Lorain’s FireFish Festival Is Coming Back with a New Format

Sun 8/29-Sun 9/18

The good news is that, after a year’s hiatus (taken by almost all area festivals), Lorain’s FireFish Festival is coming back. However, it won’t look quite like it did in previous years when it was a crammed weekend of arts-related events in spaces all over downtown Lorain.

Instead, it will take place as a series of single-day events, running from August 29 through the finale September 18, when you’ll still be able to see the burning of the giant fish, the spectacular conclusion of FireFish Festivals past.

It starts on Sunday August 29 @ 5-9pm with a special cabaret performance by Lorain natives Jaclyn Bradley and Melissa Driscol who’ve put together an evening of show tunes with a Lorain theme. It takes place at the Bank on Broadway; tickets are $10. It will be followed by a reception with the artists; tickets for that are $40.

Then on Friday September 3 @ 4-10pm, Fire It Up! Broadway Block Party Art Walk will feature a series on installations along Broadway featuring fire, audio and video by FireFish Arts Community Artist board members and invited artists.

Friday September 10 @ 7-10pm is Fire It Up! Comedy night with comedian David Morales presenting an evening of music, comedy and art in the Speak of the Devil Alley on 5th Street. The next day, Saturday September 11 @ 4-10pm is the Arts in the City Walking Tour, where you can take a guided tour of public art in downtown Lorain and meet the artists.

Finally, on Saturday September 18 @ 4-11pm, the James Levin FireFish Festival Finale will take place on the west bank of the Black River, right behind downtown Lorain, with music from the Sammy DeLeon Band after the giant fish is torched. There’ll be performances, art installations, vendors and family activities at the Bank Building and throughout downtown Lorain.

Go to firefishfestival.com for more info and updates.

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