MLK Day Events in Northeast Ohio

MLK Day Events in Northeast Ohio

Things to do in Cleveland Martin Luther King Day

Schools are closed Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and it’s a great opportunity to plan family activities. From commemorative events to special happenings and free admission to area attractions, there is plenty to do in the greater Cleveland/Akron region. Check the list below to plan your family’s day.


January 12

Cleveland Orchestra MLK Celebration Concert. The 40th annual free concert in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 7 p.m. Tickets, while free, are required.


January 16

‘I Have a Dream’ Cloud Mobile. Create your own “I Have A Dream” cloud mobile in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Walz Branch Library, 7910 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, 216-623-7095,


January 19

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Concert. A special tribute to the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., which will feature spirituals, arts songs, music by African American composers and audience participation. 3-4 p.m. The Music Settlement, 11125 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland,


January 20

City Year Cleveland: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Each year, AmeriCorps members and other volunteers head out into local communities and work on service projects. This year’s annual MLK Day of Service will take place at Cleveland’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Academy, located at 800 Linn Drive, from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities Fair. This event enables the University of Akron and local community to utilize the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday as a “day on” rather than a “day off.” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. University of Akron, Jean Hower Taber Student Union Ballroom,

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. Tour the Maltz Museum’s core and special exhibitions while enjoying hands-on crafts and activities on this family-friendly free day. 10:30 a.m. Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood,

I Have a Dream. Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with activities and crafts, and share your dream on the wall. All day. Medina County District Library, 210 S. Broadway St., 330-725-0588,

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. Celebrate King’s vision by recharging your imagination with hands-on art activities, games and storytelling paired with artists from the museum’s contemporary collection. 1 S. High St.,

MLK: Film and Discussion. Come for a viewing of the film “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: A Historical Perspective” and participate in a discussion. 2-3:30 p.m. Warrensville Hts. Branch Library, 4415 Northfield Road,

Cleveland Orchestra MLK Community Open House. Visitors are invited to Severance Hall for a free day of music and community engagement. Performances and family activities take place throughout the day.

Ice Fest. Part of Cleveland’s MLK Jr. Day celebration, this free public event features live ice carving demos, character meet and greets, ice slide, hot cocoa, cookies, crafts and more than 30 ice creations from world renowned ice carvers. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. North Coast Harbor,

Discounted Admission to Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Every guest who donates $1 or more to the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland will receive discounted same-day $10 admission to the aquarium. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland,

35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program. Cleveland Public Library’s annual tribute features a keynote address by Dr. Akram Boutros, president and CEO of the MetroHealth System. Robert Madison will be honored with the 2020 Drum Major for Change Award. 150 Unsung Drum Majors for Change will also be recognized. These are everyday individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the mission of opening windows of opportunity, reflective of the spirit of Dr. King and his mission. John Hay Campus High School Auditorium, 2075 Stokes Blvd., Cleveland,

Cleveland Museum of Art MLK Day Celebration. Celebrate King’s legacy through art, dance, theater, spoken word and music. Enjoy art activities. Family Art Stories, gospel and jazz music, and a Martin Luther King & Black History Tribute. 11150 East Blvd.,


January 20-25

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Stop by the library any time during the week for crafts and activities to celebrate the legacy and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, 440-934-4743,


January 21

Let’s Celebrate MLK. Learn about the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate his legacy. 4:45-5:45 p.m. Sterling Branch Library, 2200 E. 30th St., Cleveland,


Free Admissions: Monday Jan. 20

Akron Zoo, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

Cleveland History Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Discovery Day: Talk with curators outside of their labs and see specimens that are not usually on display. Join astronomy staff in the Shafran Planetarium for $1 mini shows and meet Cleveland’s neighborhood wildlife in special live-animal presentations.)

Great Lakes Science Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

International Women’s Air & Space Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

Rink at Wade Oval, noon-7 p.m.

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


University Circle Inc. Free Shuttle
University Circle Inc. will provide a free shuttle bus to take visitors to all MLK Day participating organizations in University Circle. The shuttle will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and will stop at the following locations: Cleveland History Center, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Severance Hall (The Cleveland Orchestra), and the Rink at Wade Oval.

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