Thursday, September 13, 2012

Get Out and Have Fun - Upcoming Weekend Events

If you don't have any plans for this weekend, there are a LOT of fun things to choose from. Here's just a few to get you started:

1. 14th Annual Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival 9/15 + 9/16 (Lincoln Park) free
This is one of my favorite festivals - it's always a lot of fun. Music, Greek dancers, my favorite belly dancers Troupe Shabaana, and of course delicious food. You will find tons of homemade ethnic eats provided by local churches and their members. I normally stuff myself full of the Korean and Puerto Rican dishes.
2. Weekend of the Pooka 9/14 - 9/16 (Bedford Commons) free
OK, I know the name is silly, but it's a fun little festival that has free admission, live music, artists, face painting, food trucks and more. This year they are also featuring a "Meet the Authors" book signing event on both Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm. Local favorites Michael Heaton and Les Roberts (Milan Jacovich series) and John Gorman of WMMS fame will be there too.

Also new this year is a Wine and Food Tasting Saturday from 1-7 and Sunday from 1-5. For $5, you can sample food and wine and learn from local chefs, authors and experts. Umami Moto will even been teaching you how to make their famous Pad Thai!

3. Chef's Unbridled 9/17 6:30pm (16497 Snyder Road • Chagrin Falls) $100
This is a fundraiser for Fieldstone Farm in Chagrin Falls. Guests will enjoy food from some of Cleveland's top chefs including Chris Hodgson of Hodges, Brandt Evans of Pura Vida and Blue Canyon, Jeffrey Jarrett of Amp 150, and Scott Kuhn owner of 87 West at Crocker ParkThe Welshfield Inn and Washington Place Bistro. The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will be providing music for the event.

Fieldstone Farm is a therapeutic riding center that uses horses to help people of all ages with mental and physical disabilities. They also have an alternative high school program on the premises called Gateway High School for kids that have behavioral and emotional issues that keep them from being successful in a traditional school setting. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefits the center and the school.

4. 2nd Annual Crocker Park Wine Festival 9/14 + 9/15 $25 for weekend pass
This is an event benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You will be able to sample 150 different wines, craft beer and food. 10 tastings are included with your admission price with additional tasting available at $1 each.And The Wine Buzz Magazine has a giveaway for 2 FREE tickets! Email them that you are interested at with CROCKER PARK WINE FESTIVAL in the subject line for a chance to win! 

5. Ingenuity Fest 9/14 - 9/16 (Docks 30+32 by the Browns Stadium) free

This is an annual festival of art and technology that is always interesting and fun. I don't know how to describe it really except that it's always different and cool. Check out this description of one of the performance groups (description from the Fest's own website): 

GO Roadshow is “a musical street spectacle on wheels”. 
This show-making machine is a 34-foot long monster truck retrofitted with truck-horn calliope,a wall made of rotors and a spinning grand piano that is played while it wheels around! Each show starts with a shameless parade of peacock trumpets, 
spinning drums, accordion, sousaphone, and glockenspiel.

Lots of bands, performance artists, comedy, interactive exhibits and more. 

6. Chardon Brew Fest 9/15 $20 advance purchase. $25 at the door.

This is a great event for the beer lover! So many great beers will be available like Great Lakes, Indigo Imp, Fat Heads, Cellar Rat and of course Chardon Brew Works. And you also get a mug to take home.

Whatever you do, get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather and have fun!


  1. Oh my goodness, what an awesome post! And how am I going to fit all these great events! So much to do..action packed weekend! Thx for the good recommendations :)Can't wait to hear about all your CLE adventures.

  2. I'll be at the Crocker Wine Fest representing Stella & Dot! Woot!


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