Summer fun on Cleveland’s west side! Some of our favorite things to do.

sunflower-soiree2-300x158July is here and if your house is anything like mine the simple thrill of school being over, pools being open and the sun finally making an appearance is no longer keeping the kids happy.  I have even heard an occasional “I’m bored” muttered here and there.  The Kim Crane team has decided to put our heads together and list out some of our favorite local things to do to help break the monotony and to keep the entire family happy! As you may or may not know our children’s ages run from 2 weeks ( congrats Crane Family) to 12, with just about every age covered in between, so you are sure to find something for everyone in the mix.

Summer concerts in Rocky River Park-a great Sunday evening, bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy some music and the lake breezes

Free outdoor movies Every Thursday at Crocker Park– The movie begins at dusk and usually ends around 10:45pm. Make sure to come early to get a good seat! CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE

Bay Days, Bay Village Ohio Wednesday July 3rd thru Saturday July 6th

This local event is a favorite for all ages and a 4th of July  tradition for many. The event includes Carnival rides, live music, a bike parade, Classic Cars, and of course Fireworks on the 4th of July ! CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE

Some other fun events in the Cleveland area celebrating the 4th of July are:

July 3rd -7th Tall Ships Festival. Port Of Cleveland. Parade of ships begins Wednesday, but the ships will be open to the public from Thursday through Sunday. Price is $8 to $14. Those 5 and under are free.

July 3rd -6th Blossom Music Center. Concerts and fireworks. Featuring the Blossom Festival Band Wednesday and Thursday, and the Cleveland Orchestra Friday and Saturday.

July 4th Cleveland Fireworks at mouth of the Cuyahoga River at 10 p.m. Best places to watch the display are Edgewater Park, Whiskey Island, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Settlers Landings and Shooters.

July 5th Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers featuring Dollar Dog Night. Fireworks after the game.

Prayers for Maria, Weekend Events July 12th and 13th Two very special events hosted in Rocky River.  Proceeds go to help fund Childrens Glioma Cancer research.

Sunflower Soirée VIP event Friday 6:30-11 – 19520 Frazier Drive Sunset Point, Rocky River, Ohio Enjoy breathtaking views of Sunset Point in Rocky River where guests will dine on gourmet food prepared by Cleveland’s own Chris Hodgson, as well as chefs from the Food Network Star, which began airing on June 2nd, and Executive Chefs from Giant Eagle and Tartine. Tickets may be purchased for $150/person, or tables of 10 can be purchased for $1,500. CLICK HERE for more info and to purchase tickets

Sunflower Wine and Craft Beer Tasting Festival,   Saturday July 13th 4-11p.m. Old River Shopping Area Old Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio The Sunflower Wine & Craft Beer Festival will host nationally renowned wineries and craft breweries, live music from local bands including Cleveland’s own Run Avril Run and the Spazmatics! Admission to the Wine & Craft Beer Gardens $40 pre-sale | $50 day of event CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

River Days, in Rocky River, OH  July 13th and 14th

We love this annual Rocky River festival, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Just a few of the activities going on this weekend include a brownie-baking contest, bike parade, pony rides, and inflatables for the kids.  Historical tours of Rocky River will be provided on Lolly the Trolley, as well as a touch-a-truck demonstration in the municipal parking lot. The taste of River is also going on this weekend where you can sample and savor some of the local favorites.

Avon Lake Summer Market July 26th  from 4-9  and 27th 9-5

The Summer Market is a unique outdoor festival and benefit held in Avon Lake, Ohio, right on the shore of Lake Erie. Thousands of guests visit the Market each year to shop for furniture, jewelry, art, vintage items, fresh produce, home decor, and a variety of other goods from over 65 vendors. Guests dine from three featured restaurants and listen to live music while watching the sun set or playing at the beach. It is a great event that should not be missed!

83 & Lake Road  Veterans Park Avon Lake, Ohio  Hosted by Erin Stack and Kristen Weeden of “Girls Give Back”

Lakewood Arts Festival August 3rd from 10-6p.m. This Festival is a one-day festival where the city closes a 6 block stretch of Detroit Avenue right in the downtown area. You can see every kind of artisan on display here there is also ongoing musical entertainment as well.

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