Events

Everything You Should Definitely Do in Cleveland This Summer

Updated On 06/12/2017 at 06:41PM EST Updated On 06/12/2017 at 06:41PM EST
June
Star-Spangled Spectacular
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June

Wednesday
Jun 14
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.
Saturday
Jun 17
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.
Wednesday
Jun 21
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.
Wednesday
Jun 21
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.
Thursday
Jun 22
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.
Friday
Jun 30
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.
July
The Cleveland Flea
The Cleveland Flea | The Cleveland Flea

July

Saturday
Jul 1
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.
Tuesday
Jul 4
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.
Friday - Sunday
Jul 7-9
Over 150 local and national artisans will gather for the 40th anniversary of this long-running fine arts and crafts event.
Saturday
Jul 8
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.
Sunday
Jul 9
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.  
Tuesday
Jul 11
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.
Friday
Jul 14
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.
Saturday
Jul 15
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.  
Sunday
Jul 16
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.
Friday - Sunday
Jul 21-23
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.
Friday
Jul 28
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.
August
Lady Gaga
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August

Tuesday
Aug 1
Dance the night away while listening to the indie rock music of alt-J at one of the most beautiful concert venues in Cleveland.
Friday - Saturday
Aug 4-5
Sip and sample a variety of wines from several Ohio wineries, including Gervasi Vineyard and Vermilion Valley Vineyards.
Saturday
Aug 5
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.
Sunday
Aug 6
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!
Thursday
Aug 10
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.
Friday
Aug 11
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.
Saturday - Tuesday
Aug 12-15
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.
Tuesday
Aug 15
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.  
Friday - Sunday
Aug 18-20
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.
Friday
Aug 18
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.
Friday
Aug 25
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.
Saturday
Aug 26
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.
Wednesday
Aug 30
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.