6/27 - 6/29
More than 20,000 Irish and Irish-for-the-day are expected this weekend at the 12th annual Ohio Irish Festival. And moving the party from last year's site at Tower City Amphitheater to Scene Pavilion -- in the heart of Irishtown Bend -- is a stroke of leprechaun luck. "The area at the top of the hill, known as the Angle, is where many of our club's members and other Irish are still actively involved in St. Malachi and St. Pat's churches," explains Helen Malloy, the festival's chairwoman. The fete is known for its music: Headlining the bill this year is former Wolf Tones singer Derek Warfield; he'll be joined by the Fenians, Bohola, and the Bogside Rogues, as well as a couple dozen traditional Irish and Celtic rock bands, dancers, and bagpipers from Northeast Ohio. And yes, there's Irish food and beer -- from corned beef sandwiches and cabbage with noodles to Guinness on tap. The Ohio Irish Festival is at 4 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. Sunday at Scene Pavilion, 2014 Sycamore Street in the Flats. Tickets are $5 and $8; call 877-644-7474. -- Cris Glaser
Cleveland loves its classic rock. The more, the better. And with Journey (pictured), REO Speedwagon, and Styx on the bill, it's hard to argue with the brawn on display at Classic Rock's Main Event. "Don't Stop Believin'." "Keep on Loving You." "Mr. Roboto." Classics all. That doesn't mean you'll hear them quite the way you remember them, since each band has gone through several personnel changes over the past couple of decades (Journey and Styx are missing their original singers, but still have their guitarists; REO Speedwagon has the same singer, but a new guitarist). Still, once they start dishing out the meat-and-potatoes rock, it's gonna go down easy. Classic Rock's Main Event is at Blossom Music Center (1145 West Steels Corners Road in Cuyahoga Falls) at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25 to $69.50; call 216-241-5555. -- Michael Gallucci
Lorain taps into its multiculturalism.
6/27 - 6/29
With food representing more than 40 ethnic groups, the Lorain International Festival & Bazaar also features one taste all nations share: beer. Festival organizer Bob Kerecz mans the taps himself. "It's our main revenue," the Lorain councilman says of the 60 kegs drained during the three-day fete. "I live at the beer booth." Dozens of international food vendors will satisfy the cravings of those who can't subsist on suds alone. The fest starts at 6 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday at Black River Landing, behind the Palace Civic Center, 617 Broadway in Lorain. Admission is free; call 440-277-5244. -- Cris Glaser
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