On Sunday, September 8, the Berea Arts Fest is taking Front Street by storm

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The 29th Annual Berea Arts Fest celebrates more than 120 artists, fabulous fare and a scintillating lineup of musicians and entertainers.

By Patricia Nugent

In every possible medium—painting, photography, jewelry, glass blowing, metal works, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking, woodworking and even live demonstration artists—the 29th Annual Berea Arts Fest celebrates more than 120 artists, fabulous fare and a scintillating lineup of musicians and entertainers.

“On one day only, Sunday, September 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., we’re taking Front Street by storm, from Grand Street to East Bridge Street,” says Berea Arts Fest Coordinator Rich Cihlar.

“We have extraordinary contemporary and traditional artists this year. For instance, returning for the 10th year to the Berea Arts Fest is the living statue joyUnspeakable. With an overwhelming demand, he’s coming back to play tricks on unsuspecting guests.”

Another highlight at the Fest is the huge raffle tent featuring donated works from participating artists. You can buy your tickets for $1 each or six for $5 for your chance to win one of these amazing handmade creations. Or try your luck at the raffle wagon, which will be filled with over $500 worth of art supplies, crafts, and more.

So Much Fabulous Fest Fare
All this excitement would make anyone hungry, right? So, the Fest-planners have invited a slew of popular vendors:

  • Moto Wood Fired Pizza – Featuring five pizza styles and appetizers
  • The Cedar Grill – Mediterranean cuisine, sandwiches, meals and wraps
  • The Sweet Spot – Gourmet gelatos and baked goods
  • Buckeye Concessions – Kettle corn, ice cream, roasted nuts, lemonade, funnel cakes, and french fries
  • Weber’s – Ice cream
  • The Green Machine Food Truck – Tacos, quesadillas, sandwiches and soups
  • Philly Buster Food Truck – Brisket, chicken, pork, and veggie Philly sandwiches and bowls

Make It and Take It at Kids Station
Don’t miss the Kids Kreation Station, where children can make their own art to take home. An array of hands-on projects this year include: hand print fish puppets (ages three and up), construction paper animals (ages three and up), sunflowers (ages six and up) and creative clipboards (ages eight and up).

All supplies for the budding young artist in your life will be supplied free of charge. All he or she needs to bring is the creativity.

“This year’s 29th anniversary celebration would not be possible without the many years of support from our community, friends and sponsors, including Mimi Magazine,” says Rich.

“And, lastly, congratulations to the Berea Arts Fest Scholarship winner Anna Barrett. A 2019 graduate of Strongsville High School, Anna will be attending New York University this fall. Her numerous accomplishments range from best actress and best vocal soloist awards to being a guest performer in the Music and Drama Club of Cleveland at Judson Manor, as well as performing in the Summer Shorts Benefit at Dobama Theatre at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights.”

Scheduled Music and Performing Events

Main Stage

  • 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Powerhouse 5
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Beta Collective
  • 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Hot Djang
  • 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Daddy Longleg’s Homegrown Revival
  • 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Sammy Deleon Latin Jazz Orchestra


Additional Performance

  • 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Wizbang! - A pop-up imaginarium of neo-vaudeville, musical extravaganza, circus arts, comedy and theatre


Demonstrating Artists

  • All day, joyUnspeakable
  • 1:00-4:00 p.m., Michael Roy – Cirque du Papier origami artist
  • All day, Adam Pate – free caricature artist
  • All day, Anthony Kleem – painting
  • 2:30-4:00 p.m., MorrisonDance – strolling dance

For more information, contact Berea Arts Fest Coordinator Rich Cihlar at BAFcoordinator@bereaartsfest.org or call 440-891-1102. For volunteer information and other Berea Arts Fest details, visit BereaArtsFest.org. The complimentary shuttle service provided by Baldwin-Wallace University, running from 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., will be picking up guests at the Bonds Building on Eastland Road and dropping off at entrances to the Fest. As always, admission is free.