26th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

November 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2019

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 Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, in November, was selected as one of the Top Events in North America: As seen in Flightnetwork's Article -  North America's Best Festivals, Part 2

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 2018: Gilles Charest, Painter & Sculptor



The featured artist for the event is accomplished Canadian painter and sculptor, Gilles Charest.

Born in Montreal, in 1947, Gilles Charest studied education, literature and administration at the University of Montreal and at the Hautes Études Commerciales school. An art collector and enthusiast, Charest has been devoting much of his time to painting since 1990. Self-taught, he develops his technique by reading about art and by contacts with other artists and art lovers alike. Today, painting is his way of life. Charest’s technique, called “scumble”, and his search for unconventional textures find expression in his personal vision of still life. His mastery of colour enables him to create brilliant, fundamentally sensual paintings where harmony transcends. His purity of composition and unusual formats further enhance his ability to breathe more life into his subjects than nature herself has.

In addition to the beautiful works of Gilles (pronounced Jill),  more than 150 other juried fine artists from throughout the United States and abroad will participate displaying paintings in all mediums, along with  small, medium and life-sized sculptures, sparkling hand blown glass, baskets, clay, metal, stone, wood, scratchboard, spectacular handcrafted jewelry, exceptional photography and much more!    

Cory McCloskey interviewing ceramicist, Chris Heede, for the 25th Annual Fall Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, Nov 2-4, 2018.
Pat McMahon interview with Barry Oleksak and Haley Austin for the 25th Annual Fall Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival.