Rochester Guide to Corn Hill Arts Festival 2022


ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – Summer in Rochester isn’t the same without the Corn Hill Arts Festival. Art hasn’t taken to the streets of the historic district for more than two years now.

Following two back-to-back cancellations due to the pandemic, this year’s festival will take place July 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors will experience a wealth of original artwork, local culinary specialties and live music.

On this page you will find all the attractions to look forward to during the Corn Hill Arts Festival 2022.

Artists and Emerging Artists Fair

More than 300 artisans will settle in nine streets of Corn Hill. Local and nationally recognized artists will sell and display their work through jewelry, mixed media, photography, pottery, glass, woodworking and thousands more.

Around 20 of these artists will compete for the festival’s top prize – Emerging Artists Expo Award. In 2019, the honor was claimed by a local student who created the quill paper photograph.

The full list of artists coming to the festival, along with examples of their expertise, can be found on the Corn Hill Arts Festival website.

Family Attractions

A community and family entertainment area will be located adjacent to Adams Street. Here you’ll find a showcase of fairy houses, chalk art competitions and a clown show hosted by Rosco the Clown.

City of Rochester Fire Safety House firefighters will run an obstacle course with real “safety risks”. Bend, roll, and fight your way out of harm’s way as you learn about the smells and sounds associated with a home fire.

The events are free for everyone and are held during the two days of the festival.

“The festival has deep roots in the community, and we are thrilled to announce its return,” said 2022 festival president Bill Belecz. “Our neighbors and volunteers are thrilled and ready to once again host one of Rochester’s favorite summer events. Visitors can expect original art, music, food, fun, and a few new items that we are excited to announce in the near future.

Beer and wine gardens

The Corn Hill Arts Festival Beer Gardens are located on Lunsford Circle at the Gazebo Stage and in the Main Stage / Food Court area. Local beers, distillery specialties, regional wine tastings and much more are on the menu this year.

New this year is the tasting from Colloca Estate Winery based in Sterling New York.


Residents will have the chance to enjoy an array of free musical performances this year. Mikaela Davis, Head to the Roots and Judah Sealy headline this year’s concert return.

Over 20 concerts will be presented across Corn Hill.

Here are some of the highlights from this year’s concerts:

  • Big-eyed Phish
  • cinnamon jones
  • Kickstart Rumble
  • head to roots
  • Anthony Blood and Judah

The complete program of performances with performance times and the list of artists is available online.

Corn Hill 5K Run

The race begins in Corn Hill on Sunday, July 10 at 9 a.m. Participants will head south with panoramic views of the Genesee River and the University of Rochester by their side.

Registration includes a Corn Hill 5K t-shirt, post-race snacks and more.

For those wishing to watch from the sidelines, they can do so from the West River Wall. It is located along the west side of the Genesee River next to Exchange Boulevard and was recently renovated as part of an $8.4 million project to revitalize the area that acts as the entrance to Corn Hill .

The city’s mayor held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday to unveil the progress of the project’s work.

“Everyone in Corn Hill loves living in Corn Hill,” said Corn Hill Neighbors Association Board Chairman Jeff Holdsworth. “It connects past and present beautifully, we are also very excited to invite the entire Rochester and New York community to the neighborhood for our arts festival. It has truly changed this place for the future.

Festival parking lot

Festival-goers can take a free shuttle to the action. According to organizers, the following five intersections will be where buses pick up and drop off residents:

  1. South Clinton Avenue, north of Woodbury Boulevard
  2. Broad Street, from the south side of the South Avenue parking garage
  3. Broad Street, north side, opposite Civic Center Garage
  4. S. Plymouth Avenue, south of Broad Street
  5. Sister Cities Garage. Wheelchair access here only.

Corn Hill residents will be allowed to park in the neighborhood as standard, but some streets will be affected by traffic and area blockage.

A full breakdown of festival parking “do’s” and “don’ts” can be found on the event parking page.


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