Cleveland Weekend Update: August 17-19
Although you may be rooting for the USA in the Olympics, everyone is cheering for Little Italy here in Cleveland. Whether you visit the Feast of the Assumption or the National Hamburger Festival, take some time this weekend to experience some of the tastiest events in Akron and Cleveland!
Feast of the Assumption, Little Italy – August 15-18
One of the most anticipated events of the summer is finally here! Everybody becomes a little bit Italian during the Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy.
The old-world charm of Little Italy comes to life during the Feast. Stroll through the streets while listening to music and stopping grab a bite to eat. Local vendors line the streets with booths for food, drinks and other goods. Food is plentiful at the Feast, whether you want a cannoli Presti’s Bakery or a slice of pizza from Mama Santas, you can’t go wrong. Keep from over doing it and check out local artwork in the art galleries and set up in the street booths.
First settled in the late 19th century by skilled Italian artisans and mableworkers, Little Italy (also known as Murray Hill) has retained much of its Old World charm and tight-knit sense of community.
Enjoy lively entertainment throughout the four day event with traditional and current music. At night, adults enjoy cold drinks and dancing galore.
On Wednesday, August 15th the Holy Rosary Church will have a traditional Catholic procession throughout the neighborhood. During the procession the Virgin Mary is carried through the Little Italy streets accompanied by music and marchers of all ages.
Don’t leave the kids at home for the Feast, during the day carnival rides are a family favorite. Then, a beautiful display of fireworks light up the sky on Sunday of the Feast, providing entertainment for people of all ages.
National Hamburger Festival, Akron – August 18-19
Picture burger fans in goggles bobbing for foam hamburger patties in a kiddie pool full of ketchup. That’s only one of the wacky activities at The National Hamburger festival, at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron. This delicious weekend celebration features many fan favorites, such as The National Burger Cook-off, where 50 varieties of burgers are prepared by 20 restaurants and judged by local celebrities and sponsor representatives. Backyard grilling masters don their aprons and spatulas to go bun to bun in the Ohio Burger Cook-off. The popular Ohio Hamburger Eating competition, the Miss Hamburger Pageant and the Baby Burger Contest bring love for the hamburger to new levels of fun.
Cinema at the Square (An American in Paris), Playhouse Square – August 17
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Wine Tasting Excursion, Boston Mills – August 17
University Park Arts Fair & Food Fest, Akron – August 18
Cinema at the Square (Mary Poppins), PlayhouseSquare – August 19
Akron Aeros v. Reading, Canal Park – August 17 -19
- MaryKate McHugh