Alicia Keys concert and 19 other things to do in Cleveland this weekend


CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s back to school Monday for many students in northeast Ohio. So you’ll want to make this weekend count. Here is a list of 20 ways to spend it.

Alicia Keys at the Jacobs Pavilion

Alicia Keys is bringing her first major tour in nearly a decade to Cleveland this weekend. Expect the 15-time Grammy winner to perform her greatest hits, including “Show Me Love,” “No One,” “If I Ain’t Got You” and “Girl on Fire.” Resale tickets start at $74.

2014 Sycamore St, Cleveland

8 p.m., August 19

The Cleveland Orchestra performs “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”

It’s a night wizards and muggles alike can enjoy as Cleveland’s world-renowned orchestra takes you back to the wizarding world of Harry Potter, performing John Williams’ score of Harry Potter’s second adventure as that the film is shown on a giant screen. Tickets start at $26.

1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls

August 20-21

Wallflowers at the Kent Stage

More than 20 years after bursting onto the scene with songs like “One Headlight”, “Heroes” and “6th Avenue Heartache”, Jakob Dylan and his bandmates come to the more intimate Kent stage to perform a set that combines the classics with their newest Hardware. Tickets, $65 to $75.

175 E. Main St., Kent

6:30 p.m., August 21

Vince Gill at EJ Thomas Hall

County Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill comes to northeast Ohio to perform a mix of old and new songs. You can expect #1 hits like “One More Last Chance”, “Tryin’ to Get Over You”, “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away” and “I Still Believe In You”. Wendy Moten, finalist of season 21 of “The Voice”, opens. Tickets start at $58.

198 Hill Street, Akron

7:30 p.m., August 20

“The SpongeBob Musical” at the Blank Canvas Theater

Your favorite undersea cartoon characters come to life in this adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon series. The musical features original songs by Sara Bareilles, The Flaming Lips, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At Disco, John Legend, They Might Be Giants and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith. Tickets, $25.

1305 W. 78th St., Suite 211, Cleveland

Until August 21

Caroline Bowman stars as Elsa in Disney Theatrical Productions’ “Frozen” musical nationwide tour. (Photo by Deen van Meer)

“Frozen” at Playhouse Square

Disney’s beloved animated film comes to life at the KeyBank State Theater. The musical centers on Elsa and Anna, orphaned princesses torn apart when their kingdom of Arendelle is plunged into eternal winter. With iconic songs like “Let It Go,” the show has enough Disney magic for the whole family. Tickets, $39 to $139.

1519 Euclid Ave, Cleveland

Now until September 11

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Cleveland Water Lantern Festival

Create new memories at Voinovich Park by creating a paper lantern and then letting it drift across Lake Erie, illuminating the water in an inspiring display of hope, happiness, and peace. Food trucks and live music will be on site. Tickets, $26 to $56.

800 E. 9th Street Pier, Cleveland

5:30-9:30 p.m., August 20

Asian Lantern Festival 2022

The Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Zoo returns for another year. Visitors enjoyed the opening night of the Visitor Experience on Thursday, July 7, 2022. As colorful as these photos are, they are even more vivid and exciting in person. A dragon spits “fire” as guests pass. David Petkiewicz, cleveland.comDavid Petkiewicz,

Asian Lantern Festival

Extended through September, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo comes alive at night with huge light-up exhibits themed around animals, mythical creatures and flowers. Now in its fifth year, the popular event features all-new exhibits, including a 100-foot, 4-story palace. Also experience live acrobatic performances and culturally inspired dishes. Walk and drive options available. Tickets, $22 to $66.

3900 Wildlife Road, Cleveland

Until September 17

Cleveland Guardians vs. Chicago White Sox

Jose Ramirez & Co. are looking to create some separation in the AL Central, taking on division rivals South Side Chicago in a three-game series. Promotions include fireworks and dollar dogs on Friday, fireworks and a Guardians blanket giveaway on Saturday, and a fun day for the kids on Sunday. Tickets start at $19.

Progressive Land, Cleveland

Now until August 7

Tennis In The Land Singles Championship, August 28, 2021

Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu is competing in the Tennis In The Land singles championship in 2021. She will return for the 2022 tournament.

Tennis in the country

Catch some exciting professional women’s tennis action at Jacobs Pavilion in the Flats as some of the best players in the world compete in their final tune-up before the US Open. Tickets start at $20.

2014 Sycamore St, Cleveland

August 20-27

Cleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Find out what to expect this season as Jacoby Brissett makes his debut as a starting quarterback in a preseason game against Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles. Resale tickets start at $5.

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland

1 p.m., August 21

La Placita Cleveland

This festival celebrates Cleveland’s Latino culture at La Villa Hispana, the heart of the city’s Hispanic community. Shop for Hispanic-themed and created arts and crafts at an outdoor market, feast on delicious food, and watch live music and dance performances. Free.

3104 W. 25th St., Cleveland, OH, 44109

August 20-21

Gastronomic festival of the Saint-Maron church

The intersection of Lebanese, Syrian and American cultures is on display at this two-day event in Independence. With Middle Eastern cuisine, live music, traditional dance performances, a hookah lounge and bar, and activities for children, the festival offers fun for the whole family. Free.

7800 Brookside Road, Independence

August 20-21

Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Food Festival

Dine on traditional Greek dishes and pastries including gyros, souvlaki, moussaka, dolmathe, and baklava. The tavern will serve beer, wine and spirits while you watch performances by a Greek band and Hellenic dancers.

3352 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights

Now until August 21

Lake Metroparks Farmpark Corn Maze

The three-acre Corn Maze at Lake Metropark Farmpark opens early this year on August 20.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark Corn Maze

The calendar might still say summer, but it might as well be fall at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. The park’s massive three-acre corn maze opens earlier than usual this year, giving people of all ages a chance to find their way around. While you’re there, learn about and learn to appreciate agriculture. Admission, $6-$8.

8800 Euclid Thistle Road, Kirtland

Aug. 20-Oct. 16

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South Euclid’s biggest party takes place at St. John Lutheran Church with a range of bands that includes Boaterhead, Country Redford, Carlos Jones & the PLUS Band and the Discovery Band. There will also be a karaoke contest, as well as a variety of food stalls, vendors, entertainment and games for children.

4386 Mayfield Road, South Euclid

August 19-20

CityFest Mentor

This family festival at Mentor Civic Center Park is divided into two zones. The Kids Zone features giant inflatables and interactive games and activities like an obstacle course, rock wall and ninja warrior course. The adult area has a beer trailer, cornhole, and a variety of other board games, including ax throwing. Also enjoy live music and classic Fair Trade cuisine. A parade departs from Shore Middle School Saturday at 10 a.m. Free.

8500 Munson Road, Mentor

August 19-20

West Park Romanian Festival celebrates 14 years of tradition

Dancers dressed in custom Romanian outfits showcase the country’s music and culture. (Photo by Stefanie Valentic, special for

Romanian Festival of St. Mary

This popular festival returns after a two-year absence with Romanian cuisine and pastries, imported drinks, live music, cultural dance performances, visits to churches and museums, activities for children including a bouncy house and more. Free.

3256 Warren Road, Cleveland

August 19-21

Arts in August in Tremont

Enjoy free professional dance, theater and music in Lincoln Park every weekend in August. Church of Starry Wisdom, a retro-futuristic goth-classic rock band from Akron, performs Friday. Bring your dancing shoes on Saturday for a concert by Papo Ruiz Y Dulzura De La Salsa, a 13-piece salsa band.

1200 Starkweather Ave, Cleveland

August 19-20

summer oktoberfest

Donauschwaben German-American Cultural Center at Olmsted Twp. gets a head start on the Oktoberfest festivities with a weekend full of German beer, wine, food and live music. Tickets, $10.

7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Township.

August 19-21


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