Frequently Asked Questions



Waterloo Arts Fest FAQs

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: Mulitple festival and venue stages with bands playing an eclectic mix of music from polka to hip hop. There is something for everyone!

Street Performers: Stilt Walkers, magicians, and giant puppets

Art and Food Vendors: Vendors selling original work and local nosh.

Art Activities for All Ages: We try to have a variety of hands on art activities that both adults and children  enjoy. 

Fine Art Exhibit: There are fine art exhibits in the galleries throughout the district including the CAN Triennial which is on view at Waterloo Arts, Praxis Fiber Workshop and Brick + Mortar. 

How do I get there? 

Unfortunately we were unable to secure a shuttle as we have in years past. If you live close by, we encourage you to walk, bike or carpool. If you are driving, the festival does not have a dedicated parking lot but there is ample street parking in neighborhood. We apologize the for the inconvenience. 

Biking: There will be attended bike parking in the lot at Lucknow and E 156th St.

Driving Directions:

Waterloo Rd from Calcutta Ave to E 161st and E 156th From Lucknow to Calcutta Ave are closed to traffic beginning at 7 am on Saturday. Street parking is available on 

From the West
Take I-90E to exit 180B for E. 152nd St, turn left off the exit onto E 152nd St.
Continue straight on E 152nd St past Waterloo Rd.
Turn right off of E. 152nd onto one of the side streets and look for parking.

From the EastTake I-90W to exit 182A towards 185th St
Follow Villaview across Neff Rd and across 185th St
Villaview becomes Waterloo Rd and the festival begins at E 161st St and Waterloo 
Turn right onto one of the nearby side streets to find street parking

ADA Parking: For anyone with mobility challenges, there is free parking in the attended lot at Lucknow and E 156th St. 






Saturday, August 27, 2022 Noon-7pm
Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District

(Cleveland on Waterloo Rd between E.161st St and Calcutta Ave)