18 interesting things to do this winter in Greater Cleveland

Serial Season 3 hosts Emmanuel Dzotsi and Sarah Koenig.
Serial Season 3 hosts Emmanuel Dzotsi and Sarah Koenig. Image by Sandy Honig.

‘Behind the Scenes of Serial Season 3’ podcast

Serial hosts Sarah Koenig and Emmanuel Dzotsi take Serial’s Season 3
on the road in a Dec. 15 appearance at Playhouse Square. The night will include discussions on Season 3, which focused on cases as they made their way through Northeast Ohio’s court system, and a Q&A. playhousesquare.org/events

Bootstrap Bash

Join Jstyle’s sister publication, the Cleveland Jewish News, and LaunchHouse for Bootstrap Bash to celebrate local entrepreneurs Jan. 19, 2019, at Red Space in Cleveland. The event will honor Joe Kanfer, chairman and venturer of GOJO Industries, with the Visionary Entrepreneur Award, and one Cleveland entrepreneur will receive the Better Business Bureau Spark Award and a $2,000 prize. cjn.org/2019bootstrapbash

Ice skating 

Ice skating on Cleveland Public Square
Image credit: Cleveland Public Square

Lace up your skates or rent a pair at one of Northeast Ohio’s various outdoor skating rinks. They’re located at Public Square in Cleveland, Lock 3 in Akron, Pinecrest in Orange and at Wade Oval in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood.

The Winter Jubilee 

Mingle with other young professionals during Fairmount Young Professionals’ first Winter Jubilee on Dec. 24. Dressed in cocktail attire, guests can enjoy drinks and kosher-style, dairy hors d’oeuvres while listening to Cleveland DJ Eli Cohen inside the Fairmount Cocktail Bar in Cleveland Heights. Jstyle is a sponsor of this event. bit.ly/WinterJubilee

Tu b’Shevat

Enjoy one of your favorite new fruits and celebrate the new year for trees starting at sundown Jan. 20. The ground might be too frozen to plant a tree, but enjoy the foliage at the Cleveland Botanical Garden or Holden Arboretum to observe the holiday or make a donation to the Jewish National Fund to plant a tree in Israel. jnf.org

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Take in the exhibitions at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage for free Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in honor of everyday citizens who fight against discrimination. maltzmuseum.org

North Coast Harbor Ice Fest

Harbor Ice Festival
Image credit: North Coast Harbor

Head to North Coast Harbor, between the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, for a free day of outdoor activities Jan. 21. Nearly 30 ice displays will be set up for the event. In between ice carving demonstrations happening throughout the day, attendees can take shots in the hockey zone or participate in a scavenger hunt. northcoastharbor.org

‘Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella’

Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Cinderella,” appearing at Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace Jan. 15-20playhousesquare.org 

Great Big Home and Garden Show

Spring is in the air at the Great Big Home and Garden Show Feb. 1-10 at the I-X Center in Cleveland. The event features more than 600 exhibits to help renew, refresh and restore Northeast Ohioans’ homes. ixcenter.com 

The J Show 

The J Show is returning to the Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland with a mix of artwork from established, emerging and amateur Northeast Ohio artists. An opening night reception will take place Feb. 26, and the exhibition will be on view in the Mandel JCC lobby through April 5. mandeljcc.org   

Brite Winter Festival

Brite Winter
Image credit: Brite Winter / Robert Muller

Celebrate 10 years of Brite Winter during the free art and music festival Feb. 23 along the West Bank of the Flats in Cleveland. The night marries fire, participatory art, food, music and games while helping the community embrace the cold-weather months. britewinter.com

Cleveland International Film Festival 

Cleveland International Film Festival
Image credit: Nathan Migal / Cleveland International Film Festival

Spend a day or a week checking out an array of films – some with Jewish or Israeli themes ­– at the 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival from March 27 to April 7 at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland and other partner locations throughout Greater Cleveland. Opening night and reception will take place March 27 at Playhouse Square. clevelandfilm.org

Jump Back Ball

Have a crumpet and tea on Feb. 23 during the 25th annual Jump Back Ball, which will feature a British theme, “Jump Back Across the Pond.” The event is hosted by Playhouse Square’s young professionals club and all proceeds benefit the performing arts center. jumpbackball.playhousesquare.org


Pull out your costumes and noisemakers, and head to synagogue March 20 to hear the reading of the Megillah. cjn.org

Indians 2019 season 

The Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals stand for the national anthem before a the 2018 home opener in Cleveland. Image credit: AP Photo/Tony Dejak

The Tribe starts its season March 28against the Twins in Minnesota, and Indians fans get their first taste of baseball at Progressive Field on April 1 against the Chicago White Sox. The 2019 home opener will mark the 25-year anniversary of Progressive Field, nee Jacobs Field. indians.com


Gather with family at sundown April 19 over a seder dinner and retell the Passover story. Browse through the CJN Archives for new kosher-for-Passover recipes. cjn.org/archive 

Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra
Image credit: Roger Mastroianni / The Cleveland Orchestra

Take a trip to Severance Hall in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood to listen to Igor Stravinksy’s Pétrouchka, performed by The Cleveland Orchestra, which will take the stage Feb. 28 and March 2 led by conductor François-Xavier Roth, with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. clevelandorchestra.com

Daffodil Hill 

Daffodils at Lake View Cemetery
Image credit: Lake View Cemetery

Spring has arrived when Lake View Cemetery’s Daffodil Hill is in full bloom. Take in the views during the annual celebration weekend, typically held in mid-Aprillakeviewcemetery.com

— Compiled by Alyssa Schmitt

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