CLEVELAND — There's a lot going on in Northeast Ohio this weekend, and we've put together a rundown of the highlights to make sure you and your friends can make the most of it all.
Whether you love a good dog, good scare, good bourbon or a good run, there is something here for everyone.
We've also got the details on the final arrangements for Cleveland sports broadcasting legend Fred McLeod, so make sure you read to the very end if you'd like to take part in his final farewell (in person or online).
Cedar Point HalloWeekends
What: Every year Cedar Point transforms into a ghoulish adventure during the Halloween season. This year the fun starts on the incredibly appropriate night of Friday the 13th. If you get there early, you can even watch six couple say “til death do us part” in their finest freaky attire. Get your tickets at the park’s website.
Where: Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, at 1 Cedar Point Drive
When: Starting this weekend and through Oct. 27, the park will be open on Fridays from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the park will be open two extra hours, until 10 p.m. The ghoulish wedding ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Harvest Fear fright zone, right in front of Town Hall in Frontier Town.
Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival
What: The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival kicks off this week. The event highlights emerging artists and showcases minority films which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes. Tickets to opening night are available here for $25 and you can grab movie passes for every showing start at $75 here.
Where: Atlas Cinemas at Shaker Square, at 13116 Shaker Square in Cleveland
When: Running from September 12-20, the first film on Thursday begins at 6 p.m. and on Friday at 1 p.m. Check out the full schedule here.
Bourbon & Bacon Fest
What: This Saturday, the Flats will be taken over by 30 different bourbons, eight food vendors in tents offereing specialty bacon dishes and live music from Rock The House Live. VIP admission will run you $65 and general admission tickets are available for $55. You can buy either one here.
Where: The Flats East Bank, at Old River Road and West 10th Street in downtown Cleveland
When: VIP tickets holders can start sampling at 4 p.m. and general admission opens at 5 p.m. The event closes at 9 p.m.
Luke Bryan’s Sunset Repeat Tour
What: Luke Bryan brings his tour to Northeast Ohio, along with Cole Swindell and Jon Langston. Tickets are still available through Live Nation. If you’re going with a group, here’s a heads up that there's a limit of six tickets per person.
Where: Blossom Music Center, 1145 W Steels Corners Road in Cuyahoga Falls
When: Saturday, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The 9th Annual Crocker Park Wine Festival
What: The festival will benefit University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, the leading pediatric facility in Northeast Ohio. The wine festival is sponsored by our friends at Market District and will showcase over 150 wines from local, national and international producers and more than 30 select craft beers and a variety of spirits. Guests will enjoy live music, food, exhibitors, and various activities throughout the weekend.
There are tons of options for ticketing. You can buy your single day ticket here for $30 if you do it by Thursday or just pay $35 to get in when you get there. Two-day passes are also available.
Where: Crocker Park Mall, along South Main Street
When: Friday from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday from 2-10 p.m.
Woofstock 2019 – The Biggest Dog Festival in Northeast Ohio
What: The Geauga Human Society’s outdoor fundraiser will have all kinds of fun for pups and their parents. With contests, food trucks, shopping for the humans and games for the fur babies everyone will be sure to have a doggone good time! Kids 10 and under get in free. Adults can choose whether to buy a $5 wristband, $10 bandana or $25 t-shirt to join in on the festivities. You can register in advance and get more information here or just show up at the event and buy your swag there.
Where: Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field, at the corner of Chagrin River Road and South Woodland Road (Route 87)
When: Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pixel Photo Fest Cleveland
What: Pixel Photo Fest is an immersive, three-day photographic experience offering informative workshops, award-winning speakers, hands-on activities and gear trials for creatives of all levels. Partners include Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Canon and Olympus. If you only want to check out the trade show, you can get in for $15. For all of the programming, one-day Sunday tickets are available for $129 and you can get a three-day pass for $40 more. You can get all of those tickets here.
Where: The Wolstein Center on Cleveland State University campus at 2000 Prospect Avenue East
When: Packet pickup is open from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Thursday, with a welcome event from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at CLE Urban Winery. The programming takes place on Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Chalk Festival 2019
What: Amateurs and professional artists are invited to make their weekend a lot more colorful. People will be using the walkways around the CMA’s Fine Arts Garden as a colorful canvas at this annual event. Rain or shine, this is a free event for all.
Where: The Cleveland Museum of Art at 11150 East Blvd
When: Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
P.S. I Love You Race
What: This 5K and 1-mile run/walk travels through the Middlebury neighborhood, which was the first settlement in Akron. Racers will meet and get to know the people and businesses committed to revitalizing the historic community. At the end of the route, people will get to “leave a lasting impression” by contributing to a piece of public art by Mac Love of #ARTxLOVE. People can pre-register online through Friday, or sign up in person with cash or check starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Where: Kohl Family YMCA and Summa Health campus at 477 East Market Street in East Akron
When: The race kicks of at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Services honoring late Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod
What: The family of late Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod are holding services this weekend to celebrate his life.
Where and When: The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at Busch Funeral and Crematory Services in Fairview Park.
McLeod’s funeral service will take place on Sunday at noon at the Bay Presbyterian Church in Bay Village. The Cavaliers will live stream the funeral service at Cavs.com.