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Northeast Ohio festivals and attractions

From honoring legendary movie stars to the Navy’s Blue Angels, northeast Ohio festivals offer some high-flying fun.

Hollywood Returns to Malabar Farm: June 1-3, gala fundraiser for Malabar Farm State Park will feature Stephen Bogart, whose parents Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married here in 1945; Malabar Farm State Park, Lucas (Richland County); $10 to $75; 419-892-2784,

Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival: June 15-17, celebrate the sticky stuff in the Duct Tape Capital of the World, with a parade, rides entertainment, Duct tape crafts, art exhibits and more; Veteran’s Memorial Park, Avon (Lorain County); free; 1-866-818-1116,

Cy Young Days: June 22-24, hometown hero and baseball great Cy Young is feted with a parade, car show, rides and more; special guest and parade grand marshall is Denny McLain, a two-time Cy Young Award winner with the Detroit Tigers; Cy Young Park, Newcomerstown (Tuscarawas County); free; 740-498-5261,

Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival: July 20-22, Irish music and dance on nine stages, plus Irish food, a marketplace, kids activities and cultural exhibits; Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea; $10 (free for children younger than 10);

Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival: July 20-Aug. 6, ribs burnoff, balloon classic and multiple parades culminate in the enshrinement of six football legends into the hall of fame; various Canton locations (Stark County); admission varies; 1-800-533-4302,

Vintage Ohio: Aug. 3-4, sample wines from dozens of Ohio wineries, enjoy food, live music, wine seminars; Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Kirtland (Lake County); $25 to $75; 1-800-227-6972,

Twins Day Festival: Aug. 3-5, you’ll be seeing double at the largest annual gathering of twins (and other multiples) in the world; activities include a double-take parade, twins talent show and more; Chamberlin Park, Twinsburg (Summit County); $3 (twins registered in advance are free); 330-425-3652,

Feast of the Assumption: Aug. 15-18, thousands crowd Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood for great food, live music, Italian wares, and, on the final evening, a candlelight procession and fireworks; (Cuyahoga County); free; 216-421-2995,

National Hamburger Festival: Aug. 18-19, activities include a hamburger eating contest, bobbing for burgers, cheesiest couple, music and more; Lock 3 Park, Akron (Summit County); free, 216-565-4141,

Cleveland National Air Show: Sept. 1-3, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels return, along with aerobatic pilots, wing walkers and more; Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland (Cuyahoga County); $21, or $14 for children 6 to 11; 216-781-0747,


A sampling of popular summertime activities and events compiled by Dispatch staff members.



Description: The park includes a wet playground with basketball hoops and water sprays, a 100-foot-tall water slide with three enclosed body slides, four inner-tube slides and a 1,100-foot-long lazy river.

Location: 1100 Squires Rd., Aurora (Portage County)

Open: operating hours vary May 26-28, June 4-5, daily June 2 through Aug. 19, Aug. 25-26 and Sept. 1-3

Admission: $29.99 for those 3 and older 48 inches or taller in bare feet, or $14.99 for children 3 and older less than 48 inches tall in bare feet and senior citizens 62 and older, free for children 2 and younger; evening discounts; group and season passes available

Parking: $7

Least-busy days: Tuesday through Thursday

Wheelchair access: see rider-safety guide

Where to buy tickets: at the park and online

Information: 330-562-8303,


Description: The park offers six-story water slides, a lazy inner-tube ride, a swimming pool, paddleboats on a natural lake, a Gorilla Double slide and a sportsland fun area with pitching cages, driving-range cages, a water-cannon war zone, a miniature golf course, a basketball course, an arcade and a Grand Prix Go-Kart Supertrack

Location: 10661 Kile Rd., Chardon (Geauga County)

Open: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends June 9 through Aug. 26. Call to confirm schedule.

Admission: $19.95, or free for children less than 40 inches tall; go-cart admission, $13.95, includes four ride tickets for the Grand Prix Go-Karts and unlimited use of all dry attractions; Grand Prix Go-Karts: $4 a ride

Parking: $4

Least-busy day: Monday

Wheelchair access: yes

Where to buy tickets: at the park

Information: 440-285-0909 to confirm operation in the event of inclement weather,



Description: With a pavilion that seats 5,700 and a large lawn area that can seat 13,500 people, the venue allows visitors to picnic, enjoy tunes and stargaze.

Location: 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County)

Performances: May 28 (7 p.m.): Drake: the Club Paradise Tour; June 1 (7 p.m.): Lady Antebellum; June 3 (7 p.m.): Dave Matthews Band; June 6 (7:30 p.m.): Radiohead; June 13 (7:30 p.m.): the Beach Boys; June 15 (7:30 p.m.): Brad Paisley and the Band Perry; June 24 (7 p.m.): Phish; June 29 (7 p.m.): Rascal Flatts; June 30 (7 p.m.): Styx, REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent; July 11 (noon): Vans Warped Tour with All Time Low, the Used, Machine Gun Kelly; July 18 (6:30 p.m.): Nickelback; July 25 (1:30 p.m.): Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, including Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, the Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel; Aug. 1 (7 p.m.): Big Time Summer Tour, including Rush, Cody Simpson, Rachel Crow; Aug. 2 (8 p.m.): Barry Manilow; Sept. 5 (7:30 p.m.): Jason Mraz; Sept. 12 (7 p.m.): Kiss, Motley Crue

Parking: included with ticket; premium spots $15 to $35 in advance

Tickets: $15 to $151 at Ticketmaster outlets (1-800-745-3000) or at

Information: 330-920-8040, 330-916-6068 or


Description: The park boasts an intimate outdoor covered theater (Alma) and an outdoor covered amphitheater (Evans).

Location: Between Lee and S. Taylor roads (bordered by Superior Road and Hyde Park Avenue), Cleveland Heights (Cuyahoga County)

Performances: (all concerts at Evans Amphitheater unless noted), June 16 (8 p.m.): Jake Shimabukuro; June 19 (8 p.m.): the Floorwalkers; June 21 (8 p.m.): Dar Williams; June 22 (8 p.m.): Tracy Silverman, Philip Aaberg; June 23 (8 p.m.): NewFound Road, Mountain Heart; June 26 (8 p.m.): the Fighting Jamesons; June 28 (8 p.m.): Tower of Power, Average White Band; June 29 (7 p.m.): the Jazz Ambassardors; July 6 (8 p.m.): Fiona Apple; July 14-15 (times vary): Arts Festival, with No Money down, the Lenny Russo Band, Erik Caron Connection Terrence Simien and the Zydeco Experience Band, Blue Lunch; July 17 (8 p.m.): Hotel California: the Original Eagles tribute band; July 19 (8 p.m.): America; July 20 (8 p.m.): Carolina Chocolate Drops; July 21 (8 p.m.): Seal, Macy Gray; July 21 (7 p.m., Alma Theater): Wild Carrot; July 26 (7 p.m., Alma Theater): Liz Rubino, James McClellan; July 27 (8 p.m.): Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes; July 28 (8 p.m.): Joshua Radin; July 31 (8 p.m.): JD Eicher and the Goodnights; Aug. 1 (7:30 p.m.): the Happy Together Tour with the Turtles —featuring Flo & Eddie — Micky Dolenz, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, the Grass Roots and the Buckinghams; Aug. 4 (7 p.m., Alma Theater): Trout Fishing in America; Aug. 10 (8 p.m.): the Good Lovelies; Aug. 11 (8 p.m.): Firefall, Pure Prairie League, Poco; Aug. 11 (7 p.m., Alma Theater): Long Road; Aug. 14 (8 p.m.): Mojoflo; Aug. 15 (8 p.m.): Jackson Browne; Aug. 18 (8 p.m.): the Doo Wops

Parking: area streets and lots

Tickets: free to $75

Information: 216-371-3000,


Description: The two-day event draws 12,000 to 15,000 people annually.

Location: Downtown Canton (Market Avenue North between 3rd and 4th streets, Stark County)

Performances: June 8: Testify, Josh Snyder Band, Trampled Under Foot, Walter Trout; June 9: Memphis Cradle, Shaun Booker Band, Rusty Wright Band, Coco Montoya

Parking: free

Tickets: free; one- and two-day VIP passes for $45 to $75

Information: 1-800-533-4302,


Description: A 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, formerly Nautica Pavilion, is located along the Cuyahoga River.

Location: 2014 Sycamore St., the Flats, near downtown Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)

Performances: May 25 (9 p.m.): the B-52s; May 26 (9 p.m.): Todd Rundgren; May 27 (9 p.m.): Staind; May 28 (6 p.m.): Michael Stanley and the Resonators; June 10 (8 p.m.): Crosby, Stills and Nash; June 21 (7:30 p.m.): Dream Theater; June 23 (8 p.m.): Steve Miller Band; June 26 (8 p.m.): the Jacksons: Unity Tour 2012 featuring Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Jermaine Jackson; July 3 (TBA): Death Cab for Cutie, City and Colour; July 9 (8 p.m.): James Taylor; July 26 (6:30 p.m.): O.A.R.; July 30 (8 p.m.): Florence and the Machine; Aug. 12 (7 p.m.): 311; Aug. 14 (8 p.m.): Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs; Aug. 16 (7 p.m.): Train; Aug. 21 (7:30 p.m.): Il Volo

Parking: various lots

Tickets: $26 to $125 at Ticketmaster outlets (1-800-745-3000) or

Information: 440-247-2722 or



Description: The museum is known for its extensive collections of pre-Columbian, medieval European, Asian and Indian art.

Location: 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)

Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday

Admission: free; a fee charged for some special exhibits

Parking: in the attached garage, $5 to $10

Special exhibits: “Modern Gothic: The Etchings of John Taylor Arms,” comprises about 60 prints, drawings and copper plates as well as the American artist’s diaries, printmaking tools, family photograph albums, and his studio guestbook (June 9 through Sept. 30); “Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties,” the works of more than 60 painters, sculptors and photographers who explored a new mode of modern realism in the aftermath of the Great War and the onset of the Great Depression (July 1-Sept. 16); “DIY: Photographers & Books,” focuses on the impact of print-on-demand publishing on contemporary photographic practice (Aug. 11 through Dec. 30)

Wheelchair access: yes

Information: 216-421-7350, 1-888-CMA-0033,


Description: The center features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, Big Science Shows and educational programs that show the relationship among science, the environment and technology.

Location: 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)

Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Admission: $14, $12 for children 2 to 12; additional cost for the OMNIMAX theater, the Steamship William G. Mather and the traveling exhibition (prices subject to change)

Parking: $7 in attached garage with a validated ticket

Special exhibits, openings: “Frogs! A Chorus of Colors,” an exhibit gallery that offers visitors the feel of a frog’s world with frog habitats, complete with rock ledges; live plants and waterfalls; and backlighted graphic panels cover the walls. Interactive components invite visitors to activate videos of frogs in action, create a nighttime frog chorus, spin a zoetrope, and conduct a virtual frog dissection.

Wheelchair access: yes

Information: 216-694-2000,


Description: The museum honors the players and history of professional football.

Location: 2121 George Halas Dr. N.W., Canton (Stark County)

Open: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day

Admission: $21, or $17 for senior citizens 62 and older, $15 for children 6 to 12, free for children 5 and younger

Parking: free

Special exhibits: Phase one of the largest expansion and renovation project in the museum’s nearly 50-year history — the two-year, $27 million project “Future 50” — will be completed in June and will include the Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center, a 10,800-square-foot addition coupled with the renovation of an existing 6,000-square-foot space, that will enable the proper preservation and storage of the comprehensive and growing collection of pro football artifacts, documents and archive materials relating to the history of pro football. A new main entrance and grand lobby will feature a two-story atrium

Wheelchair access: yes

Information: 330-456-8207,


Description: The 150,000-square-foot museum features interactive exhibits, costume displays and artifacts.

Location: 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., corner of E. 9th Street and Erieside Avenue, Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)

Open: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, until 9 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, Memorial Day through Labor Day

Admission: $22, or $17 for senior citizens 65 and older and military with ID, $13 for children 9 to 12, free for children 8 and younger

Parking: nearby lots, garages and on-street meters

Special exhibits: “Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip” explores the band and its followers, including finished and working manuscripts (through December); “The Beatles,” part of the first redesign in the museum’s 15-year history, includes the most comprehensive collection of Beatles’ items, some of which are on display for the first time; “Otis Redding,” salutes the life and music of Hall of Fame inductee Otis Redding (beginning Sept. 9); “2012 Inductee Exhibit” honors the newest inductees: Beastie Boys, Donovan, Guns N’ Roses, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Small Faces/the Faces, the Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, the Famous Flames, the Midnighters and the Miracles, Freddie King, Don Kirshner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns (ongoing)

Wheelchair access: yes

Information: 216-781-ROCK, 1-800-493-ROLL,




Description: An influx of young talent has invigorated a franchise that had fallen hard from its heights of the 1990s.

Location: Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario St., Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)

Home games: May 20 vs. Marlins; May 22-24 vs. Tigers; May 28-30 vs. Royals; June 1-3 vs. Twins; June 15-17 vs. Pirates; June 18-20 vs. Reds; July 2-4 vs. Angels; July 5-8 vs. Rays; July 20-23 vs. Orioles; July 24-26 vs. Tigers; Aug. 6-8 vs. Twins; Aug. 9-12 vs. Red Sox; Aug. 24-26 vs. Yankees; Aug. 27-30 vs. Athletics; Aug. 31-Sept. 2 vs. Rangers.

Admission: $8 to $85, free for children 3 and younger if sitting on an adult’s lap

Parking: various lots within a 10-minute walk of the stadium

Wheelchair access: yes

Tickets: available through Ticketmaster; 1-866-48-TRIBE; team shop locations; at the park; or online

Information: 216-420-4200,


Description: The Cleveland Indians’ Class AA affiliate is a member of the Eastern League, whose title it won in 2009.

Location: Canal Park, 300 S. Main St., Akron (Summit County)

Home games: May 20 vs. Richmond; May 29-31 vs. Bowie; June 5-7 vs. New Britain; June 8-10 vs. Altoona; June 19-21 vs. Binghamton; June 26-29 vs. Erie; June 30-July 3 vs. Richmond; July 12-15 vs. Altoona; July 16-18 vs. Harrisburg; July 23-25 Erie; July 26-29 vs. Bowie; Aug. 7-9 vs. Portland; Aug. 10-12 vs. New Hampshire; Aug. 17-19 vs. Reading; Aug. 23-26 vs. Trenton

Admission: $5 to $9, or $5 to $8 for senior citizens and children younger than 12; free for children 3 and younger

Parking: various lots near stadium

Wheelchair access: yes

Tickets: 330-253-5153

Information: 330-253-5151, 1-800-972-3767,


Description: The minor-league team is a Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

Location: Classic Park, 35300 Vine St., Eastlake (Lake County)

Home games: May 20-21 vs. Lansing; May 30-June 1 vs. West Michigan; June 2-4 vs. Fort Wayne; June 12-14 vs. South Bend; June 15-17 vs. Dayton; June 28-June 30 vs. West Michigan; July 1-3 vs. Fort Wayne; July 11-13 vs. Wisconsin; July 14-16 vs. Beloit; July 25-27 vs. West Michigan; July 28-30 vs. Dayton; Aug. 4-7 vs. South Bend; Aug. 8-10 vs. Great Lakes; Aug. 18-21 vs. Lansing; Aug. 22-24 vs. South Bend; Aug. 29-31 vs. Bowling Green

Admission: $9, or $8 for senior citizens and children 12 and younger; $8 Monday games; $7 Tuesday games with dog ($5 dog passes)Susan... what does this mean?

Parking: $5 gold lots at stadium, private lots off Curtis Boulevard

Wheelchair access: yes

Tickets: 440-954-9467

Information: 440-975-8085,


Description: The Crushers are members of the independent Frontier League.

Location: All Pro Freight Stadium, 2009 Baseball Blvd., Avon (Lorain County)

Home games: May 20 vs. Schaumburg; May 29-31 vs. Joliet; June 1-3 vs. Windy City; June 8-10 vs. Gateway; June 11-13 vs. Washington; June 17-19 vs. Florence; June 27-29 vs. River City; July 3-5 vs. London; July 6-8 vs. Southern Illinois; July 19-21 vs. Evansville; July 28-30 vs. Washington; July 31-Aug. 2 Rockford; Aug. 10-12 vs. Florence; Aug. 14-16 vs. Normal; Aug. 21-23 vs. London; Aug. 24-26 vs. Traverse City

Admission: $6 to $14, $18 club level

Parking: $3 stadium parking

Wheelchair access: yes

Tickets: 440-934-3636 or at stadium ticket office

Information: 440-934-3636 or


Description: The Scrappers are a minor-league team affiliated with the Cleveland Indians.

Location: Eastwood Field, 111 Eastwood Mall Blvd., Niles (Trumbull County)

Home games: June 20-21 vs. Jamestown; June 25-27 vs. Williamsport; June 28-30 vs. State College; July 4-6 vs. Aberdeen; July 7-9 vs. Connecticut; July 17-18 vs. State College; July 21-22 vs. Jamestown; July 25-27 vs. Staten Island; July 28-30 vs. Brooklyn; Aug. 7-8 vs. Williamsport; Aug. 15-16 vs. Auburn; Aug. 17-18 vs. Batavia; Aug. 19-20 vs. Jamestown; Aug. 27-29 vs. Batavia; Aug. 30-Sept. 1 vs. Auburn

Admission: $5 to $11; $1 to $5 Thursday nights

Parking: $2.50 on-site

Wheelchair access: yes

Tickets: 330-505-0000

Information: 330-505-0000,



Description: The South Course at Firestone Country Club is a meticulously groomed test for some of the best golfers in the world.

Location: Firestone Country Club, 452 E. Warner Rd., Akron (Summit County)

Dates: Aug. 1-5

Admission: $85 to $250 (tournament); $35 to $40 (daily); $20 to $25 (Wednesday practice round); free for youths 18 and younger accompanied by an adult

Parking: shuttle available from Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems & Lockheed Martin,1204 Massillon Rd.

Tickets: available by calling Ticketmaster (1-888-401-8000), or online

Information: 330-644-2299,



Description: Since returning to the NFL in 1999, Ohio’s senior NFL member has been in the playoffs only once.

Location: Cleveland Browns Stadium, 100 Alfred Lerner Way, Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)

Preseason home games: Aug. 24 vs. Philadelphia Eagles; Aug. 30 vs. Chicago Bears

Admission: starting at $35

Parking: various lots within walking distance of the stadium

Wheelchair access: yes

Tickets: call 440-824-3434; through Ticketmaster, 1-800-745-3000; or online

Information: 440-891-5000,



Description: One of America’s premier tracks features year-round, live harness racing.

Location: 10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield (Summit County)

Season: Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (post times 7 p.m.) through Dec. 22; Wednesdays (post times 7 p.m.) Nov. 7 through Dec. 26; special races: the Battle of Lake Erie, 7 p.m. July 21 and Summit County Fair Stakes, 7 p.m. July 28; simulcasting daily

Admission: $1.75 for grandstand Fridays and Saturdays, or $3 for clubhouse; free grandstand admission Sundays through Thursdays

Parking: $1 general parking after 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; free grandstand parking Sundays through Thursdays

Wheelchair access: partially accessible

Information: 330-467-4101,



Description: Just east of Cleveland, the track offers live thoroughbred racing from May to mid-November as well as simulcast racing.

Location: 21501 Emery Rd., North Randall (Cuyahoga County)

Season: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (post time 1:50 p.m.); Thursdays (post time 1:50 p.m.) September through November; simulcasting daily

Admission: free; classics seating, $8 (includes a $3 deposit refund); box seats with TV, $3

Parking: free

Wheelchair access: yes

Information: 216-662-8600,



* Description: Just west of downtown, the accredited world-conservation zoo boasts 50 acres and more than 700 animals.

Location: 500 Edgewood Ave., Akron (Summit County)

Big attractions: Journey to the Reef, opening May 26, boasts 17 aquariums with live coral, octopus, clownfish, eels, lionfish and jellyfish, plus a stingray touch tank. Legends of the Wild features 16 animal exhibits, more than 20 species and more than 400 animals, including snow leopards, jaguars, lemurs and bats.

Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October

Admission: $10, or $8.50 for senior citizens 62 and older, $7 for children 2 to 14, free for children younger than 2

Parking: $2

Wheelchair access: yes; rental: free, or $25 for electric scooter; single-stroller rental: $6, or $10 for double stroller

Information: 330-375-2550,


Description: The 180-acre zoo, 4 miles south of downtown, has nearly 3,000 animals — many in natural settings.

Location: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)

Big attractions: The zoo’s first-ever Persian onagers — an endangered subspecies of Asiatic wild ass — are on display. African Elephant Crossing, a five-acre, $25-million exhibit that opened last summer includes a “nose-to-trunk” viewing window, an elevated feeding station and a gated crossing where visitors can watch as the elephants pass by.

Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays Memorial Day through Labor Day

Admission: $12.25, or $8.25 for children 2 to 11, free for children younger than 2

Parking: free

Wheelchair access: yes; rental: $8, or $25 for electric; single-stroller rental: $7, or $10 for double. Wheelchairs must be reserved by calling 216-661-7603.

Information: 216-661-6500,

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