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MOMENTUM Toledo's One-Of-A-Kind Art & Music Festival

Enjoy art in all its glorious mediums during Momentum, Sept. 19-21!

Momentum, the premier art event of the year, is coming to Toledo Sept. 19-21. This three-day festival spearheaded by The Arts Commission celebrates art, music, glass and makers on Toledo’s beautiful downtown riverfront in Promenade and Festival Parks. Momentum supports Toledo’s vibrant arts scene, including local artists and musicians and invites national and international creatives to perform and exhibit in Toledo for a weekend of family fun for one and all.

Back by popular demand, Imagination Station hosts the Toledo Mini Maker Faire highlighting diverse creators with hands-on activities and demonstrations. Food trucks will be on hand to feed the hungry crowds with a wonderful array of choices, many featuring food from local eateries.  For guests coming from out of town, check out event hotel rates here: Momentum Hotel Rates. Read on for a list of event highlights including public art formations, hands-on opportunities, live music and hot glass! 

Thursday, Sept. 19 | 5:30 p.m.

  • Art Loop, Dancin’ in the Streets – Enjoy a wide array of contemporary, ethnic, traditional, and interactive dance performances throughout downtown including Mawtini Dabkeh Troupe, We R Hip Hop, The Aegela Center for Middle Eastern Dance, and many more.
  • Key to the City | Gathered Glassblowing Studio – Watch live glassblowing as artists work together to create “Keys to The City”. Eight artists will be creating six keys, each to be awarded to individuals by the City.
  • Momentum Intersection Opening Reception | University of Toledo, Center for Visual Arts – Through new collaborations between applications of glass as an artistic medium and manufacturing processes, each project exemplifies new approaches to float glass.
  • SUPERNOVA Goes Viral! Film Screenings | ParkVision Screen in Promenade Park – A fun and innovative annual community experience taking place in Denver, Colorado, and brought to Momentum digitally, featuring the first-ever collaboration that brings Supernova’s unique program to a community screen outside of Denver.

Friday, Sept. 20 | Promenade Park | 5 p.m.

Chaka Khan headlines the 2019 Momentum festival in Promenade Park!  One of the most electrifying performers of our time, Grammy Award-winning singer, Chaka Khan, formerly with the band Rufus, has an array of hit songs like “I Feel for You” "I'm Every Woman," "Ain't Nobody" and "Through the Fire." Buy your tickets now!


Saturday, Sept. 21 | Promenade and Festival Parks | 12:15-11 p.m.

Some of the music - and dance - you will experience at Momentum will take place – all day – on the Promenade Park and Festival Park stages. Just a taste of what you will hear include Hector Mendoza (Latin Jazz, Classical, Bossa Nova), goLab (Electronic Pop), Nikki D and The Sisters of Thunder (Gospel) and the Toledo Symphony (Jazz Trio). You can also showcase your “moves” while jamming to local Hip-Hop, check out the all-female drum corps, enjoy local poetry and jam it out with our very own University of Toledo Rocket Steelband.

Check out the complete schedule of exceptional Musical Performances happening during the three day Momentum festival.


Photo by Schooler Studios

Saturday, Sept. 21 | Festival Park | Noon-6 p.m.

In partnership with Imagination Station, the second annual Toledo Mini Maker Faire will feature more than 25 diverse makers with demonstrations and hands-on activities. Live music and food trucks will populate both Festival and Promenade Parks. Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement.  Come learn, get involved and become inspired by these talented crafters, scientists and garage tinkerers. Who knows? Your child’s inner artist may blossom today!

Photo by Schooler Studios

Thursday, Sept. 19- Saturday, Sept. 21 | Promenade and Festival Parks | All Day

The public art on display during Momentum is awe-inspiring and will leave you wishing they were here to stay. But alas, they are only here during the festival, so don’t miss your chance to witness – and participate – in the awesomeness of these creations. Check out all of this year's art displays below!

Aqueous Photo by Refined Media

Aqueous | by Jen Lewin

Aqueous in an interactive landscape of meandering pathways of light. During the day, Aqueous will shift in color and reflection, mirroring the sky within a walkable dichroic surface. At night, Aqueous will flow and glow in full illuminated interactivity, engaging large groups in collaborative play.

The Herd Photo Provided by The Arts Commission

The Herd | by Kelley Bell

The Herd is a cluster of 200 luminous inflatable swim rings – similar in appearance to the floats used by swimmers at the lakeside – laced together in a net to form a glowing multitude of creatures calmly bobbing in the shimmering ripples of the nighttime in One SeaGate’s Courtyard Pond.

Sound Sculpture Photo by Scottsdale Arts Photo

Sound Sculpture | by Masary Studios

Sound Sculpture is an interactive musical instrument, a physical sound and light environment that facilitates play and connection, and a tool for creative expression. Participants create not only physical structures but musical compositions manipulated by the physical relationship of the cubes.

Sunset Carry Out Photo by The Arts Commission

Sunset Carry Out | by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky

Artists’ Weppler & Mahovsky create corner stores in the form of giant lanterns. Two thousand smaller lanterns are displayed upon shelves inside, illuminating the store and representing products ranging from toothpaste to snacks. For each new installation, a few new products, reacting the local site, are added to the store stock. The project is thus site-specific, at the same time as it is an archive of its own history and travels.

POOF! Photo Provided by The Arts Commission

POOF! | by Bradley Scherzer

POOF! is a giant creature sporting a symbiotic relationship with humans. POOF! relies on its bright and colorful good looks to get people to feed it. By creating joy and fun for all that meet it, the POOF! gets fed all the tasty neon poof balls it could ever want! Participants move in and out of the "creature" feeding in new poofs and then watching as they fly out from the ceiling and walls of the inside.

Supernova Animation Festival 2019

Denver Digerati advances the first-ever collaboration in association with The Arts Commission and the Momentum Festival. This exciting partnership celebrates Digerati’s focus on positioning digital motion-art as the next level of public art, free for all to enjoy. It's also one of the cornerstone's for this year's exciting platform, "Supernova Goes Viral".

See you at Momentum!

Explore the Momentum festival and see why it is much easier to enjoy art than it is to describe art. Since words cannot express the beauty and joy that art brings, you’ll have to experience for yourself at this year’s Momentum. Enjoy!

For more even more information on this one-of-a-kind event, visit and view the Complete Event Schedule.

Momentum Hours:
Thursday, September 19, 5 - 9 p.m.
Friday, September 20, 5 - 10 p.m.
Saturday, September 21, 12:30 - 11:30 p.m.

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