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
2050 Riverfront Parkway
Cuyahoga Falls OH 44221
Friday Night Concert
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
2077 Newton St.
Akron OH 44305
Summer Music Nights at First & Main event page
First & Main Shopping District location page
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!
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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
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
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
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
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.
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
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m gonna toss a boomerang this weekend.