Paint Creek Center for the Arts announces cancellation of 2020 Art & Apples Festival

As the state of Michigan continues to navigate its new normal and the fight against COVID-19, Paint Creek Center for the Arts has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Art & Apples Festival.

“We are sad to announce the cancellation of this year’s Art & Apples Festival,” said Elizabeth Chilton, Paint Creek Center for the Arts executive director. “Although we held onto the hope that we would be able to hold this year’s festival, we do not foresee a safe way to welcome thousands of festival-goers while keeping our guests, artists, and community safe.”

The Festival, started 55 years ago, accounts for more than half of the Rochester-based art center’s annual revenue. The loss of this beloved event, and the corresponding revenue loss for Paint Creek Center for the Arts, comes at a time when nonprofits across the country are struggling to continue to fulfill their missions and stay connected with their communities.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts will issue refunds to all artists, vendors, and booth sponsors who previously paid to participate in the 2020 event. For more updates, future plans for the Art & Apples Festival, or ways that you can donate to the Center in these unprecedented times, please visit or follow PCCA’s Facebook page at

The annual tradition of the Art & Apples Festival is expected to return next year, September 10-12, 2021.

For more than 50 years, the Art & Apples Festival has transformed the 30-acre Rochester Municipal Park into one of the nation’s top fine art fairs with over 250 exhibiting artists from across the country.

The Art & Apples Festival is a program of Paint Creek Center for the Arts- a regional, nonprofit art center located in downtown Rochester, Michigan.

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

We invite you to experience what the festival has to offer; from the fine artwork of our talented artists, to the sights and sounds of the Main Stage; from the fresh apple treats found around the park to the fun and energy of the Kids Art Zone and Creation Station, there is something for everyone.

We hope to see you and your family at the 2021 Art & Apples Festival to be held September 10, 11, and 12, 2021.

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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