Corn Hill Arts Festival in Rochester, New York

by Mitchell Land

Corn Hill is the oldest residential neighborhood in Rochester, New York. The Corn Hill Arts Festival began in 1969 and features booths with artists of all different backgrounds. Visitors are encouraged to check out artists from around the country and experience the Corn Hill neighborhood. Attendees also have the opportunity to view emerging artists who have not yet established their work in the art world. The festival brought in an estimated 200,000 to 250,000 attendees over two days in 2008.


The Corn Hill Arts Festival website lists artists by name and provides the year they will attend, the location of their booths and the artist website, if there is one. The festival brings in artists of all different types and schooling, such as weaving-leather-textile design, mixed media, pottery and ceramics, painting, drawing, graphics, jewelry, photography and glass. Examples of artists at the 2011 festival include Artistry in Wood, Bakery Bells, Barb Lund-Potter, Celtic Crests and Cherry Hill Pottery.


Along with visual artists, the Rochester-based festival features a few entertainers each year. These entertainers are usually musicians or bands, such as The Dady Brothers, Left on Red, Liz Longley and Prime Time Funk. The festival makes sure to invite musicians that will cater to a variety of tastes, ranging from jazz fusion to classic pop to folk, country and blues.


The Corn Hill Arts Festival occurs on a weekend in July each year. In 2011, for example, the festival occurred on July 9 and 10, with the Festival Poster Unveiling happening on June 16 and vendors setting up their booths on the Friday before the festival. The Corn Hill Arts Festival officially opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with entertainers taking the stage throughout the day until 4:40 p.m. All activities stop at 6 p.m. on Saturday and do not start again until 10 a.m. on Sunday. The festival officially closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Location and Sponsors

This festival takes up the streets of the Corn Hill neighborhood in Rochester. Local authorities and festival organizers work together to close the streets of Corn Hill for the safety and enjoyment of festival attendees. Visitors "will find continuous complementary shuttle buses, free admission, street managers, security" and public restrooms around the Corn Hill area, according to the festival's website. Festival sponsors in 2011 included Rochester Beer, GEICO, DirectTV and Softub Express.

About the Author

Residing in Bristol, Va., Mitchell Land began writing for various websites in 2010. He worked as a writing center tutor at Baylor School for three years, where he also contributed music reviews to "Baylor Notes." He attends Greensboro College in North Carolina and studies theater and French.