15 Free Things to do in Cleveland This Summer

Here are fifteen ways to enjoy the city of Cleveland this summer with music, movies, art, exercise and more without burning a hole in your wallet.

By Parker Selman, Bianca Medanic, and Kimberly Jauregui

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 Wade Oval Wednesdays - Ongoing
University Circle
Every Wednesday from June 17 to August 26 from 6 - 9 p.m. in University Circle, enjoy free music at Wade Oval Wednesdays, or WOW! If you want the night to be totally free be sure to pack a picnic. Local food vendors are also available while you dance to some great tunes. 
Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Wallace

Wade Oval Wednesdays - Ongoing

University Circle

Every Wednesday from June 17 to August 26 from 6 - 9 p.m. in University Circle, enjoy free music at Wade Oval Wednesdays, or WOW! If you want the night to be totally free be sure to pack a picnic. Local food vendors are also available while you dance to some great tunes.

Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Wallace

Ohio City Stages Tour - Wednesdays
1460 West 29th St.
Every Wednesday in July, the Cleveland Museum of Art brings diverse music to our city. Musicians from around the world preform in a free concert series, the CMA Ohio City Stages Tour. The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. 
Photo courtesy of Instagram user: @Marikaclark

Ohio City Stages Tour - Wednesdays

1460 West 29th St.

Every Wednesday in July, the Cleveland Museum of Art brings diverse music to our city. Musicians from around the world preform in a free concert series, the CMA Ohio City Stages Tour. The shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user: @Marikaclark

Clifton Arts and Music Fest
9821 Lorain Ave. 
June 20 calls all local Cleveland artists to share and sell their pieces at the Clifton Arts and Music Festival. This year, the street festival celebrates 28 years of displaying the city’s diversity and creativity. Check out some original gems and music from 10 – 6 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Instagram user: @orrwhat81

Clifton Arts and Music Fest

9821 Lorain Ave.

June 20 calls all local Cleveland artists to share and sell their pieces at the Clifton Arts and Music Festival. This year, the street festival celebrates 28 years of displaying the city’s diversity and creativity. Check out some original gems and music from 10 – 6 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user: @orrwhat81

Cleveland Pride Parade & Festival 
The famous Cleveland Pride Festival marks its 27th year celebrating acceptance, diversity, and equality in Cle at Voinovich Bicentennial Park. This citywide party includes over 150 food vendors, performers, and keynote speakers. The parade will kick off at 12 p.m. and the festivities run all day. 
Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Wallace

Cleveland Pride Parade & Festival

The famous Cleveland Pride Festival marks its 27th year celebrating acceptance, diversity, and equality in Cle at Voinovich Bicentennial Park. This citywide party includes over 150 food vendors, performers, and keynote speakers. The parade will kick off at 12 p.m. and the festivities run all day.

Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Wallace

 Waterloo Arts Fest
15605 Waterloo Rd.
From 12 - 7 p.m. on June 27 catch the 13th annual Waterloo Arts Fest, of course, free to the public. The event is a cultural and artistic experience offering local music acts, food vendors, and the trendiest art dealers in the area. 
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Waterloo Arts Fest

15605 Waterloo Rd.

From 12 - 7 p.m. on June 27 catch the 13th annual Waterloo Arts Fest, of course, free to the public. The event is a cultural and artistic experience offering local music acts, food vendors, and the trendiest art dealers in the area.

Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Wallace

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival - Select dates
Enjoy some outdoor theater near you this summer. The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival brings productions of Shakespeare’s “The Life of Timon of Athens” and “The Merchant of Venice” in various Cleveland public parks all summer. “The Life of Timon of Athens” runs from June 5 – 28, and “The Merchant of Venice” July 17 - August 2. Visit their website to find a performance in your area. All shows begin at 7 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Facebook Page: Cleveland Shakespeare Festival

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival - Select dates

Enjoy some outdoor theater near you this summer. The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival brings productions of Shakespeare’s “The Life of Timon of Athens” and “The Merchant of Venice” in various Cleveland public parks all summer. “The Life of Timon of Athens” runs from June 5 – 28, and “The Merchant of Venice” July 17 - August 2. Visit their website to find a performance in your area. All shows begin at 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Facebook Page: Cleveland Shakespeare Festival

Cleveland Zoo - Ongoing
3900 Wildlife Way 
Spark up your Monday when visits are free at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township. Visit the 183 acres of animal inhabited fun daily from 10 - 5 p.m. 
Photo courtesy of Flickr user: Erick Drost

Cleveland Zoo - Ongoing

3900 Wildlife Way

Spark up your Monday when visits are free at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township. Visit the 183 acres of animal inhabited fun daily from 10 - 5 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user: Erick Drost

P.E.A.C.E. Park Movies - Ongoing
Every Thursday, P.E.A.C.E. Park offers free movies in the heart of Coventry Village. Enjoy an evening in the park with snacks, good friends, and a feel-good flick. Come back on Fridays too, when the park offers viewings of classics like “American Splendor” and “This is Spinal Tap.” 
Photo courtesy of Instagram user: @Timwhitehead

P.E.A.C.E. Park Movies - Ongoing

Every Thursday, P.E.A.C.E. Park offers free movies in the heart of Coventry Village. Enjoy an evening in the park with snacks, good friends, and a feel-good flick. Come back on Fridays too, when the park offers viewings of classics like “American Splendor” and “This is Spinal Tap.”

Photo courtesy of Instagram user: @Timwhitehead

Star Spangled Spectacular 
Public Square
Celebrate the 4th of July with the Cleveland Orchestra as they put on a free concert complete with fireworks. 
Photo courtesy of Flickr user: Erik Drost

Star Spangled Spectacular

Public Square

Celebrate the 4th of July with the Cleveland Orchestra as they put on a free concert complete with fireworks.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user: Erik Drost

 Taste of Tremont
Taste of Tremont is a crucial event to attend this summer. For the day, Tremont’s most celebrated restaurants line the streets selling their yummiest concoctions. An array of live music will also be an attraction. Admission is free. 
Photo courtesy of Facebook page: Taste of Tremont

Taste of Tremont

Taste of Tremont is a crucial event to attend this summer. For the day, Tremont’s most celebrated restaurants line the streets selling their yummiest concoctions. An array of live music will also be an attraction. Admission is free.

Photo courtesy of Facebook page: Taste of Tremont