2022 Art & Apples Festival

Friday, September 9: 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 10: 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 11: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

# 10

Fine Art & Design Festival

2019 Sunshine Artist 200 Best

# 10

Fine Art & Design Festival

2010-2020 200 Best award - 9th place Fine Art and Design

# 9

Fine Art & Design Festival

For more than 56 years, the Art & Apples Festival® has transformed the 30-acre Rochester Municipal Park into one of the nation’s top fine art fairs, bringing together 200+ fine art exhibitors, a wide range of food trucks and tents, stage entertainment, and art activity stations for the three-day weekend.

 

The Art & Apples Festival® is a program of Paint Creek Center for the Arts- a regional, nonprofit art center located in downtown Rochester, Michigan- and is the arts organization’s annual fundraiser.

PCCA works year-round to advance it’s mission to celebrate and support creativity in our community by providing opportunities for all to learn, create, experience, and appreciate the arts.

Patrons are invited to experience everything the festival has to offer; from the artwork of our talented artists, the sights and sounds of the Main Stage; to the fresh apple treats and mouth-watering food vendors found around the park, and the creative experiences of the Kids Art Zone and Creation Station- there is something for everyone at the Art & Apples Festival®.

A free shuttle bus to the festival and free parking available on Saturday (9 am – 8 pm) and Sunday (9 am – 4:30 pm) from Rochester High School (1361 Walton Blvd.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an entry fee?

While the Art & Apples Festival remains a free event, a $5 donation is suggested at entry to help support Paint Creek Center for the Arts (the organizing non-profit behind the Art & Apples Festival) as well as the other non-profits welcoming you at each entrance.

 

For more information about the Gate Groups and where your donation goes, please visit the “Gate Groups & Partner Organizations” page.

Are pets allowed?

While we’d love to meet your furry friend some other time, pets are not allowed in the park during special events such as the Art & Apples Festival per the City of Rochester. Rochester Police will be on-site to enforce this ordinance for the safety and well being of all festival patrons and participants. The Art & Apples Festival draws a crowd of 60,000-80,000 people each year- that is a lot of eyes looking up at beautiful artwork and live music and not paying attention to your four-legged friend down on the ground.

For more information about this special ordinance, please contact the City of Rochester via their website, rochestermi.org 

Where can I park?

PCCA encourages festival patrons to utilize the free shuttle running from Rochester High School to the Festival on Saturday and Sunday to avoid paying for parking.

Handicap parking is available for free and in very limited quantity in the parking lot beside the duck pond at 400 6th St. This parking lot is monitored to ensure space is reserved for those needing this curtesy the most. Please be sure to have your handicap placard visible (or handicap plates) if you plan to utilize this lot.

Paid parking is available in the “West Parking Deck” off of Walnut and University and the “East Parking Deck” off of Fourth St and East St. Metered street and lot parking is also available throughout downtown.

Please note that PCCA and the Art & Apples Festival do not charge for parking. Lots charging a fee to park are not affiliated with PCCA or the Festival and your parking purchase does not benefit the Festival or our organization.

Is this a kid-friendly event?

Absolutely! Please visit our Kids Art Zone for free art-making activities, live art demonstrations and enjoy age-appropriate amenities like bounce houses, face painting and more.

Interested in learning more about the Art & Apples Festival? In 2016, Oakland University conducted an Economic Impact Analysis that can be viewed by clicking the link below.

2016 Economic Impact Analysis completed by Oakland University

The Art & Apples Festival has been consistently ranked among the top Festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine and ranked #10 in 2018 (for the 2017 Festival) and 2019 (for the 2018 Festival)!

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