Summer festival expects 80,000 visitors

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Organizers for the Springfield Summer Arts Festival are preparing to kick off another year of the event.

The six week long festival begins on Thursday, June 12 and runs through July.  Admission is free for all of the festivities, but reserved seating is available for some shows for $10 to $15. The festival has been an annual event for the past 47 years.

On average, the month and a half long event brings in 80,000 visitors to the Champion City and costs around $500,000 to put together.

Tim Rowe, Managing Arts Director with the Springfield Arts Council, says the number of visitors being brought in adds up to a positive economic impact in the region.

“This of course helps benefit the community by having people come in from out of town, and often out of state,” Rowe added, “Many of these bands that we have come in have followers all over the country.”

This year’s Summer Festival kicks off with a “BBQ and Brews Blast Weekend”, which will feature barbecue from local restaurants. Spectators will have an opportunity to enjoy some music from tribute bands for the Doobie Brothers and Bruce Springsteen.

Most of this year’s festivities will begin at 8:00pm; however, visitors are allowed to put a towel or folding chair on the Turner Pavilion Lawn.

The Summer Festival will hold all of their events at the Turner Pavilion in Veteran’s Park located at 250 Cliff Park Road in Springfield.

More information is available for all of the festivities on the Springfield Arts Council website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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