With the sun shining especially brightly on Cleveland and Northeast Ohio this week (thanks mostly to the Cavs win), this weekend is a perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy it. The 14th Annual Waterloo Arts Fest takes place from noon to 7 p.m. this Saturday, June 25, on Waterloo Road in Collinwood’s emerging arts and entertainment district. Each year, the neighborhood’s premier event draws thousands of visitors to what the Wall Street Journal
called “a pioneering arts community.” As a special tribute to the Cavs NBA Championship, this year’s festival includes a special performance by members of the team’s Scream Team dancers.
“There is a real creative energy in this neighborhood, a pride in our history, and an excitement for what the future will bring,” says fest coordinator and neighborhood resident Lisa Pasquale. “At this year’s Fest we intend to share this spirit with the rest of Cleveland. The Cavs championship celebration will continue at the Waterloo Arts Fest this Saturday when Cleveland Cavaliers' Scream Team dancers and Fest veterans, Motion and Point Blank, perform at 6:30 p.m. at the Waterloo Arts Stage (intersection of Waterloo and E. 156th St.).”
Presented by Waterloo Arts, the neighborhood’s catalyzing nonprofit arts center, This year’s Waterloo Arts Fest features more than 100 artists, 40 bands and DJs, 20 food vendors and food trucks, kids activities and entertainment and more. Performances will take place on multiple outdoor stages and inside local businesses, such as Blue Arrow Records and the Beachland, throughout the district throughout the day.
“As a Waterloo Road merchant, Waterloo Arts Fest is the best yearly vehicle to showcase our burgeoning arts, retail and entertainment district,” says Pete Gulyas, owner of Blue Arrow Records and Boutique. “Last year, our establishment had a record sales day and it was a positive introduction for many people to Waterloo with comments like ‘I didn’t know this was here!’”
Additionally, the festival includes the second year of the Arts Alive program, which encourages a more hands-on, interactive art experience through demonstrations and activities presented by Cleveland-based nonprofit organizations.
“The Arts Alive program encourages attendees to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty and give art a try,” says Waterloo Arts’ Executive Director Amy Callahan. “We developed the Arts Alive program to give arts organizations an opportunity to connect with new audiences and share the great work that they do in an engaging, memorable way. As a community arts organization we believe, participating in the process of art, regardless of your expertise, is an enriching experience. The enthusiasm festival attendees bring to this program confirms this belief!”
Expanding the size of the Fest, organizers have extended this year’s festival grounds to Calcutta Ave. Free parking is available at the Cleveland Food Bank parking lot (just south of I-90 at E. 152nd St.), and complimentary shuttle service is available to and from the event.
Artist vendors include: Afrika Origins, All About Faces, Alexander’s Alchemy Soap, APE MADE, Balancing Point Creative Studio, Black Branches, Chris Deighan Art, Cleveland Recycles, Coghill Cartooning, Contrive, Darbynwoods Fine Woodworking, Dark Lantern Studios, Die Companies, Don Woods Paintings, Drop of Sun Studio, Earth Philosophy, The ExCB, Glam & Grace, Hannah Hoffman, Henna Body Art, I Love CLE, Images in Bloom, Immortal Nerd, J.M. Dragunas, Judith Sterling Fine Jewelry, Love of Sparklynn, Maroozi, MetalHeart MetalArt, Mezic Ceramics, My Beverly Jewelry, NATTY TRAIN, Pandora’s Creations, Paper Cutz, Paper Planet Wearables, Paw Kids LLC, Phoebe Arts, Pixel mania, Posch & Gulyas Silversmiths, Premiere Screening, RazorSharp Wood, ROCK CITY CLEVELAND, Rocket E3, Rust Inc., Rustic Forest Inc., Sarah Krisher Studio, Shirley’s Loft, Shores of Erie Designs, The Sign Guy, SlainteHome, Sleepy Robot 13, So CLE Tees, Soul House Décor, Stage Struck Puppetsj, Stone Chicken Studio, Sweet Punkette, Tidal Cool, Triple Threat Press, True Art Gallery, Vintabulous and Waterstem Fired & Printed.
OUTDOOR FESTIVAL STAGES
Anitakeys and Friends, Archie Green, Cellocentric, Celtic Rush, Charlie Mosbrook, Common Ave, Craig Ramsey, C-Town Gospel Singers, Demos Papadimas, Diana Chittester, Extra Medium Pony, Filmstrip, Great Lakes Light Opera, Heavenly Creatures, Jul Big Green, The Katy, Kiss Me Deadly, Kristine Jackson, Latin Jazz Players, Lowly, the Tree Ghost, Mike Uva, MoKo BoVo, Mourning [A] BLKstar, NEO Dixie, New Moon Rising, p.stoops, The Polka Pirates, SamFox, Sleepykid, SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie, Sugar Pie Family Band (kids stage), TriHearn and The Whiskey Hollow
BEACHLAND TAVERN STAGE
Arlett & The Affections – Debut show! Featuring Nick and Bob from Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites, The Beyonderers, Mossom, Maura Rogers & The Bellows, DJ Chris Kulcsar, DJ Alr!ght
In the Ballroom: Love Canon, Gage Brothers
FREE! In the Tavern: Electric Forest FOMO Party – Wanyama, Fletcher’s Grove, C-Level
BLUE ARROW INDOOR STAGE
DJ HAMA – noon to 2 p.m.
DJ Ed Zeitz from WRUW’s Chasing Infinity – 2 to 4:30 p.m.
DJ Stanislav – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
CALLALOO CAFE AND BAR
Details to be announced
MILLARD FILLMORE STAGE
Church of the Lazy Bastards
AFTER PARTY: Rick Gleason Trio
PACKY MALLEY’S INDOOR STAGE
Wind Wood (Classic Rock Duo)
AFTER PARTY: Stormy Monday (Classic Rock Power Trio)
SLOVENIAN WORKMEN’S HOME
Wayne Tomsic Band
ZYGOTE PRESS – INK HOUSE PORCH STAGE
Massive Hotdog Recall performing on the porch throughout the day
Food vendors and food trucks include:
46 and 2 Brewing, Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, Callaloo Cafe and Bar, Celestial Treats Lemonade, Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop, Chill Pop Shop, Citizen Pie, Cleveland Vegan, Gray House Pies, Humphrey Popcorn Co., Hunger Squad LLC, Island Delights, Lennon’s Lemonade, Millard Fillmore Presidential Library, NuLife Fitness Camp, Packy Malley’s, The Pierogi Lady, R & D Sausage, Six Shooter Coffee, Slovenian Workmen’s Home, Sweet Treats By Shawntel, Tea Dude, Touch Supper Truck, Umami Moto, Weber’s Premium Custard & Ice Cream, Wok n Roll Food Truck and Z’s Sweet Treats.
(Waterloo Arts) 15605 Waterloo Rd., 216-692-9500, waterlooarts.org.
(Waterloo Rd between E.161st St. and Calcutta Ave.)