Devil’s Dozen | August 2017

Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make this month


Correction: The print version of this issue’s Devil’s Dozen included an error about PorchRokr 2017. The error has been corrected in this version. Time Cat is headlining this year’s festival, and there will be no mini poetry festival.


Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5

(In)Dependent: The Heroin Project

Akron Civic Theater, 182 S Main St

8 pm

Heavily researched and based on 50 different interviews with people affected by heroin in different ways, (In)Dependent is a play that hopes to make a difference by bringing awareness to heroin’s devastating effects and raising money to support recovery programs. The play will look at heroin use as it effects the user and all the people connected to the user, such as friends, children, and significant others. Seating is limited, and tickets can be purchased on for $20.10.


Saturday, August 5

EarthQuaker Day 2017

EarthQuaker Devices, 350 W Bowery St

1 – 8 pm

Join EarthQuaker Devices at their headquarters for a day of music, from live performances to competitions open to the public. The day is packed with performances, food and drink, clinics with local musicians, a riff competition and tours of the EarthQuaker workshop. The event will be followed by a free after-party show at Annabell’s Bar and Lounge.


Friday, August 11

Growing Up Akron (8th Annual)

Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., 529 Grant Street

6 – 9 pm

Hosted by Child Guidance and Family Solutions at Akron’s own Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Growing up Akron is a fundraiser for the nonprofit that seeks to celebrate the spirit of Akron. Filled with food, drinks, and fun, this is a great way to enjoy a summer night in Akron with Akron staples, such as Swenson’s, NORKA, Mustard Seed, and more, all while raising money for CG&FS to help Akron’s families! Individual tickets are $60.


Never Coming Down 2 

Hive Mind, 373 W Exchange St

Doors open 8 pm

A night of art, music, fashion and film, Never Coming Down is featuring Akron and Cleveland area creatives. This diverse event will showcase the talent within our city. The event is BYOB and no cover charge is required to attend, but a $5 donation is appreciated.


Saturday, August 12

Akron Ale Fest

The Trolley Barn, 47 N Main St

Come downtown for the second annual Akron Ale Fest to try beer from craft breweries throughout the Akron area, and enjoy food trucks, local artwork and live music. Drinker tickets are $45, Driver tickets are $10 and they can be purchased online ahead of the event.


Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13

National Hamburger Festival 2017

Lock 3, 200 S Main St

Sat. 12 – 11 pm, Sun. 12 – 7 pm

Whether you’re an occasional burger eater or an all-the-time burger fanatic, you’re in for a treat at the National Hamburger Festival. Two days of meat mayhem at Lock 3 in downtown Akron will cure your cravings and are accompanied by drinks, events and live music throughout the festival. Admission is $5, food tickets are $1 each, and children 8 and under get in free.


Thursday, August 17 – Thursday, August 31

(various showtimes/dates)

Lightnights, a Spectacular 3-D Projection Show

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

7 – 10 pm

This unique event will include live music and refreshments in the lighted gardens and grounds, leading up to a 3-D projection show on the back of the manor house, designed to transform the building into a 3-D stage for animation, featuring lights, action, and music to tell the story of the Seiberling legacy. Ticket prices vary by age and membership, but all are $18 and less.


Saturday, August 19

PorchRokr Music and Art Festival

Highland Square

10:30 am – 11 pm

An Akron staple, the Porchrokr turns porches into stages for live music in beautiful Highland Square. Throughout the neighborhood, on 40 porches and stages, 130 bands will perform in one day. The event will be headlined by Time Cat at the Jilly’s Music Room Stage at Will Christy Park. Check out the Silent Disco from 9 – 11 pm. Admission is free.


Canal Park Festival of Beers

Canal Park, 300 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308

4 – 7 pm

Located in Canal Park, home of the Akron Rubber Ducks, come out to enjoy a selection of 100 different craft beers, many coming from local breweries. There will also be food, live music and games to complete the experience.


Thursday, August 24 – Sunday, August 27

Rubber City Jazz and Blues Festival

Downtown Akron, Multiple Venues

For four days at the end of August, Downtown Akron will become a city of jazz. Performances by national and local musicians will take place at venues throughout downtown, such as Lock 3 and the Akron Public Library. With so many talented musicians performing across downtown, you’re sure to find a performance for you! Admission to all performances is free.


Saturday, August 26

Akron Pride 2017

Hardesty Park, 1615 W Market St

12 – 6 pm

Open to all, this inaugural Akron Pride is for Akronites to gather to show celebration for themselves and others and promote equality, acceptance, love and, of course, pride in the great city of Akron. Before the festival, there will be a march that begins at 11 am in Highland Square and ends in Hardesty Park for the festival, which will feature performances, vendors and food trucks. Admission is free.


Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2

Better Block Kenmore 2017

Kenmore Boulevard (14th to 16th St)

Saturday, 5-  10 pm & Sunday, noon – 5 pm

Akron Better Block will demonstrate a physical prototype of what Kenmore could grow to be in order to transform the neighborhood for the enjoyment and economic benefit of residents. Changes to Kenmore Blvd will include bike lanes, a beer/wine garden, open-air cafés, live entertainment, pop-up vendors, and children’s activities. The event is open to all, and there are no charges beyond what you choose to pay for.