Artpark Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY

We’re a family that loves fairies.  We’ve invested countless hours standing in line at Disney parks waiting to have two-minute conversations with fairies.  So when we heard about Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, N.Y. we knew we had to check it out.

Location: Artpark, 450 South 4th St., Lewiston, NY  14092
Cost: $10 a person
Parking: Free on-site parking

We entered Artpark at the lower entrance, where we were greeted by park workers collecting entrance fees, handing out wrist bands, festival maps, and event schedules.  Parking is immediately behind the entrance booth.  It was only about a two-minute walk from our car to the first festival attraction, which we really appreciated because the temperatures that day were in the 90’s.

Unicorn Sighting

First up was the unicorn sighting – the two white horses with beautiful twisted manes to look like horns.  My daughter wasn’t too terribly impressed with them, it may have been because she was anxious to get deeper into the festival.  They were housed in a very small pen so it was easy to view them but the lack of interaction was disappointing. And watch where you walk!

Unicorn sighting at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Unicorn sighting at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Story Telling

Next stop – the story teller.  Kids gathered in her beautifully staged area on a rug, in a shaded area overlooking the Niagara River.  The gorgeous scenery and Niagara Gorge views keep the adults entertained while the kids were entranced with her stories.  We spent about fifteen minutes listening to her.  She did a great job welcoming in new kids; there was not an official start/end time – she just continued with her stories all day.  She ended one story by giving the kids the vision to see real fairies for the day – we saw this as the perfect opportunity to move to the next attraction.

Fairy House Festival Storyteller at Artpark in Lewiston, NY.
Fairy House Festival Storyteller at Artpark in Lewiston, NY.
View of Canada and the Niagara River from Artpark in Lewiston, NY.
View of Canada and the Niagara River from Artpark in Lewiston, NY.
International Street Theater Artists

On to watch some of the international street theater artists.  From my understanding this was a new addition to the festival.  It was a diverse group including Uta Bekaia from Georgia, The Lost Wheels of Time from Israel, Circus Orange from Canada, and Giraffe Royal from Estonia.  Their costumes were amazing!  Very intricate and heavy looking.  I felt so bad for them – it was so hot out!  But they showed no signs of it bothering them.

There was a main performance field where they performed their theatrical shows.  We watched less than ten minutes of one show before my daughter asked to leave.  I found it to be entertaining, but it seemed that it was aimed at a slightly older crowd (she’s  7.)

Street performance artist at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Street performance artist at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Street performance artist at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Street performance artist at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Street performance artist at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Street performance artist at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Wishing Tree

We continued on to the Wishing Tree.  Kids wrote a wish on a piece of paper and hung it on a tree.  At sundown fairies would collect the wishes and make them come true.  It was such a simply little thing they had set up, but my daughter really enjoyed it.

Children placed their wishes on "The Wishing Tree" at Artpark's Fairy House Festival.
Children placed their wishes on “The Wishing Tree” at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival.
Emerald Grove

On to play in the Emerald Grove area; while not specific to the festival, this play area is always a good time for the kids.

Emerald Grove art installation at Artpark.
Emerald Grove art installation at Artpark.
Fairy Tea Party

By this time, we were thirsty, so we headed over to the fairy tea house.  The tent was draped in multiple colored fabrics and was guarded by a male fairy.  He had to confirm that we were actual fairies before entering.  Once inside, we were greeted by a fairy pouring warm water into small cups (made at pottery workshops held at Artpark – specially for the festival.)  We took our water and sat down on the scattered pillow and cushion and enjoyed our tea.  We enjoyed our tea party and were excited that you were allowed to take the pottery home.  What parent doesn’t like a free souvenir!

Street performance artist standing guard outside the Fairy Tea Room at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Street performance artist standing guard outside the Fairy Tea Room at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.

 

Serving tea in handmade clay cups at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Serving tea in handmade clay cups at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.

It didn’t quite quench our thirst.  Luckily there were drink standings selling water and popsicles.  I would recommend bringing your own bottle of water.  Outside food was allowed.  Many families were picnicking in the Emerald Grove area.

Fairy Headbands

Make your own head piece was definitely the highlight of the day.  All the supplies were provided for free and there are plenty of adults there to assist in your creation.  We spent about twenty minutes wrapping our grape vine headbands with ribbons and wild flowers.  The kids (and adults) looked the role of fairies walking around the park with ribbons blowing in the breeze.  And another free souvenir – Yes!

Making fairy headbands at Artpark's Fairy House Fesitval in Lewiston, NY.
Making fairy headbands at Artpark’s Fairy House Fesitval in Lewiston, NY.
Potion Recipes

On to the Potion Recipe tent.  Another winner in my daughter’s eyes.  You were given a test tube to fill with a combination of ingredients.  It looks messier than it really was.  Plus, there was a hand washing station right outside the tent.  I on the other hand didn’t enjoy having to carry this one around the festival – Yuck!

Tongue of troll, one of the many ingredients available for a potion at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Tongue of troll, one of the many ingredients available for a potion at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.

 

Potion recipes menu board at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Potion recipes menu board at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Face Painting

We skipped the face painting tent.  The line was incredibly long, it was estimated to be about a 45-minute wait.  They were painting full face butterflies, so the line was moving very slowly.  We opted to make a magnet and move on.

Screen Printing T-Shirts

Next we decided to screen print t-shirts.  This was the only activity at the festival that cost additional money.  At $5 a t-shirt it was a bargain.  You picked your t-shirt color/size, your design, and your paint color.  Unfortunately, you didn’t actually do the screen printing yourself but it was interesting to see them make it.

Screen printing t-shirts are Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Screen printing t-shirts are Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
T-shirts drying at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
T-shirts drying at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
Fairy Houses

And there were fairy houses – lots of them.  They were scattered around the park grounds – too many to see them all.  Each one was so unique.  The entire family enjoyed looking at them. The details on some of them were so cool.

A fairy house at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
A fairy house at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
A fairy house at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
A fairy house at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
A fairy house at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
A fairy house at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
A fairy house at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.
A fairy house at Artpark’s Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY.

I found after we left there was a fairy house building workshop.  I wished we would have done that, but we were all tired and hot by the time we left.  Another activity would have led to a very crabby child.

All in all, we enjoyed our relaxing day at Artpark.  The festival was not what I was expecting at all.  These were not Disney fairies!  I personally thought $10 a person was a little much.  We agreed that it was worth going to once, but If we are in the area next year during the festival we will probably skip it.

Have you been to Lewiston’s Fairy House Festival?  Have you been to one in another area?  Any that you would recommend?  Leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you.

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14 thoughts on “Artpark Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, NY

  • July 9, 2016 at 9:29 pm
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    Very informative! Love the pictures!

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  • July 10, 2016 at 1:56 am
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    This looks like so much fun! I’d love to visit & NY is awesome.

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  • July 10, 2016 at 4:54 am
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    OMG this sounds amazing! If I weren’t on the other side of the country, this would be a visit for sure 🙂 the wishing tree and headdress decorations sound right up our alley too – and watch where you walk… LOL!

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  • July 10, 2016 at 5:36 am
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    That looks like so much fun. I would love to go to this festival. Too bad there isn’t one around here.

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  • July 10, 2016 at 8:56 am
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    We love fairies too! This sounds like a great day but ours kids being little would have to wait a few years to do something like this.

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  • July 10, 2016 at 7:56 pm
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    How cute is that. I bet that was so much fun. I love fairies especially the Disney kind.

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  • July 10, 2016 at 9:42 pm
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    So cool! I don’t have kids but I would still go for the art and performances!

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  • July 11, 2016 at 6:06 pm
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    This looks like such an amazing event! A true fairy lovers dream come true 🙂

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  • July 11, 2016 at 6:10 pm
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    What a fun time! I have two littles that would absolutely love this! We have a path by the river downtown and at the end of it there is a collection of fairy houses, and supplies for the kids to build new ones. It is always a favorite activity for the family.

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  • July 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm
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    Your photos are so beautiful! We had a similar festival event in PA where I grew up and I always loved going as a child. Heck, I would probably still enjoy it now!

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  • July 11, 2016 at 9:29 pm
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    This looks like a ton of fun. Like a Renaissance Faire but for fairies. I would totally check this out!

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  • July 12, 2016 at 5:03 am
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    I used to love going to these when I was little. I want to ride a unicorn!

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  • July 13, 2016 at 3:19 am
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    That looks absolutely incredible! Those pictures are so beautiful (makes me miss New England) — While $10 seems like a lot, I feel like it would be so worth it for the killer photos and that super cute crown.

    This is a little out of season rec, but Northern New Hampshire (my home state) has a beautiful Christmas village in December that’s definitely a must-visit!

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