A Summer Full of Festivals in Youngstown

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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. These range from small church festivals to major events that take over the streets of Downtown. Our rich culture is on display at ethnic festivals like Simply Slavic Heritage Festival, Greater Youngstown Italian Fest, and Spanish Heritage Festival. You can feast on ethnic delights from across the world right here in Youngstown!

SSa2dIt all kicks off with the Simply Slavic Heritage Festival on June 18th, noon until midnight in Downtown Youngstown. This festival celebrates the culture of all Slavic nations. Enjoy an ethnic market place, Slavic Beer Garden, music, dancing and yes of course there will be pierogi! A Vatra fire will close the event.

The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest takes over Downtown from July 29th-31st. It’s been around for 31 years, and is the Grand-daddy of ethnic festivals. Spanning six city blocks, the Fest has two tents of entertainment running throughout the weekend, plus two city blocks of amusements and rides. Enjoy over 40 food vendors with everything from carnival foods to gourmet Italian foods. Check out the pasta eating contest or the Morra Tournament. A wide variety of music will have you dancing in the streets.

This will be the sixth year for the Youngstown Spanish Heritage Festival, which runs August 12th & 13th in 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. A parade and a rumba show add to the fun.

If you prefer to travel back to a simpler time, plan on attending the popular Shaker Woods Festival just soguy painting sunflowersuth of Youngstown at the Shaker Woods Grounds in Columbiana. Held over three weekends in August in a beautiful wooded area, this festival features over 200 of the best juried craftspeople in the country dressed in Shaker period clothing while demonstrating and selling their remarkable handmade wares. Enjoy the aroma of country cooking and plenty of live entertainment.

Finally, do not miss the largest County Fair in the state of Ohio—the 170th Canfield Fair, August 31st through Labor Day. It takes more than a day to take in all the Fair has to offer with agricultural exhibits, arts & crafts, rides and great food. Enjoy top-name entertainment in the grandstand, including Halestorm, Newsboys with special guests The Willis Clan, and The Happy Together Tour. It really is Something to Crow About!

View our complete list of upcoming festivals here.


  1. Jeff July 23, 2016 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Is this updated for 2016? Sorry if it is a bad question, haha

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