GameFest Akron

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Level up again!

Meet GameFest Akron’s developers in-person and test their games. Play classic video games from Games Done Legit, explore the galleries like never before with pop-up games and activities, and grab food from a local food truck. Plus, you’ll have a chance to win game-themed prizes. The Akron-Summit County Public Library will also be hosting their Akron Mini Maker Faire, so be sure to hop across the street while you’re downtown!


The Virtual Arcade is now live!

Play indie video games all week long.


This program is free and open to all. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Choose from 3 arcade sessions:

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
1:00 – 3:00 pm
3:00 – 5:00 pm

*PLEASE NOTE: The Museum will be closed to the public during GameFest Akron. Only GameFest Akron ticket holders will be permitted entry on Saturday, November 13, 2021.


Experience real vintage console classic videos games by Games Done Legit. Indie video games include:

• Dark Swords
• Gnome Adventure: Journey to the Market
• Indiepocalypse
• Kovetous Kobolds
• Pick Your Plate! A Global Guide to Nutrition
• Reed The Robotanist
• Time Tails*
• We Are The Caretakers

To ensure that we keep this celebration safe, we ask that all visitors keep masks on, maintain safe distances from fellow gamers, and utilize antibacterial wipes and stations where available. Tickets will be timed and numbers will be limited to ensure safe group sizes.

Event guidelines will comply with all current CDC, state and local regulations for COVID-19. More information will be provided in advance of the event.

* To gain access to Time Tails, please contact


November 8
12:00 pm

Let the Games Begin!

GameFest Akron Virtual Arcade is live! Be the first to play the games in the GameFest Akron Virtual Arcade. The online arcade will open at 12:00 pm and be available 24/7 all week! 

November 9
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Meet the Developers

Meet some of the GameFest Akron game developers and hear their thoughts on game design, the artistry behind their work, and creating relevance in their games. This free virtual event will occur via Zoom and runs in association with GameFest Akron. 

November 11
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Museum Quest

Thursday night, game night! Stop by the Museum for a free self-guided scavenger hunt through the galleries or download a print-and-play game from the GameFest Akron Virtual Arcade. Activities are free and fun for all ages.

November 12
6:00 – 8:00 pm

GameFest Sneak Peak with 88bit

Get your game face on with a game-themed night at the Museum. Classic board games, a scavenger hunt, and a live performance of classic video game music provided by 88bit will run throughout the evening. Visitors will also get a sneak-peek of GameFest Akron.

88bit is the alter ego of Cleveland-based pianist, composer and recording artist, Rob Kovacs, where he performs virtuosic note-for-note piano arrangements of classic video game soundtracks mainly from the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Kovacs is one of the only pianists in the world to publicly perform some of these early game soundtracks, many of which have never been released outside of the games they’re in.

Free for members.
General admission for non-members.