“We know the festival is going to be part of this community every year,” Brian Feltner, an organizer of the annual event, said of the city’s ramped up support.
Presented by Mustard Seed and the city of Akron, Square Fest takes place this Saturday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and showcases the diverse Highland Square neighborhood, from artists and musicians to food and children’s activities. The free event will take place in the heart of Highland Square on West Market Street between Portage Path and Casterton Avenue. Parking is available nearby and free lots are provided.
The event features live local entertainment on five stages, more than 50 exhibitors and neighborhood businesses. Also included are a beer garden, jugglers, face-painters, street performers, a contest for Akron’s best pizza sponsored by the West Akron and North Akron Kiwanis clubs and a large interactive children’s area.
Many of the artists and musicians are drawn from the neighborhood itself, said Adele Roth, economic development manager for the city of Akron. “There’s a lot of great, creative caring people in Highland Square,” she said.
Interested exhibitors should contact Julie Pryseski at the city of Akron Recreation Bureau, (330) 375-2836 or [email protected], or download an application at www.akronsquarefest.org. The website also has a full schedule of events.
Square Fest is sponsored by Mustard Seed, the city of Akron, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Oriana House, Executive Properties and West Hill Neighborhood Organization.