17 Must-Attend Summer Festivals in the Cleveland Area This Year
Summer in Cleveland is a magical thing — what with the booming sports season (go Indians!), shaded patios where you can enjoy the best of the diverse food scene, and plenty of fun lakefront activities on the shores of Lake Erie. There are hundreds of ways you could spend your Cleveland summer, but one of our favorite things about the season is all of the incredible festivals around town!
To help you get started on planning your itinerary, we rounded up 17 of our most anticipated festivals this season. No matter what you’re into — art, music and even garlic — there’s a summer event just for you on this list!
Cleveland offers some of the best food, beer and music around so why not enjoy them all at once at Crafted Fest this summer? At this Ohio festival, you can savor artisanal dishes from creative Cleveland restaurants; explore the craft beer community by sampling brews from local breweries; and rock out to some amazing music from local bands!
For over 30 years, the Cleveland Museum has been bringing this free summer event to the Greater Cleveland area. During this festival, guests from all over the world will join local artists, families, schools and community groups in an incredible parade of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt dancers, colorful floats and more!
Get creative at this annual free festival presented by the Duck brand. Strut a Duck tape masterpiece down the runway at the Duck Tape Fashion Show, build a float for the parade, or simply spend the day enjoying food and goods from local vendors. No matter what you decide to do, you’re definitely in for a wacky show!
Come out to Larchmere Boulevard this summer for a unique festival featuring 30 local bands performing on 30 porches throughout the neighborhood! This family-friendly event will feature bands from all different genres so there’s a little something for everyone. Don’t forget to pick up a map from the information tent and bring some sunscreen and a chair with you when you go!
Returning for its 18th year, the Great Lakes Burning River Fest is here once again to bring incredible live music, great craft beer and delicious food to the Cleveland waterfront. This year, the event will feature an impressive selection of craft brews from Great Lakes Brewery along with some live performances from plenty of remarkable bands.
Cleveland might be known as the rock and roll capital, but we also happen to have some of the best jazz in the nation! The Tri-C JazzFest is even recognized as one of the most diverse jazz festivals in the country — and it’s right here in Cleveland. Visit to watch the best jazz vocalists and instrumentalists around (past performances include Ella Fitzgerald, Sun Ra and Miles Davis!) along with some up-and-coming and established R&B, soul, blues and gospel acts.
The 17th annual Waterloo Arts Festival will welcome over 40 local bands to the stage this year, along with plenty of local art vendors and some of Cleveland’s best food trucks for you to enjoy. There will also be several interactive art experiences for all ages, so roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty, all while supporting this creative and unique community!
This four-day waterfront festival offers plenty of opportunities to experience live entertainment, historical exhibits, food, beverages and explore the Tall Ships themselves! The event kicks off with a Parade of Sail on Thursday evening, featuring a display of ten sailing vessels. So, “seas” the day and get your tickets to this family-friendly event today!
Spend a beautiful summer day perusing some fantastic art from local and national creators! At the Cain Park Arts Festival, explore arts and fine crafts and supporting small businesses from all over the country. This three-day festival held in the beautiful and artistic Cain Park is one you don’t want to miss, so get your tickets here!
This isn’t your traditional flea market! The Cleveland Flea is one of Ohio’s most popular markets where you can experience creativity at its finest. Shop from talented artists and vendors, sample delicious treats from local makers, or settle in with a cold, refreshing craft beer — it’s entirely up to you!
Travel back in time to a different age at the Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace! At this unique festival, you can enjoy countless activities in the Shire of Avaloch, including shopping for treasures, watching crafter demonstrations and trying your hand at activities like archery and axe-throwing. Get your tickets here!
Celebrate the rich history and traditions of the Irish at this family-friendly, non-profit festival this summer! With live music, Celtic dancers, delicious food, Irish exhibits, workshops and even a coffee house, you won’t run out of things to do all weekend. Plus, proceeds from the event go to local and national charities so you can have fun all while supporting those in need!
Celebrating its 25th year in 2019, the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival is the premier food and wine event of the entire year! Stroll through colorful tents, picnic tables and groves of tall oak trees while sampling wines from Ohio wineries. There will also be a great deal of delicious food, cooking demonstrations, live music, shopping opportunities and spectacular Friday night fireworks!
“The Feast” is one of our favorite events of the year and one of the most popular festivals in Cleveland! This four-day Catholic street festival originated in 1898 and surrounds the famed Holy Rosary Church on Mayfield Road, but you definitely don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy the festivities. This event also celebrates Cleveland’s Italian heritage with live musical performances, interactive exhibits, carnival rides and plenty of food from local restaurants!
The Flats Festival of the Arts is back again for its 4th year! Enjoy a weekend full of unique art and craftsmanship from local and national creators all featured throughout the Flats East Bank. Not only will you get to experience some incredible art, but you can also settle in and watch performances from many of the regions most talented musicians and dancers.
There won’t be a lack of flavor or smells at this unique festival in the heart of Cleveland! At the Cleveland Garlic Festival, enjoy delicious garlic-laden food along with Top Chef Grill Offs, the crowning of Miss Garlic 2019, live music, a bungee trampoline, garlic ice cream and so much more (including Garlic Man himself!).
Head out to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this summer for one of the country’s fastest growing and most authentic German festivals! At Cleveland Oktoberfest, enjoy live entertainment, plenty of German cuisine, fun costumes, and, of course, beer!
Have a great summer!
Did we miss your favorite CLE summer festival? Let us know in the comments!