5 Issues To Do This Weekend In Cleveland: August 6-8


Celebrate professional footballers, discover nature’s handicrafts, and let Pikachu join you for this weekend in Cleveland.

Big Creek Park Nature Arts Festival
The Nature Arts Festival returns to Chardon this Saturday for its 30th anniversary celebrating nature and craftsmanship. Homemade products from body scrubs and lip balms to jam and maple syrup (a staple of Geauga) are offered by vendors, while art-inspired art – whether calm watercolors, patient wood carving or a blacksmith’s forge – is on display by artisans. There will be free face-painting, balloon art, and painting classes for children. And just a bus ride away is the 40th annual Chardon Arts Festival, held in Historic Chardon Square. Free, Aug 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org

New stories, new future in the substation
New Histories, New Futures is the vision of three artists, organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, who face the past in one hand and hold hope in the other. The bold colors and geometric shapes of Antwoine Washington from Cleveland are reminiscent of the work of the Harlem Renaissance, while his subjects attack the myth of the absent black father. Artist Johnny Coleman delves into the life of Lee Howard Dobbins, a four-year-old slave whose journey north in 1853 ended with illness in Oberlin, and sheds light on the young life along the Underground Railroad. Finally, Kambui Olujimi’s paintings show weightless black bodies symbolizing a future in which oppression is no longer fettered. Free, June 26th-Sept. 12, Wed.-Sun. 11 am-5pm, 1460 W. 29th St., Cleveland, 216-938-5429, transformatorstation.org

Pokemon Artist group show at Blank Canvas CLE
There is a lot to like about cute creatures with dangerous powers. Pokemon has been delighting fans for almost 25 years. His most interactive and innovative endeavor, Pokemon GO, became known to the public in 2016. Blank Canvas CLE gives us a chance to see them all this Friday, giving space to local artists to show work from Pokemon’s animated series TV specials, films and video games. This very first event is free, but secure your spot by registering with Eventbrite beforehand. Free, Aug 6, 6-10 p.m., 2174 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-609-8152, eventbrite.com

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in the canton
Canton has been feeding on the excitement of this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival since July, but this weekend has extraordinary events for the fans to remember and remember. The hype on Friday starts with the Fashion Show, a free Gold Jacket Photo Op and the Gold Jacket Ceremony by Enshrinees. On Saturday morning, skip the cartoons to admire the colorful floats and balloons of the Canton Repository Grand Parade in downtown Canton. You can’t go wrong with autograph sessions on Saturday and Sunday and stories heard from the Legends themselves during the intimate Enshrinees’ Roundtable event. Free- $ 200, 6-8 August, all day, various locations, 330-456-7253, profootballoffestival.com

Romeo and Juliet at the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival
A story that illustrates the tragedy of hatred and blind belief in love is timeless and ubiquitous. A master at mirroring human behavior in his work, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be performed as part of the 2021 season of the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. This weekend is one of the last, so check out the cast in Lakewood Park, Sims Park, or Lincoln Park. True to its mission, all performances are free to the public and the organization aims to enrich underserved communities with the art and talent of theater. Free of charge, 6.-8. August, 7 p.m., various locations, 440-794-1273, cleveshakes.com