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Explore your city: Things to do in Northeast Ohio this weekend in April

Posted at 3:38 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 15:38:38-04

CLEVELAND — If you're looking to get out of the house this weekend and try something new, we've compiled some ideas so you can have a memorable and fun weekend exploring your city.

Take a tour of the historic tunnels underneath the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

Explore the historic tunnels beneath the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument at Public Square. For one day, and one day only, the tunnels and its stories open up the public. It’s a labyrinth of passageways with exposed brick and stone, telling the history of Cleveland that is often forgotten. More info here.

When: April 27, at 9:00-4 p.m. The line for the tour closes at 4 p.m. Everyone in line at 4 p.m. is guaranteed a tour.
Where: 3 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio

Earth Day Cleanup at Edgewater Beach with Drink Local Drink Tap

If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity while enjoying the weather, this is a perfect event. A beach clean-up is being held at Edgewater Beach where volunteers remove garbage from the popular Cleveland beach. Last year, 1,800 pounds of garbage was collected from the beach.

Organizers will provide gloves, bags and trash grabbers, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

When: Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Edgewater Park Beach, Cleveland

Cherry Blossom Picnics at the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is hosting cherry blossom picnics to appreciate the fleeting, stunning beauty of Japan’s unofficial flower. Get to the Fine Arts Garden to claim a coveted picnic spot with performances, art activities and tours Anyone who wears pink or white to the picnic will be given free admission to Shinto: Discovery in Japanese Divine Art. Weather permitting. More info here.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland Ohio

90th Annual Geauga County Maple Festival

If you’ve never been to a Maple Syrup Festival, you should consider going this year. Celebrate this year's crop and everyone's favorite topping on pancakes and waffles. Among the activities include a "sap" run, crowning of the Maple Queen and a pancake eating contest. Find the full schedule here.

Amazing Butterflies

It's your last weekend to get a rare look at hundreds of exotic butterflies in the Costa Rica biome of the glasshouse. The exhibit includes indoor flowers, a larger-than-life caterpillar tunnel and monarch migration monorails. More info here.

When: The exhibit runs through April 28.
Where: $12 for adults, $8 for children (3-12) and free for members.

Grilled Cheese Sunday at Blackbird Baking Company

Easy like Sunday morning, or brunch in this case. The Old Brooklyn Cheese Company is having a pop-up at the Blackbird Baking Company. There will be three grilled cheese options using bread from Blackbird and cheeses, fig jam and mustard from the cheese company.

When: Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Blackbird Baking Company: 1391 Sloane Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Market at the Food Bank 2019

The annual Harvest for Hunger benefit features delicious cuisines from more than 50 of Northeast Ohio's best restaurants and beverages. Guests can mix and mingle throughout the evening while enjoying chats with local celebrity chefs and a bidding auction.

Tickets for general admission are $127, which includes all you can eat and drink, a complimentary valet parking and you're also supporting a good cause. Buy tickets here.

When: Sunday, April 28 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: 15500 South Waterloo Road, Cleveland.

Slow Roll Opening Day 2019

It's back again... another Cleveland social bike ride. This year, the event kicks off on Saturday at Edgewater Beach. The bike route is approximately 10 miles long. Riders can set a pace manageable to them. After the ride, there will be an after party at Happy Dog. More info here.

When: Saturday, April 27 from 1-3 p.m.
Where: Edgewater State Park.