Summer in the City
Historic neighborhoods, downtown streets and the Lake Erie will help you rediscover Cleveland.
Each summer, the Cleveland Orchestra celebrates Independence Day with a free public concert in the middle of downtown. “For almost 100 years now, the Cleveland Orchestra has been consistently considered one of the world’s greatest orchestras,” says Loras John Schissel, who will conduct this year’s 25th annual free concert. “[It] is sort of a gift from the musicians of the orchestra to the people of Cleveland.” This year’s program will include beloved patriotic and military standards as well as composer John Williams’ “Superman” March to pay tribute to the Man of Steel’s Cleveland roots. Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture and a fireworks display will cap off the night. Free; Public Square, 216/231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com
Taste of Tremont
Last year, nearly 40,000 people flocked to this celebration highlighting the Tremont neighborhood’s reputation as a culinary destination. “You’re not getting hot dogs, corn dogs and elephant ears,” explains Cory Riordan, executive director of the Tremont West Development Corp. “You’re getting Michael Symon’s signature mac and cheese dish, Kobe short ribs from Fahrenheit and chorizo tacos from the [Tremont] Tap House.” Taste of Tremont draws as many as 100 vendors, who take over five blocks of Professor Avenue. Keep an eye out for two of the neighborhood’s newest additions: Dante Next Door, chef Dante Boccuzzi’s casual wood-fired pizza joint, and Spotted Owl, a beer, wine and cocktail bar. Free; Professor Avenue, 216/575-0920, tasteoftremont.com
Burning River Fest
Every July, crowds gather at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River not only to grab an offseason pint of Great Lakes Brewing Co. Christmas Ale but also to commemorate the 1969 river fire that catapulted Cleveland into the national headlines and helped launch the environmental movement. “That was truly the turning point of our awareness as a nation of the issues surrounding water quality and conservation and protecting our freshwater resources,” says Gretchen Faro, executive director of the Burning River Foundation. This year’s 14th annual festival is expected to draw more than 7,000 to Whiskey Island and will feature Earth-friendly exhibitors, food trucks and three stages of live music. Visit website for ticket information; 6616 W. Memorial Shoreway, burningriverfoundation.org
Food & Fun
Grab lunch, listen to some music and kick back at one of these regularly scheduled summer pop-up events hosted by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. For more information about any of these events, visit downtowncleveland.com.
Walnut Wednesdays: More than 1,500 foodies show up at Perk Park every Wednesday through September to grab grub from 20 different food trucks. 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Walnut Avenue and East 12th Street
Pop-Up Party at the Plaza: Perk Plaza is the site of an after-work party with live music, a beer and wine garden and more every third Thursday through September. 5–8 p.m.; Walnut Avenue and East 12th Street
Lunch by the Lake: Food trucks flock to East Ninth Street, next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, every Thursday through September. Noon–2 p.m., East 9th Street Pier