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14 Reasons to Visit Cleveland in 2014

1 - Brand New Buildings1. Brand New Buildings

$2 billion in new tourism projects includes the new Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cleveland Convention Center and much more.

2 (alt)2. Music Mecca

Music lovers come to Cleveland to pay homage to their idols at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, then stay to explore the plentiful bars, clubs and outdoor amphitheaters where local artists and national acts play live nightly.

3 - Sizzling Culinary Scene3. Sizzling Culinary Scene

Nationally recognized as a foodie paradise, Cleveland is home to a 100-year-old public market, the likes of a true “Iron” Chef, several James Beard Foundation Award winners and more than 117 ethnicities represented throughout the culinary scene.

4 - Wild Family Adventures4. Wild Family Adventures

Families can stand nose-to-trunk with five massive African elephants at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and brave more than 16 record breaking roller coasters at Cedar Point. Thrill-seekers can soar high above the park entrance on Gatekeeper, the world’s longest winged coaster, which opened at Cedar Point last year.

PosCle IPN2013-145. World-Class Arts & Culture

Cleveland is home to University Circle, the country’s most concentrated square mile of arts and cultural institutions such as the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Not to mention the incredible Cleveland Museum of Art, which recently completed a $350 million renovation and expansion.

6 - The Perfect Pour6. The Perfect Pour

Whether it’s a tall glass of one of the gold medal winning beers from one of the many local microbreweries or a taste of sweet ice wine from one of the more than 50 lakeside wineries gaining national recognition, no foodie will go thirsty in Cleveland.

7 - Fresh Air Fun7. Fresh Air Fun

With more than 52,000 acres for outdoor recreation between the Cleveland Metroparks and the tenth most visited national park in the US, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, visitors can hike, jog or bike 275 miles of trails, hit the links at one of the 300 golf courses or splash in Lake Erie for seasonal fun any time of year.

8 - Friendly Competition8. Friendly Competition

Not only is Cleveland home to three major professional sports teams, but it’s also keeping visitors cheering all year long with a plethora of family- and budget-friendly minor league teams, entertainment leagues and an arena team.

9 - Save the Date9. Save the Date

From an international film fest to the 2014 International Gay Games, there’s always something happening in Cleveland. Whether it’s summer festivals every weekend or winter ice skating in Wade Oval, there’s always a reason to celebrate.

10 - Shop Till you Drop10. Shop Until you Drop

Shoppers can find quirky and eclectic doodads, independent art, delectable chocolates or uniquely Cleveland postcards, t-shirts and giftware, at boutiques, antiques and retail options suited for any taste and budget.

11 - Hit the Snooze11. Hit the Snooze

With so much to see and do, visitors need a place to rest their heads. This is why Cleveland offers an array of recognized hotel brands, indoor waterpark resorts, charming B&Bs, inns and campgrounds.

12 - In the Hood12. In the Hood

Cleveland’s true heart and soul lies in its neighborhoods. Ethnic neighborhoods retain much of their Old World cultural background with food and festivals. Other diverse neighborhoods blend art galleries, indie theatres, gastropubs and blue-collar watering holes.

13 - Region13. Remarkable Region

Visitors can leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind by venturing into one of the largest Amish communities in the world. Or, families can unwind at one of the region’s massive indoor waterparks or set sail for a refreshing getaway on Lake Erie’s Islands. It’s all just a day trip away from the heart of Cleveland.

14 - Performances14. Unparalleled Performances

From PlayhouseSquare, the second largest theater district in the nation; or the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra at the stunning Severance Hall; to the more than 45 additional performing arts and entertainment centers it’s safe to say premium performances are center stage.

Visit www.positivelycleveland.com for more reasons to visit Cleveland.

– April Ingle

This Weekend in CLE: September 13-15, 2013

halloweekendsThis weekend, spook yourself silly at Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends. Then on Saturday, celebrate Northeast Ohio’s cultural diversity at the Global Village Festival at Lock 3 Park in Akron. Finally, make your way over to the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland to the Village Peddler Festival to experience the work of more than 175 local area craftsmen and artisans.

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

HalloWeekends – Cedar Point, Sandusky

This weekend (9/13-15) marks the opening of Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends. See the thrilling theme park transform into a spooky playground of frightful delight complete with haunted houses, mazes and creepy creatures. Bring your little ones during the day to explore the Magical House on Boo Hill, and Planet Snoopy, all dressed up for Halloween as Planet Spooky. HalloWeekends runs every weekend until 10/27. For more information, call 419.627.2350 or visit www.cedarpoint.com/haunt.

Global Village Festival – Lock 3 Park, Akron

This Saturday (9/14), celebrate the cultural diversity of Northeast Ohio at the Global Village Festival of Greater Akron in Lock 3 Park. This festival highlights the many diverse cultures in the area and features live performances of cultural music and dance, interactive exhibits, ethnic food from local area restaurants and vendors, and a fair trade farmers market. For more information, call 234.738.4410 or visit www.akrongvf.org.

Village Peddler Festival – Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Kirtland

Throughout the weekend (9/14-15), make your way to the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland for the Village Peddler Festival. Here, you can see and purchase the work of more than 175 craftsmen with pieces ranging from traditional to Victorian. While you browse the tents, enjoy live music from folk musicians, free covered wagon rides, fair food and a Harvest Market. For more information and tickets, call 800.366.3276 or visit www.villagepeddlerfestival.com.

More Events:

Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest @ Riverfront Square, Cuyahoga Falls – 9/13-15

Rock Hall Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Sun Records with Panel Discussion @ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – 9/14

Chardon Brewfest @ Eltech Building, Chardon – 9/14

BBQ Bands + Brew  @ Brunswick Town Center – 9/14

Breakfast with the Bears @ Akron Zoo – 9/14

India Festival USA @ Independence Middle School – 9/14

RuPaul’s Drag Race @ Palace Theatre, PlayhouseSquare – 9/14

Cher Lloyd ft. Fifth Harmony @ House of Blues – 9/14

Cleveland Comedy Festival: Stand Up Graduation @ Kennedy’s Theatre, PlayhouseSquare – 9/14

Best Coast @ Grog Shop – 9/14

Yo La Tengo @ Beachland Ballroom – 9/15

Sigur Ros @ Jacobs Pavilion, Nautica Entertainment Complex – 9/15

Icona Pop @ House of Blues – 9/15

WWE Raw @ Quicken Loans Arena – 9/16

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

This Weekend in CLE: August 17-18, 2013

The Feast of the Assumption in Cleveland's Little Italy

The Feast of the Assumption in Cleveland’s Little Italy

This weekend, enjoy deliciously authentic Italian food at the Feast of the Assumption, the Little Italy neighborhood’s signature event. Then, make your way over to the Weapons of Mass Creation Festival in the Gordon Square neighborhood for enlightening discussions, art and live music sure to inspire. Finally, this Friday, be sure to take a ride on the wild side at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest at the Wild Ride event.

Also, this weekend (8/16-18), Positively Cleveland, Cleveland’s convention and visitor bureau is hosting five bloggers from Pittsburgh, Columbus and Cincinnati and for the first time ever, we need your help to create the ultimate Cleveland itinerary. Follow along and contribute at Facebook.com/PositivelyClevelandfans and on Twitter: #HappyinCLE.

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

Feast of the Assumption – Little Italy Neighborhood

This Thursday through Sunday, head over Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. This annual festival has been a Cleveland staple for 115 years, mixing old-world authenticity with modern entertainment including live music, food from some of Little Italy’s top restaurants, arts and craft vendors, carnival rides and games. The Feast is put on by the area’s Holy Rosary Church and is open to everyone from all cultures and beliefs. For more information, visit www.holy-rosary.org/TheFeast/AboutTheFeast/tabid/63/Default.aspx.

Weapons of Mass Creation Festival – Gordon Square Neighborhood

All weekend long attend the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest in Gordon Square neighborhood, one of the Midwest’s premier art, music and design events. Offering 20 speakers, 20 designers, and more than 30 bands, this festival allows the area’s creative professionals, musicians, artists, students, fans and entrepreneurs to collaborate, learn and inspire. For tickets and more information, visit www.wmcfest.com.

Wild Ride – Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & The RainForest

This Friday, make your way over to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & The RainForest to take a ride on the wild side during the Wild Ride event. Here, attendees can cruise around the zoo grounds on their bicycle after normal zoo hours from 5:30-8:30pm. This unique event offers riders the chance to bike around their favorite exotic animals with rental bikes available. For more information, call 216.661.6500 or visit www.clemetzoo.com/events/event.asp?event_id=160.

More Events:

Old Crow Medicine Show @ Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare – 8/16

Spank: The Fifty Shades Parody @ Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare – 8/16-18

Minor League Baseball: Akron Aeros vs. Reading Fightin Phils @ Canal Park – 8/16-18

National Hamburger Festival @ Lock 3 Park, Akron – 8/17-18

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

– Chris Moore

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

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.

12 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Cleveland

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Cleveland’s got pride – for our city and our country. The city and our top-notch attractions do Independence Day weekend celebrations big…and fireworks are just the beginning. With the national holiday happening on Thursday, the celebrations continue throughout the weekend. From Tall Ships to Cleveland Indians baseball, the Fourth of July in the CLE truly encompasses all of America’s favorite past times.

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Tall Ships, Cleveland

Cleveland will be the first U.S. port to welcome the 2013 fleet of majestic tall ships from around the world. Presented by the Rotary Club of Cleveland, the Tall Ship Festival calls the Port of Cleveland home July 3 -7. With towering 100-foot-tall masts and beautiful, billowing sails, the historic vessels provide hours of family fun and entertainment.

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.

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, a ship operated by an all-female crew. During the fun-filled weekend visitors can board the 10 -11 vessels, meet the crew, sail on Lake Erie and experience the heritage that these ships symbolize.

www.clevelandtallships.com

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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 

Father’s Day Weekend in Cleveland: June 15-16, 2013

This weekend, forget buying dad the new tie and golf clubs. Instead, give him something more valuable, your time. Hang out with pops at these great Cleveland events that he, and the rest of the family, is sure to love.

Of course, don’t miss the opening of the brand-new Cleveland Convention Center on Saturday, June 15 from 10am – 4pm for the “Celebrate the Center: Community Open House and Celebration” event.

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

Father’s Day at the Zoo – Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & The RainForest
SealThis Sunday, take dad to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & The RainForest from 10am to 7pm where all dads receive half price admission. This event offers fun for the whole family with close-up animal encounters, Professor Wylde’s Animal Show and various Meet-the-Keeper activities where you interact with the zookeepers themselves. For questions call 216.661.6500 or visit www.clemetzoo.com/events/event.asp?event_id=28.

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Celebrate the Cleveland Convention Center Opening

cleveland_convention_center_rendering-01The time has come for the long awaited Cleveland Convention Center to open and you’re invited!

On Saturday, June 15 from 10am-4pm, the new Cleveland Convention Center opens its doors to the public for the “Celebrate the Center: Community Open House and Celebration” event to show the community first-hand the newly-completed state-of-the-art center.

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