YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University Summer Festival of the Arts is moving a few blocks south from the YSU campus to the Raymond John Wean Foundation Park downtown.
“We are excited to bring our nationally recognized annual arts festival to this new community park along the Mahoning River,” YSU President Jim Tressel said in a news release. “We hope this move will help further grow the festival and will also help further introduce the community to this beautiful new downtown recreational area.”
The YSU Summer Festival of the Arts, started in 1999, attracts more than 80 artists and 15,000 visitors annually. This year’s festival is July 17 and 18. Admission is free.
“The YSU Summer Festival of the Arts is a perfect fit for Wean Park,” Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown said. “We look forward to thousands of artists, performers and festival-goers from throughout the region coming to downtown Youngstown for this special annual event.”
The Raymond John Wean Foundation Park, a community complex with more than 20 acres of recreational green space and walking paths, is located along the Mahoning River at the Market Street bridge in downtown Youngstown. The complex includes the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre and the Huntington Bank Community Alley underneath the Market Street bridge.