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School’s out, the days are longer and the temperature is rising. The conditions are perfect for some summer fun.
The best way to experience Cleveland is with its people, and they’ll be out in full force at all the amazing festivals happening in June. Experience their creativity through art, music and more while hitting the streets for parades and fairs that celebrate the many cultures, lifestyles and neighborhoods that make The Land such a special place.
Get out there and feel the heat at these June festivals:
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The LGBT Cleveland Community Center and Cleveland Pride, Inc. have joined forces to throw a multi-day celebration of the city's vibrant LGBTQ+ community. This inclusive event combines entertainment, education and activism — with the goal of exuding unity and acceptance, raising awareness and generally just creating good vibes all around.
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What happens when a funky little street near University Circle hosts a bohemian-style music and art festival? A weekend of drum circles, 20+ live bands and poetry readings.
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University Circle becomes the centerpiece of a unique, art-centric parade where you'll see everything from stilt walkers to life-sized puppets ... but absolutely no motorized vehicles or the use of signs.
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The hugely popular two-day music festival, which takes place on the Butler campus of Laurel School, features 30+ national and local bands.
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From a designer fashion show to a full-fledged parade, everything at this quirky event revolves around — no joke — Duck Tape.
Kamm's Corners, a neighborhood boasting a rich and rather admirable Irish heritage, hosts The Hooley. Dance an Irish jig to the bagpipers or tip back a few cold ones with the live bands at this mother-of-all block parties.
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Want to hang out with Clevelanders on their very own front lawns? The eclectic and oh-so-cozy neighborhood of Larchmere comes alive during this festival where 30 indie bands perform on front porches of several neighborhood homes.
Celebrate Cleveland’s beautiful waterfront while raising money for its preservation and awareness for issues affecting Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. Jam to music from talented national and local artists, and indulge in the legendary hometown brews of sponsor Great Lakes Brewing Co. Environmental activism has never been this fun.
The Cleveland Museum of Art puts on an eclectic music bash on its back lawn for the annual Summer Solstice party. The popular event is highlighted with artistic performances, art and exotic world music coming from as far as Africa and South America.
Intimate jam sessions. Soul-soothing solos. Classic quartets. Big band bopping. Dramatic divas. That's the sound of Cleveland for three solid days during the Tri-C Jazzfest. Experience nearly a dozen performances, as well as numerous free concerts featuring the best of blues, big band, zydeco, gypsy swing, Latin, calypso, bop and straight-ahead and smooth jazz.
It's no surprise that the eclectic, artfully emerging neighborhood of North Collinwood puts on an uncanny art festival. This year's Waterloo Arts Festival is no different with its eccentric art and musical experiences, as well as a unique street art project.
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Formerly Clifton Arts Fest, that frolicking stretch of Clifton Avenue in the Edgewater community draws roughly 40,000 people to a street festival celebrating pride, vitality, diversity and the arts.