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Your Red Hot Summer HeatMap: Cleveland’s 24 Hottest Festivals and Eventspowered by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

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Coventry Summer Series: Thursday Night Outdoor Movies

Thursdays through 8/2, 8 p.m. (movie begins at 9 p.m.)

Thursdays = free movies at P.E.A.C.E. Park! Part of Coventry's Summer Series, this weekly, family-friendly movie night includes upcoming selections like Coco, Sherlock Gnomes, and Peter Rabbit.

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Asphalt Cinema

July 20 and August 17, 6:30 p.m. (movie begins at dusk)

On third Fridays, Impett Park in Kamm's Corners becomes an asphalt cinema under the stars. Family-friendly fun and a DJ kick off the outdoor festivities, followed by a movie starting at dusk. Lights, camera, action!  

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The Celtic vibes are in full effect at the Cleveland Irish Festival—which features live music, plays, an array of 50+ Irish vendors, and even an Irish coffee house. At 35 years and counting, this celebration of all things Irish just keeps getting better.
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Front Porch Concert Series

Every Friday through 8/31, 7 to 9 p.m.

Downtown Lakewood is your new favorite music venue, thanks to this free summer concert series. Join other music lovers on the steps of the Lakewood Public Library every Friday for acts spanning the spectrum from rock to jazz. Rock on!  

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Come one, come all as the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival presents “Twelfth Night.” This fun-filled evening of literature and theatre caters to all ages—adults can appreciate the age-old craft of playwriting, while kids will silently giggle at words

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Sundays in P.E.A.C.E. Park

Every Sunday through 8/12, 5 to 8 p.m.
Forget “Saturday in the Park”—in Coventry, it’s all about Sundays at P.E.A.C.E. Park! Part of Coventry’s Summer Series, this groovy Sunday session consists of free yoga (led by Confluence) at 5 p.m. and a community drum circle at 6 p.m.
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Kamm's Corners Farmers Market

Sundays through October, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
From June through October, Sundays are for savoring local flavors at the Kamm's Corners Farmer's Market (presented by the Kamm's Corners Development Corporation). Along with 20+ food vendors, the market serves up live music, cooking demos, artisan showcases,
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Let your Star Wars obsession shine! Join other wannabe Jedis at the Star Wars Tribute Day (part of Coventry's Summer Series) and enjoy a special free showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Family fun is in full force for the 17th Annual Cedar Fairmount Summer Festival! Take a spin in the iconic Euclid Beach Rocket Car, color your world with face painting, shop for arts and crafts, or just take in the vibrant scene from atop Cedar Hill.  

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Now in its 13th year, this inviting annual church festival attracts thousands of Clevelanders. Come for the delicious home-cooked ethnic food, stay for the live entertainment and kids' activities (including a bouncy house!).  

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Burning River Fest 2018

August 17 and 18, 2018
Historic Coast Guard Station (on Whiskey Island)

With the Historic Coast Guard Station ready to rock, this year's Burning River Fest promises to be better than ever. Sip GLBC's most popular brews; munch on pizza, pierogies, and Barrio tacos; and jam to one awesome music lineup.

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Discover all that Cleveland has to offer at the 2018 SPARX City Hop! This free, self-guided trolley tour through CLE’s arts and culture districts shows takes a deep dive through our city's cultural gems in art, food, culture, and history. 

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A vampire’s worst nightmare is a Cleveland foodie’s dream. Hit up the annual Cleveland Garlic Festival for everything garlic gourmet (from ice cream to fries), and watch celebrity chefs work their garlic-infused magic.
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Presented by the Union Miles Development Corporation, the Ward 2 Connecting Communities Festival is free and open to all Clevelanders. Live music and dance performances will keep the party popping all day long at John Adams High School.

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Cleveland Oktoberfest

Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
Bier, bier, bier! Don the Lederhosen, sip a stein, and join thousands of other Clevelanders celebrating Oktoberfest at Northeast Ohio’s largest annual outdoor festival.
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Made in Ohio Festival

August 31 - September 2, 2018, Times vary each day (see link)
This annual event has become so popular that it’s been extended to three days in 2018. Put the “buck” in Buckeye State as you shop for locally made jewelry, art, soaps, lotions, quilts, and other uniquely Ohio crafts. 
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People come from near and far for this day celebrating Hungarian music, culture, and, most importantly, food. Treat your tastebuds with delicacies including stuffed cabbage, dumplings, jam-filled crepes, and more, alongside a healthy serving of Hungarian folk music. 

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Arts in August

Dates throughout September, 7 to 10 p.m.
The Tremont West Development Corporation knows a thing or two about curating a killer lineup—and it shows with Arts in August. The month is packed with performances from Cleveland Public Theatre, Verb Ballets, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Inlet Dance Theatre,
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NEOCycle

September 7 to 9, 2018, Times vary each day (see link)

The nation’s largest urban cycling festival happens right here in Cleveland—with a bevy of races and rides, a Thriller BMX show, and a music festival. Add in great beer and a view of Lake Erie for the perfect two-wheeling weekend.

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2018 Berea Arts Fest

September 9, 2018, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Beautiful Coe Lake is the setting for Berea Arts Fest, a one-day invitational showcasing 100 fine artists and makers. Channel your own inner artist at the chalk walk, or watch your little ones get hands-on at the Kids Kreation Station.

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For its 20th year, the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival is going big with 130+ vendors and five villages (including a kids' village, community village, cultural village, artists' village, and farmers' market). Live music and dance entertainment and a beer

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One World Day 2018

September 16, 2018, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

One of Cleveland’s points of pride is its diversity—which is on full display at One World Day. Marvel at the Parade of Flags, and explore 30 cultural gardens via Lolly the Trolley, and feast on a diverse array of ethnic food.  

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Ohio City Street Festival

September 23, 2018, 12 to 8 p.m.

The streets of Ohio City come even more alive with this fun fest celebrating all the trendy neighborhood has to offer—from food to drink to retail to art. Highlights include a game area hosted by Tabletop Board Game Cafe, shuffleboard court from Forest City

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Dig into this "creative feast" showcasing Cleveland's ingenuity and innovation! Explore five fascination-filled festival villages (including ARTchiTECHtonica, Illumination Island, and IndusTREE Alley), or chill out in Music Meadow. 

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