18 things to do in summer 2022 in Greater Cleveland

Compiled by Courtney Byrnes

Larchmere PorchFest

After two years of cancellations and adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Larchmere PorchFest will return in person to fill the Cleveland Larchmere neighborhood with live music from local acts on June 25, bringing 22 bands to 22 porches in 2022. Enjoy the sounds of local musicians while visiting local shops at this free event. larchmereporchfest.org

YLD Summer Soiree

Kick off the summer with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Young Leadership Division on June 30 as it holds its annual Summer Soiree, a celebration targeted toward Clevelanders between the ages of 21 and 45, at Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar + Arcade in Cleveland. jewishcleveland.org

Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom

Enjoy the summer breeze, a nice picnic with friends and the sounds of the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center for its 10-week concert series. Beginning Fourth of July weekend on July 2 and continuing through Sept. 4, an array of guest artists and concerts will fill the Cuyahoga Falls amphitheater, including five concerts of movie and Broadway hits and six classical concerts. clevelandorchestra.com

Cleveland Guardians 2022 season

Take me out to the ballgame! The Cleveland Guardians’ first regular season with their new name runs through the beginning of October, creating plenty of opportunities to cheer on the team at Progressive Field. Check out the schedule and look out for Kids Fun Days and Dollar Dog Nights to add to the fun. And as reported by the Cleveland Jewish News, this year certified kosher hot dogs are back after a two-season hiatus. mlb.com/guardians/schedule

Cain Park Arts Festival. Photo / City of Cleveland Heights

Cain Park Arts Festival

A Northeast Ohio staple for over four decades, the Cain Park Arts Festival will decorate the Cleveland Heights park with works by 120 visual artists beginning at 3 p.m. July 8 through 5 p.m. July 10. The festival will also have food concessions and live entertainment. cainpark.com

Jacolby Satterwhite (b. 1986, Columbia, S.C.; lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.), “Dawn,” (2021). HD color video and 3D animation with artist-designed wallpaper on masonry wall, Cleveland Clinic, as part of FRONT International. Photo / Cleveland Clinic.

FRONT Triennial/CAN Triennial

For the second time, the FRONT International and Collective Arts Network triennials will take place this summer. With the title “Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows,” the FRONT contemporary art festival will welcome international artists to 20 Northeast Ohio sites from July 16 through Oct. 2. Get a taste of local art around the same time as the CAN Triennial features 125 artists from seven Northeast Ohio counties from July 8 through Aug. 31.
The CAN festival is themed “You Are Here,” calling artists and viewers to focus on their understanding of time and place. frontart.org | cantriennial.org


Formerly known as LaureLive, WonderStruck returns to Lakeland Community College in Kirtland July 9 and 10 with headliners The Lumineers and Vampire Weekend for the sixth annual music festival. See other big name performers, buy tickets and listen to the WonderStruck 2022 Playlist at the festival’s website. wonderstruckfest.com

Click here to enter to win tickets to WonderStruck.

BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival

The third BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival will take place July 20-24 in downtown Cleveland at venues ranging from Playhouse Square to Public Square. With the festival’s return to an in-person
experience, among highlights, BorderLight is collaborating with a team of recently resettled Afghan refugees to present “Khuraki” as they prepare traditional, home-cooked Afghan cuisines for audience members to enjoy as part of every performance. borderlightcle.org 

Lakewood Arts Festival

Be surrounded by the arts at the 45th annual Lakewood Arts Fest held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 6. The festival includes street performers, musicians and artists throughout the crowd along Detroit Avenue. The festival features a juried art show with work submitted by artists across media. lakewoodartsfest.org

Caroline Bowman as Elsa in Disney’s “Frozen” North American tour. Photo / Deen van Meer

Disney’s ‘FROZEN’

If you or your kids enjoyed Disney’s “Frozen” on the big screen, you’re in for a treat this summer as the hit Broadway musical adaptation of the story about Princess Elsa and her magical winter powers, sister Princess Anna and their friends comes to the stage at Playhouse Square Aug. 11 through Sept. 11. The musical includes songs from the original film plus an expanded score of a dozen new musical numbers. playhousesquare.org

Cleveland Garlic Festival

It’s so close, you can almost taste it. The Cleveland Garlic Festival is planned for Aug. 27-28 in Cleveland’s Shaker Square to benefit the North Union Farmers Market. There will be plenty to enjoy from live entertainment, a kids area, “Top Chef”-style grill offs, delicious garlicky food to Miss Garlic 2022. One-day admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors and children ages 4 to 12 years old. Children under 4 are free. clevelandgarlicfestival.org

Super Sunday

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland will launch its 2023 Campaign for Jewish Needs in a way you’ve never experienced it before on Aug. 28, according to the Federation. Learn how you can support the community on this year’s Super Sunday. jewishcleveland.org

CJN 12 Under 36

The Cleveland Jewish News will present 12 Under 36: Members of the Tribe starting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Elle Restaurant & Lounge in Solon. The annual event honors 12 young Jewish leaders who are influencing the future of Northeast Ohio through their professional and personal achievements. cjn.org/12under36

Cleveland Jewish FilmFest

Cleveland Jewish FilmFest

What better way to wrap up the summer than with a good film or two? The Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish FilmFest will run Sept. 8-18 and plans to return to theaters this year. The 11-day festival will feature a diverse selection of dramas, documentaries and shorts relating to the Jewish and Israeli experience, as well as talk-backs with local experts and out-of-town guests including filmmakers and producers. mandeljcc.org/filmfest

Shining Star CLE 2021 finalists. Submitted photo

Shining Star CLE

The sixth annual Menorah Park Shining Star CLE, a solo-singing competition, returns Sept. 11. The top 10 finalists from Northeast Ohio high schools will compete for college scholarships with their voices and performances at Mimi Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. The deadline for students to submit an online video audition is 11:59 p.m. June 30menorahpark.org/donate/shining-star-cle

Cleveland Pickle Fest

This one is a big dill: the Cleveland Pickle Fest will take place from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at Mall B in downtown Cleveland, to benefit Greater Cleveland Volunteers. Join in the excitement for a full day of pickle-flavored treats, dozens of vendors, food trucks, contests, bands and more attractions. clevelandpicklefest.com

Cleveland Browns home opener

As the air begins to cool at the end of the hot summer months, it signifies the start of fall and more importantly, the start of Browns football in Cleveland. The Cleveland Browns will host the New York Jets in their 2022 home opener in Week 2 at FirstEnergy Stadium Sept. 18. Whether you are joining in the dawg pound, tailgating in the Muni Lot or watching from home, there will certainly be a lot of energy throughout the region for the Browns. clevelandbrowns.com

High Holy Days

Ring in Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, beginning the evening of Sept. 25. With Yom Kippur beginning at sunset Oct. 4, here’s hoping for an easy fast and a delicious break-the-fast feast. Then, enjoy some outdoor time in a sukkah in observance of Sukkot, which begins at sunset Oct. 9. Look for local synagogues to welcome congregants back to their sanctuaries following virtual prayer and services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay current on all the High Holy Day programming throughout the city with the Cleveland Jewish News. cjn.org 

Publisher’s note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, events are subject to change or require specified health and safety protocols. Visit their corresponding websites for updated information regarding visitation prior to attending.

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