5 things to do this weekend in Cleveland: July 9-11


Create a fairytale summerhouse, hit the dance floor, and enjoy folk music in the Cuyahoga Valley this weekend in Cleveland.

Fairy Garden Workshop at Holden Arboretum
From the recesses of the earth and the depths of the lakes, the fairies wake up in the heat of summer and hang their acorn caps and petal caps in the shade of the gardens and trees of northeastern Ohio . Homes created for them by 22 local artists are on display at the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Holden Arboretum. This weekend, Holden Arboretum will host the first of its two Fairy Garden workshops, so visitors can create their own summer home for the fairies in their backyard. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a look at the Murch Canopy Walk. $ 45 to $ 55, July 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., 9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland, 440-946-4400, holdenfg.org

Friday Funk Social Vinyl Dance Party at Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Nothing sounds better than a needle treading the liquorice jet grooves of vinyl, but while the image may evoke parties, The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern promises a full blast with Friday Funk Social. A dance competition is scheduled for 10 p.m. with a $ 100 cash prize and gift cards to local online businesses. Put on some dancing shoes and leave whatever the work week has given you on the floor. $ 5, July 9, 8 p.m., 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 216-383-1124, beachlandballroom.com

Hybrid Summer Meltdown 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run & Walk at Lakewood Park
Filling the lungs with the smell of dew on a morning jog is one of the best ways to feel productive early on. Northeastern Ohio offers some great running opportunities, and this weekend kicks off the Hybrid Summer Meltdown and 1 Mile Family Fun Run & Walk. Participants who have chosen to go virtual will be able to submit their times online between July 10 and July 23 from their favorite treadmills, neighborhoods or parks. On July 25, the in-person race begins at Lakewood Park. With the time to plan, it’s hard to come up with an excuse not to hang out. $ 12- $ 25, July 10-23 and 25, July 10-23 all day, July 25 9 a.m., 14532 Lake Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-0655, runsignup.com

Music in the Valley Folk and Wine Festival at Hale Farm & Village
Unblock and relax among the rolling hills of Summit County as folk melodies and poetic lyrics float through the air. For over 40 years, people have come to this festival for a weekend of respite. Listen to music from Chris Allen, Madison Cummins and Jon Mosey. Taste the refinery at Ohio wineries as well as local food vendors. With a daily food and wine pairing seminar hosted by The Wine Buzz, finding flavors that dance on the palate will be a snap. While you’re there, discover the historical treasures that Hale Farm & Village has to offer. $ 12, July 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, 330-666-3711, halefarm.org

Summer exhibitions at Summit Artspace
Starting this weekend, Summit Artspace is a one-stop-shop for four unique art exhibitions. Meditate with the work of local artist Helen Wilson at Botanical voices, landscape collages inspired by local flora and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Pay homage to the industrial roots of our region’s Rust Belt with playful sculptures constructed from scrap metal mimicking nature with Present and Retro, a reflection of PR Miller’s career. The future of art lies in Chris Hoot’s layered digital graphics in Sim[plex]cities: digital constructions, visual music, liquid landscapes and emerging artists from Kent present a multi-media group exhibition, Included but not limited to. Free, July 10 to September 25, Fri noon-7 p.m. & Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 140 E. Market St., Akron, 330-376-8480, summitartspace.org


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