The Coolest New Things Worth Doing in Cleveland This Summer

Summer is calling and you are poised to answer the call. You will sit on patios. You will go to warm summer Tribe games. You will leave work early. You will sit on the couch as the sun is somehow still out around 9 p.m. and feel bad about wanting to go to bed already. (Don't.) You will cook out, go to a concert under the stars, ride bikes, hit the beach, and totally get that beach bod in belated shape. Or you'll tackle a portion of that bucket list and regret not doing more once winter hits, but that won't be our fault. We're here to remind you to seize the summer, because this one is no run-of-the-mill Clevo season — it's chock-full of brand new things to do, things to see and things to experience. By our rough scientific estimates, it should, in fact, be about 73 percent better than last summer. So dig out the sunglasses, lather up, and get ready to enjoy what should be a glorious three months.

Summer is calling and you are poised to answer the call. You will sit on patios. You will go to warm summer Tribe games. You will leave work early. You will sit on the couch as the sun is somehow still out around 9 p.m. and feel bad about wanting to go to bed already. (Don't.) You will cook out, go to a concert under the stars, ride bikes, hit the beach, and totally get that beach bod in belated shape.

Or you'll tackle a portion of that bucket list and regret not doing more once winter hits, but that won't be our fault.

We're here to remind you to seize the summer, because this one is no run-of-the-mill Clevo season — it's chock-full of brand new things to do, things to see and things to experience. By our rough scientific estimates, it should, in fact, be about 73 percent better than last summer. So dig out the sunglasses, lather up, and get ready to enjoy what should be a glorious three months.

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 Therapy Thursdays
2247 Professor Ave., Cleveland
Earlier this year, Coda, the small Tremont club on Professor Avenue beneath Dante Next Door, launched a monthly songwriter session dubbed Therapy Thursdays. Braxton Taylor of the local band Samfox hosts the event that debuted with a session featuring Collin Miller of the local soul act Collin Miller & the Brother Nature, Nashville-based Trevor Larkin, who's the guitarist for singer-songwriter Allen Stone, and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ross Livermore. The event aims to feature unplugged performances; Taylor will serve as emcee and interview the musicians between songs to get them to talk about their craft. 
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Therapy Thursdays

2247 Professor Ave., Cleveland

Earlier this year, Coda, the small Tremont club on Professor Avenue beneath Dante Next Door, launched a monthly songwriter session dubbed Therapy Thursdays. Braxton Taylor of the local band Samfox hosts the event that debuted with a session featuring Collin Miller of the local soul act Collin Miller & the Brother Nature, Nashville-based Trevor Larkin, who's the guitarist for singer-songwriter Allen Stone, and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ross Livermore. The event aims to feature unplugged performances; Taylor will serve as emcee and interview the musicians between songs to get them to talk about their craft.

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 Edgewater Park 
6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland
What a fantastic place to bring a date, along with a lawn chair and picnic basket, for free on a beautiful day. 
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Edgewater Park

6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland

What a fantastic place to bring a date, along with a lawn chair and picnic basket, for free on a beautiful day.

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 Infinity Mirrors At The Cleveland Museum Of Art
11150 East Blvd., Cleveland
If you waited in the digital line for tickets to Infinity Mirrors, the Cleveland Museum of Art's summer exhibit from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, you won't need this blurb to excite you. Throughout its summer run, beginning July 7, there will be 100,000 timed tickets available. (Most have already been sold, but some still remain for mid-week slots in August and September.) The exhibit includes seven of Kasama's spellbinding Infinity Mirror rooms and a host of paintings from various points during her 65-year career. The digital ticketing arrangement was the most elaborate in CMA's history and the exhibit is one of the most hyped. Along with Hamilton, it's the Cleveland cultural event of the year.
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Infinity Mirrors At The Cleveland Museum Of Art

11150 East Blvd., Cleveland

If you waited in the digital line for tickets to Infinity Mirrors, the Cleveland Museum of Art's summer exhibit from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, you won't need this blurb to excite you. Throughout its summer run, beginning July 7, there will be 100,000 timed tickets available. (Most have already been sold, but some still remain for mid-week slots in August and September.) The exhibit includes seven of Kasama's spellbinding Infinity Mirror rooms and a host of paintings from various points during her 65-year career. The digital ticketing arrangement was the most elaborate in CMA's history and the exhibit is one of the most hyped. Along with Hamilton, it's the Cleveland cultural event of the year.

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 Wizards And Wands Pub Crawl
Downtown Cleveland
Not to say there's never been a wizard-themed bar crawl in Northeast Ohio before, but the new-to-Cleveland Wizards and Wands Pub Crawl takes Harry Potter, and his of-age acolytes, especially seriously. The roving event, which apparates all over the country this summer, stops at East Fourth Street on Saturday, Aug. 11, and includes butterbeer and much wizard merriment. Hogwarts' scarves and commemorative drinking cups are given to all dressed-up participants to use along the pub route, which currently includes Dive Bar, 2nd & High, City Tap and Wilbert's. Registration begins at 2 p.m. and tickets start at $15. 
Photo via Wizards and Wands Pub Crawl/Facebook

Wizards And Wands Pub Crawl

Downtown Cleveland

Not to say there's never been a wizard-themed bar crawl in Northeast Ohio before, but the new-to-Cleveland Wizards and Wands Pub Crawl takes Harry Potter, and his of-age acolytes, especially seriously. The roving event, which apparates all over the country this summer, stops at East Fourth Street on Saturday, Aug. 11, and includes butterbeer and much wizard merriment. Hogwarts' scarves and commemorative drinking cups are given to all dressed-up participants to use along the pub route, which currently includes Dive Bar, 2nd & High, City Tap and Wilbert's. Registration begins at 2 p.m. and tickets start at $15.

Photo via Wizards and Wands Pub Crawl/Facebook
 Dog Days Of Summer At Jukebox
1404 W. 29th St., Cleveland
It's time to party with the pups during Jukebox's Dog Days of Summer. Every third Saturday, May until September, Dogfish Head and Watershed Distillery are sponsoring dog-friendly nights at Jukebox. Tickets proceeds will be donated to various dog rescue organization; your purchase will also earn you discounted drinks, food specials, and a raffle ticket for awesome prizes. Plus, dog-friendly vendors will be on site. Presale tickets are $15, or pay $20 at the door. Jukebox will still be open to the public during their Dog Days evenings, but their dog-friendly patio will be ready for a night out with your favorite furry friend. 
Photo via @JukeboxCle/Instagram

Dog Days Of Summer At Jukebox

1404 W. 29th St., Cleveland

It's time to party with the pups during Jukebox's Dog Days of Summer. Every third Saturday, May until September, Dogfish Head and Watershed Distillery are sponsoring dog-friendly nights at Jukebox. Tickets proceeds will be donated to various dog rescue organization; your purchase will also earn you discounted drinks, food specials, and a raffle ticket for awesome prizes. Plus, dog-friendly vendors will be on site. Presale tickets are $15, or pay $20 at the door. Jukebox will still be open to the public during their Dog Days evenings, but their dog-friendly patio will be ready for a night out with your favorite furry friend.

Photo via @JukeboxCle/Instagram
 Try-It Kayak and StandUp Paddleboard Sessions
2800 Whiskey Island Dr., Cleveland
You've probably seen the kayakers and standup paddleboarders on our nearby waterways and thought, hey, that looks fun. But, especially on the SUP front, you probably also thought, hey, I'm going to need some help learning how to do that. The Metroparks are here to help, with one-hour Try-It lessons that cost only $5. Not a bad deal. The classes are offered from June 20 through August 22. Registration is required.
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Try-It Kayak and StandUp Paddleboard Sessions

2800 Whiskey Island Dr., Cleveland

You've probably seen the kayakers and standup paddleboarders on our nearby waterways and thought, hey, that looks fun. But, especially on the SUP front, you probably also thought, hey, I'm going to need some help learning how to do that. The Metroparks are here to help, with one-hour Try-It lessons that cost only $5. Not a bad deal. The classes are offered from June 20 through August 22. Registration is required.

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 FRONT Triennial
1464 East 105th St., Cleveland
Fred Bidwell and his team are betting on Cleveland in a big way with the debut of the Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, a new exhibition running July 14 through Sept. 30. The inaugural edition, titled An American City, will cost some $4.2 million and take place throughout Cleveland. Located in spaces both common and unconventional, Front aims to "spotlight particular sites, buildings and locations that carry social, cultural or political significance in relation to the city's history and current reality." The event is expected to draw tens of thousands to town. "Cleveland, as a Midwestern rust-belt city — I hate to use the term but others will, so I guess I have to — has an interesting story to tell," Bidwell says. "And I think this has the potential eventually to be an important slot on the international cultural calendar."
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FRONT Triennial

1464 East 105th St., Cleveland

Fred Bidwell and his team are betting on Cleveland in a big way with the debut of the Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, a new exhibition running July 14 through Sept. 30. The inaugural edition, titled An American City, will cost some $4.2 million and take place throughout Cleveland. Located in spaces both common and unconventional, Front aims to "spotlight particular sites, buildings and locations that carry social, cultural or political significance in relation to the city's history and current reality." The event is expected to draw tens of thousands to town. "Cleveland, as a Midwestern rust-belt city — I hate to use the term but others will, so I guess I have to — has an interesting story to tell," Bidwell says. "And I think this has the potential eventually to be an important slot on the international cultural calendar."

Photo via FrontArt/Facebook
 New Food and Baseball With The Akron RubberDucks
300 South Main St., Akron
If you don't want to watch the Tribe bullpen blow another lead, head on down to Akron for a RubberDucks game. Not only will you catch the rising stars of the Indians' farm system, but minor-league baseball tends to come with a lot more fun, and lower prices, than games at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. The RubberDucks debuted some extreme concession offerings this year, including the La Montagna, a double-decker sammie stuffed with Italian meats between three pieces of garlic bread, and the Thanks Joe, a Joe Thomas-tribute hoagie with two brats, craft beer cheese and more. 
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New Food and Baseball With The Akron RubberDucks

300 South Main St., Akron

If you don't want to watch the Tribe bullpen blow another lead, head on down to Akron for a RubberDucks game. Not only will you catch the rising stars of the Indians' farm system, but minor-league baseball tends to come with a lot more fun, and lower prices, than games at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. The RubberDucks debuted some extreme concession offerings this year, including the La Montagna, a double-decker sammie stuffed with Italian meats between three pieces of garlic bread, and the Thanks Joe, a Joe Thomas-tribute hoagie with two brats, craft beer cheese and more.

Photo via Wikipedia
 Alpaca Yoga
4933 Schaaf Ln., Brooklyn Heights
Doing yoga with a group of humans is so passe. These days, there's got to be some sort of furry friend involved, like kittens or goats. But alpaca yoga, or alpoga, is yet another option for Clevelanders looking to namaste with critters. Starting this month, the Vintage Alpacas farm in Brooklyn Heights is offering the practice multiple times a week. While larger than other yoga companions, alpacas are known for their kind and calming demeanors. Instruction is conducted outdoors as the animals move throughout. Classes cost $20, are weather dependent and run through September. 
Photo via Vintage Alpacas/Facebook

Alpaca Yoga

4933 Schaaf Ln., Brooklyn Heights

Doing yoga with a group of humans is so passe. These days, there's got to be some sort of furry friend involved, like kittens or goats. But alpaca yoga, or alpoga, is yet another option for Clevelanders looking to namaste with critters. Starting this month, the Vintage Alpacas farm in Brooklyn Heights is offering the practice multiple times a week. While larger than other yoga companions, alpacas are known for their kind and calming demeanors. Instruction is conducted outdoors as the animals move throughout. Classes cost $20, are weather dependent and run through September.

Photo via Vintage Alpacas/Facebook
 The Rock Hall’s New Hall Of Fame
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland
Earlier this year, the Rock Hall debuted a new Hall of Fame, an entire floor dedicated to inductees. Part of the Rock Hall's multi-year, multi-million-dollar transformation that included the opening of the Power of Rock Experience in the Connor Theatre this past summer, the new Hall of Fame "completely reimagines how inductees are presented in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame." The area includes new displays, floor-to-ceiling video screens and interactive presentations of inductee moments, in addition to an impressive artist signature wall, directional audio, a real-time LED news ticker and a dedication to inductees who have passed away. Shine a Light: New Acquisitions and Spotlight Artifacts, a new exhibit occupying the space previously held by the inductee exhibit area in the Ahmet Ertegun main exhibition hall, features a Jerry Lee Lewis piano, a Pink outfit, drumheads from Tre Cool and a guitar donated by Robert Lamm of Chicago. That space will be updated frequently to highlight "touring artists, national holidays, important dates in music history and inductee birthdays."
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The Rock Hall’s New Hall Of Fame

1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland

Earlier this year, the Rock Hall debuted a new Hall of Fame, an entire floor dedicated to inductees. Part of the Rock Hall's multi-year, multi-million-dollar transformation that included the opening of the Power of Rock Experience in the Connor Theatre this past summer, the new Hall of Fame "completely reimagines how inductees are presented in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame." The area includes new displays, floor-to-ceiling video screens and interactive presentations of inductee moments, in addition to an impressive artist signature wall, directional audio, a real-time LED news ticker and a dedication to inductees who have passed away. Shine a Light: New Acquisitions and Spotlight Artifacts, a new exhibit occupying the space previously held by the inductee exhibit area in the Ahmet Ertegun main exhibition hall, features a Jerry Lee Lewis piano, a Pink outfit, drumheads from Tre Cool and a guitar donated by Robert Lamm of Chicago. That space will be updated frequently to highlight "touring artists, national holidays, important dates in music history and inductee birthdays."

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