Arts Activities for All Ages

  • SMoCA is free all weekend with festival admission.
  • Our giant games garden is back offering Jenga, Connect 4, Checkers, Bag Toss and Yard Dice. 

 Community Art Studio

Would you like to be an artist, or are you curious about how an artist works? Visit the Community Art Studio and explore an outdoor studio space. Participate in art projects including a community mural, paper sculptures, paper hat making and much more! Enjoyable, creative and relaxing activities for all ages. Located north of City Hall.

Children and families can interact with entertainer Patti Hannon as she leads them down the path to creativity, have your face painted by Rachel’s Young at Art Studio, participate in a mini-workshop to learn about the art of mime, take part in a poetry workshop, and have fun with a creative movement session led by a professional performer.

We are proud to partner with the following quality organizations: Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Free Arts of Arizona, Rachel’s Young at Art Studio, and Scottsdale Artist’s School.

Print Your Own Merch Workshop

Near the iconic LOVE sculpture

Phoenix-based artist and printmaker Eli Richard will be providing screen printing workshops. It will provide visitors with the opportunity to learn how to screen print on t-shirts and will feature a signature festival design that allows artists of all ages to customize their own t-shirt into a work of art. The t-shirt cost is $12 for kids and $15 for adults.
Trees of Love

Trees of Love

Near the iconic LOVE sculpture

Local community artist, Kyllan Maney, invites all to join her in making “Trees of Love”. Kyllan will be hanging ribbon from the trees branches to the ground, and everyone will be filling the ribbon with their hand-made paper hearts depicting what it is that they love. Join the LOVE!

love sculpture

Barter Boat Trading Post

Located north of City Hall by Community Art Studio

In collaboration with the Festival, Scottsdale Public Art will showcase…Barter Boat by RADAR Art: Robin Schwartzman, Anna Abhau, Elliott & Desiree Moore.

Barter Boat is an interactive art installation powered by creativity and the motto, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” The artists of RADAR Art have traveled across the country in their “boat” to trade objects with anyone who visits their installation. Barter Boat will ask visitors to trade small possessions for an eco-friendly bag filled with curated objects collected from a previous city on their tour. Through this exchange, Barter Boat creates memorable experiences by getting people to share small pieces of their lives while shaping a new relationship to waste and exploring value without money. RADAR Art is an artists collective interested in making connections through objects, personal narratives, conversations and social exchanges. Learn more about Barter Boat.



Scottsdale Public Art’s Guided Walking Tour of Old Town Scottsdale

Get your Festival experience off on the right foot with Scottsdale Public Art’s guided walking tour of Old Town Scottsdale. Led by Scottsdale Public Art Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Wendy Raisanen and Public Art Manager, Jennifer Gill. It features more than a dozen works of art, from Robert Indiana’s world-famous LOVE sculpture to Ed Mell’s dramatic Jack Knife.

The tour starts at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 10

The tour lasts approximately 75 minutes and covers about 3/4 of a mile. Limited to 20 participants.

Cost: $15 and does not include admission to the festival.

SEE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE under Family Friendly for more details.