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Festivals and programs provide a great opportunity to meet artists and learn about their artistic inspirations. From small group lectures and intimate marketplaces to the acclaimed Guild Indian Fair & Market, which draws more than 700 artists and nearly 20,000 visitors, there’s something for everyone!

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April 2016
Apr 16

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Preview Workshop: ‘The Stories We Tell’ Opera

The result of a collaboration between the Heard Museum, the Grand Canyon Music Festival and the Arizona Opera, “The Stories We Tell” consists of “micro-operas” composed by five Native students during workshops at Arizona Opera. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience Native culture in a way unlike any ... Details →

July 2016
Jul 1

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

First Friday at the Heard, July 1: Celebrating Women

In July the theme is “Celebrating Women.” Celebrate Frida Kahlo’s July 6 birthday early! Enjoy an evening with women artists, with music by DJ Musa Mind and the band Jade Helm. Take part in a special “How To Make Your Own Mini Zine” Workshop produced by local female zinesters ... Details →

Jul 9

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

‘Fiesta de Frida’: Frida Kahlo birthday celebration

We’re paying tribute to legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with Fiesta de Frida, a celebration of her birthday! Join the Phoenix Fridas, an award-winning Phoenix-based Latina artists collective, who will showcase their art, which will be available for purchase in the Steele Auditorium. Heard visitors will remember the Fridas ... Details →

Members of The Phoenix Fridas. Left to right: Emily Costello (aka Smoking Frida), Anita Mabante Leach (aka Panchita Frida), Kathy Murillo (aka Crafty Chica), Carmen Guerrero (aka Beader Frida) and Annalisa Serna (aka Fashionista Frida). Behind: Veronica Verdugo Lomeli (aka Vero Frida), Monica Gisel (no aka yet, she is the newest member of the group), Gloria Martinez-Casillas (aka Glorious Frida) and Monique Mata (aka Muchacha Frida).
August 2016
Aug 5

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

First Friday at the Heard – Aloha at the Heard

Enjoy a cool respite from a hot summer night at the Heard with cool treats and even cooler theater: Kona Ice will bring their vendor truck to the Freeport-McMoran Plaza to sell their special Hawaiian frozen taste treats that will take you to the islands faster than a blustery ... Details →

October 2016
Oct 7

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

First Fridays at the Heard: October

Groove to tunes spun by DJs Beat Betty and Full Stop! Admission is free to the museum galleries from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Cafe and Cantina are open until 8 p.m. for dining, drinks or snacks, and a cash bar is also available for both adult and ... Details →

Oct 10

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Indigenous Peoples Day

Join the Heard Museum community as we commemorate Indigenous Peoples Day with dance, film and discussion. 12:30 p.m. — Welcome/Hoop Dance by Kevin Dakota Duncan (San Carlos Apache/Mandan/Arikara/Hidatsa) 12:40 p.m. — Screening of short documentary, The Last American Indian on Earth, followed by discussion led by Heard Museum staff ... Details →

Photos from Project 562 Photography by Makita Wilbur (Swinomish/ Tulalip)
November 2016
Nov 12–13

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Mercado de las Artes

Strolling mariachis and artwork by Hispanic artists from Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico highlight this festive, casual and friendly annual marketplace, the largest of its kind in Arizona. Chat with artists as they sell a range of distinctive and unique artwork. With art in every price range, the 15th ... Details →

Mariachi Azteca de Oro
March 2017
Mar 4–5

59th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

The 59th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market is March 4 – 5, 2017 The Fair is a world-acclaimed cultural event that draws nearly 15,000 visitors and more than 600 of the nation’s most outstanding and successful American Indian artists. You’ll meet traditional and cutting-edge contemporary artists ... Details →

2012 Indian Fair and Market. Detail of Navajo weaver Brenda Spencer weaving. Photo by Jewel Clark
April 2017
Apr 8

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Katsina Doll Marketplace: A Gathering of Carvers

The nation's largest gathering of Hopi katsina doll carvers will show and sell their unique creations at the 16th Annual Katsina Doll Marketplace. Enjoy musical performances, carving demonstrations and a drawing for the featured katsina doll. Admission to the Marketplace is free; museum admission additional. Details →

2015 Katsina Marketplace at the Heard Museum
December 2017
Dec 26–30

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Holidays at the Heard

A Southwestern tradition, Holidays at the Heard is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Exciting performances and artist demonstrations introduce visitors to traditional and contemporary American Indian music, dance and art throughout the week. Details →

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