Event Details

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
|  3:00pm - 11:00pm

Strawberry Moon Festival

saturday, June 22

Gates: 3pm
festival events: 3:30pm-11pm


live on the amphitheater stage


General Admission Tickets $28 


Photo by Drew Yorke


The Strawberry Moon Festival celebrates the beginning of a new season and the first fruit of summer. 

After Artpark first hosted Indigenous powwows and performing arts programs some 40+ years ago, we are pleased to invite communities of Western New York and Canada to join us for a day of re-awakening, celebrating our neighbors and the many people that share this land under the same sky. 


native american celebration

Ongoing throughout the afternoon, beginning at 3:30pm 

In addition to the live music on the Amphitheater stage, experience the Native American Celebration featuring in a multiple array of hands-on workshops, teachings, enjoy traditional dance demonstrations and competition, hear the beautiful songs and discover unique gifts from over 20 Native American artisans including food vendors.

The Celebration will include an Artpark Bridges program with performers from Empower, People Inc. and other members of the WNY community led in a special performance by percussionists Cyro Baptista, Griffin Brady in collaboration with the Native community and all festival participants in the spirit of peace, unity, inclusion and friendship.

More details below!

Artpark is  working in collaboration with Kakekalanicks Indigenous Arts & Consultancy, Native community leaders and Elders Allan Jamieson, Sr. Cayuga Nation and Neil Patterson, Sr. Tuscarora Nation. 



Welcome Celebration:

Beginning at 3:30PM, a special Festival welcome by local Elders Allan Jamieson Sr of the Cayuga Nation and Neil Patterson, Sr. Tuscarora Nation. Also:

  • Traditional Welcome Song and Round Dance lead by Franklyn McNaughton and Jordan Smith.
  • Social Dance Club at Tuscarora Indian School K-6th will share their deep-rooted song and dance traditions
  • Performance by the The Iroquois Indian Marching Band



Share in the beautiful Native dance styles, the meaning behind them, the different regalia and songs. Learn such styles as Grass Dance, Hoop Dance, Fancy Dance, Jingle Dance and the electrifying Smoke Dance. 

This all ages workshop is led by Jordan Smith and Family. 


The Seneca Iroquois National Museum Native America INTERACTIVE DISCOVERY ZONE

Learn and create at the Interactive Discovery Zone! Enjoy a variety of teachings and workshops including "Iroquois Ruppet (Rez Puppets) Show."  It is a traditional Iroquois story about how not to be vain. Various entertaining Iroquois stories will told through the Ruppets at the Festival. These are stories that have been passed down through generations.



Children can play physical traditional games that clans have played for generations. One example is “Turn the Stone” which is a favorite of the Snipe Clan. This particular game requires a large flat stone which the participant will be able to rest their palm on and rotate. The game is started by having all the contestants spread out sitting in a circle. The object of the contest is to use the “Little Eagle Spread” and walk around the stones on the sides of the feet, to complete a circle. The stone acts as the hub of the wheel. Each contestant takes a turn moving in one direction. After everyone has had a turn, they reverse direction. Fouls are: body touching the ground, bent knees, talking, and being on the balls of feet while “running”. The team ending with the least amount of fouls wins. The object of these clan games all have different teachings such as: discipline, teamwork, endurance, strength building, silence and more.


The Festival will host its 1st Smoke Dance Competition, open to all Nations. Men and women of ages 16 and older are eligible to participate. The Smoke Dance is an exhibition dance often highlighted at Haudenosaunee socials and festivals. The Smoke Dance is a rapid quick step dance that is exceedingly fast and difficult, showcases the agility, and the speed that requires dancers to stop on the very last note of the song.

Visitors are encouraged to come out and see veteran performers, as well as new rising talents.
Registration begins at 2pm and all dancers are required to pre-register.

The Smoke Dance Competition will begin at 4:30pm in the following category order
Women's 16+ 1st $350, 2nd $250, 3rd $150
Men's 16+ 1st $350, 2nd $250, 3rd $150

For more information contact Kehala Smith at [email protected] or at 716-523-6282




Create a paper “bark basket” and take it home! This workshop will also include a short presentation on bark baskets and how they relate to Iroquois history and a paper craft activity. 



All Festival visitors will help to create a Two Row Wampum Chalk Walkway towards the Amphitheater Stage to remind us of the teachings of walking together, in parallel, with respect, compassion, and understanding to cultivate an inclusive community for our shared future. 



The Two Row Wampum Walkway will lead to the afternoon finale as we walk the path in parallel towards the Amphitheater Stage where Artpark Bridges Program will perform. The Celebration culminates with performers from Empower, People Inc. led in a special performance by percussionists Cyro Baptista and Griffin Brady, in collaboration with the Native American signers, drummers and all festival participants. The finale performance will feature a traditional Native American call and response, “Drums for the Two Row,” echoing a life of cross-cultural existence in peace, harmony and friendship amongst each other and all living things.




We aren't done yet! Thunderhand Joe & The Medincine Show kick off live music on the Amphitheater stage at 6PM. The Festival continues until 11PM with performances by Sam Roberts Band, Alan Doyle and A Tribe Called Red. 



General Admission $28 

Children ages 12 & under admitted free (must obtain complimentary ticket from the Artpark box office).

Re-entry permitted until 5pm

Free admission to activities 3pm-5pm.

Ticket required for Amphitheater concerts 
No outside food or beverage

Carry-in chairs permitted in designated areas



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 until 9pm.



Artpark currently sits at Yehęwáhkwa'tha, "the place where one takes their canoe out of the water". It is along one of the narrowest chasms of the Niagara River, where, as one paddles from the largest fresh water system in the world to meet the salt water body to the east, one must remove their canoe from the water to acknowledge, engage and respect the land, landscape and people around them.


Artpark’s closest neighbors are the Onödowa’ga:’ (Seneca) and the Skarù:rę' (Tuscarora) of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Nations. In the Tuscarora language, Urha'na'ni means "the woods edge". Within the Haudenosaunee tradition, Urha'na'ni is both a place of transition, and a custom of greeting. It is a place where the world of your making is met with the uncertainty of the realms beyond; where travelers are met and defined;  where strangers are made into family.


Artpark invites the WNY and Canada communities to join us for a day of celebrating our neighbors and the many people that share this land under the same sky. We welcome the beginning of a new season and the first fruit of summer at Strawberry Moon.

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