Devil’s Dozen: Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make in August

August 3

EarthQuaker Day

EarthQuaker Devices // 11 am – 7 pm // Join guitar pedal manufacturer EarthQuaker Devices for a daylong celebration of their products, plus music and art. The day kicks off with 30-minute pedal clinics. Music from 1-5 pm including Coup de Grace and Green Tree Novelty Tea. PRS Guitars Riff Contest Finals at 5 pm. Additionally, Musica will host free shows on Friday and Saturday nights: Mourning [A] BLKstar, Pleasure Leftists and The Beyonderers on Friday and The Party of Helicopters,  Niights and Caveman on Saturday. METRO: #9 

August 9-10

Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival – Neos Dance Theatre

Firestone Park Community Center // 8:45 pm // Neos Dance Theatre will present contemporary and classical works in Firestone Park. Children going into second, third and fourth grades can participate in free classes Aug. 6-8 at the Firestone Park Community Center at 10:30 am. Evening shows begin with a children’s performance at 7:45 pm. Free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.  METRO: #13

August 13

Writing Children’s Books: From Concept to Contract

Highland Square Library // 6-7:30 pm // Writing a book for kids sounds fun, but how difficult is it? Learn how to get into the business of authoring children’s books with Allison and Wayne Marks. Register online. Free.  METRO: #1

August 16

The Stiv “R.I.P.” Bators Band & The Sodbusters

Musica // Doors at 7 pm // Don’t miss a chance to see two legendary Akron punk bands reunite. The Sodbusters performed in 2018 for the first time in 38 years. Stiv Bators died in 1990, but the rest of his band will reunite to play the album Disconnected in its entirety. $20.  METRO: #1, #5, #6, #7, #12, #14, #26, #33, #34

August 16

August Moon Ride

Blimp City Bike & Hike // 8-10 pm // Tag along on the August Moon Ride to ride your bike on the Towpath Trail in the moonlight. Meet at the picnic area behind Blimp City Bike & Hike. Ride begins promptly at 8 pm. Bike helmets and lights are highly encouraged. Free.

August 17

PorchRokr 2019

Highland Square // 10 am – 9 pm // Come out to historic Highland Square to experience Akron’s beloved PorchRokr music festival. The day begins with yoga and a 5K race in the morning. Then more than 130 different musicians, including headliner Nathan-Paul & the Admirables, will play shows on neighborhood porches and at local businesses. See a festival map on Page 26. Free.  METRO: #1

Photo at top of page: PorchRokr 2018. (Photo: Ashley Kouri.)

August 17

Hot Pepper Festival

Patterson Park Community Center // 4-8 pm // Dalle Khursani, a pepper found in parts of Nepal and Bhutan and now grown in Akron, lands somewhere between 100,000 and 350,000 Scoville heat units. Sweat it out with a hot pepper eating contest, food and games in support of Shanti Community Farms. Tickets $20-$50.  METRO: #7

August 17-18

Props and Pistons Festival

Akron Fulton International Airport // 10 am – 5 pm // Check out dozens of airplanes and cars at the Props and Pistons Festival. For the first time in more than a decade, an aerobatic pilot will be demonstrating the amazing things his Sukhoi SU-26 aircraft can do. METRO: $15.

August 23-25

Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival

Downtown Akron // Catch jazz and blues performances at seven downtown venues during this weekend-long festival. BLU Jazz+, Musica, Maiden Lane, the High St. Hop House, the Akron Civic Theatre, the Akron Art Museum and the Main Library will host shows. Visit for a full schedule. Prices vary, but many concerts are free.  METRO: #1, #3, #5, #6, #7, #10, #12, #14, #26, #28, #33, #34, DASH, #102, #103, #104

August 24

Akron Pride Festival

Hardesty Park // 11 am – 7 pm // Celebrate and support LGBTQ+ equality at the Akron Pride Festival at Hardesty Park. The day will be filled with food trucks, exhibitions, and entertainment including local acts and award-winning national artists Deborah Cox and Steve Grand. A march to the festival begins at 10 am in Highland Square. Register at Free.  METRO: #1

August 27

Akron2Akron Walking Tour

Copley Road // 6 pm // Explore Copley Road’s history and current life on a walk with your neighbors. The Akron2Akron Facebook page will be updated with detailed information in advance of the event, including where to meet and stops included on the walk. Free.  METRO: #3

August 31

Lights of Change – Overdose Awareness Day

Summit County Recovery Center // 5:30 pm // Remember loved ones lost to addiction and raise awareness about the ongoing struggle. Akron Say No To Dope Inc. and Keys to Serenity are organizing a fair with resource tables, food and live music. A memorial walk begins at 8:30 pm. Bring memories or photos of your lost loved ones. Free.  METRO: #8