Fun Cleveland/NEO Weekend Ideas: 6/30/23 – 7/2/23

July 1, 2023

Todd Hall

Cleveland/NEO This Weekend: Our Picks

Looking for some things to do this weekend in Cleveland and the surrounding Northeast Ohio area to make the most of your weekend? There’s so much to see and do, even for those who are already familiar with the area. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or a recent transplant, there’s always something new to discover in Cleveland and NEO. So why not get out and explore this weekend?

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Friday, June 30th

Boston Mills Artfest Preview Party

The Boston Mills Artfest, a cherished annual event in the art community, is celebrated nationwide. This exquisite art show spans two weekends, taking place from June 30 to July 2. The weekend offers a distinct experience, showcasing the remarkable talents of 150 artists, culminating in a grand total of 300 artists across both weekends. With its national appeal, the show attracts artists from approximately 35 different states across the country each year.

Preview Party

June 30 from 6:00p – 9:00p, a special Preview Night Party is held on the Friday evening before each of the two Artfest weekend general shows. This party includes your first chance to view and buy the works on display. A wine and craft beer tasting, hors d’oeuvres by our friends at Giant Eagle Market District, fun live music, and a chance to mingle with other Artfest patrons and artists keeps these evenings festive. The show features various wines, and craft beers, and is a fully catered event.  All artwork on display is for sale. Don’t miss your first chance to explore the exceptional show from this juried Artfest.

What a Preview Party Ticket Includes: A full buffet-style catered food area from our local friends at Giant Eagle Market District passed hors d’oeuvres, three drink tickets to be used on craft beer or wine, live music, and first and exclusive access to the artwork on display.  Also grants access to the following two days of the General Show (July 1 and 2 for Show 2).

Preview Party Ticket Package:  Access to both Preview Party Nights (June 30) at a bundled rate of $169.99.  Also grants access to all General Show dates (June 24, 25, and July 1, 2).  Valid for the same patron both Preview Parties, non-transferable.

Preview Party Tickets: $99 each, either show (note- this exclusive party historically sells out prior to walk-up tickets becoming available). 

The Boston Mills Artfest, a cherished annual event in the art community, is celebrated nationwide. This exquisite art show spans two weekends, taking place from June 30 to July 2. The weekend offers a distinct experience, showcasing the remarkable talents of 150 artists, culminating in a grand total of 300 artists across both weekends. With its national appeal, the show attracts artists from approximately 35 different states across the country each year.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting setting of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as you visit the Boston Mills Artfest. Delight in the diverse array of over a dozen unique mediums and artistic works created by some of the most gifted artists from across the nation. Indulge in craft beer, wine, and delectable food offerings, while enjoying the splendid garden space generously provided by our friends at Petiti’s.

Shania Twain – Blossom

Shania Twain, a renowned country superstar who dominated the music charts in the ’90s, made an unexpected departure from performing in the early 2000s. She revealed that her voice had been significantly weakened by Lyme disease and dysphonia, rendering her unable to sing effectively. Determined to restore her vocal abilities, she underwent extensive efforts to rehabilitate her voice. Eventually, she achieved a remarkable triumph by returning to the stage and securing a successful residency at the Colosseum in Las Vegas. This experience at the Colosseum not only inspired a new single but also paved the way for a sensational world tour in 2018. Now revitalized and brimming with enthusiasm, the esteemed country music icon will grace the stage at Blossom tonight at 7:30, promising an unforgettable performance.

4th of July Weekend Bash – Twisted Social Club

Celebrate the 4th of July Weekend in style at Twist Social Club!

Join us for an unforgettable weekend bash that will set the dance floor on fire and leave you wanting more. From Friday to Tuesday, get ready to immerse yourself in the ultimate celebration of freedom!

Experience an explosive line-up of parties throughout the entire weekend, featuring electrifying music that will keep you grooving all night long. Enjoy the best of both worlds with our indoor and outdoor bar options, and dance your heart out on our open-air patio.

Don’t let this opportunity slip away! Be a part of the hottest 4th of July parties in town, exclusively at Twist Social Club. It’s going to be a weekend you won’t want to miss!



Saturday, July 1st

Punkie Johnson

Punkie Johnson, a comedian, and writer originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, made her debut on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in 2020. Her talent extended beyond the sketch comedy show as she also showcased her skills in the second season of HBO Max’s highly acclaimed series, LOVE LIFE, earning praise from Time Magazine for her exceptional performance. Notable appearances in her career include roles in SPACE FORCE on Netflix, A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW on HBO, and BILL BURR PRESENTS THE RINGERS on Comedy Central. Additionally, Punkie contributed as a writer/consultant to the upcoming series reboot of QUEER AS FOLK on Peacock.

Continuing her impressive trajectory, Punkie will soon grace the screen in BOTTOMS, a film by Orion, directed by Emma Seligman (known for Shiva Baby) and produced by Elizabeth Banks’s Brownstone Productions.

Beer Pong Tournament – Brewdog Cleveland

Prepare yourself for the ultimate beer pong extravaganza! Join us on Saturday, July 1st at 7:00 PM for an electrifying beer pong tournament taking place at 1956 Carter Road, Cleveland, OH 44113.

Come armed with your A-game and go head-to-head against fellow beer-pong enthusiasts for a chance to win sensational prizes. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, this event is tailor-made for you. Don’t let the fun slip away! Round up your friends and get ready to have a blast. We’ll provide the tables, cups, and balls, so all you need to bring is your competitive spirit and your preferred beer.

You can sign up as a dynamic duo or as an individual player, and we’ll pair you up with another solo ponger. Participants do not need to be 21+ to play, but winners must be 21+ with a valid ID to claim Headliner Add-ons. The tournament will follow a round-robin, single-elimination format. The triumphant champion will walk away with fantastic prizes!

We will adhere to the rules of the Official World Series of Beer Pong, which can be viewed at the following link: https://bpong.com/wsobp/official-rules-of-the-world-series-of-beer-pong/

Mark this date on your calendar and RSVP today. We are eagerly looking forward to seeing you there!

USFL Championship Game – Hall of Fame Stadium

Can the Birmingham Stallions maintain their dominant streak in the United States Football League, or will the Pittsburgh Maulers pull off a stunning victory to secure one of the most unexpected league championships in recent professional sports history? On Saturday, Alex McGough and the 9-2 Stallions will face off against Troy Williams and the 5-6 Maulers in the highly anticipated second USFL Championship Game. The game is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. ET at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, located at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.


Sunday, July 2nd

Rebelution – Jacobs Pavilion

Rebelution, hailing from Santa Barbara, California, is an acclaimed reggae-rock band that has risen to prominence as one of the leading acts in the genre. Originally formed in 2004 by Eric Rachmany (vocals/guitar), Rory Carey (keyboards), Marley D. Williams (bass), and Wesley Finley (drums), the group swiftly gained momentum with their debut album, Courage to Grow, released in 2007. Over the years, Rebelution has continued to captivate audiences with its music, delivering five studio albums, two live albums, and several EPs.

Blending reggae, rock, dub, and hip-hop, while infusing elements of soul and funk, Rebelution’s musical style is an enticing fusion. Their sound has often drawn comparisons to other beloved acts such as Sublime and Slightly Stoopid. While showcasing a strong reggae influence, Rebelution has skillfully incorporated diverse genres, resulting in a distinctive and easily recognizable musical identity.


Anthem Summer Concert at BigShots Golf Firestone

Get ready to kick off your summer with a bang at the biggest party of the season! Join us for an electrifying concert featuring country artists Adam Doleac and Alana Springsteen, followed by a breathtaking fireworks show. This unforgettable event will take place on Sunday, July 2, at BigShots Golf at Firestone, located at 600 Swartz Road, Akron, OH 44319.

The schedule of events promises an evening filled with excitement and entertainment for everyone. The festivities will begin at 5:30 PM, with shuttles available to transport Firestone members and guests to BigShots. Once you arrive, prepare yourself for an incredible night ahead.

The doors will open promptly at 6:00 PM, giving you plenty of time to find the perfect spot to enjoy the show. But for those looking for an exclusive experience, we have something special in store. At 6:30 PM, there will be a VIP Meet and Greet with Adam Doleac in the BigShots Golf Event Room. This exclusive opportunity allows you to mingle with the talented artist himself and make memories to last a lifetime. Please note that this special meet and greet is limited to 40 people, so be sure to secure your spot in advance.

As the evening progresses, the excitement will reach new heights. At 7:00 PM, VIP ticket holders will be ushered to the front of the stage, ensuring an up-close and personal experience with the performers. You’ll feel the energy of the crowd and the electric atmosphere as you enjoy every beat and melody.

At 7:20 PM, the sensational Alana Springsteen will take the stage, captivating the audience with her powerful vocals and infectious energy. Get ready to sing along and dance to her hit songs as she sets the stage on fire.

Then, at 8:00 PM, the moment you’ve been waiting for will arrive. Adam Doleac, the renowned country artist, will command the stage with his undeniable talent and charisma. Prepare to be moved by his soulful voice and mesmerizing performance as he delivers his chart-topping hits and fan favorites.

But the excitement doesn’t end there. As the clock nears 9:30 PM, get ready to be dazzled by a stunning fireworks display that will light up the night sky. The combination of music, lights, and explosions will create a magical atmosphere that you won’t want to miss.

This summer extravaganza is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with friends and family, embracing the joy and freedom that comes with the season. So mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and make your way to BigShots Golf at Firestone on Sunday, July 2. It’s the hottest ticket in town, and you don’t want to miss out on the biggest party of the summer!


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