WKND in CLE: June 22-24
What's happening in Cleveland this weekend? Need things to do? We got you.
By Nicole Stempak
Warning: If you’re not in Cleveland this weekend, you’re going to have a serious case of FOMO. Now that summer is in full swing, you’re in a sweet spot with all kinds activity happening in a 60-mile radius.
Five words: unlimited tacos, tequila and beer. Yes, you read that right. The West Creek Conservatory in Parma is hosting a party that’s got us all perked up. Eat, drink and dance to music from local bands The Chestertons and Baker’s Basement while enjoying the splendor of forest-draped hillsides and babbling brooks. (The dancing part is totally optional. But we all know the more you drink, the more likely you are to dance, right?) Scarf the Mexican food and tip back some tequila for just $25 — all for a good cause.
It’s time to bust out those mint juleps. The 84th Annual Ohio Derby is just around the bend, so get your floppy hats and seersucker suits ready for this event at JACK Thistledown Racino. There will be food trucks, drink specials and giveaways, as well as live performances from Shooter Sharp and the Shootouts and Cheers! Cleveland. Naturally, there’ll be a full card of live racing, including the $500,000 Ohio Derby. And, good news, there’s no cover and complimentary parking.
Who doesn’t like bubbling, gooey, cheese pizza? Every June, Cleveland hosts a festival dedicated to just that — PIZZA. Tons of pizza parlors from around the city vend sample-sized slices of their pies during this three-day festival at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.
Been practicing your “arrrr” for National Talk Like A Pirate Day? Why wait until September to display such amazing talent? Hop a ferry and head north to one of Cleveland’s favorite party destinations, Put-in-Bay, for the 10th Annual Pyrate Fest June 22-24. It’s a family affair during the day with cardboard boat races, a 5K run, Pyrate Village, Faire Winds and costume contests. And, rumor has it, the adult costume winner will snag passage to the Caymen Islands. When the last ferry leaves, the real party begins. Slosh your way through the Buccaneer Bash at the Reel Bar on this Lake Erie island.
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