Cleveland Orchestra Free Concert on Public Square

I’ve been to this a few times and love it, though I’d personally find it difficult to take the baby and kiddo at this point in their lives.    Pack some snacks, a couple of chairs and a blanket, because it is an amazing experience, which would explain why each year Public Square is packed on all four quadrants for the show!   Which means, if you want to sit near the front, get there around 5:30 or 6 and plan to be there until the end.

Date: Thursday, July 1st



Join thousands of your friends and neighbors in downtown Cleveland for a special evening celebrating Independence Day! The festivities begin at 5 p.m. (full schedule below), and at 9 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra, led by conductor Tito Muñoz, takes the stage, featuring all-American musical treasures, music from Star Wars, and a Salute to the U.S. Armed Forces, with special guest soloist, Cleveland’s own Grammy-nominated violinist, Caroline Goulding. A beautiful fireworks show cascading over the skyscrapers of Public Square tops off the evening – and it’s all FREE!

For more details, visit

Schedule of Events:

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Jazz @ The Music Settlement: The Dameron Institute Ensemble
Youth Jazz Ensemble

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Contemporary Youth Orchestra Ensemble
Contemporary String Quartet

6:45 – 7:15 p.m.
Heights Youth Theatre
Musical Theater Ensemble

7:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Progressive Arts Alliance All-Stars
Youth Hip-Hop Ensemble

9:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra


Tower City Star-Spangled Parking Special
Park in any of Tower City’s Self-Park lots on July 1 for just $4 after 5 p.m.

Visit for directions and maps.

Please Note: The Huron Road entrance to Tower City’s parking is closed. Please follow posted detour signs to the entrance off Canal Road.


Museum Day 2009

This Saturday, Sept. 26, brings Museum Day 2009, and several Ohio museums are among the over 1,200 museums participating nationwide. The event, which is expected to draw over 200,000 people, is now in its fourth year and sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine.

To take advantage of the free admission offer, visit the Museum Day website to print out an admission card. Each card provides museum entry for two people and there is a limit of one card per household.

Participating museums in Cleveland include:

  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • International Women’s Air and Space Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA)
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Western Reserve Historical Society

More Kids Events Courtesy of

Music in the Meadow with Mo’ Mojo
Pack a blanket and bring your fam for a night of free music and activities on Wed 8/26. Experience the heat and energy of Cajun zydeco music with Mo’ Mojo. (They even play a washboard!) Lawn activities offered at 5:30PM. Music at 6:30PM. Try pre-ordering a picnic dinner.

Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Rd., Peninsula.

Family Fun Night at Downtown@Dusk
Bring your little ones (or big kids) to the Akron Art Museum on Thu 8/27 from 6:30 – 8:30PM for a special arts-infused Dowtown@Dusk concert. Enjoy the neo-soul croonings of Robin Stone [pictured] while your kids make art. No charge.

1 S. High St, Akron.

Monthly Pajama Story Time
Dress your 2 – 5-year-old in his or her favorite PJs for a special bedtime program at the West Park Branch of Cle Public Library on Thu 8/27 at 6:30PM. Teddy bears and parents invited, too.  Call 216-623-7102 or email to register. 

3805 W. 157th

Campfire Songs and Stories + Astronomy Night
Roast s’mores around a campfire, listen to animal tales and sing nature songs on Sat 8/29 at 7PM. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Then stay afterwards to gaze at summer constellations and celestial bodies starting at 8:30PM.

Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield/Parkman Twps

Abracadabra! Everday Magic
Make some magic while learning science and math
principles at this seasonal exhibit running from Sat 8/29 to Sun 11/29. Create chemical reactions with body heat, decode secret messages and pull a rabbit outta your hat.

The Children’s Museum of Cle, 10730 Euclid Ave.

Visit to sign up for weekly emails with info on kid-friendly (and adult-friendly) upcoming events.

Picnic in the Park with Verb Ballet

Verb Ballets at LINCOLN Park

August 28 & 29, 2009
8:00 p.m.
Lincoln Park, Tremont
Free Admission!
Picnic in the Park with Cleveland’s National Repertory Dance Company August 28 and 29!
Bring family, friends, and a picnic basket for a free night of dance under the stars. Verb Ballets returns to Lincoln Park in the Tremont neighborhood for the Annual Arts in August series!

The performance features the summer World Premieres of the feisty Ballroom piece “Lady Be Good,” choreographed by champion dancer Gary Pierce, and the solo “Scent,” created by Verb Ballets company member Troy McCarty. The evening includes the company premiere of “Urban Study,” a contemporary ballet by Ginger Thatcher (Lar Lubovitch, Cleveland San Jose Ballet Company) and Heinz Poll’s “Elegiac Song,” dedicated to the innocent victims of war. Rounding out the bill is a special sneak peak of one of our fall works. Be the first to see it!

No Strings Attached! The Giant Puppets of Parade the Circle

The office of Mayor Frank G. Jackson cordially invites you to a very special art exhibition!

Please join us for the Opening Reception of:

No Strings Attached! The Giant Puppets of Parade the Circle
Monday, May 18, 2009
5-7 p.m.


  • Live performance by Phillis Wheatley Association’s Sutphen School of Music Steel Drum Ensemble
  • Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
  • Fresh Cut French Fries
  • Cotton Candy
  • And Strawberry Crepes made on site!

This event is FREE and open to the public

Limited on street parking available

Additional parking in Willard Park Garage attached to City Hall at posted rates

Click here to RSVP



This exhibition is a program of Art in Everything!, a Cleveland Initiative of Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Special thanks to the Cleveland Airport System, our 2009 underwriting sponsor

Some Really Good FREE Concerts Around Cleveland

We’re fortunate to have some really talented people who go to the same church as us.  One of them is a professional violinist and sent us the following schedule of events.  I’m assuming based on her caliber of performance that these should be some great concerts, and they’re free!

Dear Friends,

Please join me this month for an exciting array of concerts:

Friday March 20 at 7:30 pm
Suburban Symphony Orchestra and Choral Arts Cleveland
Program: Mendelssohn’s Elijah
Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Avenue

Saturday March 21 at 2:30 pm
Recital of works composed by local stars Michael Bratt and Jeremy Allen
Guest appearance by new music ensemble, FiveOne.
Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall

Sunday March 22 at 3:30 pm
Suburban Symphony Orchestra and Choral Arts Cleveland
Program: Mendelssohn’s Elijah
Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Boulevard

Monday March 30 at 7:30 pm
Mauthe String Quartet, Menorah Park Scholar on Campus Program
Program: Literature in Music: Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18 No. 1 and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden”
Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, 27100 Cedar Road, Beachwood, OH

April Preview!
Sunday April 5 at 2:30 pm
University Circle Wind Ensemble
Program includes: Stravinsky L’histoire du Soldat for mixed ensemble
Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall

5 FREE Things to Do with Kids in Cleveland, Ohio

About a month ago I was contacted by to write a guest post of five free things for kids to do in the Cleveland area.   And it couldn’t be seasonal, like the Cleveland Orchestra’s annual free summer concert on Public Square or this week’s Winterfest complete with fireworks, nor could it be for locals only, like the Zoo’s free admission to Cuyahoga County residents on Mondays.

So, here is the list I came up with for the post.   If you want details, you’re going to have to visit the blog at  🙂   Plus, for the month of November, there’s a post for a different city each day full of free activities.

Other free things to do in and around Cleveland include:

Can you think of more?    Please share!

Until next time,