CLEVELAND - What would a summer be without some good music to celebrate the season? NewsChannel5 is on your side with our Summer Fun Savings series that will be music to your ears and your wallets.
"It's a rock 'n roll party at Edgewater Live!" shouted the band that was on stage. People are rockin' out at Edgewater Park in Cleveland every Thursday night through August. One of the best parts of this concert series that runs 5:30 to 8:30 pm — it's free.
"I think it's awesome and I think all walks of life can enjoy it," said Danielle Melucci from Cleveland, who wasn't the only one singing the praises of the summer-long freebie.
"I think this is fantastic. It's an awesome experience,” said Jacob Holland from Cleveland. “It's good to get people down here on the beach and see what Cleveland has to offer," he added. The atmosphere offers volleyball, sand, food trucks and other refreshments. You can bring your own grub and save some cash.
"It's very nice,” said a woman named Theresa. “It’s a beautiful day out here. Come on down and join us," she suggested with a smile.
You can also take advantage of Wade Oval Wednesdays. "It's just a free family-fun event we come to every year,” said Clevelander LaKisha Holt. “It's just something for the kids to come and play, listen to some good music and watch people," she told us.
Every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through the end of August, there are free concerts that organizers said traditionally have brought in 5,000 fans to enjoy. "(There’s) a different genre of music. From reggae, to folk, Irish rock to Motown, we have something for everyone," said Shelia Obrycki who is the Director of Marketing and Events for University Circle, Inc.
To top off the great deal, bring your own coolers and food to save some cash. Greg Taylor's family did. "University Circle, in general, has a lot going on,” said Taylor. “It's just a great place to be right now. It's a beautiful setting," he told us while sitting on a picnic blanket with is two young children and pregnant wife.
And with such a beautiful price, Melucci figured, why not. "It just brings out everyone to have fun on a Thursday. Listen to some good music. Eat some good food. Play on the sand,” Melucci told us.
There are so many opportunities to catch free concerts this summer. Check out Northeast Ohio Family Fun's Cuyahoga County list below, and click here for dozens more in Lake, Geneva, Ashtabula, Lorain, Summit and more.
Bay Village – FREE Community Band Summer Concert Series
Cahoon Memorial Park Gazebo
Sunday evenings starting at 7:00pm
June 8, July 2, Aug 10, Sept 14, 2014
Bedford – FREE Parties in the Park
Historical Bedford Commons Square
Wednesday evenings throughout the summer
Berea – FREE Summer Band Concerts
Coe Lake Gazebo Berea, Ohio 44017
June 14, 20 & 27; July 11, 18 & 25; August 1 & 8, 2014
Brecksville – FREE Concerts on the Square
Downtown Brecksville Square
Sunday evenings from 6pm-8pm from
June 8, 22; July 13, 27; August 10, 2014
Cleveland – FREE Legacy Village Live Concerts
25001 Cedar Rd Cleveland, OH 44124 (map )
Every Friday and Saturday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
May 23 through September 2014
Featuring Pop, Rock, Oldies, Motown, Swing, Blues & more.
Cleveland – FREE WOW! Wade Oval Concert Series
Wade Oval – University Circle (map )
Wednesdays evenings 6pm to 9pm
June 11 through August 27, 2014
University Circle’s signature concert series on Wade Oval, featuring live music, food, activities and movie nights
Cleveland – FREE Edgewater Live Concert Series
Thursday evenings 5:30pm – 8:30pm
June 12 – August 14, 2014
Cleveland – FREE Euclid Beach LIVE Concert Series
Euclid Creek Reservation
Friday evenings 6pm – 8pm
June 13 – July 25, 2014
Cleveland – Kamm’s Corners Summer Music Series
16906 Albers Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44111
Sundays from 10am-2pm
June – October
Independence – FREE Summer Concert Series
Summer Community Concerts at the Bandstand next to Old Town Hall
Thursdays from 7pm-8:30pm
June 13 – July 18, 2014 (No Concert on July 4)
FREE admission with canned food donation
North Olmsted – FREE Summer Concerts in the Park
North Olmsted Park
Sunday from 4pm-6pm, June 22, July 20 & August 17,
Oakwood Village – Outdoor Summer Concerts
Hawthorne Valley Shopping Center parking lot
Thursday evenings from 7pm-9pm; July 10-August 22, 2014
Parma / Parma Heights – Outdoor Band Concerts
Sunday evenings at 6:30pm from June 22 – July 20, 2014
Rocky River – FREE Summer Concerts Series
June 15, 29; July 12, 13, 27; August 10, 2014
Strongsville – Strongsville Community Band Summer Concerts
June 7, 13, 25, 27 & 29; July 3, 11 & 25; August 1 & 8, 2014
University Heights – FREE Summer Concert Series
John Carroll University Quad in front of the Library
Thursday evenings at 7pm
June 5 through August 14, 2014
Westlake – Westlake Summer Concerts in the Park
Westlake Recreation Center Pavilion – 28955 Hilliard Boulevard, Westlake, OH 44145 (map )
Sunday evenings from 6:30pm until 8:30pm
Held in July and August
Westlake - FREE Music in the Park at Crocker Park Theater
Crocker Park Theater, located right by the Cheesecake Factory
189 Crocker Park Boulevard Westlake, OH 44145
Fridays & Saturdays from 6pm to 8:30pm
May 23 through August 30, 2014