FireFish Arts

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FireFish Festival 2024

FireFish Festival, Saturday September 21, 2024 Downtown Lorain


Transformation Without and Within

Saturday, September 21st, Downtown Lorain

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 brings together local youth, community, and artists through the formation of public and youth-created art.


The Annual Community Parade & Burning of the FireFish

Artistic-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.


The Downtown Lorain Arts & Cultural History Trail

In partnership with the Lorain Historical Society and other downtown stakeholders, this project will ultimately create a walking/biking trail that invites exploration and discovery of the rich arts, cultural and historic traditions, and assets of downtown Lorain.

The City’s history of resilience and transformation in the face of challenges will be a key theme as we develop the first segment of this bigger project, in collaboration with the Lorain Tornado Centennial taking place this year.

Locations will be marked with art amenities and public art that tell the story of each site, including sites hit by the Tornado of 1924 at the Lakeview Beach and Broadway Avenue locations.


The New Ignitor FireFish

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 propane system as we enlarge and enhance this new frame.


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.

FireFish Festival

Get Involved

VolunteerVolunteer

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
$200

Single Item Vendors
(i.e. ice cream, kettle corn)
$100

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

Become a Sponsor

FireFish Festival Sponsorship


Cultural Titans $2,500

  • Acknowledgment on FireFish Festival signage; listings on our Facebook and website.
  • 6 VIP FireFish Festival tickets that include a VIP event at the festival, special viewing of the “Burning of the FireFish”, and VIP parking.
  • 6 FireFish T-Shirts.

Industrialists $1,000

  • Acknowledgment on FireFish Festival signage; listings on our Facebook and website.
  • 4 VIP FireFish Festival tickets that include a VIP event at the festival, special viewing of the “Burning of the FireFish”, and VIP parking.
  • 4 FireFish T-Shirts.

Patron $500

  • Acknowledgment on FireFish Festival signage; listings on our Facebook and website.
  • 2 VIP Tickets for the VIP viewing area/VIP PARKING at the FireFish Festival Finale.
  • 2 FireFish T-Shirts.

Business Membership $250

  • Acknowledgment on FireFish Festival signage.
  • VIP parking at the FireFish Festival.
  • 2 FireFish T-Shirts.

Individual Membership $100

  • Acknowledgment on FireFish Festival signage.
  • 1 FireFish T-Shirt.

Donor & Sponsorship Payments by Mail

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

Please contact Candice Pettigrew at Info@FireFishArts.org if you have any questions.

Photo Gallery – FireFish Festival 2023