February 22-23, 2019

The Lake Erie Folk Fest

Shore Cultural Centre   291 E. 222nd Street   Euclid, Ohio 44123


Pass It On! The 2019 Lake Erie Folk Fest

The Lake Erie Folk Festival is dedicated to passing on traditional music and dance through free and affordable music workshops, concerts, jams, school programs and community dances. The fourth annual LEFF will take place Friday Feb. 22 & Saturday Feb. 23. Do your part to Pass It On by making a donation!

Donate now

The Lake Erie Folk Fest depends on donations, large and small, from generous individuals such as yourself.  Dollars raised from this $5000 campaign will go mainly to artist fees and represents just a portion of the festival costs.

Please consider a donation via our Indiegogo campaign by December 31, 2018 and be sure to join us for the 2019 festival:

  • Friday, Feb. 22 — morning school program and evening community dance
  • Saturday, Feb. 23 — afternoon workshops and evening concert


Kids School Program on Friday, February 22

The Lake Erie Folk Fest will present “Pass It On,” an exciting educational music program for students in grades 2-6 on Friday, February 22, 2019. The program will feature the entertaining Chardon Polka Band performing at the Shore Cultural Centre auditorium in the city of Euclid, the seat of Cleveland’s polka tradition. The band will introduce students to their musical instruments, musical concepts and Cleveland’s rich polka history, all while having a blast! Here’s information.


Monthly LEFF Community Dances on Fridays 

Put on your dancing shoes for our LEFF Community Dances at Shore Cultural Centre on designated Fridays from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Contra dance with Mr Haney

Contra and Square Dance with Mr. Haney String Band

The next dance is November 16, 2018. Enjoy smooth contras and fast moving squares to the tunes of Mr. Haney String Band with Ken Roby, Laura Lewis, Jim Richards, Nancy Tozer, Jim Eisenberg and caller Lynn Frederick. More information here.




A Community Celebration of Music & Dance

The Lake Erie Folk Fest is dedicated to passing on traditional music and dance to newcomers and new generations.  To accomplish this, the festival has expanded to include a school program and community dance on Friday, February 22.  On Saturday, February 23, the festival offers an amazing array of hands-on music workshops, jams, dances and performances — all for free.  The festival is capped by an affordable concert on Saturday evening.

The Lake Erie Folk Fest is a collaboration of the North East Ohio Musical Heritage Association,  producer of the Blue Sky Folk Festival in Kirtland, and the Shore Cultural Centre, a former high school turned innovative arts center in downtown Euclid.

The event brings two communities together in a late-winter cross-pollination of the arts: Euclid’s diverse arts community, and the Northeast Ohio folk music community. Questions? Email  producer Laura Lewis, or call Shore Cultural Centre at (216) 289-8578.

From the Blog . . .

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Lake Erie Folk Fest logoShore Cultural Centre
291 E. 222nd Street
Euclid, Ohio 44123

(216) 289-8578

Your Donation is Welcome!

Help support this event and bring great folk music to new audiences.

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