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TMA Block Party

Saturday, Jul. 13, 2019 • 6:00 pm — 10:00 pm
TMA Grounds
Adults, Family, Members, Seniors, TMA Teens

Celebrate summer at the Toledo Museum of Art's annual Block Party on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. This yearly event—which draws together entertainment, food and music purveyors—invites thousands of party-goers to enjoy the Museum’s 40-acre campus.

Admission to the Block Party is free. Parking is free for members, $8 for nonmembers (cash only). The Block Party will be held rain or shine.

Life Is a Highway Free Admission

To celebrate summer and car culture, youth ages 17 and under can view the special exhibition Life Is a Highway: Art and American Culture free during the July 13 Block Party. This special offer is for youth tickets that are purchased onsite at the Museum from 6 to 10 p.m. and cannot be applied towards exhibition tickets purchased online or in advance. Help us spread the word by telling your family and friends who are coming to the block party!

Good Eats (and Drinks!)

Food trucks will line Monroe Street in between the main Museum and the Glass Pavilion.

Beers trucks will be positioned at each end of the Monroe Street closure, featuring beer from Earnest Brew Works. Cash bars will also be located across campus. To purchase alcoholic beverages, please visit the ticket stations positioned at various locations on campus to buy drink tickets. Tickets are $1 apiece.

Featured food trucks at this year's Block Party include:

  • Opa! Cuisine
  • P & P Street Food (Nick and Nino)
  • Rusty's Road Trip
  • Snowie Summers Shaved Ice
  • The Leaf and Seed, Vegan Food Truck
  • Fat Boyz by Al & Zoe
  • Pizza Cat
  • The Loaded Chicken
  • Deet's BBQ
  • Eric's Ice Cream Factory
  • Jeanies Comfort Cuisine
  • S&T Munchie Connections
  • Mustache Mike Italian Ice
  • Rosie's Rolling Chef
  • Jan's Famous Chili Dogs
  • K&K Concession


Parking is available in all Museum lots and is free for Museum members, $8 for nonmembers. Members MUST show their membership card to receive free parking at the event. Additional parking is available at the Mercy College parking structure, located at 2200 Jefferson Ave. Please pay for parking upon arrival; cash only. Bike racks are available near the Grove Place picnic area, Parking Lot 2, and the Glass Pavilion.

Visitors are encouraged to use their preferred ridesharing service. Taking Uber or Lyft to the Block Party? Set your destination to 1910 Parkwood Ave. 

Performance Schedule:

Enjoy performances across campus and on the Main Terrace, featuring local and regional artists from 6 to 9 p.m. 

  • 6:00 p.m. – DJ Big Lou the Mayor
  • 6:15 p.m. – TMA Welcome
  • 6:30 p.m. – Moving in Stereo – A Tribute to the Cars
  • 7:30 p.m. – DJ Big Lou the Mayor
  • 7:45 p.m. – Ramona Collins
  • 8:45 p.m. – Cirque Amongus Performance

In addition to these main stage performances, caricature artist Isaac Klunk, magician Martin Jarret, stilt walkers and jugglers from Cirque Amongus, Toledo School for the Arts Pageant Puppets, and the Bubble Sharks will perform across the Museum campus. 



FREE Jeep Show

6-10 p.m.: TMA Grounds

Inspired by Life is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture exhibition, visitors of all ages are invited to view unique and antique Jeeps on the TMA Grounds.  


FREE Outdoor Glassblowing Demonstrations

6-8 p.m. | Museum Grounds


FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

6, 7, and 8 p.m. | Glass Pavilion


FREE Family Center Activities

6-9 p.m.: Glass Pavilion Grounds

Enjoy car related art activities inspired by Life is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture


FREE Play Space and Giant Games

6-9 p.m.: Grove Place Picnic Area and Glass Pavilion Grounds

Visitors of all ages are invited to the Play Space to engage with musical instruments and blue blocks as well as the picnic tables nearby.  Additionally, giant games will be located on the Glass Pavilion grounds.