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Summer in Akron: 2022 events schedule announced

Over 40 summer events are coming to the Akron's Lock 3

AKRON, Ohio — The City of Akron, Mayor Horrigan and Akron's Lock 3 have announced a full slate of events coming to Akron in the coming months. Summer 2022 will feature more than 40 community events taking place at Akron's Lock 3. You can see the full calendar here.

Returning favorites include the Rib, White and Blue Festival on the 4th of July weekend, the 73rd annual Italian American Festival and Akron Pizza Fest.

Lock 3 announced the 'Rock the Lock' concert series on April 15 which is set to open its season on Friday, May 27. You can read about the announcement here:

Akron releases 2022 Rock the Lock concert schedule

Below is a list of various events provided by the City of Akron and Lock 3 to keep your eye on this summer:

Save The Date! Downtown Summer Season Kickoff May 19th 

Watch for special events including downtown activities, giveaways, happy hour specials and local music! More info to come!

Saturday Events and Concerts: Gates open at 6pm concerts begin at 7pm.

  • June 25: OLD SCHOOL SOUL Part 1 featuring Average White Band with SLAVE Stay tuned for ticket info. 
  • July 9: Night of Blues featuring Black Cat Roberts 
  • July 16: Who’s Bad- The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience with UMOJAH NATION. Free Admission
  • August 13: We ARE The Weirdos presents Punk Rock Flea Market. This summer event will be stacked with 60+ alternative artists/ vendors, crafters, unique makers and small local independent businesses from all over Akron and the surrounding cities and communities. Free Admission
  • August 20: OLD SCHOOL SOUL Part 2.  Stay tuned for band and ticket info.

Gospel Sundays

Enjoy local gospel sounds on the banks of Lock 4. Located next to Lock 3 and behind the Akron Civic Theatre. Free Admission. 4-6pm

  • July 10: Truth Mime Ministry and Friends - New Hope Baptist Church and Providence Baptist Church
  • July 31: Donell Phipps & Delivered
  • August 14: Exalting Him Gospel Choir and Akron Freedom Recovery Worship
  • August 31: Mt. Haven Baptist Church

Sunday Cinema

Join Lock 3 on Sunday evenings this summer (beginning June 5 and ending August 28) and enjoy a special theme and movie for the entire family. Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Check www.lock3live.com for upcoming schedule.

Festivals (Concerts begin at 7pm)

  • July 1-4: Rib White and Blue Festival, 11am-11pm, Free Admission. Concerts begin at 7pm
  • July 1: E5C4P3 Journey Tribute with Monica Robins & The Whiskey Kings
  • July 2: Bruce in The USA World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with Sinners and Saints
  • July 3: GPG Best of Queen the Georgia Players Guild Presents The Best of Queen with Xcess featuring Andrea
  • July 23-24: African American Cultural Festival, 11am-10:45pm. Music TBA
  • August 4-6: 73rd Annual Italian American Festival, 11am-11pm, Free Admission
  • August 4: Lights Out America’s #1 Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
  • August 5: Abba Mania Abba Tribute with Dance Fever
  • August 6: Wanted A Bon Jovi Tribute
  • August 27: Akron Pride Festival
  • September 2-4: Akron PizzaFest Admission $5 | Opens daily at 11 am. Concerts begin at 7pm
  • Friday, Sept. 2, ZOSO The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute with RAVENWOOD
  • Saturday, Sept. 3, Stevie Ray Visited A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan with Anya Van Rose

Live & Local at Lock 3: Wednesday nights at Lock 3 are dedicated to the best local music Akron has to offer! Join the FREE concert series from 7-9 pm on Wednesdays July 6 through September 7. Follow Lock 3’s Facebook page for details when bands are announced.

City of Akron Lock 3 Partnered Events: 

  • Sat. May 7Color Vibe 5K
  • Sat. May 21: Bark in the Park
  • Sat. June 18: Step into Autism
  • Thurs. July 14: Elevate Akron
  • Sat. July 16: Andrea Rose Teodosio 5k
  • Mon. July 18Soap Box Derby Welcome Ceremony
  • Sun. August 14: Towpath 50 Bike Ride
  • Sat. August 20: New Roo Weekend –University of Akron Welcome

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