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.