Summer Festival Series – July Festivals

The summer festival season is finally here! Every weekend from June to September, Cleveland and the surrounding region plays host to some of the best artistic and cultural celebrations around.

July 3-September 1 – Blossom Music Festival

Families can grab a blanket and enjoy one of the best orchestras in the world under the stars. Each summer the Blossom Music Festival features intimate concerts by the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra including many beloved works from the orchestral repertoire. This summer, the orchestra will perform 19 concerts, including Pixar in Concert, which features not only the music from popular Pixar films, but clips from the films projected on large screens as well. Other highly anticipated performances are the Joffrey Ballet and the Orchestral Masterworks. Kick off the Blossom Music Festival with a variety of patriotic musical scores at the Salute to America concerts, the first week of July, celebrating the Independence Day holiday.

July 3-7 – Tall Ship Festival

Cleveland is the first U.S. port to welcome the 2013 fleet of majestic tall ships from around the world. The Tall Ships Festival, which comes to the region every three years, is hosting unique vessels this year from India and Norway, as well as the Unicorn operated by an all-female crew. Throughout the festival the ships celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Great Lakes role in the War of 1812, showcase diverse maritime history, spotlight environmental themes and promote youth leadership through sail training. During the fun-filled weekend, visitors can board the 10 -11 vessels, meet the crew, enjoy sail-aways on Lake Erie and experience the heritage these ships symbolize.

July 4-7 – Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival

The Continental Cup has grown to be one of the world’s largest international youth sports festivals. Featuring soccer, basketball, baseball, and now volleyball, the Continental Cup brings in teams and players from all around the world to compete in several sporting events. Spectators are welcome to watch the Opening Ceremony on the evening of the 4th and any games of their choice.

July 6 – Larchmere Festival

The Larchmere Festival combines antiques and collectibles, art galleries and flea market all in one.  A consistent favorite part of the festival is the Bazaar Bizarre the best place to find homemade items that can only be quirky, unique and kitsch.

July 12-14 – Cain Park Arts Festival: Cain Park

The Cain Park Arts Festival held at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights showcases the work of nearly 150 artists and a variety of fine arts fine crafts. Guests are able to purchase art pieces, enjoy live entertainment and gourmet food.

July 19-21 – Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

Celebrate the Irish Culture at the Cleveland Irish Festival held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. This festival is dedicated to honoring and preserving Irish history and tradition. Guest can enjoy Irish ethnic staples such as pipe bands, Celtic dancers, corned beef and much more.

July 20 – Willoughby Arts Fest: Willoughby

Located in the historical area of downtown Willoughby, guests can experience the Willoughby Arts Fest. More than 125 artists are featured, along with local food and live entertainment.

July 19-20 – Hudson Wine Festival: Hudson

Enjoy wine while supporting a good cause at the Hudson Wine Festival. This festival, featuring more than 150 local, national and international wines, as well as musical performances, food and seminars, benefits animal welfare organizations in the surrounding area.

July 20 – Luau on the Lake: Whiskey Island

Put on your Hawaiian shirt and head to Whiskey Island for Luau on the Lake. Proceeds from this Hawaiian-themed event go to benefit Shoes and Clothes for Kids. Guests can enjoy excellent views of Lake Erie while eating, drinking, playing beach volleyball and much more. There will also be giveaways and a raffle for the chance to win a special prize.

July 21 – Taste of Tremont: Tremont

A not-to-be-missed summer event great for the whole family is the Taste of Tremont. For more than 10 years, this art and culinary-centric neighborhood throws a massive street fair to showcase all the best that Tremont has to see and taste.

July 26-27 – Great Lakes Burning River Festival: Whiskey Island

Visitors can celebrate Cleveland’s environmental awareness with great music, incredible food and a frothy pint of Great Lakes Brewing Company beer, including the hard-to-find Christmas Ale, during the Great Lakes Burning River Festival. Held at the historic Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island, this festival showcases educational exhibitors who raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the region.

July 21-27 – All-American Soap Box Derby: Akron

The All-American Soap Box Derby is a national event dating back to 1934. Almost each year since then, the World Championship Finals have taken place in Akron, Ohio. Youth competitors build and race their cars and winners receive a range of amounts in college scholarships. The championship brings in more than 10,000 spectators each year to watch and enjoy the races.

July 19-August 6 – Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival: Canton

Families can take part any of the 19 diverse events that are a part of the ten-day Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton. The events, many of which are free, include fireworks, hot air balloon flights, concerts, races and much more.

Check back soon as Positively Cleveland continues to post monthly updates to our summer festival series.

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