Brite Winter Festival heats up Cleveland weather with music and art

February 12th, 2014


While the harsh conditions of the cold and blustery polar vortex have kept many people indoors, the upcoming BriteWinter Festival is ready to revel in that very weather.


This Saturday, Feb. 15, Cleveland will host its fifth annual Brite Winter Festival, an outdoor celebration of art and music. The festival is free and will take place in the Ohio City Market District from 4-11 p.m.


According to the festival’s official website, “We decided that Cleveland really needed to embrace winter and have fun with it.”


Throughout the afternoon and evening, the festival will feature bands performing on various stages throughout the Ohio City Market District. The lineup includes The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Air Traffic Controller and COIN. Local artists such as Captain Kidd, Herzog, Texas Plant and Dolfish are also scheduled to perform.


Aside from music, there will be various other performers, including fire twirlers. Activities for attendees include games such as foosball and skeeball as well as a photo booth.


Attendees are encouraged to bring a lamp or lantern to add to the festival’s Great Wall of Light. Any lights contributed during the festival will be used for the wall at Brite Winter Festivals in the future.


For a snack, a meal or even just a hot beverage, the festival will provide food vendors such as Phoenix Coffee, Chipotle and Fired Up Taco Truck.


Brite Winter Festival was co-founded by two alumni of Case Western Reserve University, Emily Hornack and Jimmy Harris, both of whom are still involved with the event today. Hornack serves as Chair of the Board and Acting Executive Director while Harris is Vice President of the Board. However, they are the not the only members of the Brite Winter Festival team who have ties to colleges in the Cleveland area. Program and Marketing Director Thomas Fox is a graduate of John Carroll University. Two members of the Brite team are also part of the faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Art, which will be participating in the festival.

Brite Winter A&L

Other Cleveland institutions will be taking part in the festival as well. The Cleveland Museum of Art will contribute artists and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is providing a photography activity.


According to, “This is Cleveland, and we’re going to play outside.”


Editor’s Note: To view the complete entertainment lineup visit their website.