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Art & Apples Festival at Municipal Park in Rochester

Sept. 6-8, 2013 marks a weekend of great food, cool creations, fun for kids and entertainment as this Oakland County city celebrates Michigan's famous fruit

It's crisp, fresh and good for the entire family. We're talking about the 48th annual Art & Apples Festival, returning to downtown Rochester Sept. 6-8, 2013. Swing by the fun near Main and University streets to experience lots of art, music and, of course, the sweet aroma of apples, baked into delicious desserts or covered in caramel. Yum!

Thanks to the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, creativity definitely rules the weekend. Over 125,000 attendants check out the works – textiles, watercolor, glass, pottery, jewelry, woodworking and much more – made by over 285 artists from all over America. In fact, about 25 percent of the artists are new this year, so you're bound to spot something different.

Naturally, apples are a huge draw. On Saturday, watch as hometown culinary gurus vie for top dessert honors in the seventh annual Community Apple Baking Contest. Come hungry! Three food courts house tons of grub like fish n' chips, barbecue ribs, crab cakes and authentic Polish, Mexican and Greek cuisine, along with barbecue and apple pies aplenty.

The Kids Art Zone returns too, packed with free activities and art projects, including the Paint Creek center, Detroit Institute of Arts – and yours truly! Metro Parent is making an appearance at Michigan's second largest juried fine art festival, pairing with MESP to offer some cool kids' crafts (don't forget to ask about the upcoming Education Expo, at Michigan Science Center in Detroit on Sept. 29, 2013). You'll also find a life-size art maze, too, and rock climbing wall and inflatables, courtesy of Oakland County Parks.

Local entertainment creates a family-friendly atmosphere across the festival. It's easy listening at the Oakland University Acoustic Café; visit the main stage to hear swing and big band music.

Festival hours for the 2013 event are as follows:

  • Friday: 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The festival is free to enter with shuttle service available from Rochester High School. Although there is no official entry cost, a $5 donation is encouraged at the door to support Paint Creek Center for the Arts, to keep the festival going for years to come.

To learn more about the 2013 Arts & Apples Festival at Municipal Park in Rochester, check out the Metro Parent listing.

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