We received the sad news from founder and organizer Joe Joe DiPasquale:
It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 21st Annual Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The festival is a large public event that has always been free and open to all. Our Committee has come to the conclusion that we cannot honestly create a safe environment for our all volunteer staff, 250 volunteers, 170 artists, 55 cultural groups, food vendors and tens of thousands of attendees. We also believe we would not be granted all of the permits from the state, county and city needed to legally operate.
We plan on creating ongoing artist, craftspeople and musician promotions as well as concerts. Links will be on our website (https://elmwoodartfest.org) and our Facebook page. If able, please support all of our artists and the Elmwood businesses. Almost all festivals have been canceled for the summer. Many artists and musicians are facing significant losses of income.
We are so grateful for all the love and support the festival has received over the past two decades. The dates for 2021 are August 28-29. We look forward to another twenty years of bringing our community together to celebrate the creative spirit we all share.
for The Festival Committee