Explore Arizona StoryFest is a celebration of storytelling and storytellers.  Storytelling is described as the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, sometimes with improvisation, theatrics, or embellishment.

In partnership with the Arizona Storytellers Project and the South Mountain Community College's Storytelling Institute, Arizonans will provide their voice and share stories with the community. You can expect to hear stories on topics from the following categories:


From the Grand Canyon to Camelback Mountain to your favorite scenic drive, Arizona’s outdoors inspires us.


Arizona has a rich food culture. From tamale masters and artisanal food producers to family farmers and restaurateurs, you’ll hear about how food affects life.

Family & Friends

Families and friends are the root of every society and part of the reason why comedians have such funny stories. Join us for a day of tales from Arizona families we’re born into and the ones we choose.


Finding the perfect home and the meaning of home – and keeping it that way – can be crazy, comforting, and everything in between.

Storytelling for Children

Authors and storytellers will provide stories that entertain those Arizonans that are a little younger or younger at heart.

If you're interested in being a storyteller at the StoryFest, email Rich Ripley at