Festivals in Cleveland

If the handpainted snake on my neighbor kid’s arm is any indication, the Clifton Art and Musicfest did turn out to be a family-friendly event after all.   We didn’t make it out there, but our neighbors seemed to have had a good time.

There are a ton of festivals in and around Cleveland, Ohio throughout the year, with a majority concentrated between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, pretty much what we call the summer months here.  This coming weekend is a busy one, with the Cleveland Wine Festival, Boston Mills ArtFest, Ohio Scottish Games, German-American Cultural Festival and  Lorain International Festival.

A great free event to take the kids the following weekend, on July 5th, will be the Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival down in the Flats along the Cuyahoga River.   I know our son would love to see the boats, unfortunately, I am in a wedding that day and won’t be able to make it there.   The festival promotes Cleveland’s Asian community, and the boats look like they’d be a lot of fun to watch floating down the river.

If you attend any of these, please leave a comment sharing your experiences.

Until next time,

Lorelei

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This Weekend’s Excursion

So, since the hubby will be working this weekend, I am looking to plan a morning outing for me and the son. Maybe I’ll invite my sister to bring her grandkids along, it should be fun. The problem is, I am torn between two events that my kid is sure to love:

Meet the Trucks at Lakewood Park on Saturday, June 7, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Avenue. The event is supposed to have a dump truck, fire truck, ambulance, police car, police motorcycle, SWAT vehicles, ice resurfacer, NASA Bus, Coast Guard “Big Rig” and more plus crafts, face painting, a D.J., bounce houses, a balloon artist, etc.

The other event is the North Coast Boating and Fishing Fest at North Coast Harbor downtown. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, though Saturday is probably the only day we’d be able to go. The event has free boat rides and activities for the kids. If my sister was going to join us and bring the grandkids I’d probably lean towards this event, since the kids live about an hour south of here and don’t get to see Lake Erie much, so they are typically amazed by the large body of water.

Both events are free. My deciding factors will probably be the weather and parking. It’s supposed to be pretty hot, finally, so it might be nice to just drive down the street to Lakewood and hang out with the trucks for as long as we can take the heat. Plus, our son has really wanted to sit in a dump truck ever since we let him watch videos of one on YouTube.

I’m sure I’ll post about whatever I decide.

Until next time,

Lorelei
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