One official month left of summer? Not to worry. Here is a list of 100 things to do in CLE to make your summer complete.
- Lindey’s Lake House
Visiting Lindey’s, you might even feel as if you are in Maine sitting by the water indulging in a lobster roll, a great place for a summer afternoon.
- Edgewater Live
Visit Edgewater Beach Park for a sampling of local music on the Lake.
- Tabletop Board Game Café
Get your summer game on with an afternoon of classic board games with your friends…and snacks!
- Cedar Point
Take a day to visit the roller coaster capital of the world for a fun thrilling day at The Point!
- Water Lantern Festival
Summer makes everyone feel lighter & brighter! Embrace the feeling by lighting the water in an unforgettable way August 17th at this event
- An Ice Cream Trifecta
Cleveland is filled with so many great ice cream shops make summer your excuse to try them all. Some of my favorites are Mitchells, Masons Creamery or Sweet Moses for the perfect sweet treat on any summer day
- Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy
Take a trip to (Little) Italy August 15th-18th to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Best Italian food and music for your summer pasta cravings!
- Beach Boys at Blossom
Grab a lawn chair and head to Blossom to listen to this classic surfer rocker and his summer hits.
- Lolly the Trolley
Nothing says summer like cruising on the Shoreway in Lolly! Take a tour of Cleveland and enjoy sightseeing as you ride in an old fashioned trolley
- Playhouse Square Silent Disco
Raise the Roof August 10th for a musical dance experience on the streets of downtown Cleveland. Summer sandals a must.
- Drinks at Pier W
Enjoy an after-work happy hour as you enjoy an Adirondack chairs on Pier W’s patio with seriously, the BEST views of the lake
- Wade Oval Wednesdays
Pack a picnic and head to Wade Oval for their weekly music concerts. Every Wednesday through August 21st
- Take a hike in the Metroparks
Visit one of the many locations throughout Northeast Ohio to enjoy miles of paved trails along the river or through the woods! Don’t forget a canteen of water & some bug spray!
- A visit to the Memphis Kiddie Park
Pack up your car filled with the “littles” for an early morning visit to this classic Cleveland summertime destination.
- Explore Cleveland Pickle Fest
Yes, this is a real event! Pucker up and head to East 9th Street Pier on August 24th for a day of pickle themed foods and hilarious activities.
- 808 Shave Ice
A classic summer treat with over 30 flavors of shaved ice, keeping all of us cool(er) in the summer with locations in Strongsville and Fairview Park
- Cruise on the Nautica Queen
Have a sunset dinner or Sunday brunch on this boat with your family. I love taking in the views from the top deck, complete with a Corona in hand.
- Visit the Cuyahoga County Fair
Indulge in a few funnel cakes and cotton candy as you stroll through this yearly fair extravaganza! August 6th-11th
- Tax-Free Weekend
Three full shopping days of savings August 2nd-4th for early back-to-school shopping! Clothes under $75 and school supplies under $20!
- Take a cruise to the Drive-in Movie
Don’t forget the popcorn and pack your pj’s for a double feature at the Auto-Rama Twin Drive-In for current hit movies for the whole family!
- Si Jolié: French Fashion Exhibit
Looking to get out of the summer sun, visit the new French fashion exhibit at the Western Reserve Historical Society; Si Jolie!
- Kayaking at 41 Degrees North
Rent a kayak or stand up paddleboard to explore the Rocky River and the shores of Lake Erie at your own pace or with a tour group
- Go to an Indians Game
Support our beloved baseball team for a day of running the bases and home runs! Go, Tribe!
- An icy cup of joe at Goodkind Coffee
Enjoy an iced coffee or cappuccino at this local caffeine gem. Personally, I love their coffee that tastes like a manhattan; cherries and all!
- The Cleveland Arcade
Walkthrough this historic landmark as you enjoy the turn of the century architecture. So cool even on the hottest of summer days!
- Playhouse Square: Lion King
Get your tickets to this Broadway musical. Try not to be late as the opening sequence is awe-inspiring!
- Johnny Mango World Cafe + Bar
Who doesn’t love margaritas on the patio! Try one of many summer cocktails and Caribbean-inspired food outside.
- Kelly’s Island and Put-in-Bay
Can’t get away for a long summer vacation? Spend the day up at the islands where you’ll cruise around in your golf cart under the summer skies. Don’t miss out on The Boardwalks’ Lobster Roll!
- Outdoor yoga by Three Sisters Yoga
Relax and stretch out as Three Sisters Yoga offers all-level classes to find your inner peace. They currently are offering outdoor, donation-based classes. Check them out!
- Summer sweets at BA Sweeties
Be a kid on summer break and visit the enormous candy store or try their putt-putt golf in the candy-themed course
- Terminal Tower Observation Deck
Take in the summer views, look out at incredible views of the entire city from the 42nd floor of Terminal Tower for only $5 a ticket
- Downtown Vermillion
Head to this quaint little town for a casual lunch on the beach or a fancy night out at Chez Francois
- The Princess Bride at Playhouse Square
Enjoy this timeless film August 8th in Connor Palace as part of their annual Cinema in the Square celebration.
You’ve seen it on Instagram, now why not treat yourself this month to a sweet or savory crepe at this darling cafe in Lakewood!
- Westside Market
The perfect destination to pick up burgers and dogs for an impromptu backyard cookout (plus they sell so much more, LOVE The market!)
- Gordon Square Sip & Shop
Experience the heart of this arts district through wine tastings and variety of eclectic shopping happenings on August 16th
- Cleveland Air Show
Layout a blanket and picnic August 31st to enjoy the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds …don’t forget your headphones for the little ears…it gets really loud!)
- Pizza on Harlow’s patio
Kick back on the patio of Harlow’s located in Lakewood for fresh wood-fired pizza and a good tequila cocktail. Summer at it’s finest!
- Self Care at Flower Power Skin Studio
Feel refreshed with a facial from Flower Power Skin Studio in Lakewood to rejuvenate your skin after a day in the sun!
- Oberlin Bike Path
Rent a bike or bring your own to ride on this 13-mile paved trail while enjoying the woods and small neighborhoods in and around Oberlin.
- House of Blues
There are a few awesome shows coming up at the House of Blues but if you don’t get tickets…they also have a killer happy hour Monday through Saturday at 3:00 pm
- Baumhart Berry Farms
Pick buckets of blueberries or blackberries at this farm in Vermillion. Perfect for making summer pies or eat as you pick!
- The Grocery
Grab supplies for a picnic at the beach at The Grocery in Ohio City. They have everything you need for a relaxing day with your toes in the sand. Loving the bagel sandwiches, scones and all of their fresh-pressed juices!
- Barrio Tacos
Sit outside in Lakewood, Tremont, Cleveland Heights or downtown to enjoy queso and a cocktail!
- Catch an outdoor movie in Playhouse Square!
Bring your blankets, outdoor chairs and your neighborhood kids to the US Bank Plaza at Playhouse Square to take in Spiderman under the stars
- Vegan Brews and BBQ
Save the date, August 5th & 6th a large Vegan barbeque sponsored by the Terrestrial Brewing Company! Sounds healthy & yummy!
- Beach Volleyball
Grab some friends for an evening of outdoor fun at Huntington Beach, Edgewater Park, or many other sand volleyball hot spots around the city
- Flats Festival of the Arts
Head down to the Flats to see the works of both national and local artists as they exhibit and sell their work August 17th and 18th throughout the Flats East Bank
- Merwin’s Wharf
Kayak on over and hope out for dinner on the river. Don’t miss out on their monstrous soft pretzel! My fave!
- Lake Erie Nature &Science Center
Visit Bay Village to explore native animals and take a walk through the many rolling trails. Get out of the sun and explore the wonderful nature in Bay.
- Prayers from Maria Sunflower Field
- Admire the work of Prayer for Maria by visiting the field of sunflowers, usually in bloom by late August. Remember those we’ve lost but celebrate the living with a family photo.
- Porcos’ Lounge & Tiki Room
Sip on a tropical tiki cocktail to make you feel like you are on a getaway in the tropics even on a Tuesday after work!
- Twilight at the Zoo
Head to the Metroparks Zoo August 2nd to catch your favorite local band playing all kinds of tunes …the animals love it too!
- Crocker Park
Pack up your lawn chairs and bug spray and head up to Crocker for a great family movie night on one of their many lush and lovely lawn areas.
- William G Mather Ship
A fun summer outing, board the steamship to experience what it would have been like to live on a Great Lakes freighter.
- Swings and Things
Batter up…for an afternoon of batting cages and arcade games. I know a little boy who loves this place!
- Main Street Modern
Summer Saturdays are the perfect time for a road trip to Canton to visit my favorite, Main Street Modern. This place is a regional destination for all things mid-century. You don’t want to miss it!
- Edgewater Beach House
Not only is this beachy hangout the perfect place for any summer sunset…did you know they have free wifi too? Work hard, play hard!
- North Union Farmers Market
Visit the locations at Crocker Park, Chagrin Falls or my personal favorite Shaker Square for the freshest produce in town!
- Summers at Severance
Listen to the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra followed by an after-party on the outdoor terrace of Severance Hall…what better way to “summer” than a touch of classical tunes & sipping champagne
- Chagrin Waterfalls
Have you ever seen the falls in Chagrin? OMG, they are so pretty. Grab a coffee and head down the path for a mesmerizing view of the raging falls.
- Shop & Rock Handmade Fest
Celebrate summer with live music, food trucks and shopping from homemade artisans and other vendors on August 3rd
- Tour Great Lakes Brewery
Tour this brewing destination housed inside a 19th-century building in Ohio City. Learn how their product is made while sampling some of their favorite brews…it is a great tour to share when you have visitors in town.
- Believe in CLE yoga
Come to a free yoga party to celebrate Cleveland and the practice of yoga. Celebrate outside the Rock Hall followed by live music, food trucks and the power of community on August 30th
- La Plaza Supermarket Tacos at Terrestrial Brewing
Order some of the best tacos, most authentic tacos in town and watch the trains go by!
- Tremont Walkabout
Let’s Luau! Come to a Hawaiian Festival, Friday night August 9th. Who doesn’t love a good theme party?
- Cleveland Art Museum: Medieval Monsters
Check out the limited-time exhibit on some of the wonders of beasts and terrors of the medieval times. It’s so Game of Thrones.
- Sparx City Hop
Hop on and off trolleys while discovering different art galleries and hidden gems of the city August 17th
- Collision Bend
Enjoy the sunshine and a cold brew as you watch the barges and boats pass by. So relaxing!
- Greek Festival
Experience St Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral with traditional Greek food and dancing August 22nd. Love me some Baklava!
- Guided Sunset Paddles
Take a guided sunset kayak with the Avon recreation department enjoying the colors of the lake.
- Kelsey Elizabeth Cookies & Cakes
This summer, be instantly transported to Paris with one of Kelsey’s fancy, French macarons.
- Bay Arts Farmers + Art Market
Bring your blanket and plan to go hungry every Thursday from 5-8pm at the Bay Arts outdoor shops.
- Restore Cold Pressed
Nothing says summer like a fresh juice! Sip on a freshly pressed juice or smoothie for a morning go-to or afternoon pick me up.
- Big Met Golf
Book a tee time and practice your swing on this course in the Metroparks
- Il Rione Pizzeria
Check out this rustic-chic pizzeria serving New York-style pies with unique toppings. Also, don’t miss out on their Negroni’s…I love them!
- Rocket Fizz
Try over 400 flavors of old fashioned soda as well as thousand of vintage treats and goodies. Our little guy loves going there on a special summer day.
- Horseback Riding in the Metroparks
Get back in the saddle and take a ride at the Rocky River stables or even take a lesson to learn more about horseback riding. Giddy up!
- A concert at Cain Park
Sway to the music of the late ’60s with the “Summer of Love” at Cain Park August 8th
- The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom
Don’t forget the wine and cheese! Enjoy extraordinary scores from exceptional composers on the lawn.
- The Cleveland Flea: Night Markets
Head to Van Aken on August 9th and 23rd to shop and come together as a community to support local vendors.
- Barbeque from Woodstock
Known as one of Cleveland’s best smokey bbq joints, you must try a little bit of everything. So yummy!
- Cinema at the Square
Indulge in classics such as Jurassic Park and Jaws this August at Playhouse Square. Check out the site for movies and times.
- An evening at Nightown
When the summer heat gets to be too hot, head indoors for some Jazz tuned and old fashioned cocktails!
- Shaker Square Garlic Festival
Enlighten your taste buds with some unusual garlic foods such as garlic ice cream, beer, and cocktails August 25th.
- The patio at Georgetown
If you are looking for a quintessential summer patio, look no more. Georgetown serves a mean martini and makes a great summer salad to share.
- Geauga County Fair
Ohio’s oldest continuous county fair is held as a grand finale to summer. We love to go and not only do some fair food, games, and rides….personally, I love the animal barn.
- Punchbowl Social
Feel like going out in the flats but want someplace indoors with games, some good food, and drinks? Punchbowl Social is a fun place to meet up with friends some hot summer night.
- Heinen’s Downtown Cleveland
Pick up lunch for a summer event or enjoy it indoors on the corner of East 9th and Euclid in the magnificent old Cleveland Trust bank,
- Music Box Supper Club
Ever been to brunch at Music Box? Music. Mimosas. Eggs. Makes every breakfast best!
- Cleveland Sand Festival
Check some crazy amazing sculptures made of sand! You can even play along with your build-your-own castles. August 3rdat Edgewater Beach,
- Big Bounce America 2019
OMG! I want to try and go to this! Sounds like a lot of fun and a great workout!
- Visit Antique Shops
Carve out time for a bit of treasure hunting at the many antique shops sprinkled around Larchmere, Lakewood or other parts of the city
- Girls Night Out: Cleveland Aquarium
Grab a gal pal for an evening at the Aquarium complete with pop up boutiques and lots of love aquatic creatures. August 15th
- Margarita Crawl
Frozen or over ice, try any flavor of Margarita August 17th throughout the city with friends. Sounds yummy…I’ll bring the chips
- NASA Free Youth Day
Great Lakes Science Center welcomes all Cleveland youth Monday, August 12th as part of a partnership with NASA’s Glenn Research Center. Grab a mini-van load of kids, it’s FREE all-day
- Pour Cleveland
Sample fresh pour-over coffee each morning from some of the best roasters all over the world. Pour Cleveland is so adorable, you might not want to leave,
- Lincoln Park Arts Events
Watch actors perform classic Shakespeare dramas and different types of dance theatre. Bring your lawn chairs, these events get crowded fast.
- Rock Hall Outdoor Concert Series
Live music, all summer long! Enough said.
So those are just a few ideas of fun things this month! Now go out and get that summer on. (Thanks to M. Shenk for collaborating on this very fun list, Nice job!)