee, some artists will ship your purchases.
Fountain Hills is a scenic community close to the Superstition Mountains northeast of Phoenix. The town is anchored by a fountain that erupts high enough in the sky to be seen by passing aircraft. The fountain erupts hourly, kind of like a geyser. Map
Wheelchair accessible. Sufficient port-a-potties. Wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring bottled water. There are many food booths so you can purchase food and drink at the festival.
Review and Recommendations:
I enjoyed the drive into Fountain Hills via the rolling hills with magestic views of the Superstition Mountains. Once in town, it was easy to find the Festival, right in the Civic Center. There was ample parking. I'd recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes as you may walk several blocks to get to the festival and then once you are there walking will be the way to see all the booths.
Friends have recommended this juried art festival as a good place to find quality art by well-known artists. And, indeed, as I wandered past the booths I happened upon painters who also showed in Scottsdale galleries, Native American artisans who routinely exhibited at the Heard Indian Market and the Santa Fe Indian Market, as well as up and coming artists.
There was a wide variety of mediums represented... gourd art, oil and watercolors, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, glass, pressed flowers and wearable art.
There were also the usual festival type of food booths and artisans who exhibited lower-cost fun items. I purchased some pottery soap dishes and hand made soaps for small Christmas gifts.
We enjoyed some great Native American music and my friend purchased the group's CD's. Fountain Hills provides a true festival atmosphere with several stages of entertainment, food booths with everything from kettle corn to sushi, and an opportunity to view fine art and talk with the artists in person.
I'd recommend you set aside a full day next November and head for the Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts.