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What to do with family in Northeast Ohio this Memorial Day weekend

From food to fun, there's something for everyone, even if the weather doesn't cooperate the whole time.

CLEVELAND — This weekend kicks off the unofficial start to summer, and while the weather is looking less than ideal Friday and Saturday, things are looking up for Sunday and the holiday. Even if the weather isn't cooperating, there are tons of things to do both indoors and outside this weekend.

“It’s not the best outside,” Director of Brewing Operations at The Market Garden Brewing Company, Pat Daniels said. “We are happy to kick off today and welcome people in.”

Market Garden Brewery is reopening its doors for tours for the first time since the pandemic forced them to stop. You can follow the brewing process from start to finish.

The tour ends at the tasting bar, where those who are touring can sample four different beers, something that hasn’t been available here in the brewery in over a year.

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Of course, summer means food and festivals, and with COVID-19 restrictions easing, many festivals decided to give it a go this year. That includes the Tremont Greek Fest, which is offering both drive-up and walk-up food options this year. The menu includes:

  • Lamb Shank Dinner, served with Greek-style green beans, rice pilaf and Greek Salad
  • Pork Souvlaki Sandwich Dinner, served with Greek-style green beans, rice pilaf and Greek Salad
  • Baked Chicken Oregano Dinner, served with Greek-style green beans, rice pilaf and Greek Salad 
  • Gyro sandwich
  • Spanakopita

There are many other items listed on the menu as well, and you can even order online for pickup at the link above.

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Berea's National Rib Cook-Off & Beer Fest is also happening this weekend at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. The hours are:

  • Friday 5/28 from noon - 11 p.m.
  • Saturday 5/29 from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Sunday 5/30 from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Monday 5/31 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 and the event goes on rain or shine.

If you need to get out of the house and it's raining, check out one of Northeast Ohio's many museums. From the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, to MoCA, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center, and even the McKinley Museum in Canton, there are plenty of fun, family-friendly places to head out this weekend.

“We really start to see an uptick in crowds on Memorial Day weekend,” The Director of Promotions for University Circle Incorporated, Becky Voldrich, said.

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“You can go to the Cleveland museum of art – it’s free,” Voldrich said. “[For kids], of course you can’t miss a ride on the Euclid beach park carousel. The Cleveland history center and botanical gardens both offer discounts to for active military and veterans.”

Cedar Point Shores Waterpark is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, after being shut down all last summer due to COVID-19. The waterpark features 18 acres of slides, showers and pools, and is perfect for cooling off and having fun.

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When the sun comes back out on Sunday, head out with the family or enjoy a quiet walk by yourself in one of Northeast Ohio's many parks. Cleveland Metroparks, Summit Metro Parks, Stark Parks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park have hundreds of trail options from which to choose.

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If you're just looking to lounge around and relax, you can always download one of our 3News podcasts. There are several to choose from: 

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