Sunday A'Fair in Scottsdale, Arizona

Free Concerts in Scottsdale
© 2012 Judy Hedding

Each January through April the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts sponsors a mini-festival in Scottsdale Civic Center Park on specific Sunday afternoons. You can listen to concerts presented by local musicians, shop at vendor booths, eat and drink, and tale a tour of the museum. Concerts cover a variety of styles — jazz, blues, salsa, country, rock and roll, pop and more.

When is Sunday A'Fair?

Sunday A'Fair dates for 2017 are:
January 15, 22, 29
February 12, 19, 26
March 5, 19, 26
April 2

Concerts start at noon. The event ends at 4 p.m.

Highlights of Sunday A’Fair 2017

  • Peace and Community Day honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 15
  • La Gran Fiesta: A Celebration of Latin and Hispanic Cultures headlined by the L.A.-based band Salt Petal on Feb. 19
  • Origination: A Festival of Native Cultures celebrating the arts of France and Native Arizona on March 26.

Where is it?

Scottsdale Civic Center Park, right next to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Here is a map with the address and directions. The closest parking garage to the event is the one just north of 2nd Street on Wells Fargo. Park on the north side of the lot and walk across the street into Civic Center Park in between the two restaurants, Pepin and AZ88. You are there. If that lot is full (it usually isn't on Sunday afternoons), you can also park in the Scottsdale Public Library lot on Drinkwater.

The Scottsdale Downtown Trolley will also get you to this location, right across the street. Get off at Brown Avenue. It's free to ride!

How much does it cost to get in?

Nothing. Admission is free. Public parking in Scottsdale is also free.

What else happens?

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is open and free from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday A'Fair days.

At 1:30 p.m. on each scheduled day of Sunday A'Fair you can take a free, docent-led tour of the museum. At 3 p.m. you can take a free docent-led tour of the sculptures in the park.

What else should I know?

Bring folding chairs or a blanket for the lawn in front of the raised concert stage. There are a few picnic tables on the perimeter of the spectator area, and they are usually taken early. Of course, you can stand or sit on the grass.

  • You may bring your own food to Sunday A'Fair. Picnicking is popular here.
  • An arts and crafts market will be open, as will the store at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Children are welcome and there are often activities for them. Leashed pets are permitted for the outdoor activities.
  • Concerts and tours may be canceled in case of bad weather.

What if I have more questions?

For more information, and to see who will be performing on each day of Sunday A'Fair, visit the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts online.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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