Itching to spend some time outdoors now that the weather is warming up again? So are we!
Thankfully, tons of springtime events and festivals are happening all over Ohio in the next few weeks. Whether you're in the Northeast Ohio, Columbus, or Cincinnati areas, you'll have no shortage of options. Why not fill in your calendar with a few of the best ones from our list below?
Geauga County Maple Festival is back in Chardon Square April 21 – 24 this year. This beloved local event offers fun for the whole family, including rides, games, and live entertainment from local musicians. Make sure you visit on an empty stomach—you'll love taking part in their pancake breakfasts and pancake eating competitions (with plenty of maple syrup, of course). When you're done, you can enjoy festivities like maple candy carving, the crowning of the Maple Queen, and a syrup-making competition for local aficionados. All syrups in the competition are raffled off as part of the festivities, and a selection of other delicious maple-flavored treats will be available for purchase as well.
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2022's Great Steubenville Eggsibition begins April 15. This event is a local tradition begun by the artisans at Nelson's Fine Art and Gifts, who have crafted over 20 giant eggs for display around the neighborhood. Each egg features beautiful artwork that has been hand-painted by local artists. The eggs are hidden around the Steubenville business district to simulate a traditional Easter egg hunt. See how many you can find while strolling around Steubenville this spring!
The Mohican State Park's Mohican Wildlife Weekend April 22-24 is one of the most popular outdoor gatherings in Northeast Ohio. Some of the activities offered during this weekend include archery shooting, survival classes, gold panning, and a scavenger hunt. There are also several educational programs available at specific times, such as the Wings of Wonder Bird Presentation and a planetarium program where you can observe the movement of the stars. You'll need to reserve a spot for some activities in advance, so be sure to check out what's available and register before the event.
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The second annual Taste of Granville event, 5–8 pm April 30, will be hosted by the Granville Rotary at the Bryn Du Mansion. This fast-paced dining experience offers you the chance to sample beer, wine, liquor, and cider from local brewers and distilleries and food from local eateries, including Wild Things Sandwich Café. Dashing Diner, and Ray Ray's Hog Pit. General tickets are available for $35. VIP tables can be booked for $250 to $500, depending on the size of your party.
The Sertoma Ice Cream Festival has taken place on the grounds of the Energy Cooperative and Velvet Ice Cream Company nearly every year since 1975. Guests will enjoy everything from pony rides and lawn games to a motorcycle and car show. If you're hungry, you can enjoy delicious local dishes like bratwurst, ham and beans, and gallons of premium ice cream. You can also browse a selection of crafts from dozens of local vendors. At just $5 admission per car, this is the perfect place to spend a pleasant spring afternoon with your family May 28-30.
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The Cincinnati Zoo is always a great place for a fun weekend outing, but it's extra special during the spring Zoo Blooms event April 1-30. During the entire month of April, the zoo's abundant plant life blossoms into a full botanical garden. This period is also known as "Tulip Mania" for the incredible number of tulips on display, but you'll also find plenty of hyacinths and daffodils as well as a multitude of flowering trees and shrubs. There's no additional fee to visit the zoo during this time, so there's no better time for a visit.
Can't get enough of books and literature? The upcoming Ohioana Book Festival April 30 is the place for you. Held by the Ohioana Library in Columbus, this event offers readings and in-depth panel discussions and a book fair, fun educational activities for kids, and delicious snacks. This year's theme is "Celebrating Ohio's Authors," and over 100 of the state's best-known writers will be attending.
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Every year, the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum celebrates Art and Earth Day, a special day that combines aspects of Arbor Day, Earth Day, and International Sculpture Day. Some of the activities available this year include bird and tree walks, a student art walk featuring works from the students at the University of Cincinnati, and a lively Happy Hour at the Grand Pavilion. Come take in some of the most impressive natural and manmade sights that Cincinnati has to offer from 9 am to 5 pm April 23.
The 2022 Cincy on Tap Festival will take place at the Great American Ball Park 1–4 pm April 9. This event gathers over 60 local breweries for an unforgettable afternoon of beer tasting and fun. Many of the area's best food trucks will also be serving food on-site, and local cover bands will be playing live during the entire event. Tickets start at $50 and include up to 30 4-ounce samples of premium beers made by local breweries, as well as a complimentary ticket to the Reds vs. Cardinals baseball game happening on April 24 at the ballpark. This is a 21+ event, so be sure to bring your ID on the big day!
Which of these Ohio spring events will you be attending in the coming weeks?
Whether you're Irish or just Irish for a day, St. Patrick's Day is a huge holiday in Northeast Ohio. You'll find one of the country's largest St. Paddy's Day parades here, as well as pub crawls and even a sober gathering.
If you're planning to celebrate the holiday with some green beer or other adult beverages, make sure you've planned ahead for a safe ride home. Install Lyft and Uber apps on your phone in advance, and also consider public transportation. Cleveland's RTA, for example, typically offers all-day passes for St. Patrick's Day that you can buy on your smartphone.
Get in on the fun and celebrate the luck o' the Irish around Northeast Ohio. Check out the following events.
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Cleveland has hosted a St. Patrick's Day Parade for 175 years, and the tradition continues in 2020. This year's theme is Ireland's Scenic Coastlines, so you'll see that some of the floats have incorporated this theme. Line up early so you can get a good view of the bands, floats, dancing groups, and much more as they wind their way through downtown Cleveland in one of the country's largest parades.
Brennan's Party Center, 1300 Triskett Road, Cleveland, OH
March 17, shuttle leaves Brennan's at noon
Make transportation to the parade easy on yourself by taking a shuttle from Brennan's and then keep the fun going by returning on the shuttle at 3:30. You'll be able to enjoy Irish dancers, DJ, and an open bar while you treat yourself to a corned beef buffet — a perfect way to celebrate the day! A children's buffet is also available at a reduced price for kids under age 12.
Check in at Dive Bar, 1214 W. 6th St., Cleveland, OH
March 14, 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
Pub crawls are a popular St. Patrick's Day activity, so gather some friends and try the Crawl with Us Public Crawl. You'll be able to visit eight popular venues, enjoy exclusive drink specials and two complimentary drinks/items, and try some food deals along the way. Save some energy for the after-party starting at 10 p.m. and make sure you're dressed up for St. Paddy's Day to compete in a costume contest with a $500 prize.
Starts on W. 6 th St., Cleveland, OH
March 7, 5 p.m.
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Get your Irish on early and get some exercise by running a 5K. You'll head through some of Cleveland's trendiest areas, including the Historic Warehouse District and over the Detroit-Superior Bridge. And since it's a St. Patrick's Day race, you'll also have some special perks! You'll get one Jameson shot or one Coors Light, drink specials at designated West 6th Street bars and be able to participate in a costume content throughout the event. Post-race food and refreshments are also offered.
Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron, OH
March 17, 5 p.m.
Many St. Patrick's Day events feature opportunities to drink alcohol, but some are alcohol-free if you'd like to celebrate while enjoying a sober environment. Sober Seventeenth features Irish music, dance, and heritage in a family-friendly, alcohol-free setting.
Ancient Order of Hibernians, 2000 Brown St., Akron, OH
March 8, starting at noon
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The AOH hosts a day of Irish-themed fun, complete with dancers and other entertainment. And if you think you may have some talent of your own, two open mic sessions are open during the day if you'd like to try to sing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" or another favorite.
Flats East Bank & Warehouse District, Cleveland, OH
Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
Get your green on, grab some friends, and enjoy some special perks throughout your pub crawl. A ticket gets you a free color-changing cup, entry to 5+ top venues, up to 50% off drink specials, and up to 25% off food specials. You'll also be able to party the day away with a kick-off, half-time, and after-party.
Akron Zoo, 505 Euclid Ave., Akron, OH
March 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Treat the kids to an afternoon at the zoo, where you'll also be able to enjoy a St. Patrick's Day-themed event. The zoo will feature food, music, crafts, and more fun that's related to the holiday.
Where will you be having fun in Northeast Ohio for St. Patrick's Day this year?
Fall is finally upon us! Crisp morning walks through crunchy leaves, homemade apple pie, pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters—there are so many things we love about this season in Ohio. Don't miss out on these important rituals by attending one of the fall festivals and events happening in and around Cleveland this year!
And because we can't wait until the official first day of fall, we are starting the harvest party a bit earlier in September! From art shows to pumpkin festivals, here are the essential Cleveland events you can't miss this fall.
When: September 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Photo courtesy of the Rocky River Fall Arts Festival
Rocky River Falls Arts Festival was first established in 2009 to celebrate the talents of Rocky River residents and highlight the merchants in the Old Detroit Shopping Area. After 11 years, the only thing that has changed is the sheer size of the event. This year, 57 vendors are planning to participate! You'll also get to enjoy plenty of local food trucks and live music all throughout the day.
When: September 14-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Village Peddler Festival at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland is back for its 38th year! The 2019 event will feature live music, more than 175 arts and crafts exhibitors, delicious food, a corn maze and many activities for children! The event will also showcase a massive farmers' market filled with gourmet and harvest-time specialties that you can spend the entire afternoon exploring.
Where: Cleveland Botanical Garden
When: September 20, 6 p.m.
This fall, experience the Cleveland Botanical Garden under the stars at their annual Harvest Moon dinner! Enjoy a five-course dinner prepared by Cleveland's top chefs while surrounded by elegant, natural beauty at the gardens. The dinner will take place outside, under the harvest moon, around the Conway Family Reflecting Pool on the Geis Terrace. In addition to delicious food and beautiful sights, guests will also be treated to live music and locally brewed beers from the Boss Dog Brewing Company, the Butcher and the Brewer, the Great Lakes Brewing Company and Platform Beer Company.
Where: Ely Square, Elyria
When: September 20-22, Times TBA
The Elyria Apple Festival began in 1980 after locals Bill Fitch and Al Murphy witnessed the success of the Circleville Pumpkin Festival and decided to hold a fall festival to Elyria—with one major change. Instead of pumpkins, they wanted to prominently feature the numerous apple growers in the area, and thus, the Elyria Apple Festival was born! This year, you can expect a variety of apple-themed fun, including an apple pie baking contest, an Apple Festival Princess Pageant, an apple art show and so much more.
When: September 21-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
This weekend at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark is all about apples! Bring the whole family to taste some delicious, locally made apple cider—and even make your own. Visitors will also be able to peruse the Showman's Circle area, which will feature a farm-themed playground and covered shelter for live animal demonstrations. Plus, you won't want to miss the hay maze, corn maze, harvest-themed crafts and much more!
Where: Lincoln Park
When: September 28 & 29, Saturday 12-7 p.m. & Sunday 12-5 p.m.
The Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival is one of Cleveland's longest-running music and arts festivals—setting up shop every fall for over 21 years. This year, the festival will feature over 130 juried artists and crafters. And don't forget the music and dance performances; the beer and wine garden; the children's village and much more!
When: Every Weekend, September 28-October 27, 12-5 p.m.
Rockin R' Ranch Old West Pumpkin Fest is one of Ohio's largest fall festivals, packed full of fun events for the whole family. Head to Columbia Station any weekend, September 28-October 27, and enjoy pony rides, a pumpkin slide, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, an animal petting farm, face painting and a Zombie Hunt 3D paintball experience! You can purchase tickets, which cost $11, online and at the ticket window on site.
Where: West Side Market
When: September 29, 12-8 p.m.
Head to West Side Market on the last weekend of September for a day-long fall celebration! West 25th Street will be full of the best food, drink, retail and arts entertainment Ohio City has to offer. Music and arts programming will take place throughout the day and the Kid Zone will offer fun for the whole family—including face painting, a balloon animal artist, inflatables and more.
When: October 4, 6-10 p.m.
Pumpkin beer lovers rejoice! The Pumpkin Ale Fall Festival is back and bigger than ever, featuring a fantastic selection of local beer, wine and food makers along with some spectacular entertainment. Visit their website to check out the full, impressive lineup!
When: October 5-6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Get the Halloween festivities started early at the Holden Arboretum! This annual family-friendly, not-too-scary celebration offers endless daytime trick-or-treating for costumed little ones (and costumed dogs!) in a festive garden setting.
When: October 5-6 & 12-13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Celebrate the harvest season at Lake Metroparks Farmpark this year with the Corn & Pumpkin Festival! There, you'll be able to help husk, shell and grind the corn; make corn husk dolls; explore a 3-acre corn maze; and paint a masterpiece on a pumpkin.
Where: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
When: October 10, 6-10 p.m.
Adults 21 and over are invited to enjoy a variety of Cleveland's best craft beers, live music, animal encounters and more during this after-hours Halloween event at the Cleveland Zoo! General admission tickets include unlimited samplings and small bites of pub fare.
Where: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
When: October 11-13, 18-20 & 25-27, 5-9 p.m.
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Boo at the Zoo is considered Cleveland's sweetest Halloween tradition. And you have three weekends to enjoy the festivities at the zoo, including treat stations, unlimited 4-D Theater movies, carousel and train rides, a hay maze, a Monster Mash dance party and much more!
When: October 12-13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Since its inception in 1949, the Apple Butter Festival has been drawing in thousands of people from all around the country to Century Village in Burton—and the moment you get within a mile of the festival you'll smell why! This old-fashioned autumn event features freshly made apple butter slathered on everything. Take a moment to watch the famous butter being made in copper kettles before going to get some for yourself. You'll also get to taste delicious apple fritters, tour historic buildings, visit with artisans and more!
When: October 18-19 & 25-27, 6-9 p.m.
Hunt for treasure at this unique pirate-themed Halloween party at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium! Activities include a magic show, face painting, animal encounters, games, a DJ-ed dance party, a trick-or-treat trail, crafts, pumpkin animal enrichment, costumed scuba divers, and various special appearances. Tickets are $12 for non-pass holders (both adults and children) or $10 for pass holders (both adults and children). Children under 2 years old are free.
Where: Kauffman Park, Lakewood
When: October 19, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
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We can't leave our four-legged family members out of the Halloween fun! LakewoodAlive invites all dogs (and their owners) to the 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade at Kauffman Park in Downtown Lakewood. The festival starts at 12:30 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony announcing winners for several categories, including Best Dog and Child, Best Dog and Adult, Best Dog and Group, Spookiest Pooch, and Best in Show.
Where: I-X Center
When: October 19-20 & 26-27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Don't miss this exciting Halloween tradition at the International Exposition (I-X) Center! Trick-or-Treat Street features creatively themed and not-so-spooky Halloween houses dishing out candy, plus pony rides, kiddie rides and live entertainment. Get your tickets for $13 in advance or $14 the day of!
Where: Lago Custom Events
When: November 16, 5-9 p.m.
Do you love cheese? Then you're in for a treat this November! Back for its third year, the Cheese and Wine Fest will once again feature cheeses from around the world along with various wines that pair perfectly with them. This event will be held at Lago Custom Events on the east bank of the Flats. You can purchase a ticket to this cheesy event here.
Where: Downtown Cleveland
When: November 30, 10 a.m.-8p.m.
To end the fall season and officially welcome in the holidays, join Downtown Cleveland at the annual Winterfest! All day long, you and your family can experience the magic of the holidays, with lights, entertainment and activities for people of all ages. In the evening, don't miss the free horse-drawn carriage rides, the tree lighting ceremony, the fireworks show and more!
Let us know what your favorite fall events in Cleveland are!
So you've just moved to Cleveland—welcome! You've found yourself in one of the best cities on the planet, full of things to do, eat and see. But before you settle in, there are a few things you should know. 1) We prefer brown mustard to yellow. 2) We love craft beer. 3) We are a city full of sports fanatics.
That's right! Cleveland is definitely a sports city, home to the Browns, the Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians, so don't be surprised if you start painting your face and collecting jerseys—it's expected when you live here.
To help you get acclimated to being a Cleveland sports fan, we rounded up the essential teams in the city. On this list, you'll find a team for almost every sport from baseball to rugby and roller derby. We hope you'll get a kick out of it!
Baseball is more than just a sport in Cleveland—it's a religion. And there's no team you'll hear about more than the Indians. Since they were established in 1901, they've brought home two World Series championships. Attending an Indians game is practically a Cleveland rite of passage, so head out to Progressive Field for a game ASAP.
Cleveland's Minor League Baseball team is the Lake County Captains. Many Major League Baseball stars have gotten their start as a Lake County Captain, including Victor Martinez, Chris Archer and CC Sabathia. You can catch one of their games at Classic Park in Eastlake.
Established in 1970, the Cleveland Cavaliers, or the Cavs, is one of the most famous professional basketball teams in the country. Even if you aren't a basketball fan, you've probably heard of them once or twice due to LeBron James, who got his start on the team in 2003 and lead the team to victory in 2016. Today, you can watch a game at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse or follow them around the country during their season—which many hardcore Cavs fans do on an annual basis.
Cleveland State University is home to an abundance of fantastic sports teams, from basketball to golf to swimming to wrestling. Plus they offer plenty of women's teams that you can cheer on any time of the year including basketball, fencing, softball and volleyball.
Just because Case Western is a prestigious, nationally acclaimed, private research university, doesn't mean they don't also love competing! The Spartans feature several highly ranked teams, including football, cross country, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and more.
While the Browns are definitely an underdog in the NFL (with one of the longest playoff droughts in NFL history and one of the only teams to ever complete a season without winning a single game) that doesn't mean Clevelanders don't still love the team with a fiery passion. You can catch a game at the FirstEnergy Stadium this season or by visiting one of our favorite sports bars in the city.
The Cleveland Gladiators is an arena football team that was established in 1997. While they were first based in East Rutherford, New Jersey and then later in Las Vegas, Nevada, they finally found their home in Cleveland in 2008. The team is currently on hiatus while the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is being renovated, but they hope to play again in 2020.
The Fusion is Cleveland's full-contact football team founded in 2001. They compete with teams all across North America as a member of the Women's Football Alliance. While you might think their main goal as a team is to win games, it's actually to make Cleveland a better place to live. That's why they give back via volunteerism and partnerships with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio and the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and provide a coaching clinic for girls playing flag football.
Don't worry, hockey lovers—Cleveland has something to offer you too! The Cleveland Monsters, formally known as the Lake Erie Monsters, are our local professional hockey team. They play their home games at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse downtown and have one Calder Cup championship under their belt, which they nabbed in 2016.
The Burning River Roller Derby is the premier skater-run flat-track roller derby league in Cleveland. There are several different teams that play in this league including the All-Stars, the Pyromaniacs, the Rolling Pin-Ups and many more.
While the Cleveland Guardians are a part of the Cleveland Men's Roller Derby league, the team is open to all 18+ people that want to skate for fun, fitness and competition. They compete both locally and nationally with teams all around the United States and Canada. Interested in joining? They offer practices for every skill level every other Wednesday in Brunswick.
The Cleveland Rovers Men's Union Rugby Football Club is made up of men from all walks of life—including students, military veterans, doctors, lawyers, engineers and businessmen. They are a USA Rugby affiliated Men's Club and currently contend in the Division III Midwest East Conference. You can find them playing their home games at Rugby World or taking a break at PJ McIntyre's, where they like to relax over a pint after practice on Thursday nights.
While rugby is traditionally a "gentleman's sport" as many fans like to say, the Iron Maidens have set out to change that stereotype. Founded in 2003, the Iron Maidens are Cleveland's premier women's rugby club. In addition to being national rugby finalists, they frequently work with Cleveland Fusion to promote and grow women's professional sports.
The Cleveland Soccer Club is a semi-professional, men's soccer team that competes in the National Premier Soccer League. The team roster is currently comprised of both college players and former college players that are looking to continue their competitive careers.
New to the Cleveland athletic scene, the Cleveland Comets recently moved to the area from Akron in 2018. They are a women's professional fastpitch softball team that has been garnering a lot of attention as of late due to their recent partnership with Team Mexico for the 2019 season, bringing a ton of great talent to the area. You can catch one of their home games at Sprenger Stadium in Avon this season.
While the Ashland Ohio Balloonfest isn't technically a Fourth of July-centered event, it's still a fantastic way to kick off the patriotic week! This famous festival has been going strong for over 29 years, featuring a splendor of colorful hot air balloons rising high above you and decorating the Ashland sky throughout the weekend. There are also plenty of other fun activities, including a balloon glow, balloon races, stage performances, sports tournaments, food and so much more! When: July 3-6, Times Vary Where: Cahoon Park, Bay Village Live music, a classic car cruise-in, magic shows, carnival rides and a children's bike/trike/wagon parade are only some of the fun activities Bay Village has in store for you this Fourth of July! Plus, their festive fireworks display will begin at dusk, so settle in with a funnel cake and a freshly squeezed lemonade and enjoy the show! When: July 3, 7-10 p.m. Where: Elmwood Park, Independence Is there a better way to celebrate Independence Day than in Independence, Ohio? This town goes all out for the holiday, setting up a fabulous fireworks display along with booths for food, beverages and games for you to enjoy! Bring your family, friends and neighbors because you're sure to have a fantastic time. When: July 3, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Where: Perici Amphitheater, Twinsburg Head down to Twinsburg this holiday and celebrate Independence Day with some great music! The Cleveland Pops Orchestra will be performing a variety of patriotic songs to get you in the spirit before the annual fireworks extravaganza. The entire family is welcome — grab your tickets here. When: July 4-6, Times Vary Where: Cedar Point, Sandusky Celebrate Independence Day with a bigger bang than ever before! Every night, Cedar Point will feature a spectacular fireworks show, pie eating contests and so much more. Plus, during this three-day event, Cedar Point will be offering free admission to active, retired or honorably discharged military members and active first responders. When: July 4, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Where: Lakewood Park, Lakewood Spend the entire day celebrating in Lakewood! The city's parade will kick off the day at 10 a.m. on Lake Avenue and will end at Lakewood Park, where games and activities will run all afternoon long. A featured concert from the Lakewood High School Youth Orchestra will provide some entertainment in the evening before the fireworks extravaganza concludes the day at 9:45 p.m. When: July 4-6, 4-10 p.m. Where: Coe Lake Park, Berea This three-day free, family-friendly festival will feature paddleboat rides, an outdoor movie showing, live bands, carnival rides and local vendors from all over Berea! There will even be a parade featuring veterans and community groups marching through downtown past the Triangle. A breathtaking fireworks display over Coe Lake will conclude the evening. When: July 4, 6-11:30 p.m. Where: Goodtime III Enjoy a night of dinner, dancing, live music and fireworks while sailing along Lake Erie! Tickets to this unique Fourth of July celebration start at $35 and depend on your viewing level and dinner order. Boarding starts at 6 p.m. and reservations are required. When: July 4, 8-11 p.m. Where: The Great Lakes Science Center
Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Science CenterCelebrate Independence Day from the most patriotic vantage point in Cleveland: aboard the William G. Mather steamship! Food and drinks will be available for purchase in the Great Lakes Science Center café. Tickets start at $16, and are just $13 if you're a museum member. Guests are welcome (and encouraged!) to bring blankets and chairs aboard to watch the show. When: July 4, 10 p.m. Where: Strongsville Athletic Field We can't think of a better place to celebrate America's birthday than the picturesque city of Strongsville. This year, their annual fireworks display will commence at dusk, around 10 p.m., at the Strongsville Athletic Field. So pack up your blanket or lawn chairs and settle in to watch the show! When: July 11-14, Times Vary Where: Broadview Heights Community and Recreation Center
Photo courtesy of L. Putka via Homedays on the GreenMake your Independence Day celebration last an extra week or so by heading out to Broadview Heights for one of the region's biggest Fourth of July festivals. Enjoy carnival games, delicious food, local vendor booths, live music and, of course, fireworks!
Returning for its 18th year, the Great Lakes Burning River Fest is here once again to bring incredible live music, great craft beer and delicious food to the Cleveland waterfront. This year, the event will feature an impressive selection of craft brews from Great Lakes Brewery along with some live performances from plenty of remarkable bands. When: June 27-29 Where: Playhouse Square Cleveland might be known as the rock and roll capital, but we also happen to have some of the best jazz in the nation! The Tri-C JazzFest is even recognized as one of the most diverse jazz festivals in the country — and it's right here in Cleveland. Visit to watch the best jazz vocalists and instrumentalists around (past performances include Ella Fitzgerald, Sun Ra and Miles Davis!) along with some up-and-coming and established R&B, soul, blues and gospel acts. When: June 29 Where: Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District The 17th annual Waterloo Arts Festival will welcome over 40 local bands to the stage this year, along with plenty of local art vendors and some of Cleveland's best food trucks for you to enjoy. There will also be several interactive art experiences for all ages, so roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty, all while supporting this creative and unique community!
Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Garlic FestivalThere won't be a lack of flavor or smells at this unique festival in the heart of Cleveland! At the Cleveland Garlic Festival, enjoy delicious garlic-laden food along with Top Chef Grill Offs, the crowning of Miss Garlic 2019, live music, a bungee trampoline, garlic ice cream and so much more (including Garlic Man himself!). When: August 30-September 2 Where: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Head out to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this summer for one of the country's fastest growing and most authentic German festivals! At Cleveland Oktoberfest, enjoy live entertainment, plenty of German cuisine, fun costumes, and, of course, beer!
Photo Courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks/Kyle LanzerBoo at the Zoo is considered Cleveland's sweetest Halloween tradition. And you have three weekends to enjoy the festivities at the zoo, including treat stations, unlimited 4-D Theater movies, carousel and train rides, a hay maze, a Monster Mash dance party, and much more. Tickets are $10 for members and $11 for non-members in advance, or $14 for both members and non-members at the door. Carlisle Reservation, LaGrange Head to the Carlisle Reservation in LaGrange on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout October for a non-spooky and/or spooky Halloween experience (depending on your preference). The Halloween Fair includes a non-spooky family-friendly trail from 4:30–6:30 p.m. and a haunted trail from 7–10 p.m. Plus, enjoy the Little Green Choo and tractor-drawn wagon rides, midway games, music, and endless entertainment. Admission is $2 per person and free for children 3 and under. Downtown Pavilion, Cuyahoga Falls
Photo Courtesy of City of Cuyahoga FallsPut on your finest costume and head to the Downtown Pavilion in Cuyahoga Falls for the Monster Mash, a family-friendly event with a light dinner, a DJ and dancing, photo opportunities, and a Halloween treat bag for kids. Tickets for the Monster Mash are $12 for residents and $14 for non-residents. Akron Zoo, Akron Take a walk on the wild side at the Akron Zoo. Dress your little goblins and ghosts, grab your own treat bag or bucket, and go trick-or-treating at 12 themed treat stations spread out throughout the zoo. Boo at the Zoo is happening on Saturdays and Sundays from October 13–28! Get more information about ticket pricing. Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Cleveland
Photo Courtesy of the Greater Cleveland AquariumHunt for treasure at this unique pirate-themed Halloween party at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium! Activities include a magic show, face painting, animal encounters, games, a DJ-ed dance party, a trick-or-treat trail, crafts, pumpkin animal enrichment, costumed scuba divers, and various special appearances. Tickets are $12 for non-passholders (both adults and children) or $10 for passholders (both adults and children). Children under 2 years are free. Kauffman Park, Lakewood We can't leave our four-legged family members out of the Halloween fun! LakewoodAlive invites all dogs (and their owners) to the 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade at Kauffman Park in downtown Lakewood. The festival starts at 12:30 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony announcing winners for a number of categories, including Best Dog and Child, Best Dog and Adult, Best Dog and Group, Spookiest Pooch, and Best in Show. Register your dog to participate in the parade for $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event! Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland
Photo Courtesy of the Holden Forests & GardensBoo-tanical Bash offers a weekend of endless family-friendly fun amidst a beautiful setting at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. The bash runs from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Saturday and 12–5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members; advance registration is required! Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Rockside Station, Independence All aboard for The Pumpkin Party! Head to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Rockside Station for an afternoon of pumpkin decorating as the train travels throughout Cuyahoga Valley National Park. You'll be equipped with a pumpkin, craft supplies and crafty assistants ready to help, plus beverages and other snacks available for purchase. All you need to do is come dressed in your finest costume and purchase tickets in advance! International Exposition (I-X) Center, Cleveland
Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey L. Klaum via the International Exposition CenterDon't miss this exciting Halloween tradition at the International Exposition (I-X) Center! Trick-or-Treat Street features creatively themed and not-so-spooky Halloween houses dishing out candy, plus pony rides, kiddie rides and live entertainment. Get your tickets for $13 in advance or $14 the day of! McKinley Museum, Canton The 21st Annual Boo'seum at the McKinley Museum provides an evening of endless fun for all ages! Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the museum, $1 hayrides (weather permitting), science shows, planetarium shorts, a scavenger hunt, hot dogs and other snacks available for purchase, and much more. Tickets are $5 per person (membership benefits do not apply). Cleveland Museum of History, Cleveland Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Cleveland Museum of History. Learn about the serious business of animal enrichment and see animal ambassadors at work and play. Plus, enjoy games, crafts, pumpkin decorating and special animal demonstrations — all in a not-so-spooky setting. Animal demonstrations will take place every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden. Admission is free for members and free with general admission for non-members. West Park Station, Cleveland Get moving at this exciting race throughout Kamm's Corners, featuring both a chip-timed 5K and a non-timed Little Monster Candy Dash. Before the 5K, kids 8 and under will line up and make a mad dash for Halloween candy along a short route. The 5K is followed by a post-race party, featuring brunch and drink specials, a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar, a costume contest, and much more. Registration is $30 in advance and $35 the day-of for the 5K, and $10 for the Little Monster Candy Dash. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland Participate in the 17th Annual Halloween Run for Justice, which benefits the Ohio Lawyers Giving Back community outreach programs, including the 3Rs, which helps students in the Cleveland and East Cleveland City Schools. Races include a non-timed 1-mile walk/fun run, a 5K walk or run, and a 5-mile run! Registration is $25 before October 15 and $30 after October 15. Crocker Park, Westlake Sylvan Learning presents this special Howl-O-Ween celebration for kids and pups alike. The day kicks off at 12 p.m. with a vendor village and food trucks, along with a pet costume contest. Kids can go trick-or-treating starting at 1 p.m. and live entertainment begins at 1:30 p.m. Admission to this event is completely free and entry to the pet costume contest is $5 (all proceeds go to the Cleveland Animal Protective League). Good Shepherd Church, Cleveland Good Shepherd United Methodist Church offers a fun alternative to trick-or-treating with Trunk-or-Treat, where community members decorate their vehicles and pass out candy to children 12 and under. This event is completely free to attend! Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Building, Cuyahoga Falls Don't miss the first annual Cuyahoga Falls City Hall Trick-or-Treat tucked inside the city's Municipal Building. Different departments will be participating in this free and festive community event!
Photo courtesy of Believe in CLEAttention, yogis! You won't want to miss this outdoor yoga festival at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Enjoy a gigantic yoga class that is perfect for all levels and stay for food, beer, a DJ and more until 9:30 p.m. Admission is completely free — all you need to bring is your mat and a few of your favorite people! When: August 31, 7-10 p.m. Where: Toby's Plaza, Cleveland Hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, this event allows you to enjoy a complimentary, three-course meal al fresco with familiar (and not so familiar) faces! The casual networking dinner will take place off-site at Toby's Plaza and will feature food from some of Uptown's best restaurants. When: September 1-3, times vary Where: The Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland The Cleveland National Air Show has been a local tradition since 1964. The thrilling show combines educational exhibits with flybys and tactical demonstrations by air teams. There are also plenty of interactive activities on the ground! Bring the whole family to get cockpit photos, meet pilots and enjoy the show. When: August 31-September 3, times vary Where: The Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea
Weiner dog races, beer stein-holding competitions, polka dancing and more await you at Cleveland's Oktoberfest! This annual festival invites you to don silly hats and lederhosen to celebrate German culture and indulge in delicious treats like bratwurst, pierogi, goulash, wienerschnitzel and more. Plus, there will be free-flowing beer at booths around the festival. When: August 31-September 2, times vary Where: Hale Farm & Village, Bath Crafts, music, culinary goods and more await you at this local festival — and it's all made right here in Ohio! Celebrate our local artists and performers over Labor Day weekend and peruse the vendor booths to find something good to take home. When: September 1-2, 3-10 p.m. Where: Silver Springs Park, Stow Featuring fireworks, kids' activities, festival food, refreshing beverages and interactive games, the Summer Sunset Blast is the best way to celebrate the end of the summer if you're in the area. Bring the whole family to climb the rock wall, dance along to live music and play bubble soccer! The fireworks take place on Sunday evening as the grand finale of the event. When: September 1, 2-7 p.m. Where: South Euclid United Church of Christ, South Euclid Award-winning jazz musicians from across Northeast Ohio will perform at this five-hour outdoor concert. Tap along to the beats while you peruse offerings from local food trucks and soak in the sunshine. Proceeds benefit the SEUCC CDF Freedom School, a summer literacy and empowerment program that helps curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps. When: September 1, 7 p.m. Where: Ely Square, Elyria The Cleveland Pops Orchestra is known for its stellar, jaw-dropping concerts performed on the Fourth of July, Labor Day and several other occasions throughout the year. In honor of Labor Day, come enjoy this free concert in Ely Square, featuring world-class jazz and blues music. When: September 1-3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: 6331 Canton Road, Malvern The Great Trail Festival is a celebration of American Folk Art — both contemporary and traditional. This unique experience invites you to discover local artists and take a step back in time with living history demonstrations. It's guaranteed to be fun for the whole family! When: September 2-3, times vary Where: Downtown Hudson It would be wise to come hungry to this foodie-targeted festival in Hudson! The event over Labor Day weekend is highly anticipated year after year and features more than a dozen local restaurants offering up small bites. While you're tasting the local flavors, make sure to check out the interactive children's area, the wine and beer garden, the live performances, and more than 75 vendor and artist booths!
A far cry from a traditional flea market, the Cleveland Flea is one of Ohio's most respected and popular markets. Come experience local creativity at its finest by shopping from talented artists and vendors, sampling delicious eats from local purveyors and sipping a refreshing craft beer. When: June 22-August 31 Where: The Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood
Photo courtesy of Alex Belisle Photography via LakewoodAliveLakewoodAlive's Front Porch Concert Series will return to the steps of the Lakewood Public Library this summer! Enjoy free, live music every Friday evening in the heart of downtown, with genres ranging from folk to rock to jazz. When: June 1-2 Where: Playhouse Square, Cleveland Calling all foodies and wine aficionados! This fantastic, educational event will feature tastings, seminars, a silent auction and plenty of wine. The event will kick off with a grand tasting on Friday evening. During the Saturday sessions, learn about proper wine pairings, the intricacies of sparkling wine, and more from the experts — including legendary Chef Jacques Pépin. When: June 15-16 Where: 3701 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Avon Live music, a parade and… giant duct tape creations? This wacky, free festival presented by Duck® brand is definitely one you have to attend at least once. Strut your stuff in the Duck® Tape Fashion Show, build a Duck® Tape float for the parade, build a craft, shop from local vendors, or simply enjoy the show! When: June 16 (two sessions) Where: Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland Come see what's brewing at the Cleveland Beerfest! Thousands of craft beer fans will converge on Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica to enjoy creations from Cleveland's best local breweries. While you're sipping, munch on bites from local food trucks and dance along to live music. When: June 22 Where: Rivergate Park, Cleveland Come enjoy this free run/walk along the Cuyahoga River riverfront! The 2.5 or 5-mile routes will connect participants to segments that have recently been changed into a park or bike path. After the race, enjoy a party at the finish line with music, craft beer and more at Rivergate Park. When: June 30 Where: Waterloo Road Between East 161st Street and Calcutta Avenue, Cleveland The Waterloo Arts Fest will welcome more than 40 local bands, a mix of talented vendors, incredible food trucks and exciting, interactive art experiences for all ages. Need we say more? When: July 4 Where: The Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Celebrate America's birthday by exploring the exhibits at the Great Lakes Science Center. When the sun goes down, venture out to the Steamship Mather to enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks from the deck! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. When: July 7 Where: Lincoln Park, Cleveland Beer and food lovers, take note! The Kale and Ale Festival will host seven of your favorite Cleveland restaurants and an impressive lineup of breweries for this fabulous (and delicious) event. Discover inspiring dishes from the farm-to-fork movement, sip a refreshing bevvie, dance along to live music, and shop from local vendors! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, so grab your tickets today. When: July 13-15 Where: Victory Park, North Ridgeville As long as you are a child at heart, you are bound to enjoy this larger-than-life bounce house experience. The Big Bounce is the world's largest family-friendly bounce house, and will be open to adults and children in Cleveland for one weekend this summer! Take your fun to new heights and come experience more than 10,000 square feet of fun, games and laughter. When: July 14 Where: Downtown Lakewood
Photo courtesy of The Lakewood Citizen via LakewoodAlivePresented by everyone's favorite grilled cheese shop, Melt Bar & Grilled, the Lakewood Summer Meltdown is one of the region's most highly anticipated street parties. In fact, it welcomed nearly 10,000 attendees last year! Enjoy a 5K race (or a 1-mile kids' fun run), outdoor activities, games, food vendors, a beer garden, live music and so much more. And the best part? Admission is completely free. When: Weekends, July 14 through August 19 Where: 3033 Ohio 534, Rock Creek Step back in time at the Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace. Guests will be able to enjoy countless activities in the Shire of Avaloch, including shopping for covetable treasures, cheering on the jousters, and tasting food fit for a king! Make sure to try your hand at archery or ax-throwing, and get a thrill on one of the rides. When: July 15 Where: Professor Avenue, Tremont It's no secret that the Tremont neighborhood is a mecca for foodies, and this festival allows you to experience the best of the best. Taste food from Tremont's best chefs, peruse spectacular art displays, sip on craft cocktails, mead, wine or beer, shop from local vendors and dance along to live music. When: July 27 & 28 Where: Veterans Memorial Park, Avon Lake This unique outdoor festival takes place on the shore of Lake Erie and hosts thousands of guests each year. Come shop for unique furniture, gorgeous jewelry, statement-making art and other handmade wares, along with fresh produce and baked goods! After shopping, you can grab a bite from the surrounding food trucks, dance along to live music or simply enjoy the stunning lake views. When: July 28 Where: Lincoln Park, Cleveland
Photo courtesy of Emanuel Wallace via the Scene Ale FestivalCelebrate Cleveland's incredible craft beer scene at this local festival in Lincoln Park. Tickets start at $40, and the price of admission will earn you 15 drink tickets, access to more than 80 craft beers from the region's best breweries, live music, food booths and more. And don't leave man's best friend behind — this festival is dog-friendly! When: August 15-18 Where: Little Italy, Cleveland The annual Feast of the Assumption Festival (locally referred to as "The Feast") is an event that Clevelanders look forward to each year. The four-day Catholic street festival originated in 1898 and surrounds the famed Holy Rosary Church on Mayfield Road. You don't have to be Catholic to enjoy the festivities, as is also serves as a general celebration of Cleveland's storied Italian heritage. Enjoy live musical performances, interactive exhibits, carnival rides, games, fireworks and more! Come hungry, because there will also be booths from local restaurants lining the street. When: August 17-18 Where: The Historic Coast Guard Station, Cleveland The Great Lakes Burning River Fest will return for its 17th year, bringing danceable live music, refreshing craft beer and delicious bites to the Cleveland waterfront. Enjoy an impressive lineup of cold craft brews from Great Lakes Brewery and spectacular performances from the likes of Wesley Bright & the Honeytones and Robert DeLong. Plus, dance along to a silent disco inside the boathouse from DJ Red-I! When: August 17-19 Where: 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Township You don't have to wait until fall to experience Oktoberfest! Don your best lederhosen and head down to Olmsted Township for live entertainment, folk dancing, German food, pastries and German-style brews! When: August 25-26 Where: Shaker Square, Cleveland You won't find any bland food at this unique culinary festival — garlic-centric dishes are the name of the game! This year's festival will feature an impressive lineup of garlic-laden food from the area's top chefs, plus fun additions like chef grill-offs, the Miss Garlic 2018 competition, Mitchell's garlic ice cream, the Ohio Cheese Guild Tent, live music, a kids area, a bungee trampoline and so much more! When: August 31-September 3 Where: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Middleburg Heights Come experience German culture at Cleveland's Oktoberfest festival! Attendees will enjoy live entertainment, a full lineup of mouthwatering German cuisine, several chicken dances, fun costumes, German beer and so much more.