The Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts displays the works of over 500 fine artists, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, clothing and crafts, and features local food items, a beer garden and performances of live music. Since 1974, the Fountain Hills, Arizona Chamber of Commerce holds the festival annually in mid-November along tree-shaded Avenue of the Fountains. Approximately 200,000 visitors attend the festival each year. Admission and parking are free, and the festival takes place rain or shine.
The Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts is a juried art fair. The organizers only accept the top artists in each category, and every artist must reapply each year, so attendees see a higher level of fine art on display than in a general arts and crafts fair.
The artists’ booths line the Avenue of the Fountains, which the city closes for the festival. A fountain at the end of the avenue emits a 330 foot tall plume of water for 15 minutes at the top of each hour. As visitors look down the rows of booths, the fountain is always visible at the top of the avenue.
Because the festival takes place just before the beginning of the Christmas season, many of the artists at the Fountain Festival offer holiday themed ornaments and crafts.