YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Mahoning Valley's "Biggest Weekend Ever" is underway.
The collaboration of events began with the Greek Festival at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Thursday, continues tonight, Friday, with the weekend long Tour of the Valley kick-off, and goes through Sunday.
The Summer Festival of the Arts at Youngstown State University's campus begins tomorrow, Saturday, with events going all day and concluding Sunday.
The Youngstown Jazz Fest on Sunday night in Central Square will be the grand finale of the weekend of family fun and entertainment. The Lemon Grove downtown is hosting a pre-party for the event Saturday at 7 p.m.
All events in Youngstown will all be within walking distance of each other.
"You can park right around campus and go up to campus for a few hours," says Lyndsey Hughes, Youngstown director of events and marketing. "The Summer Festival of the Arts has tons of artists, it's a very kid friendly event."
Jazz Fest discount tickets will be sold at the arts festival for $17 each.
"When you're done over there, you can walk over here to St. Nick's church to get some really good food," Hughes says.
The Greek Festival menu will include traditional dishes like Pastitso and Moussaka, chicken dinners and Greek pastries.
To make plans for a trip to Youngstown, you can check out a schedule of the events below:
In Poland, a Relay for Life event is planned at the Poland Seminary High School with events happening all day Saturday. A special "light up the night" featuring emergency vehicles from around the Valley will take place at midnight as Friday turns to Saturday.
The Trumbull County Fair wraps up Sunday with the popular demolition derby at 5 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. A full list of events for the weekend can be found by clicking on the blue link.
A Christmas in July themed Wounded Warrior event in Petersburg will feature blues, bikes and brews. The weekend long concert event will feature 17 bands and take place at Buffalo Hollow on Dickson Road just south of I-76.
The annual Girard Mount Caramel Festival kicked off Thursday at the Italian Fraternal Home Club and goes until Tuesday. The event features food, rides and nightly entertainment. The Blue Collar Band performs Friday, DJ Steve and Dominic Tucci and the Brotherhood on Saturday, Girard Community Band and the Rage on Sunday.
Are you into tribute bands?
Yellow Brick Road, an Elton John tribute act, will perform at the Judge Leo P. Morley Pavilion in Mill Creek MetroParks Saturday. Gates open at 6 p.m.
The River Rock at the Amp in Warren is expected to go on despite major flooding in Packard Park. The show starts at 5 p.m. with tributes to the Beatles, Santana and Aerosmith. Abbey Road kicks things off with Evil Ways following up. Draw the Line, the endorsed Aerosmith tribute show, finishes the night off with a performance beginning at 8:30 p.m.