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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 downtown’s best coffee artists, food trucks, Gilmore Girls-inspired activities like Gilmore Bingo, photo stations, music and much more!

Leave your cart, kiosk, cart/kiosk permit at home, we've got you covered.

This year's vendors include...

Food: El Patron Tequileria & Cuisine, Brooks Homestyle BBQ, Celestial Treats & Essential Dipped Delights

Coffee: Bereka Coffee & Kitchen, Beanhead Brothers, Humble Mornings Coffee Company, Ohio Tea Company, The Pearl Coffee Company & Muggswigz

Shopping: Elizabeth's Bookshop, Velvet Vintage, Northside Marketplace, That Crafty Mama, Innerpeaceself, Le Le Fox Designs, Allie M Designs

Other activities: Fortunes told by The Amazing Doggy Swami, tons of great photo ops (including a photo booth), caricatures, DIY buttons, sugar cone bird feeders, fire pits, potato sack races, Gilmore Girls trivia & screenings of clips from some of Lorelai and Rory's favorite movies at the Black & White & Read Theatre

Click here for info about Gilmore Bingo!

Specialty items for sale at the Shed: Pop-Tarts, "Miss Patty's Punch" & Dragonfly Inn room keys

PARKING for the Smells Like Snow Coffee Festival in downtown Akron

Recommended PARKING for the Smells Like Snow Coffee Festival on Saturday, November 5, from Noon to 5 pm is in the Akron Centre Garage on 11 W. Mill St. It is Free to park here. This is the deck attached to the FirstEnergy Building. 

Park on the 4th Floor, or take the elevator (or stairs) to the 4th Floor, where there is a bridge over W. Mill St. to Cascade Plaza.

The bridge takes you directly to Cascade Plaza and the Smells Like Snow Coffee Festival, as well as past several MUST-SEE Coffee Fest vendors, including Elizabeth's Bookshop & Writing Centre, Velvet Vintage Boutique, Northside Marketplace, Innerpeaceself, That Crafty Mama & others.

Click here for additional visual descriptions of the Akron Centre Garage and how to get to the Coffee Festival from there.

Additional Free parking can be found in the Cascade Parking Deck (directly beneath Cascade Plaza), or nearby in the High / Market St. Deck (attached to the library).

Click here for a map of downtown Akron with additional activities, eateries, and things to see on Saturday, November 5.

Nearby Stuff to Check Out

The Smells Like Snow Coffee Festival also features TWO sessions of Gilmore Girls trivia, hosted by our friends at the Barley House!

Make your own Gilmore-inspired 3-inch button at the Akron-Summit County Public Library TechZone (1st floor)

  • 2 - 4 p.m. Supplies are limited


Chill Artisan Ice Cream | Sookie’s Blueberry Shortcake Ice Cream & Luke’s Diner Coffee Ice Cream
Baxter’s (opens at 4 pm)| Pumpkin Spice Latte Cocktail (on site or DORA)
The Lockview (opens at 5 pm) | Spicy Mocha Martini (vanilla Absolut, Kahlúa, Bailey’s, Ancho Reyes, Coffee, Cinnamon simple syrup)

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