Enjoy Summer 2015: Regional fairs, festivals for Youngstown, Warren and beyond

Paul Taylor

PICTURED: Jazz artist Paul Taylor will headline the ‘Downtown Jazz Fest’ on Saturday, July 11 in downtown Youngstown. Taylor has worked with some of urban jazz and R&B’s top producers, including Rex Rideout, Barry J. Eastmond and The Heavyweights. Tickets are available at the Covelli Centre Box Office and Giant Eagle Ticketmaster Outlets. $8 in advance and $10 the day of the show. 7 p.m., Saturday, July 11.

SEND US YOUR FESTIVAL INFORMATION! – Churches and community groups wanting to list their festivals should e-mail information to calendar@metromonthly.net. The deadline for the August issue is July 15.


Rib, White and Blue Festival. S. Main Street, downtown Akron. Features rib vendors from all over the United States and includes food, fireworks, and music. For a complete list of entertainment, festival times and vendors, visit www.akronribfestival.org. July 1-4. Free.

26th Annual Packard Legacy Weekend. National Packard Museum, 1899 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-394-1899. www.PackardMuseum.org. Annual event celebrates the design and state-of-the-art engineering of the Packard. Includes demonstrations, lectures, exhibits and music. Noon-5 p.m., Thursday and  Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday. July 2-5.

42nd Annual Annual Mesopotamia Ox Roast. Intersection of State Route 534 and 87, Mesopotamia; 440-693-4602. Features an ox roast, roast beef sandwiches, polka and pop music, a brass band, antiques (160 dealers) and a flea market. July 3-5.

Tri-C JazzFest. Playhouse Square, downtown Cleveland. www.tri-c.edu/jazzfest. The 36th annual Tri-C JazzFest features ticketed concerts inside PlayhouseSquare theaters, and free music and dancing outdoors day and night on U.S. Bank Plaza. July 9-11.

Summit County Italian American Festival. Lock 3 Park, downtown Akron. it-am.org. Annual event features Italian food, music and entertainment. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. (Thursday, July 9; 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday, July 10; 11 a.m.–midnight, Saturday, July 11. July 9-11.

Trumbull County Fair. 89 Everett-Hull Road, Cortland; 330-637-6010. Rides, food, entertainment, fireworks and displays. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., July 14-19.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Festival. 220 N. Walnut St., Youngstown; 330-743-5493. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Greek foods and pastries, live Greek music, auction and trash and treasure sale. July 9-11.

The Cain Park Art Fest. Cain Park, 14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights; 216-291-3669. www.cainpark.com. Juried fine arts and fine crafts event features up to 150 artists. 3-8 p.m., Friday, July 10; 10 a.m.-8p.m., Saturday, July 11; noon-5 p.m., Sunday, July 12. $5 and 12 and under free. July 10-12.

New Castle Fireworks Festival & Arts on the Riverwalk. 214 E. Washington St., New Castle. www.hoytartcenter.org/arts-on-the-riverwalk. Annual event features food, music, family fun, an artists’ market, and a fireworks display. July 10-11.

Downtown Jazz Fest: Paul Taylor. Central Square, downtown Youngstown. Features jazz artist Paul Taylor. Taylor has worked with some of urban jazz and R&B’s top producers, including Rex Rideout, Barry J. Eastmond and The Heavyweights. Recordings include “On The Horn,” “Pleasure Seeker,” “Undercover,” “Hypnotic,” “Nightlife” and “Prime Time.” Tickets are available at the Covelli Centre Box Office and Giant Eagle Ticketmaster Outlets. $8 in advance and $10 the day of the show. 7 p.m., Saturday, July 11.

Slovenefest. SNPJ Recreation Center, Enon Valley, Pa.; www.slovenefest.com. Polkas, culture and food. July 10-12.

Youngstown State University Summer Festival of the Arts. YSU campus, Youngstown; 330-941-2307. http://web.ysu.edu/sfa. Annual celebration of the arts features art vendors, music, dance, food and activities for all ages. Features over 70 local, regional, and national artists in a juried arts event. Highlights include an Artists’ Marketplace and family activities, including children’s hands-on art tent. Also features music, theater and dance performances by various groups throughout both days. In addition, a Festival of Nations section will offer foods and performances from the various local ethnic and cultural groups. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, July 11; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday, July 12. July 11-12. Free.

2DE Gospel Festival 2K15. downtown Youngstown. www.2DeepEvents.com. Tickets may also be purchased via phone by calling 330-397-7567. Tye Tribbett, a two-time Grammy Award Winner and four-time Stellar Award Winner, will headline. The event will feature performances by The Emancipation Community Choir, Yanno, Youngstown Mass Choir, Warren City Wide Youth Choir, and others. Gates open at 1 p.m.; the festival begins at 2 p.m. 2Deep Entertainment and the city of Youngstown will present this All Lives Matter-themed event. 2 p.m., Sunday, July 12. $45-$15, plus service fee.

Lowellville Mt. Carmel Festival. 102 Washington St., Lowellville; 330-536-8203. Annual event features food, rides, a bocce Tournament, fireworks and the “Baby Doll Dance.” July 15-18.

Western PA Balloon Quest. Scotland Meadows Park, 2106 Camden Ave., New Castle, Pa. 16101; 724-650-5252www.hotairballoon.com/Western-Pennsylvania-Balloon-Quest/. All proceeds benefit the Union Township Volunteer Fire Department. Event kicks off Thursday night when Hot Air Balloons perform a “Balloon Glow.” Balloon launches are scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday morning and evening, and Sunday morning. July 15-18. Free.

82nd Annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Festival. 381 Robbins Ave., Niles; 330-652-5825. Annual parish festival touts entertainment, rides, raffles, Italian food and fireworks. July 15-19.

Revive Music & Arts Festival. N. Phelps Street, downtown Youngstown; https://www.facebook.com/events/1550669385200977/permalink/1560693390865243. This one-day festival features a full day of music and will be headlined by Jones for Revival. The event will feature an outdoor stage on N. Phelps Street and an indoor stage at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, located at 32 N. Phelps St. Noon, Saturday, July 18. Gates open at noon and music begins at 3 p.m. $10. All ages. Children 12 and under are free. 

Annual Rib Festival. Mastropietro Winery, 14558 Ellsworth Road, Berlin Center;  330-547-2151. www.mastropietrowinery.com. Annual festival will feature barbecue vendors and live music. 4-9 p.m., Saturday, July 18.

48th Annual St. Demetrios Grecian Festival. St. Demetrios Community Center, 3223 Atlantic St. N.E., Warren; 330-394-9021. Greek food, live music and dancing, rides, displays and games. July 22-26.

Pittsburgh Blues Festival. Hartwood Acres Park, 200 Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh. www.pghblues.com/. All ticket and merchandise proceeds benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, which helps provide food and services to 110,000 needy each month across 11 counties. July 24-26.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival. 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown; 330-507-5203. Annual festival features a bocce tournament, homemade wine-making contest, ethnic food vendors and music. 3-11 p.m., Thursday, July 23; 3-11 p.m., Friday, July 24; 3-11 p.m., Saturday, July 25; and 1-10 p.m., Sunday, July 26. July 23-26.

11th Annual Motorcycle Run. Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County Shelter, 812 Youngstown Kingsville Road, Vienna, 44473; 330-539-5300. www.AWLRescueMe.com. Includes a tour ride, continental breakfast and dinner, Chinese auction, door prizes and 50/50 raffle. Held rain or shine. Proceeds benefit Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; kickstands up from noon-4 p.m. July 26.

83rd Annual Serbian Day Picnic. Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, 53 Laird Ave., Youngstown. 330-550-6628. Features music, food, games. Traditional foods include chicken paprikash (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.), barbecue lamb and pork, Serbian rice, Cevapcici (grilled sausages), Serbian potato salad; kolbasi and sauerkraut sandwiches and other Serbian Specialties. Noon-9 p.m., Sunday, July 26.

St. Patrick Parish Festival. 357 N. Main St., Hubbard; 330-534-1928. This 57th-annual event features food, rides, raffles and entertainment. July 30-Aug. 2.

Greater Youngstown Italian Fest. Central Square and West and East Federal streets, downtown Youngstown; 330-501-3171. Annual Italian festival features food, music, entertainment, cultural displays and rides. Friday, July 31–Sunday, Aug. 2.


Greater Youngstown Italian Fest. Central Square and West and East Federal streets, downtown Youngstown; 330-501-3171. Annual Italian festival features food, music, entertainment, cultural displays and rides. Friday, July 31–Sunday, Aug. 2.

Harvey S. Firestone Park Festival of the Arts. Firestone Park, 347 E. Park Ave., Columbiana. Antiques, vendors, music, food and baked goods. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1.

Columbiana County Fair. 225 Lee Ave., Lisbon; 330-424-5531. www.columbianacountyfair.org/. Entertainment, demolition derbies, livestock and food. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Aug. 3-9.

Hungarian Festival Day (Magyar Nap). Aut Mori Grotto Hall,  563 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown; 330-540-3327. Features Hungarian food, dancers and music. Hungarian continental music will be performed by The Hungarians of Akron. The program will begin with a brief performance by local ethnic dancers. This annual event is hosted by the Youngstown American Hungarian Federation. 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9.

Mahoning Valley Slovak Fest. 2800 Shady Run Road, Youngstown. www.americanslovak.org. Features Slovak food, music and culture. Noon-8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9.

3rd Annual Wings-n-Wheels. SLOAS Airfield, 4085 North River Road, Warren, 44484; 330-219-6143. www.ErnieHallAviationMuseum.org. Features classic and antique airplanes and cars, live music, and food. Proceeds benefit the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County and the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum. 9 a.m.,-5 p.m.. Aug. 9.

VexFest 10. Central Square, downtown Youngstown. https://www.facebook.com/VexFest9/timeline. This annual music festival will feature local and regional artists. Visit the festival’s Facebook page for news and announcements. 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9. Free.

21st Annual Summer Antique Tractor Show. Club Grounds, 1653 Ridge Road, Vienna, 44473; 330-240-6407. www.AntiqueTractorClubofTrumbullCounty.com. Features a large variety of antique tractors on display. Also includes games, children’s activities, an auction, tractor pulls, and flea market. Food will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 14-16. $5.

St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church Glendi. 4955 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-788-5257. Greek food, music, games and entertainment. Aug. 20-23.

31st Annual Warren Italian-American Heritage Festival. Courthouse Square Park, downtown Warren; 330-550-7877, 330-507-3567. Features Italian food, music, bocce, rides, ethnic displays and cultural exhibits. Also includes pasta sauce and wine-tasting competitions. Fireworks on Sunday. Aug. 6-9. $3.

Lawrence County Fair. 464 Midway Road, New Castle, Pa.; 724-654-7745.  Livestock, exhibits, crafts, clothing, food and entertainment. Aug. 17-22.

Youngstown Spanish Heritage Festival. East Federal Street downtown Youngstown; 330-398-0505. Annual festival features music, food, dancing and entertainment. 7-11 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14; noon-11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15; noon-8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 16. Aug. 14-16.

Shaker Woods Festival. 44337 County Line Road (off Route 7), Columbiana; 330-482-0214. Aug. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23.

Brier Hill Italian Festival. Calvin and Victoria streets, Brier Hill, Youngstown; 330-286-3584. Authentic Italian food, music, dancing and concessions. Aug. 20-23.

4th Annual Arab American Festival. West Federal Street between Hazel and Phelps streets, downtown Youngstown. https://www.facebook.com/arabfest. Features Arabic food, music, dancing and cultural displays. 10 a.m.,-1 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 22.

Women’s Equality Day. Women’s Park, Mahoning Avenue N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-395-1840. www.UptonHouse.org. Celebrates women’s right to vote. Sponsored by the Upton Association and the League of Women Voters. Noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26.


169th Annual Canfield Fair. Columbiana Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-533-4107. Food, agricultural displays, livestock, rides, entertainment, etc. 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sept. 2-7.

Rust Belt Music Fest. North Phelps Street, downtown Youngstown. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rust-Belt-Music-Festival/680959312050118?sk=timeline. Featured acts will include Kitchen Knife Conspiracy, Wretch, Album, White Cadillac, Pilot The Mind, Panty Droppin’ Rock Brigade, and others. Visit the festival’s Facebook page for news and details. Noon, Saturday, Sept. 12. $10, under 12 are free.

Lordstown Apple Cider Festival. Lordstown High School, 1824 Salt Springs Road, Lordstown; 330-824-2650. Features food, crafts, rides, apple cider, a parade, car show and entertainment.  Sept. 18-20. 6 p.m.-midnight, Friday, Sept. 18; noon-midnight, Saturday, Sept. 19; and noon-9 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20.

22nd Annual McConnells Mill Heritage Festival. 2697 McConnells Mill Road, Portersville, Pa. 16051. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/mcconnellsmill/index.htm. This festival celebrates the operational time period of the historical gristmill—from 1852 to 1928, and costumed vendors will display crafts inspired by this time. Bluegrass music and free tours of the mill will be offered. Also includes a Civil War encampment and artisans and crafter demonstrations. Sept. 27-28. Free.

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