Expo: Ingenuity 2022

From Steam Powered to Space Age

Expo: Ingenuity

IngenuityFest returns 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 will ignite 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!

Festival details

Get the 411 on the festival weekend

IngenuityFest takes place at IngenuityLabs @ the Hamilton Collaborative (5401 Hamilton Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115). 

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Festival Villages Include

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 have 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 bring 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 can 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!

Festival Dates

Friday, September 23:
6pm-1am

Saturday, September 24:
1pm-1am

Sunday, September 25:
1pm-6pm

Tickets

Children Under 12:
FREE!

Weekend Pass:
$10

*Agent of Ingenuity Membership:
$125

* 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 info@ingenuitycleveland.org

Vehicle Logistics

PARKING:
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.

RIDESHARING:
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.

Live Nearby?
BIKE to the Fest: Bike parking will be available at the 53rd Street gate only. Attendees will need to bring their own locks.

Sustainability

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 will be featured at our 2022 festival by expanding the rows below.

Festival program

Want to get a sense of all that IngenuityFest offers? Flip through our full festival program! Program is subject to change.

Festival Lineup

Check out a list of all the amazing folks playing IngenuityFest 2022! We know you'll find your new favorite band this year.

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Stage Schedules

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.

HEADLINERS

2022 Festival Headliners

Find your new favorite band at one of our 4 stages!

Combo Chimbita

Combo Chimbita

MUSIC MEADOW | FRIDAY 9/23 @ 9:30PM

Described by NPR's Alt.Latino as an "otherworldly presence," Combo Chimbita is the creative unity of Carolina Oliveros (vocals, guacharaca), Niño Lento es Fuego (guitar), Prince of Queens (bass, synthesizers), and Dilemastronauta (drums), who together transcend common concepts of time and nationality.

Orlando Watson

MUSIC MEADOW | FRIDAY 9/23 @ 8:00PM

A refreshing twist of spoken word set to funky grooves with a pinch of hip-hop flair! Cleveland native Orlando Watson performs with Kinfolk Affair. He has established himself as a soulful lyricist whose baritone voice is known to weave through words with uncanny rhythmic delivery.

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Beauty Slap Rap

Beauty Slap

MUSIC MEADOW | SATURDAY, 9/24 @ 9:30PM

Thunderously funky screams of brass meet the mischievously playful grooves of modern dance music. Beauty Slap uses horns, keys, and electronics to deliver their self-described genre – future-brass-thunder-funk – directly to their audience's brains. The result is an irresistible urge to dance.

Tesla Orchestra

TESLA'S POLYPHONIC | VARIOUS TIMES

A team of engineers, artists, and misfits using technology to entertain audiences around the world. Hear some of your favorite tunes techno-style through giant, boisterous Tesla Coils!

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Cap'n Nemo's Flaming Carnival

Cap'n Nemo's Flaming Carnival

MECHANIQUE BIOTIQUE | ALL WEEKEND LONG!

Cap'n Nemo's Flaming Carnival will light up the sky with fire balls, flaming games, and burning good times! Challenge your perception of what art is while (safely!) playing with fire!

Beezy Douglas Carnivale

THE CABARET STAGE | ALL WEEKEND LONG!

The Beezy Douglas Carnivale will be hosting The Cabaret Stage all weekend long! Come play and channel your rowdy circus vibes! Don't miss music performances, comedy, Strongman shows, "Feats of Strength" Tournaments and more!

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Dixons Violin

Dixon's Violin

TESLA'S POLYPHONIC | FRIDAY + SATURDAY NIGHT!

You've never heard violin like this! A former technology leader and symphony violinist, Dixon walked away from a distinguished career to follow his dream full-time, and invented a whole new music genre. Dixon improvises on a 5-string electric violin with a looping system he developed to create an all-live on-man symphony!

VENDORS

2022 Festival Vendors

You'll find these fine folks in all throughout the Festival footprint, peddling their wares and delighting the eye.

Talley Marxx & Co

MAKERS MECCA

Talley Marxx & Co.

Atlas and Aether

INVENTORS EMPORIUM

Atalas & Aether

Skin District Store

WELLNESS WAY

Skin Direct Store

Spillproof Liquid

MAKERS MECCA

Spill Proof Liquid

Emilly Meyers

INVENTORS EMPORIUM

Emily Meyers

Sleepy Robot 13

MAKERS MECCA

Sleepy Robot 13

Sweat and Sawdust Creations

INVENTORS EMPORIUM

Sweat & Sawdust Creations

Black Mentality Clothing

WELLNESS WAY

Black Mentality Clothing

Gypsy Moth

MAKERS MECCA

Gypsy Moth

Rocks are People Too

INVENTORS EMPORIUM

Rocks Are People Too

Tessellation Games

MAKERS MECCA

Tesselation Games

KNRD

INVENTORS EMPORIUM

KNRD

Immortal Nerd

MAKERS MECCA

Immortal Nerd

Mishmoccs LLC

FAMILY VILLAGE

Mishmoccs LLC.

Melting Magnets LLC

MAKERS MECCA

Melting Magnets LLC.

refill goodness

WELLNESS WAY

Refill Goodness

My Turquoise Kitten

MAKERS MECCA

My Turquoise Kitten

Minute4Mama

FAMILY VILLAGE

Minute4 Mama

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MAKERS MECCA

HR Department

Women Who Roared

MAKERS MECCA

Women Who Roared

food strong

WELLNESS WAY

Food Strong

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LOCOMOTION CENTRAL

Rollin' Buckeyez

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WELLNESS WAY

Recess Cleveland

Festival FAQ's

Get the 411 on the festival weekend

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check here for more answers to frequently asked questions. Still have a question? Reach out to us at info@ingenuitycleveland.org!

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