Just Think Of Cleveland as the Festival City

Dyngus Day
Dyngus Day Photo by Emanuel Wallace


Brite Winter Festival (Mid to late February)

Free music, festivities and more in the Flats. 2020 will mark the 11th annual outdoor music fest. BriteWinter.com.


St. Patrick's Day Parade (3/17)

Everyone's Irish for the day. Sing, drink, eat, dance and generally have fun with a downtown parade.

Cleveland International Film Festival (3/27-4/7)

For more than four decades, Cleveland screens the best and brightest on the festival circuit. ClevelandFilm.org.


Dyngus Day (4/22)

Celebrate all things Polish through Detroit-Shoreway, Tremont and Ohio City. ClevelandDyngus.com.


Cleveland Asian Festival (5/18-5/19)

Centered in AsiaTown, the festival offers food, music, arts and more, all honoring the city's strong Asian population. ClevelandAsianFestival.org.

8th Annual

Downtown Willoughby Rib Burn Off


Get out to downtown Willoughby for two days of family friendly entertainment, live music and all the ribs and beer you can handle. DTWRibBurnOff.com.

Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon (5/19)

Whether you run or not, the marathon is a jaunt through Cleveland's neighborhoods that feeds off the fans and residents. ClevelandMarathon.com.

Berea National Rib Cook-Off (5/24-5/27) 

Down at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, get more pork than you could possibly dream of as you celebrate Memorial Day weekend. BereaRib.com.

Tremont Greek Fest (5/24-5/27)

For four days in May, everything's Greek to us as this party celebrates its 49th anniversary. TremontGreekFest.com.

Taste of Summer (5/24-5/26)

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Cuyahoga River on the east bank of the Flats with Scene's annual food and drink celebration of summer. SceneTasteofSummer.com.

Rockin' on the River (May through August)

At Black River Landing in Lorain, a summerlong series of weekend concerts for bargain prices with great views. RockinOnTheRiver.com.


Pride in the CLE (6/1)

The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland hosts the fourth annual march and festival starting at Public Square. LGBTCleveland.org/pride-in-the-cle

Hessler Street Fair (6/1–6/2))

One of Cleveland's most historic streets celebrates its cultural heritage and talent with the city in this, its 50th annual gathering. HesslerStreetFair.org.

Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival


What can duct tape do? What can't it do, is the better question. With crafts, family entertainment, exhibits, food and more, enjoy al that is duct tape for three days every summer. DuctTapeFestival.com.

Summer Solstice Party (Late June, TBD) 

The Cleveland Museum of Art is the place to be for the annual solstice celebration, which features an evening of music, performances, art, food and drink. ClevelandArt.org.

Tri-C Jazzfest (6/27–6/29)

Legends and newcomers grace Playhouse Square with all things jazz in one of the most well respected concert series around, which just so happens to be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. TriC.edu/Jazzfest.

Waterloo Arts Festival (6/29)

There's no better time to head over to the home of the Beachland Ballroom and a neighborhood filled with art galleries and shops. WaterlooArts.org/Fest

Wade Oval Wednesdays

(Mid June through August)

Bringing a weekly mix of food, concerts, and family fun to University Circle, it's a beautiful mid-week escape for Northeast Ohio. UniversityCircle.org.


Cleveland Irish Cultural

 Festival (7/19-7/21)

The Irish party heads south to the fairgrounds for this annual celebration of all things Irish. ClevelandIrish.org.

Scene's Ale Fest (7/27)

The best party in Tremont returns again for a full day of outdoor drinking and music in Lincoln Park. Clevescene.com.

Taste of Tremont (Mid July, TBD)

July is Tremont month, and the neighborhood's eclectic restaurants are showcased at this annual favorite that packs crowds up and down Professor Avenue.



Cuyahoga County Fair (8/6-8/11)

It's the county fair and the county fairgrounds, and there's nothing wrong with that. Animals, food, fried stuff, beer and more. CuyFair.com.

SPARX City Hop (8/17)

Cleveland's blessed with a host of neighborhoods boasting countless art galleries and artists. This is your chance to see them all with free shuttles between stops. DowntownCleveland.com.

Burning River Festival (Mid August, TBD)

Great Lakes Brewing Co. helps entertain revelers while everyone learns a bit more about the environment over two days down at the historic Coast Guard station surrounded by the lake and lively music.


Cleveland National Air Show (8/31-9/2)

The air show and all its majesty and wonder return to the shores of Lake Erie for high flying fun over Labor Day weekend.



Chalk Festival (Mid September, TBD)

This two-day celebration showcases the colorful creativity of the community as artists and attendees create blacktop canvases. ClevelandArt.org.

IngenuityFest (9/27-9/29)

Science, design, art, comedy, technology, people: They all come together at this stellar annual event, taking place at the Hamilton Collaborative. IngenuityCleveland.com.

Woollybear Festival (Late September)

Dick Goddard, woollybears, hometown love, what can be better than that?


Accidental Comedy Fest

(Late September, TBD)

Accidental Comedy brings the best local and national comics to Hilarities for a weekend of stellar laughs and good company. AccidentalComedy.com.


Cleveland Beer Week

 (Mid October, TBD) 

We like to drink. We really like to drink. This week-plus long event, brewers from around the country visit Cleveland for special pours and Clevelanders enjoy their bars in a whole new light. ClevelandBeerWeek.org.


Winterfest (TBD)

The tree-lighting ceremony, horse carriage rides, family fun, snow, Christmas lights and free music await you as Cleveland kicks off the holiday season in Public Square.


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