Your Guide to Summer Events in University Circle

Summertime, and the livin’ is…well…pretty exciting in University Circle!  We’ve compiled a quick guide to some of the best events happening in and around Cleveland’s cultural hub, which is within walking distance or a short drive for residents of both Judson Park and Judson Manor retirement communities. Have fun exploring the Circle!

Hessler Street Fair

Saturday, June 3, 2017—Sunday, June 4, 2017

11:00 a.m.-Dusk, Rain or Shine

Channel your inner hippie at the Hessler Street Fair! This annual arts and music festival takes place on Hessler Road, an historic street in University Circle, featuring vegetarian cuisine, art and craft vendors, live music and more!  The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Hessler Neighborhood Association (HNA), which was formed in 1969 to “to preserve and maintain the neighborhood” from further development.

Little Italy Summer Art Walk

Friday, June 2, 2017, 5:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 12:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 4, 2017, 12:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.

Little Italy’s Summer Art Walk features over 100 visiting artists and exhibits from local, regional, national and international artists. Art of all media including the best of Italian Culinary Art! Wine, dine and stroll through three days of great art and fine gifts. Visit the official neighborhood website for details.

A Passionate Eye: The Adventure of Collecting Art

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106

Inspirational speaker and author Victoria Price discusses the vital role of the art collector as tastemaker, guardian and perpetuator of the visual arts for future generations. But perhaps even more importantly, she will remind attendees that collecting art can be one of life’s greatest adventures! FREE, ticket required.  Register online at or by calling the ticket center at 216-421-7350.

28th Annual Parade the Circle & Circle Village

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 11:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

Wade Oval

10825 East Boulevard

Cleveland, OH 44106

This fabulous, fun, FREE celebration features the Parade, presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art, and Circle Village, presented by University Circle Inc. The Parade, which begins at Noon, incorporates the drama and artistry of colorful floats, puppets, costumes, dancers, and musicians. The theme of this year’s Parade is Collage: a composition of often disparate elements collected and altered to complete a vision. For more information about the Parade, please visit

Circle Village invites visitors onto Wade Oval for an afternoon of activities, live music, and delectable food. Check out the full list of participants, entertainment, and vendors for 2017 Circle Village.

Wade Oval Wednesdays

June 14, 2017—August 30, 2017, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

Wade Oval

10825 East Boulevard

Cleveland, OH 44106

Enjoy a free concert each Wednesday night in Wade Oval in the heart of University Circle. Food trucks, vendors, theme nights, and activities vary each week and are all family-friendly. Bring a picnic or purchase delicious treats from vendors on site. Select museums are open late on Wednesdays.

Amazing Species: Life at the Limits

Through Sunday, July 9, 2017, during regular Museum hours

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106

Amazing Species: Life at the Limits explores the diverse and sometimes jaw-dropping strategies animals and plants employ to find food, fend off predators, reproduce, and thrive in habitats many would find inhospitable, even lethal. These extraordinary adaptations, nature’s superpowers, have allowed plants and animals to overcome challenges imposed by their environment and find their niche in some of the most unique ecosystems on Earth.

Amazing Species: Life at the Limits is included with general admission to the museum.

Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO®Bricks

Through Sunday, August 27, 2017, during regular Garden hours

Cleveland Botanical Garden

11030 East Blvd Cleveland, OH 44106

Just as individual LEGO bricks fit together to create amazing things, nature is filled with fascinating and delicate relationships that connect to form the wondrous world around us. The Botanical Garden invites guests young and old to explore the fascinating stories behind these relationships and more at Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks, special to the Garden this summer only!

$12 adults, $8 children (3-12), free for Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum members.

Wow Factor: 150 Years of Collecting Bold Clothes

Through Sunday, April 22, 2018, during regular hours

Western Reserve Historical Society

10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106

In tandem with their 150 Anniversary, the Western Reserve Historical Society presents Wow Factor: 150 Years of Collecting Bold Clothes, showcasing 15 decades of fashionable, inspiring Clevelanders and their style. “Wow Factor” is the ability to inspire feelings of wonder and awe. In fashion, these emotions are triggered by beauty, craftsmanship, rarity, and humor. The exhibition highlights the Western Reserve Historical Society’s outstanding collection of show-stopping clothing and accessories made by Cleveland designers as well as international designers such as Christian Dior and Carolina Herrera.

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Photos courtesy of University Circle Incorporated, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Museum of Art and Western Reserve Historical Society.

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