Explore your creativity at the Scottsdale Arts Festival through hands-on activities, giant yard games, music, museum visits and more! 

Community Art Studio

Curious about art? Explore a variety of art mediums at the Community Art Studio. From murals to music-making, we’re sure you’ll leave inspired. All ages welcome, all materials are provided, and no prior experience is necessary.

We are proud to partner with the following quality organizations and artists: Patti Hannon, Arizona Musicfest, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Free Arts of Arizona, Phoenix College, Rachel’s Young at Art Studio, and Scottsdale Artists’ School.

The Community Art Studio is located on the north side of City Hall.  


Marble Mountain Installation

Escape to Marble Mountain and participate in fiber workshops and art activities surrounding storytelling and character-building. Participants will learn how to marble dye fabric and make their own take-home creature. All ages welcome, all materials are provided, and no prior experience is necessary. 

This installation is presented by Kayla Newnam, a local artist known for her paintings, murals, and installations that create new worlds filled with bright colors and quirky patterns. Newnam was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and got her BFA in painting from Pratt Institute of Art and Design in Brooklyn, NY.  


Cut + Paste: Collaborative Collage

Using glue sticks, magazines, and other ephemera, participants will explore their creativity through the art of collage in this participatory activity. All ages welcome, all materials are provided, and no prior experience is necessary.

Presented by Cut + Paste (C+P), a collage group founded in Phoenix, AZ in 2015. Originally conceived as a platform for friends to create art objects in a social setting, the group quickly garnered interest from the local arts scene. Over the last few years C+P has evolved and now provides all collage materials and offers free monthly events for the public across the Valley. Venues include museums, libraries, festivals, and other multi-use spaces. C+P aims to promote community through creative, tactile experiences for people of all ages and skill levels.


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Positive Place 

We invite festival attendees to enter the Positive Place and add their own personal stories to create a dynamic, inspiring space. This installation is designed in partnership with BGC and The Walter Hive.

Giant Games Garden – located in the lawn northeast of city hall

Partake in a variety of giant versions of your favorites such as Jenga, Connect 4, Tic-Tac-Toe, Checkers, Corn Hole, Yard Dice, and more.

Giant Games Garden is located in the lawn northeast of City Hall.

Free Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) Admission

SMoCA will be open during Festival hours. Patrons can visit the Museum for free Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.