The 37th event scheduled March 7-10, 2019 at La Quinta Civic Center Campus

Art lovers and collectors will gather at the # 1 in the Nation La Quinta Arts Festival, Thursday through Sunday, March 7-10, 2019 to celebrate the ultimate fine art experience. Securing the coveted #1 Fine Art Festival designation for five of the last seven years, awarded by Greg Lawler’s Art Fair SourceBook, La Quinta Arts Festival also received the #1 Fine Art and Design Show 2019 award from Sunshine Artist.

Produced by the non-profit La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF), La Quinta Arts Festival hours are 10am to 5pm daily at La Quinta Civic Center Campus. Admission is $17 for a Single Day Ticket, $22 for a Multi-Day Pass, and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available online at, the best option to avoid lines, or at the Festival gates.

The event welcomes 220 juried contemporary artists arriving from 36 US States, Argentina, Canada, Italy, and Nicaragua. Elaine Mathews, (Rancho Mirage, CA) acclaimed plein air painter, created “Springtime in Coachella Valley” for the 2019 commemorative poster. Additional featured artists Barton DeGraaf (Bend, Oregon) and Terrell Powell (Santa Fe, NM) art images will be featured on commemorative t-shirts, available for purchase at the Festival Shop.

Food and drink from Fisherman’s Market & Grill, Bristol Farms Café, Aspen Mills Café and Bakery, E & E Pels Italian Ices and Brandini Toffee are offered. Stella Artois is the official beer sponsor, served beside fine wines, specialty coffees, and other libations. Live entertainment and performances are scheduled with notable headliners Art of Sax, Shaken Not Stirred, and Trio NV, along with the guitar stylings of Scott Carter and Michael Gagliardi.


New this year, on Saturday, March 9th, festival attendees are invited to channel their ‘inner artist’ by participating to paint a mural designed and orchestrated by artist Peter Tigler ( Tigler has created public participation murals for The Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, Providence College and cities including Santa Monica and Marina del Rey.

This new interactive art activity is made possible by an ArtsTank Greater Palm Springs grant from California Desert Arts Council (CDAC), LQAF’s sister non-profit. “The theme of the mural will unfold to the delight of festivalgoers, and the mural will have a life beyond the event,” said Christi Salamone, President & CEO of LQAF and CDAC. “Our goal is to travel the mural throughout the Coachella Valley to connect with many more arts enthusiasts.”

The 37th La Quinta Arts Festival is scheduled Thursday through Sunday, March 7-10, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at La Quinta Civic Center Campus, 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA. Tickets are $17 Single Day, $22 Multi-Day, Children 12 and under are free, available at Attendees may take advantage of valet parking $15, self-parking $10, or free parking in designated areas throughout the La Quinta village.

La Quinta Arts Foundation has successfully served its mission of ‘Promoting and Cultivating the Arts’ with award winning outreach programs and events since 1982. Visit for more information or call 760-564-1244.