You Gotta Be There

Cool stuff for one and all.

Jamie's Flea Market, every Wednesday and Saturday
Looking for that Six Million Dollar Man lunchbox you had when you were a kid? You just might find it at Jamie's Flea Market, where vendors unload the trash and treasures stashed in their vans and pickups. There's room for 400 sellers, so you're bound to find something you can't live without -- from beer signs to baby clothes, toy cars to car parts. An additional 200 booths offering Amish-made doodads and country-inspired crafts can be found inside a building on the property. Oh, and there's fresh produce and plants, too. Jamie's Flea Market is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; it's located on Route 113 in South Amherst.

Scooter and Vintage Motorcycle Show, May 28-30
Here's where scooter aficionados set out to prove that scooters are cool. Really. Proud owners display their Vespas, Lambrettas, and Yamahas at the Scooter and Vintage Motorcycle Show at Scene Pavilion. For 10 bucks, you can see for yourself why some folks find these two-wheelers so appealing. DJs and live bands will provide the tunes, and plenty of cool stuff will be for sale, too. On Friday, May 28, a party at Rain Night Club will welcome the scooter fanatics who drove into town from miles around for Saturday's big event, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Scene Pavilion. On Sunday, May 30, a bike rally will kick off at 1 p.m.

Clifton Arts & Music Fest, June 12
With 5 blocks' worth of wares (on Clifton Boulevard, from West 112th to West 117th streets) to choose from, you're sure to find something that catches your eye at this 18th annual event, an all-day affair lasting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 100 artists display their work, including photography, paintings, jewelry, and ceramics. Featured bands include Roberto Ocasio's Latin Jazz Project, Swing Time, Prayer Warriors, Elysia, and Going for Baroque, while area restaurants provide sustenance for all that walking and gawking.

Parade the Circle, June 12
Giant puppets and colorfully costumed marchers will make their way around Wade Oval during the 15th annual Parade the Circle. You don't have to be an artist to march, but you can create an entry yourself or as part of a community organization or school (the theme is "It's Not All Black and White"). The parade begins at noon in the parking lot of the Cleveland Museum of Art and proceeds counterclockwise around Wade Oval Drive and East Boulevard. The celebration of the arts also features jugglers, live music, dance troupes, a magician, and a balloon artist, who will entertain the crowd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various locations throughout University Circle.

Northeast Ohio Polka Fest, June 12-13
What's cooler than being cool? Eis kalt! Polka is huge at the Old Firehouse Winery in Geneva on the Lake. For 16 years now, the Northeast Ohio Polka Fest has been a hit with regulars and tourists alike. Perhaps it's the special menu of ethnic food. Maybe it's the beer and wine (more than 22 different kinds). Most likely, though, it's the quirky but engaging music, which starts at 2 p.m. This year, the Casuals, the Frank Stanger Band, and Eddie Rodick will play Saturday, and the Mahoning Valley Button Box Club entertains the crowd between sets. On Sunday, the George Staiduhar Band and the Del Sinchak Band hit the stage. This event will be held outside, so there's plenty of room for dancing. The Old Firehouse Winery is located at 5499 Lake Road, Geneva on the Lake.

The American Revolution, June 18-July 4
No need for dead presidents at Bad Epitaph Theater Company's production of The American Revolution: You can see the play for free. And outdoors, to boot! All the better to enjoy the show, which Kirk Wood Bromley wrote in Shakespearian style, with plenty of verse and musical interludes. The story follows George Washington from the time of the Boston Massacre to his return to Mount Vernon. Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays on the Kulas Community Stage, which is located at the Wade Oval in University Circle.

Cleveland Pride Parade, June 19
The theme for this year's parade, rally, and festival -- the 16th such gathering for area members of the gay, bi, and trans communities -- is "Are You Proud?" Marching bands, flag troupes, and floats will lead the way when the event kicks off at 1 p.m. on Euclid Avenue at East 18th Street and continues west on Euclid in downtown Cleveland. It then turns north on East 9th Street and heads into Voinovich Park for the rally and festival. From 2 to 8 p.m., the festival shifts into high gear with performances by comedians, singers, bands, and others on three stages. There will also be more than 130 vendors, a beer garden, a YouthZone, a Children's Pavilion, and a SeniorSpace.

Greased Lightning and Classic Car Show, June 19
They just don't make cars the way they used to. For proof, check out the '50s-era Cadillacs, sleek Corvettes, and rickety Model Ts that will be on display at the Greased Lightning and Classic Car Show beginning at 3 p.m. The best rides in nine different categories (including street rods, Corvettes, and trucks) will receive trophies. The Coasters, the Drifters, and the Platters will perform, and don't miss the Elvis-impersonator contest, uh-thank-you-very-much. Admission is $10 for this event, which takes place just outside the Civic Theatre, 182 South Main Street, Akron.

Cleveland Orchestra Concert, July 1
For 15 years, the Cleveland Orchestra has played a free concert on Public Square to celebrate Independence Day. This year's performance -- under the direction of Blossom Festival Director Jahja Ling -- is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and end at 10:15 p.m. But be sure to stick around for the awesome fireworks display. A pre-concert festival, featuring regional musicians, gets under way at 4 p.m. Public Square is located in downtown Cleveland.

Twilight at the Zoo, August 6
Party with the animals under the stars! From 7 p.m. to midnight, 16 local bands will entertain you and the monkeys. You'll also be treated to hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, and soda found at conveniently located snack and drink stations throughout the Zoo. Also, there's a chance to win cool prizes. A Twilight VIP Pre-Party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., where Otis and the Shoreway Saints will perform in the shadows of the triceratops and stegosaurus in the Zoo's temporary "Dinosaurs!" exhibit.
Cleveland Metrooparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way; 216-635-3324,

Red Bull Flügtag Cleveland, August 14
The Cleveland National Air Show not quite your speed? Looking for something a bit more . . . amateurish? Celebrate the newest beverage-inspired event, Flügtag (German for "flying day") at Voinovich Park. Despite the name, the object here is not to soar, but to crash. More than 35 teams will perform onstage and then fly their custom-built, human-powered vessels off a ramp and into Lake Erie. Contestants will be judged on distance, creativity, and showmanship.