20 Easy Cleveland Life Hacks Sure to Simplify Everything For You

Making your life simpler and/or cheaper is what life hacks are all about. And thankfully, there are plenty of them in Cleveland if you look hard enough. We decided to compile a list of 20 life hacks sure to increase your enjoyment of this great city, all while making you feel smarter. You're welcome.

Making your life simpler and/or cheaper is what life hacks are all about. And thankfully, there are plenty of them in Cleveland if you look hard enough. We decided to compile a list of 20 life hacks sure to increase your enjoyment of this great city, all while making you feel smarter. You're welcome.

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 Park For Free On The West Bank Of The Flats
Heading to Coastal Taco, Collision Bend Brewing Company or one of the other many new spots on the East Bank of the Flats, but you don’t want to pay for parking? Easy. Head over to the West Bank, where plenty of free parking is available, jump on the free Metroparks boat, and avoid those exorbitant parking prices.
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Park For Free On The West Bank Of The Flats


Heading to Coastal Taco, Collision Bend Brewing Company or one of the other many new spots on the East Bank of the Flats, but you don’t want to pay for parking? Easy. Head over to the West Bank, where plenty of free parking is available, jump on the free Metroparks boat, and avoid those exorbitant parking prices.

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 Free Bulk Waste Collection The First Full Week Of Every Month
Looking to do some Spring cleaning? Want to finally toss out that old, ratty couch from your college days? The City of Cleveland offers free bulk waste collection the first full week of every month. Never pay for throwing away large items again.
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Free Bulk Waste Collection The First Full Week Of Every Month


Looking to do some Spring cleaning? Want to finally toss out that old, ratty couch from your college days? The City of Cleveland offers free bulk waste collection the first full week of every month. Never pay for throwing away large items again.

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 Free Music At Edgewater Live
4101 Fulton Parkway., Cleveland
The Cleveland Metroparks popular Edgewater Live returns May 31, and goes through the summer. With musical acts and food trucks right on Lake Erie, this is the ultimate Cleveland life hack. For an additional hack, park on the Detroit Shoreway and take the pedestrian bridge to Edgewater. No one wants to deal with that park traffic. 
Photo by Emanuel Wallace

Free Music At Edgewater Live

4101 Fulton Parkway., Cleveland

The Cleveland Metroparks popular Edgewater Live returns May 31, and goes through the summer. With musical acts and food trucks right on Lake Erie, this is the ultimate Cleveland life hack. For an additional hack, park on the Detroit Shoreway and take the pedestrian bridge to Edgewater. No one wants to deal with that park traffic.

Photo by Emanuel Wallace
 $5 Movie Mondays At Cleveland Cinemas
Mulitple Locations
Every Monday, you can see a movie at all of the Cleveland Cinemas for just $5. The Apollo Theatre, Cedar Lee, Capitol, Chagrin, Shaker Square, Tower City and Southside Works are all part of Cleveland Cinemas. They also offer $1 off popcorn and soft drinks and $2 off kiddie combos.
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$5 Movie Mondays At Cleveland Cinemas

Mulitple Locations

Every Monday, you can see a movie at all of the Cleveland Cinemas for just $5. The Apollo Theatre, Cedar Lee, Capitol, Chagrin, Shaker Square, Tower City and Southside Works are all part of Cleveland Cinemas. They also offer $1 off popcorn and soft drinks and $2 off kiddie combos.

Photo via Scene Archives
 Free Wednesday Happy Hour Concerts At Music Box
1148 Main Ave., Cleveland
Every Wednesday this summer, Music Box Supper Club offers free happy hour concerts beginning at 6 p.m. If you want to kick back after a long day of work and enjoy some free tunes, head down to the Flats.
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Free Wednesday Happy Hour Concerts At Music Box

1148 Main Ave., Cleveland

Every Wednesday this summer, Music Box Supper Club offers free happy hour concerts beginning at 6 p.m. If you want to kick back after a long day of work and enjoy some free tunes, head down to the Flats.

Photo via @MusicBoxCle/Instagram
 Free Mondays At The Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way., Cleveland
Every Monday, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is free for residents of Cuyahoga County. Yes, you heard that right, totally free. But we recommend arriving early to beat the crowds. 
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Free Mondays At The Zoo

3900 Wildlife Way., Cleveland

Every Monday, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is free for residents of Cuyahoga County. Yes, you heard that right, totally free. But we recommend arriving early to beat the crowds.

Photo via Scene Archives
 Wade Oval Wednesdays
10820 East Blvd., Cleveland
Starting Wednesday, June 13, and then taking place every Wednesday through Aug. 22, you can enjoy a free concert in Wade Oval in the heart of University Circle. Bring a blanket, pack some dinner, or buy  from the various food trucks around, and listen to some great tunes while dancing the night away.
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Wade Oval Wednesdays

10820 East Blvd., Cleveland

Starting Wednesday, June 13, and then taking place every Wednesday through Aug. 22, you can enjoy a free concert in Wade Oval in the heart of University Circle. Bring a blanket, pack some dinner, or buy from the various food trucks around, and listen to some great tunes while dancing the night away.

Photo via Scene Archives
 The Sunday Beat At Visible Voice
2258 Professor Ave., Cleveland
Visible Voice reopened in Tremont in late 2017 and launched Sunday Beat this past March. Live bands perform from 1:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m. and if you purchase a New York Times from the bookstore, you receive a complimentary cup of coffee or tea and a pastry from Jim Alesci’s place.
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The Sunday Beat At Visible Voice

2258 Professor Ave., Cleveland

Visible Voice reopened in Tremont in late 2017 and launched Sunday Beat this past March. Live bands perform from 1:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m. and if you purchase a New York Times from the bookstore, you receive a complimentary cup of coffee or tea and a pastry from Jim Alesci’s place.

Photo via Scene Archives
 Beer Until The End Of The Game At The Corner Bar and Great Lakes Brewery
2401 Ontario St., Cleveland
Want to keep your buzz going at a Tribe game? While most beer sales stop after the seventh inning, that isn’t the case at the Great Lakes stand and the Corner Bar at Progressive Field. Also, a District Ticket allows you entrance into the stadium and your first beer for just $15.
Photo via @NL0585/Instagram

Beer Until The End Of The Game At The Corner Bar and Great Lakes Brewery

2401 Ontario St., Cleveland

Want to keep your buzz going at a Tribe game? While most beer sales stop after the seventh inning, that isn’t the case at the Great Lakes stand and the Corner Bar at Progressive Field. Also, a District Ticket allows you entrance into the stadium and your first beer for just $15.

Photo via @NL0585/Instagram
 Free First Saturdays at MOCA Cleveland
11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art is free to all on the first Saturday of every month. With ever-changing exhibits, the museum is worth visiting multiple times a year on these Saturdays, as you can always see something you've never seen before. 
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Free First Saturdays at MOCA Cleveland

11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art is free to all on the first Saturday of every month. With ever-changing exhibits, the museum is worth visiting multiple times a year on these Saturdays, as you can always see something you've never seen before.

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