Summer (Solstice) in the City

Wow. The summer solstice is really heating things up here in Cleveland. There are almost too many things to do this weekend. It’s Father’s Day weekend and I already have tickets to the Lake Erie Crushers on Friday, tickets to laugh along with Joel McHale from The Soup at Lakewood Civic Auditorium and reservations to see actor James Franco at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I just can’t decide where else I’ll be. Here’s a rundown of some of the big happenings:

09CoolCatsBig Cool Cats Steve Presser (owner of Big Fun and Big Fun Cleveland vintage and collectible toy stores), Thomas Mulready ( and singer/songwriter Denis Devito (Cats On Holiday) dreamt up this new all-day music festival—featuring everything from reggae to rock, roots, blues, Cajun, country, alternative pop, ragtime, swing, Afro-electronique, New Orleans Mardi Gras music, traditional Americana and a combination of hip-hop blended with Brazilian bossa nova at Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheater. Go for the sunshine, the music and to support some cats who generally love our city and just want to put together a fun day. Saturday, June 20, noon – 11pm. General admission $40; persons presenting a military ID, senior citizen or student ID or a Friends of Cain Park membership card are eligible to receive a discount.

Summer Solstice Celebration  Welcome the longest day of the year with an all-night party celebrating the new east wing (very cool, by the way) at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tapas stations, bars and a few surprises. Performers include Hot Club of Detroit, Slavic Soul Party, Dan Deacon and others. Stay the whole night or just close it out ($15 only). Saturday, June 20, 5pm-2am. Reservations are requested for the 5pm and 7pm admissions but are not necessary for 10pm.

Porchfest Porches in Cleveland’s Larchmere neighborhood are being transformed into stages with free musical performances, in the first Larchmere Porchfest. Organized in part by my friend (a musician himself and marketing guy at Telarc records), Jason Linder, the idea came from an annual “porch music” festival in Ithaca, NY. There will be 20 acts, representing a variety of musical styles, performing just off of Shaker Square. Performers include Brent Kirby (from the Jack Fords), Roger Hoover, Clint Holley, Church of the Lazy Bastards, Jesse Barnez, Elec Simon, Russian Duo and Miss Melvis, garage rock. Restaurants like Boulevard Blue, Vine & Bean Cafe, Academy Tavern and Felice are opening early that day for festival-goers to dine or drink. Porchfest, Saturday, June 20, 2-6pm, concludes with a full band, plugged-in concert at Shaker Square from 6-9pm, courtesy of The Coral Company. Free.

Totally 80s The North Coast Men’s Chorus takes the stage in style – ’80s style. A fun concert that includes some of the very best songs from the decade that brought us big hair and parachute pants. They’ll be singing classic TV show themes like Cheers, The Greatest American Hero and Dynasty and relive movies like Fame, Xanadu, and Flashdance, too at Waetjan Auditorium, Cleveland State University. Call 216.556.0590 or visitw to order tickets. Saturday, June 20,8pm and Sunday, June 21, 3pm.

Cleveland Pride Cleveland Pride’s parade route goes north on West 3rd Street, east on West Lakeside Avenue and then north on E. 9th to Voinovich Bicentennial Park (North Coast Harbor, behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum). Entertainment throughout the day includes North Coast Men’s Chorus, Ritmo Y Raza, Melissa Ferrick, Robin Stone, Ohio Drag Queens and others. Saturday, June 20, parade at noon, festival, 1-9pm. 

22nd Annual Clifton Arts & Musicfest (Clifton Blvd and W 117)  Live entertainment like Straight Six Dixie, Cletus Black Revue, Panic Steel Drum Ensemble, Brand New Hat, Crazy Marvin Braxton, crafts, clowns and more. Free. 10am-6pm on Saturday, June 20.


09StanHywet_FathersDayCarShFather’s Day Car Show One of the oldest car shows in America, the 52nd Classic, Antique, & Collector Car Show at Stan Hywet is a Father’s Day tradition featuring more than 350 automobiles manufactured between 1896 and 1978 on display on the grounds of a scenic, historic estate. The theme for 2009 is “Year of the Oldsmobile.”  In addition, there is a display of All American Soap Box Derby cars and the opportunity to buy tickets for the “Goodyear Racing Package” raffle. Sunday, June 21, 9am – 4pm. Admission, $10/$7 members for adults and $2/$1 children 6-17. Onsite parking for Car Show is not available, but free parking and shuttle service are available to off-site parking lots: Firestone High School (333 Rampart Ave), Todaro’s Party Center (1820 Akron-Peninsula Road), Essex Elementary School (1160 Winhurst Drive) and the Riverpark Building (1653 Merriman Road). 

Avon Duct Tape Festival  This three-day event celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses in the “Duct Tape Capital” of the world—Avon, Ohio—the home of Duck brand duct tape. From sculptures and fashion to games and a parade, the sixth annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival kicks off on June 19, 2009, just in time to celebrate Father’s Day. The festival will be an all-weekend event starting Friday at 4pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Avon, Ohio.

Hard Hat Day at the Zoo While Cleveland Metroparks Zoo builds a new elephant exhibit, fathers and their children can build memories by attending the first-ever Hard Hat Day at the Zoo. All dads receive free admission to the Zoo from 10am – 7pm on Sunday, June 21, and special activities for the whole family are offered throughout the day. Zoo staff will point out animal fathers and their interesting characteristics, highlighting resident dads like “Jimma,” a black rhino, and “Tiram,” an orangutan. Admission, $10 per person (dads free) for ages 12 and older, $7 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children under 2 and Zoo members.  Parking is free. 

Extreme Science Night  Not sure how to celebrate Dad this year? Take him to Great Lakes Science Center. Dad and company get exclusive tours of Cleveland Browns stadium and the opportunity to explore the historic steamship William G. Mather. Demonstrations include indoor fireworks, exploding watermelons, an EGGs-treme Drop where participants will build a container that protects an egg from a three-story fall and more. The night also includes a special showing of the OMNIMAX movie Fighter Pilot. Call 216.621.2400 for registration information. Saturday, June 20, 7 – 11:30pm.

With so many choices, there’s no reason to stay at home. –Submitted by SF

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