Summer is for Sunshine and Music
By Judith Bratten
By the time you read this, the “stay home” order in Ohio should be lifted but we will still be feeling the repercussions of several weeks without normal business along with the stress and anxiety associated with the COVID19 pandemic. Yet we all are ready to exult in fresh air, sunshine, and social events. Dinners out with friends, picnics with family, going to movie theaters and plays, shopping – all those simple activities we took for granted before are enthusiastically welcomed.
Many of the annual community celebrations that drew people together will again be on the calendar and there’s not a better place to enjoy outdoor festivals and music performances than the Upper Ohio Valley in eastern Ohio. For several years, the towns in the area have presented a schedule of free summer concerts that bring live music to folks almost every day of the week.
From Toronto in Jefferson County down to St. Clairsville in Belmont County, audiences can enjoy a variety of local, regional and national talent throughout the summer. Here’s a list of the venues from north to south that will be offering programs; be sure to check the contact information to get the correct lineups for this season. (As of this writing, schedules have not been finalized.)
Toronto: Community Concerts at the Gazebo – Wednesdays, 7-9 pm
Location: Corner of North Third and Market Streets, Toronto, Ohio, 43964
Phone: (740) 537-2989
Steubenville: Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series – Thursdays, 7-9 pm
Location: 120 S. 3rd Street, Steubenville Ohio 43952
Phone: (740) 283-1787
Mingo Junction: Summer Concerts in the Park – Sundays, 6-8 pm
Location: Aracoma Park, 930 Logan Avenue, Mingo Junction, Ohio 43938
Phone: (740) 535-0915
Brilliant: Wells Townships Summer Concerts – Wednesdays, 7-9 pm
Location: former Buckeye North Field, Brilliant, Ohio 43913
Dillonvale: Midweek Melodies Wednesdays, 6-8 pm
Location: City Park Gazebo 125 School Street, Dillonvale, Ohio, 43917
Phone: (740) 769-2570
Tiltonsville: Gazebo Summer Concerts – Wednesdays, 7-9 pm
Location: Warren Township Park, 58682 Sharon Blvd, Rayland OH 43943
Phone: (740) 859-4061
St. Clairsville: Summer Concert Series – Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
Location: Central Park Complex, 102 Fair Avenue, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950
Phone: (740) 695-2037
Barnesville: Showcase Summer Concerts – Every other Thursday, 7-9 pm
Location: Community Arts Place, 102 Colonel Drive, Barnesville OH 43713
Phone: (740) 425-3343
Very often there are festivals in these cities and villages as well that offer unique flavors and sounds. Unfortunately, due to Covid19, the annual June festivals held in Steubenville – Ohio Valley Frontier Days and the Holy Trinity Greek Fest – have been rescheduled for the fall.
But Steubenville continues to celebrate the arts and music at the monthly First Friday on Fourth. It’s a street festival with live entertainment, participatory art projects, local food and craft vendors, games and contests for kids and a general joyful atmosphere. Be sure to check out the Facebook page to see the scheduled activities for each month.
Steubenville’s Festivals and Concerts