Devil’s Dozen | Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make in July

July 1-31

Midnight Basketball 

Mason Park Community Center // 6-11 pm Mon & Wed // Looking for a basketball game to join? The Midnight Basketball Program offers mentorship and sports. Each night will include a motivational speaker before the game begins. Topics will include job preparation, family resources, gang violence and others. Open to men 18+. Registration is required but capped at 80 people, so call 330-374-2804 to see if spots remain. Free. METRO: #2

July 5

Talking to Fireflies 

Goodyear Heights Metro Park, Pioneer Area // 8:30-9:30 pm // Discover how fireflies communicate with their lights and try to talk to them. Learn more about how these fascinating insects behave. Meet at the shelter with a small flashlight, such as the one on your phone, to learn more. Call 330-865-8065 for more information. Free.

July 10

Outback Ray

Akron-Summit County Public Library // 2-3 pm // If you or your kids love animals, meet Outback Ray and his animal friends at the library for an interactive experience. Outback Ray will teach you about the animals and you might even get to touch one. Free. METRO: #1, #5, #6, #7, #10, #12, #26, #28, #33, #34, DASH, #102, #103, #104

July 14

LIFT Akron: Berry Pie & Jam Contest at Countryside Public Market

Countryside Public Market at Northside Marketplace // 10 am – 2 pm // Join The Devil Strip and Countryside to celebrate all things berry! The day will include a cooking demonstration, berry trivia, children’s activities, cornhole, music by Madison Cummings, and lots of berries for purchase. We’ll also have a berry pie and jam contest. If you want to enter a pie or jam made at home using local berries, RSVP to Alicia Hall at by July 9. Contest entry and attendance are free.

July 18-21

QuTheatr’s “Through His I”

Balch Street Theater // July 18-20 at 8 pm and July 21 at 2 pm // QuTheatr, a LGBTQ+ theatre group will be showing their play “Through His I” for one weekend. “Through His I” is about the discrimination and struggles that a trans man faces in everyday life. The theatre group hopes to spark a conversation about gender identity and the LGBTQ+ community. Student or under age 22 tickets $10. General admission $15. METRO: #26 (No Sunday service)

July 19

Sip & Strum

High St. Hop House // 6-8 pm // Do you wish you could play an instrument, but you also want to relax with a beer? Rising Star Center for the Arts is offering ukulele lessons at High St. Hop House. Admission includes a two hour lesson, a free beer or wine, and a ukulele if needed. Every skill level is welcome, including beginners. Register online. $25. METRO: #7, #12, #33, #102, #103, #104

July 20-21

African American Cultural Festival

Lock 3 // Lock 3 // 12-8 pm Saturday and 12-9 pm Sunday // Saturday is Family Day, featuring an African marketplace, chess tournament, youth talent show and arts and crafts tent. The marketplace and chess tournament continue on Sunday, as do the finals of the talent show. Food and music throughout. Free back-to-school backpacks, haircuts and health screenings. Free until Sunday at 3 pm, when entry is $10. METRO: #1, #3, #10, #14, #26, #34

July 23

The Peach Truck

Graf Growers // 3-5 pm // If you love peaches, this is the food truck for you. The Peach Truck company is currently touring Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio. Boxes of peaches weighing 25 pounds will be sold for $42 each. 10 oz. bags of pecans will be sold for $10 each. The Peach Truck Cookbook will also be available for $25. Gift boxes of peaches are available online.

July 25-28

Denied Admission

The Center  // July 25-27 at 8 pm and July 28 at 2 pm // A new play by Gum-Dip Theatre exploring the legal system and how it relates to asylum seekers. A 30 minute discussion with an advocate for asylum seekers will follow each performance. Online tickets available for $20, pay-what-you-can tickets available at the door. For every ticket purchased, $5 will be donated to Akron Interfaith Immigrant Advocates. METRO: #1

July 26-27

Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival

Forest Lodge Park // 7:45 pm // Join Verb Ballets for the first weekend of the annual Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. The show includes the company premiere of Cuban Ballet Majisimo, the premiere of The Adagio Reimagined Project, and Carmen: The Story of Passion. Free beginners classes for second, third and fourth-graders will be offered at the Forest Lodge Community Center July 23-25 at 10:30 am. On performance nights, children’s activities led by Dance Institute begin at 7:45 pm and the show begins at 8:45 pm. Free. METRO: #4

July 27

Meet Your Neighborhood: Cascade Valley

Zeber-Martell // 11 am // Meet The Devil Strip in Northside for a day of shopping in this bustling business district. We’ll start at Zeber-Martell Clay Studio and Art Gallery to see the work of local artisans; continue to the Northside Marketplace to scout more local products and grab lunch; and finish at the Northside Cellar to top off the day with consignment goods. Free. 

July 30

The Devil Strip Social: Akron RubberDucks vs. New Hampshire FisherCats

Canal Park // 7:05 pm // We’re taking 50 of our readers to the RubberDucks game for free. Meet us at The Game Grill + Bar starting at 6 pm to pick up your tickets and spend some time with The Devil Strip. Then get over to Canal Park, because it’s t-shirt Tuesday, where the first 1,000 guests get a free t-shirt. Free. METRO: #1, #3, #10, #14, #26, #28, #34, DASH

Editor’s note: The PLAN section is underwritten by METRO RTA.

Photo at top: Alissa Danckaert Skovira.