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!

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:

September 1 – November 30

58th Annual Fall Hiking Spree

Summit Metro Parks // The Metro Parks’ annual hiking spree returns! Visit www.summitmetroparks.org to sign up and download your participation form, and then complete at least eight trails to receive your reward. This event is free and open to the public.

September 3

3rd Annual Promises in the Park

Goodyear Heights Metro Park, 2077 Newton Street // 12:30 pm // Summit County Probate Court and Summit Metro Parks are partnering to offer a free outdoor wedding ceremony or vow renewal for Summit County residents. Couples are welcome to invite up to 10 guests and are encouraged to take photos of their nuptials. This event is free, but couples must obtain a marriage license from the Summit County Probate Court prior to their ceremony. Register online at devilst.rip/3Bb6BO3 ahead of time.

September 4 & 18

Downtown Zumba with Christy Leenheer

Cascade Plaza // 9:30 – 10:30 am // Dance and get fit during this free hour-long Zumba class. Pre-registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Register online at devilst.rip/3gyHKvF.

September 4

Rhythm on the River: Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band

Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Rd., Peninsula // 4 – 6 pm // Head to Howe Meadow with your lawn chairs or picnic blanket to enjoy a late afternoon of family-friendly music. This event is free and open to the public, but attendees should register ahead of time online at devilst.rip/3BbSZC9.

September 4

Voices in the 330, second edition

The Rialto Theatre, 1000 Kenmore Boulevard // 7 – 10 pm // Be part of the audience as contestants from all over Akron participate in this singing competition to highlight undiscovered vocal talent in the area. Doors open at 6 pm, and there will be light snacks and a cash bar. Tickets cost $5 ahead of time online at devilst.rip/3gxKFFb or $10 at the door.

September 4

80s Night Dance Party

Mr. Zub’s Deli, 795 W. Market Street // 8 pm // Head to Mr. Zub’s for an 80s-themed dance party, complete with cool lights, a great sound system and all your favorite musical hits from the 80s. This event is free and open to the public.

September 5

Barberton Labor Day BBQ & Music Festival Cornhole Tournament

Ignite Brewing Company, 600 West Tuscarawas Avenue // 1 – 9 pm // Join a cornhole tournament this Labor Day weekend! Time slots begin at 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm, with a championship at 9 pm. There will be a $500+ cash prize for the champion team. The cost to participate in this event is $50 per team. Tickets can be purchased online at devilst.rip/3gsXArR

September 5, 12, 19, 26

Downtown Line Dancing with Just Us Line Dancing Crew

Lock 3 // 4 – 5 pm // Enjoy this free, hour-long line dancing class every Sunday through September 26. Pre-registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Register online at devilst.rip/3kmCzQB.

September 7, 14, 21, 28

Summit Lake Neighborhood Farmers’ Market

Summit Lake Community Center // 4 – 7 pm // Visit Summit Lake every Tuesday evening for locally grown produce at affordable prices. Cash, credit, debit, EBT and WIC vouchers are all acceptable as payment. Be sure to take a free canoe ride, too! 

September 7, 14, 21, 28

Downtown Yoga with Yoga Squared

Lock 3 // 5:30 – 6:30 pm // Yoga Squared hosts free, hour-long yoga classes every Tuesday evening until the end of September. Pre-registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Register online at devilst.rip/3jh1TZ9.

September 8

Native Planting Drop In

Peninsula // 1 – 3:30 pm // Make a difference in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park by helping plant various species of grass, flowers, trees and shrubs. Anyone age 10+ is welcome to attend, but volunteers who are 10 – 15 years old must have parent/guardian supervision. Register ahead of time online at devilst.rip/3jiCr5C and an address will be sent via email.

September 8, 15, 22, 29

HAPI Fresh Farmers’ Market

Akron Cooperative Farm, 381 Ontario Street // 4 – 7 pm // Visit the farmers’ market every week for fresh produce and local goods. This market is accessible by metro and accepts SNAP/EBT.

September 9

The Well CDC’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

The Well, 647 E. Market Street // 5 – 7 pm // Celebrate the Well’s 5th year as Middlebury’s community development corporation. This is an in-person outdoor event. RSVP online at devilst.rip/38fwzU4.

September 9

Gather Together Pumpkin Canvas with Light Paint & Sip Art Class

Mucky Duck Brewery, 4019 South Main Street // 6 – 8 pm // Get into the autumn spirit at this paint & sip class to paint pumpkins. Tickets to this event cost $39 and can be purchased online at devilst.rip/38gZFCJ

September 10

Akron ArtWalk

Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market Street // 4 – 8 pm // Join Summit Artspace and its neighbors in the Historic Arts District for a celebration of local art, complete with music, food and vendors. This event is free and open to the public.

September 11

Chalk Fest

Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market Street  //11 am – 5 pm // This family-friendly free event will feature chalk drawings, pop-up vendors, music, food trucks, and more. More details at summitartspace.org.

September 11

HungryDog: The Canine Peanut Butter Eating Competition

One of a Kind Pet Rescue, 1929 W. Market Street // 12 – 4 pm // Each of the 16 waves of this competition will feature six dogs having five minutes to lick as much peanut butter off a window as they can. The dog with the cleanest window after five minutes will receive a prize! Enter your dog for a $15 to One of a Kind Pet Rescue. Purchase a ticket online at devilst.rip/2WlFWPu.

September 11

Switch with special guests Willie B. & Friends and Floco Torres

Lock 3 // 6 – 10:30 pm // Get outside to listen to the music of American R&B/funk band Switch, with openers Willie B. & Friends and Floco Torres. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased online at devilst.rip/3zmkDfs

September 12

Akron Charity Ball: Spa Party Edition

Gavin Scott Salon & Spa, 4960 Darrow Road // 11 am – 2 pm // Treat yourself or a loved one to brunch, mimosas and salon services, while benefiting local charities Limitless Ambition and Crafty Mart at the same time. Tickets cost $60 and include a bouquet of flowers, a swag bag, chair massage, waxing services and a manicure. Purchase tickets ahead of time online at devilst.rip/2WtESJC

September 14, 28

Bike Ride from Downtown to Summit Lake Farmers Market

Lock 3 // 5:30 – 7 pm // Meet at Lock 3 to embark on a bike ride to the Summit Lake Farmers Market for fresh produce and locally made goods. This event is free and open to the public.

September 16

Downtown Akron Scooter Tour

Lock 3 // 6 – 7 pm // Meet at Lock 3 for a guided scooter tour of Downtown’s public spaces, art, businesses and more. This event is free, but you can register ahead of time online at devilst.rip/3mxTH8X.

September 17

The Royal Reading Castle Open House

ACCESS Shelter, 230 W. Market Street // 11 am – 1 pm // This week-long celebration kicks off with an open house of the castle-themed space. ACCESS will be providing light refreshments to attendees. Register ahead of time for this event online at devilst.rip/3gxZrLZ.

September 18

7th Annual Metropolis Popcorn Eating Contest

Metropolis Popcorn, 2164 Front Street // 3 – 3:30 pm // Contestants must try to eat one gallon of popcorn in 10 minutes to compete for $100, free popcorn for a year, and a Championship Belt. The cost to join is $20, all of which goes directly to the Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest scholarship fund. Purchase tickets online at devilst.rip/3yi0XaY.

September 19

Sweet Sounds of Equality Concert

Grounds of the John Brown House, 514 Diagonal Rd. // 2 – 5 pm // For the first time in history, the grounds of the John Brown House will rock for equality, freedom, voting rights and progress at a special fund-raising outdoor concert sponsored by the Summit County Historical Society. Tickets cost $18.59 (for the year of Harpers Ferry) and can be found online at devilst.rip/3sMS9J0. Headliner is Anne E. DeChant.

September 19

Kirby Day and ‘Kirby’s Marble-ous Mill’

Richfield Heritage Preserve, 4374 Broadview Road // 1-5 p.m. // The Friends of Crowell Hilaka are partnering with the Richfield Joint Recreation District and The American Toy Marble Museum for a day of intergenerational fun and games including a tutorial on how to play marbles, a marble run and a no-touch treasure hunt. More details at friendsofcrowellhilaka.org.

September 22

Free Coworking Day

Bounce Innovation Hub, 526 South Main Street // 8 am – 5 pm // Every fourth Wednesday of the month is Free Coworking Day. See what Bounce has to offer, and get to know the community in the process. This event is free and open to the public.

September 22

Curtains! Mystery Dinner Theatre | Bye, Bye Bucca

Firehouse Tavern, 1442 South Cleveland Massillon Road // 6 – 8:30 pm // If you love the roaring ‘20s, this live-action comic mystery performance is for you. The meal includes an Italian Feast Dinner, salad, rolls and dessert. Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased online at devilst.rip/3gwZSpZ. Be sure to book your entire party’s tickets at once to ensure you all sit together.

September 24

Meet the Artists: Including But Not Limited To

Summit Artspace’s 2nd floor gallery // 5:30 – 6:30 pm // Join several of the artists from this group exhibition from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to chat with them about their works on view while they are in the gallery. “Included But Not Limited To” celebrates the diversity of ceramics as a material and unifies aesthetics and concepts that play with expectations of craft within the fine arts.

September 25

Canal Cleanup at Summit Lake Park

Summit Lake Trailhead, 380 West Crosier Street // 9 am – 12 pm // Join the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition in helping clean the public space along the Towpath Trail. All tools will be provided. Register for this event ahead of time online at devilst.rip/3DgVHIy

September 25

Annual Goat Derby

The Winery at Wolf Creek, 2637 Cleveland Massillon Road // 12 – 4 pm // Visit the Winery at Wolf Creek to enjoy a glass of wine or mint julep and watch a bunch of goats “race” for the benefit of various animal charities. This event is free, but attendees can register ahead of time online at devilst.rip/3sJFHde.

September 25

Halloween Mini Mart

Bounce Innovation Hub, 526 South Main Street // 4 – 9 pm // In partnership with Akron Charity Ball, Crafty Mart will be hosting this Halloween Mini Mart, which is sure to provide an evening filled with shopping, costume making, trick or treating and more. This event is free and open to the public.

September 26

Pawpaw Appreciation Night

Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road // 6 – 7 pm // Learn more about Ohio’s native fruit, the pawpaw, with Summit Metro Parks! Attendees will get to know the benefits of the fruit and how to grow it, and will get to take home recipes and sample the fruit while supplies last. Register in advance by calling (330) 865-8065.