September 23, 2014

NEOCycle Night Ride

Northeast Ohio's cycling culture has grown dramatically in recent years. Many neighborhoods have added bike lanes to main roads and organizations that promote bike culture and alternative methods of transportation continue to pop up across the city.

To celebrate Cleveland's cycling culture, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will host a special Night Ride this Saturday as part of NEOCycle, the city's first weekend-long urban cycling festival.

The Night Ride will begin at Edgewater Park and take bikers on a journey down the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway through Gordon Square, Battery Park and the North Coast Harbor neighborhood, before returning to Edgewater Park. Riders will take in spectacular views of the sunset and the Downtown Cleveland skyline.

Each participant will receive a Micro Sport Headlight and a flashing LED light. All riders must wear helmets and follow bike laws.

The full ride costs $35 per person while the half tour costs $30. Online registration closes at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. On-site registration will be available at Edgewater Park from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Prior to the race, riders can participate in several contests, including the Glow and Roll bike decoration contest, Wacky Wheels costume contest and #ThisIsCLE outfit contest. Contests will be judged between 6 and 7 p.m. at Edgewater with winners being announced around 7:30 p.m.

After the race, be sure to hang out at Edgewater Park for drinks and live music!

NEOCycle's Night Ride hours:
Saturday, Sept. 27 from 6-11 p.m.

For more information or to view a complete schedule of events for the festival, visit NEOCycle.


September 19, 2014

Whiskey Island Brew-B-Q

Fall is right around the corner but there's still one last chance to soak up the summer sun this weekend at Whiskey Island!

Hosted by Great Lakes Brewing Co., the Whiskey Island Brew-B-Q will feature some of the area's tastiest BBQ, interactive booths, food trucks, a corn hole tournament and a Great Lakes Beer Tent with a special collaboration beer available that day brewed by Great Lakes and Fifty West Brewery.

Local bands Billy Likes Soda, The Jimmy Jack Band and The Spazmatics will perform live throughout the afternoon.

Tickets start at $15 and children aged 10 and under are admitted for free. Proceeds benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.

Soak up the last rays of summer on the lakefront with Whiskey Island Brew-B-Q!

Whiskey Island Brew-B-Q hours:
Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

For more information, visit Whiskey Island.

August 29, 2014

2014 Cleveland National Air Show

One noticeable thing missing from Labor Day weekend last year was the sound of jets and planes flying through the sky in downtown Cleveland. Fortunately, the Cleveland National Air Show is back in action this year!

The air show features a variety of acts, including the U.S. Army Golden Knights Precision Parachute Team, vertical takeoff of the British Aeroxpace Sea Harrier, an L-39 Albatross jet demonstration and the Shockwave jet truck that spews fire. The famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels will close out the show each day.

If you want to sit near the action, tickets for Burke Lakefront Airport are $23 for adults or $16 for children aged 6 to 11 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under are admitted for free. You can also check out the show for free from multiple locations downtown, such as the plaza of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the grounds near the Great Lakes Science Center and the East 9th Street pier.

Don't miss this Cleveland Labor Day weekend tradition!

2014 Cleveland National Air Show hours:
Saturday, Aug. 30 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
*No entry/re-entry after 3 p.m.

For more information, visit Cleveland National Air Show.

August 28, 2014

Smoke on the Water Labor Day Festival

Music Box Supper Club is the newest addition to The Flats in downtown Cleveland. Located next to Shooters, the restaurant/music hall hopes to showcase some of the best national touring musicians and local musicians on its two stages.

This weekend, the Music Box will celebrate its recent opening and the long weekend with the Smoke on the Water Labor Day Festival.

Starting Friday, the venue will be serving up some tasty BBQ while hosting performances by a variety of bands throughout the weekend, including Cats on Holiday, the JiMiller Band, Backstage Politics and the Joe Moorhead Band, among others. Admission is free all weekend.

Celebrate Labor Day weekend by relaxing by the water at Music Box Supper Club!

Smoke on the Water Labor Day Festival hours:
Friday, Aug. 29 from 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30 from 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 30 from 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 31 from 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
*Dining begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 29 and 11 a.m. Aug. 30, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

For more information or directions, visit Music Box Supper Club.

August 21, 2014

Salute: A Toast to Taste

Wine and beer lovers won't want to miss this event!

Since relocating to the East Bank of the Flats last year, Lago Restaurant and Wine Bar has been hosting various events to encourage the community to check out their new location. Their newest event, Salute, celebrates food and drink.

Guests will enjoy an array of top European wines and craft beers. Each wine and beer has been carefully paired with one of eight tasting stations, featuring delectable bites created by Lago's chefs. It all takes place on Lago's veranda where guests can enjoy beautiful views of the sunset and Downtown Cleveland's skyline.

General tickets cost $40 and include 16 drink tickets and complimentary paired appetizers. VIP tickets are $60 and include drink tickets, complimentary paired appetizers as well as access to a special VIP area with additional high-end wines and beers.

Salute: A Toast to Taste hours:
Saturday, Aug. 23 from 8 p.m.-midnight

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Salute.

August 13, 2014

116th Feast of the Assumption
The Assumption of Mary is an important holy day for Catholics around the world. For the last 116 years, Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood has been celebrating this feast day with a weekend-long festival.

The 116th Feast of the Assumption kicks off Aug. 14 with rides, games and food at Holy Rosary and vendors lining Mayfield and Murray Hill Roads. The festivities continue into the weekend with live music, strolling entertainment, special sales at local stores and plenty of Italian food and dessert!

The actual holy day, Aug. 15, will include a solemn mass at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, followed by a massive procession through the streets. The procession is truly a sight to behold, with thousands of locals, many dressed in traditional Italian costumes, carrying a giant statue of Mary up and down Little Italy. The feast closes on Sunday with a final candlelight procession at 9:30 p.m. and fireworks at Tony Brush Park.

You don't want to miss out on one of Cleveland's longest running summer festivals!

116th Feast of the Assumption hours:
Thursday, Aug. 14 from 6-11 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 15 from noon to midnight
Saturday, Aug. 16 from noon to midnight
Sunday, Aug. 16 from noon to 11 p.m.

For more information, visit Historic Little Italy.

August 7, 2014

Drink & Dazzle - GG9 Celebration

The 2014 Gay Games 9 kick off in Cleveland this Saturday, Aug. 9 with an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. To get everyone in the celebratory mood, PlayhouseSquare will host a happy hour beginning at 3 p.m.

Guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne during the "Drink & Dazzle" happy hour as they socialize with athletes, singers and supporters of the Gay Games in the State Theatre lobby. The GE chandelier will be shining bright outside at East 14th Street and Euclid Avenue where visitors are invited to take a selfie.

Admission is free.

Drink & Dazzle - GG9 Celebration hours:
Saturday, Aug. 9 from 3-6 p.m.

For more information, visit PlayhouseSquare.