Star 102 Must-Dos This Summer In Cleveland

One common phrase that will come out of your kids mouth during their summer vacation will be “I’m bored!”

Have no fear, we’re here to help with 102 suggestions on what to do when you hear those dreaded words.

Local Events:

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad – The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers excursions year round. The train offers an excellent view of the natural scenery and wildlife of the national park and an opportunity to learn about the history of the railroad in valley. Whether you are looking for a family trip or a company outing, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has something for everyone. Some fun events this summer include Mothers Day special trips, Murder Mystery Train, Haunted Cuyahoga, Trivia Train, Royalty and more!
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Cedar PointNow through Oct. 30 – There’s more to do than ever before! With world class rides, live entertainment, food and accommodations, thrills come in all shapes and sizes. Indulge in famous cut fries or a loaded funnel cake. Kick back and let live performers dazzle you with dance and song. Enjoy a dive on Valravn, the world’s tallest, fastest, longest dive coaster in the world! There’s so much to do, it’s easy to see why Cedar Point is the Best destination for thrills. Pick up a 2017 Season Pass and enjoy the fun all summer long!
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Cleveland Pizza FestJune 23-25 – 20,000 pizza lovers. 13 local pizza parlors. 3 fun filled days. The Cleveland PIZZA Fest is a 3-day Food and Music Festival featuring pizza parlors from all over NE Ohio.
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Cedar Point Shores – Cedar Point introduces the all-new Cedar Point Shores water park featuring four new water attractions and upgraded amenities on 18-acres of lakeside fun.
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LEGO Build It! Now through June 4 -At the Great Lakes Science Center: Build It! Engineering fun one brick at a time, presented by ArcelorMittal, is now open! The Build It! exhibition is divided into three distinct phases: Play It!, Explore It! and Move It!. The first phase, “Play It!,” is open now through May 14. Phase two is “Explore It!” – a 9-day brick festival running from May 27 through June 4 featuring workshops, opportunities to meet LEGO experts, hand-selected sculptures from some of the best LEGO artists in the country, and a few LEGO related surprises! “Move It!” is the theme of phase three, from June 17 through September 4, and it will feature the selected sculptures from Explore It! as well as simple machine exhibits developed by LEGO expert Adam Ward that will inspire guests to build their own simple machine contraptions.
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Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Outdoor Waterpark – The popular water park resort just added a new five slide tower to its existing outdoor waterpark attractions.
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Cinema At The SquareAugust 3-20 – Now in its 20th year, Cinema at the Square recreates the nostalgic movie-going experience of the 1950’s and 60’s when the Connor Palace was one of Downtown Cleveland’s premier movie theaters. Classic movie theater concessions, pre-show cartoons & shorts, and popular music on a restored 1928 Kimball organ!
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Cleveland Metroparks Centennial Concert Series June 4-September 10 – The community can also look forward to a special centennial concert series, kicking off in June. Five community concert events will be hosted throughout the Park District featuring live music from the past 100 years. Date, Era, Locations below: More Info

  • June 4 – 1917-1930s Huntington Reservation
  • June 25 – 1940s-50s Garfield Reservation
  • July 30 – 1960s-70s Bedford Reservation
  • August 20 – 1980s-90s Hinckley Reservation
  • September 10 – 2000-present North Chagrin Reservation

Taste of SummerMay 26-28 – Flats East Bank will host Taste of Summer presented by Scene this Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer and Taste of Summer is the perfect opportunity for people to get outside and enjoy the weather. The event will feature food, local music, craft cocktails, beer, local vendors, a bounce house, obstacle course, corn hole, giant Jenga, Connect 4 and Operation, volleyball and many more activities for all ages.
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The Children’s Forest at Osborn MetroPark – Erie Metroparks’ newest natural playground is ready for play with a natural embankment slide, cabin, fort, teepee, as well as a log teeter-totter and games such as I-Spy and Tic-Tac-Toe!
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Canton Blues FestJune 9-10 – Northeast Ohio’s premier free blues festival, Canton Blues Fest, will take place on two stages over two days. It’s all happening on Market Square in downtown Canton.
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Ride in VeloSanoJuly 21-23 – Bike to cure. VeloSano is more than a fundraising event. It’s more than simply a bike ride. VeloSano is a movement that will unite an entire community to help one another. The goal is to bring sustainable funding to support cancer research by enlisting the passion and energy of thousands of people who wish to give back. Whether you are an avid cyclist, a compassionate crusader, or a spirited fan, YOU can participate in VeloSano.
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Middle Bass Island Music FestivalJuly 15 – Another island, another music festival! This free live-music event on July 15 features the beautiful setting of the newly-renovated patio at the historic Lonz Winery. Bands including The Island Band, Rock N Roll Stew, North Coast Goats, and 100 Mile Haul will play from 12-7 pm. Food and drink concessions will be available as well.
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Wade Oval WednesdaysJune 14 – August 30 – Enjoy a FREE concert each Wednesday night in Wade Oval from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the heart of University Circle.
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Cleveland Orchestra at BlossomJuly 1 – September 3 – Festival highlights include Tchaikovsky Spectacular July 1 & 2 with fireworks, Best of Broadway July 17, Hollywood Heroes and Superheroes August 13 and Movie Night: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial September 1, 2 & 3.
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Up, Up and Away 5KJuly 29 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is launching a new event called the Up, Up & Awa 5K  in tandem with the annual Balloon Classic event on the Kent State University at Stark campus.
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Tater Tots & Beer FestivalJune 10 –  An event to combine two of our favorite things in the world… Tater Tots and Craft Beer!
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Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement in CantonAugust 5 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement features The Canton Repository Grand Parade, autograph sessions, and the enshrinement ceremony where the newest Hall of Fame members, the Class of 2017, will be taken to their rightful place among pro football’s elite.
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Lake Erie Crushers gameNow through Sept 3 – Grand-Slam Family Fun! Affordable tickets with an even better view of the ballpark and great promotions.
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Hessler Street Fair June 3-4 – The Hessler Street Fair remains is a festival of arts, crafts, food and music, welcoming thousands of visitors every year from all over Ohio and beyond to our corner of the world each spring.
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Lake County Captains gameNow through Sept 4 – Classic Park, located 15 minutes from downtown Cleveland, is the home of the Lake County Captains Professional Baseball Club, the Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The state-of-the-art facility features a variety of event spaces that can accommodate events of all sizes, including concerts on the playing field, fundraisers, meetings and parties.
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Akron RubberDucks gameNow through Sept 4 – This beautiful facility was designed by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. out of Kansas City, Missouri. The steel-framed edifice was built in 14 months, between January, 1996 and March, 1997. HOK is the same company that designed other baseball gems like Progressive Field in Cleveland and Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
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Parade the CircleJune 10 – A celebration of art that transforms University Circle!
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Indians gameNow through October 1 – Progressive Field is a world-class facility that was created expressly for baseball, specifically for Cleveland. This urban ballpark and Cleveland landmark offers a fan-friendly facility within an intimate environment.
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Twins Festival – August 4-6 – “Twins Days 2017—TwinCentennial” The Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio is the largest annual gathering of twins (& other multiples) in the world! This year, twins are encouraged to dress according to their country of origin, to show their state or city pride, or to represent their family heritage. For example, if your family is originally from France or Italy you can dress to represent this.
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Cleveland Gladiators game – The Cleveland Gladiators are an arena football team based in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, who play in the Arena Football League as part of the AFL National Conference.
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Browns Training Camp Dates TBA – The Browns have held training camp practices at their home site in Berea since 1992.
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47th Annual Tremont Greek FestivalMay 26-29 – Greek culture is celebrated with food, church tours, Greek bands, performers and more!
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Local Hot Spots To Visit

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroadcvsr.com

Kelleys Islandkelleysisland.com

Cleveland Metroparks Zooclevelandmetroparks.com/Zoo

PlayhouseSquareplayhousesquare.org

Marblehead Lighthouseparks.ohiodnr.gov/marbleheadlighthouse

Cleveland Museum of Artclevelandart.org

Cleveland Botanical Gardencbgarden.org

Castle Noelcastlenoel.com

Lake View Cemeterylakeviewcemetery.com

Wildwater Kingdomwildwaterfun.com

Holden Arboretumholdenarb.org/home

Great Lakes Science Centergreatscience.com

JACK Casinojackentertainment.com/cleveland

National Inventors Hall of Fameinvent.org

Malley’s Chocolatemalleys.com

William McKinley Presidential Library and Museummckinleymuseum.org

Nature Center at Shaker Lakesshakerlakes.org

Preston’s H.O.P.E. Playground Parkprestonshope.com

Ohio State Reformatorymrps.org

West Side Marketwestsidemarket.org

USS Codusscod.org

Hale Farm and Villagewrhs.org

Little Italyclevelandlittleitaly.com

Lolly The Trolleylollytrolley.com

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museumrockhall.com

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardensstanhywet.org

Greater Cleveland Aquariumgreaterclevelandaquarium.com

Memphis Kiddie Parkmemphiskiddiepark.com

Edgewater Parkclevelandmetroparks.com

e55 on the Lakeclevelandmetroparks.com

Merwin’s Wharfclevelandmetroparks.com

A Christmas Story Houseachristmasstoryhouse.com

Canton Classic Car Museumcantonclassiccar.org

Cleveland Museum of Natural Historycmnh.org

Museum of Contemporary Art Clevelandmocacleveland.org

Fun FREE Activities

  • Fly a kite
  • Go to an open mic night
  • Garage sales
  • Visit Amish country
  • Set a new world record
  • Have a yard sale
  • Volunteer
  • Test drive the newest cars
  • Host a wine tasting
  • Play golf
  • Go on a hike
  • Plant a garden
  • Go window shopping
  • Try a new brew at a local brewery
  • Try something new at a local restaurant
  • Grill
  • Watch a sunrise/sunset
  • Have a bonfire and make s’mores
  • Enjoy a cold bowl of ice cream on a hot summer day
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Go skydiving
  • Blow bubbles
  • Have car wash
  • Have a picnic
  • Host a luau
  • Play Frisbee
  • Enjoy a day at the playground
  • Play tennis
  • Set up a lemonade stand
  • Horseback riding
  • Go for a run
  • Take a road trip
  • Build a birdhouse
  • Go to a concert
  • Make your own cornhole boards and have a tournament
  • Have an outdoor movie party
  • Go to a drive-in
  • Go to a farmers market
  • Feed the ducks
  • Watch a fireworks display
  • Get your face painted
  • Go camping
  • Go canoeing
  • Go swimming
  • Rollerblade around your city
  • Sail on Lake Erie
  • Go to a local fair/carnival
  • Just sit outside and enjoy the nice weather
  • Create a scavenger hunt
  • Enter an eating contest
  • Eat healthier
  • Go fishing
  • Star gaze on a clear night
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