Flat Out Fridays
Eat. Drink. Dance. Enjoy and Indulge. Flat Out Fridays has it all.
By Maranda Bailo
Where's the party at on Friday nights in Cleveland? Along the East Bank of the Flats, that's where. And it's all summer long. Starting June 9 and running every second Friday at 6 p.m. through Sept. 8, Flat Out Fridays are free events presented by Downtown Cleveland Alliance. It is also the hottest new party in CLE. With the waterfront views, live music and outdoor patios, this is the ideal way to spend a Friday night in the city.
Heather Holmes, director of Marketing and Public Relations at Downtown Cleveland Alliance, says that the event is a great way to welcome new visitors and re-introduce the old to all of the energy surrounding Downtown Cleveland right now.
"Visitors and Clevelanders alike can gather for a late happy hour, enjoy live music, the beer garden and all the new culinary options while surrounded by the most amazing views of the sunset on the river," Holmes says.
Come hungry for a variety of your favorite food trucks, or dine outside at Coastal Tacos or Alley Cat Oyster Bar. Check out Collision Bend Brewery for a full-service restaurant and artisanal brews with great views of the Cuyahoga.
Don't leave your sweet tooth at home because you'll spot plenty of desserts and ice-cream there as well.
Thirsty? Head over to the beer tents and grab a local brew.
Dance the night away to live music on these warm summer nights. Each week a new band performs outdoors, supporting local non-profits.
Fri. June 9: Spazmatics
Fri. July 14: Players Club
Benefiting Flats Forward Inc.
Fri. August 11: Carlos Jones
Benefiting Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein's Kids Kicking Cancer
Fri. September 8: Disco Inferno
Benefiting Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland
Whether you're looking to chill in a lounge chair overlooking the water, or just experience the music and energy, Flat Out Fridays offers the best of both worlds. Flat Out Fridays are casual and elegant at the same time (flip flops are not only welcome but encouraged).
Walk along the boardwalk to catch a panoramic view of the illuminated shoreway and city lights reflected off the river. (Blue bridge + waterfront = perfect photo op for date night). Cozy up with your special someone and enjoy the outdoor fire pits at BeerHead or Coastal Tacos. Or dance the night away with your friends at FWD to celebrate the start of a summer weekend in Cleveland.
"People of all ages and walks of life have come together to reconnect with one of our city’s greatest assets--the waterfront," Holmes says.