The Beerfest guys are really stepping it up.They’re now offering two sessions, a day and a night one, and a “Brews Cruise” the night before. We’ll take it all!
Cost: $35 and up
House of Blues
Billed as an “experiential dance party,” Electric Feels will take over the House of Blues to spin hits from acts like Tame Impala, Phoenix, and of course, MGMT.
Cost: $10 and up
One of our favorite Cleveland venues, the Happy Dog, is solving its no-patio problem in a novel way this summer: blocking off the streets and having a Hot Dog Fest! Featuring Rhinegeist beer, hip music, and a dance party in the basement.
June 21 - June 22
All the proceeds of Great Lakes Brewing Company’s annual (and affordable) outdoor bash go to maintaining Cleveland’s freshwater resources, which is pretty cool! Sample exclusive GLBC beers and enjoy performances from headliners Cloud Nothings and Arlie. Just in time for Visit Me in CLE Weekend!
Cost: $15 each day
After a conspicuous absence for most of last summer, Night Market is back. One of Cleveland’s most popular summer events, Night Market brings thousands of Clevelanders to the streets of St. Clair Superior’s Asiatown district for food, music, and a whole host of Asian culture. Check the site for this year’s monthly dates.
Cost: Free and open to the public (but bring money to feast)
Cleveland Museum of Art
Described as “a night where art and music come together,” Solstice is CMA’s biggest party of the year. Musical acts from around the world, including RJD2, will perform, and the galleries will stay open late into the night.
We don’t know about Summer Gods, but yeah, the bands on this double bill have a special place in our '90s kid hearts.
Cost: $40 and up
Light up the Lake
Downtown & various
Partake in the July 4th tradition of struggling to find parking, then struggling to find a waterfront spot for Cleveland’s annual fireworks show. Or maybe just throw a lot of lighter fluid on your grill and see what happens?
Described by "Weird Al" Yankovic as “his most elaborate and extravagant tour ever,” The Strings Attached Tour will see the polka parody man backed by a full symphony and choir as he draws from his considerable catalogue of fan favorites.
Cost: $35 and up
For its 90th year, the MLB All-Star Game returns to The Land! Here’s hoping Ramirez & co can once again secure major slots for the Indians on this year's American League roster.
Cost: TBD (but probably pretty pricey)
If you’ve ever dreamed of sailing on a pirate-looking ship without obnoxious Disney reenactors, boy, have we got an event for you. Cleveland’s Tall Ships Festival happens only once every three years, and it gives attendees the chance to see and even sail in “traditionally rigged sailing vessels.”
Cost: $15 per day
Sardonically covering pop culture, politics, and the human experience, Patton Oswalt is a sane comic for insane times. Support the guy after the too-soon cancellation of A.P. Bio.
Cost: $35 and up
If you don’t know by now, Welcome to Night Vale is one of the most successful podcasts ever, effortlessly mixing humor and horror in its titular “friendly desert community.” Opening for the Night Vale crew is Dane Terry’s podcast Dreamboy, which is set in lightly fictionalized Cleveland Heights -- download that ASAP.
No, we didn’t accidentally combine two separate concerts. Yes, Blink and Weezy are playing together. No, we didn’t see it coming either. Yes, we definitely might see it.
Cost: $38 and up