July Greater Cleveland Arts Festivals

Though the grand fireworks displays may be past there are still many more opportunities to “ooh” and “ahh” this month as July is the month for most of Cleveland’s most famous and respected art shows.  First and foremost recognized is the Cain Park Festival, located in Cleveland Heights. This highly competitive show features more than 150 artists and fine crafters.  It is nationally recognized, and is a great opportunity to view and purchase high quality, interesting and unique art.  You can visit the festival Friday July 13 from 3pm to 8pm, or Saturday 10-8 and Sunday 12-5.  Visit http://www.cainpark.com for more details. 

            Of course, if Cain Park doesn’t provide enough of an Arts fix, the same weekend there are still two other fabulous art shows to check out. The rather large St. John Westshore Festival of the Arts at the Westlake hospital campus on Center Ridge Road takes place July 13-July 15th as well.  Travel a little further south and you can also hit Medina’s Art in the Park on the lovely Medina Courthouse Square on July 15th from 11-6 which is sponsored by the Medina Art League (http://www.medinaartleague.com)

            The event of the month to be sure to check out is the Ingenuity 2007 Cleveland Festival of Art and Technology.  There is not another local event quite like it.  It takes place this year at Playhouse Square  July 19-22nd and provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the immense assets our city possesses in terms of artistic talent and emerging technologies, as well as art and technology from other parts of the world.  Explore the amazing things that can be created when art and technology are merged, be entertained, and learn a lot at this wonderful event. Check out http://www.ingenuitycleveland.com for more information.  If you have the opportunity, The Willoughby Arts Festival is the same weekend but one day only only July 21st.

Top off the month with a visit to the 28th Annual Akron Arts Expo which takes place July 28 and 29th. The free Expo takes place at Hardesty Park and features over 160 artists and live entertainment.

 Just a sidenote as well, photography aficionados don’t forget The Cleveland Institute of Art will still be hosting a large series of images from the legendary photographer Ansel Adams until August 19th.   The “Icons of American Photography” exhibition will also be at the Cleveland Museum of Art until September 16th, offering an excellent opportunity to view the works of some of the most prolific or talented photographers in American history.  

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