Event Information


Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival 2020 - 25th Annual Spring- Thunderbird Artists

101 Easy Street
Carefree, Arizona (West)

Phone: 480.837.5637
Event Dates: 2/28/20 - 3/1/20
Application Deadline: 10/8/19 Midnight MST
50 day(s) and 5 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
This award-winning, spring Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival is produced by Thunderbird Artists, in conjunction with the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce and is officially the Town of Carefree's Signature Event.  This nationally acclaimed fine art festival in Carefree is widely known as "...a collector's paradise."TM

Thunderbird Artists Mission is to promote fine art and fine crafts, paralleled with the ambiance of unique wines and fine music, while supporting the artists, merchants and surrounding communities.

General Information
Deadline: October 8th, 2019                  
Notification date: October 22nd, 2019                 
Accept or decline invitation deadline: December 1st, 2019
December 2nd  - removal of any artists who have not accepted or declined our invitation.  If any space remains available and a removed artist wishes to participate, they must reapply with Thunderbird Artists paper application.
Marketing/space fee deadline: December 1st, 2019  (At least 1/2 down by this date.)
No refunds: January 24th, 2020

This unique Town is nestled in the foothills of the Sonoran desert, bordering Scottsdale to the north. The streets of Downtown Carefree are closed, making room for 165 artists. Well established as collector’s shows, the Carefree festival draws a qualified, knowledgeable and affluent clientele who enjoy the finer things in life.

Eligibility, Rules & Regulations

*All work must be original, handcrafted, created and exhibited by the artist.  No open-ended edition prints permitted.  At least 65% of displayed work must be original art.  Kits, imports and mass produced items are prohibited.  No clothing, hobby or bazaar type articles.

*All categories must be juried prior to acceptance.  Any media NOT accepted through the jury process shall be removed.  Separate images and jury fee are required for acceptance of more than one medium.

*If two or more persons collaborate to produce original work, each person must be identified on the application.

*There will be a $25 fee for all bank returned checks, cancellations and foreign funds.

*Artist must acquire proper state and city/town tax license/permits.

*Artist provides own display., which must be weighted, sturdy, safe, clean and tidy.  Artist is responsible for his/her own display in the case of loss or damage.  Tables must be covered to the groundand all storage and supplies must be neatly covered.  All paintings must hang – with consideration for oversized work.

*Staking into the pavement or grass is NOT allowed, unless specific instructions are given.

*Exhibitor’s display at the event must represent artwork submitted for the jury of this event.  Misrepresentation of a display will result in expulsion from the festival without refund.  Upgrades are acceptable, but Thunderbird Artists must be notified of change and receive new booth shot.

*All tents must be solid white and flame retardant. 

*Handwritten signs and sale signs are prohibited.  No soliciting political or religious materials or imposing views on customers or fellow artists.

*All work, display and storage must stay within designated space.  There is no extending, unless specified.

*The exhibitor’s space shall be occupied by 9am the first morning of the show, otherwise the exhibitor will be considered a “NO SHOW” and his/her space may be given away with no possible refund.

*Exhibitors must park in designated artist parking area.

*Set-up and breakdown times will be strictly enforced.  You must arrive within the specified times.  Breakdown will not begin until the end of the show and vehicles will not be permitted into show area until all patrons have left the grounds, usually within 15 minutes.

*Absolutely no pets on festival grounds.  Artists staying in overnight area must clean up after pets in parking area.

*Artists must utilize assigned space during published festival hours and will confine all sales/display activity to assigned space.  All space assignments are final decisions of Thunderbird Artists and Thunderbird Artists reserve the right to change or modify space locations as they may deem necessary.

*All rules will be strictly enforced.  Failure to comply with rules or unruly behavior (including intoxication or verbal abuse) by an exhibitor or assistant(s) will require immediate expulsion from the present event and will eliminate exhibitor from future events.  Thunderbird Artists reserves the right to make final interpretation of all rules.

*Festivals close at 5pm and the artists may take part in the wine tasting after 4pm.  No drinking before this time.

*Recommended attire is business casual.  You never get a second chance to make a first impression!

Booth Information
Artist participation is not confirmed until receipt of marketing/space fee.

Marketing/space fees now INCLUDE CAREFREE VENDOR PERMIT FEES and are as follows:

10' x 10' = $475
10' x 10' w/corner = $575
10' x 15' = $685
10' x 15' w/corner = $785
10' x 20' = $895
10' x 20' w/corner = $995
10' x 30' = $1,315
10' x 30' w/corner = $1,415

*All fees will be discounted $10 if payment is made via check or moneyorder*