Get Out: Everything You Should Be Doing in Cleveland This Labor Day Weekend

The Cleveland National Air Show returns to Burke Lakefront Airport. See: Saturday.
The Cleveland National Air Show returns to Burke Lakefront Airport. See: Saturday. Photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook

WED 08/28

Disney's The Lion King

Some 90 million people around the world have seen Disney's long-running musical The Lion King. The play has won six Tony Awards, and it brings to life the story of a lion and the cub who'll inherit his father's kingdom. The musical features the work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some terrific songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. Tonight's performance takes place at 7:30 at the State Theatre. The play runs through Sept. 1, and tickets cost $49 to $199. (Jeff Niesel)

1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000,

North Union Farmers Market

North Union Farmers Market returns to U.S. Bank Plaza today with an urban-desert oasis of fresh and sustainable local farm foods. Come and stock up on the season's best fruits and vegetables from 4 to 7 p.m. This NUFM location will be up and running each and every Wednesday through Sept. 4. Find out more on the website below. (Niesel)

A Streetcar Named Desire

Marlon Brando stars in 1951's A Streetcar Named Desire, an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Gone With the Wind's Vivien Leigh co-stars as Blanche du Bois, a woman struggling to hold onto her concept of Southern gentility in the face of her brother-in-law Stanley's (Brando) badgering. The terrific cast also includes Kim Hunter and Karl Malden. The movie screens tonight at 6 at the Capitol as part of the Capitol's Happy Hour Classic series. The price of admission includes a complimentary cocktail or soft drink and light appetizers. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $10. (Niesel)

1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295,

Uptown Out to Lunch Series

At today's Out to Lunch concert, on Toby's Plaza in the Uptown District, you can grab lunch from your favorite Uptown eatery and have a seat at the great picnic table while listening to local bands. Today, the Chris Burge Trio performs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free concert series continues through Sept. 11. The schedule is on the website. (Niesel) 11440 Uptown Ave.,

Walnut Wednesday

Time is growing short to make a stop at Walnut Wednesday, one of summer's great traditions. But today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut streets — food trucks once again gather to serve up lunch to area residents and employees. Follow the Downtown Cleveland Alliance on Facebook for weekly updates on vendors, entertainment offerings and more. But remember, the series concludes on Sept. 4. As always, admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel)

THU 08/29

Browns vs. Detroit Lions

Given the anticipation for the upcoming season, it's no surprise the Cleveland Browns have been limiting the playing time of their star players in preseason games. Not sure if quarterback Baker Mayfield will be on the field for tonight's game against the Detroit Lions, but the Browns played well earlier this summer without him in a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at First Energy Stadium. Consult the Browns site for ticket prices. (Niesel)

100 Alfred Lerner Way, 440-891-5000,

GlamGore Monthly Drag Show

Each month, GlamGore, a drag show at the Grog Shop, features a variety of performance artists under one roof. The shows include everyone from "beauty queens" to "drag monsters." Tonight's show theme is Drag Me to Detention with performers Aura Tannen, Stixen Stones, Sarah Tonin and special guest Envy Green from Columbus. Tickets cost $10, or $12 for VIP tickets that give you early bird access to the Grog starting at 8 p.m. and a special photo opportunity/meet-and-greet with the cast. For general admission ticket holders, the doors open at 8:30 p.m. DJ Zoë Lapin will attend to the turntables. (Niesel)

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5588,

Dave Landau

Last Comic Standing has introduced us to dozens of incredible comedians, but none quite like Dave Landau. Sharp, dark and sarcastic, Landau's standup act is standup for the cynic. He puts a new twist on the typically goofy nature of live comedy. He likes to joke that Halloween was a fun holiday for him as a kid. "I was poor and I used to have to wear a garbage bag and go as a raisin," he jokes in one bit. He performs tonight at 7 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Saturday. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Niesel)

2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425,

J.J. Williamson

Nearly 20 years ago, comedian J.J. Williamson won the Bay Area Comedy Competition in Oakland, thus launching his career as a standup comic. He likes to joke about the things he goes through every day. He frequently jokes about dating. "I am not a baller — I'm an outlet baller," he says in one bit. "I'm a baller on a budget." He performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets start at $17. (Niesel)

1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV,

FRI 08/30

Believe in CLE Yoga 2019

Inner Bliss Yoga Studios has organized today's free yoga party on the Rock Hall's main plaza. You can arrive as early as 5 p.m.; the event begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be live music and food on the plaza after the work out too. Bring your own mat. Register at (Niesel)

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444,

Cleveland Oktoberfest

The 15th annual Paulaner Cleveland Oktoberfest kicks off today at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. The fest features more than 20 different types of Oktoberfest-style beers, 15 German and European restaurants, 20 bands from all over the world, more than 100 vendors and local artisans, a daily beer stein-holding contest, the largest glockenspiel in the country, wiener dog races, a Miss Oktoberfest contest, a 5-K race and entertainment for all ages. More than 70,000 people are expected to attend the event. It begins at 4 p.m. today and continues through Monday. Tickets are $13 at the box office. Parking is free. On Monday, Ohio Lottery Day, bring a non-winning Ohio Lottery ticket and receive $3 off admission at the box office. Consult the website for a schedule and hours of operation. (Niesel) 19201 East Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, 440- 243-0090,

eCLEctic: Made You Look

MoCa Cleveland's eCLEctic series, Made You Look, returns tonight and features a conversation with Steven Caple Jr., a panel discussion with Cleveland-based music video directors and a musical performance from Case Bargé. The program celebrates artists, musicians and entrepreneurs in Cleveland, with each event focusing on a different element of hip-hop culture. Tonight's event will explore the role of video and film in the world of hip-hop. A Cleveland native, Caple Jr. has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after filmmakers. He recently directed the smash hit Creed II, a drama starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson. Local music video directors Santino Cash, Josh Teplitz and Scenematix will also join the discussion. The event begins at 7 p.m. Advance tickets cost $15, and student tickets go for $10. Tickets at the door will cost $25. (Niesel)

11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671,

Night Market Cleveland

Taking place on the last Friday of each month during the summer, Night Market Cleveland is part farmers market, part art/makers' market, part concert series and part food festival. Occurring only four times a year, the market includes more than 200 retail and food vendors and numerous bands and performers. Located on Rockwell Avenue near the heart of Cleveland's Asia Town district, Night Market Cleveland was inspired by a tradition in several Asian cultures, and designed to connect the diverse people of Cleveland's Asia Town, St. Clair Superior neighborhood and Campus district while "energizing an often-overlooked corner of Cleveland." It goes down tonight from 5 to 11 p.m. Admission is free. (Niesel)

Summerdance 2019

This Labor Day weekend, Nelson Ledges Quarry Park presents the 12th annual Summerdance, an EDM-themed festival featuring three nights with Lotus. In addition to Lotus, Summerdance will offer red-hot regional and national EDM/jam acts like Start Making Sense, Moon Hooch, Cut Chemist, Paris Monster, Luke the Knife, Wax Future, Patrick Richards, Kitana and Mike Greenfield. Admission is $160 ($140 presale) for today through Monday, $100 ($85 presale) for Saturday through Monday, or $65 ($55 presale) for Sunday and Monday. Thursday arrivals are an extra $20 at the gate. Group passes are also available. There is no extra charge for camping. (Niesel)

12001 State Route 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716,

The Sundance Film Festival's Short Film Program

The Sundance Film Festival's shorts program has helped launch the careers of folks such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Andrea Arnold, Damien Chazelle, Debra Granik, Todd Haynes, Spike Jonze, Dee Rees, and Taika Waititi. Tonight at 9:10, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque screens seven international films in this touring program. Expect to see fiction, documentary and animation. The program screens again at 7:10 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets cost $11, or $8 for CMA members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

Walking on Water

Walking on Water captures celebrated installation artist Christo as he constructs a pedestrian walkway (covered with yellow fabric) on top of Italy's Lake Iseo. The piece was first conceived decades ago by the artist and his longtime partner Jeanne-Claude, and the film shows just how complex its construction was. "It's a very, very demanding project — it's like a huge garden, and you have to keep everything in good order," he tells his team at one point in the movie. It screens today at 1:45 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

SAT 08/31

Cleveland National Air Show

A Labor Day tradition in Northeast Ohio since 1964, the Cleveland National Air Show regularly attracts 60,000 to 100,000 visitors to Burke Lakefront Airport, making it one of the region's largest annual events. This year's show will include a lineup of military jet demonstrations, including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, F-35A Lightning II and A-10C Thunderbolt II. The event will also feature vintage WWII warbirds including a B-25 Mitchell Bomber and B-17 Flying Fortress. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilots will put their jets through a choreographed performance each day at speeds up to 500 miles per hour. The F-35A Lightning II demonstration will highlight the aircraft's speed, agility and "high-G turning." Cleveland is one of only 15 cities in North America to host these demonstrations. Advance general admission tickets cost $23 for adults and $14 for children ages 6 to 11. (Prices are $2 more at the gate.) Admission is free for children 5 and younger. Consult the website for a complete schedule and for other ticket options. (Niesel)

Silent Disco Dance Party

Attending a silent disco should be on everyone's summer bucket list, and today is your final chance to check it off. Grab your friends and head down to Playhouse Square this evening to dance about in silence while wearing wireless headphones. Tonight's theme: Adult Prom. Wear your old prom dress or tux and be prepared to hear the best power ballads and line dances. You can even get a photo with your "date" in front of a special backdrop. The disco takes place from 9 to midnight on U.S. Bank Plaza. It's free. (Niesel)

East 14th St. and Euclid Ave., 216-771-4444,

Christopher Titus

Comedian Christopher Titus has been through a lot in his life: getting stabbed by a psycho girlfriend, getting fired from a suicide hotline, drunkenly falling into a bonfire, and all the while being told to "quit being a wussy" by his uber-militaristic dad. This guy doesn't just tell jokes; he tells full-on stories and they are hilarious. He takes the stage at Hilarities at 7 and 9:30 tonight and at 7 tomorrow night. Consult the website for ticket prices. (Liz Trenholme)

2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425,

SUN 09/01

Casual Water

Cleveland filmmaker Jacob Koestler set his film, Casual Water, in a shuttered, century-old Oakwood country club and its golf course that borders Warrensville Center Road in Cleveland Heights and South Euclid. A meditation on history, landscape, impermanence and memory, the film premiered at SPACES this past spring. Koestler, who teaches photography and video (and documentary film) at the Cleveland Institute of Art, will answer audience questions after the screening, which takes place at 4 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students. (Niesel)

11610 Euclid Ave., 216-421-7450,

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Maya Alayan directs The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, a tense thriller about how an extramarital affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man begins to have implications for the local security forces in Jerusalem. The movie makes its local premiere at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where it screens again at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Tickets cost $10, or $7 for CMA members. (Niesel)

11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

Toxic Burlesque Eighth Anniversary Party

Over the past eight years, the folks at the local burlesque promotion company Toxic Burlesque have thrown a number of events at Brothers Lounge. According to promoter Frank Ian, who runs the company with his wife, there's been a "packed house every time." For tonight's show, they'll celebrate the company's eighth anniversary. Carmen M'Knoxide, Miss Fever Blister, Rubi-Nesque and drag sensation Samantha Echo will all be on hand. Hosted by Gilgamesh Taggett, the show begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15. (Niesel) 11609 Detroit Ave., 216-226-2767,

MON 09/02

Indians vs. Chicago White Sox

The Cleveland Indians remain in the hunt for a playoff spot and could even win their division, so each and every game carries lots of weight. Tonight, the Chicago White Sox, a team with no hopes of making the playoffs, comes into town for a four-game series. The first pitch gets thrown at 7:10, and tickets start at $15. (Niesel)

2401 Ontario St., 216-420-4487,

Movie Mondays

Every Monday, Cleveland Cinemas hosts $5 Movie Mondays, where film fans can catch up on the latest Hollywood flicks for significantly reduced prices. Bring your friends and family and make Movie Mondays a weekly tradition — many theaters even offer discounted concession stand items. Participating theaters include Apollo Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas and Tower City Cinemas. Unfortunately, additional charges apply for 3-D movies. (Alaina Nutile)

TUE 09/03

American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel

This documentary film dives into the buckle of the Bible Belt where a group of defiant ministers, congregations, and community leaders started a church that features a "Gospel of Inclusion." Labeled as heretics for their beliefs and actions, the church leaders began marrying gay people long before it was legal and work to protect the rights of immigrants. "Our focus is to save people from real hells in this life," says one preacher. The movie screens at 7:30 tonight at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets cost $9.75 for adults. (Niesel)

1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295,

Open Turntable Tuesday

Tonight from 6 to 9, the Winchester hosts its weekly Open Turntable Tuesday. Jason Gokorsch will book guest DJs and offer slots to people who want to bring their own vinyl and spin their favorite songs or deep tracks. First time DJs are encouraged, and equipment is provided. Patrons can also bring records for the night's DJ to add to their set. Sign up on Northeast Ohio Vinyl Club's Facebook page. (Niesel)

12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-600-5338,

Truck Stop Tuesday

Crocker Park in Westlake is home to Truck Stop Tuesday, a weekly food truck gathering that takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Sept. 24, on Main Street. Needless to say, admission is free, but the food will cost you. You can find a lineup of upcoming food trucks on the website. (Niesel) 189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake,

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