Rochester Park, right near the main Rochester downtown strip, is home to one of the nation’s best fine art fairs, Art & Apples, returning for its 50th year Sept. 9-11, 2016.
Last year, ArtFairCalendar.com ranked Art & Apples on its list of 50 best art fairs in the country. Don’t miss this year’s celebration, which will have plenty to do for kids and adults alike.
More than 290 artists will be showing and selling their artwork. Browse work ranging from beautiful paintings and clay masterpieces to unique mixed-media creations – plus jewelry, leather, photography and more.
There will be a new Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition for students in grades K-12. See what the talented youth in metro Detroit will create. It is open to students from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The competition is 4-7 p.m. on Friday and the award ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The artwork will continue to be displayed all weekend long.
As far as the apples, the ninth annual Apple Pie and Dessert Contest will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Anyone who enters will make an apple pie or apple dessert. Dessert will be presented and judged on Saturday. The fruit of the fall will be showcased all weekend long and winners will receive a one-of-a-kind artist-made dessert dish.
In addition to all of the fun activities, there will be performances on the main stage. All three of Rochester’s high schools will have their marching bands perform, and there will be multiple other live performances, too.
And don’t forget to check out the Meijer Kids Art Zone. There will be plenty of inflatables, a rock-climbing wall and a bunch of make-and-take art projects, like masquerade masks and more.
There will be plenty of food booths set up by local businesses and some with great apple treats. Check them out all weekend long.
Festival admission is free, but there is a $5 suggested donation. Hours are as follows:
- Friday: 4-7:30 p.m.
- Saturday: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
- Sunday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Make sure you’ve got all the details you need before you go! Check out the Metro Parent calendar listing on the 2016 Art and Apples Festival in Rochester.