The 59th annual Tubac Festival of the Arts, Arizona’s longest running festival, will be held on February 7-11 from 10 am to 5 pm each day; admission is free. Parking is $8 per car, all parking proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations.
A juried show, the Tubac Festival of the Arts features 175 art booths with artists from around the country. The festival features a range of artwork from fine painting and sculpture to fun and functional ceramics, skillfully crafted wood and leatherworks and shimmering glass. Visitors will also see photography, unique jewelry, artful clothing and mixed media works.
Tucson metal artist, Roberto Marquez will feature his unique metal art fountains. Renowned Santa Fe artist, Amada Pena, will be on hand with new work as well as his many collectors’ favorites. Cynthia Duff, of Tubac, who was last year’s best of show winner will also be participating again this year.
The 2018 commemorative festival poster was created by painted Miro Kenarov of Santa Fe and will be available for purchase at the Rotary booth.
Executive Director, Angela Kirkner states: “this is a quality show which has something for everyone. We have fine art, foods and gourmet products”.
Each year Tubac experiences a unique synergy between the village’s resident shops and galleries and the artists from around the country whose works line the streets for five days.
Festival attendees will find several parking lots both in and adjacent to the event. Throughout the festival, free trolley service takes visitors to and from the parking lots and around Tubac village. The horse-drawn carriages delight attendees of all ages.
The food court offers a variety of ethnic and regional foods including Greek, BBQ and Southwestern cuisine. Also on hand will be festival favorites such as burgers, corn dogs, curly fries, funnel cakes, ice cream, kettle corn and fresh squeezed lemonade. Visitors can take home treats including, spices, salsas, honey, roasted nuts, garlic specialties, jams and jellies.
New this year, there will be a beer and wine garden, operated by the Anza Trail Coalition Arizona. The beer garden will also feature a stage with live music on Friday 11am to when the music stops with local band Valley Jam. Saturday from 1-4pm, Angel Perez will be performing classic rock and country music along with some of his own original music – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001525135467, and on Sunday from 1-pm Peter Ronstadt and his band of Tucsonans will be performing music from the post-modern american west – https://www.facebook.com/PeterDaltonRonstadt/.
Located south of Tucson at Exist 34 and 40 on I – 19, Tubac is a haven for art, history and nature lovers. The Tubac Festival of the Arts is presented by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce.