A Holiday Weekend Awaits
10 Labor Day Weekend Events in ClevelandLexi Hotchkiss
Been counting down the days until a good, long weekend? We're so with you.
If the minutes are dragging by one-by-one, worry no more. Labor Day is right around the corner.
Get ready to wear your summer whites one last time this year with these 10 uniquely Cleveland events.
Burke Lakefront Airport (Downtown)
It's been around in some capacity since 1929. So, we think it's safe to say that the Cleveland National Air Show is the granddaddy of Labor Day events in Cleveland. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline this year's show, as well as more in-the-air, heart-in-your-throat flight demonstrations than you can count on two hands.
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds (Berea)
From weiner dog races to beer stein-holding competitions, Cleveland's Labor Day Oktoberfest is one cray way to enjoy the long weekend. Lest we forget to mention there'll be lots (and lots and lots and lots) of beer. Add to that, knackwurst, bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, goulash and pierogi. It's not all German, but it's 100 percent Cleveland and all available at Oktoberfest.
Geauga County Fairgrounds
While Cleveland itself is a thriving metropolis, farm life is just a few miles outside the city. It's this very abundance of agriculture that makes events like the Great Geauga County Fair so special. Swing by this old-school county fair to check out more than 13,000 exhibitions, 2,000 barnyard animals, tractor pulls, demolition derbies and a lifetime's supply of oh-so-delicious fair food.
Hale Farm & Village (South)
It's all about indie artists and crafters at the Made in Ohio Arts & Crafts Festival as the historic Hale Farm & Gardens. Two full days packed with jewelry artists, potters, carvers, glass artists, soap and lotion makers, quilters and other crafters. Did we mention local beer and wine? Yeah that, too.
First & Main in Hudson (South)
Head south toward Akron and you'll come face to mouth with the cute little town that's making a culinary name for itself - Hudson, Ohio. Each Labor Day weekend, the town hosts a food festival in its town square that's quickly becoming one of Ohio's largest. In addition to the dozens and dozens of food vendors, enjoy a heaping helping of local art, tons of live music, children's activities and local wine and beer.
CULTURAL FESTIVALS GALORE
German Central Park (Parma)
Two great things combine to make one awesome event. With one of the nation's largest populations of Hungarian people, combined with a healthy number of scouting groups, it only makes sense that the Hungarian Scout Festival is a big deal. Open to scouts and non-scouts alike, check out delicious Hungarian food, crafts, music and, of course, scout groups showcasing their many games and demonstrations.
Serbian Cultural Festival: Sept. 5-6
St. Sava Eastern Orthodox Church (Broadview Heights)
St. Sava brings Serbian music, dance and food to Clevelanders during the Serbian Cultural Festival. Match your stuffed cabbage and paprikash with some hearty helpings of krofna (Serbian donut), torta and nut rolls while watching some Old World dancing. This festival is best enjoyed at night!
St. Elias Melkite Church (West Side, Cleveland)
Cleveland is a melting pot of more than 117 different ethnicities. Take in just a small sampling of that ethnicity with a festival that packs a big punch. Enjoy Lebanese and Middle Eastern foods, Arabic music, carnival rides and a plethora of some serious homemade desserts from real, little old church ladies.
St. John Cantius Church (Tremont)
If you've come to Cleveland in search of the perfect pierogi, then get your dupa to the historic St. John Cantius in Tremont for this Cleveland-y festival. It's Polska all around with handmade Polish crafts (nesting dolls, anyone?), Polish delicacies (pierogi and cabbage and paczki, oh my) and tons of polka music and dancing.
St. Rocco Catholic Church (West Side, Cleveland)
Meatball subs, cavatelli, spaghetti, sausage sandwiches, Italian ice, cannoli, cassata - mama mia! Take a bite out of Cleveland's Italian heritage at this popular church festival that's all things Italian. On the quirkier side, make sure to lay your eyes on the Grease Pole Competition (you gotta see it to believe it).