One big move is an expansion from City Hall Plaza to include parts of Fountain Ave. up through about the median near the Courtyard by Marriott and COHatch. Parts of Fountain and High Street will be closed to traffic during the event.
“This opens up more possibilities and for more vendors to join. It offers a street-fair feel with more opportunities,” Clark said.
A record 85 merchants, information tables and food vendors will be involved. Many of the food trucks will be set up in the lot by the State Theater building and vendors will line the other side of the street.
There will be 17 live acts including high school bands, Egyptian dancers, German music and gospel music. A brand new addition this year is circus entertainment that will be 1:30-5:30 p.m. and included juggling, a tight rope walker, German wheel and stilt walker.
The kids area will have cultural activities including French and Chinese-themed ones along with balloon artists, face painting and kindness rock painting and other artistic opportunities.
A grassy knoll area will feature five fitness activities taught by local instructors that attendees can participate in.
The CultureFest tradition will continue the namesake of various cultures participating including representatives of the Haitian community for the first time.
Clark said the “Here comes the sun” theme represents CultureFest and is especially appropriate this year when it comes back in a big way. And with a lot of people asking when it was coming back, this is the time to shine.
“We just want people to come out and enjoy this day, which is usually filled with a lot of sunshine,” he said.
The complete lineup of vendors, entertainers, activities and a map of the festival sight is available at springfieldohio.gov/culturefest/.
Free parking will be available at Clark State College, the Heritage Center of Clark County, Courtyard by Marriott and the Park at 99 parking garage.
HOW TO GO
What: CultureFest 2022
Where: Springfield City Hall Plaza, 76 East High Street
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today
More info: springfieldohio.gov/culturefest