CLE Weekend Hot List, June 18 – 20

Here’s the CLE Weekend Hot List of things to do June 18 – 20.

Photo: CNHM

Natural History Museum’s Centennial Soiree – This week the Cleveland Museum of Natural History kicks off its 100-year anniversary celebration with the first in its series of four “Centennial Soirees”. The first, on Friday June 18, called “The Science of the Stars”, features an astronomy theme to mark the summer solstice. There will be a four-course dinner created by chef Aaron Coon, with wine pairings by wine expert Greg Miller. Following dinner is a live planetarium show and a real look at the real stars in the observatory. CMNH astronomy experts Jason Davis, Peter Hedman and Nick Anderson will host a discussion for those who want to learn more. The event will begin at 6:30, and is $150 per guest.  You can purchase tickets here.

Photo: Karamu House

Juneteenth Freedom Fest – As a celebration of African-American culture, Karamu House, along with Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Ingenuity Cleveland and 30+ sponsors, supporters, and organizations will collaborate to introduce Cleveland’s first Juneteenth Freedom Fest. The group’s aim is to educate, celebrate, and activate participants around the history of African American culture.  There will be dance, food, live music, a conversation led by Leon Bibb, and the whole night will end with a fireworks display. The event will take place at Mall C in downtown Cleveland, from Noon – 10pm on Saturday the 19th. The event is free and open to the public. You can see the day’s schedule at the Freedom Fest website.

Photo: Bauman’s Orchards

Strawberry FestivalBauman’s Orchards (161 Rittman Ave, Rittman OH) is hosting a day-long Strawberry Festival on Saturday the 19th, where you can get some of the freshest fruit under the sun. You can pick the berries yourself, or purchase them by the quart. There will be homemade strawberry donuts, pony rides, live music and ice cream. The event runs from 8am – 5pm, and is open to the public. Get more information on the orchard here.

Photo: Stan Hywet

Father’s Day Car ShowSunday the 20th, bring out dad (and the rest of the family) to “Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens’ annual Father’s Day Classic, Antique and Collector Car Show”, now in its 63rd year. Presented with the Ohio Region Classic Car Club of America, it features cars made from 1915-1996, all lovingly preserved by auto aficionados. Admission to the Father’s Day Car Show also includes the self-guided tour of the Manor House and the gardens. Tickets are $14 for adults, $6 for ages 6-17, and are pre-sale only. Free parking will be available at Todaro’s Party Center (1820 Akron Peninsula Road) and Firestone Community Learning Center (470 Castle Boulevard) with free shuttles running all day. Masks aren’t required at Stan Hywet for vaccinated guests, but will be required on the shuttle.