Explore Art! Festival

The 1st Annual Explore Art! Festival will be held at Batavia City Centre, across from GO ART! at Seymour Place, on September 11th 2021 from 11am-4pm.

Featuring live performance, art demos, food trucks, craft beer by Eli Fish and more! 


Live performances by: 


11:15AM - 12:15PM: Trinidad & Tobago Steelband

Alfred St. John’s Trinidad and Tobago Steel Band performs Caribbean calypso and popular music. A native of the island of Trinidad, St. John learned to play steel drums, or “pans,” as a youth when the instrument and its music was not widely accepted in that country. Settling in Rochester in the 1960’s, Al soon formed the band, connecting with other West Indian musicians in western New York. The band has performed for countless festivals, parties, venues and community events, and continues to bring the rhythms and rhymes of steel band music to new audiences in our region.

12:30PM - 1:30PM: Nócha

The group unites musicians from our area’s Irish music community, all the way from Rochester to Buffalo--and including gatherings at O'Lacy's Pub in Batavia. Many belong to local branches of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, a national association of Irish traditional musicians. Featured players are regulars at Irish “sessions” or informal musical gatherings, where they come to swap tunes, listen, and just enjoy playing together. Nócha will keep you moving with a program of jigs, reels, hornpipes, songs and other traditional Irish music. The group is led by John Michael Ryan on accordion and whistle, and includes Tim Benson on uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes); Stephanie Cornelius on fiddle; and Brian Murchison on .

1:45PM-2:45PM: Special Delivery
3PM - 4PM: Banda Típica
Led by Tony Padilla of Rochester, NY, Banda Típica performs traditional music from the islands of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Caribbean. Padilla was surrounded by traditional music as a youth in his father’s store in the Puerto Rican neighborhood of Rochester, NY, where local musicians would gather to play. He and other group members learned merengue, cumbia, jibaro and other styles & rhythms from these community musicians, and Tony developed a true passion and devotion for the music. Banda Típica has established its presence in the Rochester area with performances at corporate parties, weddings, festivals, clubs and social functions. Tony Padilla is also the founder and sole proprietor of Prime Time Entertainment, a booking agency and resource for Latino and world music, dance and performing groups in western New York.

If you're interested in attending as a food vendor, or artisan, please fill out the appropriate form and return it to us! 

Food Vendor Application 

Artisan Alley Application

Thank you to our sponsors! 










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