New Events 2019
MLB ALL-STAR GAME | JULY 9
Progressive Field hosts the Midsummer Classic on July 9. MLB All-Star FanFest brings interactive exhibits and autograph sessions during its July 5-9 run at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Step into the batter’s box, toe the rubber or just rub elbows with baseball legends. Fun fact: Cleveland has hosted the ASG six times — more than any other team.
SUSTAINABLE CLEVELAND | JUNE TBD
In 2019, Sustainable Cleveland commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River fire. But, make no mistake; The Land is all about clean living and going green these days. Expect special activities on and around that infamous June 22 date.
CONCACAF GOLD CUP | JUNE 22
World-class international soccer returns to The Land for a Gold Cup doubleheader at FirstEnergy Stadium. We do all kinds of football in Cleveland. On June 22, the United States Men’s National Team arrives for a pivotal Group D showdown. Cheer on the red, white and blue as they seek another continental championship.
VISIT ME IN CLE WEEKEND | JUNE 21-23
Consider yourself a Cleveland expert? Perfect. Now it’s time to share the love. Tell friends and family to pack their bags and get to the North Shore on June 21-23 for Visit Me in CLE Weekend.
TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL | JULY 11-14
Those majestic Tall Ships once again drop anchor in Downtown Cleveland this summer. From July 11-14, embrace maritime life with waterfront activities, day sails and boat tours. Honestly, we like to just gawk at these beauties. It all kicks off on July 11 with the Parade of Sail.
CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART
CMA never disappoints. Until March 3, 2019, experience the “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” exhibit to learn more about this American art rockstar. Her artwork, signature style and public persona all go under the microscope in this rare look at a modern legend. The museum follows that up with “Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art” (April 9–June 30).
A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE
Become an honorary member of the Parker fam with the new tours and overnight stays at this West 11th landmark. Just don’t stick your tongue on any frozen flagpoles. Next door to the A Christmas Story House, the renovated Bumpus House offers unique overnight accommodations options like “Hound Dog Haven” and “Stolen Turkey Suite.”
Brains and brawn collide in Cedar Point’s all-new interactive attraction, the Forbidden Frontier. Cedar Point’s newest addition challenges intrepid explorers with physical trials, mind-bending puzzles and the curious inhabitants of Adventure Island.
GREATER CLEVELAND AQUARIUM
A $250,000 investment will upgrade almost 75 percent of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s public space. That means more species, improved classrooms and a bigger spotted turtle exhibit. Never fear — the aquarium remains open throughout the renovation.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CLEVELAND
MOCA Cleveland might be the art of now, but 2019 is all about celebrating the museum’s 50th anniversary. From March 22–July 28, swing by for Lee Mingwei’s self-titled exhibition that features four interactive projects. Stop in often as the galleries change three times a year.
It’s going to be another show-stopping year under the chandelier at Playhouse Square. January opens with the classic romance of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” before the Broadway Series kicks into high gear with “Miss Saigon,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “School of Rock,” “A Bronx Tale” and “Come From Away.” This summer, “The Lion King” caps off an unforgettable season.
ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME
Last year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame unveiled an entire floor dedicated to the genre’s biggest stars — with the “Power of Rock Experience” a particular highlight. Although the Class of ‘19 will be inducted in Brooklyn, their HOF exhibit arrives in the spring. Until then, give the rock-themed pinball machines at “Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball” a spin.
QUICKEN LOANS ARENA
After The Q’s $185 million transformation project, you won’t recognize the place. Seriously, it’s stunning. The glass facade and atrium headline a dramatic exterior makeover, while several new clubs enhance the game-day experience. With these swanky new digs, no wonder the league awarded Cleveland the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.
THE FLATS EAST BANK
Phase III of the redevelopment to the Flats East Bank brings a 12-story mixed-use building with 300+ apartments, rooftop green space, an outdoor pool and tons of retail. And, by summer, three more riverfront restaurants will open along the east bank of the Cuyahoga River. Don’t sleep on the high-end iPic cinema, which developer Scott Wolstein dubs the “Rolls-Royce of movie theaters.”
Ohio City’s Market Plaza shopping center transforms into a mixed-use space complete with a 12-story office building, another for apartments, and plenty of shopping. Talk about a perfect complement to the nearby West Side Market.
CLEVELAND BREWERY PASSPORT
Get your drink on in 2019. Pick up your free brewery passport at any of the 30(!) participating breweries and start collecting those stamps. Oh, there are prizes, too. (As if we needed any more incentive to appreciate the booming Cleveland brew scene.)
(Source: Cleveland Scene)
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