this one's a little tardy, but i have been enjoying some much needed big sister/little sister reunion. it has been such a fun visit, i'm sad that she has to leave tomorrow. i'll have to share post about my sister's visit later on this week.
meanwhile, this weekend is full of things to do, and the lovely weather definitely will make whatever you're doing even more enjoyable (in my opinion).
the 3rd annual cleveland asian festival kicks off tomorrow from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and continues sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. we haven't been able to go the past 2 years because of scheduling conflicts, but this year we are committed to going. it's a free, family-friendly event located around the e 30th and payne avenue area. there will be performances (including mtv's america's best dance crew top 5 finalists, instant noodles), asian food (that's probably not free), children's activities and an eating contest, just to name a few things. you can go here to get more details on the festival schedule and for the festival map.
support local artists by stopping by around the corner in lakewood from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. for cleveland craft coalition's craftastrophe. this show looks to have quite a variety of artists featured from edibles to wear-ables.
in conjunction with the 27th annual cleveland police memorial commemoration going on this weekend, the cleveland international tattoo will be performing at 7:30 p.m. at cleveland public hall. ticket price ranges from $20-50. if you like pipe and drums, then this is something you should check out. there will be other performers there as well, including highland dancing, irish dancing and singing.
if the ticket prices for the cleveland tattoo are a little out of your price range, or if bagpipes are just not your thing, then maybe some rock and roll might be more up your alley. if so, then stop by the 5 o'clock lounge and check out some local bands doing their thing, featuring scoliosis jones, shouting thomas, and the torments. show starts at 10 p.m. and it's free!
today is the last day for CPT's danceworks '12 series. this weekend features local dance company antaeus dance. i have yet to see them perform, though i have taken a few classes from their artistic director, joan meggitt. the company will be performing a collection of audience favorites from the past 11 years. tonight is their last show. tickets can be purchased online for $10-$25, and the show starts at 7 p.m.
if you've got kids that are huge train fans (or more specifically thomas the train fans), then you might not want to miss day out with thomas. this event starts saturday may 19, sunday the 20th, and friday - sunday may 25-27. we have never been to this event, but have heard about it over the past years. alternatively, you can also just purchase tickets for a lovely scenic train ride with the family. these are a little more lengthy excursions than the 35 minute ride with thomas, requiring about 3 hours round trip for most of the tours.
the 43rd annual hessler street fair started yesterday and will be going on sunday 11 a.m. to dusk. this event is always held the weekend before memorial day as a way to kick off the summer season. there's plenty to see and do at the fair. be sure to visit their website for more information. if you're torn about whether to go to the cleveland asian festival and hessler street fair, why not do both. both events run saturday and sunday, so surely you can split up your weekend between the two.
summer is just around the corner, and cleveland is buzzing with so many outdoor events to the point where we just don't have enough weekends to see everything.
no matter what you're doing this weekend, i hope you can enjoy it outside. sun and warmth make me smile.