Summer Festival of the Arts


July 7 & 8, 2018 — at and around youngstown state university!

YSU is proud to announce the 20th Annual Summer Festival of the Arts as a robust celebration of the performing and visual arts, prominently including a juried art show. Featuring the works of local, regional and national artists, this event welcomes over 80 artists yearly. Music, dance and theatrical performances throughout the festival grounds complement the art and attract 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 Festival of Nations, where ethnic groups display artifacts and sell food; an extensive children's hands-on art tent; a silent auction and numerous displays and activities sponsored by community arts and cultural groups.

Free parking can be found at any YSU parking deck or surface lot within easy walking distance of the Festival.


  • Summer Festival of the Arts is now taking Artist Applications!
    Posted on
    January 11, 2018
  • Summer Festival of the Arts Welcomes 2017 Artists
    Posted on
    June 20, 2017

    These outstanding artists have been accepted to the 2017 YSU Summer Festival of the Arts. We welcome them to the YSU family for the weekend of July 8 and 9!

  • Frame Your Happiness Art Project
    Posted on
    May 30, 2017

    Everyone's perception of happiness is different. What makes you happy? Can you picture it? Are you willing to show others in a visual way? Then the "Frame Your Happiness" project is for you. Join others for a visual representation of happiness, to be displayed at the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts, July 8 and 9, 2017.

  • Our volunteer schedule is full!
    Posted on
    May 2, 2017

    Thank you to all who volunteered for the 2017 Summer Festival of the Arts! If you'd like to volunteer in 2018, please contact Lori Factor at

  • Summer Festival of the Arts is at capacity for artists!
    Posted on
    May 2, 2017

    With almost 80 artists accepted to this year's Summer Festival of the Arts, event organizers are closing the application process for 2017. Stay tuned for a complete list, including images, from each accepted artist! The 20th Anniversary of the Summer Festival of the Arts is next year, July 7 and 8. If you'd like to be placed on the artists' list to receive an application, email Lori Factor at


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

Festival Hours

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Set up: 7:00 - 9:45 am
Festival: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, July 8, 2018
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.