July Events in Downtown Akron 

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Summer Festival Season is Here 

July 3-6
This highly anticipated summer tradition, sponsored by the City of Akron, features the biggest and baddest rib vendors vying for cash prizes and bragging rights as they travel from Ohio, Texas, South Carolina, New Jersey and Tennessee. On stage during the festival will be Bruce in the USA, Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; Elevation, the International U-2 Tribute Show; and The Machine performs Pink Floyd.

Italian-American Festival Italian American Festival Logo
July 12-14

Come for the amazing food, stay for the fun! The 66th Annual Italian-American Festival has something for everyone! Enjoy fireworks on Saturday Night, great Music like "1964"...The Tribute, Michael Sonata, La Flavour, and Aftermath, special children's entertainment at Lock 4 (for kids and kids at hearts!) and Catholic Mass Sunday at the Akron Civic Theatre.


African American Festival
Sunday, July 21
Lock 3
The 33rd annual Akron African American Festival is Sunday, July 21 at Lock 3 in Downtown Akron, sponsored by The Akron African American Cultural Association and the City of Akron. The festival hours are 11 am (gates open) to 10 pm (end of concert). Continuous music performances from the Lock 3 stage beginning at noon. This is a family friendly festival, and admission is FREE until 5:00 pm. After 5:00 pm Admission of $5 is charged. African cultural items, food and beverage are available for purchase.  

Main Street & Lock 3
Monday, July 22, 12 p.m.
Welcome the participants in the All American Soap Box Derby! 

National Hamburger Festival 
Lock 3
August 17 & 18hamburger festival
More than 120,000 hamburger fans have enjoyed family fun, great entertainment and one of the largest assortments of hamburgers ever assembled in one place. The Food Network filmed the festival for a segment on their hit show "Unwrapped". Local media, including television, radio and print are always on-site for the annual event. The festival is held at historic Lock 3 Park in beautiful downtown Akron. The festival raises money each year for one of Akron's favorite charities, the Akron Children's Hospital.

Click here for summer road closures. 


Lock 4 logoLockbottom Blues &  Jazz Club 
Wednesdays, July 10-September 4, 7 p.m.

Gospel Sundays
Sundays, July 28-September 1, 5 p.m.


The LockBottom Blues & Jazz Club is "down under" off of Bowery Street, adjacent to Lock 3. Guests can park in the Cascade Parking Garage, which provides direct access to Lock 4 from level two (orange). Entrances are also off Bowery Street and from Lock 3.


Admission to the concerts are free.


Wed., July 10:  Wanda Hunt

Wed., July 17:  The Steelheaders

Wed., July 24:  The Dan Wilson Group

Sun., July 28:  St. John CME Inspirational Choir

Wed., July 31:  Rooster Jones

Sun., August 4:   Exalting Him Choir

Wed. August 7:   Red Light Roxy

Sun., August 11: Henry Dunn's Road to Glory on the Road

Wed., August 14: Vernon Jones Blues Cartel

Sun., August 18: Carla Davis featuring Ken McCorvey and Friends

Wed., August 21 Esto Jazz

Sun., August 25: The House of the Lord Choir

Wed., August 28: Blue Lunch

Sun., September 1: Mount Calvary Baptist Church Choir

Wed., September 4: Jan Marie and D.O.C.


Click here for more information.  

 Market at Lock 3 to Open Friday, July 19

The Market at Lock 3 is a unique, outdoor, producers-only market managed by Downtown Akron Partnership.  Enjoy fresh produce, locally raised meats, fresh baked goods, home crafted gifts and more.


Click here for more information and a list of vendors. 


Lunch Hour Concert Series Schedule
July 19: John Perry Jazz Trio
July 26: Summer Arts Experience Steel Drum Band
August 2: Summer Arts Experience Steel Drum Bandpickle first place
August 9: Summer Arts Experience Steel Drum Band
August 16: Calypso Gypsies
August 23: Major Lee
August 30: Kyle Magilavy Jazz Trio
September 13: Brian Feltner


Mark your calendars: Pickle making contest: Friday, August 9. Salsa making contest: September 6.  


Everyday Health is back! Everyday Health Logo  


Each Friday, come to The Market at Lock 3, get your fresh produce and a weekly recipe card featuring the produce of the week.


Sign up for the program, come each week and be entered to win great prizes!  After 5 visits, get a FREE reusable produce bag.


To sign up for Everyday Health or for more information, email Kimberly Beckett.


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  Everyday Health Series is sponsored by SummaCare in conjunction with Downtown Akron Partnership.



Arts & Culture       


The Bikinis  

Actor's Summit

Through July 21


Converging Visions 

Summit Artspace

Through July 27   


Sacred Spaces 

University of Akron, Center for the History of Psychology   

Through August 23 


Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders
Akron Art Museum
Through July 21

Line Color Illusion: Julian Stanczak
Akron Art Museum
Through November 3

Music on the Porch
Mustill Store/Cascade Locks Park Association
Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Akron Art Museum
Thursdays, Through August 15 (No concert July 4)

Mind, Body, Sole Reading Program
Akron-Summit County Public Library
Through September 14

Downtown Passport Event: Free Admission to the Akron Art Museum
Akron Art Museum
July 3-20

Lockbottom Blues & Jazz Club
Lock 4
Wednesdays, July 10-September 4

Akron Symphony Pops Concert
Lock 3
Thursday, July 4, 9:45 p.m.

 Akron Art Prize Application Deadline
Friday, July 5

Fused Panel Workshop
Akron Glass Works
Wednesday, July 10, 6 p.m.

Intro to Painting
Palladian Palette
Friday, July 12, 10 a.m.

Under the Sea
Palladian Palette
July 15-17

First Night Akron Artist Application Deadline
Friday, July 26



 WONE's Rock the Lock  

Lock 3

Fridays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 7 p.m.


 Rib, White and Blue: Akron's National Rib Festival 

Lock 3

July 3-6


Royal Vasa 

Musica Performing Arts

Friday, July 5, 8:30 p.m.


Get on Up 

Musica Performing Arts

Saturday, July 6, 9 p.m.


Margot & The Nuclear So and So's 

Musica Performing Arts

Sunday, July 7, 8 p.m.


Phone Calls from Home 

Musica Performing Arts

Monday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.



Musica Performing Arts

Thursday, July 11, 8 p.m.


The 66th Annual Italian American Festival 

Lock 3

July 12-14


Austin Craig Homecoming Show 

Musica Performing Arts

Saturday, July 13, 9 p.m.


The Might Soul Tornados 

Uncorked Wine Bar

Saturday, July 13, 8:30 p.m.


Hit the Ground Running 

Musica Performing Arts

Monday, July 15, 7 p.m.


Family Friendly      


Saturday Story Time Sampler

Akron-Summit County Public Library

Saturdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 11 a.m. 


Sunday Story Time Sampler 

Akron-Summit County Public Library

Sundays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2 p.m.


Preschool Story Time 

Akron-Summit County Public Library

Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, 10:30 a.m. 



Akron-Summit County Public Library 

Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, 6:30 p.m.   


Kids Clay Exploration

Palladian Palette

Tuesday, July 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


Pancakes with Penguins

Akron Zoo

Saturday, July 6, 8-10 a.m.


A Time to Play

Akron-Summit County Public Library

Tuesday, July 9, 10:30 a.m.


Summer Volunteen Day

Akron-Summit County Public Library

Tuesday, July 9, 2-4 p.m.


Acting Out! A Puppet Show called "Fractured Fairy Tales"

Akron-Summit County Public Library

Wednesday, July 10, 2-3 p.m.


I.W.K.A. Isshinryu Karate Association World Tournament

John S. Knight Center

July 12-13


Shopping and Dining


 JSK Cafe
John S. Knight Center
Fridays, Through August 30, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Local Food Akron Networking Mixer
Monday, July 1, 7 p.m.


 Downtown Akron Artwalk   

Various Locations Downtown

Saturday, July 6, 5-10 p.m.  


The Lunch Garden  

Greystone Hall

Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. 


Dogs Gone Wild
Totally Cooked to Go
Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Vino Italia: A Taste of Italy
Akron Civic Theatre
Wednesday, July 10, 5:30 p.m.





Computer Trainings

Click here for a complete listing of classes at the Main Library   


Introduction to Patents and Patent Searching 

Akron-Summit County Public Library 

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m.  


Akron Roundtable featuring Terry Bowden

Quaker Station

Thursday, July 18, 12 p.m. 



Sports & Recreation 


Friday Night Cornhole Tournament 

Lock 3

Fridays through August 2


Akron Aeros

Canal Park

July 11-17


Ohio & Erie Canalway Canoe Adventure 

Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition

Saturday, July 13, 8 a.m.


"Il Palio Del Drappo Verde e Rosso" 5K run & 1 mile walk 

Lock 3

Saturday, July 13, 8 a.m.


Akron Aeros

Canal Park 

July 25-28 



News from Downtown Akron Partnership Emerging Leaders    

Save the Date: Downtown Akron Restaurant Week
September 9-12 AND September 16-19 

Downtown Akron Restaurant Week encourages residents of the Akron area to explore the burgeoning dining scene in Downtown Akron. This eight-day event provides reasonably priced prix fixe dinner menus at a vrestaurant week logoariety of Downtown restaurants, making it easy and enjoyable to try something new!

Click here for up to date information.
Click here to connect to Restaurant Week on Facebook.


In This Issue
Arts & Culture
Family Friendly
Shopping & Dining
Sports & Recreation
Do Downtown Promotion Highlight

The Lockview 

207 S. Main Street


Buy one gourmet grilled cheese, get one half off during lunch hours only
Click here for more information.

Distinctly Downtown 
Downtown Live & Local
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Saturday, June 1 was a great night in Downtown-filled with energy, fresh faces and fun. Through the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Downtown Akron Partnership kicked off the first in a series of Downtown Live & Local events with Film and Fashion.


The collaboration in Downtown Akron's Arts and Culture District is truly incredible. The district is a great common ground to celebrate the arts, arts entrepreneurs, new music, live performances, fun dining options and great people. It is also a wonderful platform to host something as cool as a fashion show and film competition.


What makes Live & Local Distinctly Downtown?
Click here to find out.
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Call an ambassador to:


Request an escort

Report a problem

Report panhandling

Report graffiti

Report suspicious activity

Request lockout assistance

Request a battery jump

Request a staff safety seminar

Report public cleaning issues


Call 330-706-7383 for on-duty supervisor!   


ParkingFriend App



Downtown Akron Partnership has developed a Downtown Akron parking app to help you find parking and destinations Downtown.  ParkingFriend is now available for download to your iPhone, iPad or Android phone.  Click on your App Store icon and search for ParkingFriend Akron to download the free app.  Simply browse through a conveniently categorized list of points of interest, or search for your destination, and ParkingFriend will show you all the nearby parking lots and decks, complete with rates and even distance from your destination.  You can also view a map of Downtown with public lots and decks identified with a P.  If you would like to comment on the app or make suggestions, call 330-374-7618.




  Downtown Akron Dining

From casual eats to upscale dining, you'll find delicious food and great atmosphere when you choose to dine Downtown. Whether you're looking for a quick bite, or a place to linger over coffee, Downtown dining has it all.




Lux Nightlife

Downtown Akron Nightlife


Downtown Akron offers a unique nightlife experience. Enjoy a concert at the Akron Civic Theatre before dinner and drinks at The Lockview. Eat dinner at Bricco then dance the night away at Barley House. Gallery hop from Akron Glass Works to Summit Artspace before hearing a local band at Musica on Maiden Lane.   

Click here for our Nightlife interactive map.


Live Music

Click here for a schedule of live music at Backstage Akron.   

Click here for a schedule of live music at The Lounge.


Click here for a schedule of live music at Musica.


Do Downtown Card 


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Do Downtown Promotions

 Actors' Summit Theater: $5 off Friday night adult tickets (maximum of 4 tickets; excludes opening night performances) 
Akron Art Museum:
Buy One Adult Admission, Receive the 2nd free
Akron CitiCenter Florist
20% off cash and carry fresh flowers

Akron Symphony: Buy one concert ticket, get one 50% off; all tickets 50% off for students/youth; 50% off new Series Subscriptions
Akron Zoo:
Buy one admission, get one of equal or lesser value free
Barley House:
Receive 10% off your food bill   
10% off food and drink per each Do Downtown cardholder

Diamond Deli:
Purchase a sandwich and receive a chips and a soda fountain drink for free
Hattie's Cafe & Bakery:
10% off any lunch purchase at any Hattie's Location
House of Hunan:
Receive 10% off your lunch or dinner bill

The Library Shop on Main: BOGO, buy one greeting card and get the second greeting card of equal or less price for free; limit: purchase of 2 and 2 free.    

Lock 3:       

The Lockview: Buy one gourmet grilled cheese, get one half off during lunch hours only

Noto: 30% off one item 
The Peanut Shoppe:
 0.25 off on a pound of peanuts in the shell (April 2013 offer)
The Pita Pit
Any sandwich $5
Rubber City Clothing:
Buy one item at regular price and get the second item for 50% off. Discount limited to 5 items per purchase.
Rubber City Rollergirls:
Purchase Rubber City Rollergirls tickets at 50% off each adult ticket at www.rubbercityrollergirls.com or by phone at 800.838.3006. Enter code (DAP323). Maximum two tickets per order.

Tammy O's Hair Salon: 10% off any service
Totally Cooked to Go: Free Totally Cooked thick and hearty Kettle Chips with the purchase of any sandwich or entr´┐Że or10% off any TC TOGO catering order. Call or e-mail for fine print details. 

University of Akron Athletics Department Group rate tickets for each sport: $8 for men's basketball and soccer; $12 for football; $4 for women's basketball and soccer. All tickets are general admission. Based on availability and not valid for certain home games. Present your Do Downtown card at the box office to receive discount.  



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Downtown Akron Partnership


The Downtown Akron Partnership's mission is to promote and build a vibrant and valuable Downtown.


Since its inception in 1995, the partnership has been a catalyst for enhancing the Downtown environment by supporting existing community programs, while also developing new, innovative programs designed to create interest in and to attract people to Downtown Akron.