18 things to do in summer 2023 in Greater Cleveland

An outdoor concert on the Strassman Insurance Services stage at last year’s Tri-C JazzFest. Photo / Cuyahoga Community College

Tri-C JazzFest

Founded in 1980, the Tri-C JazzFest’s mission fosters the history and nurtures the future of jazz, providing educational opportunities for visitors while bringing world-class jazz to Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. The festival will feature eight ticketed concerts inside Playhouse Square theaters during its run through June 24, along with free outdoor concerts on the plaza from 3 p.m. to midnight on June 23-24.  tri-c.edu/jazzfest

Boston Mills Artfest

The Boston Mills Artfest returns for its 49th year on two weekends this summer from June 23-25 and June 30 to July 2. Each weekend features unique artists, with 150 artists each week and 300 total. Fine arts lovers can enjoy the many mediums of art as well as food, craft beer and wine, and the beautiful scenery of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. bmbw.com.

Taylor Swift Tribute Night

Get out of the cruel summer sun and into the lavender haze of the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland for Taylor Swift Tribute Night July 7. The “Taylor Party” will be a bejeweled night of dancing, style and Swiftie fun. Call it what you want, but the party is ages 21-plus. houseofblues.com/cleveland

Cain Park Arts Festival. Photo / City of Cleveland Heights

Cain Park Arts Fest

For more than four decades, the Cain Park Arts Festival has brought hundreds of artists from across the country to the Cleveland Heights park. With artwork ranging from pottery and woodworking to fiber art and multimedia and everything in between, there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival, running from July 7-9 with free admission. cainpark.com


Music festival goers rejoice: the WonderStruck music festival returns July 8-9 at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland. Full of music, attractions and more, past lineups in 2021 and 2022 included world-famous artists like The Lumineers and AJR. This year’s lineup aims to blow audiences away with Grammy-nominated young star Khalid headlining the festival, along with notable artists Flo Rida and Nelly. wonderstruckfest.com

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Solon Home Days 

Solon Home Days is the city of Solon’s weekend-long annual city festival, this year from July 28-30. Family fun, food, vendors and music is included in the free event at Solon Community Park. The Avant-Garde Art & Craft Shows will again offer a handmade pop-up market as part of the festivities on Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking is free on site. avantgardeshows.com

BorderLight Festival

The BorderLight Fringe Festival will take place Aug. 3-5 in and around Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. Attendees can expect a variety of performance genres including theater, dance, circus, cabaret, puppetry, spoken word, stand-up comedy and more. “Fringe” means the festival focuses on creative work on the edges of the mainstream, and the festival gives the artists an opportunity to show their work to audiences. Jstyle’s sister publications the Cleveland Jewish News and Canvas are media partners of the festival. borderlightcle.org

Cleveland Garlic Festival

The smelliest food festival of the year returns once again to Shaker Square in Cleveland this summer Aug. 27-28 to benefit the North Union Farmers Market. The festival was started to help farmers with their excess garlic cloves for the season. With plenty of garlic-themed foods to choose from, it includes delicious garlic fries, wings and even garlic popsicles. Visitors can also enjoy live music and entertainment, garlic-themed food cook offs, and the crowning of Miss Garlic 2023. clevelandgarlicfestival.org

Waterloo Arts Fest

The 20th annual Waterloo Arts Fest is planned for Sept. 9 – where local music, art vendors, food trucks, street performers and unique art activities come to the Cleveland artistic district. Attendees can also explore all that the walkable Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District has to offer. waterlooarts.org

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre 

In collaboration with the Willoughby Summer Theatre Festival, Chagrin Valley Little Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The story follows four Athenians as they run away to the forest, only to have the mischievous fairy Puck make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl. The performances will be free and outside. At 2 p.m. on July 30, Aug. 5 and Aug. 6, shows are at the Gazebo in downtown Willoughby. At 2 p.m. on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13, the Little Theatre will host shows at Triangle Park in Chagrin Falls. cvlt.org

Lakewood Arts Festival

For 46 years, the Lakewood Arts Festival has brought local and national artists to the streets of Lakewood, this year planned for Aug. 5. Along with the 100-plus exhibits from local artists, a lineup of musical entertainment will be held throughout the day. Proceeds go toward keeping the Arts Festival alive, and to a scholarship each year for a high school graduate who resides in Lakewood and is pursuing a degree in the arts. lakewoodartsfest.org

A group of 12 Under 36: Members of the Tribe honorees at the CJN’s celebration to honor them last August at Elle Restaurant & Lounge in Solon. CJN Photo / Courtney Byrnes

CJN 12 under 36: Members of the Tribe 

Jstyle’s sister newspaper, the Cleveland Jewish News, will present its annual awards event 12 Under 36: Members of the Tribe on Aug. 29 at COhatch Beachwood at Beachwood Place. The awards honor 12 local Jewish young professionals – selected from community nominations – who are enacting positive change in their communities or making a name for themselves in their chosen professions. cjn.org/12under36

Cleveland Browns 

As summer turns to fall and the leaves turn orange and brown, so does Cleveland. The Cleveland Browns will host the Cincinnati Bengals for their home opener at the newly-named Cleveland Browns Stadium Sept. 10. Whether it’s cheering on the Brownies from the stands, tailgating at the Muni Lot or tuning in from home, the opener is sure to be an energetic and exciting game as the 2023 football season gets underway. clevelandbrowns.com/schedule

Super Sunday Campaign for Jewish Needs Kickoff

Join the Jewish Federation of Cleveland for its Super Sunday Kickoff – an all-day, community-wide fundraising event that will celebrate everything that makes Jewish Cleveland special and showcase the impact of the dollars it raises – on Sept. 10 at the Federation’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Building in Beachwood. The event kicks off the Federation’s annual Campaign for Jewish Needs, raising funds for communal needs locally, nationally and internationally. jewishcleveland.org

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High Holy Days

Ring in 5784 as Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, begins the evening of Sept. 15. With Yom Kippur beginning at sunset Sept. 24, 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 Sept. 29. Stay current on all the local High Holy Day programming with the Cleveland Jewish News. cjn.org 

Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival

The Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival returns to Lincoln Park in Cleveland on Sept. 16-17. This festival celebrates the cultural and artistic diversity of Tremont and the greater Cleveland area, and supports the endeavors of its visual and performing artists. The event includes 100-plus vendors and artists. There will be live music and dance performances, hands-on activities for kids and a local farmers market. experiencetremont.com

Cyra, c. 2000–2022. Yasmine Yeya (Egyptian, b. 1981) for Maison Yeya. Image courtesy of Maison Yeya. © Maison Yeya. Photo / Ziga Mihelcic

‘Egyptomania’ at CMA 

Egyptian art has long served as a primary inspiration for fashion designers, solidifying the legacy of ancient Egypt’s art. This exhibition, on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art through Jan. 28, 2024, brings together about 50 objects that explore the influence of Egyptomania in fashion by juxtaposing contemporary fashion and jewelry loaned from around the world with fine and decorative artworks from the CMA collection. “Egyptomania: Fashion’s Conflicted Obsession” examines designers’ interpretations of themes, such as Egyptian dress, funerary process and religion, that shape contemporary perceptions of ancient Egyptian culture. clevelandart.org

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