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3 things to do in Cleveland in April

The NCAA Women’s Final Four is this weekend, the total solar eclipse is just a week away, and the Cleveland Guardians are opening the home portion of their season next Monday. And those are just some of the highlights for the next week.

Cleveland is the place to be this month—and members of the Case Western Reserve University community have a front row seat to it all. Looking for some more ideas? We have you covered with three events happening around Cleveland this month.

None of these pique your interest? There is no shortage of activities this month in Cleveland. Check the Destination Cleveland website for more options.

48th Cleveland International Film Festival

April 3–13

A perennial favorite, the 48th Cleveland International Film Festival will feature 138 feature films and 225 short films from producers around the world. Founded in 1977, the festival remains one of the longest-running and largest film festivals in the country.

This year’s event will be held April 3–13, followed by CIFF48 Streams—during which select films will be available for online viewing—April 14–21.

In-person films will be shown at Playhouse Square. View the program lineup and get your tickets. Discounts are available for members of the CWRU community.

Total solar eclipse

April 8

Cleveland will be a hotspot on Monday, April 8, when a total solar eclipse will pass overhead. Visitors are expected to flock to Cleveland to experience the phenomenon of the moon passing between the sun and earth. 

Though heavy traffic and road closures could impact transportation throughout the city on the day of the eclipse, celebrations will be held throughout the week to help residents and visitors get in the spirit.

At CWRU, members of the campus community can attend a watch party—or engage in some special programming exploring the history and science of eclipses. Get more information about CWRU’s solar eclipse programming. 

Whether you’re looking for something closer to home or to do in the weekend ahead of the eclipse, you’ll have plenty of options. We couldn’t pick just one, but luckily, Destination Cleveland has compiled a guide of special eclipse events and information.

Find out where to get eclipse glasses on campus.

Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert: Broadway Rocks

April 12

Hear some familiar tunes during the Cleveland Pops Orchestra’s next concert, featuring Broadway hits. Joined by vocalists Morgan James, Dan Domenech and Lakisha Jones, the orchestra will play favorites from popular productions such as The Lion King, Mamma Mia, Rent, Wicked and more.

Held at Severance Hall, the concert will be Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m. Get your tickets.

Editor’s note: Looking at a solar eclipse without proper protection can cause eye damage. In most cases, the effects are temporary, but the damage can be permanent. It takes just seconds for damage to occur. Symptoms of eye damage from a solar eclipse include blurry vision, headache, a blind spot in the central vision, sensitivity to light, distorted vision and changes in perception of color. If you experience these symptoms after the solar eclipse, you should contact your ophthalmologist. Learn more about the impact of the solar eclipse on vision.