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EVENTS

APRIL

4/25/2014
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

 

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes provides an opportunity for the community to stand together against sexual assault and to raise awareness about this violent crime. Akron's event is in it 9th year and is quickly becoming a unique tradition in the Akron community.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties.

www.rccmsc.org

 

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MAY

5/2/2014
Green & Clean and Green Fair

 

On the first Friday of May each year, Downtown Akron is overrun with volunteers clad in "safety green" shirts putting a deep clean on the Downtown footprint. Green & Clean projects focus on making a vibrant impact, going beyond the regular services of the Downtown Akron Partnership's Clean Team. The goal of the event is to engage the community in making our Downtown "vibrant and valuable." During the Downtown Green & Clean event business employees and community members form teams and do projects around their own Downtown property or are assigned tasks within the district. Each team member receives a t-shirt, goodie bag and a lunch celebration.

The Green Fair runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with vendors showcasing environmentally friendly products and free samples.

For additional information on the event, please contact:

Kimberly Beckett at 330-374-7676 or kbeckett@downtownakron.com

 

5/3/2014
March for Babies

 

When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to nearly half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2.3 billion to benefit all babies.

This year, 3 million people will join their family, friends and colleagues in nearly 700 communities across the nation. Our volunteers and staff will encourage and support you in your efforts to raise awareness and funds. No matter if this is your first year or your 25th, you can expect the event to be fun, compelling and rewarding.

For additional information, go to www.marchforbabies.org

5/10/2014
All-American Baseball & Softball Parade

 

Join us as the young ball players from all neighborhoods in Akron march down Main Street to celebrate America's past time. Food, inflatables, games, prizes, and tons of fun!

Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. Activities and games following the parade at Lock 3.

For additional information, call (330) 375-2835

5/17/2014
K-9 Challenge

 

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sponsored by The Akron Police Department

Police K-9 units from Akron and the surrounding areas will compete in a series of Olympic style events. There will be a pancake breakfast in which proceeds will benefit the City of Akron's K-9 unit. Join us for an exciting, fun-filled day at Lock 3!

5/18/2014
Girls on the Run 5K


The Girls on the Run of Greater Summit 5k is the culmination of 10 weeks of training for over 800 3rd-8th grade girls and is open to the public. The program combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) running event with healthy living education. The curricula empower girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team building, as well as a commitment to enhancing their communities, all of which help them become, strong, contented and self-confident women.

GOTR inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

www.gotrgreatersummit.org

 

Walk with Love
5/23/2014
Mr. Speed, A Tribute to KISS with G Force

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free admission!

www.mrspeedonline.com

5/24/2014
Color Vibe 5K

 

Welcome to the most awesome 5K run ever! The Color Vibes fun run will have you and your friends going crazy with color in the most exciting color filled day of your lives! Did we mention we had color - and lots of it!

At the Color Vibe, YOU are our color canvas, and when you're finished with this 5k run you'll be an exciting and vivid masterpiece. So tag your friends and hook everybody up with the coolest color blast 5K run to hit the streets. This is one amazing run you won't want to miss! Register for the color craziness today before we are sold out!

www.thecolorvibe.com

 

5/26/2014
Youth Walk for Peace

 

Akron's own Peacemakers are hosting their Annual Youth Peace Walk and "Take a Veteran to Breakfast". The walk is two miles on Lock 3's beautiful towpath in Downtown Akron. Free water will be provided and all proceeds support Akron's Veterans and communities by promoting peace in our city. The PeaceMakers are a group of teens determined to make a difference for the future. Show your support and make a difference-- all before lunch this Memorial Day Monday.

www.akronpeacemakers.org

 

5/30/2014
China Grove - The Tribute to the Doobie Brothers with the JiMiller Band

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free admission!

www.chinagrove.com

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JUNE

6/6/2014
Fleetwood Mix, A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac with Kerosene

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free admission!

www.karrifedorkerosene.com

6/13/2014
Atomic Punks, A Tribute to Early Van Halen with Victory Highway

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free admission!

theatomicpunks.com

6/14/2014
Akron Autism 5K & Walk

 

The Autism Society of Greater Akron Chapter is hosting this year's Akron Autism Mile Walk and 5k at Lock 3.

LACE IT, RACE IT, FACE IT!

www.akronautism5kandwalk.org

 

6/20/2014
The Market at Lock 3


Lock 3 Farmer's Market Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Take the opportunity to get your fresh produce and delicious treats from our local vendors!

Lock 3 Summer Celebration -- Changes in Latitudes, A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett with the Whiskey Kings

 

Show and festivities starts at 6:00 P.M.

Free admission!

http://www.changesinlatitudes.com/

6/26/2014
Blue Steel Boxing Academy honors Doyle Baird
6/27/2014
The Market at Lock 3


Lock 3 Farmer's Market Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Take the opportunity to get your fresh produce and delicious treats from our local vendors!

 

Night Train, The Tribute to Guns & Roses with Metal Inc.

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free admission!

Night Train Facebook

6/28/2014
Walk for Wishes

 

Medical Mutual's 3rd annual Akron Walk for Wishes is taking place June 28, 2014 at 9:00am at Lock 3. The event is being held to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Recruit a team or walk as an individual for a distance of 3-miles, and help make a wish come true and spread hope, strength, and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. After the walk, participants will enjoy a family-friendly Finish Line Celebration with music, food, and fun. Walkers will also have the opportunity to meet wish families and experience the power of a wish come true.

www.oki.wish.org

The Original Lakeside with Slave

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Admission is $10 at the gate. 

 

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JULY

7/2/2014
Bruce in the USA, The Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with Zach and the Bright Lights

 

Show starts at 6:00 P.M.

Free admission!

www.bruceintheusa.com

Rib, White and Blue - Akron's National Rib Festival

 

www.akronribfestival.org

FREE Admission to the festival
Open Wednesday July 2 - Saturday July 5.

Gates open at 11 a.m.
(No food or beverage may be brought inside the venue)


Wednesday, July 2

6:00 p.m. Zach & the Bright Lights

8:30 p.m. Bruce in the USA, The Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

 

Thursday, July 3

6:00 p.m. Mo Mojo

8:30 p.m. Hotel California, A Tribute to the Eagles

 

Friday, July 4

8:00 p.m. Akron Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert

9:45 p.m. FIREWORKS AT LOCK 3

 

Saturday, July 5

4:00 p.m. The Brothers Gecht Band

6:00 p.m. The Speedbumps

8:30 p.m. 1964 The Tribute

 

 

7/3/2014
Hotel California, The Tribute to the Eagles with Mo' Mojo

 

Show starts at 6:00 P.M.

Free admission!

www.hotelcal.com

 

7/4/2014
Akron Symphony Concert with Fireworks Finale

 

The Akron Symphony Orchestra returns with a 4th of July Pops Concert of American classics.

4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M: Alex Bevan

6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M: Brass Band of the Western Reserve

8:00 P.M. - 9:45 P.M: Akron Symphony Concert

Fireworks at 9:45 P.M.

Free Admission!

www.akronsymphony.org

7/5/2014
1964 The Tribute with The Brothers Gecht and Speed Bumps

 

Show starts at 6:00 P.M.

Free admission!

www.1964site.com

 

7/9/2014
Lockbottom Blues and Jazz Club at LOCK 4 - Wanda Hunt

 

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Wanda Hunt

Join us every Wednesday July 9 – September 3 at Lock 4 in the Peroni Beer Garden, located adjacent to Lock 3 behind the Civic Theatre on Bowery for live jazz and great food from Urban Eats.  Admission is FREE!

 

7/11/2014
The 67th Annual Italian American Festival

 

FREE admission to the festival!


Gates open at 11 a.m.
(No food or beverage may be brought inside the venue)


Friday, July 11

6:00 p.m. Blaming Amy

6:30 p.m. Stage Pass Now

9:00 p.m. Rock Radio Band

9:30 p.m. Draw the Line, The Endorsed Aerosmith Tribute (Lock 3 Stage)


Saturday, July 12

5:00 p.m. Zumba

6:00 p.m. Ray Massa's Eurorythems

6:30 p.m. Ronnie Fiorentine

8:30 p.m. The Jersey Kid, Tribute to Frankie Valli (Lock 3 Stage)

9:00 p.m. Aaron Caruso


Sunday, July 13

4:00 p.m. The Cavaliers Band


For additional details, visit www.it-am.org

 

7/16/2014
Lockbottom Blues and Jazz Club at LOCK 4 - Moises Borges Brazilian Jazz

 

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Moises Borges Brazilian Jazz

 

Join us every Wednesday through September 3 at Lock 4 in the Peroni Beer Garden, located adjacent to Lock 3 behind the Civic Theatre on Bowery for live jazz and great food from Urban Eats. Admission is FREE!

 

7/18/2014
Motley 2, A Tribute to Motley Crue with 11 After

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free admission!

www.motley2.com

The Market at Lock 3


Lock 3's Farmers Market every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Delicious fresh produce and local vendors!

Brian Culbertson at the Civic Theater

 

Award winning Brian Culbertson is performing at the Akron Civic Theater.  Fans can be rest assured that with 14 albums and counting, Brian Culbertson always brings his very best – and brings the very best out of others – in all of his broad-ranging musical endeavors. Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Go to www.akroncivic.com for ticket information.

www.brianculbertson.com

7/19/2014
Legendary Ladies of Motown, A Tribute to Tina Turner, Dianna Ross, Donna Summer, and Martha Reeves with Marilyn Rivers A

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free admission!

 

7/20/2014
African American Festival

 

The 34th annual Akron African American Festival is Sunday, July 20 at Lock 3 in Downtown Akron, sponsored by The Akron African American Cultural Association and the City of Akron. The festival hours are 11 am (gates open) to 10 pm (end of concert). Continuous music performances from the Lock 3 stage beginning at noon.


The Akron African American Festival is Ohio's 2nd longest running festival devoted to promoting Black culture. Started in May of 1980, the festival was created as a community reaction to the impact of the civil rights movement and the violent disturbances in Akron's Wooster Avenue and Arlington Street neighborhoods in the late 1960's.


This is a family friendly festival, and admission is FREE until 5:00 pm. After 5:00 pm Admission of $5 is charged.
African cultural items, food and beverage are available for purchase. There are free health care testing stations, along with the Akron Fire Department's Smoke House, where families can get hands-on emergency training from Akron Firefighters.

HEADLINE ARTISTS TBA

Details subject to change.

 

7/21/2014
FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby Parade and Opening Ceremonies


The 77th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® welcome parade kicks off at noon on Main Street in front of Canal Park. More than 450 Soap Box Derby champions from around the world will march down Main Street and into Lock 3 for the opening ceremonies of the Greatest Amateur Racing Event In The World! The champs will be introduced on the Lock 3 stage and throw out unique trinkets from their hometowns to the crowd. Later in the day the champs, along with their families, will gather at the Akron Civic Theatre for the heat and lane draw as well as the much anticipated badge trading event. The Derby has been an Akron tradition since 1935 and culminates with the World Championship race on Saturday, July 26 at the world famous Derby Downs Track.

7/23/2014
Lockbottom Blues & Jazz Club at LOCK 4 - Fabulous Voices

 

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Fabulous Voices

 

Join us every Wednesday through September 3 at Lock 4 in the Peroni Beer Garden, located adjacent to Lock 3 behind the Civic Theatre on Bowery for live jazz and great food from Urban Eats. Admission is FREE!

 

7/25/2014
Dreamer as a Tribute to Super Tramp with Scarlet and the Harlots

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free admission!

www.dreamerconcert.com

The Market at Lock 3

 

Lock 3's Farmers Market every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Take a walk on the Towpath and pick up some fresh fruits and veggies.

7/26/2014
WAR with Relatively Jammin Blues Band

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

$10 Admission 

www.war.com

7/27/2014
ACBC Fire Department Cruise-In

 

5:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

Gospel Sunday - JLTS

 

Gospel Sunday at Lock 4 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

JLTS Gospel Singers

7/30/2014
Lock Bottom Blues and Jazz Club at LOCK 4 - Wallace Collman

 

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Wallace Collman Band

 

Join us every Wednesday through September 3 at Lock 4 in the Peroni Beer Garden, located adjacent to Lock 3 behind the Civic Theatre on Bowery for live jazz and great food from Urban Eats. Admission is FREE!

7/31/2014
Peacemakers Teen Expo

 

The Akron Peacemakers group is hosting its 6th Annual Teen Expo, July 31, from 6pm - 9pm at Lock 3. The Peacemakers are partnering with the Akron Police Department to give teens information on education, health, and safety. The Peacemakers are a team of 85 members all working to end violence in our community, and represent every Akron high school across the city. There will be 30-40 information vendors, along with large inflatables, live entertainment, electronic games, and more.  The Teen Expo is a family-friendly, safe event, and all parents are encouraged to come, sit, and enjoy.

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AUGUST

8/1/2014
The Market at Lock 3

 

Lock 3's Farmers Market every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Scarecrow as a Tribute to John Mellancamp with the Moxeys

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free admission!

www.scarecrowentertainment.com

8/2/2014
Blues & Brews Event


Noon - 6pm

More than 75 breweries feature 175 styles of craft - made beers. Admission is charged for the "Brewer's Circle", noon - 2pm, and the public beer tasting, 2pm - 6pm. Sponsored by Thirsty Dog Brewing Comany and Winking Lizard Tavern.

www.bluesnbrews.org

 

Who's Bad, A Tribute to Michael Jackson with Charita Franks

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free admission!

www.whosbadmusic.com

8/3/2014
Gospel Sunday - To Be Announced

 

Gospel Sunday at Lock 4 - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Performer to be announced

8/6/2014
Lock Bottom Blues and Jazz Club at LOCK 4 - Ernie Krivda Quartet

 

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Ernie Krivda Quartet

 

Join us every Wednesday through September 3 at Lock 4 in the Peroni Beer Garden, located adjacent to Lock 3 behind the Civic Theatre on Bowery for live jazz and great food from Urban Eats. Admission is FREE!

8/8/2014
The Market at Lock 3

 

Lock 3's Farmers Market every Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Fresh fruits and veggies from local vendors!

Big Eyed Phish A Tribute to Dave Matthews with Shivering Timbers

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free admission!

www.bigeyedphish.com

8/9/2014
Separate Ways, The Ultimate Tribute to the Music of Journey with Ryan Humbert and Jim Gill

 

Music starts at 2:00 P.M.

www.separatewaystheband.com

$5 Admission to the National Hamburger Festival

9th Annual National Hamburger Festival

www.hamburgerfestival.com

Saturday August 9 -Sunday August 10

$5 Admission
(No food or beverage may be brought inside the venue)

 

Saturday, August 9

Noon-11 p.m.

2:00 P.M. Jim Gill

7:00 P.M. Ryan Humbert

8:30 P.M. Separate Ways The Band, The Ultimate Tribute to the Music of Journey

 

Sunday, August 10

Noon-7 p.m.

1:00 P.M. Little Steve-O

3:30 P.M. The Juke Hounds

 

8/10/2014
The Juke Hounds with Little Steve-O

 

Show starts at 1:00 P.M.

$5 Admission to the National Hamburger Festival

www.thejukehounds.com

Gospel Sunday - Henry Dunn's Road to Glory

 

Gospel Sunday at Lock 4 - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Henry Dunn's Road to Glory

 

8/13/2014
Lock Bottom Blues and Jazz Club at LOCK 4 - Jan Marie and D.O.C.

 

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Jan Marie and D.O.C.

 

Join us every Wednesday through September 3 at Lock 4 in the Peroni Beer Garden, located adjacent to Lock 3 behind the Civic Theatre on Bowery for live jazz and great food from Urban Eats. Admission is FREE!

8/14/2014
Indigo Girls with Hanna Thomas and Anne E. DeChant Trio

 

Show starts at 5:30 P.M.


$10 Admission

 

www.indigogirls.com

8/15/2014
The Market at Lock 3

 

Lock 3's Farmers Market every Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Almost Queen, A Tribute to Queen with Joe Vitale

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free admission!

www.joevitalejr.com

8/16/2014
Fresh Horses, A Tribute to Garth Brooks with Mark Leach


Show starts at 6:30 P.M.

Free Admission!

www.freshhorses.com

8/17/2014
Gospel Sunday - Mountain of the Lord Fellowship


Gospel Sunday at Lock 4: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Mountain of the Lord Fellowship

8/20/2014
Lock Bottom Blues and Jazz Club at LOCK 4 - Dan Wilson Group

 

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Dan Wilson Group

 

Join us every Wednesday through September 3 at Lock 4 in the Peroni Beer Garden, located adjacent to Lock 3 behind the Civic Theatre on Bowery for live jazz and great food from Urban Eats. Admission is FREE!

8/22/2014
Satisfaction, A Rolling Stones Experience with Josh Hill

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free Admission!

www.rollingstoneshow.com 

The Market at Lock 3

 

Lock 3's Farmers Market every Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Come join us for some fresh, local goodies!

8/23/2014
The Machine performs Pink Floyd with Electric Mud

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free admission!

www.themachinelive.com

 

8/24/2014
Gospel Sunday - Mt. Olive Baptist Church

 

Gospel Sunday at Lock 4 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mt. Olive Baptist Church

8/27/2014
Lock Bottom Blues and Jazz Club at LOCK 4 - Vernon Jones Blues Cartel

 

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Vernon Jones Blues Cartel

 

Join us every Wednesday through September 3 at Lock 4 in the Peroni Beer Garden, located adjacent to Lock 3 behind the Civic Theatre on Bowery for live jazz and great food from Urban Eats. Admission is FREE!

 

8/29/2014
ZOSO, The Ultimate Led Zepplin Experience with Switchblade Scarlett

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Free Admission!

www.zosoontour.com

The Market at Lock 3

 

Lock 3's Farmers Market every Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Local vendors and fresh produce.....come join us!

8/30/2014
The Whispers with The Deacons

 

Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Admission is $10 at the gate

www.thewhispers.com

Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham

 

Catch your breath. Step to the edge. Don't lose your nerve. This summer, the top 100 Over the Edge fundraisers will rappel 22 stories down the outside of the PNC Center building in downtown Akron, Ohio. The first 100 people to raise $1,500 or more for children and adults with developmental disabilities will go Over the Edge for Hattie Larlham. Participants can raise funds individually or as part of a team.

www.hattielarlham.org

8/31/2014
Gospel Sunday - Ohio Gospel Showcase

 

Gospel Sunday at Lock 4 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ohio Gospel Showcase featuring K. Miles and RP

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SEPTEMBER

9/3/2014
Lock Bottom Blues and Jazz Club at LOCK 4 - Jack Schantz Quartet

 

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Jack Schantz Quartet

 

This is your last opportunity to experience the jazz series at Lock 4 in the Peroni Beer Garden, located adjacent to Lock 3 behind the Civic Theatre on Bowery for live jazz and great food from Urban Eats. Admission is FREE!

9/5/2014
The Market at Lock 3

 

Lock 3's Farmers Market every Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

9/11/2014
Police Chaplaincy Dogs & Suds

 

Sponsored by Akron Police & Fire Chaplaincy and Furnace Street Mission

9/12/2014
The Market at Lock 3

 

Lock 3's Farmers Market every Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Take a walk on the Towpath and then stop by Lock 3 and grab your fruits and veggies for the weekend!

9/13/2014
The 3rd annual Global Village Festival of Greater Akron

 

Bring the whole family to celebrate food, music and culture from around the world at the annual Global Village Festival of Akron.

Relish the avenue of ethnic food and cooking demonstrations and stroll thru the open market place. Explore interactive cultural, religious, and holistic health exhibits. Watch or become part of our live cultural entertainment of authentic ethnic music, dance and other performances. Grab a free "Passport" and visit the Kids Nation to create cultural crafts, experience games & other fun activities. Celebrate Summit County's rich heritage of and growing ethnic communities.

www.akrongvf.org

FREE ADMISSION

 

9/14/2014
ALS Walk

 

Additional information will be posted. Please check back.

9/20/2014
Mychal Clayton Sickle Cell Awareness Walk

 

Sponsored by Akron Children's Hospital and the City of Akron.

For more information visit www.akronchildrens.org/sicklecell

9/27/2014
Akron Marathon & Kids Fun Run


Saturday, September 27, 2014

1 mile Kids Fun Run starts at 9 am behind the Spaghetti Warehouse and finishes at Lock 3 Park. Marathon will start at 7:00 am to 1:00 pm throughout Downtown Akron, finishing at Canal Park Stadium

www.akronmarathon.org

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OCTOBER

10/4/2014
United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation Walk

 

www.energyforlifewalk.org/akron

10/11/2014
Akron Takes Steps for Crohn's & Colitis


Crohn's disease and Colitis are both severe inflammatory bowel diseases. Although they affect different areas of the digestive system, they are very much alike in the way they affect the lives of individuals suffering with them. "Akron Takes Steps for Crohns and Colitis", is the largest local fundraiser of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. The event is taking place on October 11, 2014 at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron. For more information visit

www.online.ccfa.org

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