Momentum Festival (Glass, Music, Art & Makers)

Category: Food Fairs & Festivals

Event Date:

Thursday, September 13 - September 15, 2018


Promenade Park
Downtown along the river
Toledo, Oh 43624

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MOMENTUM is a FREE three-day festival of music and art in downtown Toledo, Ohio, centered on our revitalizing waterfront along the Maumee River. Momentum celebrates the transformative vibrancy of the arts for our city and region by supporting local artists and musicians and inviting international creatives to perform and exhibit in Toledo. The 2017 Momentum festival featured dynamic, interactive and accessible programming that brought over 17,000 attendees to the newly reopened Promenade Park on Toledo’s waterfront. 

The 2018 Momentum festival will be held September 13-15, encompassing Promenade Park, as well as activating spaces linked to Imagination Station Toledo. Momentum will expand to showcase the first Toledo Mini Maker Faire highlighting diverse creators; temporary large scale art installations including Fantastic Planet by Parer Studioand the Compound Camera by Pneuhaus; and the pilot year of a new creative opportunity for glass artists and designers interested in exploring the rich history and knowledge base of Toledo’s glass industry. Friday night features Orquesta Akokán, a big band collective of the finest Cuban musicians both young and old. The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will return to the stage in Promenade Park, with Tan Dun on Saturday, September 15 and with music and other performances in the park throughout day.

5:00pm-7:00pm Hot Glass Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony | 300 Madison Lobby
7:00pm-9:00pm Be The First to See the Fantastic Planet on Opening Night | Promenade Park
7:00pm-9:00pm INTER/ACTIVE Projects Launch | Promenade Park
7:15pm- 8:15pm Art in Public Places Tours

9:00am-5:00pm Hot Glass Exhibition | 300 Madison Lobby
5:00pm Gates Open | Promenade Park
6:00pm-7:00pm Opening Band
7:30pm-9:30pm Orquesta Akokán
5:00pm-10:00pm Fantastic Planet on View
5:00pm-10:00pm Food Trucks

12:00pm-5:00pm Hot Glass Exhibition | 300 Madison Lobby
12:00pm-7:00pm Toledo Mini Maker Faire
12:00pm-10:30pm Performances in Festival & Promenade Park
12:00pm-10:00pm Food Trucks | Promenade & Festival Parks
12:00pm-10:30pm Fantastic Planet on View
12:00pm-6:00pm INTER/ACTIVE Projects
12:00pm-6:00pm Creative Placemaking Live Interactive Mural Creation | Promenade Park
6:30pm-7:30pm Toledo Symphony Orchestra with Tan Dun

12:30PM Dooley Wilson | Delta Blues
1:20PM Distant Cousinz | Funky Rock & Pop Covers
2:10PM Aegela Centers for Middle Eastern Dance | Belly Dance and Middle Eastern Folk Dance
2:35PM Elevated Thinkin' & Tracy the Rare Breed | Contemporary Hip Hop and R&B
3:35PM WE R HIP HOP | Participatory History of Breakdance
4:00PM Del Grace & The Sacred Strings | Gospel Lap Steel
4:45PM Stonehouse | Rock and Jam
5:30PM Bliss Nova | Electropop with Multimedia
6:10PM Chinese Association of Greater Toledo | Dance Performance
6:30PM Toledo Symphony Orchestra performs Tan Dun's "Water Concerto"
8:00PM Bitch, Thunder | All female drum corps
8:30PM Gabriel Brothers Brass Band | 5th Generation New Orleans-style Brass Band
9:30PM Wesley Bright & The Honeytones | Funky Soul, Rock, and R&B from Cleveland, OH

12:00PM Toledo School for the Arts 
2:00PM The University of Toledo Jazz Faculty
3:15PM Poetry Readings
4:15PM Toledo's Human Experience Modern Dance Co. | The Shapes of Sounds
5:00PM Imagination Station Toledo

Momentum is generously sponsored by ProMedicaOwens Corning, Key Bank, Huntington National BankToledo Lucas County Public LibraryImagination Station ToledoKingston Healthcare CompanyLibbeyHart Inc.HCR ManorCareRudolph LibbeThe Toledo Museum of ArtToledo Community Foundation, Inc.The Lathrop CompanyThe AndersonsFirst SolarThe Eyde Company, Mansour Wealth Management, PNCLa-Z-Boy2-ScaleRenaissance Toledo Downtown HotelErie Construction, The Collaborative, Balance Pan-Asian Grille, Sara Jane DeHoff, Margy & Scott Trumbull, and private donors.

Momentum is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. 

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