Summertime in the Mahoning Valley means lots of concerts (especially at The NEW Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre), a fair or two and FESTIVALS! From June through August, expect a slew of food, craft and music festivals to pop up around the area. Not sure which ones you should visit? Here’s five festivals definitely worth checking out this summer.
SIMPLY SLAVIC FESTIVAL
WHEN: Saturday, June 15 (12:00pm-12:00am); Free preview night Friday, June 14 (7:00pm-11:00pm)
WHERE: Federal Plaza East in Downtown Youngstown
Specifically created to celebrate Youngstown’s Slavic community, the Simply Slavic Festival is an annual favorite. Head downtown for a full day of live music, folk dancing, homemade Slavic food, children’s learning areas, educational exhibits and ethnic vendors. Admission for the entire day is just $5/person. Children 12 and younger are free.
WHITE HOUSE FRUIT FARM STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
WHEN: Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16 (11:00am-4:00pm)
WHERE: White House Fruit Farm
June in Ohio marks the start of delicious, juicy strawberry season. And where better to celebrate than at the White House Fruit Farm Strawberry Festival? Visit the farm for plenty of fresh strawberries, along with strawberry desserts, drinks and (of course) donuts. This event also marks the start of White House’s pick-your-own-strawberries season.
YSU SUMMER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
WHEN: Saturday, July 13 (10:00am-6:00pm) & Sunday, July 14 (11:00am-5:00pm)
WHERE: Youngstown State University Campus
Youngstown State University’s Summer Festival of the Arts is a massive celebration of the performing and visual arts. Head to the YSU campus and enjoy works from 80+ local, regional and national artists. You’ll also find a full schedule of music, dance and theatrical performances during the event. Important to note: There are other events happening this same weekend including the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Summerfest and the Youngstown Wine & Jazz Festival featuring Norman Brown – all as a part of the Summer Festival of the Arts Weekend. Make sure to check out the details of each and mark your calendar!
GREATER YOUNGSTOWN ITALIAN FEST
WHEN: Friday, August 2 (11:00am-11:00pm), Saturday, August 3 (1:00pm-11:00pm), and Sunday, August 4 (11:00am-11:00pm)
WHERE: Central Square in Downtown Youngstown
As the birthplace of countless local pizza shops, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Greater Youngstown Italian Fest takes over the streets Downtown with live entertainment, 40+ food vendors, pasta eating contest, homemade wine contest and much more. Proceeds from the fest benefit the Italian Heritage Foundation.
SHAKER WOODS FESTIVAL
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, August 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 (10:00am-5:00pm)
WHERE: Shaker Woods Grounds, 44337 County Line Rd., Columbiana
If you like handcrafted décor, furniture, jewelry, pottery, you-name-it, mark your calendar for this summer’s Shaker Woods Festival. Spanning across multiple weekends in August, this festival hosts 200+ of the best juried craftspeople in the country. Purchase handmade goods, peruse the many delicious food options and enjoy live entertainment located on two different stages. Admission is $8/day for adults and free for children 12 and under.