FireFish Arts
FireFish Festival 2023

FireFish Festival 2023

Saturday, September 16th

FireFish Arts is pleased to announce that the 2023 annual FireFish Festival will take place this year on Saturday, September 16th. Serving as the culmination and celebration of all FireFish Art’s programs, this always FREE event once again promises unique art installations, music, food, fun, fire – and the much anticipated and signature burning of the FireFish with its parade, pageantry, and performance.

“We were excited to add some new elements in the 2022 FireFish Festival that engaged more community members, and we look to grow those at this year’s event. Look for even more opportunities in 2023 for youth and community members to make art for the festival and to participate in the festival parade,” according to Candice Pettigrew Ruckman Operations & Marketing Director.

Additional year-round programming leads to the much-anticipated annual festival, and features arts programming with the Lorain community and local youth at our monthly “Fire It Up!” Broadway Block Parties on the first Fridays this summer. All this programming includes  Lorain and Lorain County visual artists and performers, with the support of the FireFish Arts Advisory Board. “While the FireFish Festival is the annual celebration of all of the work of FireFish Arts, the actual work of FireFish takes place year-round, bringing together Lorain artists, youth, and community members,” states Artistic Director Joan Perch.

All FireFish Arts programs are designed to bring outstanding arts programs and events to Lorain in partnership with Lorain community businesses, arts and creative partners, and the City of Lorain. “Our goal is to work within the community to utilize the power of the arts to transform lives and to transform this community,” says Board President Frank DeTillio. “It is becoming more and more understood that through creative placemaking, the arts and economic and civic development go hand-in-hand.”