Summer in the City
Events in Downtown Cleveland this Summer
By Denise Koeth, Image by Cody York
The heart of Cleveland is the place to be this summer, thanks to several downtown happenings — festivals, concerts, sports and even a little yoga — that are heating up the scene. The Downtown Cleveland Alliance can take credit for much of the programming, and the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is to thank for ease of getting around — particularly if you’ve got kids in tow, as RTA is offering free service to kids all summer long.
Cram your summer calendar with the these downtown to-dos:
All Summer Long
Learn about the history, culture and future plans of five different areas in the city during these 90-minute walking tours. They’re free and feature actors and actresses portraying historical figures from Cleveland’s past like DJ Alan Freed and legendary Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown. (Now through Sept. 16.)
Get your ohm on every Tuesday evening at this free lakefront yoga series. The event features traditional multi-level yoga for all ages from several area yoga studios at Voinovich Bicentennial Park in North Coast Harbor. (Now through Sept. 25.)
Find live entertainment and grab some grub from Cleveland’s finest food trucks every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. alongside Perk Plaza at Chester Commons. (Now through Sept. 26.)
Burn off those Cleveland-food-scene calories each Thursday evening from 6-7 p.m. with this free running club for all fitness levels and ages. Runs begin and end in North Coast Harbor; routes vary each week. (Now through Sept. 28.)
Cleveland’s Fourth of July fireworks are shot off from Downtown’s Dock 20 over Lake Erie. There are nearly a dozen free viewing areas throughout the city. So, get to your favorite viewing spot early on July 4.
Grab your fishing gear and head to the pier at Voinovich Bicentennial Park in North Coast Harbor or the North end of the East 9th Street Pier for this annual event on July 24. Limited poles and bait will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in North Coast Harbor. The event also includes food, activities, giveaways and a Bubblepalooza show.
This free one-day event lets you take trolley lines to art-centric districts and neighborhoods around Cleveland on Aug. 18. Each stop offers on-site entertainment, sidewalk sales, festivals, art on display and music that are perfect for anyone interested in checking out Cleveland’s indie arts scene.
Concerts and Music
Showcasing 13 acts made up of jazz icons with decades of hits, artists at the pinnacle of their craft, and emerging talent just beginning to etch their names in the industry, this annual festival is a can’t-miss if you’re a music lover. It happens at Playhouse Square June 23 30.
On July 6, catch a performance by the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra and scope a mind-blowing fireworks show at this free annual event taking place this year at Mall B (300 St. Clair Ave.), between the Global Center for Health Innovation and Cleveland Public Auditorium.
Calling all Swifties and just about any pop fan in human existence! Taylor Swift is coming to FirstEnergy Stadium July 17 for her “reputation” tour, which includes performances by Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.
The entire run of the Broadway blockbuster “Hamilton,” a hip-hop musical featuring Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, is sold-out, so consider yourself charmed if you were able to score a ticket to the performances happening July 17 Aug. 26.
A follow-up to their last joint tour in 2014, Mr. and Mrs. Carter’s “On the Run II” tour lands at FirstEnergy Stadium for the first stop in its North American run. Fingers crossed they’ll randomly drop another new album. Find out July 25.
Featuring two stages packed with dozens of artists, including headliners New Order, Avett Brothers, SZA, and AWOLNATION, the inaugural InCuya Music Festival brings the vibes of a traditional music fest to the heart of Downtown Cleveland Aug. 25 26.
Root for the home team at Progressive Field all summer long. Select games include Rock n’ Blast fireworks afterward or great promos like the ever-popular Sugardale Dollar Dog Night. It’s one of the best ways to spend a summer night in CLE. (Now through Sept. 23 — and hopefully into October!)
The nation’s most competitive triathlons are coming to Cleveland, where athletes will swim in Lake Erie and bike and run along the lake shore overlooking Downtown at Edgewater Park. Register for or spectate the Olympic-Distance Age Group National Championship on Aug. 11 or the Sprint National Championship on Aug. 12. Participants of both races have the chance to compete for Age Group National Titles, as well as spots on Team USA in 2019.
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