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100 Things Every Clevelander Must Do Before They Die (Or Move, Which Is Really the Same Thing)

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46. Hit Up the Bad Boys of Blues Weekly Jam Nights: Michael Bay and the Bad Boys of Blues will melt your face with the best blues in Cleveland every week at the Parkview and Brothers. Bay has been a disciple of the blues jam scene for decades, and he'll pull out forgotten gems and longtime favorites while whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Oh, and the shows are free. No excuses.

47. Canoe Down the Cuyahoga River: Yes, canoe down the Cuyahoga River. Cleveland's history is dominated by the river, from city inception to present day. And there's no better way to see the city from ground level than to wind from the Flats, under the bridges and toward Valley View in a canoe. Just watch out for the ships.

48. Enjoy a Panini's Sandwich: Bread, meat, fries, cheese. Combine, stack high and devour earnestly. Cleveland's a foodie town, and while we enjoy our chefs collecting James Beard award nominations, there's nothing quite like a simple sandwich with no frills.

49. Sample the Food Trucks at Walnut Wednesdays: The food truck economy blossomed quickly after Hodge Podge gave Cleveland a quick taste a few years ago. Now, Walnut Wednesdays downtown are littered with lines of trucks slinging gourmet food and street bites for bargain prices.

50. People Watch at Tower City's Fountain: Got a few minutes in the middle of your workday? Head over to the fountain at Tower City and take in Cleveland's people. There are few better places to gander at your fellow man, and Tower City serves as a clearinghouse of the best of the best.

51. Visit the Schvitz: Shhh. You gotta know a regular at the Schvitz to get in, and it's men only, but once you enter the hallowed doors, you'll enjoy pampering you won't find anywhere else. Steam, steak, wine await. Check out our story on the Schvitz -- clevescene.com/schvitz -- to learn more about one of Cleveland's best secrets.

52. Go to Big Fun: Cleveland's lucky enough to count dozens and dozens of fabulous locally owned stores, but Steve Presser's Big Fun is among the oldest and most unique. Want vintage G.I. Joe? He's got it. Old movie posters? That too. Comic books? Absolutely. It'll bring out the child in anyone.

53. See a Concert at Blossom: Northeast Ohio's largest outdoor music venue, Blossom, brings in the largest country acts every year, holds an annual series with the Cleveland Orchestra and is still the only place you're likely to see the most popular touring artists every summer.

54. Hit the Casino: You don't have to save for a Vegas vacation anymore. Nor drive to Pennsylvania or Detroit. Whether you prefer blackjack or slots, poker or roulette, the Horseshoe Casino has all your gambling needs. Play a few hands and test your luck. Just don't blame us if you lose.

55. Take in a Lake Erie Monsters Game: NHL hockey is probably never coming back to Cleveland, but the Lake Erie Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, are here to satisfy your pro hockey needs every year. Tickets are cheap and the Monsters offer plenty of family-friendly specials to make the games more than just a game.

56. Catch a Minor League Baseball Game: Think the Tribe's too expensive (it's not), or want to catch the next generation of Indian greats? Stop by an Akron RubberDucks game (we're still getting used to that name too), or a Lake County Captains affair. Tickets are bargain-priced, but the talent's not.

57. Bet on the Ponies: Take a short trip to Thistledown one afternoon. Bet on the ponies racing in person or watch a simulcast and place some dollars on the horses running throughout the country. And don't worry too much if you don't know what a trifecta is, we won't tell anyone.

58. Run the Cleveland Marathon: Okay, or a 5K somewhere. But the Cleveland marathon is a great chance to push your body and enjoy the city -- from west to east -- from the streets. Check Hermes' schedule for plenty of shorter runs around town, because let's be honest: The marathon's a good goal, but few of us will ever reach it.

59. Shop the Cleveland Flea: A relative newcomer to the Cleveland arts and craft scene, the Cleveland Flea rounds up a hodge podge of artisanal products, artists, craft makers, clothing makers and general doers. The whole "buy local" thing applies here, and there's no better way to shop dozens of different booths in one place.

60. Go to Ingenuity Fest: It's not just art, it's not just people, it's not just technology. It's all of the above, combined, and more. Since its formation in 2004, Ingenuity Fest has brought tens of thousands of visitors to its rotating cast of locations, immersing the public in the forward-thinking art and tech scenes that promise to change Cleveland for the better.

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