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This Weekend in Cleveland: January 31 – February 2, 2014

Friday is the night to unwind with a beer and some of your closest friends. Saturday is a day to indulge your sweet tooth with every type of chocolate you can imagine and on Sunday there’s the chance to escape the chaos and flying chips of Super Bowl parties by catching a play or attending a number of other events happening in Cleveland this weekend.

More events can be found on our searchable calendar.

1/31 – 2/1: Cleveland Winter Beerfest – Cleveland Convention Center, Downtown Cleveland

Kick off an exciting weekend in the best way possible with great craft beer at the inaugural Cleveland Winter Beerfest.  The festival features more than 175,000 square feet of different craft beers from down the street and around the country for you to taste.  Whether you love all types of brew or have a more particular taste there is no better place to spend a blustery weekend.

2/1: “For the Love of Chocolate Festival” – Medina  Performing Arts Center, Medina

Turn left, turn right, spin around in a complete circle; everywhere you look there are mouthwatering chocolate creations. The 17th Annual Red Cross Chocolate Festival has everything from chocolate chip cookies and brownies to truffles and lollipops. This family-oriented event features a children’s chocolate cookie contest, a decedent chocolate dessert contest, and a children’s candyland area with games and amusements. Bring the family down for a deliciously sweet time.

2/1: Groundhog Fun Day – The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, University Circle

Spend Saturday learning more about the little critter that will hopefully tell us we will have a very, very early spring. Bring the kids down to Groundhog Fun Day at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History where there will be live animals, crafts and demonstrations relating to the history of the woodchuck. Not only will kids enjoy crawling through a tunnel to see their shadow but they can meet our very own Lake Erie Eddie, as well.

More Events:

Now- 2/1: Last Call Cleveland – Second Stage, Cleveland

Now- 2/2: Menopause The Musical – Hanna Theatre, Downtown Cleveland

Now- 2/2: Yentl – Allen Theatre, Downtown Cleveland

1/31: Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam – Ohio Theatre, Downtown Cleveland

1/31: Paul Fayrewether – House of Blues, Downtown Cleveland

1/31: Lake Erie Monsters vs. Charlotte Checkers – Quicken Loans Arena, Downtown Cleveland

2/1: 18th Annual Tri-C High School Rock Off Final Exam House of Blues, Downtown Cleveland

For more information, visit Positively Cleveland’s website at www.positivelycleveland.com/events.

This Weekend in CLE: January 24 – 26, 2014

It’s the end of the week! Time to sip a glass of wine in the park, shake the hand of a hometown baseball hero and celebrate the Chinese New Year.

More events can be found on our searchable calendar.

1/25: Heading South for the Winter, A Taste of South American Wines – Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Northside Station, Akron

Invite some friends you haven’t seen in a while and unwind with a glass wine on board the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for the “Grape Escape.” Sit back and enjoy a calm two-hour trip through the park while sampling five unique wines. Each wine is served with chef-prepared hors d’oeuvres from Moe’s Restaurant of Cuyahoga Falls. To participate, you must be 21 with a valid ID.

1/25-1/26: Cleveland Indians Tribe Fest – Progressive Field, Downtown Cleveland

Spring is a magical word that brings to mind flowers, fresh air, weather that doesn’t require ten minutes to prepare for and baseball. While it isn’t quite baseball season yet you can start preparing for it by attending the second annual Tribe Fest at Progressive Field. This two-day event hosts a variety of activities including autograph sessions, batting cages, tours of the home clubhouse and question-and-answer sessions with broadcasters, players and others. Tribe Fest promises to be the perfect event to relieve some of those winter blues.

1/25-26: Lunar New Year Celebration at Asian Town Center – Asian Town Center, Cleveland

Bet you didn’t know it was the year of the Horse? Do you have any idea what that means? If not come down to Asian Town Center to celebrate the Lunar New Year and gain a better understanding of this holiday. The Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) is the most celebrated holiday in Asia and Asian American communities throughout the U.S. The event is free and will include a number of cultural performances to help ring in this new year.

More Events:

Now – 2/2: Rock of Ages – Palace Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

Now- 2/2: Menopause the Musical – Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

1/24: Stone Sour House of Blues, Downtown Cleveland

1/24: Huey Lewis & The News – Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park

1/24: CAVS vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Quicken Loans Arena, Downtown Cleveland

1/25: Young Dro – The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland

1/25: CSU Vikings vs. Valparaiso – Wolstein Center, Downtown Cleveland

1/25: Who’s Bad – House of Blues, Downtown Cleveland

1/26: Panic! At the Disco – House of Blues, Downtown Cleveland

1/26: CAVS vs. Phoenix Suns – Quicken Loans Arena, Downtown Cleveland

For more information, visit Positively Cleveland’s website at www.positivelycleveland.com/events.

This Weekend in Cleveland: Jan. 17 – 19, 2014

Gloves? Check. Hat? Check. Boots? Check. Now that you are bundled up you are ready to leave the confines of your house behind. There is no better cure for cabin fever then attending some of the fantastic events that are taking place throughout the city this weekend.

Also, remember Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and there are a number of events throughout Cleveland for you to attend in his honor as well.

More events can be found on our searchable calendar.

1/17-1/27: MLK Celebration: Embracing the Past, Empowering the Present, Envisioning the Future – Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland

Case Western Reserve University will hold a number of events throughout the week to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Come listen to speeches, participate in book discussions, take in art and learn about the work that continues to be done in Dr. King’s name. Also don’t miss the 24th Annual MLK convocation featuring Wil Haygood, the author of The Butler: A Witness to History.

1/16-1/20: Mid-American Boat and Fishing Show – I-X Center, Cleveland

Appease that gnawing desire to be back on the water or battling that prize catch on the shore of Lake Erie by attending The Mid-American Boat and Fishing show at the I-X Center. Spend the day checking out more than three hundred new boats and watercraft, the latest accessories, product demos and more. With a special appearance by Wicked Tuna Captain Tyler McLaughlin and plenty of activities for the kids, there is more than enough to get you ready for the warm weather ahead.

1/18: The Resurgence of the Canned Beer – Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Northside Station, Akron

What better way to take in the beauty of winter and the snow then with a refreshing beer from the inside of a warm and cozy rail car? Hop aboard Ale on Rails, Beer Tasting with Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and sample five unique canned beers served with delicious appetizers prepared by Moe’s Restaurant of Cuyahoga Falls. You must be 21 to participate and reservations are required.

More MLK Day events:

1/19: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Recital Music Settlement, Glick Recital Hall, Cleveland

1/19: Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. – Church of the Covenant, Cleveland

1/20: Museums open with free admission:

01/20: Body of Christ Mass Choir Concert – Lorain Public Library, South Branch

More Events:

Now-2/2:  Menopause the Musical – Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

1/16-1/18: The Cleveland Orchestra Presents: Beethoven and Mozart Severance Hall, University Circle

1/17-1/20: Rock N’ Roll Youth Hockey Tournament – Citywide

1/18-1/19: Today’s Bride January 2014 Bridal Show – I-X Center, Cleveland

For more information, visit Positively Cleveland’s website at www.positivelycleveland.com/events.

 Brittney Rzucidlo

Brite Winter Festival 2014

Brite Blog Intro ImageBrite Winter Festival (www.britewintercleveland.com), now in its fifth year, is Cleveland’s “coolest” event all about having fun and celebrating winter, rather than tolerating it. On February 15, 2014 more than 20,000 attendees will come out of hibernation to enjoy musical performances, outdoor art and festival games as they are surrounded by Cleveland’s notorious winter weather.

Armed with gallons of hot chocolate, Brite aims to move beyond the traditional winter festival by integrating interactive outdoor art installations and games. Activities during this quirky event include a 24-foot long skee-ball ramp (more than double the average size), ski bike racing, snow mini golf, a massive electronic arcade crane and some of the most epic snowball fights visitors have ever seen.

Brite Fire

At the heart of the festival are more than 50 performances by local, regional and national musical acts and a lighting competition sponsored by GE Lighting.

Brite Band

Conveniently located in Market District in Cleveland’s eclectic Ohio City neighborhood, Brite Winter Festival goers take over the area’s best known bars and restaurants for opportunities to warm up and enjoy discount specials.

Best of all? The festival is completely free.

Check back soon for a line-up for performers and art installations.

– April Ingle

Winter Wonderland

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Enjoy the Snowy Season with these Excellent Outdoor Adventures  

In Northeast Ohio, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities that celebrate snow. Just visit Cleveland’s winter sports mecca, Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort (www.bmbw.com), which celebrated 50 years of skiing in 2013. With 88 total skiable acres, these adjacent resorts reside in the majestic Cuyahoga Valley National Park, offering skiing, snowboarding, and the Polar Blast Snow Tubing park at Brandywine, which has 20 lanes and conveyer lifts for tubing enthusiasts of all ages.

If nostalgic sled rides are more your style, try tobogganing at the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville (www.clevelandmetroparks.com/main/toboggan-chutes.aspx). Fulfill your need for downhill speed with two 1,000-ft, refrigerated ice chutes ready every weekend.

Speaking of ice (or rather a silicon-based polymer that looks and works like ice), the Rink at Wade Oval is a unique faux ice skating rink right next to Cleveland’s cultural epicenter, University Circle (www.universitycircle.org). Admission is free and skate rentals are only $3.

Work up a similar sweat snowshoeing or cross-country skiing throughout the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, starting at the Winter Sports Center at Kendall Lake Shelter (www.nps.gov/cuva). Gear rental is available daily when conditions are ideal.

– Kelly Pickerel

This Weekend in Cleveland: January 10-12, 2014

state theater weekendThe alarm sounds; you hit snooze one too many times and have to rush off to work. The routine of the work week is back. The holidays are over; friends and family have gone home. Don’t let yourself fall into that post-holiday funk. Spend the weekend at some of these great events.

More events can be found on our searchable calendar.

Now-1/19: Disney on Ice Presents: Let’s Celebrate- Quicken Loans Arena, Historic Gateway District, Downtown

Most likely the kids are back in school and they too are itching for that vacation time back. Quell that fidgeting by taking them to see Disney on Ice Presents: Let’s Celebrate. It is one colossal party on ice with all your Disney friends. Hang out with Disney villains on a Halloween hunt and enjoy celebrating a Very Merry Unbirthday Party.  Bring the kids to enjoy this magic medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. 

1/10: Cuyahoga Valley National Park Lantern Hike- Ledges Shelter, Peninsula

It might be cold and snowy, but that is when the parks can be the most beautiful. By lantern light they are even prettier and even a bit mysterious. Experience what the trees and underbrush look like by the glow of a lantern as you join the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Lantern Hikes. Take a 2.2-mile hike along the hilly unpaved Ledges Trail, and afterward, warm up by a roaring campfire with a nice cup of hot chocolate.

1/12: Elvis Birthday Tribute – State Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, Downtown

Did you grow up watching Elvis take over the music scene with his swaying hips? Or, are you just a huge fan of “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll?” On Jan. 8, it is Elvis’s 79th Birthday and, of course, you need to celebrate it in style. Join the Elvis Recreators at the State Theatre for an Elvis Birthday Tribute. The concert covers the four main eras of Elvis Presley’s musical history. With songs from the “Rock-A-Billy Elvis Years” to the “Las Vegas Jumpsuit Years,” there is no better way to celebrate the King’s birthday.

More Events:

Now-1/12: Chicago – Palace Theater, PlayhouseSquare, Downtown

Now- 1/12: The Cleveland Orchestra Presents: Julia Fischer Plays the Brahms – Severance Hall, University Circle

1/7: CAVS vs. Philadelphia 76ers – Quicken Loans Arena, Historic Gateway District, Downtown

1/8: Jay Z – Quicken Loans Arena, Historic Gateway District, Downtown

1/10: Yentl – Allen Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, Downtown

1/10: 18th Annual Tri-C High School Rock Off (Semi-Finals) – House of Blues, Historic Gateway District, Downtown

1/11: Nitro Circus Live – The Wolstein Center, Campus District, Downtown

1/12: Kirk Franklin Presents Gospel Brunch – House of Blues, Historic Gateway District, Downtown

For more information, visit Positively Cleveland’s website at www.positivelycleveland.com/events.

– Brittney Rzucidlo

This Weekend in Cleveland: January 3-5, 2014

weekend blog skiingHappy New Year! It’s time to get 2014 started. Kick your year off with these weekend events.

More events can be found on our searchable calendar.

Now-1/5: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition – Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland

Only one weekend remains for you to take in all that the Titanic: The Artifacts Exhibition has to offer. Experience first-hand the extensive and difficult journey of the Titanic through more than 250 authentic artifacts from articles of clothing to the china used on the ship with the logo of the White Star Line. Walk away from this exhibition with a new appreciation for a historical event you thought you knew so well.

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This Weekend in Cleveland: December 27-29, 2013

Deck the HallWell, 2013 is just about complete. Whether it has been the best year ever or “just one of those years,” it deserves to end with a few great memories. Check out some of these events for the best way to add a few last smiles and laughs to this year.

If you are looking for a great way to end 2013 and ring in 2014 check out the New Year’s Eve blog for some great events.

For more ways to light up the holidays in Cleveland, visit www.holidaysincle.com.

Now- 1/5 (weekends): Ice Age 2013 – Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland

Spend the day at an exhibit that will make you love everything this freezing weather has to offer. Ice Age 2013: A Winter Event of Prehistoric Proportions, has everything from ice sculpting and live animals to a kids-only holiday shop. Open only on the weekends it is a great way for the family to explore history with a winter twist, through a number of winter activities and crafts.

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This Weekend in Cleveland: December 20-22, 2013

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Are you #HomeinCLE for the holidays? Make the most of the final weeks of 2013 with these events. Tag your photos #HomeinCLE to help spread holiday cheer as we make our way into 2014. You never know, you could be the recipient of your own major award. One random #HomeinCLE photo will be chosen as the winner of an authentic “A Christmas Story” leg lamp.

For more ways to light up the holidays in Cleveland, visit www.holidaysincle.com.

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This Weekend in CLE: December 13-15, 2013

Weekend Blog December 13Everyone’s favorite part of the week is here again, the weekend.  Shake off that work week and have some fun.  Need some ideas? Why not have a beer at BrewHaHa in Tremont? Or run off some of that stress and excess Thanksgiving weight at The Santa Hustle. Enjoy your free days with one or more of these fun and exciting events.

12/13-15: BrewHaHa in Tremont – Tremont Neighborhood, Cleveland

What better way to wind down from the stress of gift shopping then with holiday cheer in the form of delicious beer? Tremont’s main seasonal event is the perfect way to continue to enjoy this time of year.  On Friday, experience the Tremont Brewhop and Tremont Artwalk while Lolly the Trolley drives you from location to location. Then, on Saturday, go for a mile run through the neighborhood dressed as Old Saint Nick for the Santa Shuffle. As you cool down enjoy some of the great specials at the neighborhood restaurants. Finally, on Sunday, the festivities conclude with a holiday concert from the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra at the historic Zion United Church of Christ. After the concert, enjoy a Wine-Down, featuring wine specials from neighborhood wine shops.             

12/14: Wrapped in Tradition Gordon Square Arts District and 78th Street Studios, Detroit Shoreway

Bring the family down to Gordon Square for a holiday event wrapped in tradition and one that will take you back to your own childhood, as you bring the kids to meet Mr. Jingleling. Visit the Cleveland Bazaar Craft Fair inside the 78th Street Studios or the Winter Market inside the Gordon Square Arcade. Cap off the night with some classic holiday fun complete with ice sculpting and horse-drawn carriage rides.

12/15: The Santa Hustle – Castaway Bay, Sandusky

Exercise is said to be a great way to calm the mind.  While this is true, during the holidays   you need to kick it up a notch. Calm your mind after battling those holiday crowds by dressing as the big jolly man himself and running with thousands of Santas through the streets of Sandusky at the Second Annual Santa Hustle Half Marathon 5K Run/Walk. The race starts at 9am and each participant receives a free Santa hat, beard and customized Santa shirt to wear during the race. After the race, enjoy holiday decorations, seasonal music and an after party.

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