The Best Festivals in Arizona: Food, Art and Music

Arizona is recognized for its desert, cacti, and southwest charm. What the average tourist might not know is that Arizona has some of the best food, art, and music festivals. The state of Arizona is not only top-ranked in some of their festivals, but they offer a broad genre for all festival types, to where there is a festival for everyone. Let’s look at some of the best festivals in Arizona!

Arizona Food

FRIED, A French fry and Music Festival

Taken place in Phoenix, AZ, this festival specializes in French fries, but not just your typical, ordinary fry. From over 15 vendors, these mouthwatering French fries can range from mac-and-cheese fries, pizza fries, dessert fries, and much more. This festival was created for the fry connoisseurs of the world!

The FRIED festival also provides lawn games, craft beer, live bands, and performers. With each order of fries ranging from $2-$3, you will not leave this festival with an empty stomach and a smile.

Gilbert Pizza Festival

The city of Gilbert brings pizza loving to a whole new level! The Gilbert Pizza Festival specializes in, you guessed it, pizza! This festival brings in the most excellent local vendors and the most outstanding pizza makers.

Each slice of pizza will be between $2-$4, and you will watch yourself devour one piece of pizza and ready for your next. The festival also includes live music, wine, and kid zones. The food vendors will accept cash, but drinks will be cash only. So, get your wallets ready and know that this is an event where you will need to bring out your stretchy pants.

Arizona Art

Tempe Festival of the Arts

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The Tempe Festival of the Arts has consistently ranked as one of the Top 20 festivals in the nation, and after visiting, you will understand why! The Tempe Festival of the Arts takes place in Tempe, AZ, annually and has never been far from extraordinary.  This festival brings artists from all over the country and brings in 250,000 visitors for the spring and fall events.

The Tempe Festival of the Arts will put each artist into a category, that being from wood, ceramics, wearable art, jewelry, etc. Throughout the festival, there will be judges examining each artist in every category, and the winner of the category will receive a cash award. With the primary focus of the festival being based around art, there will be other vendors for you to venture off to. Enjoy the live performers, music, and the amazing vibes throughout the whole festival.

Scottsdale Arts Festival

The Scottsdale Arts Festival will be hosting its 50th anniversary in 2020 and has been recognized as one of the top art fairs in America. The event hosts over 200 of the finest artists across America and abroad. If you are one that has an eye for performing arts, culinary and cultural creativity, then join the returning 20,000+ loyal visitors in Scottsdale, AZ!

This festival is scattered across a 20-acre, beautiful park and has the most magnificent art spread from one end to the other. Enjoy a beautiful day in the sun and endure in grade A art and gourmet food trucks!

Arizona Music

Dusk Musical Festival

The Dusk Musical Festival is an event that showcases music artists that are known worldwide, along with local Arizona favorites. Dusk is an exhilarating music festival that brings in a diverse group that all share a common interest, the love of music!

You can let loose at this nationally known music festival and indulge in all of the indie music you can dream of. This festival is located in the heart of Tucson, AZ, and has kept this city on the map.  Bring your best dance moves and get ready to vibe with an energized crowd.

Country Thunder

You will want to get your dancing boots out for this festival! Country Thunder is a country music festival that is hosted in several states across North America. Luckily, Florence, AZ, is one of those locations! This country festival lasts from Thursday to Sunday and attracts nearly 29,000 visitors each day. 

Country Thunder features artists from all over, some being: Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Eric Church, and many, many more. You can purchase a single day pass for this festival, but you will have no regrets buying the weekend pass.

Arizona is a state that has everything to offer its visitors. Arizona has a variety of food, art, and music festivals – which one will your heart and soul endure in?


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