Held on the second Sunday in September, The Berea Arts Fest, a one-day, invitational, multi-arts festival held in historic Berea, Ohio,
is a non-profit, volunteer, 501(c)3 organization. The Mission Statement of the Berea Arts Fest, Inc. is to “encourage involvement” in the arts by sponsoring and promoting activities and opportunities which foster creativity and enhance appreciation of the arts.
The twenty eighth annual festival will be held Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 10a-5p on Front Street, situated in the heart of Berea. Attendance is completely FREE and the festival takes place RAIN or SHINE! Approximately one hundred professional fine artists and craftspeople will display their works for sale. There will be a demonstrating artist and an Art Raffle offering chances to win art donated by the participating artists. Performing artists will entertain from multiple locations surrounding Coe Lake.
This year’s performances will continue to offer quality, diversity, and participation in the performing arts with an emphasis on a variety of talent and interaction with the audience.
The Festival committee is especially proud to encourage and support creative people with disabilities and students of all ages. In the Special Exhibits area, art & cultural projects are on display from groups throughout the greater Cleveland area: Very Special Arts (art created
by persons with disabilities); student art from elementary, middle, high school, college
and adult education classes from the Berea School District and Berea Historical Society
are also on display. A unique component of the festival is the Kids Kreation Station. This area was created to offer hands on arts experiences for the entire family. Each year there are approximately 3-4 projects that children can complete. In addition, there will be easel painting and face painting. Amenities include a chalk walk sponsored by Friends of the Library; local professional restaurant food booths offering a wide variety of ethnic and local foods; rest areas and security.
All sponsored activities are free, open to the public, and easily accessible. Over 150 community people participate as volunteers. The event has consistently drawn over 11,000 people at each event since 2002.