40 Bucket List Things to Do in Cleveland This Summer

Nice weather in Northeast Ohio only lasts a few months, and there's just oh so much summer goodness to pack into those…

By Scene Staff

Wade Oval Wednesdays



 Cleveland’s marquee free weekly community outdoor concert series, Wade Oval Wednesdays, is back this year with mid-week concerts, food and sunshine starting June 15 and running through August 17. Grab some friends, a lawn chair, and enjoy a hump-day break sure to inject some relaxing fun into your frenzied schedule.
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32 Essential Ice Cream Shops In Cleveland

We will put Cleveland's ice cream scene up against anywhere in the country. Seriously. From artisanal, modern concepts to old-school ice cream…

By Brett Zelman

Kamm’s Corners Ice Cream Company
3764 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland
Kamm’s Corners Ice Cream Company is dedicated to giving you a great family experience. Stop in, order some ice cream and play a game while you’re there.
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The Best Places to Eat and Drink Outdoors in Northeast Ohio Right Now

For those of us who love eating and drinking outdoors, there has never been a better time to live in Cleveland. And…

By Douglas Trattner

 The Fairmount
 2448 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights 

Some of the toughest outdoor tables to snag on a beautiful evening are located on Fairmount’s chic back patio. In peak summer, this cheery urban oasis can feel like the center of the world. It doesn’t hurt that the restaurant and outdoor bar are run with a kind of precision typically reserved for more upscale establishments. Little is overlooked: the beer list, wine list, craft cocktails, regular menu and daily features give locals and visitors countless reasons to return and linger.
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Photos From the Berea Rib Cook Off

The Berea Rib Cook Off is a staple of Memorial Day weekend and takes place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. Here's what…

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From the Berea Rib Cook Off
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Photos From Whole Lotta Love Burlesque Revue at Beachland

Rock band, The Beams provided the soundtrack to Cleveland Burlesque's "Whole Lotta Love" revue. Here's what we saw. 

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From Whole Lotta Love Burlesque Revue at Beachland
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Photos From the Spring Networking Mixer at Garden City

The annual Spring Mixer went down at Garden City in the Van Aken District. Here's what we saw. 

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From the Spring Mixer at Garden City
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17 Waterparks Within Driving Distance From Cleveland

If you're looking for fun for the whole family or a trip with some friends, there are plenty of water parks within…

By Brett Zelman

 Zoombezi Bay
    4850 Powell Rd., Powell
    
     In the Columbus suburb of Powell is Zoombezi Bay, a water park run by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This may be the best water park in the state with the first waterslide in the country to incorporate light and audio effects and Baboon Lagoon, a multi-level play structure with a 1,000 gallon bucket dump. There’s also lazy rivers, wave pools, 17 water slides and a ton more.
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22 of the Hottest Restaurants In Cleveland Right Now

Having trouble finding a restaurant to go to this weekend? Wondering what you've missed this spring? We have you covered. These 22…

By Brett Zelman

 Immigrant Son Brewing
18210 Sloane Ave., Lakewood 

If you land in the camp of critics who believe, without much empirical evidence, that Cleveland has too many breweries, know this: Immigrant Son is not your typical brewery (nor is it in Cleveland). Equal attention has been paid to the four main elements of the operation – beer, food, service and setting – so that even if you don’t happen to fancy a frosty pint of crisp, clean, straw-colored Kölsch, you needn’t sit there and squawk. Lakewood’s super popular first and only brewery is a full-on brewery and brewpub, with equal emphasis placed on both the food and beer.
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Photos From Afroman at Grog Shop

Stoner rap legend Afroman (and his marijuana-shaped guitar) made his way to the Grog Shop. The show also featured performances from Caleb…

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From Afroman at Grog Shop
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Everything We Saw at the 2022 Cleveland Asian Festival

After two years without an in-person festival (last year's asian festivities were virtual), the Cleveland Asian Festival returned to a live gathering.…

By Emanuel Wallace

Everything We Saw at the 2022 Cleveland Asian Festival
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Photos From Near West Theatre's "Here & Now" Annual Benefit

Near West Theatre's Here & Now benefit celebrated passion, heart, tenacity, and resilience. Here's everything we saw. 

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From Near West Theatre's "Here & Now" Annual Benefit
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Everything We Saw at the 2022 Cleveland Marathon

The Cleveland Marathon is back with the new title sponsor in Union Home Mortgage. Here's what we saw at this year's run. 

By Emanuel Wallace

Everything We Saw at the 2022 Cleveland Marathon
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Photos From the 2022 Downtown Willoughby Rib Burn Off

The weather was a little tricky but thousands of rib lovers still made their way out to the first day of the…

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From the 2022 Downtown Willoughby Rib Burn Off
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All the Best Free and Super Cheap Things to Do in Cleveland This Summer

While the official start of summer won’t clock in until June, everyone knows true Cleveland summer starts when the shorts come out…

By Scene Staff

Swim at a Public Pool



 For those of us not lucky enough to have a friend with a pool, the region’s public swimming offerings are the next best thing. There are, of course, Cleveland’s public pools, but with erratic openings based on temperatures and staffing, they are hardly worth counting on. Luckily, you can snag a guest day pass in many suburbs where the water is warm and the beach chairs bountiful: Dragga Pool in Mayfield Heights will run you $10 as a non-resident, Walter’s Grove in Parma will cost you just $6, Parma Heights’ primo pool awaits for $8, Foster and Becks Pools in Lakewood will let you in for $5.50, and Beachwood’s absolutely stunning outdoor aquatic center will refresh and entertain you for $10.
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The 40 Essential Lakewood Restaurants in 2022

Lakewood has steadily become one of the best food neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio. Here are some of the places that you definitely…

By Brett Zelman

 Mahall’s 20 Lanes
1114 Center St., Lakewood

 Coming up on their 100th anniversary in a few years, this bowling alley, music venue, bar and restaurant was established by the Mahall family in 1924. It’s still one of the more happening spots in town.
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Photos From DonutFest 2022 at Red Space

After a year off due to COVID, DonutFest made its return to Red Space. The event features donuts (and coffee) from various…

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From DonutFest 2022 at Red Space
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Everything We Saw at the Bans Off Our Bodies Rally at Willard Park

In the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that showed the nation's high court is poised to overturn Roe v…

By Emanuel Wallace

Everything We Saw at the Bans Off Our Bodies Rally at Willard Park
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50 Cleveland Bars, Breweries and Restaurants Perfect for Day Drinking

If you want to grab a drink during the day, who are we to stop you? Around Cleveland, there are a ton…

By Brett Zelman

Beerhead Bar
1156 West 11th St., Cleveland

Beerhead has “beer, food and fun” in the form of, well, beer, food and various activities including live music and trivia nights. Most importantly, they open at 11 a.m., so you can slide up to the bar before noon.
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Vintage Photos Of Cleveland Lighthouses Past and Present

The Cleveland Memory Project is always a wonderful resource when searching for things about Cleveland's past. With construction beginning at Lighthouse Park (West…

By Scene Staff

Lighthouse on West 9th, 1870
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20 Fast Food Chains Not in Cleveland That Should Be

Cleveland finally got a Raising Cane's a few years back and there's actually now nine locations in Northeast Ohio. And now, with…

By Scene Staff

In-N-Out Burger - In 1948, the first In-N-Out Burger was founded by Harry and Esther Snyder in Baldwin Park, California. There are currently 358.
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Photos From the First Walnut Wednesday of the Season at Perk Plaza

The popular downtown lunchtime event, Walnut Wednesday, made its return to Perk Plaza after a one week delay due to inclimate weather.…

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From the First Walnut Wednesday of the Season at Perk Plaza
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This Cleveland House and Its Giant Dinosaur Statues Could Be Yours For $162,000

T-Rexes and giraffes and more, oh my. If you've been on a search for a home that doubles as a personal Jurassic…

By Brett Zelman

This Cleveland House and Its Giant Dinosaur Statues Could Be Yours For $162,000
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Everything We Saw at CMA's "The New Black Vanguard" Preview Party

The Cleveland Museum of Art's latest exhibition, "The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion" officially opens on May 8 and…

By Emanuel Wallace

Everything We Saw at CMA's "The New Black Vanguard" Preview Party
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36 Essential Cleveland Brunch Spots Sure to Make Your Weekend Better

In the last decade or so, weekend brunch has become almost as much of a culinary outing as a nice dinner. There…

By Brett Zelman

El Carnicero
    16918 Detroit Ave., Lakewood 
    
    Desayuno, as they in Mexico, is the most important meal of the day. As one might expect, the folks at El C give brunch a Latin flair, which is the most delicious flair of all if you ask us. Taking its name from the cryptozoological wonder that is the "goat sucker," the Chupacabra cocktail is a blood-red lid lifter made with bacon-infused vodka, spicy tomato juice and a rim dusting of chile-lime salt. You can't go wrong with the huevos rancheros, but consider taking the blue corn breakfast enchiladas for a spin. Inside the blue corn tortillas is tender ancho chile-braised beef brisket, scrambled eggs, black beans and Chihuahua cheese. Savory, corny griddle cakes are paired with Mexican Coke-glazed bacon, while Las Gachas is a comforting porridge of cheesy grits topped with shredded mole-braised lamb and sunny-side-up eggs. Don't forget the churros!
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This 3-Story Loft in an Historic Asiatown Building is For Sale for $850,000

In the heart of the city, this artist's loft just hit the market for $850,000. Located just minutes from downtown (1668 East…

By Brett Zelman

This 3-Story Loft in an Historic Asiatown Building is For Sale for $850,000
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All the Restaurants Participating in Cleveland Taco Week (May 9th-15th) and What They're Serving for $2

Because Taco Tuesday isn't enough! With Cleveland Taco Week (May 9th-15th), we're bringing you $2 Tacos from some of Cleveland's most popular…

By Brett Zelman

Bomba Taco + Bar
2101 Richmond Rd., Beachwood and 19880 Detroit Rd., Rocky River

At two locations (2101 Richmond Rd., Beachwood and 19880 Detroit Rd.,Rocky River), Bomba is offering three different tacos. The Smoked Piggy comes with BBQ pulled pork, crispy onions and Salvadorian slaw. The Yard Bird comes with chipotle marinated roasted chicken, pickled red onions and guacamole. The kale and corn taco comes with garlic kale, tomato, corn, cotija cheese, hot sauce and crispy potato strings.
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Big K.R.I.T., Cam Wallace, Price and Elhae at Beachland Ballroom

Big K.R.I.T. brought his Digital Roses Don't Die tour to the Beachland Ballroom with support from Cam Wallace, Price and Elhae. Here's…

By Emanuel Wallace

Big K.R.I.T., Cam Wallace, Price and Elhae at Beachland Ballroom
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Everything We Saw at Fan Expo 2022 at the Convention Center

In past years, comic book lovers, vendors and everything in between would gather over three days for the Wizard World Cleveland. As…

By Emanuel Wallace

Everything We Saw at Fan Expo 2022 at the Convention Center
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Photos From Brewdog's Outdoor Patio Grand Opening Party

Brewdog's Cleveland Outpost has been open since this past December but with temperatures soon warming up, the brewery has officially opened its…

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From Brewdog's Outdoor Patio Grand Opening Party
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The Best Chicken Wings In Cleveland, According To Reddit

Reddit is a treasure trove of useful opinions and information, especially when it comes to recommendations around town. Recently, Reddit user PM_NICESTUFFTOME…

By Brett Zelman

 The Foundry
 11729 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 

 “I'll say The Foundry in Lakewood for best Bleu cheese sauce. They've got a handful of very hot sauces, but I dunno what'd qualify as the hottest,” GariisonC
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