The leaves are sprouting waking up the trees from a long and cold winter season. When the weather warms up in Cleveland, we try to pack in as many festivals and events to enjoy the warmth while we can. With so many festivals and events Which ones do you choose? Here is my 2018 guide to the best summer festivals in Cleveland.
Cleveland Asian Festival
The Cleveland Asian festival nestled in Cleveland’s Asia town celebrates all things Asian. There is plenty of entertainment with two stages featuring Asian dance, martial arts demonstrations, music ascts and much more. One of the highlights in 2018 are national acts Larissa Lam and Only Wan. Some other entertainment highlights ate the Kwan Family Lion Dance. The Kwan Family Lion Dance is Cleveland’s own traditional Lion Dance team with over 35 years of experience. Other entertainment favorites is the egg roll eating contest and the Asian Dance Pop Competition. See some of Cleveland’s locals showcase contemporary Asian dance styles
If you love food especially Asian food, you must visit the food court. The food court features food from all over Asia from Chinese, Thai, Indian, and much more! Also, if you are vegetarian or vegan, no problem! There is something for you to enjoy too! I am a vegetarian, and I have not gone hungry at this festival! After you have a bite to eat, be sure to visit the world market place full of vendors selling beautiful clothing, accessories, and other goods. You can take a Free Lolly the Trolly Tour of historic Asia Town. Also, there are community organizations showcasing what they do to make Cleveland a better place. There are plenty of activities for kids and adults in the activities pavilion. Lastly, there is a health fair. Come get your vitals checked for FREE by the Pilipino Nurses Association or other medical vendors.
To get around you can park at an adjacent CSU lot for free and walk to East 27th and Payne. If you do not feel like walking Ace Taxi will have a shuttle for you to get to the festival and back to your car.
Leave your pets at home for this festival and bring cash for the vendors. Especially the food vendors. There is one ATM onsite, but it may have long lines.
Hessler Street Fair
• Cost to get in: FREE
The festival is int its 49th year. The festival, organized by the Hessler Street Neighborhood Association (HSNA) It celebrates the social and architectural quality of the neighborhood. The music stage is set up at the cul-de-sac and is filled with two days of music. The closer for Sunday is Cleveland’s own reggae band Carlos Jones and the Plus Band .In addition to reggae, there will be bands playing swing jazz, pop world beat, rock, and much more.
They have many vendors showcasing their arts and crafts and other socially conscious vendors throughout. There are many food vendors as well. If you are vegetarian and/ or vegan you will have plenty of options to eat here! Also there will be a kids vendor place and the Harmony Park for the little ones to have fun and play!
Bring cash as many if not all of the vendors will not accept credit/debit cards. Parking is limited in the area. You may want to consider RTA. Try the rapid Red Line and get off at the little Italy exit. Head on Mayfield towards Euclid. Leave your pets home for this festival.
Parade the Circle
The parade steals the show at this festival. The parade starts at noon and it is a spectacle of colors, music, puppets, costumes and floats. Before or after the parade, be sure to check out the Circle Village for food vendors, kid’s activities and other goods, services , and information.
Dogs are welcome in Wade oval Park. Get here early to find your spot. Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic. There will be food and beverage vendors as well. There should be options for vegetarians and vegans. However, it may be more challenging for vegans. If you can bike down, it will be wise as parking will be a challenge. In the years past they have had a bike group to valet your bike. There may be some limited free parking available at the VA and surrounding streets that are not blocked off for the parade.
Lakewood Summer Meltdown
Lakewood’s famous block party is now in its ninth year. Detroit Rd is blocked off and there are many vendors in the streets. Vendors will showcase their goods and services. There will be a beer garden and many food trucks present as well. Live entertainment from the band Front Porch Lights will begin at 7:00 PM. Feel like getting a workout before enjoying the festivities, or earning that beer? Then sign up for the 5K. A family on the run? Then sign up for the one mile kids fun run.
There will be road closures for the 5K and the Kids Fun Run. A lot of the closures are typically on side streets between Clifton and Detroit. There is plenty of street parking on the streets that are not blocked. In addition to the vendors on the streets, be sure to visit the stores on Detroit. There are places Such as Melt Bar and Grilled (many Vegetarian , Vegan and Gluten Free items), Humble Wine Bare, and Rozie’s Wine House to get food and beverages and plenty of shops offering discounts as well! Your fur babies are welcome at he festival if you want to bring them, but if you plan on going into the shops, leave them at home.
There are many wonderful festivals in Cleveland. I will be updating the list very soon. In addition to the Greater Cleveland Area, you may want to check out Ohio Festivals.net for a comprehensive schedule.
Is there a summer festival in Cleveland I missed that you really enjoy? Feel free to comment below.