This past Friday at the Burning River Fest was the perfect night for live music, delicious food, fun entertainment, and fresh beer from one of Cleveland’s favorite local breweries. Guests enjoyed the fall-like temperatures at Whiskey Island as they explored three music stages, sampled some tasty Cleveland food truck fare, and sipped freshly brewed Great Lakes Christmas Ale.
On Friday night, reggae band Jah Messengers and folk rockers Jack and the Bear both performed outstanding sets on the Meadows Stage.
On the Station Stage, in front of the historic Coast Guard Station, KJ Blues filled the air with their amazing vocals.
The Acoustic Stage, tucked intimately behind the Coast Guard Station, featured guitar and vocals by Steve Madewell.
Throughout the evening, guests were entertained by a variety of performers and exhibitors, including the Great Lakes Science Center with a fruitcake explosion demonstration, Guiness World Records with amazing fire tricks, and a beautiful parade from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
In addition to the great live music and fun entertainment at the Burning River Fest, there was no shortage of good food and beer either! Food vendors included Hodge Podge, Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Zydeco Bistro, Whole Foods Market, and more. Beer was provided by Great Lakes Brewing Company and featured a summer appearance by Cleveland favorite, Christmas Ale.
While there was definite fun to be had at this year’s Burning River Fest, it was nice to see subtle reminders of the event’s roots and the renewed eco-consciousness the festival promotes.
For the affordable $12 per person admission, the amount of talented musicians, all of the extra entertainment, and the FRESH Christmas Ale, the Burning River Fest is easily one of the best summer events in Cleveland. If you missed the chance to attend this year, be sure to check it out next–it’s a fantastic time!
To learn more about the Burning River Fest and The Burning River Foundation, visit their website.
Photography by Blaz Photography.