Photo of downtown Cleveland and a contemporary skyline reflecting Lake Erie marina. Courtesy of Getty Images.
Courtesy of Getty Images

3 things to do in Cleveland in May

Whether you’re powering through the end of finals or coordinating your post-semester plans, you’re likely looking forward to the much-anticipated summer months and the many events they bring.

May is a great time to explore Cleveland and we’ve pulled together some suggestions for members of the Case Western Reserve University community to get started.

Looking for more ideas? Check out the Destination Cleveland website.


May 17–19

Experience music in a new, unique way during this experimental music festival. The Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project will host Re:Sound May 17–19 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. each day. Featuring local and visiting artists, this event will be held in spaces throughout the city to promote innovation and creativity in music.

There will be live performances each evening during the festival and sound displays throughout the day.

View the program to learn more about what to expect.

Cleveland Asian Festival

May 18–19

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with authentic cuisine and performances during the annual Cleveland Asian Festival May 18–19.

This community-organized event recognizes the rich fabric of Asian cultures represented in Cleveland. A variety of performances will be held on two stages, including a traditional lion dance, an Asian pop dance competition, martial arts demonstrations, Bollywood dance and more.

More than 100 vendors will participate in the World Marketplace and guests can grab a bite to eat from over 25 local restaurants. There also will be free health screenings, games, activities and more.

Learn more about the Cleveland Asian Festival.

Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off

May 24–27

Kick off summer and the Memorial Day holiday weekend at Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off May 24–27. Held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, this event brings together some of the best rib-making teams across the country to compete for prizes.

Ribs not your thing? Traditional fair favorites will be available, such as fries, cotton candy, deep-fried treats and more. 

Entertainment will include live music from a variety of genres and a children’s area.

Visit the event website to learn more.