Annual Events

Festival of Books


Tucson Festival of Books, come out and visit the FWA booth and attend the FWA-sponsored Youth Artist/Illustrator Awards presentation on March 11-12, 2018 – Booth TBD

Tucson celebrates books and literacy at the fourth-largest book festival in the country. This two-day event features more than 300 presentations, 200 exhibitors, and countless opportunities to meet authors, poets, screenwriters, and journalists. There are book signings, panel discussions, staged entertainment, food vendors, children’s and Science City programming, and dozens of free activities for all ages on the University of Arizona Mall.


Friends of western art BBQ event

April 14, 2018

Location: The Casitas at Smokey Springs

This event will feature, dinner, dancing and a lot more in a beautiful setting.

2018 Registration TBA

Artist of The Year Celebration


In 1997, FWA took over the reins of the Artist of the Year Award formerly hosted by the Tucson Festival Society. In keeping this Tucson tradition alive, FWA not only honors and brings attention to the artists and their fine work but also keeps a permanent collection of lithographs from the artists.

Each year, along with the original piece of art donated to FWA, the Artist of the Year selects an additional piece of work from which a lithograph is created as a gift for the attendees of the festivities. After the event, these lithographs are also available to the public for purchase.