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.
Can’t get into Super Bowl LII? Swap out football for four-legged fun with the Puppy Bowl II at Terrestrial Brewing Company on Sunday, February 3, from 12 to 4 p.m. An indoor football field will be available for dogs to show off their football skills, and dog fashion will be on full display during the “Parade of Pupletes” (set to start at 3 p.m.). Plus, Animal Planet’s "Puppy Bowl" will be showing on every TV in the bar. For more information and to register, click here.
It's the Lunar New Year, and AsiaTown plans to celebrate in style. Visit the Asian Town Center starting at noon on Sunday, February 3, for a free Lunar New Year celebration featuring performances by Kwan Lion Dance and OCA Greater Cleveland Dance Team (at 1 p.m.), as well as a free Tai Chi class (at 3:30 p.m.). Free parking is available in parking lots A, B, & C at E. 38th and Superior Avenue. For. more 411, click here.
Start Me Up
On Thursday, February 7, the Maple Heights Branch of the Cleveland Public Library will be hosting a screening of Generation Startup: A Documentary, which covers the struggles and triumphs of six college graduates who risk everything to build startups. After the film, LaunchHouse will host a Q&A session with attendees. For more information and to register, click here.
This Land Is Your Land
Want to share your version of Cleveland with the world? Learn how to create "Authentic Cleveland Experiences" at this special free workshop from Destination Cleveland. The workshop will be focused on helping locals develop and execute experiential tourism ideas, and will be held at Mather Mansion on Thursday, February 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. Click here to learn more or register (only 30 spots available total).
On Friday, February 15, Christa "Uno Lady" Ebert will perform for free during the Third Fridays event at 78th Street Studios from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A one-woman choir who relies solely on her voice for musical accompaniment, Ebert's shows always hit the right note with audiences. To learn more, click here.
Rust Belt Relics
On Friday, February 8, Cleveland-based author and photographer Jeffrey Stroup will launch his new book Abandoned Cleveland at Visible Voice Books in Tremont. Highlighting decaying relics of the city's past, the book is the latest addition to the "America Through Time" series from The History Press and Arcadia Publishing. Festivities will officially begin at 7:30 p.m. Click here for the full 411.
This One's Gonna Be Lit
Experience Shaker Heights’ annual festival of light art, Winteractive! Held February 7-10 at the Van Aken District, the festival will feature music, activities, and illuminated art installations from 4 to 10 p.m. nightly. Highlighted works include the "Loop" (a playful six-piece installation), along with installations by local artists Steven Gutierrez, Anthony Meyo, and Lauren Skunta. The opening celebration kicks off on Thursday, February 7, at 5 p.m. with refreshments and light eats provided for guests.
Black History Month on the Big Screen
On Wednesday, February 20, Karamu House will host a screening of “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” at 6:30 p.m. in honor of Black History Month. Space is limited and tickets are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, so register while seats are still available.
Challenge the status quo and learn from local leaders including Bernie Moreno, Jon Pinney, Chantel Moody and more at “Be Heard! Next Gen Cleveland” on Monday, February 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. This discussion-based event includes panel conversations, networking, and a reception at the end of the night. Food and refreshments will be provided for guests. To register, click here.
Dana Shugrue is a graduate of John Carroll University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media and Professional Writing. She is a full-time Content Specialist at Budget Dumpster, and part-time freelance writer for FreshWater Cleveland. When she’s not writing, you can catch Dana taking a run through the metros or sipping a latte at her favorite local coffee shop.