CLEVELAND - The first full weekend in October has autumn-inspired happening throughout Northeast Ohio. From a festival solely dedicated to a bacon lover's dream to pumpkin festival for a family outing, here are the top ten events for this weekend.
East Bank Bacon Festival
Bacon and more bacon. Need we say more? The day will be featured with a bacon-infused catered menu by local restaurants in the area. Carefully selected beer pairings that compliment with anything bacon will be available. Get down and dancing with live music throughout the day.
When: Saturday, October 7 from 12-10 p.m.
Where: Flats East Bank | Old River Road & W. 10th Street Cleveland, Ohio
The options are endless. Celebrate National Pierogi Day with a food that is practically a signature dish of Northeast Ohio. Pierogis stuffed with kielbasa, kraut and potato are available as a special. Vegetarians and vegans are not forgotten with smokey black bean and sweet potato pierogis and mushroom and sauerkraut stuffed pierogis. Jukebox will carry their usual eight flavors, which include: spicy chicken with black bean, cheddar and onions, peppered beef, potato and carrot, a potato, bacon, cheddar pierogi, to name a few.
When: Sunday, October 8 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Jukebox | 1404 W. 29th Street Cleveland, Ohio
Do you consider yourself a foodie? Well, if you like to try new food by Cleveland chefs then this mixer is a good option. 2nd & High Social House is debuting a new menu that includes seafood, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
When: Saturday, October 7 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 2nd & High Social House | 2123 East 2nd Street Cleveland, Ohio
Admission: Single-ticket: $30 ( Two cocktails and an entree); Couple- $55 ( Four cocktails and two entrees) Buy them here.
Another week rolls around and that means donuts at Ice Cream Joy in Lakewood. Two sisters Kharisma and Kyra went vegan and when they did, they couldn't find their beloved donuts. Hence, The Vegan Donut Company was born. The flavors are always different but in the past have included lemon lavender, glazed twist, PB cookie monster and chocoholic. Get there early because they run out fast.
When: Sunday, October 8 at 11 a.m.
Where: Ice Cream Joy | 15210 Madison Avenue Lakewood, Ohio
Tis' the season to make beer as the temperatures cool down. Have you ever wanted to make your own ale, IPA or stout in the comfort of your home? Offering a beginning beer class, the Cleveland Beer Shop will take students through the process. The tasting even includes beer!
Grab your shopping bag and get going to the Cleveland Bazaar. Started in 2004, this outside market features local handmade vendors. Since it's in Ohio City, you can make a day of it by getting groceries at the West Side Market and grabbing lunch or dinner at a nearby restaurant.
When: Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Market Square Park | W. 25th Street and Lorain Avenue
It's no secret that Cleveland is rich with cultural diversity. This free festival features more than 50 groups and organizations showing off their own traditions and culture through music, dance and cultural displays. Take a tour at the museum while you're there!
When: Sunday, October 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Cleveland Museum of Art | 11150 East Blvd Cleveland, Ohio
The Feast draws thousands to Cleveland's Little Italy in the summer but with fall in full-swing, there is another festival highlighting the neighborhood's local art galleries and small businesses. Local vocalist and musician Michelle Gaw will provide live music on Saturday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
When: Friday, October 6 to Sunday, October 8
Where: Little Italy Cleveland | 12510 Mayfield Road Cleveland, Ohio
It's the beginning of two weekends filled with corn and pumpkins. Help husk, shell and grind corn. Children can take home handmade corn husk doll and get in on the fun with a little corn hole and darts. Sample harvest stew or make homemade pumpkin ice cream. This festival is interactive for the whole family.
When: Saturday, October 7-Sunday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and smells of autumn in Northeast Ohio before they're gone! Visitors can journey through the trails on miniature steam trains. Get creative with a fall-inspired craft and learn how to prepare for the coming season. Bring proper shoes and a jacket just in case the weather decides to act like the season.