Fest season is upon us. If food and drink and live music is your thing (and whose isn't it?), get outside and take a plunge into Cleveland's cultural scene with the many festivals happening this summer. Here are some of the best celebrations that Cleveland has to offer.
An accumulation of 30 artists playing on 30 different porches (although, usually, not simultaneously), Larchmere Avenue's Porchfest creates a unique musical experience for those who want to get up close and personal with their music. Spend a Saturday listening to local bands and soaking up the sun in one of Cleveland's historical neighborhoods.
Boston Mills Artfest
June 27 to 29 and July 4 to 6
Spaced out across two weekends, the Boston Mills Artfest is a nationally recognized showcase of Northeast Ohio's art. Check out the local craft scene as you enjoy picturesque Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and various food and drink options. All art is available to be purchased on site, as well.
Cleveland Pride Fest
Strut your stuff in support of LGBTQ rights at Cleveland's 26th annual Pride Fest. Headlined by pop artist Debbie Gibson, this fest is sure to be a colorful affair. March in the parade, grab a drink at the Beer Garden or watch any number of entertaining acts on the performance stage.
Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
July 18 to 20
Irish blood runs in the veins of many Clevelanders; celebrate that heritage by paying a visit to the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival. From traditional Irish dancers to bands hailing from Dublin and Sligo, entertainment abounds at this festival dedicated to preserving Cleveland's rich Irish history.
SCENE ALE FEST
For the sixth year in a row, Scene will descend on Lincoln Park in Tremont to dazzle thousands with the best day-drinking of the summer. Dozens of vendors pour every craft beer you can name while restaurants serve the food you need to keep going all four hours. Music, entertainment, sun, trees, and, ya know, beer. It's all here. Tickets are $30 in advance. Buy now at scenealefest2014.com.