2017 Festival Details

Rochester, NY, May 26, 2017 – The Corn Hill Neighbors Association and ESL Federal Credit Union are excited to announce the details and new developments for this year’s Corn Hill Arts Festival. The 49th Annual Festival will take place July 8th and 9th from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. As always, the event is free of charge and open to the public.

The Festival will feature an array of original arts and crafts across nine historic streets.

This year, more than 350 original artists and craftspeople will exhibit and sell their unique handcrafted creations.

The Food Court will, for the first time, offer wine and beer so that visitors can also enjoy music from the SBH Main Stage. Glenora Wine Cellars will be pouring tastings of Finger Lake wines and Labatt Blue Light and an assortment of craft beers will be on tap at  the ever-popular Gazebo Stage area on Lunsford Circle. Food vendors and trucks will serve all the festival favorites in addition to some unexpected treats.

This year’s event will also bring a new and exciting selection of music to festival goers with 25 unique performances across four stages throughout the weekend. The SBH Main Stage will feature Prime Time Funk with special guest Todd East plus Robert “Freightrain” Parker with his band’s distinctive energetic approach to American roots. Not to be missed is Starling, who will perform on the 585 Avery Mall Stage.

New this year for families is the Stokoe Farms Express, an early 1800’s steam engine replica, complete with a coal car, passenger cars and caboose. This ticketed ride is sure to delight kids and adults alike as it loops its course in the Nathaniel Rochester School lot off Adams Street.  The conductor will be decked in period costume and available for photo opportunities.

The ever-popular, family-friendly Fairy Houses Tour will return to showcase intricate and whimsical fairy houses for its fifth consecutive year. Families are encouraged to build and enter their fairy houses for display. Submissions are now being accepted.

Other family-focused attractions include Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures climbing area in the expanded Community Area, featuring bounce houses, sand art and much more.  

The Emerging Artists Expo, will for its ninth year, recognize budding artistic talents. The Expo, sponsored by MVP Health Care, invites 25 first-time exhibitors aged 15 to 25 to display and sell their artwork at the Festival. The deadline for submission is May 31st.

“This year’s Corn Hill Arts Festival will truly have something for everyone,” said Bill Kelly, the festival chair. “We look forward to bringing even more art, music and magical experiences to those who attend.”

For more details on on the Festival, please visit www.cornhillartsfestival.com.

Funds raised during the Corn Hill Arts Festival through sponsorships, vendors and exhibitors are used by the Neighbors Association for a variety of community needs, including protecting and promoting the historical character and beauty of the area. The Corn Hill Neighbors Association encourages cultural diversity, and strives to foster good relations not only within the neighborhood, but throughout surrounding communities as well.

The Festival’s media kit can be found at http://www.chafmedia.com/.