2020 Summer Events | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

2020 Summer Events

We know this summer is going to be different…

We are saddened that some of our most cherished, community events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Cancellations

Meet the Trucks – Saturday, June 6, 2020
Summer Solstice Event – Sunday, June 21, 2020
Fourth of July Parade – Saturday, July 4, 2020
Fourth of July Concert- Saturday, July 4, 2020
Fourth of July Fireworks-Saturday, July 4, 2020
Summer Band Concerts in the Park – Sundays throughout the summer
Friday Night Flicks – Friday evenings throughout the summer
Lakewood Arts Festival-Saturday, August 1, 2020
Lakewood Summer Meltdown-Saturday, August 8, 2020
Lakewood Community Festival-Saturday, September 9, 2020

Here are some events that are taking place differently this year:

2020 Front Porch Concert Series Going Virtual

Music has the power to lift our collective spirits, reframe our perspective and bring our community together.

LakewoodAlive announces its 2020 Front Porch Concert Series will feature eight live musical performances hosted virtually via LakewoodAlive’s Facebook page each Friday evening at 7 p.m. from July 3 through August 21.

Now in its 10th year, the popular music series is taking on a different format to ensure health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet LakewoodAlive remains committed to enhancing Lakewood’s sense of community by offering free weekly concerts that families and all music lovers can enjoy.

The talented lineup of musical performers comprising the 10th Annual Front Porch Concert Series offer something for every musical taste.  From swing to rock to jazz, each weekly concert remains family-friendly while delving into a variety of musical genres.  See the schedule of weekly performers below.

The 2020 Front Porch Concert Series kicks off July 3 with a performance by FireSide CLE, a high-energy band of veteran musicians who have amassed a large following by playing rock tunes spanning five decades with their own unique interpretations.  This Lakewood-based band consists of John Levis (Vocals/Guitar), Tom Leatherman (Vocals/Keyboards), Frank Restifo (Vocals/Electric Guitar/Sax), Sammy Free (Vocals/Bass) and Frank Musarra (Drums).

The remainder of the schedule features exciting newcomers to the Front Porch Concert Series, such as Syn & Shuffle (a versatile cover band), Matt Moody (alternative rock, pop & neo-soul) and Open Spaces Trio (instrumental rock & jazz), as well as reunions with popular past performers like Red Light Roxy and The Pocket.  A children’s concert will be held on July 24, offering an engaging musical experience for young people courtesy of Tot Rock. 

2020 Front Porch Concert Series Schedule
(All concerts start at 7 p.m. and will be performed virtually via LakewoodAlive’s Facebook page) 

7. 3. 20:                       FireSide CLE
7.10.20:                       Red Light Roxy
7.17.20:                        Syn & Shuffle
7.24.20:                       Tot Rock (children’s concert)
7.31.20:                        Matt Moody

8.  7. 20:                     The Pocket
8. 14.20:                     Open Spaces Trio
8. 21.20:                     To Be Announced

 For more information regarding the 2020 Front Porch Concert Series, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/FrontPorchConcerts.


Cleveland Shakespeare Festival

Due to the impact of Covid-19, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is converting our 2020 season to a digital format. Although this season won’t be on tour, they are still providing full productions of The Comedy of Errors and Julius Caesar.  These productions will be filmed and distributed free of charge to enjoy from the comfort of your home (or wherever you choose to get your Shakespeare on!)

Check back soon for more information or visit https://www.cleveshakes.com/.

Even without our summer events as we know them, Lakewood is still an exiting place to live.  Try out these safe summer fun ideas!

  • Run through the sprinkler
  • Follow a historic walking tour
  • Ride your bike
  • Sew a new mask
  • Rent a kayak on the Rocky River
  • Read a book on a park bench
  • Create a piece of art with chalk
  • Plant a garden
  • Support Lakewood’s small businesses
  • Plan a picnic dinner
  • Learn a new board game
  • Play catch
  • Fly a kite
  • Hike an unexplored trail