10 Things You Should Do This Weekend in Cleveland (Aug. 10 - 12)

The National Hamburger Festival is in town, it's Van Aken Beer Garden time again and Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates, Jhene Aiko, Casey Veggies and DJ Drama are performing at Blossom this weekend. Check out what else you can't miss this weekend.

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Makers Market  When: Thu., Aug. 11 The East 185th Maker’s Market series continues today from 4 to 8 p.m. This outdoor event features handcrafted products by local makers. Vendors range from long-time neighborhood businesses to new members of the “Maker Movement.” Stop by to learn more about these local makers and small business owners. The series concludes on Aug. 25. Free. 560 East 185th St., https://www.facebook.com/events/1168028029925999/
Makers Market When: Thu., Aug. 11 The East 185th Maker’s Market series continues today from 4 to 8 p.m. This outdoor event features handcrafted products by local makers. Vendors range from long-time neighborhood businesses to new members of the “Maker Movement.” Stop by to learn more about these local makers and small business owners. The series concludes on Aug. 25. Free. 560 East 185th St., https://www.facebook.com/events/1168028029925999/
Van Aken Beer Garden  When: Fri., Aug. 12 Held in the parking lot of Van Aken Center in Shaker Heights, the Van Aken Beer Garden, a bi-weekly event, celebrates summertime with music, food, beer, wine, cocktails, retail vendors, and activities for the kids. This year, the series will run through Sept. 9. Admission is free and the event is both bike and pet friendly. It takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. In the case of rain, the event will be held inside Club Rock. A portion of the proceeds raised from the beer garden will go to a hosting non-profit.  vanakenbeergarden.com.
Van Aken Beer Garden When: Fri., Aug. 12 Held in the parking lot of Van Aken Center in Shaker Heights, the Van Aken Beer Garden, a bi-weekly event, celebrates summertime with music, food, beer, wine, cocktails, retail vendors, and activities for the kids. This year, the series will run through Sept. 9. Admission is free and the event is both bike and pet friendly. It takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. In the case of rain, the event will be held inside Club Rock. A portion of the proceeds raised from the beer garden will go to a hosting non-profit. vanakenbeergarden.com.
Flat Out Fridays  When: Fri., Aug. 12, 6-10 p.m.  Price: Free Enjoy live music by the waterfront along with sweet treats, beverages and other outdoor entertainment. We will feature a different live band each week, so check out our Facebook Events page for more info. It'll be the place to be every Friday this summer! Admission is free. #FlatOutFridays FLAT OUT FRIDAYS - AUGUST 12 Our featured band for August 12 is Hard Day's Night. They'll be playing on Old River Road by the water! This event will benefit Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Flat Out Fridays When: Fri., Aug. 12, 6-10 p.m. Price: Free Enjoy live music by the waterfront along with sweet treats, beverages and other outdoor entertainment. We will feature a different live band each week, so check out our Facebook Events page for more info. It'll be the place to be every Friday this summer! Admission is free. #FlatOutFridays FLAT OUT FRIDAYS - AUGUST 12 Our featured band for August 12 is Hard Day's Night. They'll be playing on Old River Road by the water! This event will benefit Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Loaded  When: Fri., Aug. 12 This week, MOCA Cleveland begins its new free concert series, LOADED, with three acts utilizing improvisation with composition. The evening features performances by Tashi Dorji (Asheville, NC), Joe Tomino (Cleveland) and Dandelion Moon (Cleveland), as well as Amanda Lee providing projected visuals. This first concert is inspired by Mark Mothersbaugh’s scores for TV and film, which explore the tension between acoustic and electric sounds. This new series is curated by Andrew Auten (Dandelion Moon), Lisa Miralia (Mysterious Black Box on WCSB 89.3 FM), and David Russell Stempowski (Polar Envy). LOADED is free, and admission to MOCA Cleveland’s exhibition is discounted to $5 on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m.
Loaded When: Fri., Aug. 12 This week, MOCA Cleveland begins its new free concert series, LOADED, with three acts utilizing improvisation with composition. The evening features performances by Tashi Dorji (Asheville, NC), Joe Tomino (Cleveland) and Dandelion Moon (Cleveland), as well as Amanda Lee providing projected visuals. This first concert is inspired by Mark Mothersbaugh’s scores for TV and film, which explore the tension between acoustic and electric sounds. This new series is curated by Andrew Auten (Dandelion Moon), Lisa Miralia (Mysterious Black Box on WCSB 89.3 FM), and David Russell Stempowski (Polar Envy). LOADED is free, and admission to MOCA Cleveland’s exhibition is discounted to $5 on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m.
National Hamburger Festival  When: Sat., Aug. 13 Now in its 11th year, the National Hamburger Festival pays tribute to a staple in many Americans’ diets. The event, which takes place from noon to 11 p.m. today and fro noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Akron’s Lock 3, also includes the Buckeye Brewfest, which will take place tomorrow during the National Hamburger Festival. Independently owned and operated eateries ranging from perennial favorite Menches Bros. to the new-school food truck Square Scullery will serve up the grub at this year’s event. Activities include “Bobbing for Burgers,” a contest that involves diving head-first into a kiddy pool filled with ketchup to fish for burger patties, and the Ohio Hamburger Eating Championship, during which eight local eaters will compete to see who can consume the most one-pound burgers in just 10 minutes. Bands will perform over the course of the weekend as well, and Fleetwood Mac Mania, a tribute to Fleetwood Mac, will headline tonight. Tickets are $5.
National Hamburger Festival When: Sat., Aug. 13 Now in its 11th year, the National Hamburger Festival pays tribute to a staple in many Americans’ diets. The event, which takes place from noon to 11 p.m. today and fro noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Akron’s Lock 3, also includes the Buckeye Brewfest, which will take place tomorrow during the National Hamburger Festival. Independently owned and operated eateries ranging from perennial favorite Menches Bros. to the new-school food truck Square Scullery will serve up the grub at this year’s event. Activities include “Bobbing for Burgers,” a contest that involves diving head-first into a kiddy pool filled with ketchup to fish for burger patties, and the Ohio Hamburger Eating Championship, during which eight local eaters will compete to see who can consume the most one-pound burgers in just 10 minutes. Bands will perform over the course of the weekend as well, and Fleetwood Mac Mania, a tribute to Fleetwood Mac, will headline tonight. Tickets are $5.
La Placita  When: Sat., Aug. 13 and Sat., Sept. 10 Cleveland boasts a rich diversity of ethnic groups. The Hispanic-themed La Placita, a pop-up open air market held the second Saturday of the month, celebrates some of the city's rich heritage. Installed in the parking lots at West 25th Street and Clark Ave., La Placita features live entertainment, traditional food, artisan vendors and more. It takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. today. Admission is free.
La Placita When: Sat., Aug. 13 and Sat., Sept. 10 Cleveland boasts a rich diversity of ethnic groups. The Hispanic-themed La Placita, a pop-up open air market held the second Saturday of the month, celebrates some of the city's rich heritage. Installed in the parking lots at West 25th Street and Clark Ave., La Placita features live entertainment, traditional food, artisan vendors and more. It takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. today. Admission is free.
Zig-Zags (In The Red Records) w/ Birthday Noose  When: Fri., Aug. 12, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.  Price: $5  https://www.facebook.com/events/276104442745698 ZIG-ZAGS of In The Red Records (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Dirtbombs, etc.) and Thrasher Magazine Fame make their first appearance in Cleveland! Los Angeles based bone-head savants Zig Zags are no-nonsense 80’s style thrash with a magpie eye for deep-fried pop culture detritus.
Zig-Zags (In The Red Records) w/ Birthday Noose When: Fri., Aug. 12, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Price: $5 https://www.facebook.com/events/276104442745698 ZIG-ZAGS of In The Red Records (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Dirtbombs, etc.) and Thrasher Magazine Fame make their first appearance in Cleveland! Los Angeles based bone-head savants Zig Zags are no-nonsense 80’s style thrash with a magpie eye for deep-fried pop culture detritus.
Bye Bye Birdie  When: Fri., Aug. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 14, 3-5 p.m.  Phone: 440-949-5200  Email: lgolden@tncarts.org  Price: $10 Youth / $16-18 Adult  https://www.facebook.com/events/227258900991266 Mixing youthfulness with a healthy dose of nostalgia, Bye, Bye Birdie remains one of the most cherished musicals of all time. When a hip shaking, narcissistic musician invades the quiet Midwestern suburb of Sweet Apple OH, a clash of generations erupts as the town's parents fight to keep their teenage children safe from the sinister influences of rock 'n' roll. Given new life by the students of Center Stage Camp, audiences won't be able to resist the rip-roaring music and beguiling story of Bye, Bye Birdie.
Bye Bye Birdie When: Fri., Aug. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 14, 3-5 p.m. Phone: 440-949-5200 Email: [email protected] Price: $10 Youth / $16-18 Adult https://www.facebook.com/events/227258900991266 Mixing youthfulness with a healthy dose of nostalgia, Bye, Bye Birdie remains one of the most cherished musicals of all time. When a hip shaking, narcissistic musician invades the quiet Midwestern suburb of Sweet Apple OH, a clash of generations erupts as the town's parents fight to keep their teenage children safe from the sinister influences of rock 'n' roll. Given new life by the students of Center Stage Camp, audiences won't be able to resist the rip-roaring music and beguiling story of Bye, Bye Birdie.
Snoop Dogg/Wiz Khalifa/Kevin Gates/Jhene Aiko/Casey Veggies/DJ Drama  When: Sun., Aug. 14, 7 p.m.  Price: $25-$70.75 Given that rapper Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa share the mic on Snoop's latest single, the jittery "Kush Ups," it makes sense that the two would embark on a summer tour together. The duo will take the stage for the first time together in "a one-of-a-kind joint performance" that will find them playing hits, new songs and collaborations like “You and Your Friends” and the Grammy-nominated anthem “Young, Wild and Free.”
Snoop Dogg/Wiz Khalifa/Kevin Gates/Jhene Aiko/Casey Veggies/DJ Drama When: Sun., Aug. 14, 7 p.m. Price: $25-$70.75 Given that rapper Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa share the mic on Snoop's latest single, the jittery "Kush Ups," it makes sense that the two would embark on a summer tour together. The duo will take the stage for the first time together in "a one-of-a-kind joint performance" that will find them playing hits, new songs and collaborations like “You and Your Friends” and the Grammy-nominated anthem “Young, Wild and Free.”
Yarn  When: Sun., Aug. 14 With every season comes a new trend in fashion, and this summer gave rise to crochet. From tops to swimsuits, yarn is on the hot list, so it would seem like an apt time to release a film about the trendiest material of the moment. The new documentary film Yarn beautifully educates viewers on an art form most probably still associate with their grandmothers. Following three artists and an avant-garde circus troupe, director Una Lorenzen artfully weaves these different narratives into a broader tapestry — wink wink — that challenges preconceived notions about yarn, crochet and needlework. The film shows today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $9, $8 for CMA members, seniors and students.
Yarn When: Sun., Aug. 14 With every season comes a new trend in fashion, and this summer gave rise to crochet. From tops to swimsuits, yarn is on the hot list, so it would seem like an apt time to release a film about the trendiest material of the moment. The new documentary film Yarn beautifully educates viewers on an art form most probably still associate with their grandmothers. Following three artists and an avant-garde circus troupe, director Una Lorenzen artfully weaves these different narratives into a broader tapestry — wink wink — that challenges preconceived notions about yarn, crochet and needlework. The film shows today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $9, $8 for CMA members, seniors and students.