A typical February evening on the West Bank of the Flats is pretty quiet. Not so during Brite Winter. The non-profit festival brings together people of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds, allowing them to discover new music and art and enjoy their community. Spanning eleven years, three locations, tens of thousands of guests, hundreds of bands and artists, and temperatures as low as 8 and as high as 69 degrees—Brite Winter has always been a festival created with the community, not just for it. As a community-funded and organized event, all of our official programming is free and open to the public and is made possible largely by the support of our attendees.
View the #Brite2020 lineup with 40+ bands and musical acts.
Winter in Cleveland -- a great time for an outdoor party in The Flats!
For the eleventh consecutive year, thanks to the Brite Winter Leadership Team and Sponsors, on Saturday, February 22, 2020, we joined tens of thousands of people laughing at the Cleveland cold by attending this annual outdoor celebration!
Here are our @sos_jr tweets and retweets with photos/videos from Brite Winter (@BriteWinter - #Brite2020), along with videos we found on YouTube. We share this to encourage you to attend future Brite Winter events, and to thank the people who make it possible. We are very lucky in Cleveland to have Brite Winter!
Pre-Event Brite Winter Tweets
2 weeks away!!!! A day full of art, music, fire and fun, to take your mind off things...Yes, please! Come down to @BriteWinter, a free festival in the Flats West Bank, for 30+ bands, heated art tents and a whole lot more. https://t.co/CX5ISLEhlZ #Brite2020 pic.twitter.com/xBcSGyL4ui— BlackgirlinCLE (@blackgirlinCLE) February 7, 2020
Weâ€™re having a blast putting together the art for #Brite2020 Ka-Blizzard! Dive into cozy chaos in @cleclothingco Stage at The Living Room or warm up with woodland creatures in The Campfire Tent. Shout out to @ingenuitycle for hosting us in this incredible space. pic.twitter.com/dPV082QMua— Brite Winter (@Britewinter) February 9, 2020
I have my @Britewinter #Brite2020 tickets! https://t.co/R9M255Jq0P— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) February 17, 2020
It is always a good time in the #winter in #Cleveland at @Britewinter! I go every year! https://t.co/ZtiGtwRsru
You can get your FREE tickets & see entertainment schedule at: https://t.co/FbcEU3rQKx#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/XdWZX2U00o
The pierogi cart from 'The Bachelor' episode in Cleveland will make its public debut at Brite Winter this weekend https://t.co/97rajVd0q9— Cleveland Scene (@ClevelandScene) February 17, 2020
My day has officially been made! Bring on the pierogis! https://t.co/QAPcE6qXGu— Jess Bauer (@hoots51) February 17, 2020
Brite does not usually appeal to me, but this could sway me.— Polly Karr (@karr_pe) February 18, 2020
#Cleveland, get ready for some killer music, great art and a celebration of winter (even with a high of 53* forecasted ï¸) - @britewinter is this Saturday! Details now on the blog - LMK if you're going to Brite Winter 2020 in the comments below!https://t.co/wjn0PnVkzz#hosted pic.twitter.com/37HJm33zHx— Alicia Hansen (@aliciamhansen) February 20, 2020
You never know what weather Mother Nature will bring to the shores of Cleveland, but weâ€™re looking to be in the mid-40s and sunny. Sending a huge thanks to @JasonNweather and @cleveland19news for the #FluriForecast! See you tomorrow at #Brite2020. pic.twitter.com/SmSJ4YVSh8— Brite Winter (@Britewinter) February 21, 2020
Make the most of #Brite2020:— Brite Winter (@Britewinter) February 21, 2020
Brite is Free, but you need a ticket https://t.co/2ZkQVwz5Ea
Have your ID ready for a wristband if you plan to drink.
Dress for the weather...snow or sun.
Poke around our website to learn about what to see, eat and listen to. pic.twitter.com/slB7dWPu33
We're so excited for this Saturday! Brite Winter 2020 is here. An incredible FREE art and music festival for the entire community. Come down to the Flats West Bank to experience live music, local artists, food and games. Don't miss out! @Britewinter #Brite2020 pic.twitter.com/zamWO7rmyG— Flats Forward (@FlatsForward) February 21, 2020
Visiting Brite Winter #Brite2020 Staging Area
On the Thursday before the big Brite Winter event ( February 20, 2020), Stuart visited the Brite Winter staging area after PechaKucha Night Cleveland (@PKNCLE) at the Music Box Supper Club (@MusicBoxCLE). Please see our PechaKucha blog posts here to learn more!,
After @PKNCLE it is great to see the tents and lights ready for the big @Britewinter #Brite2020 #Cleveland party this Saturday in the Flats. https://t.co/fwzRJwGFxF@Britewinter is always a great time! https://t.co/PqDggqfClE pic.twitter.com/GHOCmwjjmXÃ¯Â¿Â½ Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) February 21, 2020
Brite Winter 2020 Weather Forecast
More Pre-Event Brite Winter Tweets
All the cools kids will be in the flats tomorrow night!! https://t.co/NlUeqkOaa0— Kate Warren (@KateWarrenCLE) February 21, 2020
Two of Clevelandâ€™s best Winter Events happen this weekend outside in four season #CLE Itâ€™s Kurentovanje midday Saturday on St Clair @ E. 64th SNH & @Britewinter in the Flats tomorrow eve. Donâ€™t miss two great events this weekend @TheCLE #ThisisCLE No Place Weâ€™d Rather Be! pic.twitter.com/mlyxWacZUA— Chris Ronayne (@chrisronayne) February 21, 2020
Band practice!!— Jarryd Huntley yes GDC (@JarrydHuntley) February 22, 2020
CLEVELAND!! Come see us play @Britewinter tomorrow at the stage under the bridge at 4:20pm! It's gonna be a rad show and Brite Winter is one of the best music fest on the city. Be there! pic.twitter.com/V4rPebYv6i
THE CART IS HERE!!! https://t.co/ZmELPQEl4U— Pete Marek (@PeteMarek) February 22, 2020
Alright. Itâ€™s my 11th @Britewinter, which means Iâ€™ve learned a thing or two over the years.— Emily Lundgard (@elundgard) February 22, 2020
Step #1: A causal* Pre #Brite2020 Vegan/Vegetarian Lunch. (Thanks @RootCafe!)
*Iâ€™m Italian pic.twitter.com/8xKKxx0ZPE
Check out our interactive map here! Find restroom locations, drink ticket tents and see what bands are playing on stage. https://t.co/RqVVov4LqF— Brite Winter (@Britewinter) February 22, 2020
Bluebird day @CLEKurentovanje Balinci tourney downstairs turning out a record crowd in its 4th year. The success of this festival after 8 years reminds us all that this place matters @StClairSuperior in #CLE #ThisisCLE @TheCLE Next stop, The Flats for @Britewinter Love in #CLE pic.twitter.com/zCF0xb0BTt— Chris Ronayne (@chrisronayne) February 22, 2020
Brite shines brighter because of help from our funders from @CuyArtsC, @OhioArtsCouncil, The George Gund Foundation, and @DominionEnergy. Thank you for your continued support! #Brite2020 pic.twitter.com/4sqMAQTuts— Brite Winter (@Britewinter) February 22, 2020
You're in for a real treat! We have no clue what to expect at Susie's Saturday Afternoon Kitchen Variety Show...but we know it's going to be epic. Find her on @CLECLOTHINGCO Stage at The Living Room. #Brite2020 pic.twitter.com/ERctttF50T— Brite Winter (@Britewinter) February 22, 2020
Get your ass over to @britewinter and grab a glass of some @mancanwine mulled wine! A good time is to be had by all!— Larder (@larderdb) February 22, 2020
_______________________________________#pastrami #mulledwine #thisiscle #cleveland @ The Flats https://t.co/ZbLhO5Oiuk
Arriving at the BIG Cleveland Party -- Brite Winter!! #Brite2020!!
Brite Winter 2020 - Maps of Fun Activities
Brite Winter Campfire Tent
A Chance to Win tickets to the RockHall and the David Bowie Celebration at the Cleveland Agora Theatre
The @RockHall is in the house!! #LongLiveRock!! ðŸŽ¶— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) February 23, 2020
At @Britewinter #Brite2020, you can WIN tickets to the @RockHall and the #DavidBowie celebration at the #Cleveland Agora #Theatre #ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/eQSHcE4x6v
#ThisIsCLE Winter Fun!!!
I'm not from Cleveland. and I'm in Costa Rica. bummer to miss this and Cle tattoo expo this weekend— A Taco Inside a Taco (@PaulLovesTacos) February 23, 2020
Brite Winter Winter Weather Lab
Brite Winter Games and Nice Ice!
Brite Winter Fire & Ice Tower!
And the Tower Wall Comes Tumbling Down!!
Thank you, Carvana!!!
Drink Local Drink Tap
Be sure to talk to the volunteers at the @DrinkLocalTap booth to learn about their important work in #Cleveland and #Africa.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) February 23, 2020
They are in the @CLECLOTHINGCO tent at @Britewinter #Brite2020. pic.twitter.com/y7PBNPblnt
Thank you Ingenuity Cleveland Ingeneers!!
The Ingenuity Cleveland Ingeneers work at Brite Winter to make creative, interactive art installations. Please see our Ingenuity Cleveland Blog Posts to learn more about their innovative work at IngenuityFest, Cleveland Mini Maker Faire, and Bal Ingénieux.
Brite Winter Fun!
Brite Winter Fest is always amazing! Only in Cleveland would we have a music festival in the middle of February....and the city turns out! Happy to support such a great event! Thank you @britewinter for having us! pic.twitter.com/RiocGmdMR7— CLEveland Clothing Co. (@CLECLOTHINGCO) February 23, 2020
Thank you for your continued support! Brite Winter is a non-profit dedicated to showcasing the best artists and musicians in the community. Text "Brite" to 44321 to help keep Cleveland Brite! #Brite2020 pic.twitter.com/WHsGaOim5s— Brite Winter (@Britewinter) February 23, 2020
Amani Cove! pic.twitter.com/38dTycKtJg— Fee Fi Fols Fum (@HOLYxKEYEL) February 23, 2020
Another wonderful #britewinter #connected #underthebridge #converge #insight #curvature #alone #together #brite2020 #clevelandgram #thisiscle #Cleveland #ohiogram #theland #mikebruckman #lifein360â€¦ https://t.co/JTP1mqWJfs— Mike Bruckman (@Glokeys) February 23, 2020
Itâ€™s a Brite Winter scene @ Main & Elm on the Flats West Bank in #CLE Soul of #CLE @Britewinter Music on the River & bridges overhead. A crowded Harbor Inn speaks of yesteryear. #ThisisCLE pic.twitter.com/hMEN8u591J— Chris Ronayne (@chrisronayne) February 23, 2020
Thank You Brite Winter Sponsors, Partners, and Organizers!!
Thank you to the @Britewinter sponsors, partners and organizers!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) February 23, 2020
We had a great time at #Brite2020!https://t.co/fwzRJwp4G7
We enjoy @Britewinter every year!https://t.co/PqDggqxdKe pic.twitter.com/cp7sa828ew
Brite Winter 2020 YouTube Videos
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Are you liking what your hearing?! Text "Brite" to 44321 to contribute a donation to keep Brite free and accessible for all, Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/7NEfDhoA0T— Brite Winter (@Britewinter) February 23, 2020
Iâ€™m so grateful to everyone for all the birthday wishes! Spending the night volunteering and partying at @Britewinter was a really special way to celebrate 55 years on this crazy planet! pic.twitter.com/nOnIkXgcQy— Brooke Willis (@bsw65) February 24, 2020
... well damn ... @britewinter staff and all - you brought it, it was the most fun. We were honored to be in company with so many awesome people. Thank you!! *— Apostle Jones (@ApostleJonesCLE) February 24, 2020
Like we said to our crowd, into the : â€œa lot ofâ€¦ https://t.co/DsWnBGnXfK
â„ï¸@Britewinter was AMAZING!— Take Off Charlie. (@TakeOffCharlie) February 24, 2020
We canâ€™t thank all those folks enough for all that they did to put on such an incredible festival for ALL to enjoy!
Weâ€™re taking some time off in March to record some NEW music, wrap up some music videos & plan our 2020 tour!
Well, @britewinter was a total blur. Saw so many excellent bands, consumed loads of food and art, and played a whirlwind set with my band @diamondkitesband donâ€™t sleep on #britewinter festival next year! pic.twitter.com/zqA3hIq4hz— Jeff Klemm (@thisisJeffKlemm) February 24, 2020
Give Your Feedback to Brite Winter Organizers
FYI, I tagged the main Brite Winter sponsors in the following tweet. If you want to share the video and thank the sponsors, you can easily retweet it. You might also want to reply back to the tweet with a thank-you to the @Britewinter sponsors. It is always good to show your appreciation to the sponsors who make this free fun winter Cleveland event possible!
Great "2020 Brite Winter Recap" video posted 2/29/20 https://t.co/o8pM8sFVTE— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) March 1, 2020
Thanks to all the #Brite2020 sponsors for making this #ThisIsCLE fun day happen! https://t.co/hVTma22LTH
I enjoy the #Cleveland outdoor #winter fun at @Britewinter every year! https://t.co/PqDggqxdKe pic.twitter.com/fNeE5ahkrn
On this 11th anniversary, we want to thank the Brite Winter (@Britewinter) organizers for the many years of winter outdoor fun!!! We have very fond memories of attending our first Brite Winter when it was just a small event in 2011 (see old tweets) at Hart Crane Park, and have watched it grow into the huge event it is now! [Canalway Partners (@CanalwayCLE) has owned Hart Crane Park since 1994.]
Here are our blog posts from past Brite Winters:
Blog Date: March 6, 2019 - Brite Winter 2019 -- #Brite10 -- Tenth Year of Cleveland Outdoor Winter Fun!
Congratulations for the 10th year of this great Cleveland tradition taking place in the Cleveland Flats.
Blog Date: April 8, 2018 - Brite Winter 2018 - #Brite18
The 9th Annual event took place yet again on the west bank of the Cleveland Flats.
Blog Date: February 27, 2017 - Hot in Cleveland: Brite Winter 2017
The 8th Annual event took place again on the west bank of the Cleveland Flats and had record high temperatures.
Blog Date: March 2, 2016 - Brite Winter 2016 - #Brite16
Located on the west bank of the Cleveland Flats.
Blog Date: March 2, 2015 - #IceFestCLE and Brite Winter - Cleveland Winter Outdoor Spectaculars
The 6th Annual event took place again in Ohio City (@OhioCityTweets).
Blog Date: March 26, 2014 - Cold Brite Winter & Hot Cavs Game
14° in 2014! For our fourth year attending, we had great outdoor fun in the very cold in Ohio City (@OhioCityTweets), across from the West Side Market (@WestSideMarket). In addition, we won a rare chance to see a Cleveland Cavaliers game (Cavs) from the owner's suite and from the floor box!!!
Also, see our Ingenuity Cleveland Blog Posts to learn more about their creative activities in Cleveland.
For more outdoor winter fun in Northeast Ohio that includes ice carving, please see our Ice Fest blog posts:
Blog Date: February 2, 2020 - 2020 Ice Festivals - North Coast Harbor and Lake Metroparks
Blog Date: January 24, 2018 - 2018 North Coast Harbor Ice Fest and Free Martin Luther King, Jr., Day at Science Center and Rock Hall
Blog Date: February 9, 2017 - 2017 North Coast Harbor Ice Fest and Free Martin Luther King, Jr., Day at Science Center and Rock Hall
Blog Date: March 1, 2016 - Cleveland's North Coast Harbor Ice Fest 2016
Blog Date: March 2, 2015 - #IceFestCLE and Brite Winter - Cleveland Winter Outdoor Spectaculars