Fun and exciting things to do in Cleveland this weekend: Gay Games 9, hamburger festivals & more

CLEVELAND - A warm August weekend is upon Cleveland, and the city is full of exciting events. Get outside with the family and experience one of the many great activities Cleveland has to offer.

Gay Games 9

Perhaps the biggest event of 2014 has rolled into Cleveland and is rocking away. Gay Games 9 , one of the most inclusive sports and cultural festivals in the world. The games are open to all adults, regardless of sexual orientation and will be run from this Saturday through August 16. The official opening ceremony will be held August 9 and he games will feature live events and stars including Lance Bass and Greg Louganis. For all the details and full schedule of events, click here .

Autism Speaks Chef Gala

The Cleveland Museum of Art will be hosting this year's Autism Speaks Cleveland Chef Gala at 6:30 pm on Saturday, August 9. Celebrity chefs from all over the country including Mario Batali and Cleveland's own Michael Symon will be meeting and greeting guests as well as well as participating in an interactive dinner preparation to raise awareness about the disease.

Cleveland Gladiators Semi-final game

Cleveland sports fans, now is the time to unite and pack Quicken Loans Arena. The Cleveland Gladiators are in the semifinals of the Arena Football League. On Sunday at 3 p.m. the Gladiators and their 17-1 record will take on the 12-7 Orlando Predators looking to punch their ticket to Arena Bowl XXVII but they need your help to get there. The Browns may be away in Detroit, but football lives at the Q. Tickets start at $10. Don't miss your chance to help Cleveland bring home its first championship since the Cleveland Crunch indoor soccer team in 1999.

National Hamburger Festival

What says its summertime like a good old fashioned grilled hamburger? Nothing. If you are a burger lover, you need to be at Lock 3 park in downtown Akron for the annual National Burger Festival . This year will be full of fierce competition as local and national restaurants look to claim the title of top burger. Other competitions include 'Bobbing for burgers', an eating contest and even a pageant. So if you're in the mood for a juicy burger head on down to Akron from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Cirque Du Soleil Varekai

You have one last chance to make your way out to the Wolstein Center for the visually entertaining shows by Cirque Du Soleil Varekai . Tickets start at $35 and will run throughout the weekend before the show calls it a wrap for the year.

Run Jane Run

The annual sport weekend Run Jane Run returns to Cleveland for an array of sporting events including running, biking and a golf outing. The events, benefiting the Women's Recovery Center will Friday through Sunday at Edgewater Park.

Movies Released this Weekend

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- PG-13 -- The classic returns to the big screen as the mutated warriors Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Donatello unite to face off against an evil kingpin who wants to take over New York. Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner.

Step Up All In -- PG-13 -- All-stars from the previous Step Up installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.

Into the Storm -- PG-13 -- Storm trackers, thrill-seekers and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.

About Alex -- R -- When a group of old college friends reunite over a long weekend after one of them attempts suicide, old crushes and resentments shine light on their life decisions, and ultimately push friendships and relationships to the brink.

 

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