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Free Things to Do in Cleveland - Part III


Cleveland Ohio has an amazing array of small museums, art festivals, and concerts, all available for free. Learn more about what to do in Cleveland and the surrounding area, without spending a dime in this third installment of free things to do in Cleveland.

Ohio Free Fishing Days

(Courtesy of the Ohio Dept of Travel and Tourism)

Each spring the state of Ohio rewards its resident with two days of "free" fishing (no license required) on Lake Erie and in the state's numerous lakes and streams. For more information, see Ohio's state fishing website


Three Seasons of Festivals

Cleveland Ohio's Feast of the Assumption
(© Jim Covert; used with permission)

Cleveland and Northeast Ohio loves festivals -- and many of them are free. From April through October, the region celebrates the seasons, its diverse ethnic heritage, and the summer and fall harvest with a number of special events. Among the best free festivals are University Circle's Hessler Street Fair, Little Italy's Feast of the Assumption,"and Slavic Village's Harvest Festival.

Cleveland Institute of Art Galleries

The Cleveland Institute of Art, located across from the Cleveland Botanical Garden at University Circle, welcomes visitors to tour their gallery. Situated just off of the main lobby, the gallery features a changing array of art from students and local artists as well as internationally recognized artists.

Cleveland Institute of Art
11141 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
216 421-7400.

Murray Hill Art Walks

Murray Hill School, Little Italy, Cleveland
(© 2006 S. Mitchell; licensed to About, Inc.)

Each June and December, the Murray Hill Art district in Little Italy, opens the doors to its dozens of artists studios and galleries to the public. The three-day events let visitors browse through works in a variety of genres, from traditional to avant garde. Most galleries offer light refreshments for you to enjoy as you browse.

Squire's Castle

Squire's Castle
(© istockphoto)

Squire's Castle, located in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, was built in 1897 by Feargus B. Squire, a vice-president for Standard Oil. The turreted stone structure was originally intended to be the gatekeeper's house of his never built 525-acre country estate. Urban legend has it that his wife died in the house and still haunts it. Today, the Cleveland Metroparks administers the ruined shell of a house and use it as a picnic shelter and lecture site.

Summer Rock Hall Concerts

(courtesy of travelcleveland.com)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame maintains a full schedule of outdoor concerts from late spring throug fall, most of which are free. See the Rock Hall site for the full schedule. It's a great program.

Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Cleveland Ohio
(© 2006 S. Mitchell Licensed to About, Inc.)

The Soldiers and Sailors monument, completed in 1895, commemorates Cleveland's sacrifices during the Civil War. The bronze base of the 125-foot tower contains 9000 names of Northeast Ohio Civil War Veterans. The interior contains four bronze relief panels as well as rows of intricate and lovely stained glass windows. The monument is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 4pm.

Radio 106.5 Summer Listener Lunches

Generous Cleveland radio station, WMVX 106.5, has rewarded their listeners for the past few summers with a series of summer free lunches, held in downtown Cleveland and throughout the greater Cleveland area. The events include lunch, local radio celebrities, information on a variety of civic organizations, and free giveaways.

The Dittrick Museum of Medical History

A park of Case Western Reserve University, the Dittrick Museum of Medical History, contains one of the nation's largest collections of artifacts and memorabilia relating to medical history. The musuem contains early medical instruments, replicas of doctors offices from 1880 and 1930, and even an authenic 1880-circa pharmacy.

The Dittrick Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is FREE.

Dittrick Museum of Medical History
11000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
216 368-3648

Ukrainian Museum

Cleveland's Ukrainian Museum, located in the city's Tremont neighborhood, is one of several free museums that celebrate Northeast Ohio's ethnic diversity. This small museum, founded in 1952, features a changing array of exhibits that highlight Ukrainian art, music, literature and culture. Of particular interest is the annual spring display of colorful Ukrainian Easter eggs.

Ukrainian Museum-Archives
1202 Kenilworth Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113
216 781-4329

Cuyahoga Valley Historical Museum

The Cuyahoga Valley Historical Museum, a part of the Peninsula Library and Historical Society, is located on the 2nd floor of the 1887-circa Boston Township Hall in downtown Peninsula. The small museum features a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits that highlight the history of the Cuyahoga River valley, Western Reserve and Ohio and Erie Canal.

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4pm.

Cuyahoga Valley Historical Museum
1775 Main Street
2nd Floor
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
330 657-2665

Wildwood Cultural Center

Located in the heart of Mentor's Wildwood Park, the Wildwood Cultural Center includes a large, early 20th century manor house (partially restored) surrounded by a wooded area with paths and nature trails. The site also hosts a regular schedule of craft fairs, concerts and art shows, many of which are also free.

Wildwood Cultural Center
7645 Little Mountain Road
Mentor, OH 44060
(440) 974-5735

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