CLEVELAND — If you weren’t already excited about heading into the first weekend of fall, we’ve got a breakdown for you of tons of events to get you outside in this beautiful weather we’re having in Northeast Ohio.
Even though it still feels like summer for now, we had to throw in at least one pumpkin event to the fall ball rolling. There’s also lots of opportunity to expand your mind, hang out with the family, and get your body moving.
Plus, if you play your cards right, you could be watching Cleveland take on the Ravens with former Browns player Bob Golic.
(Make sure you find an alternate route into Cleveland if you usually travel on I-77, because it will be closed through Monday.)
What: The “feast of creativity” returns to downtown Cleveland this weekend. The 300,000+ square foot wonderland includes art, technology, and immersive experiences, with art installations lighting up the sky in its Illumination Island area, a section for innovation called IngenuityLabs, an area dedicated to wellness, live music, local vendors and more. You can grab a full weekend pass for $10 here.
Where: Hamilton Collaborative at 5401 Hamilton Avenue in Cleveland
When: Friday at 6 p.m. – Sunday at 6 p.m.
Channel 3’s Monica Robins rocks out with the Whiskey Kings
What: Channel 3 Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins is rocking out with her band, the Whiskey Kings, tonight! You don’t want to miss this.
Where: Legends Sports Bar and Grill at 8735 Day Drive in Parma
When: Friday from 8 p.m. - ?
Crocker Park Restaurant Week
What: The 2nd annual Stark Enterprises Restaurant Week in Crocker Park extends through this weekend. Aladdin’s eatery, Barroco arepa bar and Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse are among a few participating. New this year, the event has partnered with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help support the organization’s mission of providing nutritious meals to local communities in need.
Where: Crocker Park at 189 Crocker Park Blvd in Westlake
When: Restaurant hours vary
What: The Akron Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay is the marquee event of the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series. The course winds through beautiful West Akron neighborhoods, crosses the iconic All-America bridge into North Hill, takes runners down the all-new Main St. and into the Firestone Park neighborhoods before returning to downtown on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail where a world-class finish inside Canal Park Stadium and popular Finisher Festival on the field awaits
Where: The starting like is at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and the finish line is at Canal Park baseball field at 300 S Main Street in Akron
When: The race starts at 7:30 a.m. and the finish line festival and awards end at 2 p.m.
Vermilion Tour of Homes
What: Main Street Vermilion’s Tour of Homes this year is extra special this year with an easily walkable tour of four beautiful homes in Historic Harbourtown as well as looks inside the Captain Gilchrist Guesthouse, Vermilion Opera House, Vermilion Lighthouse and Moes Marine Historic Boatyard. Advance sale tickets are $25 and can be purchased online (with a small processing fee) or at Main Street Vermilion, Monday through Sunday, from 12-4PM. Tickets will be available the day of the tour for $30.
Where: Start at Main Street Vermilion at 685 Main Street to pick up maps
When: Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Harry Potter Bar Crawl
What: The traveling Harry Potter Bar Crawl has come to downtown Cleveland! The first stop is Rumors and the second stop is Ivy, with lots more beyond that, including group photo ops along the way. Ticks are $25, which waives your door charge at all establishments for the night, and for an extra $10 you get your own wand! You should plan to dress up because there’s a prize for top outfit!
Where: Starting at Rumors at 1266 W 6th Street in downtown Cleveland
When: Saturday from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Meet and Greet with former Browns player Bob Golic
What: Fans of the Cleveland Browns and 90’s nostalgia can unite at JACK Thistledown Racino on Sunday for a meet and greet with former Browns player Bob Golic as the Browns take on the Baltimore Ravens. The Cleveland native will host the day’s tailgate party.
Where: Cleo’s Hometown Bar located inside the racino at 21501 Emery Road in North Randall
When: Sunday from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
5th Annual Ohio City Street Festival
What: Arts and culture, food, and family-friendly activities like large-scale board games will take center stage in Ohio City this weekend. This event is FREE and open to everyone! Live music and vendors will fill the neighborhood with energy while people eat, drink and enjoy all that Ohio City has to offer. There will be a special Kid Zone with arts performances, interactive games, activities, crafts, inflatables and more.
Where: West 25th Street in Ohio City
When: Sunday from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
3rd Annual Bark for Brews animal rescue benefit
What: This dog-friendly event full of food and fun benefits the Love-A-Stray Dog Non-Profit Rescue. There will be a food truck, raffles, door prizes, live music by Kearsten Kopf & Rick Keane, and Grateful Dog Bakery will be on site, too. People are invited to come with or without their four-legged best friends all to help save more dogs! The first 200 people to show up will get a custom glass with their $8 donation. The event hosts ask that if you plan to bring your pet, please be sure your dog is well socialized, non-reactive, and please leave retractable leashes at home.
Where: Railroad Brewing Company at 1010 Center Road in Avon
When: Sunday from 2-5 p.m.
What: At Heritage Farms’ annual celebration of the fall season, Pumpkin Pandemonium, you can bring the family to go on a scavenger hunt, get lost in the Harvest Maze and take a relaxing hayride touring around the farm. They have pumpkins of all sizes, gourds, corn stalks, and straw bales as well! The cost is $9 per person for activities and $4 for hayrides. Bundles are available. Heritage Farms loves animals but asks that you leave your pets at home.
Where: Heritage Farms at 6050 Riverview Road in Peninsula
When: From Saturday to Oct. 27, Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Wednesday – Friday from 2-6 p.m. (limited activities), and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays