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This weekend in Cleveland: Parade the Circle and more


This weekend, hold onto your humanity at MOCA’s summer exhibition opening, witness the vibrant beauty of Parade the Circle, watch Prince’s Purple Rain under the stars at a free movie night, shop the Flea and more.
 
Cleveland Pizza Fest
Friday, June 12th 5 pm - Midnight
Saturday, June 13 Noon -12 pm
Sunday, June 14 Noon - 9 pm
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds 19201 East Bagley Rd. Middleburg Heights
General admission: $5 Kids: $1
 
It’s like speed dating, but for pizza. Whether you love a Chicago-style deep dish, New York-style thin and crispy or you’re more of an oven-baked Margherita type — you can pursue the perfect pizza this weekend. 
 
“Cleveland is all about the food. It’s about getting people together to try new things and for the exposure of new places. It’s a way to sample eight or nine pizzas in one day and you can't go wrong with that!” says Tracey Bowman, director of entertainment for Cleveland Pizza Fest.
 
Pizza Fest will include nine pizza vendors and nine vendors selling italian sausage, pierogi, french fries and other snacks. They include Pizza 216, coming soon to downtown Cleveland, Angelo's (Lakewood), Mama Juliannes (Strongsville), Augies (North Royalton, Chagrin Falls and Independence), Angies (Independence), Scott's Fire & Ice (Hudson), Corbos Bakery (Little Italy), Pizza BOGO, Dominos, Sue's Homemade Pierogi (Slavic Village), Eva’s Original Gyros and Euclid Beach Custard.
 
Rick and Allen Perk, sons of former Cleveland Mayor Ralph Perk, founded the event 26 years ago and hosted the event as “Pizza Bake-Off” in Cleveland for two years and in Columbus for two years. And as they began having families, life got busy and they fell out of hosting the festival.
 
“During one of our Christmas parties years ago we found plates that had the festival logo on them and we said ‘we should do it again!' — now we’re here,” says Bowman. “We’re an Italian family, we’re about togetherness and nowhere in Cleveland has anybody done anything quite like this.”
 
The pies will be judged in five categories: sauce; crust; toppings; people's choice; and the “best of” in each category will be awarded trophies. On Saturday, there will be a pizza eating contest for charity benefiting the Tony Turchi Foundation for breast cancer research.
 
Pizza Fest also includes live music, activities for kids and a very important "Sports Pavilion" with multiple TVs for the June NBA Finals.
 
Friday night is motorcycle night — bikers plus their guests are admitted free. Saturday there will be Classic Thunderbird Cars on display from noon until 5 pm.

Edgewater Live
Thursday, June 11th. 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Edgewater Park
Free
 
This Thursday kicks off Edgewater Live! The weekly summer event features a different band on the beach each week. First up are Monica Robins And The Whiskey Kings who play covers including everything from classic rock to 80s, Motown and new hits.
 
Summer 2015 Exhibition Opening Night Party
Friday, June 12th - September 5th
MOCA Cleveland 11400 Euclid Ave.
Free
 
Affirm your connection to your own humanity through the art of others at MOCA’s new summer show. View two new exhibitions: "How to Remain Human" and "Tony Lewis: free movement power nomenclature pressure weight.” The night begins at 7 pm with a curator talk, followed by live dance music including These Knees and Hybrid Shakedown beginning at 8 pm.
 
Purple Rain - Free Movie Night
Friday, June 12th. 9 pm
Coventry PEACE Park @ the intersection Coventry Rd. & Euclid Heights Blvd.
Free 18+
 
As Prince once famously sang, “Hey I ain’t got no money, but honey I’m rich on personality.” This Friday you won’t need any money to see Purple Rain under the stars.
 
It’s the kickoff weekend of drive-in-movie-style free movie nights. The weekend cult classic series lineup continues with Back to the Future Part II (7/10), American Splendor (7/25) and This Is Spinal Tap (8/7). Click here for more details.
 
Gadi Zamir at Loop Tremont June Artwalk
Opening party Friday, June 12th. 7 - 10 pm
Loop in Tremont, 2180 W 11th St.
Free
 
Gadi Zamir is an artist and owner of Negative Space gallery. On Friday you’re invited to view Zamir’s newest stunning engravings on recycled wooden canvases, shop Loop’s excellent collection of records and enjoy the Tremont Artwalk! Read our recent feature on Zamir here.
 
2015 Parade the Circle
Saturday, June 13th. 11 am - 4 pm
Wade Oval in the heart of University Circle
Free
 
Parade the Circle is easily one of Cleveland’s most unique and visually stunning festivals. Celebrate University Circle’s 25th free parade with floats, dancers, stilt walkers, and incredible costume design and handmade masks. This year’s theme is BEAT: to beat, to breathe, to create.
 
POP up SHOP
Saturday, June 13th, 11 am - 4 pm
Canopy, 3910 Lorain Rd.
Free
 
This mini-market will prevent you from procrastinating on your Father's Day shopping. Canopy is a new creative business with art consignment, studio space, gallery shows, community classes and more located inside of what used to be BuckBuck Gallery. The storefront will be open with extra special vendors in the back!
 
JUNE FLEA
Saturday, June 13th. 9 - 4 pm
The Cleveland Flea, 3615 Superior Ave.
Free
 
This month’s Flea will have plenty of Father’s Day gifts and as always, an eclectic array of food, drink and shopping. Full list of vendors.

Read more articles by Jacqueline Bon.

Jacqueline Bon is a freelance writer that has been contributing to Fresh Water Cleveland since 2014. As a journalist by trade and self-taught photographer, she has a lot of curiosity in people and their stories. She is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and has pursued film and digital photography for a decade. She is likely to be the first person on the dance floor, especially if you put on Prince.
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