Cleveland Ohio has an amazing array of small museums, art festivals, and concerts, all available for free. Learn more about what to do in Cleveland and the surrounding area, without spending a dime in this third installment of free things to do in Cleveland.
Ohio Free Fishing Days
(Courtesy of the Ohio Dept of Travel and Tourism)
Each spring the state of Ohio rewards its resident with two days of "free" fishing (no license required) on Lake Erie and in the state's numerous lakes and streams. For more information, see Ohio's state fishing website
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Cleveland and Northeast Ohio loves festivals - and many of them are free. From April through October, the region celebrates the seasons, its diverse ethnic heritage, and the summer and fall harvest with a number of special events. Among the best free festivals are University Circle's Hessler Street Fair, Little Italy's Feast of the Assumption, "and Slavic Village's Harvest Festival.
Cleveland Institute of Art Galleries
The Cleveland Institute of Art, located across from the Cleveland Botanical Garden at University Circle, welcomes visitors to tour their gallery. Situated just off of the main lobby, the gallery features a changing array of art from students and local artists as well as internationally recognized artists.
Cleveland Institute of Art
11141 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Murray Hill Art Walks
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Each June and December, the Murray Hill Art district in Little Italy, opens the doors to its dozens of artists studios and galleries to the public. The three-day events let visitors browse through works in a variety of genres, from traditional to avant garde. Most galleries offer light refreshments for you to enjoy as you browse.
Squire's Castle, located in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, was built in 1897 by Feargus B. Squire, a vice-president for Standard Oil. The turreted stone structure was originally intended to be the gatekeeper's house of his never built 525-acre country estate. Urban legend has it that his wife died in the house and still haunts it. Today, the Cleveland Metroparks administers the ruined shell of a house and use it as a picnic shelter and lecture site.
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The Soldiers and Sailors monument, completed in 1895, commemorates Cleveland's sacrifices during the Civil War. The bronze base of the 125-foot tower contains 9000 names of Northeast Ohio Civil War Veterans. The interior contains four bronze relief panels as well as rows of intricate and lovely stained glass windows. The monument is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 4pm.
Generous Cleveland radio station, WMVX 106.5, has rewarded their listeners for the past few summers with a series of summer free lunches, held in downtown Cleveland and throughout the greater Cleveland area. The events include lunch, local radio celebrities, information on a variety of civic organizations, and free giveaways.