Boston Mills Artfest - 2018


The 47th Annual Boston Mills Artfest is a nationally recognized fine art show. The show takes place in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park, between Cleveland and Akron. It features a variety of artists from around the country showcasing various mediums and styles. 

Check out an online flip-book detailing the show, HERE

The Boston Mills Artfest takes place over two completely separate weekends: June 29-30 + July 1 and July 5-8. All artwork on display can be purchased at the show. In addition to the featured artists, there is also food, wine, and craft beer. It’s the best way to celebrate summer and fine art!


show i

Preview party- June 29  SOLD OUT

General Show- JUne 30 & JULy 1 

show ii

Preview Party- July 5 (Rain or shine)

General Show- JULy 6, 7, 8 ​

General show tickets are available at the door:  

  • $8 for Adults
  • $6 for Seniors age 60 & over
  • $6 for Students ages 13-21
  • 12 & Under are Free. 
  • Parking is also free and on site.

General Show I Times:

  • Saturday, June 30th: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, July 1st: 10am-5pm

General Show II Times:

  • Friday, July 6th: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday, July 7th: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, July 8th: 10am-5pm



THURSDAY JULY 5TH, 6PM-9PM (rain or shine)

A special Preview Party is held on the evening before both Artfests.  The Preview Party is your first chance to view and buy the works on display. And remember that each Artfest has entirely different artists and music so be sure to join us for both events.  Each Preview Party features a selection of Market District food paired with fine wines and Great Lakes Brewing Company craft beers that patrons may enjoy while perusing and purchasing art.  The live music transforms Artfest's Preview Parties into the perfect summer evenings.  Your Preview Party Ticket purchase includes beverages, food, and live music. 

Tickets for the Preview Parties are $54 with an advance reservation and $64 once the advance reservation date passes.  Be sure to buy your tickets early as these shows have been known to sell out. Advance reservations must be made by midnight on 6/28 for the Show 1 Preview Party, and by midnight on 7/4 for the Show 2 Preview Party.

Preview Parties are limited to guests age 21 & over.

Preview Parties are held rain or shine, and all ticket reservations and sales for these events are final.

Preview Party Tickets!






Also on tap in the Beer Garden:



Show I - Preview Party: Friday, June 29th

  Cats on holiday: 6pm-9pm

Roots-based, Swamp Pop band that has been pleasing Ohio audiences for 15 years with our own special blend of Texas and Louisiana inspired Blues & Zydeco, infused with healthy doses of original songs and poems about urban life.

SHOW I - General Show: saturday, JUNE 30TH

 lowdown trio: 10aM-1PM

Lowdown Trio is a jazz/funk group led by bassist, Alfredo Guerrieri, who has played in such groups as The Speedbumps, We The People, and Becky Boyd & the Groove Train.  A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Musician's Institute, and Cleveland State University, Alfredo is adept at all styles of music on the electric bass and upright base.  The trio has a constantly evolving rotation of players ranging from guitar to cajon to piano to an all bass trio.

  the Cory grinder band: 2pM-5PM

With a deep love for country music, The Cory Grinder Band writes honky tonk tunes for those who love that old hillbilly sound.  Cory, from Akron, Ohio leads the group playing rhythm guitar, fiddle, and singing with pedal steel/electric guitar player Stephen "Tebbs" Karney.  Gluing the group together is veteran bass player, Jason Willis.  Between them, members of the band have quite a bit of experience playing for local venues (House of Blues, Beachland Ballroom) and national programs (NPR's "On Point," SXSW).  Their entertaining live performances are full of fun, upbeat songs and the silly antics of the band.  Always trying to have a good time, it's not unusual to see the group switching around instruments and bringing guests into the fold.  The Cory Grinder Band are anticipating the release of their first album in the summer of 2018.

SHOW I - GENERAL SHOW: Sunday, JUly 1st

  the kevin martinez trio: 10AM-1PM

A Native of Cuyahoga Falls, Kevin earned his Bachelor's degree at Columbia College of Chicago and his Master's in Jazz Composition/Performance at Depaul University.  Upon completing studies he continued performing and composing in Chicago where he gained experience playing all styles of music and toured nationally with The Chicago Afrobeat Project.

Since returning to Ohio, Kevin has performed as a member of The Speedbumps, Roger Hoover and the Western Reserve, Chris Coles Quartet, Marc Lee Shannon's Band and many more.   Kevin also collaborates regularly as an orchestrator/composer for the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  Joining Kevin will be Joey Skoch on Piano and Anthony Taddeo on drums.  

   zach and the brightlights: 2PM-5PM

Zach is a troubadour of peace.  Touring the country for 20 years, he brings his uplifting soulful folk-esque music to audiences of all types.  Named Best Performer, Humanitarian of the Year in Akron, and recently awarded the John T Looney Award for Justice and Peace, Zach's performance will bring a smile to your face.  His 17th CD, Voice in the Wilderness is available now, and his 18th (featuring his band, the Bright Lights) will be out this summer.  He is also the Executive Director and co-creator of the Big Live Network, which oversees the Akron Peace Project, Akron City Repair, Yoga Summit, Summit of Faiths, and Hands on Sustainability 2025.



The Island Doctor provides a unique style of island music by recreating some of the more popular island tunes along with his own tropical melodies. His performance is sure to send you on a well deserved vacation. 



Bill Lestock is a bit difficult to describe.  Try to imagine a mix of Nickel Creek with Bela Flack and the Flecktones, toss in a dash of local flavor, and serve up with high energy and blistering talent and you get close to the mark.  Bill's all-original instrumental music is a compelling blend of buegrass, old-time, and other world music.  Perhaps best defined as "new acoustic," or "modern acoustic," it is a deeply profound sound inspired from both the outside world and inside focus.  For decades Bill has been highly sought after by top area bands as a top level side-man on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle.  Joining him on the upright bass is Andrew Bonnis and Anthony Taddeo on percussion; prepare to be amazed by the trio's musical virtuosity.  


Ray Flanagan is a musical artist from Northeast Ohio.  He is somewhat of a chameleon in the local scene and can be found delivering his own songs intimately in his dynamic solo performances, rocking and rolling his band The Authorities, or playing sideman to any number of bands and artists around town.  To date, he has opened for artists such as Train, Dennis DeYoung, Tim Reynolds, Chuck Prophet, Marc Ford, BoDeans, and Low Cut Connie.  Ray Flanagan & The Authorities are currently working on a new release during the summer of 2018.



Crooked River Stompers is a folk orchestra in the grand style of the classic string bands of the 1920's and 30's. Made up of the veteran roots musicians John Reynolds, Jon Mosey, and Jack DiAlesandro, The Stompers play a wide variety of traditional music on a multitude of stringed instruments, including violin, mandolin, guitar, and banjo. Drawing from the members’ vast experience in many musical genres, highlights will include classic ragtime, ragtime blues, American and Celtic fiddle tunes, hot jump tunes, and old swing numbers. Mosey, Reynolds and DiAlesandro have been playing this music individually for more than forty years. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Martin, Bogan & Armstrong, Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers, the Memphis Jug Band, the Dallas String Band and the Quintette Of The Hot Club Of France, the Stompers swagger confidently through a lexicon of early 20th century music with a flair and authority born of their vast, intimate knowledge of the styles. Revisiting their blues and ragtime roots as well as playing with musicians capable of exploring the challenging and sophisticated material has excited their enthusiasm as artists, giving these three marvelous musicians the opportunity to display their skills on a wide range of instruments. Strutting joyfully through classic rags, folk rags, blues, originals, medicine show tunes, jug band songs, virtuoso old-time fiddle tunes and other material, an evening with the Crooked River Stompers is guaranteed to be entertaining.


Ben Gage grew up in the the rust belt of Northeast Ohio, spread out in the countryside along the great Lake Erie.  His roots tun deep alongside the hard working blue collars that Ohio has to boast.  That tenacity, love of family, and respect for a long day can be seen in his music.

Music has always been a way to tell a story for Ben.  The best story sets aside the complexities and focuses on honesty.  You will find yourself feeling as though you've heard his songs before even though it's your first time.  You have your usual suspects, such as heartache, love gained and love lost.  Beyond that you will hear songs sang to the wind, stories about being a hammer, and how time has changed each generation.

To him music has always been a social endeavor.  On stage, Ben keeps a constantly rotating cast of some of the best local musicians in the area.  Some of the regulars include Nathan Hunter (accordiaon), Christine Petersilge (cello), and Andy Shepard (bass).  You will also notice Ben has some trouble making up his mind on what instrument to play, so he just does it all at once.



Northern Wars is the side project for members of the award-winning American band, The Speedbumps.  For years, Erik Urycki, Sam Kristoff, Keving Martinez, and Danny Jenkins have built a career of touring and performing for crowds at home and abroad.  This new project grew out of a yearning to create new sounds that the band has always wanted to pursue, but were hesitant to under The Speedbumps name.  From instrumental ambient to indie rock neo-groove, Northern Wars proves there is no boundary inhibiting this group's creative expression.  While Northern Wars cites influences from Radiohead to Tribe Called Quest, their material walks its own path musically.


Akron based Jazz/Funk saxophonist, Justin Tibbs, is a frequent performer with many musical acts in the N.E Ohio area. Tibbs has played with such musical acts as: Acid Cats, Chromadrive (formerly known as The Jared Lees Band),New Wave Nation, The Speedbumps, Savoda Band, Dan Socha Band, The Angie Haze Project, The Ryan Humbert, and The Brothers Band. He is currently playing shows with his new project: JT’s Electrik Blackout at many venues in the area. 

Justin has also been on such TV programs as Fox 8 in the Morning, and NBC's Channel 3: Good Company Morning Program. 

Justin has been featured on many albums over the years: In 2013 : "Through & Within" by Jared Lees and "Fine & Mellow: The music of Billie Holiday" by The Tracey Thompson Quintet.In 2015: Jared Lee's Trio album "After Thought" , Acid Cats album "All In A Days Work", and Bad Daddy Daves album "Bleed".In 2016: " Stay True" by Drunken Sunday, Treasure Box Concert by Angie Haze.In 2017: "Wild Race" by Dan Socha and "Chromadrive" by Chromadrive.