Summer Festival of the Arts

July 8 & 9, 2017 — at and around youngstown state university!

The Summer Festival of the Arts is a celebration of the performing and visual arts, prominently including a juried art show featuring the works of local, regional and national artists, and welcoming over 80 artists yearly. Music, dance and theatrical performances throughout the festival grounds complement the art and attracts a diverse and fun crowd.

The Summer Festival of the Arts is the flagship event for the Summer Festival of the Arts Weekend, which includes a Friday night concert, Youngstown Wine and Jazz concert, a Gospel concert and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Summerfest. Other activities designed to enhance the Summer Festival of the Arts include the Fesitval of Nations, where ethnic groups display artifacts and sell food; and extensive children's hands-on art tent; a silent auction and numerous displays and activities sponsored by community arts and cultural groups.


  • We Need You! Volunteer at the 2017 Summer Festival of the Arts
    Posted on
    May 2, 2017

    We are currently registering volunteers for the 2017 Summer Festival of the Arts! 

    Areas of greatest need and constant activity are the Children's Art Fest and Festival of Nations. Volunteering for Information Booths requires familiarity with the campus, buildings and layout, as well as a willingness to brief yourself on details of Festival events, such as performance schedules, times, sites, etc. All volunteers will be given a brief orientation, tee-shirt and name tag prior to their assigned shifts.

  • 2017 Artist Applications are available!
    Posted on
    May 2, 2017

    Are you interested in showcasing your design or creation at the Summer Festival of the Arts? Applications are now available and can be printed and submitted to Lori Factor in the College of Creative Arts and Communication.

    Artists are encouraged to demonstrate their work. Please indicate on the application.


Held outdoors, on the park-like, urban campus of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.

Festival Hours

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Set up: 7:00 - 9:45 am
Festival: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, July 9, 2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Clean up must be done by 9:00 pm


Cash awards will be given for Best of Show, Best Individual Piece, and Best in each of three major categories (2D, 3D and fine crafts). Honorable mention will be presented in the best individual piece and best fine craft categories. Judging will be done by a jury. The names of winner will be posted at the Main Information tent. The decision of the jury is final.