WEEKEND AFFAIRS | Greater Youngstown Italian Fest starts today – Mahoning Matters | WHs Answers


Here are some of the events taking place around the Mahoning Valley this weekend. You can find more events in our events calendar.

This week’s big ticket: Italian culture will fill the streets of downtown Youngstown as the 36th annual Greater Youngstown Italian Fest begins.

The festival takes place on Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

According to the festival’s website, the event will feature more than four blocks of entertainment across the city; more than 30 Italian restaurants and food vendors; two entertainment stages each night; a morra tournament; nightly 50/50 raffle draws; pasta, homemade wine and homemade peppers in oil competitions; and more.

Music will be provided by Rex Taneri, Ovations, Gli Italiani, Bustin’ Loose, Del Sinchak, Ray Massa, Jim Frank, Dom Tocco and others.

You can find the event schedule here.

Admission is $5 at the gate. Children under 12 have free entry.

The following downtown streets will be closed to all traffic until 6:00 a.m. Monday for the festival:

  • Federal from Phelps to Walnut;

  • Market from Commerce to Boardman;

  • Champion from Commerce to Boardman.


HUBBARD FESTIVAL: The 64th annual St. Patrick Parish Festival kicked off Thursday and will continue this weekend at 225 N. Main St., Hubbard. The festival, which includes food, rides and games, runs from 6pm to 11pm on Friday, 5pm to 11:30pm on Saturday and 1pm to 11pm on Sunday. Music is provided by RDNA, Hern Brothers Band, Chris Higbee Band, County Mayo and Old Skool. Admission is free.

GIRARD GARAGE SALES: The Girard City-Wide Garage Sale started Thursday and will last through Sunday. Nearly 100 residents have signed up to take part and a list of addresses and items for sale can be found here. Vendors don’t have to be open every day. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

SCRAPPER IN USE: The Mahoning Valley Scrapper take on the State College Spikes this weekend at Eastwood Field in Niles. Games are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Fans who bring non-perishable groceries for the Second Harvest Food Bank or new children’s books for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley to Sunday’s game will receive a free ticket. For more information on this weekend’s promotions, click here. Tickets can be purchased here, at the Chevy All Stars box office at Eastwood Field, or by calling 330-505-0000.

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS: Lemon Grove celebrates its 10th anniversary Friday at the Knox Building, 110 W. Federal St., Youngstown. At 4:30 p.m. there will be an open house and at 7 p.m. there will be an art exhibition and concert. The Van Allen Belt, November Loop and demos Papadimas Band will perform. JQuest Visuals, Lezlie Morris, Brandon Martin, Maple Turner III and Eric Alleman will be attending the show. Tickets are $25 and $5 for Youngstown residents and students and employees of Youngstown State University.

SHINING PERFORMANCE: River Rock at the Amp will present Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band Shining Star and No Funk No Justice on Saturday. No Funk No Justice will be performed at 5:30 p.m. at the Warren Community Amphitheater, 321 Mahoning Ave. NW, occur. Shining Star will perform at 8:30 p.m. Tickets, which can be purchased at the gate, cost $10. Children up to 12 years have free admission.

BROW HAHA: Friends of the Youngstown & Mahoning County Public Library and The Flight Crew are hosting the Brew Ha Ha Summerfest Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown. The event features food, music, raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle and prizes for the best breweries. Participating local breweries include Paladin Brewing, Birdfish Brewing, Noble Creature Cask House, DOPE Cider House and Winery, Woodland Cellars, Biker BrewHouse, Penguin City Brewing Co., Modern Methods Brewing Co., Ill Will Brewing, BrewLounge Beer Co. and Sundog Ciderhouse and Winery. Tickets are $45 per person or $80 per couple and can be purchased here. Participants must be at least 21 years old.

WINGS N WHEELS: The Ernie Hall Aviation Museum is hosting the eighth annual Wings-N-Wheels Show at Vienna’s Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm. The event features food, music, vendors, cars and planes. Admission is $10.

CARS IN THE PARK: The Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club hosts the annual Cars in the Park car show and flea market at Boardman Township Park Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event will feature food, door prizes, face painting, a 50/50 raffle and a basket auction.


SUMMER FILM: The Youngstown Summer Movie Series presents the 1993 film “Hocus Pocus” Monday at 9 p.m. at Wean Park, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK: The Jim Frank combo will perform at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Road as part of the Concerts in the Park series on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

LIVE! IN MORLEY: The Swing Time Big Band performs at the Judge Leo P. Morley Pavilion in the Wick Recreation Area at Mill Creek Park at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Live! in the Morley series.

ITALIAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL: The 37th annual Warren Italian-American Festival takes place Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in downtown Warren. The festival continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 11pm. The event schedule can be viewed here.

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AMAZING HISTORY RACE: Registration for the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Amazing History Race is open. The event begins August 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown. The cost is $7 per person, $5 for seniors 60 years and older and children 5-13 years old. Children under the age of 5 can participate for free. More information can be found here. To register, contact Linda Kostka at Lkostka@mahoninghistory.org or 330-743-2589 ext. 125

IN THE PLAYHOUSE: The Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, is hosting auditions for the fall production of The Day They Shot John Lennon on August 28th and 29th from 6pm to 8pm. Video auditions can be emailed to auditions@youngstownplayhouse.org. More information can be found here. Registration for fall courses and workshops is also now open at the Playhouse. Click here for information and to register.

MILLENNIAL AUDITIONS: The Millennial Theater Company is hosting auditions for “Into the Woods” on August 13 from 12-3 p.m. and August 15 from 6-9 p.m. at the Hopewell Theater, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. More information can be found here.

JCC WORKSHOPS: The Paul and Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, is offering several workshops this month. Click here for more information and to register.

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