High Arts Festival in Akron, Sept. 14-Oct. 6

Logo reads "High Arts Festival" about the annual Akron arts event and showing emblems of music, writing, art and film making

Summit Artspace is the location for Visual Arts
for the High Arts Festival, Sept. 14-Oct. 6, 2018

a 23-day visual art, music, film and literary art festival

The High Arts Festival expanded once again to include literary art to the existing categories of visual art, music and film. High Arts Festival elevates the excellence of the arts community through peer-to-peer assessment, connecting new audiences to local art and individual artists, and increasing the awareness of the vibrant artistic hub that exists in downtown Akron. The public will continue to vote for favorites in each category via a mobile app or kiosks in participating venues.

Young people viewing the art at Summit Artspace for the 2017 High Arts Festival

Making the High ARts Festival possible

The event is sponsored by Peg’s Foundation and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge. Additional support is provided by Ohio Arts Council.  Visit the website for more information on the entire festival: higharts.org


142 visual art pieces at Summit Artspace Thursdays through Saturdays from 12 to 7 p.m. between Sept. 14 and Oct. 6. Visual art weekend kicks off at Opening Night on Sept. 14.


35 super short (60-second or less) and short (61 second-10 minute) film entries at The Nightlight during the film festival weekend on Sept. 22. Time TBA

Listen to…

28 poetry and prose submissions in the Historic Arts District on Sept. 29 during the literary art festival weekend. Time TBA.


Up to 39 solo/due or group musical entries at the music festival weekend on Oct. 6 from 2-8 p.m. at MusicaUncorked Wine BarBlu Jazz+ and an outdoor stage.


At the the finale reception and awards presentation on Oct. 6 from 8-10 p.m. This night a total of $32,000 will be distributed to winners that are decided by public and juried votes. The High Arts Festival app is available for free from the Google Play Store/iTunes Store. Through the app, you can register to vote, explore all of the entries and vote on your favorite art, music, film and literary work throughout the event.

Follow HIgh Arts on Facebook to stay up-to-date and share your experiences – and with #HighArtsFest on Twitter and Instagram.

Scenes from the 2017 High Art Festival; looking at art at Summit Artspace, the Akron Art Museum and Rogers Garden at night, entertainment and closing party

Parking behind the building
Handicap accessible

See the Summit Artspace exhibit calendar for open hours for High Arts Visual Arts.
Plan your visit by clicking here.
Have questions? Here is our Frequently Asked Questions page.