CLEVELAND – Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. As Labor Day weekend begins, annual favorites like the Cleveland Air Show and Oktoberfest are returning. Here are 10 things to do this weekend.
1. Oktoberfest 2021
The Cleveland Oktoberfest 2021 will double the fun with two weekends: Labor Day weekend September 3-6 and the following weekend, September 10-11. Enjoy live music all weekend from the Bier Garten. Some highlights include the tribute to the Michael Stanley Band, Walt Sanders and The Spazmatics. More information here.
If you’re looking for authentic German cuisine, there’s no shortage of this year’s Oktoberfest. Schmidt’s of Columbus, Seven Roses, Das Schnitzel Haus, Frank’s Bratwurst, and The German Corner are just a few of the tempting highlights.
General admission for one day is $ 15 and a two-day pass is $ 20.
Where: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds: 19201 East Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights
When: September 3-6.
2. The Cleveland National Air Show
Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, traditionally marked in northeast Ohio by the Cleveland National Air Show. Expect to see an array of fighter jets and aerial acts. The sights of high-speed planes flying in tight formation are something that never gets old. More information here.
Remember that tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets cost $ 35 for adults, ages 6 to 11 are $ 20, and children under 5 are free.
Where: Burke Lakefront Airport
When: September 4-6
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3. Made in Ohio Art & Craft Festival at Hale Farm and Village
There is no shortage of creativity in Ohio. This juried festival showcases more than 170 Ohio artisans, local food, entertainment and more. Vendors include jewelers, carpenters, glassmakers, soap and lotion makers. More information here.
When: Sept 3 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sep 4-5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Hale Farm & Village: 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath
4. Pick your own apples
It’s that time of year again. As fall approaches and the leaves begin to change, apple trees produce many varieties of apples. Go out and pick your own apples at local Northeast Ohio farms.
Some farms we suggest you check out are:
- Eddy Fruit Farm located at 12079 Caves Road in Chesterland, Geauga County.
- Patterson Fruit Farm located at 11414 Caves Road in Chesterland. The farm has said that Ginger Gold Pick and Limited Honeycrisp will be available on Saturday September 4 and Sunday September 5 at its farm located at 8765 Mulberry Road.
5. The great fair of Geauga county
Celebrate its 195e year, the Great Geauga County Fair is the oldest continuous county fair and one of the oldest extant agricultural fairs in the nation. Enjoy an array of entertainment, from the Monday Broken Horn Rodeo to the Demolition Derby and everything in between. Get your last taste of fair trade food before summer is over. Visitors can look forward to music, contests and more. Find more information here.
When: September 2 to Monday September 6.
Where: Geauga County Fairgrounds: 14373 North Cheshire Street, Burton.
6. Akron Pizza Party
It’s the food festival we all love. For three days, The Akron Pizza Fest features pizzas from stores across Akron and Canton. Whether it’s cheese, artwork, a deep plate or all vegetables, there is something for everyone. More information here.
When: September 3 to 5.
Where: Lock 3: 200 Main Street South, Akron
7. The 65e Hungarian feast
One of Ohio’s biggest Hungarian festivals returns to Parma this year. Consisting of delicious food, shows, folk customers, visitors will have fun. The kitchen opens at noon and will serve Hungarian classics like stuffed cabbage, fresh sausage, grilled pork steak and chick paprikas. Following here.
When: Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: German Central: 7863 York Road, Parma
The Asian Lantern Festival
If you haven’t had the chance to visit the Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo this year, or were hoping to see it again, you’re in luck. The zoo has extended the festival until Sunday, September 26. This year’s festival features over 70 new exhibits with over 1,000 lanterns lighting up the zoo, as well as live acrobatic performances and culturally-inspired food for guests. More information here
When: Sept. 3 to 5, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
8. Take a hike
Learn something new about your city with self-guided or in-person tours of local locations that may be under your radar. Weekend tours are to historic Euclid Avenue on Saturday and to the University Circle on Sunday. More information here.
9. Chip of the Peninsula at Heritage Farms
Comprised of 50 to 70 vendors, each offering a variety of artwork, crafts, and antiques, Flea at Heritage Farms has something for everyone. The event is rain or spectacle.
When: Saturday September 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 6050 Riverview Road, Peninsula
10. Visit the Summer Flowers of the Cleveland Botanical Garden
The Cleveland Botanical Garden is full of incredible late summer flowers. Spend the morning or the whole day visiting the gardens. The Cleveland Botanical Garden has said that one of its baobabs in the Madagascar biome is blooming yellow flowers, but the flowers will not last long.
When: Monday September 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland.
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