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

All month long

Fall Hiking Spree

Join Summit Metro Parks for the annual Fall Hiking Spree! Complete at least eight designated trails between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30 to earn a shield for your hiking staff (or, if it’s your first year, both a staff and a shield). This year, in celebration of the 50-year rejuvenation of the Cuyahoga River, nine of this year’s 13 trails feature the river or its tributaries. Last year, 11,060 people completed eight or more trails. Download your participation form at Free for Summit County residents, $10 for out-of-county first-timers, and $5 for out-of-county returners.

September 7

Square Records 16th Anniversary Show

Musica // 8 pm-2 am // Celebrate 16 years of Square Records with Actual Form, Free Black!, and Glenn Lazear. Show starts at 9 pm. METRO: #1, #10, #12

September 10 and 24 

Comedy Audition Shows

Jilly’s Music Room // 8 pm // Help Funny Noizes Productions choose which comics to include in featured spots in upcoming shows. Performers will share up to 15 minutes of clean late-night-TV-style material. Comics: If you want to audition, send a request for consideration to Shows will continue on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. METRO: #10, #34

September 12 and 14

ReelAbilities Film Festival

Main Library // Thursday 6:30 pm, Saturday 10:30 am and 1:30 pm // The ReelAbilities Film Festival promotes awareness and appreciation for the stories of people with disabilities. Screenings in Akron include three films on “Image and Self-Image” on Thursday and films on the themes of “Designed for Inclusion” and “Breaking Barriers” on Saturday. See a full schedule of screenings at METRO: #1, #5, #6, #7, #10, #12, #26, #28, #33, #34, DASH, #102, #103, #104

September 13

One Year Anniversary & Vinyl Release Party

Akron Recording Company // 5 pm-1 am7 pm // Akron Recording Company is celebrating their one-year anniversary as well as the release of “Where the Hell is Akron, OH?” Volume Two. Tours of the studio begin at 5 pm. Eight ARC recording artists will perform beginning at 7 pm.

September 13-19

The 8th Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

The Nightlight // The 8th GCUFF aims to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural diaspora via film. A selection of films by established and emerging filmmakers will be screened The Nightlight. Visit for showtimes and ticket prices. METRO: #1, #7, #10, #12, #33, #34, #102, #103, #104

September 14

Many Voices One Akron: A Celebration of Diversity

Chestnut Ridge Park // 1-4 pm /// Ali Coker will emcee a celebration of Akron’s music diversity, featuring Puspa Gajmer (traditional Nepali), Hayden Gilbert (blues-rock), Natalie Martin (singer/songwriter) and Sara Finan (Appalachian fiddle). Free. 

September 14

Theatre Kapow! The 24-Hour Theatre Project

Firestone Theatre // 7-8 pm // Watch four student-developed plays that were written, rehearsed, and prepared in the past 24 hours. Seating is limited and can be reserved online. Tickets are free, donations will be accepted.

September 17

Help Fight the Opioid Crisis

Hive Mind // 6-8 pm // Join The Last Letter Project and Hive Mind for a training from Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone). Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose, identify different types of overdose, perform rescue breathing and administer Naloxone. Free Naloxone kids and fentanyl test strips will be available. Trainings every half hour from 6-8 pm. METRO: #3, #4

September 22

Akron Coffee Roasters Century Ride

Akron Coffee Roasters // 7 am-7 pm // Chug some coffee before going on the century ride. There will be many break locations along the route so stop and have some lunch along the way. Tickets $62. Includes coffee, lunch and refreshments, as well as a unique pair of socks designed by Micah Kraus.

September 28

FirstEnergy Akron Marathon

Akron // 7:30 am // The Akron Marathon is here! This year’s route starts at Stan Hywet and passes Firestone High School, Highland Square, the Y Bridge, Firestone Park and Summit Lake on its way to Canal Park. Cheer on the runners or sign up to run a relay, half marathon or full marathon. Note that streets may be closed and street parking may be limited in advance of the race. Course details at

Want to cheer on runners when they have less than two miles to go? Join The Devil Strip and Alpha Phi Alpha Homes at the Park East tennis courts. We’ll start cooking out around 9 am. Bring a chair and a clever sign!

September 29

1st Garden Meeting

The WOMB Community Garden // 3-4 pm // Share your gardening skills and get involved with the community garden at the first garden meeting, where plot assignments will be discussed. METRO: #6, #19, #30