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Momentum | Toledo's Arts & Culture Festival

Enjoy art in all its glorious mediums during Momentum Festival, September 8, 15 &16.

Momentum, the premier art event of the year, is taking place over two weekends this year! Mark your calendars for September 8, 15 &16. The Momentum | Intersection Exhibition will be at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion from September 15 through October 15, 2023.

September 8 | 5:00pm - 10:00pm
September 15 | 5:00pm - 10:00pm
September 16 | 1:00pm - 10:00pm

Something for Everyone
Started in 2017, Momentum is an annual festival that celebrates our vibrant community through arts and culture. Made possible by the generosity of local businesses and individual donors, this festival is a celebration of Toledo's talented visual, performing, and literary artists.

Do as much or as little as you want–there is something that will spark a little creativity in everyone! This year, The Arts Commission decided to move the festival into the block of N Superior St. between Madison Ave. and Adams St. The goal is to utilize the city’s fabric and architecture to create a sense of density, focus, and intimacy. This provides an opportunity to utilize both streetscape and the first floor area of much of the block’s building stock for activation by artists and creatives. This will provide an opportunity for multiple artforms to be offered and more artists engaged, lighten the investment in event infrastructure, and activate a sense of Momentum.

The Momentum Exhibition Program will provide venues for shared experience and connection for our local artists. With over 100 local artists participating in this year’s festival we look forward to using this time to build connections and create a deeper network of creatives in the Toledo area. Attendees will be able to explore some hidden gems of downtown, see the innovative Momentum | Intersection exhibition, and experience all that the vibrant Toledo community has to offer.

Canopy: Photo provided by The Arts Commission


Friday September 8
5pm - 8:30pm - Dancin’ in the Streets
8pm - 10pm - Silent Disco
Additional Programming
5pm - 9pm - Food Vendors
5pm - 9pm - Oher Partner Programming
5pm - 10pm - Local Artist Exhibit

Friday, September 15

5pm - 7pm - Momentum | Intersection Opening @ TMA
5:30pm - 10pm - Film Exhibitions @ The Valentine
Additional Programming
5pm - 9pm - Food Vendors
5pm - 9pm - Other Partner Programming
5pm - 10pm - Local Artist Exhibit

Saturday, September 16
1pm - 10pm - Anchor Art Exhibits
6pm - 10pm - Local Artist Exhibit
Additional Programming
1pm - 9pm - Food Vendors
1pm - 10pm - Performances (Club Yesterday)
3pm - All-Abilities Yoga with Jenn McCullough
1pm - 10pm - Beer Garden (Jed’s)
1pm - 10pm - Other Partner Programming (Imagination Station, Unruly Arts,
Sunshine Studios, etc.)
Performance Schedule
1:30pm | Puppet Show - Mary Gaynier
2:00pm | Toledo Jazz Festival
3:00pm | Poetry - Mike Hackney
3:30pm | Presentation - Joe Sparks
4:00pm | Poetry - Jonie McIntire
5:00pm | Performance - Kingdom Connect
8:30pm | Jazz Performance - Emmitt Williams & Simply Shann

Each day will also have partner programming, food vendors, a pop-up bar at 319 N Superior (Jed’s), Anchor Art and the Momentum Exhibition Program open during event hours.

Oscillation: Photo provided by The Arts Commission

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. For more even more information on this one-of-a-kind event, visit

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