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Martin Luther King Day in Cleveland

Remembering the Dream


Martin Luther King Day in Cleveland

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

(Yoichi R. Okamoto/WHPO; public domain photo)

Cleveland celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. each year on the third Monday of January with free museums, community concerts, and regional theater presentations. On that day, we remember, at least for the moment, Dr. King's message of non-violence, harmony, and peace.

Many of the area's museums, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, offer free admission. In 2014, Martin Luther King Day is January 20. Learn more about Cleveland's Martin Luther King Day events below: All events are on January 20th unless otherwise noted. Additional events will be added as they are announced. (updated for 2014)

  • Cleveland Orchestra Free Concert - January 19, 7pm; Severance Hall, University Circle; admission is free, but tickets are required; visit the Orchestra's Web site for information. (tickets will be available beginning January 2, 2014.)
  • Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Program Cleveland Public Library-Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, 1962 Stokes Blvd.; 1pm; a panel of community leaders will discuss Dr. King's legacy.
  • A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. - January 19, 10am. Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Ave.; The worship service will feature music from the African-American tradition with The Cleveland School of the Arts R. Nathaniel Dett Concert Choir, bass-baritone Robert Cantrell, and soprano Kelli Young
  •  Great Lakes Science Center, Downtown Cleveland -- free admission; 10am - 6pm
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History - free admission to Smead Discovery Center (lower level); 10am - 430pm
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - free admission for Cleveland residents; 10am - 530pm
  • Western Reserve Historical Society - free admission; 10am - 4pm
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden - free admission; 1pm - 4pm
  • Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage - free admission; 11am - 5pm

(Last updated 12-1-13)
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