About the Festival
For 31 years, visitors have been attracted to Historic Downtown Canandaigua for the annual art festival that takes place on the historic sidewalks of Downtown Main Street. The festival showcases juried artists in many different mediums. Over the years, the festival has grown, adding music, children’s activities and food trucks. The festival is a key project of the Canandaigua BID.
About the Canandaigua BID
Downtown Canandaigua Business Management Association, also known as the Canandaigua “BID,” is a non-profit organization created to promote, beautify and improve downtown for residents, property owners and merchants. Key projects include: Main Street Grant, Canandaigua Art & Music Festival, Downtown Hanging Baskets and the Summer Social Saturdays and Live Music during the summer months. For more information visit www.downtowncanandaigua.com.
Over 150 Juried Artists, Restaurants and Unique Shops!
Each year, our festival brings new artists in almost every category, including ceramics, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, fiber, glass, photography, and gourmet foods. Artists enter the festival through a jury process and set up along Main Street to display their wares. The festival also features young artists, giving student artists the chance to display and sell their work.
Musical acts will play at the Commons Park Stage all three days of the festival. Commons Park Stage is located on the corner of Coach and Main. Performances range from Bluegrass, Rock & Roll to Jazz, and singer-songwriter Acoustics that feature incredible talent from the Upstate New York region.
With the festival’s wide variety of food vendors, you’ll be sure to find all of your festival favorites including fried dough, kettle corn, fresh-squeezed lemonade, fruit smoothies and fried Oreos. In addition to traditional festival fare, we also have various food trucks join us throughout the three days of the festival.
The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival would not be possible without support from its sponsors. Sponsor revenue helps pay for free entertainment, kid’s activities and other festival related expenses.
There are several free municipal parking lots located throughout the City of Canandaigua. Lots can be found on West Avenue, Ontario Street, Mill Street, and Bristol Street.