From Steam Powered to Space Age
IngenuityFest returned September 23-25, 2022 as Expo: Ingenuity!
Drawing on the best traditions of World's Fairs and (Inter)National Exhibitions, including the ability to highlight those scientific, technological and social innovations that have driven progress, Expo: Ingenuity ignited the creative spark by tracing a history of imagination through time and place, highlighting the ability of expositions to bring people together to uplift achievement and human ingenuity.
We are thrilled to gather and celebrate this past, present and future (from steam-powered to space-age!) with the return our flagship event, alongside our wide community of artists, performers, entrepreneurs and YOU!
Get the 411 on the festival weekend
IngenuityFest took place at IngenuityLabs @ the Hamilton Collaborative (5401 Hamilton Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115).
Festival Villages Included
IngenuityFest is divided up into themed sections - called "villages" - where you'll find vendors, exhibitors, stages, and more! This is just a sampling of what you can expect - we had 11 villages total!
Ideation Station - featuring a Speakers Stage, the See Our Light equity arts project by FabHouse CLE, and information on the Re-Discover St. Clair Superior Master Plan
Makers Mecca - you'll find dozens of individual makers and artisans showcasing pop-up shops with art, clothing and handmade items.
Wellness Way, Presented by MetroHealth - A Village Dedicated to whole-community wellness of mind, body and spirit! Find intergenerational activities and kid-friendly art-making, plus the opportunity to learn about neighborhood wellness resources!
Inventor's Emporium - Celebrate the more whimsical side of the World's Fair with imaginative exhibits that wend their way dreamily through Expos past.
Lunar Landing - A 180 Degree immersive otherwordly experience with immersive projections from Kevin Jackson and a downtempo vibe created just for you from local DJs Mark Strauss, 1Auxy, Jason Sodich and Justin Hartman
...PLUS so much more! Across all villages, six stages will brought you music in all styles from hip-hop, to folk, to honky-tonk delights. With the intimate feel and Victorian circus vibes of The Cabaret; the local and touring acts at Music Meadow; to bass beats and fast rhymes of The Dock Stage, plus, the ever popular upstairs bar and hang-out at the Crystal Palace Stage, audiences could appreciate performance at its best, including showcases from a variety of performance collectives like Beat Freak, Roots of American Music, Cleveland Comedy Festival and Temple of Passions. Headlining performances on Tesla’s Polyphonic Stage include the Tesla Orchestra, Crooked River Circus, Dixon’s Violin and more!
Friday, September 23:
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Sunday, September 25:
Children Under 12:
*Agent of Ingenuity Membership:
* Membership lasts a full year!! If you purchase prior to September 22, you'll get a Festival VIP goodie bag, complimentary access to our VIP cocktail hour!
Location & Accessibility
For individuals with disabilities arriving by shuttle, taxi, Uber, accessible transport van or private vehicle, a reserved accessible drop off zone will be located at the Main Festival entrance on 53rd street.
Accessible parking spaces will also be reserved in the Staff/VIP/Artist, directly across from the 5401 Hamilton Avenue address. Additional off-site parking will be provided in a section of Ingenuity’s general audience parking. We are continually making accessibility improvements to our site including providing elevator service to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors, addressing challenging areas of asphalt and providing numerous accessible restrooms on the ground level. However, our site still contains areas of uneven terrain including gravel, stairs, and some passageways or art installations that may be narrower or challenging to access. We will make every attempt to accommodate you.
For more accessibility information, questions about access, or for assistance on the festival site, please email email@example.com
Street parking is abundant in the area surrounding the Festival, but a lot will be available at 5000 Lakeside Avenue (just around the corner from our 53rd Street Entrance) for $5. Parking is always at attendee's own risk and Ingenuity is not responsible for any loss, theft, or damage.
Consider taking an Uber or Lyft! The Festival is located at 5401 Hamilton Avenue. However, the designated rideshare dropoff address is 1279 E. 53rd Street.
BIKE to the Fest: Bike parking will be available at the 53rd Street gate only. Attendees will need to bring their own locks.
Ingenuity is striving to make their 2022 Festival low-waste. No single-use plastic water bottles will be sold on-premises. There will be many water refilling stations throughout the site, so attendees are encouraged to bring their reusable water bottles. All water is filtered. There will also be reusable bottles available for purchase at the event.
Beverage partners include Goldhorn Brewery and Watershed Distillery. All drinks will be served in recyclable aluminum cans or in compostable cups when possible.
Sustainability volunteers will be on-premises to assist guests in separating compost, recycling and landfill-trash with signage to help identify what goes where. Ingenuity's longtime partners, Rust Belt Riders will be handling our compostables.
Festival Program & Particpants
Bands and artists and vendors, oh my!
IngenuityFest brings together an exciting and eclectic mix of bands, artists, artisans, performers and creatives. Learn about the folks who were featured at our 2022 festival by expanding the rows below.
Want to get a sense of all that IngenuityFest offers? Flip through our full festival program! Program is subject to change.
Check out a list of all the amazing folks playing IngenuityFest 2022! We know you'll find your new favorite band this year.
Looking for stage schedules only? Check out the daily schedules for each of our 6 (that's right, SIX!) stages! There's something for every music fan at IngenuityFest!
Volunteer at Ingenuityfest
YOU can participate in IngenuityFest, too! Sign up to volunteer with us over the weekend. Volunteers receive free admission into the Fest (PLUS behind-the-scenes access!), a free festival t-shirt, and our unending gratitude.