Culture Club: August 2016

An overview of community events happening in Akron this August

by Amanda Sedlak-Hevener


Monday Yoga

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at PNC Center, 5:15 pm

Enjoy a stress relieving after work yoga session at PNC Center.  Tracie from Akron Yoga and Wellness will lead you through the many poses of Vinyasa yoga in this hour-long workout. Don’t forget to dress accordingly and bring your own yoga mat!


Summer Read Aboard Program

August 4, 11 at Akron Northside Station, 10:50 am

Introduce your children to reading and trains at the same time. The Summer Read Aboard Program features a trip on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for both children and their parents. Kids can enjoy story time, a snack, arts and crafts, and a scavenger hunt, while parents sit back and enjoy the scenery as the train travels through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  


Summer SafariSummer Safari

August 5 at Akron Zoo, 7 – 10 pm

Bid on art created by the zoo animals, enjoy live music, and raise funds for the Akron Zoo all at the same time. Summer Safari is the Akron Zoo’s annual fundraiser, and tickets include admission to the event, a catered dinner, and close up encounters with some of the zoo animals.


000382_GUALogoGrowing up Akron

August 12 at Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., 6 – 9 pm

On Friday, August 12, Child Guidance & Family Solutions (CG&FS) will host its seventh annual “Growing Up Akron” fundraiser. If you have attended the event in the past, you know this isn’t your typical fundraiser. So leave the tux at home. Pick up some Akron attire from Rubber City Clothing to wear to the event—mention Growing Up Akron and they will donate a portion of the sale to CG&FS.

Roxxymoron is back to take the stage again this year, and rock the brewery with their music. Food offerings include Swenson’s Drive In Restaurants, Mustard Seed Market & Cafe, Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar, Retro Dog, Old Carolina Barbecue Company, Diamond Deli, Ivan’s Catering, Difeo & Sons, Tangier Event & Entertainment Center, Gino’s Pizza, Hilton Garden Inn Akron, Bake at 350 Bakery, LLC, A&W, Ken Stewart’s Grille, Mayfield Road Creamery, Shearer’s Potato Chips and Snacks, Mary Coyle Ice Cream and NORKA Beverage. Rubber City Rollergirls, Mystery Grab Bags, a Chinese auction and other special attractions will add to the fun.

Growing Up Akron is a destination for celebrating our community. Whether you “grew up Akron” or not, there is no better way to spend a summer evening. Visit or call (330) 384-2882 to puchase tickets and/or view other sponsorship opportunities if you would like to support CG&FS while promoting your business or organization. Tickets must be purchased by August 8. This event is 21 and older.


Farm to Table History Hike

August 12 at Lock 3 Park, 9 – 11 am

Learn about 19th century trade while hiking alongside the Ohio and Erie Canal in this joint effort by the Summit County Historical Society and the Summit Metro Parks. The hike starts at Lock 3 and ends at the Main Street farmers market.


national hamburger festivalHamburger Festival

August 13 – 14 at Lock 3 Park, Noon – 11 pm and Noon – 7 pm

The 11th annual Hamburger Festival has more than just a wide variety of hamburgers from local restaurants – it also has entertainment for the whole family. There are activities for kids, live music, the National Hamburger Festival Queen Pageant, eating contests, craft beer tastings and much more.


Herbal Spa Treatments

August 14 at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 2 – 2:30 pm

Learn how to make everything from sugar scrubs to relaxing salves using all-natural ingredients and items from your backyard garden and kitchen cabinets.


Art Tales: Messages in the Mailbox

August 18 at Akron Akron Art Museum, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

This event for kids and their parents consists of an interactive story, complete with imagery, rhyming and songs. After story time has ended, there will be an arts and crafts session in the lobby of the Akron Arts Museum for participants.


Summit for KidsSummit for Kids Family Expo

August 20 at John S. Knight Center, 10 am – 4 pm

The seventh annual Summit for Kids Family Expo is designed for kids and teenagers in kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as for their parents. There will be a number of fun learning activities, plus live entertainment, guest speakers, and  giveaways that include back-to-school items and other necessities. PNC Bank and Foundation, Akron Children’s Hospital, Summit County Children Services, Metro RTA, the Akron Area YMCA, and many other local organizations are sponsors for the Summit for Kids Family Expo. Admission is free.


John Brown House Community Forum

August 25 at John Brown House, 4-6 pm

The John Brown House Community Forum is a platform to discuss both historic and modern events in the Akron area. Each forum features a discussion of Akron’s participation in the 19th century abolitionist movement, also known as the “crusade” against slavery, up through the modern civil rights movement. The scheduled speaker for the August 25th forum is Margo Sommerville, city council representative for ward three and owner of Sommerville Funeral Services. Her talk focuses on Akron’s Maple Valley neighborhood, in which she lives and works, and the challenges that this particular community in Akron faces on a daily basis.


Woodland Mushrooms

August 27 at Campfire Area of F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 10 am  – 12 pm

Knowing which mushrooms are edible and which are poisonous is important for survival. Even if you aren’t planning any multi-day hikes through a national forest while subsisting only off of the land, this informative hike led by a trained naturalist will teach you quite a bit about the mushrooms that grow wild in our area.


(Featured image courtesy of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad)