Experience Youngstown’s rich culture at festivals and fairs that showcase the melting pot of ethnicities that make up our community. During the summer months, there are festivals nearly every weekend. Ethnic festivals include Simply Slavic Heritage Festival, Greater Youngstown Italian Fest, Spanish Heritage Festival and Arab American Festival. You can feast on ethnic delights from across the world right here in Youngstown.
Art lovers will enjoy Youngstown State University’s annual Summer Festival of the Arts, a 2-day showcase of the best in regional art. The Shaker Woods Festival takes you back to a simpler time, and the end of summer is marked each year by the Canfield Fair. Now in its 169th year, the Canfield Fair is the largest County Fair in Ohio, featuring agriculture, arts, rides, games, delicious food, and top-name entertainment in the grandstand.
Simply Slavic Heritage Festival
June 20, 2015 – Downtown Youngstown
This festival is a celebration of all ethnic groups from the European Slavic region. Enjoy food, folk dancing performances, music, dancing and crafts.
YSU Summer Festival of the Arts
July 11 & 12, 2015 – Youngstown State University Campus
This two-day juried arts & crafts festival features over 70 regional and national artists with music and dance performances.
Downtown Jazz Fest
July 11, 2015 – Downtown Youngstown
Saxophone great Paul Taylor headlines this year’s event.
2DE Gospel Festival
July 12, 2015 – Downtown Youngstown
This “All Lives Matter” themed event will be headlined by two-time Grammy Winner Tye Tribbett.
Greater Youngstown Italian Fest
July 31 – August 2, 2015 – Downtown Youngstown
Spanning out over 7 city blocks, the Fest has two tents of entertainment running throughout the weekend and over two city blocks of amusements and rides. Enjoy over 40 food vendors with everything from carnival foods to gourmet Italian foods.
Shaker Woods Festival
August 8-9, 15-16, & 22-23, 2015 – Shaker Woods Grounds in Columbiana
This popular festival features over 200 of the best juried craftspeople in the country. Each craftsperson will be dressed in Shaker period clothing while demonstrating and selling their remarkable handmade wares. Enjoy great country cooking and entertainment.
Youngstown Spanish Heritage Festival
August 14-16, 2015 – Downtown Youngstown
This festival is fun for the whole family with music, dancing and ethnic foods representing traditional and modern Spanish Heritage from all Spanish speaking countries.
Arab American Festival of Youngstown
August 22, 2015 – Downtown Youngstown
Enjoy live music, Dabke Group dancers, food and drinks.
169th Canfield Fair
September 2-7, 2015 – Canfield Fairgrounds
Experience the largest county fair in Ohio with exhibits, rides and great food. Enjoy top-name entertainment in the grandstand, including The Band Perry, MercyMe, and The Happy Together Tour.
Learn more about these upcoming festivals and events by visiting the Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website at www.youngstownlive.com. Be sure to also follow them @YoungstownLive on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news & events. You Belong Here!