Outdoor Recreation

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No matter what the weather—a wide-open lawn on a bright, warm, sunny day, snow-covered trails and a bitter wind, or overcast and looking like rain, Clevelanders relish the chance to get outside and enjoy the region’s variety of parks, beaches hiking trails, gardens, and urban greenspace.

Signs of life: Artists, volunteers prepare for Parade the Circle
The giant white tent has gone up in University Circle—indicating it's almost time for the Cleveland Museum of Art's 32nd annual Parade the Circle! The University Circle Inc. institutions and groups like Hildebrandt Artist Collective, Inlet Dance Theatre, Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center, Samba da Cidade, as well as volunteers, vendors, and other groups, are getting ready for a day of Visions of Harmony.
First leg: Canalway Half Marathon kicks off 2024 Towpath Trilogy
Canalway kicked off its 2024 Towpath Trilogy race series with the Towpath Half and 5 Mile Race last Sunday, with more than 500 runners participating. Bob Perkoski caught the runners and the fans at the Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation.
Lighting the way: Nature Center’s annual Luminary Walk celebrates Winter Solstice
Come celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice this Friday at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes' Luminary Walk & Holiday Market. Enjoy the luminaries on the All Peoples' Trail, then warm up with hot mulled Syrah or blackberry merlot hot chocolate from Cleveland Urban Winery, and shop with local vendors and artists for your holiday shopping needs.
Ice Capped: A seasonal Botanical Garden in photos
A completely new holiday experience has arrived at the Cleveland Botanical Garden with Frost: An Ice Capped Garden Experience—featuring Winter botanical displays, holiday lights, and immersive, themed rooms that will transport guests to an enchanting world. Bob Perkoski took a tour to give our readers a preview of what’s in store for guests at Frost this holiday season.
Tales of Terror: Tours of Cleveland to share spooky stories of horror and tragedy in October
Tours of Cleveland founder Scott O'Con wanted to cover something different than the usual haunted house tours and spiritual sightings in his October walking tour series. So, in Tales of Terror, he focuses on Cleveland's true tragedies, murders, and disasters spanning the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Celebrating Fall: Nature Center’s AutumnFest draws revelers of the season
Managing photographer Bob Perkoski joined the seasonal fun at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes' AutumnFest last weekend and captured in photos everyone celebrating all that fall has to offer.
Fall gardening: Get a head start on next year’s garden with autumn plantings
Fall is an excellent time for planting, with the cooler temperatures and increased rainfall that allow native plants to establish strong root systems before winter sets in. The staff at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes give some tips on fall planting, and remind readers to stock up on bird seed for the winter.
Fall Fest makes its debut at North Coast Harbor this weekend
Downtown Cleveland, Inc. invites everyone to come down to North Coast Harbor over the first three Saturdays in October to celebrate Fall Fest at Voinovich Bicentennial Park.
All are welcome: First annual Neurodiversity Cultural Festival celebrates our differences
Doug Blecher's autism diagnosis at age 42 led him to partner with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and start the first annual Neurodiversity Cultural Festival, happening Saturday, Sept. 30 at Solon Community Park.
Full steam ahead: Irishtown Bend stabilization project breaks ground
Last Friday, Aug. 25 at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, city officials and organizations celebrated the beginning of the vital next step in the Irishtown Bend project—the stabilization of the banks of the Cuyahoga River to move ahead with a 23-acre park.
Peace through understanding: One World Day on Sunday in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
The 77th annual One World Day—a year celebration of mutual cultural understanding—takes place this Sunday in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.
Beacon of fun: Asian Lantern Festival in photos
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's annual Asian Lantern Festival kicked off earlier this month. Bob Perkoski spent a warm summer evening capturing the entire visual treat with his camera.
Shaker Lakes Meet the Cuyahoga Valley: Experience A Night of Nature tonight at Nature Center
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is partnering with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Literary Cleveland, and Wick Poetry Center tonight for Summer Wednesdays and poetry readings from the Poetic Inventory of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Tremont is the place to be this weekend, with two popular events
Tremont will be hopping this weekend, thanks to Tremont West Development Corporation, with two of the neighborhood’s most popular events happening—Walkabout Tremont and Taste of Tremont.
Like fish to water: YMCA of Greater Cleveland prioritizes water safety, swim lessons
With the summer heat upon us, water safety and knowing how to swim are priorities. Many of the YMCA of Greater Cleveland branches offer swim classes, as well as water safety tips, for all ages and abilities to keep people safe around pools and beaches.
Hot stuff: Cleveland Heights launches SummerFEST this week
With the official start to summer his week, Cleveland Heights launches SummerFEST—a summer-long slate of free Thursday evening concerts, historic walking tours, kids activities, and more—in the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District.
Favorable forecast: Additional tickets released for Art Museum’s Solstice event this weekend
The Cleveland Museum of Art just released additional tickets to its popular signature Solstice event this weekend. Get them before the event is sold out!
Pickleball frenzy: Clevelanders embrace the country’s fastest-growing sport
The pickleball craze is taking off in Northeast Ohio. The hybrid of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton is now one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and new facilities are popping up all over Greater Cleveland.
Edgewater NeighborFest will fill Clifton Boulevard with free music, activities, and fun
Edgewater NeighborFest, hosted by Northwest Neighborhoods, will bring an afternoon of fun, food, and shopping to Clifton Boulevard on June 25.
Nature Center celebrates summer with weekly Wednesday night events
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes kicks off its Summer Wednesdays tonight, with extended dawn-til-dusk hours. food and drink, and live entertainment.