What: 27th annual Willoughby ArtsFest
Where: downtown Willoughby
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 21
Why you should go: The Willoughby ArtsFest is one of my favorite festivals in Northeast Ohio. This year’s event will feature over 140 juried artists, musical performances, food and a Kid’s Studio, according to the event website. You’ll definitely find something you love and want for your home or to gift someone special in your life.
I don’t know if I’ve ever made it out of the ArtsFest without purchasing something. A handcrafted yellow coffee mug. Earrings and necklaces made from recycled paper. An Ohio made out of wood, painted blue with Cleveland written in script. A clutch.
I’ve also dropped in many raffle tickets at the auction tent. If you find something from a vendor that catches your eye but you can’t afford it, take your chance with some raffle tickets. You just might win that prized piece.
Don’t forget about eating while you’re at the festival. Food trucks and vendors scheduled to appear include Barrio Tacos, Manna Food Truck, East Coast Custard (my personal favorite), DiLauro’s Pizzeria, Lil Grandpa’s Kettle Corn, Gray House Pies, Snowie Daze, The Almond Shop (another of my favorites), Cosmic Kettle Corn and Island Delights. If none of these food vendors strikes your fancy, you’re sure to find something you’ll like at one of Downtown Willoughby’s restaurants.
If you’re bringing kids, check out the Kids Studio with crafts, face painting, rock painting and more. Plus, kids can decorate a car with markers. (Note to self: Check to see if there is an age restriction on this activity.)
If you’re not bringing the kids (or if you are, no judgment), check out the wine tent, where you can get one tasting for $1.50, three for $5 (plus an auction ticket), six for $10 (plus two auction tickets) or 15 for $20 (plus four auction tickets).
Parking is free, but could be scarce. Some streets will be blocked off, and the Immaculate Conception Oktoberfest is happening down the street (bonus fun for the day if you also like church festivals).
How much: Free to attend. Consider supporting Ohio artists by purchasing items you love.
How to get more information: Visit willoughbyartsfest.com.
You can find Cheryl Sadler at the Willoughby ArtsFest this weekend, and follow her on Twitter @sadlercheryl. Image: A scene from the 2017 Willoughby ArtsFest, by Carrie Garland.