July 24, 2014

Burning River Fest

In 1969, the Cuyahoga River infamously caught on fire. While most of the nation still makes jokes about this incident, Clevelanders have decided to embrace it and spread awareness of eco-consciousness by hosting the annual Burning River Fest.

The Burning River Fest, which takes place tomorrow and Saturday, highlights environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes region and the Cuyahoga River ecosystem. The two-day event will include more than 25 performances by local bands, food demonstrations, performance artists from the Cleveland Museum of Art's Parade the Circle, interactive displays from environmental groups and a special batch of Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s famous Christmas Ale.

Tickets cost $15 at the gate. Children aged 12 and under are admitted for free. This is a cash only event.

Proceeds from the fest benefit the Burning River Foundation, a local nonprofit organization that provides resources for the sustainable future of local waterways.

Take in spectacular skyline views of Downtown Cleveland while learning how to preserve our local environment at Burning River Fest!

Burning River Fest hours:
Friday, July 25 from 6-11 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 from 6-11 p.m.

For more information or directions, visit Burning River Fest.

July 17, 2014

12th annual Taste of Tremont


Tremont has become known as a hub for trendy restaurants. From the casual Grumpy's Cafe and Prosperity Social Club to the upscale Lolita and Parallax, Tremont offers something for everyone.

With so many restaurants it can be hard to visit them all. Thanks to the Taste of Tremont this Sunday, people can sample food from all of the restaurants in one afternoon!

The Taste of Tremont has become one of Northeast Ohio's must-visit summer festivals, with around 30,000 people attending every year. Each vendor has some affiliation with Tremont and will be selling food, drinks and desserts to customers. Admission is free; guests pay each food vendor separately.

Besides food, the festival will feature a beer and wine garden and live music throughout the neighborhood. Many of the local stores will offer special discounts and sales through the duration of the event.

12th annual Taste of Tremont hours:
Sunday, July 20 from noon-8 p.m.

For more information, visit Taste of Tremont.

July 8, 2014

The Beat UPTOWN

Summer is the perfect time to explore the city and discover all that Cleveland has to offer. To encourage people to visit Uptown, located in the heart of Cleveland's University Circle, a new happy hour event will kick off this Thursday, July 10.

The Beat UPTOWN is a free summer concert series at the corner of Mayfield Road and Euclid Avenue that runs through Aug. 28. The event features live music selected by music aficionados at the Beachland Ballroom. The first performer in the series is Texas-based songwriter Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers.

Local food trucks will line the streets to dish up food and dessert to guests. Uptown businesses also will offer special deals, including $5 admission to MOCA Cleveland, $5 happy hour yoga at Cleveland Yoga, $5 wraps at Wrapz Pita Bar and happy hour specials at ABC the Tavern.

Bring a blanket, chair and some friends and enjoy free entertainment this summer in Uptown!

The Beat UPTOWN hours:
Thursday, July 10 from 6-9 p.m.
Repeats every Thursday through Aug. 28.

For more information, visit The Beat UPTOWN.


July 1, 2014

2014 Fourth of July Fireworks

Not sure when your community is hosting a fireworks display this year? Want to view fireworks on more days than just July 4? Check out this list of Independence Day fireworks, compiled by WKYC, to view Fourth of July celebrations near your neighborhood.

Wednesday, July 2
Cleveland: July 2 (10 p.m.) at Public Square (Cleveland Symphony Star Spangled Spectacular) and July 4 (10 p.m.) in The Flats
Elyria: July 2 (9:55 p.m., festivities run 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., rain date July 3) at West Park, 1200 Foster Ave.

Thursday, July 3
Avon Lake: July 3 (dusk) at Weiss Field, 33401 Webber Road
Bratenahl: July 3 (dusk) at Village Park
Chardon: July 3 (dusk, rain date of July 5) at Chardon High School
Cuyahoga Falls: July 3 and 4 (dusk) at Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Road
Independence: July 3 (dusk) at Elmwood Park, 6963 Selig Drive
Medina: July 3 (dusk) at Medina High School, 777 E. Union St.
North Ridgeville: July 3 (dusk) at South Central Park, 7565 Avon Belden Road
Oberlin: July 3 (dusk, rain date of July 5) at the Oberlin Sports Complex (Splash Zone), 225 W. Hamilton Road
Wellington: July 3 at Lorain County fairgrounds

Friday, July 4
Akron: July 4 (9:45 p.m.) at Lock 3 downtown, 200 S. Main St.
Alliance: July 4 at Silver Park, 2930 S. Union Ave.
Ashland: July 4 (dusk) at Community Stadium, 1441 King Road
Aurora: July 4 (9:45 p.m.) at West Pioneer baseball fields
Avon: July 4 at All-Pro Freight Stadium
Bay Village: July 4 (9:45 p.m.) at Cahoon Memorial Park
Berea: July 4 (10 p.m.) at Coe Lake
Canton: July 4 (dusk) at 800 McKinley Monument
Cleveland: July 4 (10 p.m.) in The Flats
Cuyahoga Falls: July 3 and 4 (dusk) at Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Road
Geneva-on-the-Lake: July 4 (10 p.m.) Al Mraz Drive
Lakewood: July 4 (9:30 p.m.) at Lakewood Park
Lorain: July 4 (10 p.m.) at Black River Landing
Mentor: July 4 (9:30 p.m.) at the Civic Center, 8600 Munson Road
North Canton: July 4 (dusk with festivities all day) at Hoover High School Memorial Stadium parking lot
Olmsted Falls: July 4 (10 p.m.) at Olmsted Falls Middle School
Sandusky: July 4 and 5 (10 p.m.) at Cedar Point
Solon: July 4 (dusk) at Solon Community Park, 6679 Som Center Road
Strongsville: July 4 (10 p.m.) at 16000 Foltz Industrial Parkway
Westlake: June 29 (10 p.m.) at Crocker Park and July 4 (dusk) at Clague Park, Clague Road and Hilliard Boulevard
Wickliffe: July 4 (dusk) at Coulby Park, 28730 Ridge Road
Willoughby: July 4 (9:45 p.m.) at South High School
Wooster: July 4 (10 p.m.) at Burbank/Oldman Road soccer field

Saturday, July 5
Hudson: July 5 (dusk) at Barlow Farm Park, 2100 Barlow Road
Huron: July 5 (10:15 p.m.) at the boat basin
New Philadelphia: July 5 (10 p.m.) at Tuscora Park, 151 Tuscora Ave. N.W.
Orrville: July 5 (10:15 p.m.) at Orr Park
Portage Lakes: July 5 (dusk) at Mason's Point over Turkeyfoot Lake at Portage Lakes State Park
Sandusky: July 4 and 5 (10 p.m.) at Cedar Point

Sunday, July 6
Auborn-Bainbridge: July 6 (dusk) at Kenston High School (enter from Snyder Road)
Fairport Harbor: July 6 (dusk) at Fairport Harbor Lakefront State Park beach

Star-Spangled Spectacular

The Fourth of July isn't until Friday, but downtown Cleveland is getting a jump start on the celebration by hosting the 25th annual Star-Spangled Spectacular tomorrow, July 2.

Since 1990, The Cleveland Orchestra has performed a free community concert filled with patriotic favorites and popular classical repertoire. The concert usually attracts around 80,000 people to Public Square.

This year's event starts at 5 p.m. with a pre-concert festival featuring food trucks and patriotic videos on jumbotron screens. The concert will take place at 9 p.m., followed by a dazzling fireworks display to light up the downtown Cleveland skyline.

The entire event is free and open to the community. For those who can't make it downtown, the concert will be broadcast live on 90.3 WCPN and 104.9 WCLV.

Star-Spangled Spectacular hours:
Wednesday, July 2 from 5-11 p.m.

For more information, visit The Cleveland Orchestra.

June 18, 2014

Lake Erie Winefest

Geneva-on-the-Lake is typically a fun summer destination for Northeast Ohioans looking to get away for the weekend. This weekend, Geneva-on-the-Lake is providing additional incentive to leave the city for a few days by hosting the 2014 Lake Erie Winefest.

Geneva has become known as wine country and some of the finest local wineries will have their wines available this weekend at the wine festival. About 15 wineries will provide samples of wine plus bottles for purchase at the Lake Erie Winefest. Tickets come with 25 tasting tickets plus a program guide to help you navigate the sea of wines available.

For an additional $5, guests can purchase a wine tasting adventure to learn how to taste wines, why clarity matters and what different aromas and tastes signify. Guests can select their own "wine adventure," choosing between dry, sweet or fruit wines as part of a special tasting wheel.

Besides wine, the festival also will feature artwork by local crafters and artists, as well as a selection of food.

Adult tickets cost $25. Designated driver tickets and tickets for those under 21 are available for $10. Wine adventure tickets cost $5 with the purchase of an adult admission ticket.

The festival takes place at "The Landing" Lakefront Market Place, adjacent to the Old Firehouse Winery on Lake Road.

Celebrate the official start of summer by sampling some of the finest wines Northeast Ohio has to offer!

Lake Erie Winefest hours:
Saturday, June 21 from 1-8 p.m.
Sunday, June 22 from 1-8 p.m.

For more information, visit Geneva Landing.

June 13, 2014

25th annual Parade the Circle

Photo courtesy clevelandart.org
Cleveland is home to a thriving arts community. To celebrate the arts and the creative spirit of the city, the Cleveland Museum of Art will host the 25th annual Parade the Circle and Circle Village tomorrow, June 14.

Parade the Circle began in 1990 as a trial run for the Cleveland Museum of Art's 75th anniversary in 1991. The parade featured about 125 paraders its inaugural year. Twenty-five years later, the parade now includes about 1,500 participants walking before a crowd of more than 75,000 people.

The parade brings University Circle to life with giant floats, towering stilt-walkers, bright costumes, colorful puppets and unique artwork. National and international artists travel to Cleveland every summer to participate in the annual parade.

Following the noon parade, Circle Village will offer family-friendly activities, entertainment and food until 4 p.m. on Wade Oval.

The parade begins and ends at the Cleveland Museum of Art, moving counterclockwise along Wade Oval and East Boulevard. Parking is available at the art museum and at surrounding lots.

Free trolleys will transport guests to University Circle from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Pick-up/drop-off locations are the Capitol Theatre on West 65th Street and Detroit Avenue and The Music Settlement on Magnolia Drive and Mistletoe Drive.

Both the parade and Circle Village are free and will take place rain or shine!

Parade the Circle and Circle Village hours:
Saturday, June 14 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Parade begins at noon

For more information or directions, visit Cleveland Art.