Carefree Events

Farmers Market - Every Friday, 9am - 1pm - Most Fridays October - May

Car Shows Every Saturday 7:30am - 10am excluding weekends of other major events taking place in the downtown Carefree area

February 2014

20th Annual Thunderbirds Fine Arts & Wine Festival

February 28 - March 2nd

Time: 10am-5pm -

The streets of downtown Carefree are closed for Thunderbird Artists festivals, making room for more than 165 artists and an excess of 5,000 original masterpieces of fine art. Artists’ works include small, medium, life-size and monumental bronze sculptures, metal, clay, wood, stone, glass and mixed media sculptures. There is an array of pottery, photography, hand crafted jewelry, batiks and select fine crafts. There are also spectacular oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, watercolors, pastel, charcoal, etchings and mixed media paintings. Subject matter ranges from Southwest and traditional to contemporary and abstract, including floral, wildlife, European, African and Native American art to name a few. The festival offers a wide variety of mediums, styles, sizes, subject matters and price ranges, to ensure there is something that appeals to everyone.

March 2014

March 21 -23 -- Sonoran Festival of Fine Art

One of the largest open-air fine art shows in the Southwest, the 13th Annual Festival of Art boasts artists from around the country presenting outstanding artwork in a variety of mediums and styles. Enjoy three days of art, live music and specialty foods.

10am-5pm daily - Free Admission

For More information, call (480) 575-6624 or email

10th Annual Taste of the Foothills Celebration and Cash & Caring Raffle

Who: The Foothills Caring Corps

When: 5 – 9 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014.

Where: El Pedregal, 34505 N.Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Admission: $40 per person or free admission for two adults, with purchase of a Cash & Caring raffle ticket for $100.

What: Food and wine tasting, live music, live and silent auctions to benefit the non-profit Foothills Caring Corps.

Cash & Caring Raffle: Tickets are on sale now and will be available at the event. Tickets can be purchased for $100 each, three for $275, and eight for $500. Three winners will be awarded cash prizes.

Information: Call 480-488-1105 or visit

Carefree Days Festival - April 11-13

Carefree will celebrate spring during the first ever Carefree Days Festival hosted by Magic Bird Festivals.

The three-day art and crafts, entertainment, and food event takes place one week before Easter at the Carefree Desert Gardens Sundial Circle and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., Carefree, on Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

This free festival features artisans and entertainers from throughout the region, and includes a CD launch for local musician, Francesca Evans, who will debut her latest album of folk and Americana originals, Right to the Heart, on Saturday from 3-4 p.m.

Featured artists include noted Navajo jeweler, Fernando Benally, who produces imaginative pieces comprised of colorful stones set in lustrous metals, and local Carefree artist, Victoria Orrico, who will exhibit her one-of-a-kind sculptures and gourds made from natural elements.
Woven throughout cactus botanical gardens, the show invites attendees to meander along the beautiful paths and browse unique handmade gifts, arts and crafts.

Musical entertainment includes Evans and other local talented performers, such as Dakota Kid, Stephanie Chacon, Lauren Riley, and Kenda Newbury’s AZ Dance Group. All entertainment takes place on stage at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.
Food trucks will be on hand throughout the weekend with gourmet treats and savory eats, as well as craft beer selections and wine tastings by AZ Wines. Sip, savor and relax in the sun while enjoying the live entertainment.
Local juggling talent, Chase Archer Reynolds, will rove the gardens giving juggling performances, and on Sunday, youngsters will enjoy a special appearance by the Easter Bunny who will hand out Easter eggs from noon to 3 p.m.

"Our goal is to honor not only the Town of Carefree, but the many people that have helped build it into what it is today. What better time than spring to celebrate and what better place than our signature Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion,” says owner and founder Roberta Toombs-Rechlin.

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