The Park Ave Summer Art Fest is one of Rochester's favorite and most lively events since 1976. This year's festival will take place on and , 2013. It takes place the first full weekend in August along one and a quarter miles of Park Avenue near downtown Rochester, NY, from Alexander Street to Culver Road. The tree-lined avenue is a mixture of Victorian residential homes and apartments, small businesses, restaurants and cafes.
Over 300 artists and exhibitors from 21 states and Canada exhibit at this juried arts and crafts show. There is also festival food and music at three stages. Member merchants along the avenue are also allowed to display their wares in front of their stores.
Artist and Exhibitor booths are set up on the curb going back over the sidewalk. The street is closed to traffic during festival hours. Admission is free to the public. Parking is on side streets and in two nearby parking lots with shuttles to either end of the festival.
The Park Ave Summer Art Festival is a juried show. Only artists who are the hands-on makers of their work may participate. Artists may be asked to verify this. Please see the Rules page for more details. A first-place ribbon will be awarded in each category and for best of show.
‘KIDS ON PARK’ RUNS ON DUNKIN! Thanks to support from Dunkin Donuts, Frontier Communications and in collaboration with the Rochester Museum and Science Center the ever popular Kids on Park will make its return this year after a several year hiatus from the Park Avenue Summer Art Festival.
An open invitation is extended to children of all ages from 11:00 am to 5:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday to help create a Village Streetscape out of cardboard boxes in the Rochester Museum & Science Center's Back Yard. Imagine and paint your own designer building: a house, a storefront, a museum, restaurant... anything you'd like!
Please see the Categories page. If your work does not seem to fit one of the categories, go back to the Exhibitor page. Items such as packaged food products, body care, most candles, caricaturists, etc. are considered Exhibitors.
The application deadline is March 17. Late applications with a late fee may be submitted until April 30. However, some categories (always Jewelry) may be closed after the March 17 deadline, so it's best to check before sending in a late entry. Please see Timeline page for more details.
Please see the Application page to apply.
NEW THIS YEAR!!! Artists may mail in slides of their work and their booth along with their application. OR artists may upload them onto our website. The application with fees and return envelope must still be mailed in.
Please see Past Winners page for last year’s winning artists.
The show is hosted by the Park Avenue Revitalization Committee and produced by the Springut Group.