Summer Festival of the Arts

Summer Festival of the Arts 2019

Sign Up Now to Volunteer at the 2019 Summer Festival of the Arts!

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of making this great weekend a rousing success! We have a job for everyone so take a look at the dates, times and activities, and if you can help, please sign up online or click the link to print and mail in the application. We’ll have a great new 2019 tee shirt and lots of cold water. We also welcome National Honor Society students as well as those who might need service credit for various organizations. The more the merrier! Please note that if we fill up in a certain category, we may ask that you move to another task, but we’ll always ask in advance. Thanks so much.

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July 13 & 14, 2019 — at and around youngstown state university!

YSU is proud to announce the 21th Annual Summer Festival of the Arts as a robust celebration of the performing and visual arts, prominently including a juried art show. Featuring the works of local, regional and national artists, this event welcomes over 80 artists yearly. Music, dance and theatrical performances throughout the festival grounds complement the art and attract a diverse and fun crowd. 

The Summer Festival of the Arts is the flagship event for the Summer Festival of the Arts Weekend, which includes a Friday night concert, Youngstown Wine and Jazz concert, a Gospel concert and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Summerfest. Other activities designed to enhance the Summer Festival of the Arts include the Festival of Nations, where ethnic groups display artifacts and sell food; an extensive children's hands-on art tent; a silent auction and numerous displays and activities sponsored by community arts and cultural groups.

Free parking can be found at any YSU parking deck or surface lot within easy walking distance of the Festival.


Held outdoors, on the park-like, urban campus of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.

Festival Hours

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Set up: 7:00 - 9:45 am
Festival: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, July 14, 2019
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Clean up must be done by 9:00 pm


Cash awards will be given for Best of Show, Best Individual Piece, and Best in each of three major categories (2D, 3D and fine crafts). Honorable mention will be presented in the best individual piece and best fine craft categories. Judging will be done by a jury. The names of winner will be posted at the Main Information tent. The decision of the jury is final.