What to Expect at This Year’s 2012 Canandaigua Art and Music Festival

Canandaigua Art & Music Festival in Historic Downtown will be held Friday, July 13, from 12pm-7pm, and Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 from 10am-5pm.

The 2012 festival has new food, new artists and a new way to keep cool. Big Bear BBQ will bring pulled pork and other barbecue fare, India House adds Indian cuisine to the mix, Fat Cats Brooklyn Delicatessen will be there with Italian ices and new Canandaigua pizzeria Perri’s Pizza will be in the food section. There are new artists in almost every category, including a new Emerging Artists category for students. Kids will be excited to see the Roo Crew with the Wildlife Defenders who have a young kangaroo named Sheldon. The biggest additions to this year’s festival are misters from Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, keeping festival-goers cool.

Over 100 Artists, Crafters & Exhibitors

Along with great musical performances, this year’s Canandaigua Art and Music Festival will feature a wide variety of art. Vendors will be set up along Main Street displaying their wares that will include artwork such as ceramics, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, leather, fiber, painting, photography, and gourmet foods. New this year is an emerging artists category; an opportunity for student artists to display and sell their handiwork.


Musical acts will play at the main 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 to Rock & Roll and feature incredible talent from the Upstate New York region. Full schedule is listed below.

Kids Korridor

The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival features affordable family fun for all ages. The Kids Korridor, located in the parking lot next to Byrne Dairy, offers hands-on activities for kids and live entertainment on the family stage. Highlights include Gadgets the Clown and Kindermusik. The Wildlife Defenders will join the action with their Roo Crew – a team that travels with a young kangaroo named Sheldon.

A complete schedule is listed below.

Food Vendors

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, BBQ, fresh-squeezed lemonade, fruit smoothies, and fried Oreos. Joining the festival this year are: Perri’s Pizza, India House, Red Osier, Fat Cats Brooklyn Delicatessen and Big Bear BBQ.

Event Sponsors

The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival would not be possible without support from its sponsors. Sponsor revenue helps pay for free entertainment, kids korridor attractions and other festival related expenses. 2012 sponsors include: BFS Direct, Comfort Windows & Doors, Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack, Premier Sunroom Solutions, Softub Express, Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, Halco Heating, Bath Fitter, Canandaigua Magazine, Wegmans, and WCGR 104.5.

Parking Information

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.

Art & Music Festival Blog

The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival blog highlights acts and artists in the weeks leading up to the festival. The blog, found at www.canandaiguaartandmusicfestival.wordpress.com, looks behind the scenes at where artists, crafters, bands and even some of the food vendors got their start and what drives them to do what they do.

For more information

Festival Website: www.canandaiguaartfestival.com

Festival Blog: www.canandaiguaartandmusicfestival.wordpress.com
Festival Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CanandaiguaArtFestival

Festival Phone: 585-394-0787


Kids Korridor

Friday, July 13

12pm-7pm Kindermusik

12pm-7pm Wildlife Defenders

Saturday, July 14

10am-5pm Kindermusik

10am-3:30pm Wildlife Defenders

11am-1pm Hochstein’s Instrument Petting Zoo

1:30pm-3:30pm Gadgets the Clown

Sunday, July 15

10am-5pm Wildlife Defenders

1:30pm-3:30pm Gadgets the Clown

Commons Park Stage

FRIDAY 7/13 Festival Hours NOON – 7pm Genre
12 Noon – 1:15 p.m. JAMRIC Acoustic Rock
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Grand Canyon Rescue Episode Acoustic/Electric Americana
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Dan Eaton Band Rock & Roll
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Mitty & the Followers Motown/R&B
SATURDAY 7/14 Festival Hours 10am – 5pm
12:00 p.m. – 1:15p.m. Brian Lindsay Band Roots Rock & Roll
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Nevergreen Progressive Rock/Reggae
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Fools Hot Rock/R&B/Blues
SUNDAY 7/15 Festival Hours 10am – 5pm
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Footnote Jazz/Rock Fusion
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Old Divide Bluegrass Band Bluegrass
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. MoChester Rock/Pop/Alternative