Photo of the cherry blossoms at Wade Lagoon

7 things to do around Cleveland in the spring

Though it’s been a relatively mild winter here in Northeast Ohio, last week’s frigid temperatures likely had you wishing for spring. Good news: You need not wait any longer. Today (March 20) is the first day of the season.

To mark the occasion, The Daily has compiled a list of seven things you can do around Cleveland in the coming months. 

Read on to learn more—and don’t forget to mark your calendar. 

1. Go flower peeping. 

There’s no better time to admire the beauty of flowers than spring. See fresh blooms at Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden, time a visit to see the hills of daffodils at Lake View Cemetery or stroll through the paths of cherry blossoms at Wade Lagoon (which bloom in March and April). 

2. Go on a bike ride. 

Grab your gear and breathe in some fresh air on a bike ride at any number of locations around Cleveland—from the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail to those in Euclid Creek Reservation, Rocky River Reservation, and Edgewater State Park. Learn about bike trails near Cleveland.

3. Attend a festival. 

Embrace a new culture or celebrate your own at a festival this spring, whether it’s the Cleveland International Film Festival (March 22-April 1), Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival (April 5-16), Cleveland Asian Festival (May 20-21), or Tremont Greek Fest (May 27-30). 

4. Chase waterfalls. 

We know TLC told you not to, but think again. Spring showers are good for plenty of things—including chasing waterfalls. The Cleveland area has several notable waterfalls to visit, whether you prefer an easily accessible one or you’re looking to hike. See some local waterfalls.

5. Attend the home openers for the Guardians or RubberDucks. 

Baseball is pretty much synonymous with summertime, but springtime home openers are just around the corner. Plan to attend the Akron RubberDucks home opener against the Erie Seawolves on April 6, or the Cleveland Guardians home opener against the Seattle Mariners on April 7

6. Cheer on runners and walkers (or partake yourself) in the Cleveland Marathon. 

Slated for May 20-21, the Cleveland Marathon welcomes runners and walkers to participate in the full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K. Find out more about the race and register.

7. Attend Pride in the CLE. 

It may seem like a ways away, but Cleveland’s pride festival, Pride in the CLE, is just 75 days away. The event saw 15,000 attendees in 2022—and expects to bring in just as many this year on June 3 (which, yes, is still spring!). Mark your calendar for Pride in the CLE.