Event Details

Saturday, June 16th, 2018
|  12:00pm - 8:00pm

KeyBank Summer Solstice Celebration

saturday, June 16


8th annual Fairy House competition (12pm-4pm)

Explore a collection of fairy houses created by both professional and non-professional artists of all ages, community groups, schools, families and individuals. Prizes are awarded to the top three houses.  This year, Lewiston Dance will present the awards at 4pm. 

Bring your own, build or discover small 'fairy dwellings' throughout the Artpark Amphitheater. Participate in craft making, potion making, face paint and more. 

To participate with your own fairy house or to purchase a Fairy House Starter Kit, see below for more information.

Photo by Pavel Antonov


All day activities (2pm-7pm)

The KeyBank Summer Solstice Celebration is created and directed by Kate LoConti and Jon Lehrer, with immersive experience designed by Jessica Wegrzyn, Fairies in 4D by Uta Bekaia. 

The Celebration continues with ongoing entertainment including: 


Photos by Pavel Antonov





william close & the earth harp collective (7pm)

The Solstice Celebration culminates with a performance by William Close & Earth Harp Collective at 7pm. The finale performance features a collaboration with choreographer Jon Lehrer in a large-scale inclusive dance by professional performers, Lewiston Dance and all festival visitors!

Close and his group thrilled audiences at Artpark’s 2017 “Big Bang” season finale. This year his 24-36 string Earth Harp will soar above the audience gathered on and around the “painted parking lot,” 2017’s re-creation of Gene Davis’ “Niagara 1979.” William Close is a world-renowned installation artist who has performed at Coachella, Burning Man and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Click here for an interview with William Close from his appearance at Artpark's Big Bang in 2017 



keybank summer solstice Schedule

Noon - 4pm

8th Annual Fairy House Competition  (Artpark Amphitheater)

2pm - 7pm

Summer Solstice Celebration (Artpark Amphitheater)

7pm - 8pm

William Close & The Earth Harp Collective (Gene Davis "Painted Parking Lot")



$10 ticket* - includes all Festival activities from Noon-8pm  

Parking included with ticket; Re-entry permitted

*Children 3 and under free admission 

Purchase tickets here


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


**Please note CENTER STREET CLOSURE for the weekend of June 16-17. It is recommended that patrons use the Portage Road entrance to Artpark and park in Lot B (closest to the Festival activities in the Amphitheater). Otherwise, please follow detour signs to our 4th Street entrance. 


Fairy House Registration

Artpark is inviting schools, organizations, families, groups and artists to create fairy houses for the Fairy House Competition. 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 the Festival.

Registration deadline is May 31
Click here to register for the Fairy House Competition 

Artpark Fairy House Starter Kits on sale now!

$15 per kit, inlcudes A miniature fairy, glitter glue, heart, moss, colored wood, mini clothespins, shells, stones, feathers, flowers, and fairy dust. To purchase and arrange pickup for your Fairy Starter Kit, please call Nancy Osborne at 716-754-9000 ext 141.


festival sponsors

Presenting Sponsor






Fairy House Competition Sponsor