21 things to do in the Cleveland metropolitan area on the weekend of June 16th

Cleveland, Ohio-There’s a lot of fun in the Cleveland metropolitan area this weekend.

The highlight is Saturday, June 19th-also known as June 16th, a holiday that marks the official end of slavery in the United States. The celebration honors the Union General on June 19, 1865, announcing the end of the Civil War and the liberation from slavery in Texas.

Discover Juneteenth celebrations this weekend in northeastern Ohio, along with other events and activities.

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Cleveland Juneteenth Freedom Fest

Downtown Cleveland celebrates June 16th with Freedom Fest Saturday. Live music, art performances, vendor villages and much more, and fireworks are set off at the end of the day. Grammy Award-winning performer Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Sciences will headline the performance with the #VoicesofCLE art installation and column house. freedom.

Mall C in downtown Cleveland

June 19th noon-10pm


(Photo by David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com)

Other Juneteenth celebrations

Besides Freedom Fest, there are many celebrations of June 16th in Cleveland this year. There are a few things to consider.

Coventry Village: Black-owned business vendor markets offer merchandise, but mourning bands [A] Starring BLKstar, Muamin Collective, Smith Taylor and a local poet. “Black Panther” will be exhibited in the park at night. Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights. Noon on June 19th. coventryvillage.org

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Performances by Djapo Cultural Arts Institute, Afi Scruggs, Ngina Fayola and others make up the June outdoor celebration at the Rock Hall. It is free and does not include admission to the museum. 1100 E. 9th St., Cleveland. June 19th from noon to 8:00 pm. rockhall.com

Juneteenth in the African American Cultural Gardens: Dance, spoken words and theater will fill the Centennial Peace Plaza in Cultural Gardens on June 16th. freedom. Located on the Harrison Dillard Trail in Cleveland. June 19th, 11 am-3pm. clevelandculturalgardens.org

-Cleveland Public Library Juneteenth Festival: The Cleveland Public Library and many of its branches will host June 16th celebrations, including poetry readings, documentary shows, and panel discussions through June 19th. Find a list of free events. online. Until June 19th. cpl.org..

Juneteenth Blues Fest: Enjoy a beach day with plenty of live music at Lake View Park in Lorraine. Audacity for Sale, Hubb’s Groove, and Da Land Brass Band will perform bluesy songs for attendees of this free event. 1800 West Erie Ave., Lorain. June 19th, 3 pm to 7 pm. loraincountymetroparks.com

Buckeye June 16th: The Back Eye Summer Soul Series hosts the 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration, which includes entertainment, giveaways, food, vendors and more. Art & Soul Park, 11802 Buckeye Road, Cleveland. June 19th from noon to 6:00 pm. facebook.com/buckeyesummersoulseries..

Juneteenth Garden Party: Village Family Farms and Little Africa Food Collaborative will collaborate on Saturday for a “How are the Children” themed garden party. 1662 Crawford Road, Cleveland. June 19th, 1:00 pm. facebook.com/littleafricafco

Juneteenth Summer Music Fest: Local performers will organize this summer’s music festival event in the Grand Ballroom of Sausally Catering. The lineup includes Ej and the Animals Band, Dre Walton, Yanna I’Vonne and Sharlenne Evett. Ticket $ 20- $ 300. 10808 Granger Road, Garfield Heights. June 19th, 9 pm to 2 am. Eventbrite link

Mx.Juneteenth celebrates the liberation of Black & Queer: Drug and DJ performances, food, music, art and vendors will all be part of the festival’s celebrations. Free, offer $ 5 to $ 10 donation. 4701 Perkins Avenue, Cleveland. June 19th, 3 pm to 7 pm. tinyurl.com/MxJuneteenthRSVP

Juneteenth bike ride around the circle: Join a group bike around the University Circle and learn about the achievements of African Americans in the area in the process. Free, with registration restrictions. 928 Wheelock Road, Cleveland. June 19th, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Eventbrite link

Juneteenth Block Party & Vendor Fair: Lokul, a dedicated app to support black businesses, hosts parties at Un Bar Cafe in Cleveland’s Larchimia district and hosts local businesses in one shopping location. 12635 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland. June 19th from noon to 6:00 pm. facebook.com/lokulapp

Land in front of rhyme Juneteenth show: A local spoken word organization, Land Before Rhyme, will host a Juneteenth poetry performance on Saturday. Ticket $ 15. 2728 Lancashire Road, Cleveland Heights.From 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm Eventbrite link

Kaiya Hogar River Rally

This year’s Kaiyahogar River Rally event will feature live music performances, yoga classes, biker, walker and paddler tours throughout the day at Hart Crane Park. Music performances by Front Pouch Lights, Eric Levin Band, Liz Kelly and Jul Big Green will be held from 12:30 pm to 5 pm. This event is open to the public for free.

Hart Crane Park, Cleveland

June 19th, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm



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Hooray!Saturday at Wade Oval

The University Circle district of Cleveland brings a bit of fun this spring and summer weekend. “YAY! Saturday” offers family-friendly activities, workshops, games and performances around Wade Oval. Each yay! Saturday’s event will feature activities in three zones: an education-focused “discovery zone,” a fitness-focused “shape-up zone,” and an art-focused “fan zone.”Free, online registration recommended

10820 East Blvd., Cleveland

June 19th, 10 am-1pm


Read more about Yay!Saturday


(Photo courtesy of Carol Kovach, special to cleveland.com)

Strawberry Festival

Choose your own strawberries at the Baumann Orchard this weekend for the farm’s annual Strawberry Festival event. Plus, enjoy strawberry donuts, ice cream, live music and food vendors. freedom.

161 Rittman Avenue, Rittman

June 19th, 8 am-5pm


Human choir

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“Human Choir” at Playhouse Square

The live performance will return to the Cleveland Theater District. Set in an Irish pub, the show features a cast of versatile singers, dancers and musicians with an exciting mix of Irish tunes, pop music and Broadway classics. Tickets, $ 59- $ 79.

Mimio Ohio Theater, 1511 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

From now until July 25th


Downtown Cleveland Transformation: Hunter Morrison Look Back from 1980-2000

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Take a historic walking tour of hiking

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation has resumed a face-to-face walking tour in Cleveland. Learn about the city’s history, architecture, cultural facilities and more from our knowledgeable guides. There are 14 unique tours to choose from. It’s free, but reservations are recommended.

From every day to September


Maker Town Market

Every Sunday, Maker Town Markets is held on the outdoor Vibe Garden patio at Saucy BrewWorks in Hinge Town. At the event, local artisans will showcase their lineup of products for sale, and the app will introduce manufacturers to help connect customers with local art.

2828 Clinton Ave., Cleveland

Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, until Labor Day


Read more about Maker Town Market

Westside Market as seen from Cleveland's Lorraine Road

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Westside Market

Visit one of Cleveland’s most distinctive landmarks this weekend. The Westside Market has been open to shoppers since 1912 and continues to welcome customers today. The main room of the market has side dishes, meat, bread and other specialties, and the side wings have produce sellers selling fresh fruits and vegetables.

1979 W. 25th St., Cleveland

Friday 8 am-5pm.Saturdays from 7am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm


Shaker Square Farmers Market Starts April 7th

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Farmers market

Shop for fresh produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, seasonings and other local produce at several farmers markets on the west, east and south sides of the town.

-Crocker Park North Union Farmers Market

177 Market St., Westlake

Saturday 9 am-1pm

-Shaker Square North Union Farmers Market

13111 Shaker Square, Cleveland

Saturday 8 am-noon


-Koito Road Farmers Market

15000 Woodworth Road

Saturday 8am


-Medina County Farmers Market

Medina VFW Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Rd.

Saturday 9 am-1pm

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-Frostville Farmers Market

24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted

Saturday to October 31st from 9am to 1pm


-Geauga Fresh Farmers Market

5205 Chillicothe Rd. , South Russell (Summer Market)

Saturday, May 9-October 9 am-noon. 17


-Good Earth Urban Farm Stand

9600 Madison Avenue, Cleveland

Saturdays from May to October from noon to 4 pm


-Miles Farmers Market

28560 Miles Road, Solon

9 am-6pm daily


-Szalay’s Farm & Market

4563 Riverview Road, Peninsula

9 am-7pm daily


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