World-Renowned (You Just Don’t Know It)

March 24, 2016

Time to get the memo: Cleveland offers a bevy of top-notch cultural attractions

By Jen Jones Donatelli

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Cleveland, long overlooked even though it’s got plenty to offer, is finally getting its due … with good reason.

See why at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can nerd out among legendary artifacts like Michael Jackson’s glove or Elvis Presley’s hot wheels. Elevating Cleveland to “Paradise City” status, the latest display to hit the Rock Hall features Guns N' Roses, and it doesn’t disappoint—trotting out iconic items like Slash’s badass top hat.

Over at the Cleveland Museum of Art, make like Ferris Bueller and play hooky to admire the 4,500 masterpieces on display. (From Warhol to Dali to Monet, it’s all here.) Even better, hit up the museum during its monthly “Mix at CMA” event for live music, cocktails and museum tours—not to mention free admission.

If Broadway’s your bag, don’t miss Playhouse Square, the country’s second largest performing arts center. The world’s largest outdoor chandelier lights the way into this cultural haven, where Broadway shows like “Finding Neverland” and comedians like Jerry Seinfeld are on tap for 2016. With nine performance spaces, you’re sure to find something that fits your entertainment fancy.

And for classical music buffs, the Cleveland Orchestra offers free concerts throughout the year. Check out the Star-Spangled Spectacular, replete with fireworks, food trucks and all the patriotic tunes that make ‘Merica great. You also can catch the orchestra’s free shows during its annual “At Home” neighborhood residency (which in the past has included areas like Slavic Village and Lakewood). It’s a pretty sweet chance to see the orchestra, one of our nation’s vaunted “Big Five.” NBD for sure.

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