Events

What You Should Do in Cleveland Literally Every Day This Fall

Published On 09/07/2016 Published On 09/07/2016
dragon boat race
Dragon Boat Racing | windmoon/Shutterstock
September
GWAR
Gwar performs in Ohio | 3 song photography/Shutterstock

September

Wednesday
Sep 7
Keep Talking is a storytelling show where contestants tell humorous real-life stories about the trials and tribulations of being alive. This month’s theme is “Change of Plans” and will be hosted by comedian Adam Richard.
Wednesday
Sep 7
Join Jason Davis, museum astronomer, for a detailed discussion about the science behind Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan after a screening of the film during this month’s Reel Science event.
Thursday
Sep 8
Project Runway contestant Valerie Mayen organizes an annual fashion show as an alternative to subpar Cleveland Fashion Week offerings. Here, she’ll offer a sneak peek of her Heritage Collection accompanied by free appetizers, drinks, and bowling as well as a chance to pre-order a seat for the actual show.
Friday
Sep 9
Chef Joe Horvath of Toast teams up with Goldhorn Brewery's brewmaster, Joel Warger, to create a four-course menu made from ingredients sourced from the largest community garden in Ohio.
Friday
Sep 9
This monthly event invites socialites to enjoy special exhibitions and a themed party in the galleries after-hours. Mughal, India is the setting for this month, with Indian-inspired food, dancing, and music.
Saturday
Sep 10
Case Western Reserve University’s WRUW-FM hosts the 35th Annual Studio-A-Rama concert, an all-day concert featuring 11 bands, including national acts Eternal Summers and New Salem Witch Hunters, along with local groups soft copy, The Commonwealth, Wesley Who, and many more.
Saturday
Sep 10
NEOCycle Festival returns for its third year, inviting cycling enthusiasts and music lovers to hang out by the beach and enjoy free performances and events in addition to bike races.
Saturday
Sep 10
Break out your cowboy boots and come dance to folk, bluegrass, and new-grass music for free in the heart of Hingetown.
Saturday
Sep 10
Over a hundred handpicked retail and food vendors congregate at this outdoor marketplace once a month. Get your holiday shopping started real early, or hunt down a covetable vintage find.
Saturday
Sep 10
Sia, Leslie Jones, Natalie Lafourcade, and Jessica Williams all come to Cleveland for a free concert in order to bring awareness to abortion rights access.
Saturday
Sep 10
Skunk lovers unite to celebrate this stinky mammal with contests to crown the best-dressed skunk, king and queen skunks, as well as speakers hosting discussions on skunk-related topics. It’s sure to be a black-and-white affair.
Saturday
Sep 10
Get ready for day drinking at the Lakewood Wine and Craft Beer Festival, where nearly 100 different breweries and wineries will strut their stuff and serve up the finest libations in town.
Sunday
Sep 11
Gather in Glenville for their last event of the season, where a seated community brunch will kick off free entertainment and kids' activities during an action-packed afternoon.
Sunday
Sep 11
The 6th Annual Oyster Festival is on in Detroit Shoreway! See how many oysters you can shuck, shoot, and most importantly, enjoy.
Monday
Sep 12
Every Monday night, Happy Dog hosts some of the most difficult trivia around, winding through six rounds of grab-bag questions with artist and album rounds. The highest scores win tchotchkes. Bring your smart friends; you’ll need them!
Tuesday
Sep 13
Tonight, sing karaoke to your favorite Disney songs, and if the moment’s right, come dressed like a prince or princess. If you have a flying carpet, feel free to bring that too (we hear it’s easier than requesting an Uber).
Wednesday
Sep 14
As part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Sonic Sessions concert series where the best up-and-coming rock bands put on a show for only $5, attendees can enjoy the scenic views of Lake Erie for free.
Thursday
Sep 15
GWAR is an American heavy metal band known for over-the-top antics and gruesome costuming. Styled as barbaric interplanetary warriors, the band members spray fake blood, semen, and urine out from the stage to the crowd’s disgust and delight.
Friday
Sep 16
Pay respects to what was once the tallest and fastest coaster in the park. Guests will ride one last time before reading the Mean Streak’s last rites and marching in a procession to the Dead Rides Cemetery.
Friday
Sep 16
Go on a two-hour late-night cruise aboard the GOODTIME III, where you’ll party on the open seas. This ship leaves on time, every time.
Saturday
Sep 17
Dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. A dragon boat is 40ft long and can fit a whopping 22 people inside. The race also promotes awareness of Asian culture and communities in Greater Cleveland.
Saturday - Sunday
Sep 17-18
The Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival is a culmination of the arts programming in the neighborhood for the summer. The weekend breaks down into four themed categories: educational, community, cultural, and visual/performing arts events.
Saturday
Sep 17
Whether you have a motorcycle, moped, or just a bicycle, hang out with Ohio City Moto today as they drink to the end of the summer and party into the evening with live DJs, bands, and vendors aplenty.
Saturday
Sep 17
See what the second Firefish Festival has in store as it spurs civic engagement, enterprise, and economic stimulus in the immediate community. Extended hours and brand-new programming have been added for this year.
Saturday
Sep 17
For WCSB’s 40th anniversary, it’s cleaning out its closet and hooking us up with the best vinyl and vintage clothing that Cleveland has to offer.
Sunday
Sep 18
Wake up at the crack of dawn and set up your Browns shrine in the back of your pickup truck. It’s the first home game of the 2016 season with the Baltimore Ravens visiting the Dawg Pound, so grab a seat at the stadium or pop a squat at your favorite sports bar.
Sunday
Sep 18
The Cleveland Museum of Art has hosted a live art festival on the sidewalk surrounding its lagoon each year since 1990. Buy a square and professional-quality chalks either as an individual or with a group.
Sunday
Sep 18
This meal includes a dozen clams, a half-chicken, candied potatoes, redskin potatoes, corn on the cob, coleslaw, a roll with butter, and New England clam chowder.
Tuesday
Sep 20
Tuesday nights are bring-your-own-vinyl or borrow-the-bar’s, but either way you get to pick the song to boogie down to, just like in The Get Down.
Wednesday
Sep 21
Proprietors of Wok n Roll Food Truck take a busload of food tourists to AsiaTown eateries like Li Wah, Korea House, and Siam Café to sample traditional dishes at each.
Thursday
Sep 22
Salsa, mambo, kizomba, and other forms of Latin dance are taught to couples before an open dance night with a DJ at this sizzling studio near Downtown.
Friday - Sunday
Sep 23-25
This event features art installations, vendors, and technology and art demonstrations, as well as a stacked lineup of local and national bands that are being announced daily until the 12th Ingenuity Fest.
Saturday
Sep 24
Today only, Heinen's will provide shoppers with two things they love the most artfully paired together.
Saturday
Sep 24
Dress up your four-legged friend and take commemorative photos, drink punch, and dance with your bestie. Who cares that your high school crush wouldn’t take you to prom? You have your dog now.
Saturday
Sep 24
Neighborhood food vendors from The West Side Market will be onsite at the Ohio City Street Festival with the Ohio City Farms stand selling produce and giving tours nearby while live music serenades W 25th. The afterparty will take place at Market Garden Brewery.
Saturday - Sunday
Sep 24-25
Over 60 bands will participate in this two-day free event inside 27 venues lining the streets of Cedar Fairmount and Cedar Lee neighborhoods.
Saturday
Sep 24
Celebrate Art House Theater Day by watching New Faces of French Animation, Laughter in Hell, or Law and Order & Afraid to Talk.
Sunday
Sep 25
The Murch Canopy Walk is 500ft of elevated walkways built above the forest floor, culminating in a 120ft tower where you can see straight across the city to Lake Erie.
Monday
Sep 26
Learn about our ecosystem by interacting with animals you hopefully won’t find in your backyard, like bobcats, foxes, and bald eagles.
Tuesday
Sep 27
WWE SmackDown LIVE is in town with champion wrestlers Dean Ambrose, John Cena, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, and more in a six-man tag-team match.
Wednesday
Sep 28
Adam Levine has rightfully been referred to as one of the sexiest men on the planet (by us), so why wouldn’t you take this opportunity to look lovingly into his eyes via jumbo screen for an intimate evening alongside an arena of shrieking fans?
Wednesday
Sep 28
The Botanical Gardens host an evening of fraternizing in the garden while guests learn about kombucha and other locally sourced brews, this month featuring Wild Ohio Brewing and Dayton Beer Co.
Thursday
Sep 29
Lit Cleveland plays host to writers of nonfiction, poetry, and various other styles at its bi-annual mixer with live readings and information about upcoming workshops.
Thursday
Sep 29
Great Lakes Brewing Company is ending its neighborhood appreciation week with a bang, or more specifically with indie rock band Saintseneca performing for free with openers and food trucks.
Friday
Sep 30
Sample more than 18 varieties of the season’s pumpkin beer selections on draft, from stouts to IPAs; there is something at this reputable wine and spirit shop for everyone.
Friday
Sep 30
The final Night Market Cleveland event of the year will host a rock band from Japan, Dhamakapella, an Asian fusion dance group, and many more entertainers, along with all of the foods you’ve come to know and love from AsiaTown vendors.
Friday - Sunday
Sep 30-Oct 2
SCENE Magazine hosts Maize: Autumn at the Flats festival, taking place all weekend with a hay bale maze, train rides through the flats, and fall foods like kettle corn, cornbread, chili, mulled cider, and pumpkin spice lattes.
October
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Indoor Go Kart Racing | Fedor Selivanov/Shutterstock

October

Saturday
Oct 1
Bob’s Burgers costumes are highly encouraged to participate in a photo scavenger hunt up and down Madison Ave with the winners announced at midnight.
Saturday - Sunday
Oct 1-2
Take in the sights, smells, and tastes of the Cuyahoga Valley at autumn just like the settlers did in the 1800s during Harvest Festival. The history nerd in your life will love this.
Monday
Oct 3
You can rent a ukulele or bring your own and Sheila Das of creative concepts in music will lead uk-enthusiasts in simple melodies at the bar.
Tuesday
Oct 4
This haunted house is staffed by volunteers from the Cleveland Lions Club and scares are provided by The Legion of Terror, comprised of area thespians and horror enthusiasts. Each week the theme there changes and all proceeds are donated to charity and upkeep of the grounds.
Wednesday
Oct 5
Part of the family outdoor fun area, choose activities that fit for both you and the kids. Open during the week from 2-6pm.
Thursday
Oct 6
When Drew Carey is in town, Clevelanders get the bat signal to flock to wherever the native happens to be, and today he’ll be taping a brand new episode of the Price Is Right in Akron.
Thursday - Sunday
Oct 6-9
OK, so it's hardly a road trip, but fresh floral designs will be in bloom on the grounds of the historical estate, along with artisans from every creed and fresh-baked gingerbread.
Friday
Oct 7
Four scary movies will be shown on each screen. The adults-only lineup includes Killer Klowns From Outerspace, Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Candyman.
Saturday
Oct 8
Uptown Saturday Nights are a new collaboration between UCI, The Cleveland Foundation, Roots of American Music, and businesses lining Euclid Ave to invite live music into new spaces each Saturday.
Sunday
Oct 9
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Help raise money for Voices in the Dark Animal Rescue by helping judge the best mac & cheese at this huge tailgate. If you make the best mac, you could win $200.
Monday
Oct 10
“Wine Made Fun 101” is a special class that goes over the basics of the practices used to grow grapes to make wine, and their influence on the aroma, color, and taste.
Tuesday
Oct 11
Wine and painting parties are all the rage, but this one is the most legitimate of them all, hosted at a real art museum and using international artist Klimt as inspiration.
Thursday
Oct 13
Tig Notaro, stand-up comedian, storyteller, and writer is a Comedy Central favorite, seen and heard on Conan and This American Life regularly, but tonight she’s in Ohio.
Thursday
Oct 13
Case Western Reserve University’s Blue Block event takes place tonight with live entertainment, DJs, and demonstrations from university departments.
Friday
Oct 14
Dan Savage curates this annual festival of the best in independent, amateur, and outright outrageous porn. Don’t invite your mom to this one.
Friday
Oct 14
Local favorites Signals Midwest are celebrating their most recent release At This Age in their hometown with friends The Gunshy and Two Hand Fools opening.
Friday - Saturday
Oct 14-15
Americana, folk, and roots 'n' blues categorize the musical genres represented at this new festival happening on Toby’s Plaza and surrounding institutions.
Saturday
Oct 15
This Oktoberfest is ethnically authentic, hosted by the German-American Cultural Center and serving up German food and beer with live music and contests in a quiet suburban setting.
Sunday
Oct 16
Many famous people are buried at Lakeview Cemetery, but some of the most notorious are members of Cleveland’s old mob families and hometown heroes. Get the details on the stories that transpired between them today.