Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the festival charge an entrance fee?

The Scottsdale Arts Festival is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts and the proceeds benefit the programs and arts education initiatives of its three divisions — the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art.

Where may I park?

There are several free areas to park near the festival, as well as free trolley service. Our “Visit” page has the festival map and local trolley map for your reference:

Is the festival ADA accessible?

Yes, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is ADA accessible and the majority of the Scottsdale Civic Center Park is ADA accessible via sidewalks.

May I bring chairs and/or blankets to the festival?

You may bring blankets to watch performances or to enjoy the festival from an open spot of your choosing, but please do not bring chairs. The festival has picnic tables, benches and tables with chairs available for use on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the park.

May I bring in outside food and beverage?

No outside food and beverage is allowed with the exception of water and children’s snacks. The festival has five lemonade stands and three bars that sell a variety of beverages. Food is available at 15+ vendors around the park.

May I bring my pet?

Pets are not allowed with the exception of credentialed service-trained animals. Please refer to the list below for pet-sitting facilities in the area. The Scottsdale Arts Festival does not partner with, nor endorse, any of these facilities; they are provided for information only.

Applewood Pet Resort & Spa

6909 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ, 85253: On the south side of Lincoln Drive, west of Scottsdale Road.

Phone: 480-596-1190


Bark N’ Babies – Grooming, Boarding & Day Care

8134 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251: On the north side of Indian School Road, east of Hayden Road.

Phone: 480-860-2224


PetSmart PetsHotel

4380 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251: On the southwest corner of Miller and Camelback roads.

Phone: 480-429-4519


Scottsdale Pet Hotel

2700 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe, AZ, 85281: On the west side of Scottsdale Road, south of McDowell Road.

Phone: 480-947-9636