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This Weekend in CLE: August 10-11, 2013

A night at Progressive Field

A night at Progressive Field

This weekend, spend some time at the Cuyahoga County Fair where you can experience everything from an exciting demolition derby to gorgeous fireworks. Then, all weekend long, go to the Cleveland Convention Center to see the Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit for some prehistoric fun. Finally, end the weekend at the Jewish Food and Culture Festival this Sunday at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage with a bowl full of traditional matzo ball soup.

You can always visit our searchable calendar for more events at: www.positivelycleveland.com/play/events.

Cuyahoga County Fair – Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea

Starting today through this Sunday, head over to the Cuyahoga County Fair at the Cuyahoga County fairgrounds in Berea. Featuring a wide variety of culinary delights ranging from customary fair-food to more ethnic dishes such as cabbage & noodles and chicken paprikash, live music from some of the best local cover bands, best-in-show animal contests, a demolition derby, arts and crafts, a haunted house, chainsaw carving, harness racing, the Bo Jangles Clown Troupe, unicyclists, fireworks and more. This grand fete has become one of the area’s largest and longest-running events. For tickets and more information, call 440.243.0090 or visit www.cuyfair.com.

Discover the Dinosaurs Exhibit – Cleveland Convention Center, Downtown Cleveland

Transport your family back in time to when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth at the Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit this weekend inside the Cleveland Convention Center. This extensive exhibit is both educational and fun, featuring eight to ten engaging scenes reflecting each dinosaur’s environment, animatronic dinosaur rides, a Dino Dig where kids can search for fossils, Dino Theater, an inflatable jungle gym and various dinosaur-related arts and crafts. For tickets and more information, call 651.766.2800 or visit http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com.

Jewish Food and Culture Festival – Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Beachwood

Come celebrate Jewish heritage this weekend at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood this Sunday. Offering free admission to all museum galleries, a wide array of traditional Jewish comfort food from some of the area’s top restaurants, live music from the Yiddishe Cup Kelzmer Band, fun-filled kids activities from The Little Gym staff and more. For more information, call 216.593.0575 or visit www.maltzmuseum.org.

More Events:

Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Angels @ Progressive Field – 8/9-11

Miranda Lambert @ Blossom Music Center – 8/10

Backstreet Boys, Jessie McCartney, DJ Pauly D @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – 8/10

The Cleveland Flea @ 1401 East 55th Street - 8/10

Blue Coupe (Alice Cooper), Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult) @ Beachland Ballroom – 8/10

King Solomon Lives @ State Theatre, PlayhouseSquare – 8/10-11

Sea Bears + The Sleeps @ The Grog Shop – 8/11

Three Days Grace @ House of Blues – 8/11

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

– Chris Moore

This Weekend in CLE: August 2-4, 2013

Celebrate Twilight at the Zoo at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo + RainForest (photo: KFCrisafi)

Celebrate Twilight at the Zoo at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo + RainForest (photo: KFCrisafi)

This Friday, check out Twilight at the Zoo at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & The Rainforest for live music, delicious food and drinks. Then, relax with a glass of wine at the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland. Also, all weekend long, have double the fun at the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg.

You can always visit our searchable calendar for more events at: www.positivelycleveland.com/play/events.

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Maestro: Leonard Bernstein

Now playing at Cleveland Play House, Maestro: Leonard Bernstein gives us a very intimate look at the life of one of America’s best loved composers. Like last summer’s One Night with Janis Joplin, CPH is offering another special summer production, both entertaining and insightful, to Greater Cleveland audiences. And as with everything at CPH, it is nothing less than wonderful.

Who was Leonard Bernstein? He might be best known as the composer of West Side Story, Wonderful Town, On the Town, and the opera Candide, but he was so much more… including, but not limited to, conductor, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, and even television star. And Hershey Felder gives us the “complete” Leonard Bernstein in his fascinating and touching one man show.

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Monty Python’s Spamalot at Beck Center

King Arthur, Lancelot, the Knights of the Round Table, Camelot, Excalibur, and Monty Python’s Spamalot! The Beck Center for the Arts takes us back to the days of one of Great Britain’s greatest legends in a spectacular Broadway show that won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Monty Python’s Spamalot has always been billed as “a new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” And it is just that. But even if you are not a fan of Monty Python, or the original film, you will find something wonderful to love about Spamalot.

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Celebrate 50 years of Gridiron Greats at the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Whatever the team, whatever the season . . . the Pro Football Hall of Fame brings in the fans.

Whatever the team, whatever the season . . . the Pro Football Hall of Fame brings in the fans.

Join the Pro Football Hall of Fame as it celebrates its 50th anniversary at the annual Enshrinement Festival with more than two weeks of sporting events from now through August 6.

Honoring professional football’s gridiron greats for half a century, the Enshrinement Festival includes various food festivals, concerts, fireworks, a balloon classic, a fashion show and a parade. The festival culminates in an Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, a reception at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Enshrinee autograph sessions and a preseason NFL/Hall of Fame Game. This year’s Enshrinement Festival focuses on the class of 2013 Enshrinees Lary Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp.  The preseason NFL/Hall of Fame Game this year will be the Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys in what is sure to be an exciting match-up.

In addition to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, this year’s Enshrinement Festival includes a Golden Anniversary Reunion featuring a record number of returning Hall of Famers. Here, fans will have a chance to take an iconic group photo of the Hall of Famers at a “Golden Anniversary Reunion Photo Op” event and snag an authgraph at scheduled times throughout the August 2-4 weekend.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2

11am-11:30am: Golden Anniversary Reunion Photo Op @ Pro Football Hall of Fame
11:30am: Fashion Show Luncheon @ Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center

5:15pm: Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner @ Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center

6pm: Friday Night Reception @ Pro Football Hall of Fame

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3

8am: Grand Parade @ Downtown Canton

12pm-3:30pm: Returning Hall of Famers Autograph Sessions @ Pro Football Hall of Fame Plaza Tent

12pm-2pm: MM Shows LLC., Autograph Session @ Pro Football Hall of Fame Plaza Tent

4pm-6pm: Enshrinement Celebration Fan Party @ Pro Football Hall of Fame

7pm: Class of 2013 Enshrinement Ceremony @ Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4

12pm-4:45pm: Returning Hall of Famers Autograph Session @ Pro Football Hall of Fame Plaza Tent

12:30pm: Enshrinees’ Gameday Roundtable @ Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center

3pm-4pm: Class of 2013 Autograph Session @ Pro Football Hall of Fame Event Center

5pm-7:30pm: Fan Appreciation Tailgate Party @ Pro Football Hall of Fame

8pm: NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys @ Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium

This year’s Enshrinement Festival is taking place at an exciting time in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s history.  Recently, the Pro Football Hall of Fame completed a $27 million expansion and renovation in May, the largest project of its kind in its history. This project includes the state-of-the-art Ralph Wilson Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center, interactive exhibit galleries, a vibrant entrance and lobby, a new Event Center and an expanded Pro Football Hall of Fame store. For more information and to purchase tickets to any of the weekend festivities visit www.profootballhof.com.

– Chris Moore

This Weekend in CLE: July 27-28, 2013

soap-box-derbyTechnically, Thursday isn’t considered the weekend, however, when it’s Christmas in July, the rules can be bent. After celebrating with a sunny Santa, this Friday and Saturday head over to Whiskey Island to enjoy a frothy pint of Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale. Finally, this Saturday, watch as more than 400 racers from all over the globe compete in the All-American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs in Akron.

You can always visit our searchable calendar for more events at: www.positivelycleveland.com/play/events.

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This Weekend in CLE: July 20-21, 2013

This Friday, be sure to check out the  opening ceremony of the 2013 National Senior Games presented by Humana at the new Cleveland Convention Center. Then, keep your head in the game in Canton with the kick-off events of the 2013 Enshrinement Festival at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Finally, get some authentically-delicious food at the Taste of Tremont, one of Cleveland’s signature summer events.

You can always visit our searchable calendar for more events at: www.positivelycleveland.com/play/events.

2013 National Senior Games – Cleveland Convention Center, Downtown Cleveland

This weekend marks the start of the 2013 National Senior Games presented by Humana. Watch as senior athletes from around the country participate in individual and team sports, proving that age is only a number. The Games opening ceremony takes place Friday, July 19 at the newly-opened Cleveland Convention Center on Mall B, complete with a festival featuring food trucks, games, a beer garden and live performances from bands Rusted Root and The Danger Brothers. After the concert, end the evening with the Flame Arrival Ceremony and a stellar fireworks display, officially marking the start of the 2013 competition. This year, the Games central hub is The Village presented by AstraZeneca located in the Cleveland Convention Center which offers an interactive sports zone, a cyber café, National Senior Games merchandise, daily music themes, and a stage featuring live music, health demonstrations and classes. The Village is open from 8am-7pm throughout the duration of the Games until August 1.  For more information call 216.479.6345 or visit www.cleveland2013.com.

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Carousel is a Positive Spin for Cleveland

After years of setbacks, the Euclid Beach Carousel will spin again in Cleveland.  At the corner of East Boulevard and East 108th Street in University Circle, The Western Reserve Historical Society is set to open an all-weather, glass pavilion enclosed restored carousel.  Children and business travelers alike can enjoy a little year-round whimsy in the middle of Cleveland.

The carousel, one of the few left in its original city, has been a part of Cleveland since the late-19th century. When Euclid Beach Park shut its gates in 1969, the carousel went on the wayside like many other similar rides in the United States.  Since the late 1990s, local groups have been working to bring the flying horses back home. Two chariots and 54 horses have been restored to their original luster, while four new horses have been added to complete the set.

Flag Horse

After giving the carousel a whirl, visitors can stop by the Western Reserve Historical Society and experience Cleveland through one of the many exhibits at the society’s museum. The Western Reserve Historical Society has collections designed to pique any interest. The Crawford Auto Aviation Collection displays Northeast Ohio’s important contribution to aviation and auto technologies in the 20th century. Fashion enthusiasts are encouraged to visit Dior and More – For the Love of Fashion at the History Center. The wardrobe collection offers an in-depth look at women’s changing lifestyles from the turn of the 20th century to the 1980s. There are also frequent speaker series, a magic of memories series and special holiday events.

Official dates for the carousel’s opening have not been announced. For updates about the new pavilion and additional information about the attractions at the Western Reserve Historical Society, visit www.wrhs.org.

This Weekend in CLE: July 13-14, 2013

This weekend, head to the Cain Park Arts Festival to experience the work of some of the region’s best artists. And, all weekend long enjoy local folk music and wine while taking in gorgeous scenery at the Music in the Valley Folk & Wine Festival at Hale Farm & Village in Peninsula.  If wine isn’t your thing, Saturday, head over to the North Coast Harbor to attend the World Beer Festival where you can sample more than 200 beers from locally, nationally and internationally recognized breweries.

You can always visit our searchable calendar for more events at: www.positivelycleveland.com/play/events.

Cain Park Arts Festival – Cain Park, Cleveland Heights

This weekend-long arts festival features gorgeous artwork in categories ranging from watercolors to jewelry by 150 of the area’s top artists. Once you’re finished browsing the stunning pieces, head over to the food vendors to enjoy the spread of worldly cuisine including everything from Greek delicacies to pizza by the slice. Throughout the festival, attend concerts from Grammy-winning musicians and local cover bands alike in Cain Park’s various outdoor theaters.  For more information call 216.291.3669 or visit www.cainpark.com/index.aspx?page=676.

Music in the Valley Folk & Wine Festival – Hale Farm & Village, Peninsula

Throughout the weekend, check out the Music in the Valley Folk & Wine Festival at the beautiful Hale Farm and Village in Peninsula. Explore the sprawling grounds and take in the vibrant scenery as you listen to the strumming of folk bands from around Northeast Ohio and sip wine from the area’s numerous local wineries.  While there, be sure to check out all that Hale Farm and Village has to offer including depictions of mid-nineteenth century life at the living history museum, heritage gardens, cooking demonstrations and more. For more information call 216.721.5722 or visit http://www.wrhs.org/Properties/Music_Valley.

The World Beer Festival – North Coast Harbor Dock 32, Downtown Cleveland

This Saturday, attend the World Beer Festival at the North Coast Harbor. Located at dock 32, First Energy Stadium’s North parking lot, the festival features samples of more than 200 beers from local, national and international breweries. While there, you will have the chance to learn about food and beer pairings, sample ingredients and attend educational seminars. For tickets and more information visit www.allaboutbeer.com/gather-for-beer/world-beer-festival/cleveland-oh.

More Events:

The Lion King @ State Theatre, PlayhouseSquare – 7/9-8/4

Akron Aeros vs. Altoona Curve @ Canal Park – 7/11-14

Tremont ArtWalk @ Various Locations, Tremont – 7/12

Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals @ Progressive Field – 7/12-14

Justin Bieber @ Quicken Loans Arena – 7/13

Blossom Music Festival @ Blossom Music Center – 7/13-14

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

This Weekend in Cleveland: June 22-23, 2013

This weekend, rock out on the front porch with some of Northeast Ohio’s finest local musicians at the Larchmere PorchFest. Then, head over to the Ohio Scottish Games + Festival of the Arts at the Lorain County Fairgrounds to celebrate Scottish heritage with athletic competitions, folk music, dance and food. Finally, take in some behind-the-scenes superhero history with the iconic “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Superman Celebration” exhibit held at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

You can always visit our searchable calendar for more events at: www.positivelycleveland.com/play/events.

Larchmere PorchFest – Larchmere, Shaker Heights

This Saturday, get your groove on at this unique music festival in the Larchmere neighborhood of Shaker Heights. Come hear more than 30 local musicians as they transform front porches around the area into stages and rock out. Partnering with RTA, the PorchFest allows attendees to ride the rapid out to Shaker Heights for $1. For more information visit www.larchmereporchfest.org.

Ohio Scottish Games + Festival of the Arts – Lorain County Fairgrounds, Wellington

The Ohio Scottish Games highlight Scottish heritage through traditional music, dance, athletics and food. Based on the ancient Scottish Highland Games, this exciting event is filled with family-friendly activities ranging from all day musical entertainment to watching the many athletic competitions lined up throughout the weekend. For more information and tickets call 440.942.6362 or visit www.ohioscottishgames.com.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Superman Celebration – Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Beachwood

On Sunday, celebrate Superman’s 75th birthday by learning about how the man of steel was created here in Cleveland. Featuring exhibits on the history of Superman’s creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, this exciting celebration also features a kids comic book workshop with cartoonist Teri Lobenson and a screening of Superman-themed films at 1pm. Lolly the Trolley will also be taking super-fans around for a tour of locations highlighting Superman’s roots in Cleveland. For tickets and more information call 216.593.0575 or visit www.maltzmuseum.org/events/its-a-superman-celebration.

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

– Chris Moore 

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