An overview of community events happening in Akron this September
by Amanda Sedlak-Hevener
September 2 at Akron Zoo, 10 am – 2 pm
Enjoy the Akron Zoo and all that it has to offer alongside other elder residents of the area. There will also be a number of booths set up with information on services available to the mature members of our community.
Made in Ohio Arts and Crafts Festival
September 3 – 4 at Hale Farm & Village, 10 am – 5 pm
Peruse and purchase works of art, handmade soap, jewelry, glass and other crafts all made right here in Ohio. There will be over 120 artisans exhibiting their wares at this juried festival. Plus, the cost of entry includes admission to Hale Farm & Village’s grounds and buildings.
Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie
September 8 – 11 at CADA Studios
Known for providing classes, workshops and other developmental opportunities for young people on the autism spectrum, Akron-based Center for Applied Drama & Autism (CADA) will present Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie through its performance wing, Theatre on the Spectrum. The play will tour to locations throughout Akron. The theme of the production is autism within the family and the community. This production will include young people on the spectrum, on stage and backstage, who have received training and mentoring from theatre professionals. All actors and crew will receive stipends for their work thanks to the generous contribution of the Knight Foundation. Theatre on the Spectrum has designed special “surround scenes” and experiences to provide audiences with a greater understanding of the challenges facing people on the autism spectrum and their families. After the performances, audience talk-backs hosted by autism experts and experienced parents will encourage viewers to reflect on their own challenges and share current resources for families living with autism. Visti centerforada.org for tickets, showtimes and details.
Murder Mystery Train Ride
September 9 at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, 7pm
Figure out who did it, and enjoy a quiet night at the Courtyard Akron Downtown afterwards. Each event package consists of 2 tickets for the murder mystery train ride, a room for two at the hotel, and a boxed dinner. A cash bar will also be available.
September 11 at Tuscarawas Meadows, Summit County Metro Park, 1 – 2:30 pm
Learn how to hunt the way it was done back when wooly mammoth walked the planet. Paul Wischt, a member of the Cuyahoga Valley Archaeological Society will be demonstrating how to properly use an atlatl to hunt – just like our early ancestors did.
September 11 at Musica Performing Arts, 10 am – 2 pm
Live music and shopping go hand in hand at the Akron Farm and Flea Market. Come prepared to shop for vintage goods, standard flea market items, freshly grown local produce and handmade arts and crafts.
Akron Bike Party
September 16 at The Coffee Pot Cafe, 7:30 pm
Turn exercise into a party while biking around downtown Akron. The Coffee Pot encourages riders to come in costume or don feather boas, hang lights on their bicycles, and get ready to for this fun ten mile ride set to music.
Fall in Love with West Hill
September 17 in the West Market St. business corridor, 12 – 5 pm
Come stroll through the heart of West Hill on this day of celebration of one of Akron’s oldest neighborhoods! Local shop owners and restaurant owners between downtown and Rhodes Ave and the surrounding West Hill neighborhood are planning event-day specials, community art projects, workshops, a scavenger hunt, the planting of the new community fruit orchard, local realty open houses, and the West Hill City Repair installation. Park at St. Vincent/ St. Mary or Hazel Tree Interiors, grab a map at the info booth at the corner of Walnut and Market and head out to explore all that West Hill has to offer.
Free Outdoor Movie Night
September 17 at Glendale Cemetery. Gates open at 6 pm; movies starts at 8 pm
Pack some lawn chairs and enjoy the beautiful, historic setting of the Great Meadow during the 5th year of this community event favorite! The feature film this year will be The Wizard of Oz.
In addition to the movie, there will be activities for children courtesy of smART Studio Akron, and Ed Cote will be on hand to teach rock stacking.
Visitors are encouraged to come when the gates open to have a picnic dinner and support local food vendors, Square Scullery Food Truck and Ms. Julie’s Kitchen. Coffee from Akron Coffee Roasters plus additional snacks, popcorn, and hot and cold beverages will also be available for purchase.
Park in the city parking lot on Glendale Avenue outside the main gate or at January Paint & Wallpaper across the street from the west entrance. Trolleys will run on a loop between the main gate and the meadow until the movie starts at 8 pm and then resume following the movie.
* If it rains, this event will be moved to the following day, Sunday 9/18, at the same times.
September 18 at Stan Hywet Hall, 1 – 3 pm
See base ball (the original spelling of the sport) the way that it was played back in the 1860s! Stan Hywet’s resident team, the Akron Black Stockings will be playing in the Great Meadow. Be prepared for vintage base ball uniforms, polite behavior on the field, and a lack of modern safety equipment.
Mary Campbell Cave History Hike
September 18 at Gorge Metro Park, 1 – 3 pm
Explore Mary Campbell Cave and discover the history of the area with this program, developed by Summit Metro Parks and the Summit County Historical Society. In addition, if you finish the trail after the program, this hike will counts towards your Fall Hiking Spree goals.
Meditation in the Garden
September 22 at Akron Akron Art Museum, Noon
Even beginners will enjoy this relaxing round of meditation and stretching, led by Maria Santoferraro from the Daily Downward Dog. The 40-minute meditation session takes place in the new Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, right outside of the Akron Art Museum.
September 23 on West Tuscarawas Avenue, 5:30 – 9 pm
Every fourth Friday, Barberton throws a big party from with a pop-up mart, bands, and artists. Shops, restaurants and art galleries are open late. Nine Muses Art Gallery will feature the art of Nikki Bartel.
This month, the City of Barberton is also celebrating its 125 year anniversary. There will be a walk of fame induction at 5 pm to kick off the event, and then they’ve got something extra special planned in collaboration with the Barberton Community Leadership Institute.
Tuscany on Tusc is a chance for the community to celebrate the stringing of lights that are going up on West Tuscarawas Avenue with an evening of music, food and wine.
The Magical Theatre will be offering tours of their theater from 5 – 6 pm. From 7 – 9 pm, folks will be able to “soak up the Tuscan sun” as they’re serenaded by strolling opera singers. Classical guitar duo M.R. will play live music throughout the event, and the lighting ceremony will take place at 7:30. Snowball Bookshop will also be offering a 50 percent discount on foreign language and foreign countries books.
September 24 at The Bit Factory, 6-9 pm
The final installment of the Maker Sessions, all of which have taught different aspects of running a craft-based business, focuses on Social Media. This is an important way of reaching new and current customers or clients.