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So, you're making the trip to Cleveland for the 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards (APMAs) and Warped Tour. Great choice! Be prepared for a few days in a city known for its rock roots, funky vibes, selfie backdrops, and geek-out worthy moments.
The best way to experience it all is to plan ahead and build your weekend around the events. And great news: There's a ton to do in Cleveland whether you're a group of friends, flying solo, a twosome of besties, a couple, or seriously cool parent/kid pairings. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Billy Joel at Progressive Field
Remember that cool parent/kid pairing we just mentioned? This is the parents' way of balancing out the weekend of alt rock and punk mania. Introduce the offspring to the Piano Man himself at this bucket-list level concert, taking place outdoors at the home of the Cleveland Indians, Progressive Field. #Bonding
Morning: Get breakfast overlooking Public Square at REBoL, then schedule a couple hours to get to know the city. Depending on what you're into, you can choose from Segway tours, foodie tours, trolley tours, bike tours, walking tours, or even a river tour. Or do a couple different ones. Go crazy. PRO TIP: Plan ahead--most of these tours require reservations.
Afternoon: Keep the adrenaline pumping at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup featuring the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland will be hosting a double-header, with Panama vs. Martinique playing first, followed by United States vs. Nicaragua.
Evening: If you're not eating at the stadium, head to Barrio on Prospect Ave. for build-your-own-taco excellence. Barrio is a local favorite thanks to its tacos, ambiance and quality guac. Keep the night rolling (see what we did there?) with a game of bowling at The Corner Alley on East 4th St.
Morning: Brunch is a thing in Cleveland, so feel free to sleep in a little bit today. Then head into the nearby Tremont neighborhood to brunch like a pro at Grumpy's Cafe, where your sweet potato pancakes are complemented by the surrounding quirky local artwork.
Spend the rest of the morning checking out the unique boutique shopping in Tremont, including the indie record store + coffee shop Loop, and plenty of fashionista-friendly shops like Pinky's Daily Planner or Banyan Tree.
Afternoon: Make a pit stop and grab lunch with about 30,000 other food-lovers at one of the city's biggest food festivals, Taste of Tremont. The streets are blocked off, food trucks and restaurant stands abound, local artists tout their wares, live music plays and it's a great time to be alive.
Once you've had your fill, head back Downtown to the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the APMAs Fan Day, starting at 1 p.m. Jam out to performances by State Champs, Broadside, Islander, Carousel Kings, and Sleep On It, and check out the panel and book signing with Laura Jane Grace.
While you're there, take advantage of the $10 ticket coupon code (VANGUARD) and explore the Rock Hall itself. With seven levels of memorabilia, music and artifacts, you'll get a full appreciation of how rock music shaped culture and history, and scared the life out of conservative parents for generations.
Evening: Head over to Edgewater Park on the near west side for a relaxing end to the day. Sit on the beach and dip your toes in Lake Erie, practice your photog skills at one of the most picturesque skyline-viewing spots (complete with a postcard-worthy Cleveland script sign), and watch the sun set over the water while snacking on a little somethin' from the Eats and Treats concession stand.
Morning: It's a big day. Fuel up accordingly. Get yourself to Urban Farmer and breakfast like you mean it. We recommend the Brioche French Toast or the Honey Biscuit, but you really can't go wrong.
Afternoon: Gear up for your big night by heading to the one-and-only, legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With six levels of memorabilia, music and artifacts, you'll get a full appreciation of how rock music shaped culture and history, and scared the life out of conservative parents for generations. Lunch at the on-site cafe, which overlooks North Coast Harbor. Then take a walk around Voinovich Park for a great skyline view and lake breeze.
Evening: It's here! Be at the State Theater early for the SOLD OUT AP Music Awards. It's going to be packed so plan ahead. The doors will open at 6 p.m., then at 7 p.m., it's showtime!
Late night: After the show, it's the after party. Head west to the nearby suburb of Lakewood for the Fan After Party with EMO Nite LA at Mahall's. Get your tickets here.
Morning: You're heading south to Cuyahoga Falls, about 40 minutes from Downtown Cleveland. Vans Warped Tour is taking place at Blossom Music Center, which is right smack dab in the middle of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio's only national park. So while you're there, why not explore a bit before the show? You're really close to the ever-so-popular hiking trails in Virginia Kendall Park or The Ledges.
Remainder of the day: It's Warped Tour time. Allow enough time to park and walk to the entrance--the music starts at 11 a.m. and lasts all day. PRO TIP: There's a "Reverse Daycare" meant for parents to chill and get away for a bit for refreshments. Also, parents accompanying minors can get a free pass. Click here for more details.
We hope you enjoy your time in Cleveland. If there's anything you need before or during your visit, pop into the Visitors Center at 334 Euclid Ave. in Downtown Cleveland, or contact us here.
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