The City of Cleveland, the West Side Market and the market’s tenant’s association are hosting Summerfest on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Summerfest will feature live music, artists, children’s activities, food demonstrations by West Side Market vendors and local chefs, and health & wellness programming, highlighting the rich diversity of talents and cultures that exist in Cleveland’s neighborhoods. Download the Summerfest flyer.
“Cleveland is one of the country’s best food cities and the West Side Market is a destination for both locals and visitors,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “We will continue to invest in the future of market and look forward to supporting our vendors as they work alongside the community to create a successful event.”
In addition to enjoying the market’s variety or fresh and prepared offerings, SummerFest marks the culmination of a temporary day stall pilot program. Sponsored by the FARE Project in partnership with the City of Cleveland, the program allows new entrepreneurs to bring their products to the West Side Market. It also aims to gather feedback on their experience operating at the Market in order to create a long-term day stall program in the future. Shoppers can visit the day stalls on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program began on August 7 and will conclude on August 28 with the West Side Market Summerfest event.
Both the Summerfest event and the day stall pilot program are part of ongoing recommendations and collaboration from David K. O’Neil, an internationally known expert in the development of public markets and their local economies. The City selected O’Neil in early 2021 as the consultant to review operations at the West Side Market. Food Access Raises Everyone (FARE), a local group, assists O’Neil and serves as the equity partner that is engaging area stakeholders throughout the process.
Since 2012, the City of Cleveland has invested more than $5.5 million in the West Side Market for capital repairs to improve the structure of the 107-year old building. The City also continues to invest in the market; some of the work underway or scheduled for the near future, include:
- A $93,000 vendor booth prototype, which was begun in September 2020, was unveiled earlier this year. This prototype specifically addresses many of the issues vendors shared with the City of Cleveland over the years including electrical upgrades. The city is using the vendor feedback, to make improvements and roll out new vendor booths throughout the WSM. Approximately, $2.6 million has been allocated for this project.
- The $243,000 arcade door replacement contract is in place
- There is a contract for $231,000 in electrical upgrades and bids are under review for $477,000 construction of a new meat preparation room for the market tenants.
- The Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects is also finalizing the contract for clock tower repairs totaling $1.8 million.
An additional $11,000,000 in capital repairs is also planned for 2021-2023. Download additional information on the recent and upcoming capital improvements.
The City of Cleveland remains committed to the continuous improvement of the WSM for both customers and vendors in an ever-evolving economy and during this global pandemic.
Editor’s note: The West Side Market will remain open for regular operating hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 28. Follow #WSMSummerfest on Instagram and Twitter for event updates.