FireFish Arts

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FireFish Festival 2024


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FireFish Festival 2024

Saturday, September 21st, Downtown Lorain

The FireFish Festival is back and better than ever! This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, September 21st in downtown Lorain, between 5th and 7th Street, on and off-Broadway Avenue, and in the Art Alley. The festival is the culmination of the FireFish Arts 2024 Programs and will bring together local youth, community, and artists through the formation of public and youth-created art.

The festival will feature a Community Lantern Parade, where cosmic-themed creations will be paraded and performed as a prelude to the huge fire, pyrotechnic, and art performance of the iconic FireFish Finale Celebration. The festival will transform downtown Lorain into an arts experience filled with immersive performances and eye-catching exhibits. Artisans and food vendors will line Broadway and the Art Alley during the day and live, hot, vibrant music and art will fill the street and alley after dark.

This year’s FireFish Festival will feature programming around the Lorain Tornado Centennial taking place this year in partnership with the Lorain Historical Society. With Lorain’s history of resilience and transformation, the festival is a testament to the city’s spirit and creativity.

Last summer, the burning of Canadian smoke and fumes led FireFish Arts to re-examine the environmental impact of the “Burning of the FireFish”. The organization pivoted to create a fish “skeleton” of reusable steel and thin paper, wick-lit for a quick, fast, burn. This year, FireFish Arts is taking it a step further by adding a safe gas system, like a gas grill, used in stunt work for safety and fire control and impact. This is a testament to FireFish Arts’ commitment to sustainability and innovation.

Do not miss this year’s FireFish Festival! Come and experience the magic of Lorain’s art scene and celebrate the city’s creativity and resilience.

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Join us! We welcome the community to help us create art and volunteer at our events. Click on the volunteer application and let us know how you can help! 

Create Art

Artists, students, and volunteers can create art and digital content for FireFish Arts and the FireFish Festival, participate in our summer workshops, or sell your art at our events. Artists and community members can also work during the weeks leading up to the festival building the FireFish and other art installations for the festival.

Artist Application

Food TruckSell Food

Full Menu Vendors

Single Item Vendors
(i.e. ice cream, kettle corn)

Food Vendor Application

VendorArtisan, Crafter, & Non-Profit Booth

Fee: $35 (free for non-profits)

Booth Size: 10’ x 10’

We will only accept vendors that HANDCRAFT their products or create original pieces of artwork. Non-profits please use this application for your booth and list what will be at your booth.

Vendor Application

Performance Art

Music, Theater, Dance, Flow, Fire, Busker, and Street Performances

Performer Application

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FireFish Arts Sponsorship

Download the 2024 FireFish Arts Sponsorship Form

Donor & Sponsorship Payments

Checks can be mailed to FireFish Arts, 520 Broadway Ave. 3rd Floor, Lorain, OH 44052

Please contact Candice Pettigrew at if you have any questions.

Photo Gallery – FireFish Festival 2023