WKND in CLE: Aug. 3-5
Things to Do in Cleveland This Weekend
By John Luteran
If you're in Cleveland this weekend, congratulations. Not only are you smart and attractive, but you're lucky, too. You picked one of the most eventful weekends of the year in Northeast Ohio. Sports fans have a lot to smile about, but there's something here for everyone.
Cleveland's own Bob Hope said: "If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play a game, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf." Celebrating its 65th year as a work trip for the best professional golfers in the world, the legendary South Course of Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio will host Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods and more. Make sure you tip those heroes driving the beer carts. Day passes for the event start at just $45.
Make sure your credit card balance is paid off, because jerseys, game programs from all eras, mountains of trading cards and signed memorabilia are just the tip of the iceberg. Bill Simmons summed it up perfectly when he visited Cleveland for the convention in 2009: "If you love sports, you have to go. You have to. You just have to ... You will see things you never knew about. You will see things you never imagined." Admission at the door is a mere $22, so you'll have more money to spend on that mint Bo Jackson Starting Lineup figure.
Burlesque is more than just fan dances and stripteases. The Ohio Burlesque Festival celebrates an art form that has been around for centuries. Hosted by Cleveland's Le Femme Mystique performers at The Beachland Ballroom, the weekend welcomes burlesque, drag, vaudeville, aerial and other variety acts from all over the world for three nights of performances that will thrill audiences of all stripes. General admission is only $20, so what are you waiting for?
If you're like me, you're a fan of world-class local festivals and biological spectacle. You'll get both at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. Billed as the largest annual gathering of twins and other multiples in the world, events like the Double Take Parade, Twins Talent Show, fireworks and a 5k fill the weekend. Gamers will love this year's theme, "Two Player Mode," as twins, triplets, quadruplets and the like come dressed as their favorite video game characters. You can people-watch all day for just $4.
Brian Urlacher, Randy Moss and Baltimore's Ray Lewis (nope, definitely not bitter) headline the Class of 2018 as they take the stage to receive their gold jackets and official Hall of Fame busts at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Every football fan should make the pilgrimage to the birthplace of professional football at least once, and with tickets starting at $49 for the ceremony, there's really no excuse not to.
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