10 Things You Should Do This Weekend in Cleveland (Dec. 2 - 4)

Eat, drink and be merry--all in one weekend in Cleveland. Take a look at our list of things going on around town for the next few days.

 

Scroll down to view images

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

At a time when local-based reporting is critical, support from our readers is essential to our future. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month

Luxotica Lounge Cabaret 
When: Thu., Dec. 1, 8-11 p.m. 
Phone: 216-521-4906 
Email: luxoticloungecabaret@gmail.com 
Price: Adv. $8 Door $10 
Luxotica Lounge Cabaret is a nationally touring, lush burlesque show featuring stunning striptease talent, with a citrus twist. Enjoy a little circus and a lot of seduction, set to exotic original tunes performed live, that turns classic cabaret on it's head. Luxotica features the internationally touring Whirlwind with the Crimson Grin, Vivacious Miss Audacious, bump and grind bombshell Gurl Haggard of the Rocket Doll Revue and high powered guest star Shrimp Cocktail, along with the swinging 4-piece band headed by knife juggling, saxophone wunderkind, Dr. Rocktagon. (Courtesy Luxotica Lounge)
Luxotica Lounge Cabaret When: Thu., Dec. 1, 8-11 p.m. Phone: 216-521-4906 Email: [email protected] Price: Adv. $8 Door $10 Luxotica Lounge Cabaret is a nationally touring, lush burlesque show featuring stunning striptease talent, with a citrus twist. Enjoy a little circus and a lot of seduction, set to exotic original tunes performed live, that turns classic cabaret on it's head. Luxotica features the internationally touring Whirlwind with the Crimson Grin, Vivacious Miss Audacious, bump and grind bombshell Gurl Haggard of the Rocket Doll Revue and high powered guest star Shrimp Cocktail, along with the swinging 4-piece band headed by knife juggling, saxophone wunderkind, Dr. Rocktagon. (Courtesy Luxotica Lounge)
Holiday Bar Blast 
When: Fri., Dec. 2
Scene's Holiday Bar Blast returns to Downtown Willoughby tonight. Join us as we eat, drink and merrily make our way through Downtown Willoughby bars including Willoughby Brewing Company, The Morehouse Willoughby, The 1899 Pub, Frank and Tony’s Place, Mullarkey’s Irish Pub, Ballantine, The Wild Goose and Nickleby’s Roundbar. Ticket price includes drink specials at all eight participating bars, light appetizers during check-in and a special present from Santa. Pick your group when you buy your ticket. Participants will be divided into eight groups, and each group will start at a different bar. Choose from Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen or Rudolph. After check in at Willoughby Brewing Company, groups will head out with their captains to one of the eight participating bars. Every 30 minutes, your captain with blow their whistle and you’ll blast over to the next bar. The event is part of Miracle on Erie Street, the weekend-long holiday celebration in Downtown Willoughby that includes tomorrow night's annual Holiday tree lighting. The event enefits Downtown Willoughby Organization and Willoughby-Eastlake Schools Food Pantry. Day of tickets are $20. sceneholidaybarblast.com. (Courtesy Emanuel Wallace)
Holiday Bar Blast When: Fri., Dec. 2 Scene's Holiday Bar Blast returns to Downtown Willoughby tonight. Join us as we eat, drink and merrily make our way through Downtown Willoughby bars including Willoughby Brewing Company, The Morehouse Willoughby, The 1899 Pub, Frank and Tony’s Place, Mullarkey’s Irish Pub, Ballantine, The Wild Goose and Nickleby’s Roundbar. Ticket price includes drink specials at all eight participating bars, light appetizers during check-in and a special present from Santa. Pick your group when you buy your ticket. Participants will be divided into eight groups, and each group will start at a different bar. Choose from Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen or Rudolph. After check in at Willoughby Brewing Company, groups will head out with their captains to one of the eight participating bars. Every 30 minutes, your captain with blow their whistle and you’ll blast over to the next bar. The event is part of Miracle on Erie Street, the weekend-long holiday celebration in Downtown Willoughby that includes tomorrow night's annual Holiday tree lighting. The event enefits Downtown Willoughby Organization and Willoughby-Eastlake Schools Food Pantry. Day of tickets are $20. sceneholidaybarblast.com. (Courtesy Emanuel Wallace)
Greater Cleveland Film Commission presents "Behind the Camera" with Tom Hanks 
When: Fri., Dec. 2, 7-11 p.m. 
Phone: 216-344-7471 
Email: egisel@clevelandfilm.com 
Price: Starts at $250 
www.clevelandfilm.com/tom-hanks
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is excited to announce that Tom Hanks will be the guest of honor at their "Behind The Camera" event Friday, December 2, 2016! The Academy Award ®-winning actor, writer, producer and director will sit down with WKYC Channel 3 anchor Russ Mitchell in an intimate setting for a conversation about his career and the impact that a full-time media industry can have on a region like Northeast Ohio. "Behind The Camera" is the Greater Cleveland Film Commission's signature fundraising event. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Greater Cleveland Film Commission presents "Behind the Camera" with Tom Hanks When: Fri., Dec. 2, 7-11 p.m. Phone: 216-344-7471 Email: [email protected] Price: Starts at $250 www.clevelandfilm.com/tom-hanks The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is excited to announce that Tom Hanks will be the guest of honor at their "Behind The Camera" event Friday, December 2, 2016! The Academy Award ®-winning actor, writer, producer and director will sit down with WKYC Channel 3 anchor Russ Mitchell in an intimate setting for a conversation about his career and the impact that a full-time media industry can have on a region like Northeast Ohio. "Behind The Camera" is the Greater Cleveland Film Commission's signature fundraising event. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Holiday Sale 
When: Fri., Dec. 2
As the holiday shopping season kicks into full gear, the Cleveland Institute of Art hosts a holiday sale featuring handmade, original works by current students in glass, ceramics, metal, photography and more. CIA’s Student Holiday Sale takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and from 12:30 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday’s event coincides with University Circle’s Holiday CircleFest, and free trolley rides are available to/from CIA and Wade Oval (with additional stops around University Circle). Free. (Courtesy CIA)
Holiday Sale When: Fri., Dec. 2 As the holiday shopping season kicks into full gear, the Cleveland Institute of Art hosts a holiday sale featuring handmade, original works by current students in glass, ceramics, metal, photography and more. CIA’s Student Holiday Sale takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and from 12:30 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday’s event coincides with University Circle’s Holiday CircleFest, and free trolley rides are available to/from CIA and Wade Oval (with additional stops around University Circle). Free. (Courtesy CIA)
2016 Holiday Artwalk 
When: Dec. 2-4, 5-9 p.m., Sat., Dec. 3, 12-9 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 4, 12-6 p.m. 
Phone: 216-791-4907 
Email: rkristosik@sbcglobal.net 
Price: no admission cost 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1783629908560146
The Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation and Cuyahoga Art & Culture are honored to collaborate again for another community art walk. The 2016 Holiday Artwalk will take place the first weekend in December, beginning Friday December 2 at 5:00 pm. Friday hours are from 5:00-9:00 pm, Saturday December 3 from noon- 9:00 pm, and Sunday December 4 from noon- 6:00 pm. There will be something for all ages during the three-day art walk, from Little Italy’s incredible gastronomic delights to brilliant artists and performances. (Courtesy Little Italy/Holiday Artwalk)
2016 Holiday Artwalk When: Dec. 2-4, 5-9 p.m., Sat., Dec. 3, 12-9 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 4, 12-6 p.m. Phone: 216-791-4907 Email: [email protected] Price: no admission cost https://www.facebook.com/events/1783629908560146 The Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation and Cuyahoga Art & Culture are honored to collaborate again for another community art walk. The 2016 Holiday Artwalk will take place the first weekend in December, beginning Friday December 2 at 5:00 pm. Friday hours are from 5:00-9:00 pm, Saturday December 3 from noon- 9:00 pm, and Sunday December 4 from noon- 6:00 pm. There will be something for all ages during the three-day art walk, from Little Italy’s incredible gastronomic delights to brilliant artists and performances. (Courtesy Little Italy/Holiday Artwalk)
Light Up Lakewood 
When: Sat., Dec. 3
For the 10th consecutive year, Lakewood will host Light Up Lakewood, its annual free holiday celebration that features a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, live music, ice carvings, hot chocolate, food trucks, children’s games and more. Last year’s event drew an estimated 25,000 guests. This year's event will start with lunch with Santa at Dewey's Pizza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a Vendor Village inside historic Masonic Hall, a holiday parade and live entertainment provided by bands, choirs and dancers. The Lighting Ceremony takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Stage at City Center Park. A fireworks show follows. lakewoodalive.org. (Courtesy Light Up Lakewood/Facebook)
Light Up Lakewood When: Sat., Dec. 3 For the 10th consecutive year, Lakewood will host Light Up Lakewood, its annual free holiday celebration that features a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, live music, ice carvings, hot chocolate, food trucks, children’s games and more. Last year’s event drew an estimated 25,000 guests. This year's event will start with lunch with Santa at Dewey's Pizza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a Vendor Village inside historic Masonic Hall, a holiday parade and live entertainment provided by bands, choirs and dancers. The Lighting Ceremony takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Stage at City Center Park. A fireworks show follows. lakewoodalive.org. (Courtesy Light Up Lakewood/Facebook)
A Christmas Story 
When: Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23 
Phone: 216-771-8403 
Email: marketing.intern@playhousesquare.org 
Price: $25 - $110 
www.playhousesquare.org/events
He's back! One boy. One holiday wish. And a world that seems to be conspiring to make certain it doesn't come true. The record-breaking show returns to the CPH stage in all its pink-bunny-suit, glowing-leg-lamp, triple-dog-daring glory. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Tickets $25 - $110 *Student discounts available *10+ group discount through Cleveland Play House SHOWTIMES: 7:30 p.m. Nov 25, 26 Dec 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23 6:30 p.m. Nov 27 Dec 18 2:30 p.m. Dec 3, 4, 10, 17, 18 1:30 p.m. Dec 22, 23 (Courtesy Cleveland Play House)
A Christmas Story When: Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23 Phone: 216-771-8403 Email: [email protected] Price: $25 - $110 www.playhousesquare.org/events He's back! One boy. One holiday wish. And a world that seems to be conspiring to make certain it doesn't come true. The record-breaking show returns to the CPH stage in all its pink-bunny-suit, glowing-leg-lamp, triple-dog-daring glory. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Tickets $25 - $110 *Student discounts available *10+ group discount through Cleveland Play House SHOWTIMES: 7:30 p.m. Nov 25, 26 Dec 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23 6:30 p.m. Nov 27 Dec 18 2:30 p.m. Dec 3, 4, 10, 17, 18 1:30 p.m. Dec 22, 23 (Courtesy Cleveland Play House)
Graffiti Brain (Art Show) 
When: Starts Dec. 3. Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18 
Phone: 216-894-1905 
Email: theblackhousegallery@gmail.com 
Price: Free 
www.theblackhousegallery.com
Graffiti has long been a part of urban culture with its colorful images and intriguing words spray painted on abandoned buildings, bridge underpasses and other locations. Unfortunately, graffiti is an art that often goes uncelebrated due to its illegal nature. Nevertheless, graffiti is undeniably an art, and one can only imagine that the brain of the graffiti artist is both a dark and colorful place. The Graffiti Brain exhibit will be a showing of the imagination, intrigue, and skill of various graffiti artists from Cleveland and other areas. The Black House Gallery will be completely saturated with graffiti and street art. (Courtesy Graffiti Brain Art Show/Facebook)
Graffiti Brain (Art Show) When: Starts Dec. 3. Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18 Phone: 216-894-1905 Email: [email protected] Price: Free www.theblackhousegallery.com Graffiti has long been a part of urban culture with its colorful images and intriguing words spray painted on abandoned buildings, bridge underpasses and other locations. Unfortunately, graffiti is an art that often goes uncelebrated due to its illegal nature. Nevertheless, graffiti is undeniably an art, and one can only imagine that the brain of the graffiti artist is both a dark and colorful place. The Graffiti Brain exhibit will be a showing of the imagination, intrigue, and skill of various graffiti artists from Cleveland and other areas. The Black House Gallery will be completely saturated with graffiti and street art. (Courtesy Graffiti Brain Art Show/Facebook)
Holiday Havoc Merch Mart 
When: Sun., Dec. 4
If you hate shopping but you love art, you’ll find the Holiday Havoc Merch Mart appealing. Some of the better artists & designers in Northeast Ohio will be on hand today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to sell their wares DIY-style at the Plum Cafe & Kitchen in Ohio City. There will be custom-made posters, prints, original art, pins and clothing. Featured artists and vendors include Ali Forbes, Burrito Breath, Buttcoffin, Carlos Villagra, Charlie Wagers, Future No Future, Grace Frank, Hell And Back Collective, Jonah Oryszak, Katy Kosman, Mike Sobeck, Jason Look, Joe Lanzilotta, Okpants and Oliver Barrett. Holiday Havoc will offer Filipino food courtesy of the local eatery Carabao as well as beers and special cocktails.  4133 Lorain Ave. (Courtesy Holiday Havoc/Facebook)
Holiday Havoc Merch Mart When: Sun., Dec. 4 If you hate shopping but you love art, you’ll find the Holiday Havoc Merch Mart appealing. Some of the better artists & designers in Northeast Ohio will be on hand today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to sell their wares DIY-style at the Plum Cafe & Kitchen in Ohio City. There will be custom-made posters, prints, original art, pins and clothing. Featured artists and vendors include Ali Forbes, Burrito Breath, Buttcoffin, Carlos Villagra, Charlie Wagers, Future No Future, Grace Frank, Hell And Back Collective, Jonah Oryszak, Katy Kosman, Mike Sobeck, Jason Look, Joe Lanzilotta, Okpants and Oliver Barrett. Holiday Havoc will offer Filipino food courtesy of the local eatery Carabao as well as beers and special cocktails. 4133 Lorain Ave. (Courtesy Holiday Havoc/Facebook)
Winter Wine & Beer Festival 
When: Sun., Dec. 4, 5-8 p.m. 
Phone: 216-410-9168 
Email: info@tastecle.com 
Price: 75 
tastecle.com/events/winter-wine-beer-festival
Cost : $75 per person | Early Bird Pricing through Nov 27th (Price goes up to $85 per person Nov 28th) Come celebrate the holidays with us. 4 great local family owned companies are coming together to bring you the ultimate wine and craft beer experience. And this isn't just any wine and beer tasting, we are bringing in lots of high end wines. These wines range from $30 a bottle to $120 a bottle. You'll get a chance to taste as much as you want. No drink tickets needed. Just walk around and sample. (Courtesy Winter Wine & Beer Festival/Facebook)
Winter Wine & Beer Festival When: Sun., Dec. 4, 5-8 p.m. Phone: 216-410-9168 Email: [email protected] Price: 75 tastecle.com/events/winter-wine-beer-festival Cost : $75 per person | Early Bird Pricing through Nov 27th (Price goes up to $85 per person Nov 28th) Come celebrate the holidays with us. 4 great local family owned companies are coming together to bring you the ultimate wine and craft beer experience. And this isn't just any wine and beer tasting, we are bringing in lots of high end wines. These wines range from $30 a bottle to $120 a bottle. You'll get a chance to taste as much as you want. No drink tickets needed. Just walk around and sample. (Courtesy Winter Wine & Beer Festival/Facebook)