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3 things to do in Cleveland in July

Summer is in full swing in the Land, and rising temperatures mean many will be getting outside to enjoy the beauty our city offers. Whether you prefer to spend a day at the lake or in a local park, there is no shortage of activities to get outdoors this month in the Land. Need some inspiration? We have you covered.

Cleveland Tall Ships Festival

July 7–10

History buffs and Lake Erie-lovers alike can find something to do at the Cleveland Tall Ships Festival at North Coast Harbor. This four-day festival offers Clevelanders the chance to board tall ships, talk with captains, learn about history and more. The festival will open Thursday with a Parade of Sail featuring ships from the U.S., Canada and Spain. There also will be fireworks, live entertainment, food and more.

One-day general admission tickets cost $20, while seniors (65+), veterans and military personnel and children ages 3–12 pay $17. Additional ticketing options are available, including multi-day passes and opportunities to “sail away.”

Get your tickets and find out more.

Cain Park Arts Festival

July 8–10

Celebrating 45 years this year, the Cain Park Arts Festival is a free three-day event that takes place near Case Western Reserve’s campus in neighboring Cleveland Heights. The event features fine arts and crafts created by hundreds of juried artists from around the country, set alongside live entertainment and food concessions. Displayed works include paintings, jewelry, photography, glass, wood and more. Local award-winning artist George Kozmon helped curate the artwork.

The Cain Park Arts Festival will be held:

  • Friday, July 8, from 3 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 10, from noon to 5 p.m.

Learn more about the festival.

Local farmers markets


Pick up farm-fresh produce and other locally made goods at farmers markets held throughout the Cleveland area in July. Those on campus this summer can stop by the lawn in front of University Hospitals’ Lakeside Building Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the North Union Farmers Market

Other local farmers markets include Shaker Square Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon and the Sunset Market at The Van Aken District on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. on Walker Road (both also hosted by North Union Farmers Market).

Find more farmers markets in the area.