The music never stopped: Free Hessler Homecoming keeps spirit of Hessler Street Fair alive

Music lovers of all ages fondly recall the magic of Hessler Street Fair, which ran from 1969 to 1984 and again from 1995 to 2019 before officially calling it quits. But those dedicated to the block party and music festival refuse to let the Hessler Street Fair simply fade away into a distant memory.

In May, Grog Shop hosted “An Ode to Hessler” on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. This weekend, the Hessler Neighborhood Association and the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association will hold Hessler Homecoming—a free, scaled-down version of the Hessler Street Fair.

Hessler Homecoming takes place this Sunday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band will headline the musical lineup at 3:30 p.m., which also includes Austin Walkin’ Cane at 11 a.m. with Delta blues; Bent String at 12 p.m. with American roots music; The Baker’s Basement at 1 p.m. with indie folk pop; and The New John McGrail Trio at 2 p.m. with folk music.

Performances will be held on Hessler Road, between Ford Drive and Bellflower Road near the Case Western Reserve University campus.

Food and craft vendors will also be a part of the event, along with social justice organizations who will bring back that special Hessler vibe.

Jamming is welcome in designated areas. No tickets are needed for the free event, but organizers urge guests to bring their own lawn chairs!