Fun Cleveland Weekend Ideas: 5/12/23 – 5/14/23

May 11, 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, May 12th

Guardians vs. Angels @ Progressive Field

Guardians host the Angels at Progressive Field this weekend for a 3-game series. The weather should be much better than it has been for the last few homestands, so let’s get out there and provide some energy and passion for our team against phenom Shohei Otani.

Lizzo – Rocket Mortgage Field House

Head over to the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and experience the electrifying performance of Lizzo. While the sweet and uplifting melodies are certainly a highlight, don’t

An Evening of Magic and Mentalism with The Alans

Looking for a special night out in Cleveland? Look no further than The Alex Theater at The 9! As the city’s premier destination for date night, this venue is home to the longest-running magic show in Cleveland’s history. With limited capacity, the intimate setting ensures an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling like the magic was just for you.

The show’s headliners are none other than Jason and Stacy Alan, a husband and wife duo whose love story is almost as magical as their performance. Jason has been a magician his entire life, while Stacy left her career as a mental health therapist to join him over 9 years ago as his magical partner in crime. Together, they create an unforgettable theatrical experience that combines Jason’s lifelong passion for magic with Stacy’s deep understanding of the mind.

Recently featured on the CW’s hit show, Penn & Teller Fool Us, The Alans perform nationwide and are not to be missed. So why not join them at The Alex Theater for an evening of magic and mentalism? Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show starts promptly at 7 PM. Get ready for a roller coaster ride of emotions as you experience the magic of In Cahoots with The Alans!

Saturday, May 13th

An Evening with Natalie Merchant

Tonight at 8, Natalie Merchant, former singer of the popular band 10,000 Maniacs, will perform at the State Theatre as part of her tour promoting her ninth solo album, Keep Your Courage. Merchant joined 10,000 Maniacs at the age of 17 in 1981, where she showcased her exceptional vocal abilities. Her talent would contribute to the band’s commercial triumph in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with hits like “What’s the Matter Here?” “These Are the Days,” and “Like the Weather,” which feature folk-pop melodies.

Teen Night at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

This event at CMNH is exclusively for the youth of The Land and is designed for young adults aged 13-18. It offers a delightful combination of good food, science, and fun, as well as opportunities to engage with local organizations that cater to teens. Whether you’re a high school student excelling in AP biology or simply a curious middle-schooler, there will be plenty of exciting activities to explore this weekend. Admission is free with advanced registration, and the event will take place on May 12 from 6-9 p.m.


Great Lakes Brewery: It’s the midpoint to Halloween! Embark on a special Haunted History Tour to explore the origins of our renowned brewpub and the spine-chilling ghost stories associated with it, along with some eerie tales from Cleveland. Tours last approximately 45-60 minutes and include your first beer at the pub, as well as a tour pint glass for you to take home.

Sunday, May 14th (Mother’s Day)

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Cleveland Aquarium Mothers Day Weekend

Discover some incredible facts about animal parents during the “fin-tastic” Mother’s Day Weekend at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Did you know that Surinam toad eggs are embedded into their mom’s skin, or that green tree python moms coil themselves around their eggs during incubation but abandon their offspring once they hatch? Take part in a parenting-themed contest and enjoy extended hours from 9 am to 6 pm (last entry at 5 pm). Moreover, visiting mothers will receive a parent pin upon arrival.

Stephanie White, the Aquarium’s General Manager, emphasizes the significance and lasting impact of shared experiences. She believes that a family outing to the aquarium, particularly one that involves teamwork to complete a trivia challenge, can facilitate a deeper connection with loved ones and the natural world.

Merwin’s Wharf

Merwin’s Wharf is situated at Irishtown Bend on the Cuyahoga River, offering breathtaking views of the water and wildlife. It’s conveniently located near various recreational activities. The restaurant is nestled in Cleveland’s Flats neighborhood, a post-industrial area. Merwin’s Wharf seamlessly connects visitors to urban green spaces while providing them with a selection of fresh, locally sourced, and seasonal menu items to enjoy.


With a 22-seat hardwood bar offering more than 130 varieties of whiskey and a menu that emphasizes soups, salads, exquisite sandwiches, and luxurious burgers, this place is like a refined version of a backyard BBQ. The pistachio-crusted goat cheese appetizer ($13), served with naan, honey, and seasonal preserves, and the jumbo lump crab cakes ($15), pan-seared and accompanied by lemon aioli, are both excellent choices. Be sure to try the house-smoked short rib, which is featured in various dishes and is the star of the show.

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