20 things to do in Cleveland this weekend

Adella Miesner

CLEVELAND, Ohio — This weekend, enjoy a mix of virtual and in-person events in Greater Cleveland. Here are 20 events and activities to check out in the next few days: Creative Mornings CLE Start your Friday morning with a thoughtful presentation by Creative Mornings CLE. This month, hear from Melissa […]

CLEVELAND, Ohio — This weekend, enjoy a mix of virtual and in-person events in Greater Cleveland. Here are 20 events and activities to check out in the next few days:

Creative Mornings CLE

Start your Friday morning with a thoughtful presentation by Creative Mornings CLE. This month, hear from Melissa Armstrong-Brine, a clinical pediatric neuropsychologist at MetroHealth who specializes in neurodevelopmental disorders. The presentation is free and takes place virtually over the Zoom conferencing app. Registration required.

8:30-10 a.m., Sept. 18


Trinity Cathedral live streamed concert

A live streamed benefit concert will take place this Friday to support nonprofit organizations Arts Cleveland and Music & Art at Trinity Cathedral. The concerts are free to view, but donations will be accepted. This Friday’s show will feature a chamber music ensemble performing Nadia Boulanger’s “Three Improvisations for Organ,” Brahms’ “Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano” and Benjamin Britten’s “Abraham and Isaac.” The concert can be viewed on the Trinity Cathedral’s Facebook page or website.

7 p.m., Sept. 18


Transformer Station art exhibits

This weekend, Transformer Station will kick off two new art exhibits for the fall and winter seasons: “ONE: An exhibition of unique objects” and “Dave Jordano: (Human) Landscapes.” Registration to view the art is required, but entry to the gallery space is free.

1460 W. 29th St., Cleveland

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays


MOCHA Exhibit Opening

The Museum of Creative Human Art (MOCHA) will open an exhibit at Mahall’s on Friday, featuring artist Lauren Pearce. Pearce’s works, titled “When the Color Heals the Rest,” will be available to view in Mahall’s apartment gallery space. Free, but reservations required.

13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood

5 p.m., Sept. 18


Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

Now in its 9th year, GCUFF provides a platform for Black filmmakers to showcase their work and celebrate urban culture. By focusing on minority films, the festival reinforces positive images and dispels negative stereotypes. The nine-day festival wraps up on Friday, Sept. 18, and includes films that can be viewed online.

Tickets, $10. Passes start at $25.

Sept. 10-18


LouieQ pop up at Beachland Ballroom

Grilled street corn and pork sandwiches sound good? LouieQ, a local barbecue shop with vegan options available, this weekend outside the Beachland Ballroom. Parties of five to eight people are required, and reservations are encouraged.

15711 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland

Sept. 18-20


See the Rock Hall’s Class of 2020

Celebrate the music of Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, The Doobie Brothers, the Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 exhibit, which opened this week. While you’re there, check out the museum’s other new exhibit called “It’s Been Said All Along.” Tickets $18-$28.

1100 E. 9th St., Cleveland

11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily


Save Our Stages Pop Up Shop

Support your favorite Cleveland music venues at the Save Our Stages pop up shop at the B-Side Lounge, located underneath the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights’ Coventry neighborhood. Venue merchandise will be on sale from The Agora, the Grog Shop, the Beachland Ballroom, The Foundry, Now That’s Class, The Bop Stop, The Winchester, Little Rose Tavern and BravoArtist. Following the pop-up shop, live music will be provided on B-Side’s patio by John K and Brian Straw.

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland

5-8 p.m., Sept. 19


Cult Movie series at Masonic Temple

A cult movie series will present “Blue Velvet” and “Wild At Heart” this Saturday at the Masonic Temple. Tickets to the double feature cost $10, and there will be a 20 minute intermission between films. A face mask policy and other COVID-19 policies will be in place at the venue.

3615 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

6 p.m., Sept. 19


Oktoberfest release at Great Lakes Brewing Company

Great Lakes Brewing Company will host a party to celebrate the release of its seasonal Oktoberfest beer. Expect Bavarian food specials and Oktoberfest on tap on Saturday, along with a performance from the Chardon Polka Band. Remember to bring your face mask, as it’s required when not seated at a table. Standing room will not be permitted at the bash.

2516 Market Ave., Cleveland

Noon-10 p.m., Sept. 19


Cedar Point

Whether you call it America’s Roller Coast or the Amazement Park, you’ll find plenty of thrills — and considerably shorter lines than usual — at one of the best and largest amusement parks in the country. The park has implemented a number of COVID-19 protocols to ensure everybody has a good and safe time. Tickets, $47.

1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky

12-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday


John Heffron at Hilarities Theatre

Comedian John Heffron will perform at Hilarities this weekend. Heffron, the winner of NBC’s show “Last Comic Standing,” has performed on “Chelsea Lately,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Late Show” and plenty more — and has taped two comedy specials on Comedy Central, and one on Netflix. Tickets range in cost, from $40-$150, for groups of two to six guests.

2035 E. 4th St., Cleveland

Sept. 18-19


“Proof” exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art

This photography exhibit, extended through Nov. 29, focuses on black-and-white contact sheets and selected individual images by some of the world’s greatest photographers. Free.

11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland

Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Take A Hike tours

Explore Cleveland by foot with the Take A Hike tours, which are presented as self-guided free virtual routes through the Gateway District’s website. This month, walking tours themed around the Gateway District, Historic Hotels and Tremont are offered. More tours will arrive in October.

Downtown Cleveland

Through Oct. 31


Asian Lantern Festival at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Asian Lantern Festival is approaching its end at the Cleveland Zoo, with only a few weekends left. Walk through massive light installations on your way to see your favorite animals, and catch a few acrobatic performances throughout the evening. Tickets $18-$20, group discounts available.

3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland

6:30-10:30 p.m., weekends through Oct. 3



Rock out to some local music at Coda for the venue’s outdoor summer music series. Oregon Space Trail of Doom, Safe Words and Blanket Party will all perform for socially distant private boxes on Coda’s parking lot. Tickets $150 for a five-seat box, $250 for a 10-seat box.

2247 Professor Ave., Cleveland

3 p.m., Sept. 20


Live (streamed) @ Silver Hall series

Musicians and bands are taking the stage at the Maltz Performing Arts Center for its “LIVE! (streamed) @ Silver Hall” series. Local singer-songwriter Diana Chittester will perform a show this Sunday. Though the concerts are free to view online, tips for performers are suggested.

8 p.m., Sept. 20


Clambake time

It’s already clambake season in Northeast Ohio, and plenty of dining events have kicked off at local restaurants and bars. Check out our full guide to 2020 Cleveland clambakes.

Farmers’ Markets

Stock up on fresh produce, meats, dairy, baked goods or other locally sourced food items at one (or more) of the farmers markets in the area this weekend. Keep in mind, capacity might be limited and social distancing restrictions will be in place.

Old Brooklyn Farmers Market, 4200 Pearl Rd., Cleveland

9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 19


North Union Farmers Market at Crocker Park, 177 Market St., Westlake

9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 19

North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square, 13111 Shaker Square, Cleveland

8 a.m.-noon, Sept. 19

North Union Farmers Market in downtown Chagrin Falls

10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 20

North Union Farmers Market at Legacy Village, 25001 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst

10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 20


Coit Road Farmers Market, 15000 Woodworth Rd., East Cleveland

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 19


Good Earth Earth Stand, 9600 Madison Ave., Cleveland

Noon-4 p.m., Sept. 19


Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market, 17407 Lorain Ave., Cleveland

10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 20


Find more Northeast Ohio farmers markets to visit in this cleveland.com guide

Drive-In Movie night

See a movie under the stars. The area’s five drive-in movie theaters are currently open for an evening of nostalgic, socially distanced fun. Features include “Kung-Fu Panda,” “Alone,” “Harry Potter” films and more. Find more information about individual showings through the following websites:

Aut-O-Rama Twin

33395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville


Mayfield Road

12100 State Route 322, Chardon



2736 OH-59, Ravenna


Magic City

5602 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Barberton


Blue Sky

959 Broad St., Wadsworth



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