If you haven’t visited Cleveland before, 2015 would be an ideal time to arrive. As the city prepares to host the 2016 Republican Convention, new hotels and restaurants are opening up all over the city. Check out these top five reasons to visit Cleveland in the coming year.
Market District, Ohio City
Date: Feb. 21, 2015
By the middle of February, just about everyone is looking forward to spring. But we all know that won’t really arrive for some time yet. Cleveland does offer an event, however, that will break you out of that winter funk. The Brite Winter festival is a night full of music, art, drinking and dancing that will definitely warm your spirits. Over 20,000 people showed up for the festival in 2014, and 2015 looks to be an even larger event.
39th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival
Tower City Cinemas
230 W. Huron Road
Cleveland, OH 44113
Date: March 18-29, 2015
Downtown Cleveland hosts the Cleveland International Film Festival every year at the Tower City Cinemas. The 39th edition of the film festival happens this March, but people start selecting their films and ordering tickets months in advance. Organizers expect over 100,000 people to come see one or more films during the 11-day event. With special ticket packages, you can easily watch a dozen or more of the world’s best new films. Talk about popcorn overload!
Cleveland Air Show
Helicopters and planes can be seen up close at the Cleveland Air Show
Burke Lakefront Airport
1501 N. Marginal Road
Cleveland, OH 44114
If you like speed, ear-rattling noise and sleek, shiny airplanes, your senses will come alive at the Cleveland Air Show. Every year on Labor Day Weekend, the skies over downtown’s Burke Lakefront Airport feature some of the finest flying machines in the nation. Burke opens its tarmac so attendees can view many of the planes close up and meet their pilots. From stunt pilots to wing walkers to supersonic fighters, there’s plenty to keep aviation buffs coming back every year.
The Cleveland Orchestra Summer Season
Blossom Music Center
1145 W. Steels Corners Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
The world renowned Cleveland Orchestra has been performing its summer season at Blossom Music Center each year since 1968. This beautifully landscaped, 200-acre outdoor amphitheater has both fixed seating and lawn seating options. Those sitting on the lawn will typically bring a picnic dinner to enjoy before or during the show. Multiple performances during the summer season ensure ample opportunities to garner tickets. The beautiful night skies and the lovely sounds of the orchestra make for a magical evening. While in the neighborhood, take in all that Cuyahoga Valley National Park has to offer.
Parade The Circle
11150 E. Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
If you’ve seen the huge costumes featured at Mardi Gras, you’ve got an idea as to what to expect at Parade the Circle. Starting at the Museum of Art in University Circle, the parade features some of the wildest and most beautiful costumes ever seen locally. From Chinese dragons to stilt-walking gladiators, various groups parade around the oval and make for tremendous picture-taking opportunities. Bring your own chair and grab a seat along the curb for the best viewing opportunities. Afterwards, meet the performers and grab a bite to eat in the grassy oval across from the museum. For more things to see and do in University Circle, consult the link below.
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