Time to Kick Off Summer in CLE

Certain things just scream summer in Cleveland. Indians baseball. Walnut Wednesday. Summer Solstice at the Art Museum.

Another event that kicks off the season? The Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival. Heading into the 24th year, the summer season is underway over Memorial Day weekend, giving Clevelanders the perfect opportunity to get out, enjoy some great food, hear music and soak in the sun.


The event is held at Jacobs Pavilion and Nautica Entertainment Complex, which of course, gives you a great view of the city. This year you can hear music from America, Steel Panther, Michael Stanley & The Resonators, Disco Inferno & The Hot Sauce Committee and regional and local bands. (I peeked a list at some of the performers and am excited to see some local Cleveland favorites on the list!)

Obviously, based on the name, you can expect some serious grilling. Professional and rookie chefs will battle in the annual competition.

Since it’s a family friend event, you can also expect plenty for the kids to do throughout the day/weekend. In addition, discounts are being offered, including free admission on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m.and Dollar Day with adult general admission only $1 is on Monday. Attendees can also save $2 on adult general admission tickets with discount coupons available at all Northeast Ohio Marc’s locations.

You also have the chance for a 4-pack of tickets!

Two ways to enter:
1. Comment below and let me know how you kick off the summer season in Cleveland.
2. Tweet: “I’m ready to kick off the summer in Cleveland with @MarcsStores and @cacoughlin!” and leave a comment telling me you did. You can tweet once daily.

Winner will be selected on May 14th at midnight.

It’s almost time for summertime in the CLE!

Disclosure: In return for posting and promoting the Great American Rib Cook-off and Music Festival, I received a 4-pack of tickets for myself and a 4-pack to giveaway. All opinions are my own.

About Charlene Ann

Type A, City Dweller. Lover of all things CLE, bad pop music, coffee, reading, to-do lists and wine.
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4 Responses to Time to Kick Off Summer in CLE

  1. My summer kicks off when the Rib cook off does!

  2. Ashley T says:

    My summer kicks off when the pool opens! Memorial Day weekend too!!

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