It’s Official: La Quinta Arts Festival Ranked #1 in the Nation. La Quinta Arts Foundation is thrilled to announce that its signature event La Quinta Arts Festival has been ranked the #1 Fine Art Festival in the Nation by Art Fair SourceBook, the definitive guide for art and craft fairs in the United States.
The 32nd Annual La Quinta Arts Festival returns to the visually stunning setting of La Quinta’s Civic Center Campus (78495 Calle Tampico La Quinta CA) in the greater Palm Springs area – Southern California’s preferred desert resort location. Produced by La Quinta Arts Foundation, in partnership with its Premier Sponsor the City of La Quinta, La Quinta Arts Festival raises funds for the Foundation’s non-profit mission of Promoting & Cultivating the Arts.
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This award-winning event attracts art patrons and tourists from across the nation as one of the Coachella Valley’s premier attractions. Live Entertainment, Delicious Food, Wine and Beer complement your experience.
At the Gate a Single Day Adult Admission is $12, or select a Multi-Day Pass for $15 for entry all 4 days! Children under 12 are free!
Exclusive Website Offer: Purchase Your Tickets Using the “Buy Now” button and Receive a Multi-Day Pass for $12! (Maximum Per Transaction – 6 Tickets) The payment form MUST be filled out entirely, including your email, or the transaction will be declined. Your name, address, and security code must match the information your card issuing bank has on file otherwise the transaction will be declined. Your tickets will be at Will Call, please print your online receipt to present upon arrival.
Since 1982 La Quinta Arts Foundation has created programs and opportunities to nurture and support fine artists through our mission of Promoting and Cultivating the Arts.
Only the best artists qualify for La Quinta Arts Festival. Undergoing a rigorous jury process competing with nearly 1,000 applicants these artists display mastery of their respective medium and excellence in presentation to qualify for La Quinta Arts Festival, NOW RANKED #1 FINE ART FESTIVAL IN THE NATION! – “Greg Lawler’s 2013 Art Fair SourceBook.”
La Quinta Arts Foundation is proud to present the nation’s foremost contemporary artists at La Quinta Arts Festival. 2014 Invited Artists Announced January 1, 2014.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Bill Keale was born on Oahu and raised near the shores of Kailua Bay. It is here that he began to discover music and writing. In part because it was family tradition. Bill’s Uncle, Moe Keale, one of Hawaii’s most beloved entertainers, is an Icon in his own right. Bill’s cousin was Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole, who’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow and A Wonderful World” still inspires us all. It was from this Heritage that Bill discovered his own healing gift. From his early introduction into Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Pop, Folk, Healing and Easy Listening profile, Bill performs an acoustic and somewhat organic musical style to the delight of festival patrons.
Steve Madaio & Friends
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 2pm to 5pm
Master of trumpet and flugel horn, Steve Madaio has lived the life most musicians dream of. Along with David Sandborn, he perfomed on stage at Woodstock with the Butterfield Blues Band. Madaio toured and recorded with the legendary Janis Joplin, and enjoyed two world tours with the Rolling Stones. Additionally Steve has toured and recorded with Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Madonna and Barbara Streisand to name but a few. As one of the most sought after recording session side men Steve has contributed to hundreds of artists albums. No doubt some of these are in your music collection. Steve is joined by Bobby O’Connor on keyboard, and HL Miller percussion and vocals. Bring your danncing shoes as Steve and Friends will be swinging till the Festival closes, then take home Steve’s just rleased CD ”Slices”.
Thursday, 10am to 3pm, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10am to 1:30pm
Milton Merlos Jr. was born in Boston, MA. At the age of 12 his love for the guitar was ignited and born, and by the age of 16 he was performing as a professional musician. Later Merlos traveled to Spain where he fell in love with Spanish Flamenco guitar, and that experience fueled his passion and sparked his commitment to the honored tradition of Flamenco!
Oscar Reynolds, Karumanta Music
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am to 5pm
Northwest Rest Area
With a professional career of over 40 years in music, Bolivian-born artist Oscar Reynolds recently received honors from the Bolivian government for his lifetime achievement in music and dedication in developing, performing, and promoting Bolivian music in Bolivia and around the world. Reynolds, of Quechua Indian and Irish ancestry, first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and although obtaining a law degree in 1987, decided to devote his life to his native music. He has shared the stage with Chuscales, one of today’s leading flamenco guitarists, and notable Peruvian artists such as singer Cecilia Barraza, Susana Baca’s bassist David Pinto, and Perú Negro’s Lalo Izquierdo, among others. His latest collaborative project with Lalo Izquierdo and the California Academy of Sciences was commissioned by the Creative Work Fund Grant for Traditional Arts. Oscar has eight full-length albums to his credit under his own independent label Karumanta Music. ‘Karumanta’ in Quechua, means “We have come from far away.” Be transported to a distant place and time listening to Oscar’s melodic pan pipes and soothing acoustic guitar.
Don McLeod’s Statues Vivantes - Saturday, throughout the Festival
Are they real? That is a question frequently asked when patrons happen upon the performance art of Statues Vivantes or Living Statues. Don McLeod and Company are masters at mime and movement art creating unique, interactive statues for over 30 years.
Fisherman’s Market & Grill
Fish & Chips $12
Mahi Sliders $12
Mahi Tacos $10
Baja Fish Tacos $10
ALL SERVED WITH HOME-MADE KETTLE CHIPS
Cajun Salmon Caesar Salad $10
Hawaiian Chicken Salad $10
Baja Louie’s Mexican Cantina
Chicken Burrito $10
Chicken Tacos $10
Beef Burrito $10
Beef Tacos $10
ALL SERVED WITH RICE & BEANS
Chicken Nachos $12
Beef Nachos $12
Taco Salad with Chicken $10
Chips & Salsa $6
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
USDA Prime Filet Steak Sandwich $12 – Served on a fresh roll, topped with grilled onions
USDA Prime Cheeseburger $10- Topped with sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce & tomatoes
USDA Filet Steak Salad $10 – Served on a bed of mixed field greens tossed in Ruth’s vinaigrette, finished with blue cheese
Pop Chips $2
Bottled Water $2
Soft Drinks $3
Just need a light pick-me-up? Head to the Island Bar for light snacks, sandwiches, sweets and cool refreshments!
Tuna Sandwich $8
Turkey Sandwich $8
Roast Beef Sandwich $8
Assorted Fruit $2
Assorted Chips $2
Assorted Deserts $2-$6
Soft Drinks, Beer & Wine Available
E. Pels Italian Ices
A festival favorite for over 30 years E. Pels returns with their highly sought after frosty treats in lemon, orange and mocha.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! We’ll have lots of these tasty treats in the Meadow Gazebo rest area to make you feel “like a kid again.”
Need a caffiene fix, energy boosting smoothie, or a calming tea? We have you covered at the Old Town Coffee Company kiosk where you will find every liquid pick-me-up or chill-me-out refreshment!
STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES AND ADDITIONS AS THE FESTIVAL DRAWS NEAR!
La Quinta Arts Festival is held at the magnificent La Quinta Civic Center Campus, 78-495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253. From Interstate 10 or Highway 111, take Washington Street south to Calle Tampico.
Click here for a printable map to our location.
Public Transportation is available through Sunline Transit Agency, Sun Bus. Click here for routing and schedule.
Several parking options are available for La Quinta Arts Festival 2013; all can be accessed by traveling south on Washington Street and following the signs. Click here for Parking Map.
Convenient close proximity parking:
Valet Parking is $10
Paid Self Park is $7
Handicapped Parking is limited and fills early – we suggest valet service for the most convenient access.
Free Parking within the Village of La Quinta on residential streets is available where allowed and in the public parking lot accessed from Avenida Bermudas. Please do not block driveways or mailboxes! Please use designated cross walks!
Palm Springs Riviera is offering La Quinta Arts Festival patrons a special rate of $159 per night. Call 760-327-8311 and mention you are a La Quinta Arts Festival patron to receive this rate. Riviera Palm Springs is located in the heart of Palm Springs around 25 minutes from the festival site.
Palm Springs Riviera offers 398 luxurious guestrooms and suites, showcasing contemporary Hollywood Regency style decor. Guests retreat to an oasis of sparkling pools, themed gardens, enjoy fine dining at the signature restaurant Circa 59, and rejuvenate at the award winning Thai-inspired Spa Terre.
No Smoking Policy
La Quinta Arts Festival is a No Smoking event and venue.
No Unauthorized Video Recording or Photography is Allowed at La Quinta Arts Festival.
Click here to read the full policy.
We love our pets, but LQAF Annual Events are not the places for them. LQAF has adopted a policy of “no pets” at its Annual Events. Our pet policy does not, however, apply to service animals assisting individuals with disabilities. LQAF patrons with a qualified need have a right to have a service animal at LQAF Annual Events. Legitimate service animals are always welcome guests at all LQAF Annual Events.
No Refund Policy
No refunds of admission fees will be made due to inclement weather, cancelled performances, cancelled vendors, cancelled artists, or for the unlikely circumstance of temporary or full closure of the show due any additional factor beyond our control.
La Quinta Arts Festival is nationally recognized by artists and art patrons alike as one of the renowned art festivals in the nation. Recent La Quinta Arts Festival accolades and awards include:
“#1 in the Nation Fine Art Festivals”
“#2 in the Nation Fine Craft Festivals”
“A must attend art event in the western United States”
“#3 Fine Art & Design Shows”
La Quinta Arts Festival is a true community effort which could not take place without the generous support from Sponsors, Community Partners and Donors. Please show them your appreciation by patronizing their service businesses, shops and restaurants throughout the year! …Learn more about our sponsors and supporters
Do you enjoy being part of an art event and artistic community? We enlist the help of many volunteers to accomplish our cultural mission. There are numerous volunteer opportunities for local residents. …Learn more about Volunteering with LQAF