What to Do This Weekend: Get Out!


Entertainment abounds this weekend — everything from modern dance to meat on a bun and beefcake on a stage. Here are our three top picks:

1. The National Hamburger Festival in Akron. Some of the nation’s greatest hamburgers hit the grill this weekend at Lock 3 Park in Akron, as part of the seventh annual National Hamburger Festival. At the heart of the two-day fest are competitions and contests for pros and amateurs alike. Among them you’ll find everything from a Best Burger Competition for restaurants to the ever-popular Bobbing for Burgers contest which — as you might guess — involves plucking burgers from a vat of ketchup with only your teeth. Other draws include performances by Alex Bevan, the University of Akron Steel Drum Band, and Jimmy Buffett tribute band Changes in Latitude. And what would a burger fest be without a competitive eating contest? Akron firefighter and reigning champ Matt Askea is a fan favorite, but he has some tough competition in the form of Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas.

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