10 Things to Do in Cleveland This Weekend

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Friday, June 12: The Human Element - MOCA Cleveland’s Summer 2015 exhibitions officially open with an Opening Night Party that takes place tonight from 7 to 10. The new exhibitions include Tony Lewis’ first solo museum exhibition and How to Remain Human, a group exhibition featuring Mary Ann Aitken, Derf Backderf, Cara Benedetto, Christi Birchfield, dadpranks, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ben Hall, Jae Jarrell, Harris Johnson, Jimmy Kuehnle, d.a. levy, Michelangelo Lovelace, Dylan Spaysky and Carmen Winant. In How to Remain Human, artists from Cleveland, Michigan and Pennsylvania reflect on what it means to be human in contemporary society. Free. (Usmani, photo via mocacleveland.org)
Friday, June 12: The Human Element - MOCA Cleveland’s Summer 2015 exhibitions officially open with an Opening Night Party that takes place tonight from 7 to 10. The new exhibitions include Tony Lewis’ first solo museum exhibition and How to Remain Human, a group exhibition featuring Mary Ann Aitken, Derf Backderf, Cara Benedetto, Christi Birchfield, dadpranks, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ben Hall, Jae Jarrell, Harris Johnson, Jimmy Kuehnle, d.a. levy, Michelangelo Lovelace, Dylan Spaysky and Carmen Winant. In How to Remain Human, artists from Cleveland, Michigan and Pennsylvania reflect on what it means to be human in contemporary society. Free. (Usmani, photo via mocacleveland.org)
Friday, June 12: Tribute Time - Some of classic rock's biggest bands either don't tour or have stopped touring. That's why fans flock to see tribute acts. This weekend at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Classic Fest features a slew of such acts. War Pigz will play the best Black Sabbath tunes, Limelight will perform songs by Canadian power trio Rush and Ragged Glory will pay homage to rocker Neil Young. The event kicks off today and continues through Sunday. Tickets start at $55 and the price includes camping. (Niesel, photo via War Pigz Facebook page)
Friday, June 12: Tribute Time - Some of classic rock's biggest bands either don't tour or have stopped touring. That's why fans flock to see tribute acts. This weekend at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Classic Fest features a slew of such acts. War Pigz will play the best Black Sabbath tunes, Limelight will perform songs by Canadian power trio Rush and Ragged Glory will pay homage to rocker Neil Young. The event kicks off today and continues through Sunday. Tickets start at $55 and the price includes camping. (Niesel, photo via War Pigz Facebook page)
Saturday, June 13: Beer Blast - While Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica is mostly used for concerts, it makes a great place for a festival. The 3rd Annual World Beer Festival returns to the venue today from 1 to 5 p.m. It's a great setting for the event, which features a wide range of beers, including a section dedicated to Ohio beers and a section dedicated to Belgian beers. There's also a cask ale area as well. Tickets are $40; for $75, you get early access and can start sampling the goods at noon. (Niesel, photo via clevescene.com) allaboutbeer.com.
Saturday, June 13: Beer Blast - While Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica is mostly used for concerts, it makes a great place for a festival. The 3rd Annual World Beer Festival returns to the venue today from 1 to 5 p.m. It's a great setting for the event, which features a wide range of beers, including a section dedicated to Ohio beers and a section dedicated to Belgian beers. There's also a cask ale area as well. Tickets are $40; for $75, you get early access and can start sampling the goods at noon. (Niesel, photo via clevescene.com) allaboutbeer.com.
Saturday, June 13: It Takes a Circle Village - For a quarter of a century, Parade the Circle has signaled summer in downtown Cleveland. One of the signature events of the summer in Northeast Ohio, Parade the Circle includes floats, dancers, live music, stilt-dancers, giant puppets, colorful costumes, vibrant characters and handmade masks. Participants include national and international artists, as well as local artists, community groups, schools and families. Circle Village offers activities, entertainment, food and more. It all takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in Wade Oval. The parade begins at noon. Rain or Shine. It’s free. (Usmani, photo via Parade the Circle event page)
Saturday, June 13: It Takes a Circle Village - For a quarter of a century, Parade the Circle has signaled summer in downtown Cleveland. One of the signature events of the summer in Northeast Ohio, Parade the Circle includes floats, dancers, live music, stilt-dancers, giant puppets, colorful costumes, vibrant characters and handmade masks. Participants include national and international artists, as well as local artists, community groups, schools and families. Circle Village offers activities, entertainment, food and more. It all takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in Wade Oval. The parade begins at noon. Rain or Shine. It’s free. (Usmani, photo via Parade the Circle event page)
Saturday, June 13: Celebrating Summer - BAyarts 2015 Art and Music Festival features more than 80 exhibiting artists and a concert lineup headlined by Ray Cintron’s Rice and Beans Band. Stop by BAYarts campus on the Huntington Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate art, music and summer. Just steps from Lake Erie, it’s a perfect excuse for a stop by the beach. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit bayarts.net (Usmani, photo via bayarts.net)
Saturday, June 13: Celebrating Summer - BAyarts 2015 Art and Music Festival features more than 80 exhibiting artists and a concert lineup headlined by Ray Cintron’s Rice and Beans Band. Stop by BAYarts campus on the Huntington Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate art, music and summer. Just steps from Lake Erie, it’s a perfect excuse for a stop by the beach. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit bayarts.net (Usmani, photo via bayarts.net)
Saturday, June 13: High Times - We deserve the right to get high. That's the thinking behind the movement to legalize marijuana. To support the cause, you can take part in the Cannabis Crusades, a 5K walk/3K run that takes place today at 8 a.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. According to a press release, "the purpose of the race is to collect signatures, to raise awareness, and to show support for the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment sponsored by Ohio Rights Group’s initiative to legalize medical marijuana and protect the interests of Ohio farmers." Registration is $35 which also includes all day admission to the zoo. A portion of proceeds will go to Ohio Rights Group.org to help fund its signature-gathering efforts. (Niesel, photo via Ohio Rights Group Facebook page)
Saturday, June 13: High Times - We deserve the right to get high. That's the thinking behind the movement to legalize marijuana. To support the cause, you can take part in the Cannabis Crusades, a 5K walk/3K run that takes place today at 8 a.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. According to a press release, "the purpose of the race is to collect signatures, to raise awareness, and to show support for the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment sponsored by Ohio Rights Group’s initiative to legalize medical marijuana and protect the interests of Ohio farmers." Registration is $35 which also includes all day admission to the zoo. A portion of proceeds will go to Ohio Rights Group.org to help fund its signature-gathering efforts. (Niesel, photo via Ohio Rights Group Facebook page)
Sunday, June 14: Gotta Have Faith - The monthly Gospel Brunch has been a spiritual Sunday staple for years at the House of Blues. Curated by famed gospel singer Kirk Franklin, the recently reinvigorated show puts a bit more emphasis on the music. This week, the local group Lafayette Carthon and Faith performs. Band leader Carthon has performed with acts such as Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Marvin Winans, Mary J. Blige and Vickie Winans. With seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., the all-you-can-eat musical extravaganza features Southern classics like chicken jambalaya, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles. Tickets range from $18 to $38. (Niesel, photo via House of Blues Facebook page)
Sunday, June 14: Gotta Have Faith - The monthly Gospel Brunch has been a spiritual Sunday staple for years at the House of Blues. Curated by famed gospel singer Kirk Franklin, the recently reinvigorated show puts a bit more emphasis on the music. This week, the local group Lafayette Carthon and Faith performs. Band leader Carthon has performed with acts such as Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Marvin Winans, Mary J. Blige and Vickie Winans. With seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., the all-you-can-eat musical extravaganza features Southern classics like chicken jambalaya, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles. Tickets range from $18 to $38. (Niesel, photo via House of Blues Facebook page)
Sunday, June 14: Slice of Cleveland - Before the Cavs game, head over to the Cleveland Pizza Fest. The fest, on the Cuyahoga Fair Grounds, will be slicing up pies from 10 of Cleveland's best pizzerias. From chains like Dominos to new locals like Pizza 216, the festival has everything a pizza lover could desire. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children. The event begins at noon. (Rees, photo via Flickr user rob_rob2001)
Sunday, June 14: Slice of Cleveland - Before the Cavs game, head over to the Cleveland Pizza Fest. The fest, on the Cuyahoga Fair Grounds, will be slicing up pies from 10 of Cleveland's best pizzerias. From chains like Dominos to new locals like Pizza 216, the festival has everything a pizza lover could desire. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children. The event begins at noon. (Rees, photo via Flickr user rob_rob2001)
Sunday, June 14: All In - If you haven't been following the NBA Playoffs this year, you should have your Cleveland card revoked. Tonight, the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors for the fifth time. Tickets to the game are obviously hard to come by, but every bar you can name in downtown Cleveland will be throwing a viewing party. Grab your friends, buy a beer and show some pride. (Rees, photo via House of Blues Facebook page)
Sunday, June 14: All In - If you haven't been following the NBA Playoffs this year, you should have your Cleveland card revoked. Tonight, the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors for the fifth time. Tickets to the game are obviously hard to come by, but every bar you can name in downtown Cleveland will be throwing a viewing party. Grab your friends, buy a beer and show some pride. (Rees, photo via House of Blues Facebook page)