Cleveland is constantly transforming, with new restaurants and attractions popping up all the time. In fact, even our most storied institutions want in on the game, enhancing and sometimes reinventing themselves in some pretty remarkable ways. Here’s just a small sample of what’s on the horizon in The Land.
Bookmark These Upcoming CLE Experiences
The biggest and brightest stars in basketball return to The Land to celebrate the NBA's 75th Anniversary. From The Crossover fan experience to All-Star Saturday Night and the main event on Sunday, you've gotta get to Cleveland for the ultimate NBA experience.
What do Pretty Woman, To Kill A Mockingbird, Ain't Too Proud and Frozen have in common? They’re all part of the KeyBank Broadway Series at Playhouse Square.
Handpicked to provoke thought, Currents and Constellations: Black Art in Focus is a curated selection of works from both established and emerging Black artists at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The Cleveland International Film Festival is sure to attract a whole new cast of characters as it moves over to Playhouse Square for its 46th go-round.
Tall Ships Festival (July 7 – 10, 2022)
If sailing takes you away, the Tall Ships Festival is the place to be this summer offering the rare chance to explore several majestic vessels from multiple countries.
FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (July 16 – Oct. 2, 2022)
Art lovers, take note: The whole city and region becomes a canvas during FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.
Solar Eclipse (Apr. 8, 2024)
Cue that Bonnie Tyler song (and grab those special glasses): there’s gonna be a total eclipse on April 8, 2024. Complete darkness will envelop Cleveland for nearly four minutes, as the city falls directly in the path of the solar eclipse.
New Dining Destinations
On Cleveland’s popular nightlife spot E. 4th Street, which already added Chef Dante Boccuzzi’s newest sushi concept Goma, Indie E. 4th offers southern-style food and music-themed cocktails to match the over 200 concert posters on the walls. Popular Scottish brewery Brewdog recently opened its new Cleveland Outpost on The Flats' Scranton peninsula offering 28 taps, gourmet pub fare and an amazing patio offering glittering views of the Cuyahoga River. There are even more exciting new dining options coming to Cleveland this year, including:
CLE Attractions Keep Getting Bigger and Better
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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame turned 25 in 2020, but it isn’t gathering any moss. A planned $100 million expansion will add a guitar pick-shaped addition packing 50,000 square feet of new exhibition and event space. Plus, a new band shell overlooking Lake Erie will crank up the volume for concerts and performances. (As if you needed yet another excuse to revel in this iconic CLE landmark.)
The only thing bigger than the massive dinosaur skeletons at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is its ongoing $150 million expansion. Not only did the 100-year-old museum recently gave facelifts to its courtyard, main lobby and auditorium, but it’s also adding a new 50,000-square-foot wing that will welcome guests with new educational opportunities and signature collection items like human ancestor, Lucy, and moon rocks upon completion in 2024.
Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame scores big with a ton of upcoming additions to its Hall of Fame Village. Plans for Phase Two include the Constellation Center for Excellence (a 75,000-square-foot sports research and athletic performance mecca), plus a Hilton Tapestry Hotel and Don Shula’s Steakhouse. Throw in a Helix Esports entertainment complex and indoor football-themed waterpark, and fans just might never leave.
Imagine a sprawling LGBTQ+ community hub with 100,000 square feet spread across three complexes—including bars, retail, entertainment, public art and a sports complex called The Fieldhouse. Enter Studio West 117, currently rising up at the edge of Lakewood and Cleveland. Slated for a phase-one opening in spring 2022, the project will be anchored by the newly renovated historic Phantasy theater and will also boast Lakewood’s first public rooftop patio.
Flats East Bank
A bastion of dining and entertainment options converge where the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie meet. The next phase of the Flats East Bank expansion will soon add about a half-dozen more choices along the river. Jade, a new Asian fusion concept/eatery, will be joined by Cherie Wine Bar & Lounge and Smokey BBQ and Saloon, a Texas-style barbecue joint.
Meet the Guardians
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For the first time in more than a century, Cleveland’s major league baseball team has a new name.
In Spring 2022, the newly christened Cleveland Guardians will take the turf at Progressive Field. The name gives a nod to the Guardians of Traffic statues on the Hope Memorial Bridge, which can be seen from the upper concourse of Progressive Field.
More exciting changes loom with a planned redesign for the park’s upper levels, but for now, things remain the same, including a main concourse that pays tasty tribute to all the best local food and drink offerings Cleveland has to offer.