CLEVELAND, Ohio — Technically, it’s still spring. But in terms of things to do, summer is in full swing. The weekend calendar is full of outdoor festivals, concerts, sporting events and more.
So, break out the shorts and flip flops and find some fun.
Summer Arts Fest: Dance with Giants
Parade the Circle returns in 2023. In the meantime, Cleveland Museum of Art and University Circle Inc. are teaming up to present this interactive arts festival. The event features massive art installations and interactive activities designed by local artists, plus roaming costumed performers, live music, food vendors, a beer garden and more.
Wade Oval, Cleveland
11 a.m.-5 p.m., June 11
Parma’s Rib ‘N Rock
Expect a finger-lickin’ good time as this festival returns to the Tri-C West Campus for its 30th anniversary. Nine rib teams are scheduled to compete: Mojo’s Rib Shack, Fine Smoke BBQ, BG’s Main Event, My Corner Bar, Smokin’ T’s, Fat Freddie’s BBQ, Armadillo’s, Swine BBQ and My Brother’s Backyard. The event also features live performances by ten local rock and cover bands plus rides for kids and adults alike. Admission, $5.
11000 W. Pleasant Valley Rd., Parma
Bedford Strawberry Festival
If you love strawberries, head to the Bedford Commons where the tasty fruit is the star of the show. You’ll also find live music, rides, games, crafters and more. Free admission.
730 Broadway Avenue, Bedford
Taste of Lakewood
Sample the best food Lakewood has to offer as 20 of the city’s top restaurants will be on hand serving a variety of cuisines. Some of the eateries include Angelo’s Pizza, El Carnicero, Salt+, Forage Public House, Aladdin’s, Thai Thai, Voodoo Tuna and more. The event also boasts live music, local vendors, raffles and fun for the kids. Free admission.
13201 Madison Ave., Lakewood
1-7 p.m., June 12
Art by the Falls
This outdoor fine arts and contemporary crafts festival returns to Chagrin Falls for its 38th year. The event showcases works by over 120 painters, potters, jewelers, sculptors and fiber artists from around the world, all of which are available for purchase. The event also offers food, live music, kids activities, an art raffle and more fun. Free admission.
Riverside Park, Chagrin Falls
Head to Professor Ave. in Tremont where one of Cleveland’s most eclectic neighborhoods hosts an art walk every month. The event features 20 pop-up vendors as well as performances by bubble artist Dr. U.R. Awesome, singer David Bays, the Cleveland Kiltie Band and Tribe Ostara Tribal Belly Dance. Check out “The AIR Show” at Doubting Thomas Gallery, Jonah Jacobs’ solo exhibit “Handful of Dream-Dust” at Kaiser Gallery or “The BIG Photography Show” at 818 Studios. Tremont restaurants will also be offering food and drink specials throughout the night. Free admission.
Professor Ave., Cleveland
5-9 p.m., June 10
Mayfield Village Cruise Night
If you’re a fan of classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars and everything in between, this car show will have more than 500 parked on display or cruising down the street. Back for its 32nd year, the event also boasts live music, food and a family fun zone with animals, bounce houses, face painting and more. Free admission.
Park on Beta Drive or Mount Vernon Square and take a shuttle to the festival
3-7 p.m., June 11
Shop over 100 local vendors and artisans on Saturday at North Olmsted Community Park. You’ll find small batch food items, fresh produce, jewelry, artwork, bath and body products, antiques, home decor and more. Free admission.
28114 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted
9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 11
Dave Matthews Band at Blossom Music Center
One of rock and roll’s most prolific touring bands crashes into Blossom for the 16th time in the past 21 years. Expect to hear favorites like “Tripping Billies,” “Jimi Thing” and “The Space Between.” Tickets start at $49.50.
1145 W Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls
7:30 p.m., June 10
Ultimate Aldean at Rockin’ on the River
Country music fans are in for a treat on Friday as three bands take the stage at Northern Ohio’s longest-running and highest-attended outdoor concert series. Headliner Ultimate Aldean, a Jason Aldean tribute band, performs with a special appearance by Toby Keith Tribute. The Caliber Band opens. Tickets, $7.
421 Black River Landing, Lorain
6:15 p.m., June 10
Concerts & More at the Glen
Lake Metroparks kicks off its outdoor summer entertainment series at Penitentiary Glen Reservation with a concert by Tweed, a local Irish band. The Nature Center will be open during performances, too. Bring your own chairs or blankets to watch the concert. Free admission.
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland
7 p.m., June 10
Candlelight: A Jazz Tribute to The Beatles
Enjoy the music of the Fab Four in a way you’ve never heard or seen before as the jazz quartet Pure Soul Cleveland performs songs like “Yesterday,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Can’t Buy Me Love” and more under candlelight at the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland. Tickets, $26-$50.
6:30 & 9 p.m., June 10
11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland
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ABBAFab at Mimi Ohio Theatre
Mamma Mia! The No. 1 ABBA tribute band brings some of the best music from the ‘70s and ‘80s to Playhouse Square. Dance to your favorite hits including “Honey Honey,” “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo” and so much more. Tickets, $47.50-$57.50.
1511 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
8 p.m., June 10
“My Fair Lady” at KeyBank State Theatre
The Lincoln Center Theater Production’s revival of Lerner & Loewe’s beloved musical has earned rave reviews. The famous story, borrowed from “Pygmalion,” focuses on Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney commoner plucked from obscurity by linguistics professor Henry Higgins, who makes a bet he can turn her into a “proper lady.” Songs include Broadway classics like “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.” Tickets, $10-$110.
1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Now through June 26
“Waitress” at Hanna Theatre
The Broadway smash returns to Playhouse Square, this time in a more intimate setting at the Hanna Theatre. The musical tells the hopeful story of a struggling waitress looking to turn her life around through pie making and features a score by Grammy winner and Tony nominee Sara Bareilles. Tickets, $49-$109.
2067 E. 14th St, Cleveland
Now through June 26
• Review: ‘Waitress’ gets up close and personal at Playhouse Square
James “Murr” Murray at Hilarities
The improvisational comedian, best known for his role on the TruTV hidden camera show “Impractical Jokers,” brings his act to Cleveland for two nights. He and his comedy troupe The Tenderloins also appeared on the TBS game show “The Misery Index.” Tickets start at $80 for two.
2035 E. 4th St., Cleveland
Cleveland Guardians vs. Oakland A’s
Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Guardians look to make up some ground in the AL Central as they host the Oakland A’s for a four-game series. The series includes Dollar Dogs and fireworks on Friday, Aaron Civale bobblehead night on Saturday and Kids Fun Day on Sunday. Tickets start at $15.
Progressive Field, Cleveland
Cedar Point’s Wild Frontier Nights
The Amazement Park hosts a private, adults-only after-hours party in Frontier Town. The event features exclusive food and beverage items, special themed cocktails, live music, line dancing, ax throwing competition and mechanical bull riding. Guests also get unlimited access to Steel Vengeance, Maverick, Skyhawk, Mine Ride and Wave Swinger. Tickets start at $99.99.
1 Cedar Point Dr. Sandusky
9 p.m.-midnight, June 10-11
Pride Film Series at the Capitol Theatre
In honor of Pride Month, the Gordon Square Arts District’s historic movie theater will be screening three new documentaries with LGBTQ themes, including “The Therapy” and “Black As U R,” both on Sunday. Each screening will be followed by an audience discussion. Ticket holders get discounts or specials at neighborhood restaurants Toast and Ninja City. Tickets, $7.75-$10.25 per screening.
1390 W 65th St., Cleveland
4 p.m., June 12
The Legend of Georgia McBride at Beck Center for the Arts
The career of a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator takes an unexpected turn after he’s fired from his job and replaced by a drag show. Variety says the play delivers “a strong message on tolerance for the entire spectrum of human sexuality while creating a barrelful of fun in the process.” Tickets start at $10.
17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Weekends through June 26
Drag Brunch at Great Lakes Brewing Company
Feast on brunch specials and sip on a themed cocktail or one of Great Lakes’ famous craft beers while an impressive lineup of drag performers including Malibu Peruu (Miss Ohio All Star 2022), Anhedonia Delight, Monica Lexin and Bigtop entertain you. Free admission but reservations are required.
2516 Market Ave., Cleveland Ohio
1 p.m., June 12