With a soap-box derby, wing-eating competitions, a Hall of Fame arena concert and more music festivals then you can shake a stick at; there is no shortage of things to do around Cleveland. So take a break from murmuring how “boring Northeast Ohio is” and get out and explore everything the city has to offer. Here’s a list of activities to entertain even the most cynical hipster.
All-Good Music Festival – Legend Valley Concert Venue & Campground: Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22
Legend Valley Concert Venue and has played host to a variety of bands including the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead but nothing quite like the 16th annual All-Good Music Festival. The weekend-long festival features more than 40 bands, camping, swimming and hiking. Do yourself a favor and soak in the 90-degree weather while listening to live music because we’ll all be covered in snow before you know it. Click here for more info.
Looking to get your Irish culture fix but don’t feel like waiting until St. Patrick’s Day? Believe it or not, there’s more to being Irish than drinking green beer and showing up to a parade every March 17.Head over to the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival at the Berea Fairgrounds to get your fill of traditional Irish songs and food while checking out authentic Irish dancing and exhibits. Click here for more information.
Painesville Party in the Park – Veterans Park: Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22
Touted as the nation’s largest free music festival, Painesville’s Party in the Park features performances by more than 30 acts from across the U.S. touching on every genre from rock to jazz. WNCX’s own Mr. Classic will even be there Saturday from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. With food, drinks and music, what’s not to like? Oh and did we mention the event is FREE. Click here for more information.
Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks — Quicken Loans Arena: Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Hall of famers Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks are bringing their critically acclaimed “Heart and Soul 2012” tour to Cleveland when they stop by the Quicken Loans Arena Friday night. The pop/rock icon and Fleetwood Mac front woman received rave reviews after last year’s co-headlining tour. More importantly, the duo proves that even after more than 80 years in the music business, they still know how to put on a hell of a show. Tickets are available $30 -$75.
Two Wing Offs down and only one more to go before a new “Wing King” will be crowned. The wing eating contest, sponsored by 98.5 WNCX and 92.3 The Fan, will once again take over the Wing Warehouse Friday night. If you’ve missed the last two heats, this is your last chance to get in on the action before next week’s Wing Bowl. Do you have what it takes to bask in the eternal glory of “Wing Bowl 2012 Champion?” Click here for more information.
Cleveland Gladiators versus Chicago Rush — Quicken Loans Arena: Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m.
The Gladiators (7-10) take on the Chicago Rush (10-7) in their season finale Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. While they’ve dropped the last two games, the Gladiators are looking to finish the season strong with a win against their National Conference rivals. An underdog football team looking to finish strong and carry some kind of momentum into the off season. If you don’t know that scenario well, then you must not be from Cleveland. Tickets start at just $13.
BrookStock at the Cleveland Metroparks: Saturday, July 21 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Live music is great. Nature is great. Simple enough, but when you combine the two you get something awesome! That’s why WNCX and the Cleveland Metroparks are proud to host “BrookStock at the Cleveland Metroparks: A Celebration of Music and Nature.” The Saturday afternoon concert features performances by 730 Club, DC – 4 and Brittney Riley Band and arts and crafts, games, activities, refreshments and even a beer garden. Click for more information.
All-American Soap Box Derby – Derby Downs in Akron: Saturday, July 21 at 8:40 a.m.
Ask someone what they know about Akron, Ohio and they’ll tell you three things: it has something to do with Goodyear, it’s the birthplace of the most hated man in the history of sports and residents know how to hold a soapbox derby. The city hosts the 75th annual All-American Soap Box Derby Saturday after a weeklong celebration. More than 400 are expected to participate in this year’s race, so you might want to get there early to catch all the action. It’s guaranteed to be way more fun than any NASCAR race this year. Click here for more info.
- John Milligan / 98.5 WNCX