1979 W. 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
With a history of over 100 years, the West Side Market is THE place to purchase the freshest food available from one 104 vendors. Spend an afternoon perusing the offerings of the various stalls with a special eye on the delectable and unusual. Vendors can give you tips on preparation and cooking techniques. Finish the frate off with a home cooked dinner for two. Market hours are Monday and Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and now with hours on Sundays 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., closed Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Cleveland Museum Of Art
Cleveland, OH 44106
At the Cleveland Museum of Art the first Friday of each month is designated as MIX at CMA. This event is an ever changing evening of art, music, and mingling designed for the 18 and older crowd. Each MIX features different demonstrations, performances, artists, crafters, poets, or exhibits. There are also special tours and activities provided. The museum is even open to suggestions for future program ideas. A cash bar is supplied and food is available for purchase. Tickets to MIX are just $15 per person and sell out quickly. MIX at CMA is the first Friday of each month from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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13200 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
The pins started dropping in 1924 and have not stopped since but this is not your father’s bowling alley. Although they offer shoe rentals and free bowling ball usage as the other alleys, what makes Mahall’s different is that it has a fully stocked bar as well as live music and performances most nights. Think of it as a live concert/theater bar with a bowling alley attached. They even have salsa dancing some evenings. The menu is kept simple yet tasty with burgers, fries, tacos, house chips with salsa, popcorn, hot pretzels and fried chicken (by the piece or dinner style).
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is one of the best all around Zoo locations in the country. Take an entire day to tour the rain forest exhibit as well as African Elephant Crossing, Wolf Lodge, Australian Adventure (complete with an awesome tree house and Station House), Wilderness Trek and Circle of Life Carousel to name a few. You may need two days to see it all. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The Q Arena
200 Touchdown Drive
It’s a rock concert with a football game attached. Arena football is fast, furious and high scoring due to the shortened field and cushioned out of bounds. Catch a football in the stands, it’s yours to keep. This is a great place for a frate that will not kill your entertainment budget (unless you buy something to eat or drink).
Mac’s Backs Books
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Poetry readings, meet the authors evenings, book signings, book clubs and writing workshops are just part of the surprises to be found at Mac’s Books. Three floors of new and used books and magazines make a trip there an adventure in literature. Mac’s Books carries classics, mysteries, science fiction, contemporary fiction and non-fiction. Bring a friend a browse to your heart’s content. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a. m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.