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Mentor CityFest 2021: Two days of great family fun

Mentor CityFest, presented by University Hospitals, returns to Mentor Civic Center Park on Friday, August 20, from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Saturday, August 21, from noon to 11 p.m.

This two-day, family-friendly festival is packed with activities, games, entertainment, food and more!

Enjoy live music on the Mentor Civic Amphitheater stage Friday and Saturday evening including a feature performance by Who’s Bad – the ultimate Michael Jackson experience.

The CityFest Kids Zone is bigger and better than before with giant inflatables and interactive games for kids of all ages.  Civic Center grounds will be filled with bounce houses, giant slides, a warrior dash, 70’ obstacle run, rock wall, zip line, an extreme trampoline, and a mobile ninja warrior course.

The Adult Zone features a beer trailer, cornhole and other party games as well as the return of axe throwing.

Mentor CityFest will feature all-day interactive entertainment and activities including strolling performers, the “Fest Money” game, plus community sponsored activities and games.  Festivalgoers can also visit with a number of local businesses, service organizations, and nonprofits, that call Mentor home in the popular Main Street tent.

Be sure to come hungry!  With over 20 food vendors on site, their will be every type of festival food that your taste buds desire including favorites like sausage sandwiches, funnel cakes, and lemonade as well as unique sweet treats and everything in between. 

The Mentor CityFest Parade will kick off from Shore Middle School Saturday at 10 a.m. and make its way to the festival grounds via Hopkins, Center Street and Civic Center Boulevard.  The parade will feature over 100 groups, the Mentor High School Marching Band, and the city of Mentor float.

For those trailblazers looking for a colorful thrill, register for CityFest Color Dash & Walk on Saturday night starting at 6 p.m.  This 2.5-mile run and fun walk starts & finishes at CityFest!  The flat route follows the Civic Center bike path and is accessible for all ages!  With seven different color zones, you are sure to be festively decorated to enjoy the rest of the Mentor CityFest activities.

Free admission and parking to the event. Bounce houses and some activities will require a wristband which will be available for purchase at the event.  Mentor Civic Center Park is located at 8600 Munson Road.

Festival parking will be available at Mentor High School, Mentor Senior Center, Mentor Fire Station #5, Mentor Police Department, and at the Laketran parking lot on Market Street. Handicapped parking for those with a permanent Ohio handicapped plaque will be at the Mentor Municipal Center. 

Vendor and volunteer opportunities are available.  

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