Cleveland is home to some of the best street fairs and festivals in the country. They highlight different neighborhoods of the city and help showcase what makes them unique. Since most events are free, it’s a great way to spend more time outdoors in a laid-back environment that won’t be too costly. While there is a long list of festivals and fairs throughout the year, we’ve compiled a few of Cleveland’s favorites to add to your social calendar.
Hooley on Kamm’s Corners
The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners in Cleveland begins noon on Saturday, May 13th and runs till 8pm. Lorain Avenue will be closed off all day to celebrate with live music, good food, entertainment, and activities for all ages. The word “hooley” is Irish slang for party, which there will be plenty of at this Cleveland music festival. Join the festivities, which will include Irish dancing, music and of course, lots of beer.
8th Annual Cleveland Asian Festival
From May 20th to the 21st, 120+ exhibitors and 25+ local Asian cuisine restaurants and caterers are coming together for the 8th annual Cleveland Asian Festival. Grab the family and head to E. 27 St. & Payne Avenue for a variety of games and activities like sumo wrestling and eating contests. The best part? It’s free! That means free admission, free parking and a free tour of Asia Town. Plus, don’t forget about the performances on the two outdoor stages. This popular event was voted “Best Festival” on the 2015 Cleveland Hot List.
Hessler Street Fair
Speaking of free, one of Cleveland’s most successful celebrations, the Hessler Street Fair, will be happening June 3-4th this year, starting at 11am until dusk. Attracting more than 10,000 guests over the past 40 years, this family-friendly fair showcases different artists, musicians, and poets. It also has plenty of activities for children, including arts, crafts, juggling, theater and much more. Check out the fantastic set list for this year’s street fair to see what artists will be performing.
Tater Tots & Beer Festival
Now, this is a festival to get excited about. On June 10th, head to Voinovich Bicentennial Park and choose from dozens of domestic, imported and craft beers to pair with an abundance of delicious tater tot dishes. Combine this with live music and friends and family, and you are in for a good time. This festival travels to hundreds of cities across the nation and we’re lucky to have it stop in Cleveland this year. Make sure to get your tickets early, because this carb-filled festival is sure to sell out fast.
2nd Annual Cleveland Summer Beerfest
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If you didn’t get your fill of beer at the last festival, join thousands of craft beer fans for Cleveland’s 2nd annual Summer Beer Fest June 17th in the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. Beer lovers unite for this International Beer Fest that features over 800 different beers from more than 200 breweries. Aside from live music, listen in on discussions about home brewing from celebrity brewers and sit in on seminars regarding food and beer pairings. Drink beer, be merry and feel good about your participation, because proceeds go to Animal Rescue Partners, an organization dedicated to supporting several animal rescues and pet adoption groups.
Waterloo Arts Fest 2017
If you are looking for a festival that tests more than just your taste buds, head to the Waterloo Arts Fest located on Waterloo Rd. between E. 161st St. and Calcutta Ave. This event, taking place June 24th, highlights the skills of local artists, musicians, and businesses in Cleveland, Ohio. Participants can admire a variety of art exhibits, taste some of Cleveland’s tastiest food trucks and enjoy live music and dance performances all while relishing in everything the Cleveland art scene has to offer.
119th Annual Feast of Assumption
From August 12th-15th, this four-day celebration has become one of the most popular Cleveland events attracting over 100,000 guests every year. This year the Feast of Assumption will be celebrating its 119th feast held in Cleveland’s Little Italy area. The festival begins with the procession of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and continues with Holy Rosary stands and rides that benefit the church. These stands are located on the Holy Rosary grounds and include everything from delicious Italian food to a Ferris wheel and magic carpet ride.
Cleveland Garlic Festival
If the existence of garlic fries isn’t reason enough to attend, Cleveland’s Garlic Festival is also home to Mitchell’s famous garlic ice cream. This festival praising everything to do with garlic is especially renowned for its garlic-themed food prepared by local chefs. August 26-27thenjoy everything from garlic oysters to craft beers at this weekend-long festival that celebrates great music, food, and fun. Get your tickets now, so you get a chance to see cooking demonstrations from a selection of talented chefs as well as an onsite celebrity chef grill-off. This festival has something for everyone, so bring the whole family to one of Cleveland’s more pungent events.
Cleveland National Air Show
This Labor Day weekend, head to Burke Lakefront Airport to catch Cleveland’s National Air Show. Watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds jet across the sky along with helicopter demonstrations, parachuting, wing walking, airborne acrobatics and much more. When you aren’t watching the sky, there are a variety of interactive ground events like bungee jumping, rock wall climbing and displays of over 50 planes. This event is packed with educational demonstrations like parachute packing and exhibits on all things to with the history of USA airmen. Get tickets now to watch one of the oldest and most established air shows in the country.
Fabulous Food Show
This November 9th-11th, Cleveland will be hosting its annual Fabulous Food Show. Hundreds of celebrity chefs, foodies, and exhibitors come together for the country’s largest display of fine food, art, beer, wine and much more. Spread out over 400,000 square feet, this festival is not your average cooking show. There are six stages where a variety of demonstrations will be put on that will have you cooking like a pro just in time for the holidays. Whether you are going
just to sample all the eats or learn all the tricks of the trade, you are not going to want to miss out on the Midwest’s largest culinary celebration.
Our roundup of festivals and fairs only begins to scratch the surface of everything Cleveland has to offer through the rest of the year. Did your favorite festival make the list? Which ones are you looking forward to most?