Culture Club

An overview of community events happening in Akron this October

by Amanda Sedlak-Hevener

murder-in-the-mansion_0Murder in the Mansion

October 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 at Stan Hywet Hall, 6:45 – 9:15 pm

Step back into the 1920s and enjoy a fun murder-mystery evening at Stan Hywet Hall. After the performance – and you’ve figured out who you think the murderer is – there will be beverages and light refreshments served in the Manor House Auditorium. 


Boo At the Zoo

October 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 at Akron Zoo, 11:30 am – 7:30 pm

A candy passport and costumes are all that you need to have some good old fashioned family fun at Boo at the Zoo. Your little trick or treaters can see all of the zoo animals, while picking up candy from the many stations set up around the Akron Zoo’s grounds. Presale tickets are available at the Akron Zoo and at Acme Fresh Markets. 


Scarecrow Day

October 16 at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Noon – 4 pm

Scarecrow building, arts and crafts, and a crow calling contest are all part of the Scarecrow Day fun at the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm. There will also be storytelling, raffles, marshmallow roasting, and much more. Each participant receives a paper bag and some basic scarecrow supplies – you need to bring your own clothing for your straw man – or woman!


Let’s Talk Art

October 17 at Summit Artspace, 7 pm

Whether you’re a new artist or an experienced one, everyone runs into problems with the creative process. This is where this question and answer session with the Akron Society of Artists comes in. An informal discussion will take place, where you can receive advice from your fellow artists about how to proceed or solve a simply (or not so simple) issue. 


mutton-hillMutton Hill Quilt Show

October 22-23 at the John S. Knight Center, 10 am – 6 pm

Part competition, part quilt show, and plenty of fun, the Mutton Hill Quilt Show will feature vendors, lectures, and many other things for those interested in getting into quilting – or those who like to look at these works of art. 



Pumpkin Carving

October 26 at the Goodyear Heights Metro Park Lodge, 6:30 – 8 pm

It isn’t Halloween without some traditional pumpkin carving. You’ll need to bring your own pumpkin and carving tools, as well as a way to carry home your pumpkin seeds (if you do desire). Some recipes for pumpkin seeds and a few additional carving tools will be provided. 


Twilight Hike and Campfire

October 28 at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 6 – 7:30 pm

Spend some quiet time hiking around the park right at dusk, and then settle in for some s’mores by the campfire at this event. There’s nothing quite like the woods during this time of the year!


National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School Offers Shadowing Opportunities  

Students who are currently in 8th grade or out of the Akron Public School district and who are interested in attending NIHF STEM High School are invited to experience APS’s NIHF STEM family by shadowing a learner at NIHF STEM High School. A member of the STEM Ambassadors’ Team will host visiting students while they learn about NIHF STEM’s award winning academic programing, visit classrooms, participate in design challenges and meet innovative coaches.

Parents of the 8th grade students who are shadowing are also invited (but not required) to attend a 30-minute informal session with Instructional Leader Dina Popa and Assistant Instructional Leader Antonio Preston from 8 – 8:30 am on the day of their shadow visit. This session will provide 8th grade parents with an opportunity to meet and talk with school leaders, learn NIHF STEM’s Mission and Core Values, and ask any additional questions. Parents who wish to attend this session are asked to RSVP when registering their child for their Shadow Day experience.

Online registration is required and space is limited, so visit to reserve a spot.