WKND in CLE: May 18-20
Things to Do in Cleveland This Weekend
By Nicole Stempak, Image © Cody York
It's the weekend, which means it's time to sip, savor and soak it all in. Attend the best intergalactic party on planet Earth, sample the Far East or go for a competitive run. But, whatever you do, don't let the weekend pass without giving yourself a little Cleveland immersion therapy. Monday will be here soon (ugh).
Friday, May 18
Kick off barbecue season by enjoying samples from more than 300 internationally acclaimed wines, craft beer and popular eateries. Enjoy views of the baseball diamond and the sunset against the backdrop of downtown in this after-hours event at Progressive Field. All wine and beer is available at Giant Eagle, so if you try something you like, stop and get some bottles on your way home. Or, you know, for later Friday night.
Saturday, May 19
Tucked away between industrial warehouses and Cleveland State University is Asia Town, a gem of a neighborhood where you can get some of the best, authentic Asian food in town. This hidden local secret is out on full display during the Cleveland Asian Festival. Free admission, parking, cultural performances, demonstrations, games, dancing, eating contests and, of course, bubble tea. Award-winning singer and songwriter Larissa Lam and hip-hop artist Only Won will headline.
It's a party after dark at the museum. Great Lake Science Center's annual fundraiser is an annual must attend, out-of-this-world dance party featuring live music, DJ, open bar, appetizers and science demonstrations. Dress to impress in your best intergalactic or science fiction themed costume contest.
Sunday, May 20
Pass by some of the city's most notable and historic landmarks including the West Side Market, Rockefeller Park and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along the marathon's path. One of the 50 oldest marathons in the country, it's a Boston Marathon qualifier. If you aren't trying to go pro, there's also a half, 10K, 8K, 5K and kids run. If running isn't your thing, cheer on runners from the comfort of the sidelines or tip your glass to them while dining al fresco. Just a spectator? Here's your guide.