Everything You Should Definitely Do in Cleveland This Summer
Despite what our moody weather might suggest, Cleveland’s summer is finally here. So grab your sunnies and sun block (or umbrella and light jacket) and take advantage of absolutely everything our city has to offer this season. Whether you want to rock out, pig out, work out, or go ALL out, here’s a list of every activity around our fair city you should definitely partake in this 2017 summer.
Dig into the lunch you’ve been desk/day dreaming of at downtown Cleveland’s biggest food truck event, held every Wednesday from May through September.
Check out this free music festival featuring 30 bands playing on 30 porches in the hip Larchmere District.
Urban Artifact makes some seriously outstanding sour brews, and Lilly will be featuring four of them paired with four different white chocolate-themed desserts for one heavenly evening.
The new(ish) Solstice Steps at Lakewood Park offers one of the loveliest views in Cleveland. Live music, food trucks, and a variety of activities are planned for the evening event.
Each Wednesday from June 7 through August 30, participants can watch live demonstrations and sample cuisine on Geis Terrace from a different local chef each week; June 21 will feature Chef Simon Elaban of Jack Flaps
Meet and drink with Shorts Brewing Company owner, Joe Short, at the industrial chic Wine Spot in Cleveland Heights. Servers will be pouring a variety of Shorts beers, including the occasional rare brew.
Hit up this colorful parade, rally, and festival that celebrates each individual’s history, diversity, and equality.
The Cleveland Orchestra's free, Fourth-of-July-style concert brings together thousands of spectators for a musical evening celebrating Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. This concert features American favorites alongside a remarkable fireworks show.
Sometimes, there’s nothing like a massively popular band playing in a massive venue with all the lights and sounds that make for a truly spectacular concert experience.
Sure, The Tribe is playing all summer long, but the addition of a glittering July 4th fireworks show makes this particular game a can’t-miss event.
Over 150 local and national artisans will gather for the 40th anniversary of this long-running fine arts and crafts event.
The love for Cleveland is palpable at this buzzing event, held outdoors in Tyler Village during the warmer months. Shoppers can browse secondhand and handmade goods while enjoying a variety of dishes and drinks from local vendors. Don’t miss August’s event on the 12th.
Sample a variety of top notch dishes from vendors such as The Vegan Doughnut Company and Cleveland Kraut at The Food Flea, hosted by the dynamic team behind everyone’s favorite summer shopping event. Don’t miss August’s event on the 13th, either.
Check out this garden concert series each Tuesday from June 20-August 15, and enjoy the music of talented local bands surrounded by the majesty of Holden Arboretum. Guest seating is on the lawn, where you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the lake. July 11 features The Boogie Woogie Kid.
Take advantage of this opportunity to see a musical legend perform on a grand stage in Cleveland.
Enjoy the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra with a cool cocktail in a unique setting, with three summer concerts (July 14, July 28 and August 18) outdoors on the beautiful Front Terrace of Severance Hall. The theme for July 28 is Beethoven’s Fateful Fifth.
With locations and dates at Shaker Square, Crocker Park, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Clinic, Legacy Village Market, Playhouse Square, and University Hospitals, it's easier than ever to support our local farms and enjoy their delicious bounty.
Don’t worry about leaving Fido on his own for yet another night; bring your dog to the drive-in for a $5 per dog donation to Multiple Breed Rescue. The featured movie is TBD.
The annual VeloSano event raises money for cancer research through the sport of cycling.100 percent of the dollars raised by participants advances cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. Ride, volunteer or donate to get involved in this worthy cause.
Spice Kitchen + Bar’s Plated Landscapes are dining experiences held throughout the summer and fall, taking place where the ingredients are sourced from. Diners are led on a tour of the farm and then seated at one long table for a five-course, wine-paired dinner incorporating food from that farm. The July 28 dinner will feature Yellow House Cheese.
Dance the night away while listening to the indie rock music of alt-J at one of the most beautiful concert venues in Cleveland.
Sip and sample a variety of wines from several Ohio wineries, including Gervasi Vineyard and Vermilion Valley Vineyards.
If you haven’t packed a picnic full of wine and headed to Blossom yet, be sure to get there this month to enjoy the magic of the Cleveland Orchestra playing at this beautiful outdoor venue. The theme for August 5 is Tchaikovsky Favorites.
If your idea of exercise involves a beer and a brat, check out the Hofbrauhalf this August. Participants will enjoy Bavarian music and a lively after-party where they can drink the pain away with a couple of giant steins of beer. Prost!
This is your last chance to catch Edgewater LIVE before the June 8 - August 10 season comes to a close. Enjoy food, booze, and live music along Cleveland’s glittering lakefront each Thursday. The band for August 10 is The Spazmatics.
Walkabout Tremont showcases its creative community on the second Friday of every month. Enjoy extended hours at galleries and shops, restaurant and bar specials, street performers, pop-up art, and neighborhood walking tours.
Pray, eat and enjoy live music and rides at the annual Feast of the Assumption, a Catholic Holy Day that commemorates Mary being taken into Heaven.
You’ve gotta admit you can’t help but find Bruno Mars’ tunes catchy. Sing and dance along in-person at this end of summer concert event.
Check out the eighth annual Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, which celebrates art, design, and music with creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and fans from all over the world.
Walk hand-in-hand with your date through Australian Adventure and the African Savanna while enjoying complimentary beer, wine and light appetizers. Next, grab some snacks and watch the 1987 classic Spaceballs in the Zoo's Savanna Theater.
Check out Coldplay, alongside special guests AlunaGeorge and Izzy Bizu, for a seriously musical evening.
Prepare to be fully entertained during Lady Gaga’s Cleveland stop on her 2017 world tour.
The Night Market series, held the last Friday of each month from June through September, is a combined farmer’s market, maker’s market, food festival, and live entertainment event.
Enjoy a summer evening at the Ohio City Farm, overlooking the lakefront city skyline. The event will feature culinary experiences from Cleveland chefs using produce from the farm, as well as traditional music, story sharing, and dance. All proceeds benefit Cleveland’s refugee community.
The summer is winding down (noooo) but you still have one last chance to catch WOW!, a free outdoor concert series that runs each Wednesday from June 14 - August 30. The musical act for August 30 is The Ohio Weather Band.
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Beth Phillips Synk is a Cleveland area writer who also recommends napping as something you should definitely do this summer. You can follow her on Twitter @CraveableCLE.