21 Things to Do in the CLE This Summer

By Carolyn Skubon, Marketing Student at Tri-C

Photo captured by Lauren Lemke Photography.

Photo captured by Lauren Lemke Photography.


As Clevelanders, we realize the importance to taking full advantage of the warm weather before it’s gone. But with so much to experience in what seems like ever-fleeting summer months, where do we start? At the 6th Annual Cleveland Young Professionals Week, we had the opportunity to ask community leaders from across the region about their favorite places to visit, as well as new and upcoming attractions in the area to give you 21 things to check off your bucket list this summer.

Thomas McNair is the Executive Director of Ohio City Inc. Thomas recommends:

  • Biking the Towpath Trail, either on your own bike or by renting one from UH Bikes

  • Shopping at the West Side Market

  • Visiting Market Square Park on W. 25th St. and Lorain Ave.

  • Admiring the 16 large-scale murals in Lakeview Terrace Estates, one of which is by artist Ananda Nahú and is the largest mural in the state of Ohio

  • Catching some rays at Edgewater Beach

  • Stopping in for a nightcap at Superelectric Pinball Parlor

Dawn Mayes is the Director of Neighborhood Planning and Engagement for the Buckeye neighborhood on Cleveland’s east side for Burton, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. Dawn recommends:

  • Checking out Boxspot on E. 81st St. and Kinsman Rd., which serves as an incubator for minority businesses. Slated to open in late July, Box Spot will feature entertainment and vendors on Saturdays during the summer.

  • Shopping and dining in the Pinecrest District

  • Visiting Nature Walk Wednesdays in the orchard behind Burton, Bell, Carr on Kinsman Rd.

  • Enjoying Kingsbury Run Park off of E. 71st St.

Jeffrey Verespej is the Executive Director of the Old Brooklyn Community. Jeffrey recommends:

  • Heading to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and taking in the Asian Lantern Festival

  • Checking out the Ben Franklin Community Garden, the largest community garden in Ohio

  • Visiting Olympian Jesse Owens’ oak tree at James Ford Rhodes High School, the last known survivor of the 4 trees Owens received after winning gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin

Catondra Noye is the Assistant Executive Director of the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation. Catondra recommends:

  • Bringing the family for movie nights in Quincy Park on the last Saturday of every month during the summer, which include free popcorn and face painting

  • Admiring the architecture of the old churches in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood

  • Stopping by the Fairfax Urban Farm, where you can buy fresh produce and flowers at the Fairfax Farm Stand on Wednesday afternoons

Jason Russell is the Neighborhood General Manager of the Van Aken District. Jason recommends:

  • Walking the grounds of Lake View Cemetery, a 150-year-old cemetery on Euclid Ave. which is currently showcasing the work of artist and photographer Michael Weil

  • Enjoying Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse on E.88th St.

  • Visiting the Glidden House in University Circle

Michael Deemer is the Executive Vice President of Business Development for the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. Michael recommends:

  • Grabbing a bite from Downtown Cleveland’s biggest food truck event at Walnut Wednesday in Perk Plaza at Chester Commons

  • Visiting the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Public Square

With so many options, it looks like it’s going to be a busy summer in The Land! What’s on your summer bucket list? If you check any of these off your list, be sure to tag @engagecleveland with the hashtag #ECSummerBucketList for your chance to be featured!

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Carolyn Skubon is currently a student at Tri-C majoring in marketing. She was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, and after spending several years on the east coast, returned to her hometown of Brunswick in 2013. She spent the next 5 years running a gym and discovered a love for social media content creation and event planning.