2018 Waterloo Arts Fest


Saturday, June 30, 2018 / Noon to 7:00pm
Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District

(Cleveland on Waterloo Rd between E.161st St and Calcutta Ave)
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The 16th Annual Waterloo Arts Fest is Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm and features more than 40 local bands playing a great mix of music, local handmade art vendors, CLE’s best food trucks, and an exciting mix of innovative and interactive art experiences for all ages. At the Waterloo Arts Fest, you can roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and give art a try.

This community event is produced by Waterloo Arts, a nonprofit art center whose mission is to enrich the neighborhood culturally and economically by creating a stimulating arts environment through exhibits, performances, special events, and educational programming for people of all ages. In addition to orchestrating this festival, Waterloo Arts manages an art gallery, public art projects, a community arts center and artist studios.

Waterloo Arts Fest FAQs

When is the Waterloo Arts Fest?
Always the last Saturday in June, which is June 30th this year. The event takes place from Noon-7 pm.

Where does the event take place and how do you get there?
The Waterloo Arts Fest takes place in the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District of North Collinwood, which is in the northeast corner of the city. Festival stretches ½ mile on Waterloo Rd from Calcutta to E 161st Street.

Why should someone come to the Waterloo Arts Fest?
The Waterloo Arts District is home to the Beachland Ballroom and a plethora of art studios, galleries, shops and eateries. For those curious about this lakeside creative community, the Waterloo Arts Fest is the perfect time to visit and see why so many artists and art lovers are eager to live and work here.

How much does it cost?
There is no fee to enter the event and enjoy the many stages of music and interactive art activities for all ages and street performers. A variety of food and drink is available for purchase from area vendors, food trucks and district venues and visitors will enjoy shopping from local artists and merchants.

What can they expect to see and do at the event?
During the festival we want people to feel like they are on a lively city street in their favorite metropolis. Some of the things you can expect are:

10 stages: Festival and venue stages will have over 30 bands playing an eclectic mix of music from polka to hip hop. There is something for everyone!

Street Performers: Stilt Walkers, magicians, giant puppets, and aerial performers

Art and Food Vendors: Over 80 vendors selling original work and local nosh.

Art Activities for All Ages: You can roll up your sleeves and give art a try with many artist led activities and demonstrations – weaving, ceramics, painting, paper making, etc. We like to have open-ended creative activities where visitors can experiment with new materials and artistic techniques.

Fine Art Exhibit: The Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibit will be on view in three galleries throughout the event as well as other exhibits in other galleries in the district.

What makes the Waterloo Arts Fest special?
The people that come to the event are what make it special. There are always a great mix of people at the event and they come with a great attitude so you feel like you are welcomed into a community when you get there.

What is new this year?
This year we are excited to introduce an artist residency program to the event. For 4-6 weeks leading up to the festival, selected artists will create a temporary art installation which will be presented at the festival and fans can follow along as artist post progress shots of their work leading up to the big reveal. This year’s artists are Angela Oster and Susie Underwood. Each year we would like to add residencies until we have as many as 20 artist creating large scale installations for the event.