EVENTS: 14 things to do in Akron over the next week that you can’t do anywhere else

WONE’s Rock The Lock
Fridays at 7 p.m. at Lock 3 (FREE)
200 S. Main St., Akron
Every Friday in the summer, hit Lock 3 for a great classic rock tribute band. Don’t miss Full Moon Fever, a tribute to Tom Petty, on May 29 and Big Eyed Phish, a Dave Matthews tribute, on June 5.

Get On Up
9 p.m. at Jilly’s Music Room (FREE)
111 N. Main St., Akron
Get On Up is Northeast Ohio’s new funk authority, throwing a big party each and every time they play. Leave that 9 to 5 up on the shelf, and come enjoy yourself.

Welcome to the Dollhouse
Friday, May 29 at 11:30pm
The Nightlight Cinema ($8.50)
30 N High St, Akron
Join late@nightlight for a special showing of Welcome to the Dollhouse, an insightful look at an unattractive 7th grader as she struggles to cope with un-attentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities. Also showing May 30 at 11:30pm. (BONUS: “Ex Machina” starts May 29 too and runs through June 5.)

Proof: Photographs from the Collection
Opens May 30 at Akron Art Museum
One S High St, Akron
How do photographs help to create our collective memory of people, places and events? A new photography exhibition at the Akron Art Museum, “Proof: Photographs from the Collection,” explores this question while raising many others about the tenuous role of truth in photography. Proof features more than 100 photographs from more than 50 artists, ranging from the Civil War to the present.

Taste of Theater
Benefiting Weathervane Playhouse
Saturday, May 30 at 4pm, Weathervane Playhouse ($35)
1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron
Help ensure that the show will always go on at Weathervane with this fundraiser. Get a special behind-the-scenes tour of the theater, enjoy a picnic-style dinner catered by Acme, and see a sneak peek of the upcoming Oklahoma! show. Visit for details.

AkRun & Crawl
Benefiting Torchbearers
Saturday, May 30 at 5 pm in The Valley ($25 for 5K, $15 for pub crawl)
1735 Merriman Rd, Akron
Join Torchbearers for a 5K run along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, and celebrate your finish in style with a pub crawl at the Valley’s nearby watering holes, starting at Johnny J’s. (And if you’re not a runner, just come for the fun part!) Register for the 5K and/or the pub crawl at

Icebreaker (Dance Party, Art Show, Bonfire!)
Saturday, May 30 at 8pm, Land of Plenty (FREE)
339 W Market St, Akron
Come hither, young and old – it is time for some stories to unfold! At this exuberant bash, some of the activities that will be popping off will include DJs spinning electronica, trip hop, and more until 2am, an art show featuring sculptures, a liquid light show, and live painting, plus a bonfire! Fire makes everything better, right?


Girls on the Run 5K
Benefiting Girls on the Run of Greater Summit
Saturday, May 30 at 9:30am, Lock 3 ($30)
200 S Main St, Akron
The Girls on the Run of Greater Summit 5K is the culmination of 10 weeks of training for over 600 3rd-8th grade girls and is open to the public. Their curricula empower girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team building, as well as a commitment to enhancing their communities, all of which help them become, strong, contented and self-confident women. Register for the 5K at

Elephant Revival (feat. the Speedbumps)
Sunday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.
GAR Hall ($27)
1785 W. Streetsboro Road, Peninsula
Elephant Revival weaves a musical tapestry from its members’ disparate influences. They believe that even when we don’t understand one another’s languages, we can be moved by a rhythm, soothed by a song. Akron/Kent-based Americana outfit The Speedbumps, who recently released a new album, “Soil to the Seed,” which was funded on Kickstarter, will open for Elephant Revival.

Summit Metro Parks Running Spree
Starts June 1
This year, the Summit Metro Parks is an official training partner of the Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series! Complete six of the pre-designated running trails between June 1 and August 30 and receive your ribbon and medal, plus get in shape for the upcoming races. Group runs are also scheduled. Visit for full details.

Haunted Summer with Relaxer, Faith Mountain, and Pleasure Leftists
Tuesday, June 2 at 8 pm, Musica ($10)
51 E. Market St., Akron
Haunted Summer crafts languid dream pop music that feels both timeless and nostalgic. They’ll be playing with Akron favorites Relaxer, known for their complex, guitar-driven progressive compositions, as well as Faith Mountain and Pleasure Leftists.

Jam Session with Theron Brown
Thursday, June 4 at 8 pm, BLU Jazz+ ($8)
47 E. Market St., Akron
Don’t miss the once-monthly BLU Jazz Jam Session, featuring some of the finest musicians on the local jazz scene. Come hang, have a drink and experience this exciting forum for musical expression.

Cascade the Runway
Friday, June 5 at 7pm, Cascade Plaza (FREE)
Downtown Akron
Don’t miss the 7th annual Summer Fashion Show, presented by Downtown Akron Partnership, NOTO Boutique, Allie M. Designs, lululemon athletica, and Rubber City Clothing. The show kicks off at 7pm with DJ Kristi Wall and the Admirables, followed by a fashion show curated by the above local retailers and hair and makeup by The Beauty Lounge and MC Hair. Downtown restaurants will have food available, and The Winery at Wolf Creek, Thirsty Dog, and NORKA will be on hand to slake your thirst.

Extra Spooky
Friday, June 5 at 8 pm
Jilly’s Music Room (FREE)
111 N. Main St., Akron
On Friday, June 5 these “four sultry gents from Akron” will release their vinyl single “Father Man” featuring local Akron legend Ralph Carney on saxophone. This “high-energy live performance,” which will highlight Extra Spooky’s “eclectic musical style,” also features The Dreamers and Pizza Ghost. Vinyl copies are only $5 the night of the show.

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