Sat 7/29 @ 8:30AM-midnight
The Signal Tree Festival celebrates all things Akron. Taking place from early morning until late night at the Locks 3 and 4 entertainment spaces downtown, it bends new and old Akron, incorporating old traditions with exciting new developments in food, music, art and culture.
“It’s a celebration of what makes Akron unique, the people and things that distinguish this city from others,” sys the festival’s F.A.Q., explaining the odd name. “That’s what the Signal Tree did hundreds of years ago for travelers coming off the Cuyahoga River. It told them they were at the Portage Path. Now, it’s a symbol of Akron itself, the kind of thing that tells you where you are. The Signal Tree was a harbinger of the Akron’s fascinating quirks and is now a fitting emblem for them, from Cadillac Hill, paprikash, sauerkraut balls and the Soap Box Derby to Lawson’s Chip Dip, jojos, Galley Boys and the Glendale Steps.”
The sprawling event includes movies, art, dance, theater, poetry, bands and musicians including jazz, hip hop, indie rock, singer/songwriter and funk, DJs, games and sports for kids and adults, a combined Crafty Mart/Oddmall market, food trucks and much more.
Taste the Lawson’s Chip Dip and evoke your childhood or discover a new favorite from Sweet Mary’s Bakery or Akron Honey Roasters. Or rejoice in how NORKA soda has revived an old local favorite. Sample Akron cultural treasures such as the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, NEOS Dance Theatre, jazz pianist Theron Brown, surfer rockers the Beyonderers and much much more.
The festival is free, although they also offer VIP and family fun passes.