The Rochester Lilac Festival has been the harbinger of spring in Rochester for over 100 years. The festival runs for ten days from May 8th-May 17th, 2020, with two weekends of Art in the Park art and craft shows on May 9th and 10th and May 16th and 17th.
AN INTRODUCTION TO ART IN THE PARK
The festival is held in the renowned Highland Park, which features the largest variety and display of lilacs in North America. In addition to the flowers, the festival features a wine tasting, craft beer expo, a parade and 5k and 10k races on different days of the festival. There are also local, regional and national bands performing every day.
Art in the Park takes place along Reservoir Avenue, a shaded street adjacent to the lilac gardens and the main festival site. Booths are set up on the curb back across the sidewalk, leaving the street open for shoppers. The street is closed to traffic during the festival hours of 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday and open to artists only during set-up and tear-down. Free parking for artists is on adjacent streets, with staff on golf carts providing rides. Shoppers may access Art in the Park on paths through the lilacs or the shuttle stop at the end of the show.
A panel of respected local artists selects the participants for the show in March in a blind jury. New artists are required to send a photograph of themselves in their workshop creating their art. There is a mixture from fine art to crafts, but no buy and sell is allowed.
Amenities to the show are preferred hotel rates, drive-up load in and load out, free parking, a continental breakfast on Sunday morning and our amazing Block Captains who are there to help you as needed.
We invite you to apply to one or both weekends of the 2020 Art in the Park at the Rochester Lilac Festival. Please call Lyn Rosen at 585-244-0951 with any questions about the show.
A JURIED ART & CRAFT SHOW
Only those who are the hands-on makers of their work may participate in Art in the Park at the Rochester Lilac Festival. NO BUY/SELL is permitted. Select which category you will be applying under. You may apply in more than one category but they must be related and cohesive, such as glass and jewelry (made of glass only) AND you need to apply separately, with a separate set of photographs, for each category.
If you are a new applicant to the Lilac Festival – download our categories, timeline & rules sheet and select the Apply Now button!
If you are a returning applicant to the Lilac Festival – please log into your account with the email and password created last year. We encourage you to submit new photos for the Jury.
You may apply to exhibit for one or both weekends.
As of today, we are being advised by the Monroe County Health Department that we will be unable to hold the 2020 Rochester Lilac Festival during the originally planned timeframe of May 8th -17th. As you can imagine, this is painful for all of us. However, we are hopeful and optimistic that we will be able to reschedule.
As time progresses, and more information is known, we’ll be letting you, our valued Festival participants and attendees know if, and when we plan to reschedule the Festival.
Hang in there and stay healthy.
Your Rochester Lilac Festival Team