The Best Food and Drink Festivals Coming to Cleveland This Summer

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly festival or an event to celebrate the miracle that is craft beer, Northeast Ohio has got you covered this summer through Labor Day Weekend. Celebrations of food, drink, but also music and art abound with traditions old and new. Some festivals on this list haven’t yet seen round two, while others have been supported for the past three decades. Don't let the summer pass you by without attending a few of these events. 

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly festival or an event to celebrate the miracle that is craft beer, Northeast Ohio has got you covered this summer through Labor Day Weekend. Celebrations of food, drink, but also music and art abound with traditions old and new. Some festivals on this list haven’t yet seen round two, while others have been supported for the past three decades. Don't let the summer pass you by without attending a few of these events. 

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Tri-C JazzFest
Playhouse Square (June 28-30)
Multiple stages of jazz performers means that one can only expect to get jazzed by this festival’s 39-year history. There will also be numerous food trucks, artists and vendors taking over the square.
Photo via tricjazzfest/Instagram

Tri-C JazzFest

Playhouse Square (June 28-30)

Multiple stages of jazz performers means that one can only expect to get jazzed by this festival’s 39-year history. There will also be numerous food trucks, artists and vendors taking over the square.

Photo via tricjazzfest/Instagram
Waterloo Arts Fest
Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District, between E. 161st St. and Calcutta Ave. (June 30)
Ten stages, featuring 30 musical acts ranging in style from polka to hip hop, street performers including stilt walkers and magicians, and art demonstrations, are just a few things you can expect at this unique arts fest. Join in on the action by learning skills from some local artists themselves.
Photo by Emanuel Wallace

Waterloo Arts Fest

Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District, between E. 161st St. and Calcutta Ave. (June 30)

Ten stages, featuring 30 musical acts ranging in style from polka to hip hop, street performers including stilt walkers and magicians, and art demonstrations, are just a few things you can expect at this unique arts fest. Join in on the action by learning skills from some local artists themselves.

Photo by Emanuel Wallace
Larchmere Festival
12736 Larchmere Blvd. (July 7)
Enjoy vendors, crafts, performances and more in the heart of Larchmere from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Some special activities and performances to expect include an author alley with more than 50 participants, a chess challenge and Martial Arts demonstrations.
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Larchmere Festival

12736 Larchmere Blvd. (July 7)

Enjoy vendors, crafts, performances and more in the heart of Larchmere from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Some special activities and performances to expect include an author alley with more than 50 participants, a chess challenge and Martial Arts demonstrations.

Photo via veganeatingcle/Instagram
Kale & Ale Festival
Lincoln Park, Starkweather Ave. and W. 14th St. (July 7)
Expect more than 38 locally-crafted beers, seven local restaurants and two local musicians at this festival from 2-6 p.m. Learn about the local brewing process, share in the supportive and enthusiastic local beer community and pick your new favorite craft beers.
Photo via kaleandalefestival/Instagram

Kale & Ale Festival

Lincoln Park, Starkweather Ave. and W. 14th St. (July 7)

Expect more than 38 locally-crafted beers, seven local restaurants and two local musicians at this festival from 2-6 p.m. Learn about the local brewing process, share in the supportive and enthusiastic local beer community and pick your new favorite craft beers.

Photo via kaleandalefestival/Instagram
Cain Park Arts Festival
Cain Park, 216-371-3000 (July 13-15)
This beloved outdoor arts festival features work from the best local artists, as they have to be accepted into the show. Fine arts and crafts range from photographs, paintings and ceramics to leather pieces, jewelry and wood work.  
Photo by Emanuel Wallace

Cain Park Arts Festival

Cain Park, 216-371-3000 (July 13-15)

This beloved outdoor arts festival features work from the best local artists, as they have to be accepted into the show. Fine arts and crafts range from photographs, paintings and ceramics to leather pieces, jewelry and wood work.

Photo by Emanuel Wallace
Taste of Tremont
Professor Ave., between W. 10th and Starkweather, (July 15)
For 16 years, this free festival has shown off the neighborhood’s best of the best foods, drinks and culture. Enjoy the eclectic specialties of the neighborhood’s chefs, breweries, bars, artists and performers.
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Taste of Tremont

Professor Ave., between W. 10th and Starkweather, (July 15)

For 16 years, this free festival has shown off the neighborhood’s best of the best foods, drinks and culture. Enjoy the eclectic specialties of the neighborhood’s chefs, breweries, bars, artists and performers.

Photo from Scene Archives
Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds (July 20-22)
Nothing says Irish heritage like step dancers, bagpipes and corned beef. For 36 years, this festival has honored Irish art, music, dance, food and drink traditions while engaging the community. 
Photo by Emanuel Wallace

Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds (July 20-22)

Nothing says Irish heritage like step dancers, bagpipes and corned beef. For 36 years, this festival has honored Irish art, music, dance, food and drink traditions while engaging the community.

Photo by Emanuel Wallace
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Festival
29850 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe, 440-585-0700 (July 22-24)
Try your hand at casino favorites such as blackjack and Texas hold’em, enjoy polka and disco music and experience different homemade ethnic foods, all within a local church that has been holding this festival for 28 years. 
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Festival

29850 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe, 440-585-0700 (July 22-24)

Try your hand at casino favorites such as blackjack and Texas hold’em, enjoy polka and disco music and experience different homemade ethnic foods, all within a local church that has been holding this festival for 28 years.

Photo via YouTube
Scene Ale Fest 2018
Lincoln Park in Tremont (July 28)
Get ready to choose from over 90 beer varieties and jam out to live music. There will also be food trucks serving everything from pizza to gyros to tacos. You don’t want to miss out on the beer experience Cleveland has had for years. 
Photo from Scene Archives

Scene Ale Fest 2018

Lincoln Park in Tremont (July 28)

Get ready to choose from over 90 beer varieties and jam out to live music. There will also be food trucks serving everything from pizza to gyros to tacos. You don’t want to miss out on the beer experience Cleveland has had for years.

Photo from Scene Archives
Family Unity In The Park
3090 Martin Luther King Jr Dr. (July 28)
Do you to listen to soul music and jazz? Family Unity In The Park is the perfect event to picnic with your family, whilst listening to live jazz music. It is a perfect way to celebrate generations of people and Cleveland’s east side community.   
Photo by Emanuel Wallace

Family Unity In The Park

3090 Martin Luther King Jr Dr. (July 28)

Do you to listen to soul music and jazz? Family Unity In The Park is the perfect event to picnic with your family, whilst listening to live jazz music. It is a perfect way to celebrate generations of people and Cleveland’s east side community.

Photo by Emanuel Wallace