Fun Cleveland Weekend Ideas: 5/19/23 – 5/21/23

May 18, 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 19th

Langston Kerman at Hilarities/Pickwick and Frolic

Langston Kerman, a comedian, actor, writer, and producer based in Los Angeles, has an impressive array of accomplishments. He not only stars in the Peacock series “Bust Down,” but also serves as an Executive Producer and Co-Creator alongside Sam Jay, Chris Redd, and Jak Knight. Additionally, Langston is the head writer and one of the Executive Producers for “PAUSE with Sam Jay” on HBO. This show’s first season received a WGA award nomination, and its second season recently concluded.

On the screen, Langston made a notable appearance as ‘Eagle The Archer” in the second season of the Amazon series “The Boys.” He has also acted in the ABC show “Bless This Mess,” where he starred alongside Lake Bell and Dax Shepard as ‘Brandon.’ Additionally, Langston had a recurring role as ‘Jared’ in the HBO series “Insecure.”

Looking ahead, Langston will be seen in recurring roles in two upcoming projects. Firstly, he will appear opposite Gina Rodriguez in the ABC series “Not Dead Yet.” Secondly, he is set to recur as ‘Jesse’ in the highly anticipated Hulu/Onyx series “The Other Black Girl.”

In terms of writing, Langston contributed his talents to two seasons of the HBO Max show “South Side.” He also recurs in the series as ‘Adam Bethune.’ Furthermore, Langston hosts a podcast called “My Momma Told Me,” which is part of Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network, produced in collaboration with iHeartMedia.

To add to his achievements, Langston had a Comedy Central Half-Hour Special that aired in September 2018, coinciding with the release of his debut comedy album titled “Lightskinned Feelings.”

Brit Floyd at Jacobs Pavilion

In 2023, Brit Floyd will make a triumphant return to the stage with an exciting new production commemorating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking and legendary musical masterpiece, The Dark Side of the Moon. This remarkable show will showcase timeless tracks from the album, including fan favorites such as “Time,” “Money,” “Us and Them,” and “The Great Gig in the Sky.”

Spanning over two and a half hours, the setlist will also feature other captivating highlights from Pink Floyd’s magnificent discography, encompassing tracks from acclaimed albums like The Wall, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Division Bell, Medal, and much more.

Since its inception in Liverpool, England, in January 2011, Brit Floyd has enthralled fans with over 1,000 captivating performances. They have embarked on sold-out tours across Europe, North America, South America, and the Middle East, gracing some of the world’s most prestigious venues. From the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London to the awe-inspiring Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado, and the historic Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, they have even performed at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York City, known as “The Showplace of the Nation.”

The Brit Floyd show has become a phenomenon, widely hailed as the ultimate rock tribute experience. Faithfully recreating the grandeur and spectacle of Pink Floyd’s final 1994 tour, complete with a breathtaking light show, iconic circular screen, lasers, inflatables, and theatrical elements, this production guarantees an unforgettable and immersive musical journey.

ain’t misbehavin’ at Hanna Theater

This Tony-winning musical showcases the infectious energy and masterful stylings of the legendary jazz musician Thomas “Fats” Waller. Five actors croon, jive, wail, and dance their way through the songs that made Waller a household name. Delight in the heyday of American big band jazz music as the cast celebrates unforgettable hits that include “The Joint is Jumpin’,” “Spreadin’ Rhythm Around,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” and the show’s namesake “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”


Saturday, May 20th

Bill Maher at MGM Northfield

Bill Maher, a veteran figure in the realm of politics, has a multifaceted career spanning over three decades. Notably recognized as the host of two influential political talk shows, the author of five acclaimed best-selling books, and the mastermind behind the 2008 documentary “Religulous,” Maher has solidified his presence in various media spheres. Throughout his illustrious journey, he has garnered multiple Emmy nominations for his captivating live standup specials and engaging talk shows. Tonight at 8:30, prepare to be enthralled as Maher takes the stage at MGM Northfield Park — Center Stage for an unforgettable performance.

Lynyrd Skynyrd at Jacob Pavilion

This Southern rock act’s lineup has changed drastically since it formed in Jacksonville in 1973. According to press materials, its legacy includes a catalog of more than 60 albums, billions of streams, and tens of millions of records sold, giving it a loyal fanbase despite the absence of original members. Songs such as “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama” helped bring Southern rock into the mainstream. The group comes to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica tonight at 7.

Horsefest

Come and witness captivating demonstrations that showcase the historical significance of horses in transportation, livestock work, and farm power. Participants of all ages will engage in an exciting obstacle course, displaying the remarkable bond and expertise between horse and rider. Before embarking on an exhilarating wagon ride led by Farmpark’s own majestic horses, explore the mule and donkey pavilion. Delight in observing the strategic utilization of horses by the police to maintain crowd control, and don’t miss out on the thrilling games and training sessions presented by the esteemed Governor Generals Horse Guards Cavalry Squadron from Canada, hosted in Farmpark’s brand-new outdoor horse arena.

Immerse yourself in an array of interactive activities, captivating demonstrations, and a diverse range of horse breeds and sizes. With so much to explore, it might take you both days to fully experience everything! Additionally, the event offers pony rides for $6, engaging children’s activities, and much more to ensure an unforgettable experience for all attendees.


Sunday, May 21st

Cleveland Marathon

The Cleveland Marathon weekend of 2023 kicks off on Saturday morning and concludes on Sunday, featuring both the full and half marathons.

With this year marking the 46th edition, the marathon expects a multitude of participants eagerly join the event.

Notably, the 2023 marathon introduces some alterations to the full race route. Commencing and concluding near the Fountain of Eternal Life in Memorial Plaza, the course traverses several renowned Cleveland landmarks, including Progressive Field, the Christmas Story House, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cycle Canalway

Cycle Canalway is a summer-long event hosted by Canalway, offering maps and guided social rides to get you out on your bike. The event will launch on May 21 at Canal Basin Park with free bike safety checks and guided tours of the northernmost section of the Towpath Trail. Bike safety checks will be completed on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9 am-12 pm. Hour-long bike tours will leave Canal Basin Park at 10 am and 12 pm. Tours are approximately 3 miles and may include some on-road biking. Cycle Canalway will continue throughout the summer with access to digital maps and Sunday Social Rides every third Sunday, June through August.

Asian Festival

The Cleveland Asian Festival is an authentic community-led event that showcases the vibrant AsiaTown, diversity, and rich Asian culture of Northeast Ohio. It is a grassroots festival organized by and for the community, with the aim of celebrating Cleveland’s diverse population and honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May.

This annual festival offers a multitude of free attractions, including free admission and free parking with convenient shuttle bus rides to and from the festival grounds. Attendees can immerse themselves in live entertainment featuring captivating cultural performances and engaging demonstrations showcased on two outdoor stages. Additionally, a bustling World Marketplace awaits, with over 100 vendors and exhibitors offering a wide array of products and services. Food enthusiasts can delight in the offerings of 25+ local restaurants and caterers, providing authentic Asian cuisines that cater to various palates.

Promoting the well-being of attendees, the festival provides free health screenings at the Health Pavilion located within Asia Plaza. Participants can also partake in a range of free activities and games that add to the festive atmosphere. A highlight of the event is the Colors of Asia Fashion show, showcasing the diverse and vibrant fashion trends from different Asian cultures. To top it all off, there’s the Asian Pop Dance Competition, where talented performers compete for recognition and applause.

The Cleveland Asian Festival truly captures the essence of community, diversity, and cultural celebration, inviting everyone to join in the festivities and experience the wonders of Asian heritage in Cleveland.

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