As the summer winds down, the summer events and festivals are also winding down. But, don’t miss these five Cleveland summer events that are family friendly and enjoyable to all. From fun in the sun to paddling the lake to browsing from booth to booth at the last of the summer festivals, take hold of the summer by doing something fun and memorable. Take a gander at a stand-up paddle board and find your talent while competing in a top chef contest during the Garlic Festival. But, whatever strikes your fancy, enjoy the rest of the summer the Cleveland way.
Euclid Beach Live 
Euclid Beach
16301 Lakeshore Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44110
(216) 635-3200

Date: August 12, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

This is the last of the 10-week summer concert series for the year. Relax on the coast of Lake Erie feeling the cool breeze through the hair and listening to the cool jazz, blues, Motown, rock-n-roll music of the 147 Band. Located on the Euclid Creek Reservation, this location has been enjoyed for years by all Clevelanders and provides a relaxing atmosphere for festivals, beach parties, family gatherings and more. This festival will include a row of specialty food trucks to tantalize everyone’s taste buds. Kids events are planned to keep the little ones involved. It’s expected to be a grand family event to not be missed.

3rd Annual Whiskey Island SUP Race And Festival 
Cleveland Metro Lakefront Reservation/ Wendy Park
2800 Whiskey Island Drive
Cleveland, OH 44103
(216) 341-1704

Date: August 20, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SUP water sports are becoming increasingly popular in the Ohio region because of the ease of portability. Love the water? Love water sports? Then this is the event for those that live and breathe being on the waters of Lake Erie. Bring or rent the SUP boards to participate in the six mile elite race, two-mile challenge race or kids course that kicks off the festival. Board rentals are $10 for the festival. Following the races, an award ceremony will celebrate the winners and kick off the annual festival for all to enjoy. Interested in stand-up paddle boards? There will be free demonstrations and chances to try SUP boards. Enjoy live music, door prizes and more during this free festival. To participate in the SUP races, the costs are $40 adults and $15 for youth.

Cleveland Garlic Festival
North Union Farmer’s Market
13111 Shaker Square
Cleveland, OH 44120
(216) 751-7656

Date: August 27-28, 2016 at noon

Garlic, Garlic, Garlic! The aroma can be witnessed before even hitting the entrance of the festival. From garlic pizza, garlic ice cream to garlic hamburgers, it’s endless what types of foods can be made with garlic and this festival showcases the possibilities. Think you the greatest chef in Cleveland? Test your skills during a Top Chef Competition to be crowned the champion of the year. Food lovers will enjoy the selection of the garlic entrees. Others will love the many retail booths, art booths, children activities and more. It only happens once a year — don’t miss this one.

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The Cleveland Flea
3615 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114

Date: September 10, 2016 at 9 a.m.

This is an event that runs through April to December and is scheduled on a monthly basis. Each month is as different from the last. The Cleveland Flea highlights the talents of local Cleveland merchants and artists. Each month, vendors set up their booths to offer visitors a wide variety of items from antiques to modern home collectibles. The Wondering Wardrobe, featuring chic and hip women’s clothing, usually makes an appearance as well as many food trucks, including the Cleveland Fire Truck Pizza truck. The flea isn’t a flea market, it’s a collective event that features recycled items for indoors as well as out. Even though wintertime is a great time to visit The Cleveland Flea, nothing can be as exciting as shopping in a vacant parking lot in the streets of Cleveland. It offers delicious food, great music from locals and every now and then visitors may even witnesses a filming of a movie or the presence of a Hollywood star.

18th Annual Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival
Cleveland’s Lincoln Park
1050 Stark Weather Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 635-3200

Date: September 17, 2016 at  11 a.m.

With over 130 vendors of art and culturally focused merchandise, the Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival is the place to get to the roots of heritage. Whether the visitor is German, Scottish, Irish or Polish, by genetics, visitors can experience a little of all cultures and leave with a better understanding of each ethnicity, not only through merchandise but also through performances, music and the food. It’s a great family-friendly atmosphere in one of the greatest and beautiful Cleveland’s Lincoln Park.

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