Elton John’s Farewell Concert and 18 Other Things to Do in Cleveland This Weekend

CLEVELAND, Ohio – This weekend, downtown Cleveland will be packed with spectators for Elton John’s headlining performance at Progressive Field.

If you can’t make it to the show, there are still plenty of other events to experience in Northeast Ohio, including art previews, dance parties, theater performances and more.

Here are some ideas on how to spend the next few days:

Elton John

The Rocket Man will say goodbye to Cleveland when he brings his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour to Progressive Field on Saturday night. The iconic singer is responsible for some of the most famous pop-rock songs ever written, like ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, ‘Tiny Dancer’ and ‘I’m Still Standing’ – and these songs will be sprinkled throughout his set at Cleveland Baseball Stadium. Tickets $249+, some also available on resale sites.

2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland

8 p.m. July 30


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Cleveland Shakespeare Festival

Catch an outdoor performance of Molière’s iconic play “The Learned Ladies” on three Cleveland Shakespeare Festival dates this weekend. Each performance will take place in a different location in northeast Ohio, with Cleveland’s downtown public square on Friday, Mentor’s James A. Garfield Historic Site on Saturday and Lorain’s Black River Landing on Sunday. Free.

Public Square, Cleveland; 8095 Mentor Ave, Mentor; 421 Black River Driveway, Lorain

7 p.m. from July 29 to 31


Inlet Dance Theater celebrates 20 years in new space, July 20, 2021

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entrance dance theater

To celebrate the troupe’s 21st anniversary, Inlet Dance Theater will host two free performances at Cain Park this weekend. On Friday, the organization will host its family morning, followed Saturday by an evening show. Both events are free and open to the public.

14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights

1 p.m. July 29, 8 p.m. July 30


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Concert “Rock The Classics” by PianoDays

The PianoDays summer showcase will host an event this weekend Friday at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Experience a mix of local bands and classical pianists, performing classic rock songs at the museum’s Union Home Mortgage Plaza. Free.

1100 E. 9th Street, Cleveland

7 p.m. on July 29


Opening of Skylight Park in Tower City Center

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Tower City Carnival

Head to Tower City for a carnival with games, magic shows, concessions, face-painters, balloon flyers and more. The family event will occupy the Skylight Park area of ​​the building. Free.

230 W. Huron Road, Cleveland

11 a.m. July 30


Muna at the Rock Hall

Indie-pop trio Muna will headline a show in Rock Hall Square on Saturday night, with support from Jensen McRae. Sing along to the band’s sugary hits like “I Know A Place,” “Silk Chiffon” and “Number One Fan” in front of the Cleveland rock icon. Tickets $21.

1100 E. 9th Street, Cleveland

8 p.m. July 30


“A Las Nubes”

Cleveland Play House will present an original play titled “A Las Nubes” in an outdoor community garden on Saturday. The Spanish piece was inspired by conversations with Clark-Fulton children and Raquel Ortiz’s “Broken Butterfly Wings” storybook. Free.

Barrio Boy Community Garden, 3333 W. 33rd St., Cleveland

11 a.m. July 30


Cleveland Orchestra Opening Night, October 14, 2021

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Glenn Miller Orchestra at Severance

Cleveland’s home of classical music will get a little jazzy on Sunday afternoons when the Glenn Miller Orchestra comes by for a performance. The 18-piece band keeps classic Miller songs like “In the Mood,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” and “Moonlight Serenade” alive. Tickets $55+.

11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland

3 p.m. on July 31


toddy shop in cleveland heights adapts to covid

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Music and dancing at the Grog Shop and B Side

On Saturday evening, The Grog Shop and its downstairs sister business, B Side, will offer two unique events. Upstairs, check out The Grievance Club, Curtail, I Hate It Too and Ophelia Going Wild. Downstairs, stop by the Emo Nite dance party later in the night. Tickets $16 to $17 per event.

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights

8 p.m. July 30


Kamms Corners Farmers Market sign

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Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market

Stock up on fresh produce and groceries at this week’s Farmer’s Market in Kamm’s Corners. Plus, shop around for handicrafts and learn about family-friendly activities while you’re there. Free to attend.

Corner of W. 168th St. and Albers Ave., Cleveland

10am-1pm July 31


Gallery talk at Kaiser Gallery

Art can have an impact on the environment. Cleveland-based artist Jonah Jacobs and environmental scientist Megan Romanchok will discuss Jacobs’ eco-friendly designs at the Kaiser Gallery’s weekend discussion event in Tremont. Free.

2418 Professor Ave, Cleveland

6 p.m. July 30


Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of Temptations

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‘It’s not too proud to beg’ at Playhouse Square

Follow the Temptations from their Detroit beginnings to their worldwide fame in this musical featuring the band’s hits ‘My Girl’, ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’, ‘Get Ready’ and ‘Just My Imagination’. The Playhouse Square shows are part of the play’s first nationwide tour of the United States. Tickets from $29 to $129.

1519 Euclid Ave, Cleveland

Until July 31


Asian Lantern Festival 2022

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Asian Lantern Festival

Massive displays of light will fill the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in the evening for this year’s Asian Lantern Festival. Visitors can also watch live performances including contortion and foot juggling, and an Asian food market. Walk-in tickets are available for $22. Drive-through tickets and walk-in four-ticket packs are also available for $66.

3900 Wildlife Road, Cleveland

Until August 21


FRONT The Cleveland Museum of Art's triennial exhibitions explore themes of artistic vision, community and transient joy

Breathe Fully and Free: A Statement, a Revision, a Correction (19°36’16.9″N 72°13’07.0″W, 42° 21’48.762″ N 71°1’59.628″ W), 2021. Firelei BaezSteven Litt, cleveland.com

FRONT Triennial

More than 100 artists are featured in dozens of locations across northeast Ohio in this triennial international exhibit, first held in 2018. This year’s series is titled “Oh , Gods of Dust and Rainbows”, from a poem by Langston Hughes. Plus, workshops, film screenings, readings, talks, performances and more. Free.

Until October 2


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Morgan Conservatory building with an event flag attached to it.

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CAN Triennial

The Collective Arts Network (CAN) is organizing its second CAN triennial this summer, after a year of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. The showcase of works by local artists will appear at various venues across Cleveland, themed “You Are Here.” More than a dozen exhibitions will make up the event, which will take place once every three years. Free.

Various locations in Cleveland

July 8-August. 31


Cleveland Botanical Gardens exhibits

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“Wake Up Everywhere” at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Textile artist Rachel Hayes has put together a massive installation at the Cleveland Botanical Garden titled “Awake in Every Sense.” Fabric creations add a splash of color to outdoor garden spaces. Tickets $12-$16.

11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland

Until September 18


Event flyer for Something Rotten!

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“Something rotten! » at the Beck Center

Imagine trying to compete in playwriting at the same time as Shakespeare. This is the setup behind the comedy “Something Rotten!”, the latest Beck Center for the Arts production. Follow two brothers who aim to write a hit play in 1595 and end up writing the first-ever musical. Tickets $10 to $34.

17801 Detroit Ave, Lakewood

July 8-August. seven


The new Science of Rock N' Roll exhibit opens at the Great Lakes Science Center, March 24, 2022

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The science of rock’n’roll! at the Great Lakes Science Center

Discover the technology of the recording industry and the physiological effects of music on our brain or our body in this new interactive exhibition. Or strum on an electric guitar, play the drums or sing in a recording studio to create your own music. Tickets, $13.95 to $16.95.

601 Erieside Ave, Cleveland

Now until September 5


The Cleveland Museum of Art announces exhibitions for 2021-2022

“Adut Akech”, 2019, by Campbell Addy, will be presented in 2022 at the Cleveland Museum of Art in “The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion”. Image courtesy of Aperture, New York, 2019. © Campbell AddyCourtesy of Aperture, New York, 2019. © Campbell Addy

The New Black Vanguard: photography between art and fashion

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s latest exhibition is a traveling exhibition focusing on black fashion design and fashion photography. Exclusive to Cleveland is a trio of installations with models and clothes arranged by stylist-photographers Arielle Bobb-Willis and Daniel Obasi, and stylist Jermaine Daley. Tickets, $6 to $12.

11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland

Now until September 11


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