23rd Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

November 4th, 5th & 6th, 2016

Established 1994

The Town of Carefree Signature Event

Admission $3.00 - Hours 10am - 5pm

101 Easy Street, Carefree, AZ

Wine Tasting Ticket with Souvenir Glass $10.00


The festival accommodates the return of Arizona's largest wine-tasting event, providing a unique opportunity to sample an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines. For $10, patrons will receive an engraved souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets; allowing them to come together and enjoy the unparalleled ambience of fine art, wine and live musical entertainment. The festival will take place in downtown Carefree, at the corner of HoHum and Easy streets. Hours are 10am to 5pm each day. Admission is $3.00. Parking is free all weekend.  This festival provides an enjoyable experience for all that attend!

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.

The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festivals are enhanced by the beautiful Sonoran Desert backdrop of Carefree. Thunderbird Artists holds the title of Arizona’s largest wine-tasting events, featuring first-class wines from around the world. These festivals touch each of the senses, with fine wines, mouthwatering chocolates, the visual feast of art and the subtle sound of ambient music.  After taking in all the sights and sounds of the festival, make sure and leave yourself time to discover Carefree’s assortment of unique shops, boutiques, galleries restaurants and outdoor cafes.

Featured Artist-DARRELL THOMAS

Darrell Thomas, born and raised in Utah, discovered his passion at 7 years old, when his teacher complimented an art project. His path into the world of art continued to blossom and he has never looked back. Darrell studied Illustration in college and graduated from Utah State University. After graduation he worked as an illustrator, for 20 years, after which he decided to pursue his true dream and paint for himself. He found it not only exciting, but rewarding to give up his position in commercial art to pursue a fine art career. Darrell has won numerous awards for his work and his proudest accomplishment is gaining the support of wonderful clients from all over the world. “The best compliment an artist can receive is when a customer takes home a piece of his art to make it a part of their lives.”

In addition to the magnificent works of Darrel Thomas, more than 125 other juried fine artisans from throughout the United States and abroad will participate displaying paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and ink; impressive small, medium and life-sized sculptures, sparkling hand blown glass, baskets, clay, metal, stone, spectacular handcrafted jewelry, exceptional photography and much more!

The festival also combines fine art with an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines and micro-brews for tasting. For $10, patrons will receive an engraved souvenir glass with six tasting tickets; allowing them to walk the streets of downtown Carefree sipping samples, enjoying superb art and listening to live musical entertainment, featuring steel drummer, Paul McDermand. Come visit Darrell and other renowned artists, for our award winning Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, November 4th, 5th & 6th, 10am to 5pm each day. A truly can’t miss event! 


Steel Drummer, Paul McDermand, will be featured in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.

Steel Drummer, Paul McDermand, will be featured in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.