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2023 Smells Like Snow Coffee Festival

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It's that time of the year! The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and the coffee is piping hot (and there's plenty of it)!

Join us in picturesque Stars Hol—er, I mean Cascade Plaza in downtown Akron for an afternoon of small-town fun with the town troubadour, the cranky (but soft-hearted) diner owner, fall-themed boutiques, food, and of course, coffee coffee coffee. 

We will be featuring some of the area's best coffee artists, food trucks, Gilmore Girls-inspired activities, two rounds of trivia, troubadours and live musical performances, a Luke-Alike contest, ornament decorating workshop with Street Craftery and much more. We're looking forward to making this year's festival bigger and better than ever!

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We're excited to announce that John Cabrera, who many may know for his role as Brian Fuller, bass player for Hep Alien in the show, will have a presence at the event to sign autographs, take photos with fans, and engage in a live Q&A. 

To submit a question to John Cabrera for his live Q&A, click here.

Click here to register for Gilmore Girls Trivia!

Confirmed Coffee Vendors:

  • Hometown Beverages
  • Oh Crepe and Cofftea
  • Café Arnone
  • Moonstone Coffee Works, LLC
  • Farmhand Coffee
  • Global Teas, LLC
  • Muggswigz Coffee & Tea
  • Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea
  • Compass Akron
  • MoMi Coffee Roasters
  • Yada Yada Coffee
  • Humble Mornings Coffee Co.
  • Sappho & Her Beans
  • Pearl Coffee Company

Confirmed Food Vendors:

  • Stray Dog Café
  • Galaxy Grill
  • El Patrón Tequilería & Cuisine
  • Eddies Famous Cheesesteaks and Grille
  • Brooks BBQ
  • Essential Dipped Delights
  • Celestial Treats
  • Angel's Cupcakes

Confirmed Retail Vendors:

  • RBV Retro
  • Salty Hive Home & Body LLC
  • SpillProofLiquid
  • Northside Marketplace
  • Elizabeth's Bookshop & Writing Centre
  • That Crafty Mama
  • LoRi Apparel & Accessories
  • InnerPeaceSelf
  • Arts by Malorie
  • Nuni Products
  • Sky and Earth Studio
  • Tiny Cloud Ceramics
  • Black Culture Candles

Musical Stage Performances:

  • Wishgarden 12:15 - 1:15 pm
  • Jul Big Green 2:15 - 3:45 pm


  • Katy Robinson
  • Rachel Roberts
  • Josee McGee & Friends

There's More!

  • Free Photobooth
  • Free Balloon Sculptures
  • Free Gilmore/Smells Like Snow-themed Make & Take Buttons at the TechZone of the Akron-Summit County Public Library (12 - 4 pm).
  • Chill Ice Cream will have a special flavor in their shop inspired by the festival.
  • Street Craftery will hold an Ornament Decorating Workshop in the activity tent (12 - 2 pm) for $10 per person.


Here is a little video for how to park in the Akron Centre Parking Deck (described below) and get to Cascade Plaza.

  • Akron Centre Parking Deck is the easiest and closest deck, and it is free on weekends. Park in the deck and go to Level 4 to take the bridge across W. Mill St. and you'll exit directly onto Cascade Plaza.
  • Other nearby options include the Cascade Parking Garage, which is underground, beneath Cascade Plaza.
  • And, the deck at Market and S. High (next to the Akron Summit County Public Library) is also a good, free option.

Smells Like Snow Coffee Festival is presented by Downtown Akron Partnership with support from the City of Akron, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Ohio Arts Council.