8 Sizzlin’ Summer Soirees You Don’t Want To Miss

This summer, Greater Cleveland struts its stuff with arts, culture and alluring views of nature. Northeast Ohio is definitely a place where retirees stay active and engaged in their greater community and summer is no exception.

The scene is so busy and diverse it’s hard to know where to start, but we have a few suggestions:

Wade Oval Wednesdays

Bring your lawn chair or a blanket to the free concerts at Wade Oval Wednesdays in University Circle. These shows run weekly through Aug. 22, spanning reggae, rockabilly, jazz, and Latin music. Food and drink are available.

free concerts at Wade Oval Wednesdays in University Circle

Tri-C JazzFest

June 28-30, Playhouse Square, Cleveland.

Not only is this a legacy act in Cleveland—it goes back 39 years—this summer weekend festival offers great flexibility for fans of varying stripes. This year’s acts include vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, JazzFest stalwart Terence Blanchard and organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith. Don’t miss the free outdoor shows Friday and Saturday, food trucks, and the Tri-C Hospitality Management tent.

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre

The beloved Chagrin Valley Little Theatre in Chagrin Falls will present “Going Places,” three short plays about travel, June 29-July 15. Will Eno’s “Oh, The Humanity,” Sheri Wilner’s “Relative Strangers” and Jon Tuttle’s “Sonata for Armadillos” will deliver different takes on travel’s influence on one’s direction in life.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

All aboard! The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers a variety of themed trips from its stations in Independence and Peninsula. At 7:30 p.m. July 6, step aboard at 7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence, for Canvas and Wine on the Rails, an artmaking excursion through Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Cain Park Arts Festival

Cain Park Arts Festival

July 13-15, Cain Park in Cleveland Heights.

This Cleveland Heights tradition in a leafy municipal park features work by up to 150 artists, with a focus on two-dimensional art as well as fine crafts, including ceramics, jewelry, glass work and sculpture.

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FRONT International/CAN Triennial.

July 14-Sept 30

FRONT will showcase national, international and regional artists at various venues in Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin. You can catch the vibrancy of the local art scene at the CAN Triennial July 7-29 at 78th Street Studios in Cleveland.

Holden Arboretum

August will be busy at the Holden Arboretum, with a lecture on invasive species, a family event called “Polliwogs, Ponds, Picnics and Popsicles,” and guided tours starting from the Habitat Hut. Headquartered in Kirtland, the arboretum is a wonderful place to reconnect with nature.

Cleveland Farmers Market

Farmers Markets Galore!

Support local food via the North Union Farmers Market, the umbrella organization for outdoor food markets in Northeast Ohio. Visit Shaker Square on Saturdays, the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus on Wednesdays; Playhouse Square and University Hospitals on Thursdays; and Legacy Village and Chagrin Falls on Sundays. Hours vary by location.  The Countryside Conservancy presents the Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow, Peninsula, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 27.

Sounds, drama, feasts for the eyes, feasts for the palate, nature, and nurture—Cleveland has it all this summer. The region awaits.

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