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.
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
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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
1202 Kenilworth Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113