200 award winning artists transform the magnificent path-lined plaza with a spectacular splash of color, featuring hundreds of pieces of one-of-a-kind artwork available for purchase. Offerings include painting, drawing, ceramics, glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, apparel and hand-crafted wares. Meet the artists and buy directly from them!
You don’t need to be an art aficionado to enjoy the Indian Wells Arts Festival. It’s designed to create a festive event experience and community celebration. Everyone loves to watch the on-site demonstrations including sand sculpture, glass blowing, painting, weaving, large scale stone sculpturing, larger-than-life mural painting, wood carving and pottery throwing.
With a celebrated reputation for its high quality and wide variety of fine art and quality craft, the Festival has been ranked one of the “100 Best Fine Art Shows in the country” by Sunshine Artist magazine; “Best of the Best” by Palm Springs Life magazine; and ranked in the top 100 in both fine art fairs and fine craft shows by Greg Lawler’s Art Source Book; a Top-3 Southern California Getaway by The Examinor..
The creative synergy of demonstrating artists, local sponsors and non-profit partners enhances our venue with vibrant activity. The artisan village environment includes a Gourmet Market Place with gourmet specialties, while sidewalk chalk drawing, children’s activities, wine tasting, live musical entertainment and refreshment add to the festive activities that are ongoing throughout the day. A special “Eggs + Champagne in the Garden” brunch menu is available until noon on Saturday and Sunday.
The Festival incorporates a number of local charities as Festival Partners and donates to their art scholarship funds. Participating organizations have included Vocal Performance and Appreciation Club at College of the Desert, The Children s Discovery Museum of the Desert, Student Creative Recycle Art Program (SCRAP) Gallery, George Washington Charter School, Palm Springs Unified School District, Cathedral City High School Digital Arts Academy, Old Town Artisan Studio, Champion Volunteer Foundation, The Ophelia Project, and the Coachella Valley Youth Ensemble Program.
Acquire the affordable -- capture the collectable. Join the synergy as art comes alive!
The Indian Wells Arts Festival is produced by Dianne Funk Enterprises, Inc.