18 interesting things to do in Greater Cleveland in summer 2019

Compiled by Alyssa Schmitt

“Salt-Crystal Bridal Gowns III and VI” by Sigalit Landau. / Jewish
Federation of Cleveland

‘Growth & Change’

Israeli artist Sigalit Landau has long engaged with the Dead Sea by submerging items into the water until they are crystallized with a coat of salt. In the “Growth & Change” exhibit running now through Oct. 27 at the Roe Green Gallery in Beachwood, she works with artistic and life partner Yotam From to create poignant and often incisive works of art. 


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Liberty Rocks

Bands like Grammy-nominated Plain White T’s, Old Skool and St. Ed’s Trash Talkers will take the stage at Liberty Rocks, an Independence Day music festival June 30 at Crocker Park in Westlake. There will be several food trucks at the free event for those wanting to nosh, with a beer garden to boot.


Michael C. Butz

MLB All-Star Game

The Indians and Progressive Field will host the 2019 MLB All-Star Game on July 9, the first time Cleveland has staged the Midsummer Classic since 1997. Head down to the ballpark or tune in to see players from rival teams join forces, and be sure to take part in related festivities leading up to the game. 


‘Si Jolie! French Fashion in Cleveland’

Guests will travel back in time when walking through Western Reserve Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Si Jolie! French Fashion in Cleveland,” opening July 14 on Bastille Day. The exhibit explores the Paris fashion that motivated Clevelanders to travel abroad and tells how they showed off their fashion at cultural venues like the Euclid Avenue Opera House.  


Cain Park Arts Festival

Wander through Cleveland Heights’ most popular park while taking in a variety of artists during the Cain Park Arts Festival July 12-14. Items in ceramics, glass, leather, wood and other materials will be available to purchase at the annual festival.  


“Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” judge and scorekeeper Bill Kurtis and host Peter Sagal / The Cleveland Orchestra

‘Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’

NPR’s weekly comedic quiz program that tests how close its guests were paying attention to the news is returning to Northeast Ohio for a live taping July 18 at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. Host Peter Sagal will lead actor and writer Peter Grosz, The New York Times contributing writer and podcaster Maeve Higgins, and humorist journalist Mo Rocca through a rollicking review of the week’s news.


ADF in CLE Summer Dance Festival

The third annual ADF in CLE Summer Dance Festival will take place July 23 to Aug. 10 and feature a four-day workshop series for dancers with the American Dance Festival faculty, dance performances, the celebration of the National Day of Dance and more.  


Cleveland Browns

Last season, the Browns took a step in the right direction with seven wins and one tie. Will this be the “next year” for which Browns fans have long waited? Tune in Aug. 8 for the team’s first preseason game against the Washington Redskins at FirstEnergy Stadium and get in the Dawg Pound for its first home game of the regular season Sept. 8 against the Tennessee Titans.


ADF in CLE Summer Dance Festival

The third annual ADF in CLE Summer Dance Festival will take place July 23 to Aug. 10 and feature a four-day workshop series for dancers with the American Dance Festival faculty, dance performances, the celebration of the National Day of Dance and more.  


Gerald Ramsey as “Mufasa” in The Lion King North American Tour. ©Disney / Matthew Murphy

Disney’s ‘The Lion King’

Giraffes strut, birds swoop and gazelles leap as the music soars and the plains of Africa come to life with Pride Rock slowly emerging from the mist. Disney’s “The Lion King” is roaring back into Playhouse Square Aug. 7 to Sept. 1, including a sensory-friendly performance Aug. 31.   


12 Under 36: Members of the Tribe

The significant roles longtime Jewish leaders have played in the community and throughout Northeast Ohio are far-reaching. Join Jstyle’s sister publication, the Cleveland Jewish News, as it honors 12 individuals under the age of 36 during the second annual 12 Under 36: Members of the Tribe event Aug. 22 at The Venue at StoneWater in Highland Heights.


Cleveland Pickle Fest

The first-ever Cleveland Pickle Fest is setting up shop at North Coast Harbor in downtown Cleveland. The free event Aug. 24 includes pickle-eating contests, pickle-themed foods, live music, pickle beer and more during this family-friendly event. Local restaurants will offer their pickle-themed dishes and desserts.


From left, General Campaign Chair Jeff Wild, Alejandra Fishman, Nadav Pecha, Yolana Posta, Victor Ruiz, Mariah Ornstein and Nachama Moskowitz / Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Campaign for Jewish Needs

Join the Jewish Federation of Cleveland as it launches into the 2020 Campaign for Jewish Needs on Aug. 28. The annual campaign helps support and secure the community’s vitality in the coming year while aiming to better the lives of those in Greater Cleveland, Israel and 70 other countries. 


My Walk 4 Friends

Limber up and grab a friend for Friendship Circle of Cleveland’s My Walk 4 Friends on Sept. 1. The walk is a major fundraiser for the organization, which offers dynamic programs that benefit children with special needs, their families and teen volunteers in the community. 


Totally Kosher Rib Burn Off

Make sure to BYOB, or bring your own bib, when trying the variety of kosher food and barbecue during the Totally Kosher Rib Burn Off on Sept. 2. Bring the whole family and enjoy an afternoon of activities.  


Mandel Jewish Community Center

Cleveland Jewish FilmFest

Each year, the Mandel Jewish Community Center’s Cleveland Jewish FilmFest features a lineup of international films and special events for all ages. The festival – which this year takes place Sept. 5-15 – offers a selection of feature, documentary and short films, all of which have Jewish themes and are screened at local theaters.


The Who in concert at Blossom

Legendary rock band The Who will take the stage Sept. 10 at Blossom Music Center as part of the “Moving On!” tour. Hall-of-famers Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be joined by guitarist/vocalist Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, drummer Zak Starkey and a full orchestra.


Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss

Closing out the Cleveland International Piano Competition concert series with four hands and two pianos are Israeli-American pianist duo Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss, who hails from Lyndhurst, Sept. 14 at Severance Hall. 


“Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music” exhibition introduction wall. / Jessi Melcer / Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

‘Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music’ 

Many are familiar with Leonard Bernstein’s work, notably “West Side Story,” but not necessarily with how he responded to political and social crises of his day. “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music” is the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate his life, Jewish identity and social activism, all of which will be on view from Sept. 25 to March 1, 2020 at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood. 


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