The FEST 2020: Sunday, August 9

A one-day, annual Catholic family festival held every August at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe, Ohio.

The highlight of the summer for over 40,000 people takes place the first Sunday in August in Wickliffe, Ohio – it’s called The FEST. This day of faith, family and fun will bring together thousands from across our region for great live music, activities for the kids, great family-friendly food and much more. The FEST is FREE and open to all. It takes place at the Center for Pastoral Leadership (28700 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe).

Join us from Noon until 10pm for activities for your entire family. The day concludes with a Catholic Mass at 8pm followed by an amazing American Fireworks display. Invite your friends and family and join us. All are welcome as we come together!

20 Years of Faith, Family, and Fun: History of The FEST

Since its inception, the goal of The FEST has been to inspire and energize teens, young adults and families in the Northeast Ohio region – not just for one day, but for the entire year.

Father Bob Stec — who at the time was vocations director for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland — launched the event in the year 2000 to welcome the diocesan contingent home from their trip to Rome for World Youth Day. It was called “Home from Rome.” The event attracted about 3,000 people.

Father Bob didn’t want to lose the momentum, and continued the event, which was later renamed “The FEST” and grew into the huge celebration it is today.

Over the years, The FEST has become a summer staple for many families in the region and attracts over 40,000 over the course of the day for a day full of music, community, and faith – all for free. It is made possible by support from its generous sponsors, donors, and volunteers!

Each year, The FEST Team chooses a theme to inspire the messages and activities throughout the day and the year. Take a look at all the past FEST themes!

FEST Themes & Bands

2001:  Jesus is the Best, He’s the Reason for the FEST
Bands: Scarecrow & Tinmen, Whisperloud, Who Do You Say I Am, Voce & Prelude

2002:  I Want to be Holy, Just like You
Bands: Zoe Girl, Switchfoot, Prelude

2003:  Saints… Yesterday…Today…Forever
Bands: Sean Groves, Big Daddy Weave

2004:  Expect a Miracle
Bands: Seven Places, Kutless, Matt Smith, Joshua

2005:  Believe
Bands: Everlasting Hope, Skillet, Salvador

2006: Signs of Hope
Bands: Steven Curtis Chapman, Krystal Meyers, Sanctus Real

2007:  One
Bands: Michael W. Smith, Leeland, Praise Apella

2008:  Forever
Bands: Jeremy Camp, Matt Maher, Stellar Kart, Neverthless

2009:  Love Life
Bands: Jars of Clay, Brandon Heath, Matthew West, Nicole Mullen

2010:  Lead me Home
Bands: Newsboys, the Afters, Matt Maher, Brooke Barretsmith

2011:  Hearts on Fire
Bands: Mercy Me, Remedy Drive, Blessed Union of Souls, Jackie Francois, Praise Apella

2012:  Joy to the World
Bands: Switchfoot, Peter Furler, Mandisa

2013:  Strength in Numbers
Bands: Casting Crowns, for King & Country, Jamie Grace, Matt Maher, The 300, The Strange Familiar

2014:  Chosen
Bands: Third Day, Colton Dixon, Mandisa, for King & Country

2015:  Together
Bands: MercyMe, Steven Curtis Chapman, Building 429, Matt Maher

2016:  Everything
Bands: Newsboys, Michael W Smith, Matthew West, Lauren Daigle

2017:  A Full Life
Bands: for King & Country, Crowder, Matt Maher, Laura Story

2018:  Be The Light
Bands: We Are Messengers, Mandisa, Big Daddy Weave, TobyMac

2019:  Generations of Faith and Family
Bands: Jordan Feliz, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, Casting Crowns

2020: Announcements coming soon!