CLEVELAND - Start the first weekend of 2018 off right with events throughout Northeast Ohio —from indoor flea markets to the controversial Browns Perfect Season Parade— there are fun things to do at a time when the city feels like it's under an Arctic vortex.
If you made a resolution to save money while still getting your shopping fix, then the indoor flea market is a good option to find those bargains. With more than 120 vendors in three heated buildings, there will be antiques, handcrafted and new items available. There's free parking and $1 admission.
When: Saturday, January 6 through Sunday, January 7 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ever since it was announced, it's an event that has garnered controversy from not only Browns fans but the rest of the country watching a team lose every single game. The Browns Perfect Season Parade organizer said the parade is meant to celebrate the team while protesting management. Find more info here.
Take refuge inside at Forest City Brewery before and after the Browns' Perfect Season Parade. Bring a canned good to get $1 off tap beer or food, with all food donations benefiting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Hosted by NBA legend Larry Nance, watch the Cavs take on the Orlando Magic while having cocktails, enjoying hoop games and giveaways. The Cavaliers Girls will make sure you are pumped up for throughout the game. The event is free but space is limited so RSVP here.
When: Saturday, January 6 from 6-10 p.m.
Where: Harry Buffalo: 2120 E. 4th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Winter is here to stay, at least for a couple more months, so embrace it by snowshoeing, tobogganing, a winter nature hike or a horse-drawn carriage ride. At the Cleveland Metroparks Chalet Recreation Area, there will be free live music, a dog sled team meet and greet, ice fishing demos and live snowy owls.
When: Sunday, January 7 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 16200 Valley Parkway Strongsville, Ohio 44136
Celebrate the new year by bringing friends to the Cleveland Museum of Art for a night of cosmic tunes and cocktails. Take a glimpse of what lies ahead with tarot card readings. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Buy them here.
When: Friday, January 5 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Where: The Cleveland Museum of Art | 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Are you looking to impress your guests with a handcrafted cocktail they could find at a high-end cocktail lounge or just need a fun date idea? 2nd & High Social House is offering cocktail classes every Sunday in the month of January with the first one being a beginners class. Book your spot here.
When: Sunday, January 7 from 12-2 p.m.
Where: 2nd And High Social House | 2123 E. 2nd Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
It's tubing with a twist. The snowfall expected for this weekend will provide ideal conditions for tubing. The snow-covered hills will illuminate with neon lights—making tubing even more fun. Buy your tickets here.
When: Friday, January 5 through Sunday, January 7.
Talespinner Children's Theatre is displaying highly imaginative and original works of art for children who find themselves wanting to get more involved in art. A selection of puppets and masks will be on display. On Saturday, the Brementown Musicians will provide entertainment along with youth acting classes being offered.
When: Friday, January 5 from 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, January 6 from 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Gordon Square Arts Space | 1386 W. 65th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44102
Cleveland's Waterloo Arts District offers a vast array of artistic and musical venues—from the legendary Beachland Ballroom & Tavern to BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio— the neighborhood is rooted in all things art. Eaglesmith, a veteran of the music industry, will be performing at the Ballroom. Local artist Bridget Ginley will be taking a break from DJing to show off her new work on display. Find more info on all the events here.
When: Friday, January 5 from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Waterloo Arts District | Waterloo Road ( E. 152nd Street to E. 161 Street) Cleveland, Ohio 444110
Downtown Canton will turn into a winter playground during the city's First Friday Winterfest. Ice slides, an interactive photo booth and live demos of ice carvings will turn winter into a fun season. The Hall of Fame City Skating Rink and the Canton Museum of Art will be open, among other venues. Find more info here.
When: Friday, January 5 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Canton First Friday | Cleveland Avenue NW at 4 NW Canton, Ohio 44702
Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you can't get fresh fruits and vegetables. The market is held indoors at Shaker Square. Products to look forward to include: dairy and poultry products, apples, winter greens and fresh eggs. Over 35 farmers and bakers will be available through the market's winter months.
When: Saturday, January 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: North Union Farmers Market located between 13207 and 13209 Shaker Square)
The cold weather calls for some hot, comfort food. If you need to go shopping, do it locally at this winter farmers' market. Here, you will find high-tunnel and hydroponic crops, pasture raised eggs, freshly baked breads and pastries along with handmade items such as soaps and skincare products.
If you love the winter but want to stay warm while enjoying it, then stop by the Great Lakes Science Center for some hands-on activities that include indoor carpet skating and liquid nitrogen ice cream demonstrations. All activities are free with general admission.
When: Friday, January 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, January 6 from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 7 from 12-5 p.m.