Cleveland’s vibrant neighborhoods host festivals and other events to celebrate their diverse music, culture and cuisine
May 2010 issue
Larchmere Boulevard and side streets, June 19
Enjoy a daylong music festival with local performers appearing on porches throughout the neighborhood.
Larchmere Neighborhood Festival
Larchmere Boulevard, Sat., July 3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
See art displays, browse a neighborhood flea market, sample drinks at a wine tasting and enjoy a local author book fair and kids’ entertainment.
13015 Larchmere Blvd., 216/795-9800,
View digital art by Sheila Markowitz in the Annex Gallery through May and enjoy music by Gene’s Jazz Hot every second Thursday, 7–9 p.m.
North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square
Saturdays, through Dec. 18, 8 a.m.–noon
Purveyors of local food and other products line Shaker Boulevard, which is closed to traffic for the morning. Musicians entertain the crowds of shoppers who enjoy the festival-like atmosphere.
Feast of the Assumption
Little Italy, Aug. 12–15
The Feast is an annual party held in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood that celebrates the Catholic Day of Assumption. Enjoy great food, a parade, games and live entertainment. Mass will be held each day of the feast, with an outdoor recitation of the rosary at 6 p.m. each evening at Holy Rosary Church.
Taste of Little Italy
Little Italy, Sept. 19, 3–7 p.m.
At this 13th annual fundraiser to benefit the students of The Montessori School at Holy Rosary, guests enjoy musical entertainment, great food and wine, and silent and live auctions.
WAREHOUSE DISTRICT/EAST 4TH STREET
Port of Cleveland, July 7–11
The Tall Ships are coming to downtown Cleveland’s lakefront for a maritime festival. See sloops and schooners, learn about the history of these vessels and climb aboard for a short sail on Lake Erie. The festival opens with the Parade of Sail on July 7 at 3 p.m.
Warehouse District Street Festival
West Sixth Street, Aug. 8, noon–8 p.m.
Enjoy food, live musical entertainment, an art show, street performances, residential open houses, fun activities for kids and more.
Taste of Tremont
Professor Avenue, July 18, 1–8 p.m.
Sample the best of Tremont’s food, arts and entertainment at this bustling street festival in the heart of the neighborhood’s business district.
Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival
Lincoln Park, Sept. 18–19, Sat. 11–6, Sun. 12–5
Celebrate the cultural and artistic diversity of Tremont with fine arts, live dance and music performances, food, children’s activities and more.
“Open Mind Firmament: An Evening of W. B. Yeats”
Gordon Square Theatre, through June 5
This production, staged by Cleveland Public Theatre executive artistic director Raymond Bobgan, honors the late Dr. Barton R. Friedman, professor emeritus of English at Cleveland State University, through a celebration of William Butler Yeats. Integrating poetry, two one-act plays, Yeats’ letters and the writings of Dr. Friedman, "Open Mind Firmament" looks at the lives of two very different men.
Made in the 216
Detroit Avenue, June 11–12, roomservicecleveland.com
Find an array of things made in “the 216” (Cleveland’s area code) at this now-annual summer sale and event, organized by popular Detroit Shoreway shop Room Service. Cleveland-made clothing, jewelry, stationary, personal accessories, gifts, photographs, original prints, home goods and more will be on sale.
The 78th Street Studios Experience
78th Street Studios, July 16–17
At this quarterly event, guests have an opportunity to see the galleries’ newest exhibits and take behind-the-scenes tours of artist studios. A celebration of all that goes on at the artistic hub, the event offers a totally unique art-viewing experience. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work, their process and their studio space, and light refreshments will be served. After viewing the galleries, guests can explore the building’s other residents, a collective of music, entertainment, fashion and architectural design businesses.
Sparx City Hop
Citywide, Sept. 11, noon–midnight
Two free trolleys connect nine neighborhoods for a day of gallery hopping, artist studio events, sidewalk concerts and more.