“The CPL150 Street Festival honors both the Library’s 150 years
of service as well as the community members who make our work so
meaningful,” says Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director.
“Throughout the day, we’ll have activities appropriate for
children and families, and the evening will include programming
for adults. This festival will be a colorful, joyous occasion
created specifically for the people of Cleveland. Consider this
your formal invitation to come downtown on July 27 to take part
in the festivities.”
Clevelanders can expect an eclectic range of
and entertainment at the CPL150 Street Festival,
including a Ferris wheel, a puppet parade, balloon animal
creations, a Tri-C Vocal Arts Academy performance, a bold
and colorful inflatable public art installation, MOCA’s
LOADED performance series, the Cleveland Inner City
Ballet, a roller skating performance, and an appearance from
artist and illustrator Raúl the Third, among others.
From 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., the family-friendly daytime offerings
include story times, school supply giveaways, a Lion King
ticket giveaway opportunity for
League program finishers, and more. In the
evening hours, adult-focused programming will take over from
5:00 - 10:00 p.m. to feature comedy, art exhibits, a beer
garden, and a DJ-led dance party.
The CPL150 Street Festival takes place on Superior
Avenue, between E. 3rd and E. 6th Streets, which will be closed
to traffic for the day, and at Main Library and the Louis Stokes
Wing of Cleveland Public Library. In the event of rain,
activities will be moved inside the Louis Stokes Wing at 525
Seven Cleveland Public Library branches will offer free,
regularly scheduled trips on Lolly the Trolley between
12:30 and 5:30 p.m. - Eastman, South, Sterling, Woodland, East
131st, Addison, and Collinwood. All remaining neighborhood
branches in the Library system will close on July 27 in honor of
Comedian Roy Wood, Jr.
Roy Wood, Jr., who appears on The Daily Show (among other Comedy
Central programs) and has performed widely on stage, television,
and radio, will entertain Clevelanders during the festival’s
Producer & DJ DâM-FunK
DâM-FunK is the epitome of funk. His DJ set, which features
selections of soul, funk, R&B, and hip-hop, will close out the
evening’s 150th anniversary celebration.
Author Eric Litwin
#1 New York Times bestselling and acclaimed children’s author Eric
Litwin brings early literacy and music together in a
song-singing, guitar-strumming live performance including his
beloved characters from the original four Pete the Cat books,
The Nuts and Groovy Joe.
Big Bang Boom!
A trio of dynamic dads—Chuck Folds, Steve Willard, and Eddie
Walker—make up this pop/rock music group who play
parent-friendly children’s music. This is kid’s music for adults
who have had enough of Barney, The Wiggles, and Kidz Bop from a
band that has been compared to U2.
Ballet Fusion Dance Company Hiplet
Hiplet fuses classical pointe technique with African, Latin,
Hip-Hop, and urban dance styles rooted in communities of color.
Performances incorporate the rhythms of African drums with
Tchaikovsky, arabesques, beat-boxing, or even Tango en pointe,
all set to popular music.
For a full list of performers, activities, and a schedule, visit
. Select performers available for interviews.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Community partners for the CPL150 Street
Festival include Cleveland Museum of Art, MOCA, Cuyahoga
Community College (Tri-C), Hyatt, City of Cleveland Water,
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, LAND Studio, Medical Mutual,
ideastream, Border Light Theatre Festival, and Cleveland Print
Room. CPL150 Street Festival Sponsors are Great Lakes Brewing
Company and the City of Cleveland Water Department.
Special acknowledgement and appreciation of the CPL150
Anniversary Sponsors are Eaton, Fifth Third Bank, First Energy
Foundation, Medical Mutual, The Albert M. Higley Co., Bialosky
Cleveland, Dix & Eaton, Dominion Energy Ohio, Huntington,
Applied Industrial Technologies, AT&T, Cleveland Cavaliers,
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Magazine, The Cleveland Museum of
Art, Cuyahoga Community College, Gallagher, Mansour Gavin LPA,
Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC, Midwest Tape, Osborn
Engineering, Rakuten Overdrive, Richard W. Pogue, RPM, United
Way of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Title,
College Now Greater Cleveland, Karen Skunta & Company, and Youth