Arts, culture and music events planned for downtown Youngstown

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The weekend will be marked by the 23rd annual YSU Arts Festival, which will take place Saturday and Sunday at Wean Park.

YOUNGSTOWN – Downtown will be filled with arts, culture and music this weekend as organizers from Youngstown State University, JAC Management, City of Youngstown, Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church organize a variety of events.

Here’s a look at what’s going on:

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Summerfest

The St. Nicholas Greek Summerfest takes place Thursday through Sunday at 220 N. Walnut St., and features music and dancing, Greek food and pastries, and a cultural memorabilia exhibit. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. A packed lunch service is available Thursday and Friday. Free entry.

YSU Summer Festival of the Arts

The 23rd annual YSU Summer Arts Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday at its new location at Wean Park, 229 E. Front St., between Market Street Bridge (Huntington Community Alley) and the Covelli Center. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

An artists’ market will showcase the work of more than 70 local, regional and national artists selling original and handcrafted pieces such as jewelry, paintings, sketches, sculptures, glass, wood and textiles.

Family activities include a hands-on art tent where children are encouraged to create various works of art under the guidance of two professional art teachers.

Dozens of music, theater and dance performances are also scheduled on two stages located in the center of the park. Bands performing on Saturday: Youngstown Community Concert Band, Larry Elefante, Conjunto Riquena, Irish Brigadiers, John Blinsky with Unc D and Thin Thicket, Opera Western Reserve, Oakland Center for the Arts Kids First Theater Initiative, Ballet Western Reserve and Millennial Theater Co. Sunday groups: County Mayo, JD Eicher, Willie Ross and Counter Pointe, Oakland Center for the Arts Kids First Theater Initiative, Rust Belt Theater Company, The Youngstown Playhouse Youth Valley Players, YSU Fencing Club and Mahoning Valley Players.

Many artistic, cultural, religious and community groups will join the festivities either on site in a kiosk or at their homes. On-site groups include Ballet Western Reserve, Friends of the Mahoning River, Hopewell Theater, Lit Youngstown, Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Mill Creek MetroParks, Millennial Theater Company, Oakland Center for the Arts Kids First Theater Initiative, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica , Youngstown and Mahoning County Public Library, Simply Slavic, SMARTS-Students Motivated by the Arts, Stambaugh Auditorium, DeYor Performing Arts Center, Youngstown Symphony Society, Opera Western Reserve, The Youngstown Playhouse, St. John’s Episcopal Church, The Montessori School of Mahoning Valley, Youngstown CityScape, YSU Campus Recreation, YSU Athletics, YSU Honors College, and YWCA Mahoning Valley.

Other home attendees include the Butler Institute of American Art, McDonough Museum of Art, YWCA, with the 39th Annual Women Artists Fair, Art House on Elm, Trinity United Methodist Church, Youngstown Presbyterian Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tyler History Center and Weapons Museum, OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology, the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor-Steel Museum, the Soap Gallery, and dozens of downtown restaurants, bars and shops.

Youngstown Wine and Jazz

Youngstown Wine and Jazz will take place on Saturday at Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater, 201 S. Phelps St., with saxophonist Jackiem Joyner and Jazz in the Park.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $ 10 each ($ 25 for VIP seating) and are available online at, at the Covelli Center ticket office and at the door.

Joyner, contemporary saxophonist, author and music producer, released his seventh album, “Touch”, in 2019. He has toured over 30 countries and performed with the late George Duke, Marcus Miller, Keiko Matsui, Donnie McClurkin, Angela Bofill, Najee, Kirk Whalum and Peter White, among others.

Joyner has two No. 1 hit songs, five Billboard Top 10 singles, and a No. 1 debut album. He also released a sci-fi novel, “Zarya. “

Other events

  • Dedication of the Robinson-Shuba commemorative statue, 9 a.m. Saturday at Wean Park. The statue commemorates the 1946 handshake of Jackie Robinson, the first black player in Major League Baseball, and George “Shotgun” Shuba, his white Youngstown teammate;
  • Pipe organ ramp, 1 p.m. Sunday. The event includes short organ performances and a historic lecture on each organ at Trinity United Methodist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and Youngstown First Presbyterian Church. St. John’s will offer two church tours at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, and Trinity United Methodist will offer tours from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.