Take a Detour

30 Years

Art Detour, Phoenix’s original art walk and the longest running arts festival in downtown Phoenix, will celebrate its 30-year anniversary March 15-20, 2018.


Patrons can meet artists in their working environments, start or expand their art collection, immerse themselves in downtown’s diverse arts districts, and discuss the impact of the arts on the next 30 years of our city’s development. 


These Detour-ists will be invited to step into 100 artist studios, galleries, pop-up spaces and other venues, as well as enjoy cultural performances and family-friendly activities.

Six Days

NEW! Art Detour 30 will expand to a six-day schedule, and feature a multi-faceted exploration of the arts and culture of America’s fifth-largest city.


The new six-day event format will kick off with the opening night Art d’Core Gala celebration; span the weekend with a scheduled exploration of key arts districts and artist studios; and end with a symposium that will spur interest in art collecting, foster artists’ career development, and identify actionable items to create a culturally rich and economically diverse city.

One Event

The annual event, produced by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was launched by Phoenix artists in 1989 and helped birth the First Fridays phenomenon. 


All are invited to detour through the city and celebrate our artistic surroundings over a delightful weekend of cultural discovery. 

Delight in the Discovery

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 15: 6th Annual Art d’Core Gala

The opening night celebration is a fun spin on a traditional “gala” that each year spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic city. The event will showcase works by members of the Artlink Artist Council. Read more.

Friday-Sunday, March 16-18: The “Detour”

Patrons are invited to embark on a weekend schedule of arts experiences within key arts districts. Details to be announced.

  • Friday, March 16 – Roosevelt Row Arts District
  • Saturday, March 17 (day) – Historic Grand Avenue
  • Saturday, March 17 (evening) – Downtown Phoenix core
  • Sunday, March 18 – Phoenix Warehouse District + surrounding area studio tours

Monday-Tuesday, March 19-20: NEW! Symposium

Save the date for the new symposium series. Details to be announced.

Explore our City's Culture

New Artist Opportunities

In addition to a call for representative work for Art Detour 30. Artlink Inc., Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Phoenix’s Street Transportation Department and Office of Arts and Culture invite artists and designers of all practices to apply for the Pedal to the Metal: Phoenix Bike Rack Project. The artists selected from this call will create new designs for bicycle racks to be placed throughout Phoenix. A selection of submissions will be featured in an exhibition during Art Detour weekend.

"Art Detour is one of the most important events on Phoenix's calendar." - Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

Thirty Years of Detour

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