Local events

There’s nothing to do in Akron

The Devil Strip’s comprehensive monthly argument that there’s plenty of fun to be had in Akron!

Look for the ♣ symbol below for our Devil’s Dozen choices!


TNTDIA is only one of the greater Akron area’s several existing event calendars. To see what else is happening in and around town, check out these event calendars from other local organizations:


October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

♣ Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow

Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Rd. // 9 am – 12 pm // If you haven’t yet experienced the joy of visiting Countryside’s farmers’ market, do it this month! Located in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the scenic drive to the meadow is just as lovely as strolling from tent to tent of farmer, food producer, and artist. Pick up fresh produce, humanely raised meats, cheese, baked goods, coffee, honey, hummus, dog treats, jams, soaps, live plants, and more. It’s one of our favorite ways to spend Saturday morning. This event is free and open to the public.


October 2

Rocks of Mutton Hill

Perkins Stone Mansion, 550 Copley Rd. // 10 – 11 am // Join the Summit County Historical Society for a walking tour of Mutton Hill, and learn all about the rocks that were used to create the historic buildings and items on the property. This event is free and open to the public.


October 2

Oktoberfest

Akronym Brewing, 58 E Market St. // 12 – 10 pm // Get in the Oktoberfest spirit with authentic German food, live music, contests, and, of course, beer! Akronym will have sauerbraten, spätzle, käsespätzle potato salad, cabbage and noodles, potato pancakes, and bratwurst on the menu. Tickets are $15 – $35 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 3 

Fall Cleveland Ohio Yoga Festival

The Winery at Wolf Creek, 2637 S Cleveland Massillon Rd. // 9 am – 4 pm // Enjoy a day of yoga, hiking, meditation, music, and perusing the work of local artisans at the beautiful Wolf Creek Winery. Tickets are $25 – $95 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in October

Mixology 101 Bartending Certification Course

ShakeNSip, 1300 Weathervane Lane, Suite 221 // Times vary, see online for details // Looking to try something new? Consider this two-day bartending certification course. Day one will feature lessons on terminology, techniques, equipment, health, and safety; and day two will feature hands-on experience creating cocktails! Tickets are $50 – $200 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 4, 11, 18 & 25

Open Mic Comedy Night

Polish Legion of American Veterans, 383 Dayton St. // 7:30 pm // Funny Noize Productions hosts open mic comedy nights every week at the PLAV. Show up to perform, or simply enjoy the PLAV’s home-cooked food and drink specials along with the show. This event is free and open to the public.


October 6

Coffee with the Collection

Akron Art Museum, 1 S High St. // 11 am – 12 pm // Join assistant curator Jeffrey Katzin for coffee and insight into a new abstract exhibition featuring art from the ‘60s and ‘70s. This event is free for Akron Art Museum members and $12 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 6, 13, 20 & 27

Workshop Wednesday

Bounce Innovation Hub, 526 South Main Street // 9 am – 5 pm // Every Wednesday, Bounce provides newcomers with introductions to new equipment and materials available in their workshop. In October, visitors can get acquainted with laser cutting, 3D printing, embroidery, and sewing. This event is free and open to the public.


October 6, 13, 20 & 27

3rd Annual Demystifying Halloween Halloween and the Occult Series

The Healing Brew, 1672 Merriman Rd. // 7 – 10 pm // Join The Healing Brew as they debunk myths typically associated with the occult and spirituality. Tickets are $25 – $80 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 7 – 10

Ohio Mart

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens  // 10 am – 5 pm // Stop by Stan Hywet to peruse this show of arts and crafts and enjoy the autumn weather on the beautiful grounds of the house. Tickets for entry are $4 – $16 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 8

The Ladies Night

Jilly’s Music Room, 111 N Main St. // 8 pm // Head to Jilly’s for an evening of Northeast Ohio’s all-male tribute to the music of pop divas such as Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and more. Tickets are $5 – $10 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 9

♣ Akron Stories | Public Dedication Ceremony

Rubber Worker Statue, northeast corner of Main & Mill St. // 10 am – 2 pm // If you’ve been downtown recently, you’ve probably seen the Rubber Worker Statue that was recently erected as part of Art x Love’s Akron Stories Project. Stop by on this Saturday morning for a dedication ceremony followed by a VIP reception in the Akron-Summit County Public Library with sculptor Alan Cottrill and authors David Giffels and Steve Love. The outdoor dedication ceremony is free, but tickets to the VIP reception are $25 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 9 & 16

Raku & Brew

Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, 437 Crouse St. // One-and-a-half-hour increments, 10 am – 4:30 pm // Sip beer from Eighty-Three Brewery and Lock 15 Brewing Co. while glazing either a pre-made ceramic sun tile or sun vase. All pieces will be Raku fired on site and will be ready to go home at the end of the class. All materials will be provided. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 9

Keleman Point Farm Nature Walk

Keleman Point Farm, 4570 Akron Peninsula Rd. // 3 – 5 pm, 5 – 7 pm, or 7 – 9 pm // Take a nature walk with master herbalist Bryan Peters of The Healing Brew. This annual walk features a tour of the farm, complete with goats, chickens, and other animals. Children may attend this event for free. Adult tickets are $12 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 10 & 31

♣ The Mystery of the Class of ‘57

Spaghetti Warehouse, 510 S Main St. // 6 – 9:30 pm // If you’re a fan of live-action comic mysteries, this event is for you. The premise: The school’s star quarterback has been found dead at the bottom of the pool during the homecoming pep rally. Who did it?! Participate in this ‘50s-themed mystery program, and while you’re at it, enjoy a three-course dinner, soft drinks, and a cash bar, all of which are included in the price of the ticket. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online ahead of time. Be sure to book your entire party’s tickets at the same time to ensure you sit together!


October 11

Dragonfly Wine Bottle Paint & Sip

The Yoga Den, 3200 Greenwich Rd. // 7 – 9 pm // Head to the Yoga Den in Norton for an evening of guided painting on a wine bottle. Tickets are $44 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 13

ArtBabes

Akron Art Museum, 1 S High St. // 10:30 – 11:30 am // Bring your babies (newborns – 24 months) to the Akron Art Museum for a morning of storytelling and sensory-focused activities. This event is free for members and $15 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time; registration is required.


October 13

♣ Rediscover Downtown Walking Tour

Meet at Huntington Bank, 106 S Main St. // 12 – 1 pm // Join Downtown Akron Partnership for a walking tour of Main Street’s public art, development projects, businesses, and more. With all the recent work that’s been done on Main Street, there is so much to discover. Combined with the restorative powers of fresh October air, we think a walking tour of downtown is the perfect way to spend your Wednesday lunch hour. This event is free and open to the public.


October 13

♣ Hocus Pocus Paint & Sip

Nauti Vine Winery, 3950 S Main St. // 6 – 8 pm // Paint & sip events are all the rage right now, so why not lean into the craze by painting a framed window with the Sanderson Sisters from the classic Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus?! We think you’ll enjoy Nauti Vine’s wine, too. Tickets for this event are $43 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 13

Bingo Night Fundraiser for AJ’s Search & Rescue

Danny Boys, 10 Tallmadge Cir. // 6:30 – 9:30 pm // Help raise funds for AJ’s Search & Rescue, a nonprofit animal rescue organization. This event will feature appetizers, soda, water, and 10 games of bingo. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 14

Community Breakfast

Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, 1333 Home Ave. // 8 – 9 am // Attend this free, informative breakfast to meet staff and network with professionals and community leaders. This event is free.


October 15

The Nighthawks

Jilly’s Music Room, 111 N Main St. // 8 pm // Enjoy an evening of Blues and Roots Rock as The Nighthawks’ 50th anniversary approaches and they play at Jilly’s. The band is famous for their stunning four-part harmonies and legendary live shows. You won’t want to miss them! Tickets are $5 – $10 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 15

Sunflurry

NOMZ, Northside Marketplace, 21 Furnace St.  // 8 – 10 pm // Stop by NOMZ for a night of music by Sunflurry (formerly The Two’s). This event is free and open to the public.


October 15

♣ Sweetest Day ‘70s Costume Party

Social 8, 1800 Merriman Rd. // 8 pm – midnight // Head down to the Valley for a ‘70s-themed costume party to celebrate Sweetest Day. Dance to the music with DJ Chaka and enjoy everything Social 8 has to offer. Don’t forget to bring your sweetie with you! This event is free and open to the public.


October 16 – 17

Halloween All-Nighter

Full Grip Games, 15 N Broadway St. // 5 pm – 9 am //  Full Grip Games has partnered with Gotham Gym and Savage MMA to create this Halloween-themed gaming all-nighter. There will be table games, card games, and console games, as well as spooky movies and more. Tickets are $15 – $35 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 17

♣ Fall Flowers and Foliage

Cascade Valley Metro Park, Valley View Area // 9 – 10:30 am // The Valley View Area at Cascade Valley Metro Park opened to the public at the end of August. The 200-acre area used to be a golf course, but is now a stunning sprawl of wetlands, meadows, trees, and river. At this event, join a Summit Metro Parks naturalist for a morning of admiring autumn’s beauty and discovering what exactly triggers the change of color in our flowers and foliage. This event is free and open to the public.


October 18

Lessons of the Holocaust: Undeniable Stories of Survival

Online // 4:30 – 6 pm // The Akron-Summit Council on Holocaust & Genocide Education presents keynote speaker Dr. Bradley Beach, PhD, for this virtual seminar. During the seminar, information will be shared regarding the Akron-Summit Holocaust & Genocide Arts & Writing Contest. This event is free and open to the public, and the event link can be found at AkronSummitHolocaustEducation.org.


October 19

Seed Collection Drop In

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula // 1 – 3:30 pm // Join CVNP for a seed collection drop in to help improve the natural habitat for plants and animals in the park. The seeds collected will be grown in the park’s native plant nursery. This event is free and open to the public, and is suitable for anyone ages 7 and up. Register for this free event online ahead of time in order to have the location emailed to you.


October 20

Discover Downtown Biking Tour

The Richard Howe House, 47 W Exchange St. // 12 – 1 pm // Join Downtown Akron Partnership for a biking tour of Main Street, the Towpath, downtown businesses, and public art. This event is free and open to the public. If you need to borrow a bike, reserve one by emailing info@downtownakron.com.


October 21

♣ The Akron Roundtable | Mass Immigration vs. Modern Society

Quaker Station on the University of Akron’s campus // 12 pm // Head to Quaker Station for this month’s Akron Roundtable luncheon. This month, Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, will be speaking about the upsides and downsides of mass immigration in modern America. This event is the second part of Akron Roundtable’s Point/Counterpoint series, which aims to foster community dialogue around important topics in order to build relationships. Tickets to attend in person are $25, and tickets to attend virtually are $10. Both can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 21

Kinderealm: Fall Leaves

F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm // 5:30 – 6:30 pm // Bring your children ages 3 to 6 for an exploration of autumn leaves with Summit Metro Parks. This program includes a hike and a craft. This event is free, but advance registration is required by calling (330) 865-8065.


October 22

Rubix Groove with Blackcat Roberts & Glass

Musica, 51 E Market St. // 7 pm // Head to Musica for an evening of music. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 23

Woodcut Show & Tell with Meryl Engler

Summit Artspace, Welcome Gallery, 140 E Market St. // 4 pm // Join artist Meryl Engler to learn about the printmaking process used in her exhibition, “Babe…I Thought,” on view at Summit Artspace through December 18. The exhibition is a series of woodcuts that explore the devolution of a relationship through the symbol of the chain link fence, denoting a physical barrier and a power relationship. Meryl will bring her woodcuts into the gallery for public viewing. This event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservation is required.


October 23 & 24

Summit Lapidary Club Gemboree

Summit Lapidary Clubhouse, 244 Chestnut Blvd. // Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm // Join the Summit Lapidary Club and Mineral Society for a day full of jewelry, fossils and youth activities. Tickets for children are $1, tickets for adults are $5, and tickets for seniors are $4. Children under 7 and Scouts get in free.


October 27

Witch Shoes Paint & Sip

Nauti Vine Winery, 3950 S Main St. //6 – 8 pm // Get in the Halloween spirit with this holiday-themed guided canvas-painting session. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 28

Invasive Plant Removal Drop In

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula // 1 – 3:30 pm // Help remove invasive plants from the national park to improve the habitat for native plants and wildlife. This event is suitable for anyone ages 10 and up. Register for this free event online ahead of time to receive location details.


October 29

♣ Akron Charity Ball | One Last Hurrah!

The Tangier, 532 W Market St. // 8 pm – midnight // Akron Charity Ball began as Halloween Charity Ball in 2003 to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. After 18 years, they’re celebrating their final event and all the great memories they’ve made over the years. This year, the ball will benefit Crafty Mart and Limitless Ambition. Don your Halloween costume and be prepared to dance the night away. Tickets are $60 for general admission and $100 for VIP admission, and both can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 29

Halloween Party with the Scenic Route

Jilly’s Music Room, 111 N Main St. // 8 pm – midnight // Celebrate Halloween with indie, pop, and rock originals and covers by the Scenic Route. Tickets are $5 – $10 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 30

♣ Trash-n-Treat Canal Cleanup

Summit Lake Trailhead, 380 W Crosier St. // 9 am – 12 pm // Put on your costume and grab a pair of gloves for this event hosted by the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition! Volunteers will work along the canal at Summit Lake to clean up the public spaces and waterways. All tools will be provided, and Halloween costumes are encouraged. This event is free and open to the public.


October 30

Akron City Gospel Singers Community Event Session

3rd floor of Summit Artspace, 140 E Market St. // 12 – 1 pm // Relish the rich tradition of gospel song at this combined rehearsal/informal performance of the Akron City Gospel Singers. The performance will be followed by community fellowship. This event is free and open to the public.


October 30

Drive-Thru Trunk-or-Treat

Becoming a Light Ministries, 1316 Kentucky Ave. // 3 – 5 pm //Take your kids to Becoming a Light Ministries for an afternoon of trunk-or-treating in a safe environment. This event is free and open to the public.


October 30

4th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl

Taps Akron, 370 Paul Williams St // 4 pm – midnight // Crawl With Us presents the biggest bar crawl of the year. Be sure to enter the Halloween costume contest for a chance to win $1,000! Tickets are $12.50 – $15 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 30

A Fatal Kiss Murder Mystery Dinner

Ohio Brewing Company, 2250 Front St. // 7 pm // This event begins with a cabaret performance, followed by a buffet dinner and then a mystery you’ll have the chance to solve. The mystery is set in the 1920s, so be sure to dress the part! Tickets are $64 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 30

Spooktacular Halloween Bash

Interbelt Nite Club, 70 N Howard St. // 9 pm – 2:30 am // This drag show will be hosted by Alejandra J. Love and will feature special guest Aiden Zhane from Rupaul’s Drag Race. Be sure to wear a Halloween costume for a chance at a $500 cash prize! Tickets are $15 – $25 and can be purchased online ahead of time.


October 31

♣ Boos & Brews with Akronym Brewing

Akronym Brewing, 58 E Market St. // 11 am – 10 pm // Spend your Halloween at this family-friendly event downtown! The day begins with brunch in the taproom from 11 to 1, followed by a kid-friendly costume party from noon to 3. There will be pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating, and goodie bags! From 7 to 10, adults are welcome to come dressed in costume to enjoy cocktails, beer, and a costume contest. This event is free and open to the public.


October 31

♣ Nightmare on Front Street

Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Pavilion, 2085 Front St. // 12 – 5 pm // Nightmare on Front Street is the inaugural fundraising event that benefits Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership. Head downtown for this five-hour beer and art festival, featuring local breweries, live music, vendors, food trucks, Halloween costume contests, and more. Tickets are $30 – $35 and include 10 beer tickets and a keepsake tasting cup. Purchase tickets online ahead of time.