Devil’s Dozen Deluxe | August 2018

Here’s What We’d Do If We Were You


Sat., Aug. 4

Akron Ale Fest

Trolley Barn

1 pm – 5 pm

Taste what 15 different local and regional breweries have to offer, including Akronym Brewing, HiHo, Thirsty Dog, Hoppin’ Frog, Canton Brewing and Royal Docks. No need to worry about drinking on an empty stomach because Fire Truck Pizza Co. and The Pierogi Lady are among the food vendors who’ll be in attendance. Shop local artisans like Whiskertin, Champaign Paper, The Social Dept. and Akron Henna Art. Stay perked-up with Akron Coffee Roasters who’ll be there throughout the afternoon. Tickets include an Akron Ale Fest 2018 drinking glass and 20 beer tickets for $45. LINK:


EarthQuaker Day 2018

EarthQuaker Devices

11 am – 9 pm

It’s probably time we petition the powers-that-be to add EarthQuaker’s Octoskull to the pantheon of Akron icons, joining the Blimp, Devo’s Energy Dome, soap box derby cars, the Signal Tree and Swensons’ olive-topped Galley Boy. They are *that* Akron and their artful pedals are beloved by guitarists the world over. So as much as EarthQuaker Day is a customer appreciation day meets a music festival, this is how a growing local company, which employs about 85 percent of Akron’s musicians (*our unofficial count), celebrates its home in Akron. Check out performances by Uno Lady, Shivering Timbers, Lisa Bella Donna, Houseguest, The Man I Fell in Love With and This Moment in Black History or learn how to build your own preamp booster, power amp distortion or overdrive. Bring the kiddos, if you’ve got ‘em, because smART Studio will be on-site with art activities. We’ll even have a booth so stop by and say hello to your little friends. New for this year: an after-party at Lock 3 with performances by Black Sabbath tribute BLACK SABATH and Danzig tribute GLANZIG. LINK:


Thurs., Aug. 9

BBS Speaker Series

Uncorked Winebar

6 pm – 9 pm

Small business owners, sip on wine and learn how to improve your company’s online presence all at the same time when Dan Jones of Paramount Publishing Group joins the BBS Speaker Series. The retired president and CEO of Hitchcock Fleming and Associates will also conduct a talk about how to be successful in business. Don’t forget to bring your business cards and your best anecdotes for a night of networking and business advice. Tickets start at $10. LINK:


Fri., Aug. 10

Roller Dance Party – I love the 90s

Cascade Plaza

8 pm – 10 pm

It’s a roller skating jam named “Fridays” when “I Love the 90s” takes over Cascade Plaza with this family-friendly roller dance party that’s totally free for the public to attend, features food, drinks and lotsa lawn games. Bring your own skates, if you’ve got it like that, or rent a pair at the plaza. LINK:


RecoveryFEST 2018

ARC Recovery Services

5 pm – 10 pm

Back for its second year, this celebration of sober fun and entertainment is doubling the good times with twice as many bands, games, inflatables, food trucks and community impact as last year. Take your family and friends to join ARC Recovery Services and the Community of Christ Church for an evening that supports the incredible work and dedication of the folks in Akron’s recovery services community.  LINK:


Sat., Aug. 11

Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k

Goodyear World HQ

6:30 AM – 10 AM

Does it get more Akron-y than this? The Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k brings the iconic landmarks of Goodyear right under your feet for a unique and unforgettable racing experience. Set a personal record on Goodyear’s Akron Proving Grounds before making your way to the company’s global HQ and new campus. LINK:


Signal Tree Festival

Lock 3

9 am – 9 pm

Hundreds of years ago, the Signal Tree let people coming off the river know exactly where they were. In that spirit, The Devil Strip’s Signal Tree Fest is a celebration of those things that tell us we’re somewhere special: our music, food, art, culture and community. In a single day, you can overindulge your Akron urges, enjoying yoga in Lock 3 and meditation in Lock 2, finding the perfect gift at Maker’s Mart in Lock 4, knocking back Thirsty Dog brew and scarfing down pizza from Luigi’s, challenging yourself in the Jojo Eating Competition, discovering (or rediscovering) incredible local music acts like Posture, Gretchen Pleuss, Blaak Mvtter, Ben Gage, Floco Torres, CityCop and the Bizarros, among many more — while catching a different perspective on the city with sneak peek performances by the Black Card Project and Rebranding the City. Admission is free but a limited number of VIP tickets are available at for folks who want to upgrade their experience. For more details about the festivities — like how to enter the Three-Legged Construction Barrel Race or the Not Yo Daddy’s Hot Sauce Temptation — visit our website at


Sun., Aug. 12

Gypsy Caravan Flea

Gypsy Grace & the Vintage Goat

12 pm to 5 pm

Join the unapologetically Akron-y folks at the Gypsy Caravan Flea where Gypsy Grace & The Vintage Goat, The Square Scullery and The Devil Strip have teamed with the area’s bold, beautiful and eclectic entrepreneurs for a fantastic event full of unique treasures, gourmet food, chill music and a lot of good vibes. LINK:


Akron VegFest

Lock 4

First off, that logo. Wow. Two, if you are a vegetarian or just like food on the healthier side of the spectrum, VegFest is your chance to enjoy some fresh tastes with local vendors selling a variety of dishes. All of this comes from Charly Murphy, the Akron entrepreneur behind Stray Dog cart, Stray Dog Mustard and the Akron Pickle! Find details at


Sat., Aug. 18

Porch Rokr

Highland Square

10:30 am – 8 pm

Porch Rokr is the city’s pre-eminent music event, transforming the verandas of one of Akron’s most historic and eclectic neighborhoods into one-day art studios and concert venues. Thousands of locals and out-of-towners rock out to some 130 diverse musicians and artists, using both area residences and business establishments as their personal stage. The festival rotates each year among four sections of Highland Square to encourage interaction among all its neighbors. This year, the festival is between South Highland Avenue and Belvidere Way on the south side of Market Street. LINK:


Sat., Aug. 17 & Sun., Aug. 18

Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival

Goodyear Heights Metro Park

8:45 pm – 10:30 pm

The Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival continues Akron’s tradition of providing free dance performances in the park. The festival has expanded this year to offer 16 to 18 different ballets and will be presented by the Dance Institute of the University of Akron with performances by several renowned Ohio dance companies. Enjoy a weekend of beautiful, challenging ballet in the park. LINK:


Sunday, Aug. 18


Polish Spaghetti Dinner

Polish American Citizens Club of Akron

1 pm – 5 pm

Get your feast on with a Sunday afternoon dinner that includes spaghetti made with a secret sauce, meatballs, bread, salad, dessert and coffee or tea. While you’re surrounded by new friends eating a delicious meal, learn something about the culture and community as well. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children. LINK:



Mon., Aug. 20

Creativity & Creative Marionette Making

Crave Cantina

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Create your own marionette or puppet at this class. Many marionettes — the popular toy made of wood, leather, cloth and glass — were crafted in Central America after the Spanish Conquest of Mexico. Studio 2091 will teach you how make your own basic puppet like Pinocchio. All the materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any extra supplies to add to your marionette’s personality. Tickets cost $35.  LINK:


Thurs., Aug. 23 to Sun., Aug. 26

Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival

The third annual festival takes place at various downtown Akron venues and its theme is “The Rhythms of Akron.” The festival aims to orchestrate work ethic, self-esteem and respect through music performance and education for a vibrant arts community. LINK:


Sat., Aug. 25

Akron Pride Music & Arts Festival

Hardesty Park

11 am – 6 pm

The Akron Pride Festival is getting bigger every year with more music and entertainment that promotes equality and inclusivity to all people. The Equality March will begin at 11 am and the entertainment will go on throughout the afternoon. Betty Who, an Australian singer known for the song “All Things,” the theme song for Netflix’s Queer Eye, will play the main stage at the free festival. With different food trucks, a children’s area and local vendors and businesses, this event will have something for everybody. LINK:


Fri., Aug. 31

Stories with the Sheep

Summit County Historical Society

10:30 am

Have you ever wanted to be told a story while sitting among sheep? No? Does it sound interesting now? We thought so. Join the Summit County Historical Society at the Perkins Stone Mansion for story time. With sheep-themed stories, poems and songs from the Akron-Summit County Library, librarians will read as the story comes alive. You can meet the sheep that will be grazing on Mutton Hill and make friends with the fuzzy creatures. This free event is perfect for the family, rain or shine. LINK: