Downtown Rock City

Summer in Downtown Cleveland is the best time of the year  — Yep, you bet we think that year-round! Baseball season is in full swing, patios are filled with social downtowners, festivals are taking over the streets and everyone is out and about soaking up the sun.


With such beautiful weather comes summer concerts — hello, we ARE in the Rock-n-Roll Capital after all. Downtown Cleveland’s charming neighborhoods are home to endless options for you to get out there and enjoy the sun and live music.

Since there are so many opportunities for you and your friends or colleagues, we’ve compiled an extensive list, neighborhood by neighborhood, of all of the places you can enjoy some of that Cleveland Rock-n-Roll (and then some)!


Shop local, listen local
Every Friday afternoon during the summer months, local vendors set up shop for the Downtown Farmers Market at Public Square from 11am-2pm, selling everything from berries to zucchini. While shopping, eating or just enjoying your lunch-break, you can jam to live music from local artists such as Brent Kirby. Speaking of jam, yes, the Farmers Market sells that, too!

Rockin’ in the Square
Horseshoe Casino knows that Cleveland loves to rock! Every Friday, you can end your work day with Summer in the Square as you listen to live music from local bands and grab a quick dinner from a food truck. Stop by Public Square from 4-9 to be a part of all the action. Afterwards, perhaps you can swing by the Casino and win a million dollars.

Gotta get down on Friday
Live at 5 Fridays on East 4th Street are the perfect way to end your work week in Downtown Cleveland. From 5-7, stop on by East 4th Street, grab a seat on one of the fabulous patios, listen to live music and take in the beauty of the neighborhood.



Dancin’ in the Street
Nothing says summer fun like an all day Street Festival. Warehouse District’s annual event is on Sunday, August 4th. Entertainment will be provided all day on West 6th. From 70’s cover bands to classic Rock’n’Roll, this party will keep you dancing!


A whole new meaning to “Star” Plaza
PlayhouseSquare’s Summer Excitement is in full gear. Every Monday at noon, Star Plaza is taken over by the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music as part of the Summer Garden Music Series. The theater district is home to some delicious new restaurants, get your lunches to-go and sit outside and relax.


Get your dancin’ shoes on
The Labbatt Blue Light Lime Concert Series is back for the summer, July 25th and August 8th. Swing by Star Plaza on these Thursday evenings post-work to enjoy live music, Labbatt Blue specials and more!


If the food truck is a rockin’
…it’s because the chefs are dancin’ while they’re cookin’! Each and every Wednesday, our friends at 87.7 Cleveland’s Sound supply amazing local bands to play for the large crowds during Walnut Wednesday.


Party time!
On the third Thursday of summer months, come on down to Perk Plaza after work for Pop Up Parties to enjoy food, retail and a Great Lakes Brewing Company beer garden. During the party, a live band rocks out on a large stage and everyone in the crowd shows off their best dance moves. From salsa to rock, you can hear it all at one of these parties. Don’t be shy, get out there and bust a move! July 18th’s performance is by Cats on Holiday!


Smokin’ good time
It’s BBQ time at the Galleria’s courtyard. Stop by and grab something from the grill while enjoying live music as part as the Summer Courtyard Concert Series.


Now we’re talking Rock-n-Roll!
Summertime is the time to rock, and Summer in the City is back at the Rock Hall to help make that happen! Some of the country’s hottest up-and-coming artists come to the Rock Capital to perform on the museum’s plaza.

  • July 31 – Summer in the City with Father John Misty and Night Moves*
  • August 14 – Summer in the City with Coliseum and Above
  • August 28 – Summer in the City with the Lottery League

* We’ve partnered with our friends at the Rock Hall to present you with the opportunity to tweetUP and getDOWN before the Summer in the City concert on July 31. Plan on coming to the show early – and by early, we mean get there at 5pm for an outdoor (weather permitting) happy hour mix-and-mingle, including complimentary apps and $3 Yeunglings. Use the hashtag #rockhalltweetup to spread the word.
…but wait – there’s more!
As you may or may not have heard, the Rock Hall has recently opened its latest (and most awesome) exhibit, Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction. The first 30 people to RSVP to will receive a guided tour of the exhibit at 6pm.


Come 7pm, the concert begins. Father John Misty and Night Moves are taking over the Museum’s Plaza and presenting the crowd with a stellar performance. Continue to getDOWN while enjoying their jams and the great atmosphere that is North Coast Harbor.
For more information and to RSVP, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Do we have to go back to work?
Downtown’s newest food truck event is Lunch by the Lake, a weekly lunch-time event for downtown workers, visitors and residents. Every Thursday, food trucks park along on East 9th St. and serves up lunch next to Lake Erie. Sit down and take in the stunning views of the lakefront while enjoying live music played by local artists.


Don’t forget that RTA’s Waterfront Line is back up and running. While Downtown is extremely walkable and it would be a nice walk to get to the lakefront, the Waterfront Line will save you a couple minutes, letting you enjoy these events just a little longer!


An American Idol in dtCLE
Chris Daughtry is in town with 3 Doors Down this summer to rock Jacobs Pavilion. The views of dtCLE from the Pavilion are absolutely stunning; the perfect summer night consists of a great atmosphere and even greater music – am I right? Tickets for the show are available on


Smile like you mean it
The Killers are making their way back to Cleveland in August to share their new album, Battle Born, with their fans. Come down to the concert early, pack a picnic and walk around to check out all of the new development in the Flats. Tickets are available on Live Nation – hurry up because they’re going quickly!

Backstreet’s Back – ALRIGHT! (C’mon, like you didn’t see that quote coming)
The boys are back in town and, let’s be honest, every Clevelander is channeling their inner 14 year old and getting super excited. Come see one of the 90s’ best boy bands take over the stage once again. You can buy your tickets at Live Nation. As for the butterfly clips your inner 14 year old wants you to wear… there is a Claire’s inside of Tower City.

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