The FEST, Northeast Ohio’s largest outdoor Christian music and family festival that draws over 30,000 visitors will take place on Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28700 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe. Admission is free.
The FEST, in its 19th year, will incorporate the theme of “Generations” into the interactive and reflective stations throughout the festival grounds. The main stage will feature performances by some of Christian music’s top headliners, an outdoor Mass celebrated by Bishop Nelson Perez and much more.
“The FEST has been blessed to help celebrate and impact a generation of followers of the Lord. We come together each year to celebrate what matters most – faith and family. We use FEST 2019 to reflect on what is most important for us to pass on from one generation to the next – a deeper faith, a better world, a stronger love in Christ our Lord,” said Father Bob Stec, event organizer and pastor of St. Ambrose Parish in Brunswick.
The FEST will feature four national Christian music groups including contemporary Christian music powerhouse Casting Crowns as the headliner. Opening musical acts include Tenth Avenue North, Jordan Feliz and Catholic artist Matt Maher.
Maher, who is set to take the stage at 3 p.m., said the highlight of his career was at the 2013 World Youth Day when he performed for Pope Francis and a crowd of 3 million.
The 8 p.m. closing Mass will be the focal point of The FEST. Concelebrants and members of parish choirs from across the Diocese of Cleveland will join Bishop Perez for a unique worship experience. A fireworks display will follow.
Returning to The FEST is the popular Marc’s Moms' Relaxation Station where moms can get a gift bag filled with products to help pamper them. Nearby will be the Man Cave where men can relax, play a game of pool and even get tips on how to deepen their faith lives. The Family Blessings Tent, seminary tours, outdoor confession area, petting zoo and interactive areas for children age 6 and younger also will be back this year.