Art and Wine on the Waterfront

November 30, 2014
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Art and Wine on the Waterfront, Scottsdale Arizona

 Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona

Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival takes place in Scottsdale, Arizona takes place in February. Produced by Thunderbird Artists, it showcases quality arts and crafts, wines, and chocolate juried for the event. The Waterfront provides an ideal setting for the event.

The Waterfront is a revitalized area of downtown Scottsdale built around an ancient canal, part of a sophisticated irrigation system built by the Hohokam Indians over a thousand years ago. Today the banks of the canal are lined with palm trees and other greenery, public art, courtyards, fountains, and walking paths. The area around the canal contains restaurants, outdoor cafés, speciality shops, and high-rise residential buildings.

Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival , Scottsdale, Arizona

Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival , Scottsdale, Arizona

During the Waterfront Fine Art and Wine Festival tents line both sides of the canal. Inside each tent is the work of an independent artist. Sometimes the artist is also there and you can meet and talk with him or her.

A few tents house winery representatives. With the purchase of wine tasting tickets you get a souvenir glass. Use the tickets and glass to obtain a selection of wine samples as you stroll through the festival.

Musicians at Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival , Scottsdale, Arizona

Musicians are stationed at several spots throughout the festival grounds.

Food booths at Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival , Scottsdale, Arizona

Food is available within the festival area

When I attended the festival, I saw a beautiful and varied collection of art. Paintings in many styles and a variety of mediums. Photography, bronze and silver statues, jewelry, wood carvings, blown glass, furniture, and more. Artists generally prohibited photography. You will either have to take me at my word when I say the pieces were stunning or visit for yourself.

Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival , Scottsdale, Arizona

The next festival take place February 8 to 10, 2019. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $3. Thunderbird Artists produce other festivals in the greater Phoenix area: Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, Arizona Fine Art Expo, Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire.

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    jacquie
    November 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I have to admit, my first thought was…’Huh? Waterfront in Scottsdale?” So I appreciate the explanation about the ancient canal being part of a sophisticated irrigation system built by the Hohokam Indians over a thousand years ago! But any wine and art festival looks and sounds like great fun!

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      Donna Janke
      December 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

      The history of the canal system is fascinating. The festival is a lot of fun.

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    Susan Cooper
    November 30, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Donna, the waterfront sounds a lot like the San Antonio river walk. It looks beautiful. I love the weather in Arizona this time of year. It’s darn near perfect. Festival sounds like tons of fun for $3!

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      Donna Janke
      December 2, 2014 at 8:56 am

      I suspect the San Antonio river walk (which I love by the way) was one of the inspirations for the development of the Scottsdale waterfront.

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    HikeBikeTravel
    December 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I’ve been to Scottsdale many times to visit my father and therein lies the problem. I always do the same things so it wasn’t until a trip last December that I realized how extensive the canals were and what a great area there was to investigate in downtown Scottsdale. The art and wine show would be fun to see.

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      Donna Janke
      December 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

      There is so much to see and do within Scottsdale alone, more when you consider the greater Phoenix area. But spending time with family is more important than exploring the world. It’s nice if you can do a bit of both, but it doesn’t always work out that way.

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    Patti B.
    December 1, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I, too, would like to visit this festival on a trip south sometime. It looks like it would be a good time. Great info!

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      Donna Janke
      December 2, 2014 at 9:01 am

      I’ve pretty sure you’d like it (and the other art festivals/shows put on by this group).

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    Noel Morata
    December 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    This looks like a fun way to explore the area and a canal (who knew) and a festival to boot, excellent post.

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      Donna Janke
      December 2, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Thanks Noel. The way Scottsdale has developed the canal through its downtown is pretty cool!

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    Doreen Pendgracs
    December 1, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Oh, Donna. This looks like my kind of event — if they throw in a little chocolate! It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Scottsdale. I think it’s time for another visit!

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      Donna Janke
      December 2, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Doreen – there are some fine chocolate stands as well. I don’t remember there being many, but there were at least a couple when I attended in spring.

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    SuzanneS
    December 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Donna – Its been a while since we were in Scottsdale, but I didn’t know about the water! It is a lovely city and the desert is always so picturesque.

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      Donna Janke
      December 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

      The Scottsdale Waterfront has only been developed in the last 10 years or so, although the canal system dates back a thousand years. I love the desert scenery around the Phoenix area.

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    carol colborn
    December 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    You write about things around this area I never knew existed! Thanks for all the info. I was here 6 months last winter and will spend another 6 months this time. Hope to see some of the things you go to and write about!

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      Donna Janke
      December 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

      There is a lot to see and explore in the area. Have fun. Looking forward to meeting you in person.

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    Anita Oliver
    December 2, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I love attending festivals and the Waterfront in Scottsdale looks like a beautiful place to admire art, sample wine and listen to the music. So much to see and do as well as select some gifts for the holiday season!

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    A Taste for Travel
    December 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Wine and art makes a perfect combination. And the Waterfront area of downtown Scottsdale and its ancient canal sounds like a fascinating setting to enjoy both.

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      Donna Janke
      December 5, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Yes, indeed. A great combination in a great setting.

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    Karen Warren
    December 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Art and wine – what a great combination! And it looks a lovely town to wander around.

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      Donna Janke
      December 5, 2014 at 11:31 am

      It is a great combination. And a nice area to wander around, even outside of the festival area.

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    Jackie and Joel Smith
    December 2, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I’ll add this one to our list, should we be in Scottsdale/Phoenix at the right time next year! Great information!

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      Donna Janke
      December 5, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Thunderbird artists sponsor other art festivals as well, so there is a good chance one of them is on when you visit.

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    Irene S. Levine
    December 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Anything is better at a waterfront! This looks like such a fun festival~

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      Donna Janke
      December 5, 2014 at 11:32 am

      I agree about the waterfront – and you don’t find many of those in the desert.

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    Kay Dougherty
    December 2, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Add me to the list of people who didn’t know Scottsdale had a waterfront. Water and wine for $3? Sign me up!

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      Donna Janke
      December 5, 2014 at 11:33 am

      $3 gets you in. It’s another $10 for the wine tasting – still a pretty good deal.

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    Marilyn Jones
    December 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Scottsdale is so beautiful. Add to that a festival and what’s not to love!?!! Your photos are great!

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      Donna Janke
      December 5, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Marilyn. There is certainly lots to see and do in Scottsdale.

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    Jo at ZigaZag blog
    December 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Food, wine, art, music and market stalls – sounds my sort of day out exactly. And at a waterfront to boot. Perfect … I’m on my way 😉

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      Donna Janke
      December 5, 2014 at 11:33 am

      It does make for a fine afternoon.

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    Carole Terwilliger Meyers
    December 4, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I’ve never been to Scottsdale, but if I do visit it sounds like the Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival would be the time to go.

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      Donna Janke
      December 5, 2014 at 11:34 am

      The festival is fun, but I’m sure you’d find lots of things to see and do in Scottsdale at other times as well.

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    Safari OnTheBlog
    December 11, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Great Post Donna!
    Art & Wine . . . #MyFavourite

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