About The FEST

The FEST: Sunday, August 8, 2021

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History of The FEST

20 Years of Faith, Family, and Fun

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: Glorious / The FEST @Home
Bands: Casting Crowns, for King & Country, Matthew West, Danny Gokey, Matt Maher, Building 429, Colton Dixon, Jordan Feliz, We Are Messengers

2021: Theme TBD!
Bands: We Are Messengers, Tauren Wells, Danny Gokey, for King & Country

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