Summer Festivals in the Cleveland/Akron Area: July & August 2018

Summer Festivals in the Cleveland/Akron Area: July & August 2018

Find family-friendly fun all month long with the following festivals taking place in Northeast Ohio.

July 6-8

Boston Mills ArtFest. Nationally recognized fine art show featuring a variety of artists from around the country, showcasing various mediums and styles. Boston Mills Ski Resort, 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula,

4th Annual St. Mary Chardon Festival. Trolley ride to the midway, rides, games, homemade food, live music, and more. 401 North St., Chardon,

July 7

Love Fest. Family-friendly music festival that includes the library fun bus, interactive life size kaleidoscope building and 20+ bands. 12:30-10 p.m. Chardon Square, Short Court Street, Chardon,

July 7-8

Taste on the Lake. Experience a creative showcase of local food, beverages, arts and music. Lakefront Reservation, Edgewater Park, Cleveland,

July 11

Cirque du Papier/Origami & Entertainment by Michael Roy. Not only will he entertain and interact with the audience, he’ll turn paper into amazing works of art. 6-8 p.m. Amherst Public Library, 221 Spring St., 440-988-4230,

July 12-14

Italian American Festival. You will not be disappointed while you walk down the scent-filled streets of gnocchi, cavatelli, pizza fritta and italian sausage. Lock 3, 200 S. Main St., Akron,,

Olde Canal Days Festival. The festival includes a grande parade, fireworks, historic displays and a vintage baseball game. Downtown Canal Fulton, 330-854-9095,

July 13-14

Farm Fest. Families can learn how to fish, drive a horse, milk a cow, ride the barrel train and more. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122,

July 13-15

Cain Park Arts Festival. Art exhibits, restaurant-quality food and entertainment. Cain Park, 14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Hts., 216-371-3000,

Anime Fest. Anime Fest returns for a third year, only at the Canton Palace Theatre. 605 Market Ave. N., Canton,

Painesville Party in the Park. Unique musical experience where many different genres including Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Funk, Pop, Indie, Folk, Rock-a-Billy, Country, Classic Rock, Jam Bands, Latin, and more are brought together.

July 14

Lakewood Summer Meltdown. This “something for everyone” event offers endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, live music and more. 4-10 p.m. Detroit Avenue in Lakewood between Marlowe and Elmwood,

Art on the Hill. Street festival with more than 80 artisans, great food, a Chinese auction of art and local prizes, photo contest, and wine tasting by four local wineries. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. East Prospect Street, Mantua Village,

July 14-15

Music in the Valley Folk & Wine Festival. Stop and listen to the musicians as they tour the grounds, and enjoy tasting wines from a select number of Ohio-based wineries. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, 330-666-3711,

July 19-22

8×10 TheatreFest. Annual contest and festival of 10-minute plays. Weathervane Playhouse, 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron, 330-836-2626,

St. Paul Grecian Festival. Experience everything about the Greek Orthodox heritage including delicious food, beverages, and pastries while listening to live, authentic Greek music. 4548 Wallings Road, North Royalton,

July 20-21

Uncorked Wine Festival. Featuring over 80 wines from around the world and 16 craft beers along with entertainment for all to enjoy. 4-9 p.m. Friday and 2-9 p.m. Saturday. Buffalo Creek Retreat, 8708 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville,

July 20-22

Alive Festival. Christian music festival and summer destination for people of all ages. Atwood Lake Park, 9298 Atwood Lake Road, Mineral City,

July 21

Willoughby ArtsFest. A great opportunity to see and purchase a wide range of juried art, enjoy music and the quaint downtown Willoughby restaurants and local merchants. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Willoughby,

Headlands Beachfest. Family-friendly celebration of wind, water and sand. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Headlands Beach State Park, 9601 Headlands Road, Mentor, 440-466-8400,

Medina Bee Festival. Watch beekeepers open a hive, taste honey, learn about beekeeping, meet Buzz the Bee, get a balloon animal and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Medina County Library, 210 S. Broadway St., 330-725-0588,

Cause & Effect Festival. Meet with Cleveland’s non-profits and activist organizations, learn more about the work they’re doing in our community and how you can help and enjoy live music and hands-on activities. Noon-5 p.m. Toby’s Plaza, 11440 Uptown Ave., Cleveland,

July 26-29

Streetsboro Family Days. Rides, food vendors galore and free admission for a huge family event.

July 27

Kids Fest. This evening of entertainment for children and families includes experiences with music, dance, art, craft making, storytelling, and interactive play. 4-8 p.m. Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Amphitheater & Pavilion, 2085 Front St.,

July 28

Wizardly World of Kent. Wizard and magic fans of all ages come together and enjoy the wonders of downtown Kent, complete with costume contests for kids and adults, live music, crafts, potion classes, photo booths, vendors, face painting, delicious food and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Downtown Kent,

DANCECleveland Summer Dance Festival. Celebrate the National Dance Day on July 28th with these fun events downtown at Playhouse Square. Presented by DANCECleveland as part of ADF in CLE Summer Dance Festival: 1:00-2:00 pm – Outdoor Mega Barre, Exercise Class (FREE open to community) on E. 14th Street. 2:00- 2:30 pm– Dance Demonstrations by La Danse Cleveland on E. 14th St. (FREE) 3:00-4:15 pm – Student Showcase, Performance (FREE ticketed event) Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square. 4:30-5:30 pm – Dancing in the Streets, (FREE community dance lesson) E. 14th Street. Get a group together, learn the So You Think You Can Dance Sponsored Day of Dance Routine, and dance in the street to have fun and even win a trophy! Learn the routine here.  7:00 pm – Festival Event- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, (Ticketed Event) Connor Palace, Playhouse Square9:00 pm-12:00 am – Silent Disco Party (FREE open to community)
on U.S. Bank Plaza

August 2

KidsFest & Flea Market. Flea Market 10 a.m.-1 p.m. KidsFest noon-3 p.m. Chardon Square, 101 S. Hambden St.,

August 3-5

Twinsday Festival. The world’s largest gathering of twins (and other multiples). 9825 Ravenna Road, Twinsburg, 330-425-3652,

August 4

40th Annual Lakewood Arts Fest. For 40 years, the Lakewood Arts Festival has brought local and national artists to the streets of Lakewood.10 a.m.-6 p.m.

August 4-5

Kent Lions Sweet Corn Festival. Fun, food, games, pony rides, entertainment and more. Noon-5 p.m. Beckwith Orchards Cider Mill, 1617 Lake Rockwell Road, Kent,

August 5

The FEST. Free family day of fun including performances by National Christian musical artists, Mom’s Relaxation Station, Dad’s Den and activities for children of every age. Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28700 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe,

Nature Arts Festival. Enjoy live music, family make-n-take projects, open mic and chalk. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township,

August 7-12

Cuyahoga County Fair. Enjoy a day at the fair with rides, performances, games, music, exhibits, animals, arts & crafts and plenty of food. 164 Eastland Road, Berea, 440-243-0090,

August 11

Fun Fest. Free family festival with arts, crafts, music, petting zoo, balloons, games, train ride, inflatables, dancing, face painting, characters and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Downtown Massillon,

August 15-18

Little Italy’s Feast of the Assumption. Four days of festivities, booths featuring Italian foods and desserts, live music, and rides for young children. Holy Rosary Church, 12021 Mayfield Road, Cleveland,

August 17-18

Great Lakes Burning River Fest. Burning River Fest invites guests to discover and celebrate Cleveland’s historic Coast Guard Station with live music, fresh food from local farms and eateries, and chef demos. Whiskey Island, West Bank of Cuyahoga River, Cleveland,

August 18

Tallmadge Circle Festival. Entertainment, children’s area with magician and pony rides, fireworks and a parade. 5:30-11 p.m. Tallmadge Circle Green, 80 Community Road, 330-633-5417,

August 25

Ukranian Village Parade & Festival. Parade route is State Road in Parma, from Grantwood Drive to St. Josaphat Ukranian Catholic Cathedral. Festival to follow at St. Josaphat, 5720 State Road,

August 31-September 3

Cleveland Oktoberfest. The Cleveland Oktoberfest is a holiday family tradition, attracting fun-lovers from every walk of life, while offering an exciting menu of activities and entertainment to delight young and old alike. Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19201 East Bagley Road, Middleburg Hts.,

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