summer solstice celebration

with the 7th annual Fairy House Festival

featuring Lehrer Dance


From noon to midnight, Artpark will transform its grounds into a Summer Solstice Festival! The Summer Solstice heralds the beginning of summer, and represents a time of fulfillment. From New Year's resolutions to the big goals in your life, the Solstice is a time to celebrate the achievements you've made, and acknowledgements for the future.

June 17, 2017

Noon- Midnight



Fairy House Festival


Featuring houses designed and constructed by both professional and non-professional artists of all ages, community groups, schools, families and individuals.

Bring your own, build or discover small 'fairy dwellings' throughout

the Artpark woods. Participate in craft activities, potion making and more (Noon-4:00pm).


To participate with your own fairy house, see below for registration information.




Summer Solstice Celebration


Watch Artpark transform into a Summer Solstice Festival

with a performance by Slyboots, spoken word artists, dancers, aerialists, and more performances.


The Summer Solstice Celebration is directed by Jon Lehrer and

Kate LoConti, Western New York's most respected and innovative artists.



Lehrer Dance

Lehrer Dance, Buffalo's very own professional & international touring dance company, will keep the audience on the edge of their seats in this special Mainstage Theater performance at 7pm. Their world-renowned repertoire will shine, embodying their trademark fusion of athleticism, artistry, and accessibility. 


 "Lehrer Dance took the house not so much by storm as by quantum physics. Jon Lehrer's strikingly original choreography transformed the stage into an energy field of super-charged particles." - Dance Magazine




After party & Moon Dance


Immediately following the Lehrer Dance Mainstage Theater performance, an after party with live music by Slyboots and libations will take place on the Terrace.


Then for the especially devoted Solstice fans still seeking more, join us for a latern-led moon dance into the woods (11:30pm-midnight).  





Noon- 4pm          7th Annual Fairy House Festival   (Artpark Lower Park)    

4pm-7pm            Summer Solstice celebration (Artpark Emerald Grove) 

7pm-8:30pm       Lehrer Dance (Mainstage Theater)

8pm-Midnight     Sunset to midnight after-party (Theater terrace and Artpark woods)


Tickets & Day Passes

$10 ticket* (Fairy House Festival and Summer Solstice Celebration, Noon- 7pm)
$20 Day Pass (Admission to Festival, Lehrer Dance performance and all events, good Noon-midnight)


All ticket prices include parking

*Children 3 and under free admission for Festival and Summer Solstice Celebration only, all ages require a ticket for the Mainstage Theater performance


Purchase tickets here


Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1-888-223-6000, in person at the Artpark Box Office (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) and at the entrance to the Festival



Fairy House Registration


Artpark is inviting schools, organizations, families, groups and artists to create fairy houses to be featured in the Fairy House Tour at the Festival. Prizes will be given to the top 3 houses, selected by Artpark. One grand prize of a $300 Artpark Gift Certificate, one second place prize of a $200 Artpark Gift Certificate, and one third place prize of a $100 Artpark Gift Certificate will be awarded at 3pm during the Festival.

Registration deadline is May 15.

Click here to register for the Fairy House Tour