CLEVELAND — With Halloween (mostly) behind us and the holiday season fast approaching, we have your weekend guide here to help you to make the most of that extra hour of sleep between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Since Halloween fell on a Thursday this year, there are a few events still going on to celebrate the occasion, and with the start of November comes Día de Muertos, a Mexican and Latin American holiday honoring the deceased in our lives.
November 1 is also sort of the unofficial start of the holiday season, so we've got a Christmas-themed idea for fun for all ages.
America SCORES Cleveland Poetry SLAM!
What: America SCORES Cleveland’s annual Poetry SLAM has arrived! This year, 28 teams will present original works of spoken word expressing their world views. This event is sponsored by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and ArtSTART through Ohio Arts Council, making it free and open to the public.
Where: Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University
When: Friday from 5-8:30 P.M. (Reception begins at 5 P.M. and SLAM begins at 6 P.M.)
What: This is your chance to party like a monSTAR at this Halloween party and drag show.which includes a costume contest with prizes for first, second and third place. As for the performers, the headliners will be Maxi Glamour from St Louis featured in the show Dragula Season 3, Samantha Echo who was voted “Cleveland Scene Best Drag Queen 2019”, Aurora Thunder who was voted "Cleveland Scene Best Drag Queen 2018 & 2017", Carly Uninemclite from Camp Wannakiki season 2 and 15 local drag queens and kings. Local drag stars who will be there include Kaydance Jane, Jared Jameson, terri Williams, Dakota Cox, Lexi Pro, Calypso Riley, Natasshja Norielle, Stix Stones, Pineapple, Lady J Martinez, Angelica Arkett and Ginger Breadhaus. This event for people ages 18 and up will be hosted by Ryan Clopton-Zymler and is produced by Ohio Burlesque with Cleveland Burlesque. Advance general admission tickets are $15.00 and entry at the door costs $20.
Where: The Beachland Ballroom at 15711 Waterloo Road in Cleveland
When: Friday starting at 8:30 P.M. (Doors open at 7:30 P.M.)
15th annual Día de Muertos Ohio event
What: This vibrant cultural celebration for the whole family is a treasured holiday in Mexico and throughout Latin America, honoring the memory of those who have passed. This day-long event features indoor and outdoor art installations, Latin food, live music, performances and a colorful “Skulls & Skeletons” parade.
Where: Cleveland Public Theatre campus at 6205 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland
When: Saturday from 11 A.M. – 10 P.M. (Parade starts at 3:30 P.M.)
What: Akron Artwalk is always the first Saturday of the month from 5-9 pm at Summit Artspace, Northside and other area locations. Throughout the evening artists will be working on photography, painting, sculpture, collage, glass, found objects and fiber artistry in their studios at Summit Artspace, with many spaces doubling as shops where you can browse the artwork for sale. Galleries are open and admission is free. There’s also a free trolley providing transportation to and from artwalk locations.
Where: Summit Artspace at 140 East Market Street in Akron
When: Saturday from 5-9 P.M.
Chelsea Handler comes to Northeast Ohio
What: Chelsea Handler’s Stand-up Comedy tour, “Life Will Be the Death of Me,” is stopping in town this weekend. Tickets are still available, starting at $45 on Ticketmaster. The tour is promoting her new book by the same name.
Where: MGM Northfield Park at 10777 Northfield Road
When: Saturday from 8-10 P.M.
The Naught List – A Christmas-themed escape room
What: Christmas is almost here and you’re on the Naughty List! Your only hope is to sneak into Santa’s house and move your name from the Naughty List to the Nice List. Don’t get caught or you’ll be on the Naughty List forever! This holiday-themed escape room is completely suitable for families while still being fun and challenging for adults. The escape room is best for groups of 4-10 players.
Where: Perplexity Games Escape Room (Cleveland) at 2515 Jay Avenue
When: Friday through December 31, reservations required (book here)