Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for August 2019

The best things in life are free, indeed, and our monthly "Free Stamp" feature rounds up all of the free #CLE events that get our "stamp" of approval. Got a free event you want us to include? Drop us a line here

A Star-Spangled Celebration
On Wednesday, Aug. 7, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture will host its annual Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Mall B on 300 St. Clair Ave. This year, the Cleveland Orchestra will perform. Pre-concert presentations will begin at 6 p.m., live performances will begin at 7 p.m., and a fireworks display will commence afterward. Food trucks will be open to the public. Click here to learn more.

Hey there, neighbor
On Friday, Aug. 9, the Cleveland Public Library will host a “Be My Neighbor” day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Children ages three through eight and their parents are encouraged to attend this event, which is all about supporting neighborhood families and being a friendly neighbor. A few presenters include Caring Cubs, Cleveland Metroparks Eco-Explorers and over 20 community organizations. Parent resources, trolley rides and refreshments will be provided for attendees. Click here to register—act quickly, limited spots are available.

A festival of fun
On Saturday, Aug. 10, Ward 10 and the Famicos Foundation will host the 41st annual Glenville Festival at Sam Miller Park. Festivities include a boxing event by USA boxing, a children’s spelling bee and interactive games. The event will officially begin 9 a.m. with a heritage walk, and end with a fireworks display, which is set to start at 9:15 p.m. Learn more here.

In the House
Hey entrepreneurs! LaunchHouse continues to offer a free lineup of events each month at both its Lakewood and Highland Heights locations. Case in point: a free Lunch + Learn on "Marketing Strategies That Sell" with All Trades Jane's Camille Brown on Thursday, Aug. 15, and a mid-morning workshop on "Core Strengths to Success" with WorkLife CLE's Dr. Casey Onder. Both events will be held at the Lakewood location.

Totally awesome
Have an awesome idea that could help make Cleveland a better place, but not sure where to start? Join the Awesome Foundation-Cleveland chapter for an "Awesome Hour" on Monday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.! Attendees will learn about how to apply for a $1,000 Awesome Foundation grant, meet past and prospective grantees, network with Awesome Foundation trustees, and have fun. (And did we mention the free appetizers?) The event will be held at Gatewood Work/Share (818 E. 185th St., Cleveland) in Collinwood.

Art in August
LAND Studio, Cleveland Public Theater and Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack will partner with Tremont West Development Corporation to present professional dance and theater in Lincoln Park throughout the month of August. A few noteworthy performances include Inlet Dance Theater, Erie Heights Brass Ensemble and ContempOpera. Click here for the full schedule of events.

A rocking happy hour
Yuengling has partnered with oWOW Radio Cleveland to present various happy hour concerts every Wednesday this month. Each performance will start at 6 p.m. at Music Box Supper Club, and doors will open at 5. Click here to view the August concert schedule includes The Chestertons, Alan Greene, the Angela Perley Duo, and more.

Some friendly comedy
Comedian Kenyon Adamcik will headline Funny Noizes Productions’ Free Comedy on Tap event on Friday, Aug. 30 at Whistle & Keg Cleveland from 9 p.m. until 11p.m. Additional acts include Sam Prickett, Mark McPartland, Alex Olinger and Tom Cullinson. Limited space is available - click here to claim your spot.

Read more articles by Dana Shugrue.

Dana Shugrue, a senior at John Carroll University, is a regular contributor to FreshWater Cleveland. When she’s not in class, she devotes her time to the Carroll News, writing for the Arts & Life section every week and managing online content. Dana is also a media intern for Empowered&Poised, a start-up company that aims to empower young women through social, physical and mental components. When she graduates, Dana hopes to land a permanent position in the editorial field.  
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