What’s Happening in Akron This Weekend: August 15th-17th, 2014

When I moved to Akron, I quickly realized that most things view Akron as a suburb of Cleveland. On Yelp!, I set my location as Akron, and I now get the weekly emails telling me about the greatest places to eat in Cleveland.


To help the rest of humanity who doesn’t want to drive 35-45 miles every time they want to try a new hot dog cart, I am going to attempt to list most of what’s happening actually in Akron.

My feeling is, if I don’t live next to cow fields and have bear sightings in my yard, I’m not driving 35 miles to go out on the weekends.


Oh, and they’ll be mostly the free or almost-free variety, because I has no monniez.

(Everything is free unless a price is mentioned.)



Rockin’ on the River: Hollywood Nights (Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band) with JD Eicher & The Goodnights

Friday, August 15th
5:00-11:00 PM

Riverfront Centre
2050 Riverfront Parkway
Cuyahoga Falls OH 44221

Friday Night Concert

The city of Akron presents 4 us, featuring Mary White performing modern R & B.
Friday, August 15th
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Goodyear Heights Metro Park
2077 Newton St.
Akron OH 44305

Summer Music Nights at First & Main event page
First & Main Shopping District location page

Friday August 15th
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Please join us on Friday, August 15 for Wanda Hunt Band: Wanda Hunt’s soulful and powerful vocals drive the R&B & Motown tunes with blistering horns on top!
Saturday August 16th
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Please join us on Saturday, August 16th for Zydeco Kings- A spicy mixture of old school rhythm & blues infused with the spirit of New Orleans!


Art @ M.D. Garage: Our Streams and Rivers

Art @ M.D. Garage is a series of free art exhibitions organized and coordinated by the Crooked River Gang, a volunteer group that promotes art in the Cuyahoga Valley. The M.D. Garage is a 1940s gas station located in the village of Boston. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Most artwork is available for purchase.

Every Saturday/Sunday in August

M.D. Garage | Map
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Out ‘n’ About

Around the Ohio & Erie Canalway in 31 Days!

Celebrate our National Heritage Area’s culture, history, recreation, and nature through this social media event. Test your regional knowledge and enter to win fun partner giveaways that highlight Canalway life. For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/ohioanderiecanalway.

Daily in August

Locations vary – see Facebook page | Map
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Bike Aboard!

Bike the Towpath Trail in one direction, then hop on the train for a relaxing ride back to your car-or do it in reverse! The train can be flagged down at boarding stations by waving both arms. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the train’s scheduled arrival. Pay your fare when you board. One way for bicyclists: $3 per person ages 3 and older with bike. One way for runners and hikers: $8 per person ages 3 and older. No guaranteed seats. Bike Aboard! service is offered during regular excursions. To see excursion times and locations, visit http://www.CVSR.com/scenic-train-schedules for a timetable.

Every day June-August

CVSR Boarding Stations – see train schedule | Map

Cost: varies (see description above)


Awesome Random Stuff


Join Dave Boehm of the Cleveland Boomerang School to try your hand at this aboriginal flying device in the open spaces of CVNP. Everyone welcome, from beginner to expert. Boomerangs provided or bring your own.

Saturday, August 16th
Boomerang Practice Day
Hone your skills before tomorrow’s Boomerang Extravaganza. Howe Meadow, 2 – 4 p.m.

Sunday, August 17th
Boomerang Extravaganza
Join us for flying instruction and friendly competition. Fee: $3 per participant (includes use of boomerangs). Howe Meadow, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Practice field opens at 9 a.m.



Countryside Farmers` Market at Howe Meadow

Experience a producers-only fresh produce market presented by Countryside Conservancy. These working family farms provide a variety of local food from sustainably raised meat and eggs to seasonal produce, herbs, and wine. 9 a.m. – noon. For more information visit http://www.cvcountryside.org.

Saturdays, May 10 through October 25

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Howe Meadow | Map

Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy

Farmer’s Market

The Market at Lock 3 is a unique, outdoor, producers-only market managed by Downtown Akron Partnership. Enjoy fresh produce, handmade cheeses, fresh baked goods, home crafted gifts and more. New this year! Enjoy a 30 minute guided bike ride through Downtown. Tours are first come first serve. Bike and helmet provided.

Friday, August 15th

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Market at Lock 3 website

Lock 3 website

And from our lovely neighbors to the South:

38th Annual Grecian Festival

Greek Cuisine, pastries, culture and history. Free admission, parking and entertainment.  Sponsored by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Visit the AGORA gifts shops for jewelry, music and souvenirs. Fun for the whole family.  Credit Cards Accepted. Indoor air-conditioned venue.

Friday August 15th – Sunday August 17th

Canton Civic Center
1101 Market Ave N
Canton, Ohio 44702

View Website


I don’t know about y’all, but I’m gonna toss a boomerang this weekend.


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