WKND in CLE: June 1-3
Things to Do in Cleveland This Weekend
By Kevin Carpenter, Image by Cody York
FRIDAY, JUNE 1
Who says drinks, dancing and world-class art don't go together? Here in The Land, our renowned Cleveland Museum of Art just loves to mix it up. (Pun definitely intended.) MIX at CMA's June spectacular celebrates the new additions to its African art collection with traditional dance performances by the Djapo Cultural Arts Institute and gallery tours galore. Don't miss the giant pink foam heart in the atrium where you can get your art on by decorating a message of love to the world.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
Grab a flag and join the crowd for the biggest Pride celebration this town has ever seen. The party runs all weekend, but Saturday's the main event. The Pride in CLE march sets off at noon down Lakeside Avenue all the way to Public Square. Marching ain't easy, so be sure to check out the food and music that awaits in the Square.
Usher in festival season at the 49th annual Hessler Street Fair in University Circle. Step back into the hippie ‘60s with local artists, vendors and musical acts ranging from blue grass to reggae. Kids - and the young at heart - should swing by Harmony Park for crafts and face-painting. (We call dibs on the cat whiskers.) And don't head home until the streetlights come on - just like the old days.
SUNDAY, JUNE 3
Whether it's your first visit or you already know Cleveland by heart, this tour is for you. Meet up at the Flat Iron Cafe by 10 a.m. for a fascinating (and totally free) stroll through Canal Basin Park in the Flats. But don't forget your camera - some of the scenery is seriously jaw-dropping. Afterward, why not circle back to the Flat Iron for a late brunch?
Golden State, we meet again. And these Cavs are out for revenge. Who could ever forget that amazing championship parade back in 2016? Well, we're only four wins away from an encore. LeBron James and company might be on the road tonight, but The Q will be rocking like a home game with player intros and pyrotechnics leading up to the 8 p.m. tip-off. With all the action broadcast on the aptly-named Humongotron, there's not a bad seat in the house.