18th Summer Festival of Arts returns to YSU campus

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Staff report


The 18th annual Summer Festival of the Arts returns to the campus of Youngstown State University this weekend, bringing with it a large and juried art market, a series of live performances, ethnic food, and more.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Visitors should note that YSU’s parking deck on Wick Avenue is closed for repairs. There are still plenty of parking spaces in the surface lots along Rayen and Fifth avenues, and also in the Lincoln Avenue parking deck.

As always, the SFA will be joined by other events on campus periphery and downtown.

These include:

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Summerfest today through Sunday, with authentic Greek food and entertainment. The church is on Walnut Street, near Choffin Career Center.

Downtown Shutdown street party, featuring the Clarks, 7 p.m. Friday, on Central Square, downtown.

Youngstown Wine and Jazz Festival, featuring Marion Meadows, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Central Square.

The 2DE Gospel Festival, featuring Fred Hammond, starting at 1 p.m. Sunday on Central Square.

The heart of the SFA, as always, is the art marketplace, which will feature booths with works by more than 80 local, regional and national artists, all offered for sale.

Dozens of music, dance and literary performances are also scheduled.

Lit Youngstown will do a Storygami session where participants will select printed stories to fold into origami shapes, guided by booth staff. A giant chalkboard will be available for visitors to add to a story in progress, and an exhibit of photos titled “Words Made Visible: Ohio Pastoral” will be displayed.

There will also be a classic car show Saturday near DeBartolo Hall.

Nearby cultural venues – all within walking distance – will offer open houses and special activities all weekend, including the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, Oh Wow! Children’s Museum and the Women’s Art Show at the YWCA.

More information and the schedule of events are available in Valley 24 and a special advertising section in today's Vindicator.

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