Lake Erie Beach Parties

June 20, 2015
Lake Erie Beach Parties

Edgewater Live Lakefront Beach Parties

Lexi Hotchkiss

Happy hour. Oh, happy hour. How we love thee.

But you know what would make happy hour about 10 times better? If you had it on a beach with live music and good food. Admit it - that sounds pretty amazing right about now.

Turns out, Cleveland's about 10 times better than most places on earth. So, remember that whole happy hour on a beach thing? Yeah, we've got that.

Edgewater Beach, which is located a hop-skip-and-a-jump from downtown Cleveland (three miles to be exact), has quickly become a major hotspot on Thursday nights this summer. Why?

Edgewater LIVE

This isn't some lame-sauce excuse of an outdoor happy hour. Edgewater LIVE draws hundreds of people each Thursday - from young professionals to visiting families and everyone in between. From 5:30 - 8:30pm, Edgewater Beach converts into a giant free summer beach party overlooking gorgeous Lake Erie.

The booming party is centered around the live bands, which change every week. Upcoming acts include the "yacht rock" tribute to 70s and 80s jams Easy Glistening (June 25); 80s hair metal cover band The Sunset Strip featuring Billy Morris (July 2); the devilishly fun rock cover band Almost Famous (July 9); the oh-so-beloved 80s cover band known as The Spazmatics (July 16); the 80s new wave rockers Thunder Gun Express (July 23); Rock the House featuring Top 40 (July 30); the three-piece Irish band Brigid's Cross (Aug. 6) and a Beatles cover band known as Revolution Pie (Aug. 13). Make sure to bring a beach chair or picnic blanket.

Add to that, eventgoers nosh on gourmet bites from a variety of local food trucks including favorites like 216 Bistro, Nosh Box, Motor Mouth, Manna Truck, Touch Supper Truck and Pig Licking BBQ. Check out the food truck schedule here.

Then, they wash it all down with the important stuff - frosty craft brews and frisky summertime cocktails.

And, kids love the Honey Hut ice cream stand (the chocolate peanut butter is to. die. for.).  Okay, we take that back. Everyone loves Honey Hut.

That's not all. Just about every turn on the beach invites you to check out some kind of activity. Beach volleyball is a given, but how about cornhole, too? Many a competitive cornhole matches occur on site (one hand on the bean bag and the other on your beer).  The Cleveland Metroparks provides a myriad of discovery activities for children, as well.

For those of you don't derive all your zen from a beach and a beer, you'll be able to find your happy place during a free 30-minute outdoor yoga session. Inner Bliss Yoga is on site providing a class right there on the beach from 7 - 7:30pm.

Not happy unless you're moving? Why not try stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Erie while you're there? SUP Cleveland is on site providing paddleboarding equipment, rentals and tutorials. [You know you've always wanted to give paddleboarding a shot. This is your chance!]

The 900-foot Edgewater Beach and surrounding Lakefront Reservation was acquired by the region's acclaimed park system encircling the city - The Cleveland Metroparks. Much to the glee of locals, the park received a transformative facelift thanks to its new operators.

As a result, this beach and the surrounding park are downright spectacular.  So, celebratory happy hours every Thursday just make sense, right?

Right. We'll cheers to that.

Life's a Beach, We Know

Edgewater isn't the only beach around. Cleveland offers a variety of accessible (and FREE) beaches along its Lake Erie coast with swimming, sailing, surfing and some of the best walleye, perch and bass fishing in the world. Check out some of these notable beaches:

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