‘Hadestown,’ The Great Big Home + Garden Show, Bright Nights downtown & more: 19 things to do in Greater Cleveland this weekend and beyond

CLEVELAND, Ohio – February is here and with it a slew of indoor and outdoor activities. Snuggle or snuggle around a fire at Bright Nights in Cleveland. Or travel to the tropics with the orchid show at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Shop local producers for Valentine’s Day or take an old film to the retrospective. Plan home improvements at the Great Big Home + Garden Show. just stay warm

Vermilion Ice Festival

Last year’s Fire & Ice exhibit at the Vermilion Ice-A-Fair. (Scott A Dommin)

Vermilion is cool as ice

Celebrate winter with the 14th Ice-A-Fair in Vermilion. The event features more than 50 ice sculptures created by Elegant Ice Creations, Cleveland’s finest ice sculptors. Also enjoy narrated trolley tours of Vermilion’s historic district, shopping and dining. For free

Downtown Vermilion

11 a.m. to 7 p.m., February 4



Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and a 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Hadestown is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grips you and never lets go. Tickets $25 to $120.

Until February 19th

Connor Palace Theater, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland


TIED TOGETHER: From Her Hometown to Hadestown: How Cleveland’s Hannah Whitley Landed Her Dream Role

Bright Nights Cle

Bright Nights Cleveland

Cheer on the night in downtown CLE

Warm up by a cozy outdoor fire where you’ll find music, cocktails and roasted marshmallows. RSVP for Bright Nights to get a free S’mores kit if you stop by before 6:30pm. For free.

5-8 p.m., February 4th

US Bank Plaza 1350 Euclid Avenue Cleveland


Mania: The ABBA Tribute

Mania: The ABBA Tribute recreates the pop group’s lively stage performance. $25-$75

8 p.m. to 11 p.m., February 3

MGM Northfield Park Center Stage, 10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield


Amazing inventions that came out of Cleveland

Clevelander inventions transformed trade and transportation. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History staff will talk about Cleveland inventors and their creations. For free. Dinner $25

7 p.m., February 2

Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Avenue, Cleveland


Alan Choo

Assistant Artistic Director Alan Choo.

Apollo’s Fire explores composers of the 17th century

Apollo’s Fire’s new Associate Artistic Director, Alan Choo, will lead Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra in four performances of a virtuoso chamber program entitled “Muse of Fire,” an exploration of the music of 17th-century composers. Tickets $23. Student, senior, young adult and group discounts are available in select seating areas. Tickets $10 to $75.

Thursday, February 2, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist, Akron

Friday, February 3, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 4, 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights.

*Friday night enjoy hot cider, coffee and sweets and a chat with the musicians.

Sunday, February 5 at 4 p.m. at Rocky River Presbyterian


The Cleveland Institute of Music is hosting a Black Heritage concert

To kick off Black History Month, CIM presents the 31st annual Black Heritage Concert featuring ensembles from the Cleveland School of the Arts. For free. Entrance tickets required.

5 p.m., February 4

Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Boulevard, Kulas Hall


Hitchcock’s “Shadow of Doubt”

In this 1943 film, Alfred Hitchcock examines the moral darkness that lurks beneath the picture-perfect surface of small-town American life. General Admission $11.

6:50 p.m. February 4 and 4:10 p.m. February 5

Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland


Cleveland Home & Garden Show

The Great Cleveland Home & Garden Show inspires homeowners to improve their living space. (submitted)

The Great Home + Garden Show

The Great Big Home + Garden Show is a marketplace where visitors see and experience home-related vignette products and services that inspire future projects. The fair has more than 600 vendor booths and displays with new features. $15, save $2 online

February 3rd to 12th

International Exhibition Center, One IX Center Dr., Cleveland


Lego robotics competition at GLSC

The Great Lakes Science Center, along with Ohio FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology), will host more than 15 student teams ages 9-14 for the Curiosity Open, Jr., a FIRST LEGO League Challenge competition.

Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave.


Cleveland Monsters vs. Chicago Wolves

The monsters keep the energy going during the hockey game and the entertainment continues when there is a break in the action. They play the Chicago Wolves this week. From $15.

7 p.m., 3rd-4th February

Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse


paper flowers

One of the artists who will be at the bazaar is making these flowers. (Courtesy of Anji)

Valentine’s Day Shopping at the Cleveland Bazaar @ 78th Street Studios

Shop local and handmade for your Valentine’s Day from the talented Bazaar creators and resident artists at 78th Street Studios. For free

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., February 5

78th Street Studios, 1305 W. 80th Street, Cleveland


Disney Animation: Immersive Experience

Feel the magic as you step into some of your favorite Disney animated films. This unique experience at the Lighthouse ArtSpace gives you a front row seat to Simba’s presentation ceremony, sends you on a magic carpet with Aladdin and takes you to snowy Arendelle to a song by Elsa. Tickets start at $36.

850 E. 72nd St., Cleveland

Until April 10th


TIED TOGETHER: The magic of the mouse is fully showcased in the new Disney Animation: Immersive Experience Cleveland

Shen Yun

Travel back in time to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the art of classical Chinese dance and see legends come to life. Tickets start at $80.

4 Feb 7pm, 5 Feb 2pm

KeyBank State Theater, 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland


“Stew” at the Dobama Theater

Cleveland’s Off-Broadway Theater presents this 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalist, which focuses on three generations of a family preparing a meal for a church function. Love, laughter and tension simmer as the group is forced to confront their past. Tickets, $25-$41.

2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights

Until February 19th


Flanagan’s Wake at Kennedy’s Cabaret

Flanagan’s Wake, set around an Irish funeral, doesn’t sound like an inherently humorous play. But the interactive performance, which has been held regularly in Cleveland since 1996, relies on interactive improvisation with the audience that usually leads to hilarious results. Tickets, $29.

1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

weekend until 29.04


Tri-CHigh School Rock Off continues

Featuring 30 acts from local high schools, this 26th annual battle of the bands continues on Saturday with the second of three semifinals at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Find out which bands make it into the final exam. Tickets, $15-$20.

1100 Rock & Roll Blvd., Cleveland

6 p.m. February 4th


2023 Cleveland Botanical Garden Orchid Exhibit

With more than 3,000 orchids on display at the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s 2023 annual flower show, Orchids Forever, you’ll think you’ve traveled to a tropical country. This year’s theme is ‘Immersed in Color’ with pink, white, purple, orange and yellow orchids. Each of the colors has a very specific task in the life cycle of the orchid. Don’t miss the exhibition overlooking the Japanese Gardens, all the colors are in full bloom. David Petkiewicz, cleveland.comDavid Petkiewicz, cleveland.com

Orchids Forever at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Featuring more than 3,000 flowers from around the world, this annual celebration of the orchid highlights the vibrant colors and uniqueness of what some call the world’s most beautiful flower. The show features over 100 different species of orchids. Tickets, $14-$20.

11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland

Until March 12th


TIED TOGETHER: The Orchids Forever Show opens at the Cleveland Botanical Garden this weekend (Photos)

American Orchid Society Orchid Sale

The weekend’s Orhid Forever Show at the Clevelad Botanical Garden includes an orchid competition with an American Orchid Society-sanctioned judging, exhibits, vendors and three presentations open to the public. A beautiful selection of orchids are on display and for sale. Price included in admission.

4th-5th February

11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland


Photographs in ink in the Cleveland Museum of Art

This recently opened exhibition examines how artists such as Eadweard Muybridge, Andy Warhol, Carl Pope Jr., Lorna Simpson and others incorporate photographic imagery into their work, with a focus on the tools, techniques and processes at their disposal. For free.

11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland

Now until April 1st


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