Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make this month
September 1 – November 30
55th Annual Fall Hiking Spree
Summit Metro Parks // Get out of the house and take in the autumn air on one of the numerous Metro Parks trails. Sign up for the Hiking Spree online or grab a form at one of the parks, and choose a minimum of eight trails to hike at your own pace during the fall season. A souvenir of a hiking staff and shield is given to first-year hikers upon completing the hiking spree. Veteran hikers earn another shield for their hiking staff.
The University of Akron Student Union // 7 pm – 9 pm // Navajo author and speaker Mark Charles will give a lecture at the University of Akron. He will share his views on America’s roots and its future, and he will discuss a history that has been marked by violence and injustice. This event is free and open to all.
Summit County Fairgrounds // 10 am – 4 pm // Head over to the Summit County Fairgrounds for the annual fall festival. This kid-friendly event will feature activities such as pony rides, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, a magic show, a craft contest, 4-H exhibits, hay rides and live music. Food vendors will be aplenty. Admission is free, but you may have to pay for certain activities.
Springfield – Lakemore Branch Library // 3:30 pm // If you love knitting, crocheting, or other needle arts, bring your works in progress to this free group event, and share your knowledge with others for an afternoon. This event is free.
Jilly’s Music Room // 8 pm // Enjoy the music of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist “Coyote Joe” Stevens. According to Joe’s bio, Coyote Joe was among the first wave of transgender performers to become part of the public consciousness. This event is free.
The Rialto Theatre // 7:30 pm // Catch the second installment of this Akron-made live variety show at one of five performances between Oct. 12 and 21. The family-friendly performance is produced by Firestone CLC graduate Benjamin Isaiah Black. $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students, free for children 10 and under.
Battered Women’s Shelter // 10 am – 2 pm // This inaugural Fall Festival will benefit the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse campaign, which aims to end financial abuse and empower women financially. The event is free and will feature local food trucks, vendors, music and activities for kids.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad // 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm // Travelers on the train will role-play as suspects and detectives in the murder of a performer at a midcentury Havana nightclub. Costumes are encouraged, as guests will be interrogating each other and examining a crime scene. Tickets include a two-hour train ride, boxed dinner and the murder mystery program. $50.
The None Too Fragile Theater at Pub Bricco // 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm // Featuring headliner Lyons & Campbell as well as Dan Brown and Jason Swope, Funny Noizes Productions presents an evening of comedy. Enter through Pub Bricco on Merriman Road and laugh the night away with comedians who have performed around the globe. Tickets should be purchased beforehand and cost $10 – $25.
Tangier // 8 pm – midnight // Dress up for the costume contest at the 15th annual edition of Halloween Charity Ball. Proceeds this year benefit the Ohio Shakespeare Festival and Not Just October, which supports women as they receive treatment for breast cancer. $60 for regular admission and $100 for VIP tickets.
Akron Civic Theatre // 8 pm – 1 am // Plan an elegant disguise for this premier Halloween masquerade party. The evening will begin in the Grand Lobby with food, drink and mingling. Live music will be performed from 8 – 10 pm. The auditorium will open at 9 pm for dancing on the stage, and plenty of unexpected artistic “happenings” will be lurking around each corner. Elegant attire is required. Tickets are $75 and should be reserved in advance. 21 and over.
Akron Civic Theatre // 8 pm // Enjoy the campy rock ‘n’ roll musical for a weekend at the Akron Civic Theatre. Be prepared for cascading toilet paper and other audience participation props in this cabaret-style show where the cast and audience sit on stage. Note: this show is not recommended for children. Tickets are limited and should be purchased beforehand.