Rochester Park will host hundreds of artists from around the country Friday, September 8, through Sunday, September 10, as the Paint Creek Center for the Arts holds its annual Arts & Apples Festival.
The festival has a 50-year tradition in the city and serves as the major annual fundraiser for the Paint Creek Center. Starting on Friday, September 8, from 4 to 7:30 p.m., the festival transforms the 30-acre park into one of the country's top fine arts fairs, with more than 290 artists exhibiting, dozens of food vendors and more than a dozen musical acts throughout the weekend.
The festival will feature a variety of artists and art mediums, including two- and three-dimensional mixed media, clay, digital art, drawing, non-wearable fiber art, glass, jewelry, leather, metalsmithing, painting, photography, sculpture, and more.. A Kids Art Zone will allow children to make and take art during demonstrations, and offers face painting and a monster-sized coloring mural.
Festival entry is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. Festival hours run from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 8; 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 9; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 10.
Entertainment on Friday includes performances from the Stoney Creek Cougar Marching Band (4-5 p.m.); the Eisenhower Dance Youth Ensemble (5:15-6 p.m.); and singer Sheila Landis (6:30-7:30 p.m.). Saturday's schedule includes the Rochester Adams High School Marching Band (9-10 a.m.); LL7 Latin Jazz (10:15-11 a.m.); the 2nd Street Studio of Dance (12:15-1 p.m.); Deborah's Stage Door Center for the Performing Arts (1:30-4 p.m.); Cindy Young with Anthony Zack (4:15-5 p.m.); After Blue (5:15-6 p.m.); and Denise Davis & the Motor City Sensations (6:30-7:30 p.m.). Sunday's entertainment will feature the Rochester High School Marching Band (9:30-10:30 a.m.); Oh Brother Big Sister (noon-1 p.m.); Melissa Lee Zenker (1:15-2:15 p.m.); and The Swing Shift Orchestra (2:30-4 p.m.).
Rochester Municipal Park is located at 400 Sixth Street, behind the Rochester municipal building. Free shuttle service is offered from Rochester High School, at Livernois and Walton, to the Community House, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.