Cleveland Weekend Update: July 20-22
After a long week in the office, Cleveland has the perfect weekend events to help you enjoy the summer! Take this weekend to sit back, enjoy great food, music and maybe even a sporting event or two.
Burning River Festival, Whiskey Island (July 20 -21)
Good Cheer. Good Cause. Good Beer. This year marks the 11th year of the Burning River Festival. Since 2001, people from all over the Great Lakes region have been attending this festival to remember the burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969, and to celebrate the improved sense of eco-consciousness throughout the city as a result of the fire. The festival educates attendees about environmental issues currently affecting the Cuyahoga River and the Great Lakes region, all while providing rockin’ music, food and drinks.
Interactive and educational displays attract guests of all ages. Some of the exhibits include Baldwin Wallace University’s Instrument Petting Zoo as well as Whole Foods Market’s “Art On Wheels” recycled art booth. In addition to educational exhibits from local environmental groups, the Burning River Festival features live music. This year, more than 25 bands and musicians will play throughout the three-day festival on three different stages. Whether you like funk, blues or rock, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Make sure to bring your appetite to the festival because it is sure to have lots of fresh, all-natural local food. All of that eating can make anyone thirsty. No fear, the Great Lakes Brewing Company will serve handcrafted beers to quench your thirst along with a special appearance of the fan favorite, Christmas Ale!
Without a bad view in sight, the Burning River Festival takes place on Whiskey Island on Lake Erie. Amidst all the fun, take some time to soak up all the beautiful scenery Cleveland has to offer.
All proceeds benefit the Burning River Foundation, a local non-profit organization that provides resources for the sustainable future of our waterways. Enjoy yourself this weekend for a greater cause while celebrating the future of the Cuyahoga River and the Great Lakes region.
Pro Football hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival (July 20 – August 6)
Spanning over two weeks, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is celebrating seven football players who will be inducted into the Class of 2012. Kick off the Enshrinement Festival with the Balloon Classic July 20 – July 22. Marvel at the hot air balloons while enjoying musical entertainment, mobile tours, food and beverage vendors, and children’s activities. Early risers can watch the balloons lift off and glow in the sky just before sunrise on Friday morning. The Balloon Classic is one of 19 events scheduled from July 20 – August 6 to celebrate the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement. Other events include fireworks, races, community parade, rib burnoff, fashion show, celebration fan party and much more.
Other Weekend Events:
MAMA MIA!, Playhouse Square – July 13-22
Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks, Quicken Loans Arena – July 20
Dive-In Movie, Hinckley Reservation – July 20
Lake Erie Crushers v. Evansville Otters, All Pro Freight Stadium – July 20-21
5th Annual Hudson Wine Festival, Hudson – July 20-21
Irish Cultural Festival, Berea – July 20-22
Cleveland Indians v. Orioles, Progressive Field – July 20-22
Lakewood Summer Meltdown 5k Race & Street Party, Lakewood – July 21
Seal w/Macy Gray, Cain Park – July 21
Willoughby Arts Fest, Willoughby – July 21
Cleveland Gladiators v. Chicago Rush, Quicken Loans Arena – July 21
The Factory of Frozen Fun, Lake Farmpark – July 14 – September 3
– MaryKate McHugh, Communications Intern