Take Tremont by storm
Total cost: Under $10 per person, without tip
Tremont is a hotbed of activity, but with so many high-end restaurants and bars, it’s easy to get suckered into spending too much. For weekends in August, the 'hood will offer free professional arts programming in Lincoln Park for no charge -- just bring your own blanket and sprawl out. CPT’s Youth Program (STEP), Verb Ballet, and The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra are among the scheduled performers.
Depending on the day of the week, check out these cheap deals just steps away: Friday afternoons go to Bac Asian American Bistro & Bar from 3-6pm for $6 happy hour specials, including the best banh mi sandwich this side of the Cuyahoga. On Saturday, Lincoln Park Pub offers 40-cent wings with an array of delicious sauces and rubs. Sunday night Prosperity Social Club serves a chicken dinner for $10, with three pieces of meat, collard greens, and mac & cheese.
Cuddle up at a drive-in
Total cost: $9 per person; or FREE
The Aut-O-Rama in North Ridgeville hosts a Retro Tuesday double feature ($9 per person). This summer see Top Gun and Risky Business, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, or Taxi Driver and Deliverance. The cheesy old-school advertisements between showings are a great photo-op for selfies. If you can’t stay up past midnight, Old Brooklyn CDC hosts a free movie night on Tuesdays in Loew Park that starts earlier in the evening -- it, too, will be playing retro movies like Aladdin, The Sandlot, and Toy Story. "Cleveland Summer Cinema” will also have Honey Hut ice cream and Platform Brewery beer available for sale. Leashed dogs are welcome.