Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities in Northeast Ohio

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities in Northeast Ohio

Schools are closed Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and it’s a great opportunity to plan family activities. From commemorative  virtual programming to free admission to area attractions. there is plenty to do. Check the list below to plan your family’s day to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


January 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Concert Live Stream
Join Music Settlementfor an annual tradition with a  memorial concert in celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s concert will be live streamed from the BOP STOP, featuring performances from faculty and students. The concert is curated by Linda Allen and Matthew Jones. Tune in to the BOP STOP’s Facebook page at 3 p.m.

January 17 & 18

36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration. This year’s theme for the MLK 2021 program, “And Justice for All,” is inspired by the work of Dr. King, and the writings of author Leslie Snyder, celebrated abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and President Theodore Roosevelt.  Watch the program on January 17 at WUAB Channel 3 at 7 p.m and January 18 11 a.m. and on WOIO Channel 19 at 9 a.m. For more information, visit visit

January 18

MLK Day Celebration at Maltz Museum. The Museum will honor the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an all-day celebration including free Museum admission, virtual family activities, and an online program featuring special guest, Dr. David Pilgrim, founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Michigan  Including a Stop the Hate Essay Writing Workshop, online from 1 a.m.- 12 p.m. Each year the Maltz Museum awards $100,000 in scholarships and prizes to Northeast Ohio student upstanders, as part of its annual Stop the Hate contest. During this one-hour workshop designed for 6th – 12th graders, Lake Erie Ink will provide insight on how to craft a personal essay that tells a powerful story.

MLK Day (Virtual) Gallery Visit at Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Take a 20-minute live, narrated Greater Cleveland Aquarium tour and support the United Black Fund without leaving the couch. For just $5, get up-close views of animals in the Tropical Forest Gallery while learning about the conservation of endangered habitats and the often-overlooked freshwater diversity in our world.  This program takes place on Zoom and requires pre-registration. $5; all fees will be donated to the United Black Fund. For Greater Cleveland Aquarium ticket information or to register for MLK Day virtual program benefiting UBF, call 216-862-8803 or To learn more about the United Black Fund and to review the interactive 2019/2020 Annual Report to the Community, visit
Cleveland History Center MLK Celebration with Online Resources
Every year, Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) commemorates and celebrates the history, spirit, and life of one of America’s greatest heroes of social justice and equality — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, WRHS continues this commitment by creating a unique online Martin Luther King, Jr. Day resource. On this day of reflection, take the time to experience this curated collection of free digital programs, activities, and content you can safely explore from home
Great Lakes Science Center Virtual Celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
 In order to serve more guests due to the capacity restrictions brought on by the global pandemic, the Science Center is migrating its celebration to an online format this year, presenting free virtual programming via its YouTube channel and Facebook page from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join them for virtual programs “Diversity Drives Innovation at NASA: A Conversation with NASA STEM Professionals” at 10 a.m., “Guy Bluford Virtual Exhibit Tour” at 11:30 a.m., “Capsule Chat/Life in Space” at 1:30 p.m. and “Lift-Off Demonstration” at 3:30 pm. Visit Online at for more information, or visit the Science Center’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Virtual Discovery Day at Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Join the museum in free, virtual programming in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Programs include The Secret Lives of Dinosaurs: Meet a Paleontologist, Human Evolution: Following in Lucy’s Footsteps, Meet the Dinosaurs, It’s Not Black & White: How a Museum Defines ‘Race’, and The Skies Above.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Day
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame  is once again offering free admission to the community in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18, courtesy of the John P. Murphy Foundation. While the museum will be open, brand new programming will premiere virtually on the Rock Hall’s YouTube channel at 12 p.m. and be available for viewing all day. The virtual programming is themed around the Rock Hall’s exhibit, “It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment” that looks at how African American artists have been using music to respond to racism, to fight for equal rights, and to promote social justice throughout the entire history of rock and roll. Programming details are available at
Martin Luther King Day Program: Becoming a Beloved Community
Cleveland Art Museum virtual program. The Beloved Community is a vision that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. popularized during the Civil Rights Movement. King’s Beloved Community is a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, poets use Michelangelo Lovelace’s painting My Home Town (1998) as a departure point to explore King’s Beloved Community. At first this painting may appear to be about racial divide; the figures that come together in the center of the picture suggest an optimistic and hopeful perspective. 6 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Akron Art Museum
Join the museum and the Akron-Summit County Public Library in a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout the day, the museum will stream videos about works from the collection that highlight significant moments in the Civil Rights Movement, in tandem with readings of work by black authors and poets on Facebook pages.

Akron Urban League’s Annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
During this virtual event, you will hear from two of of the top local leaders and two young professionals about the shared history, alliances, cooperation and conflicts, and celebrations within our Jewish and African American communities, who together, fought in the Civil Rights Movement in a strategic and significant way, culminating in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.   9-10 a.m.

Free Admissions: Monday Jan. 18

Akron Zoo, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cleveland Botanical Garden, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


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