For many in the Cleveland area, the fall season is their favorite time. It is still warm enough to get outside and enjoy various programs and events which are scheduled on weekends so as not to conflict with school schedules. Check out some of the fun things to do, pack a lunch and head out to the Cleveland Metroparks.
Saturday, September 14
Noon to 4:00 p.m.
North Chagrin Nature Center
North Chagrin Reservation
We are fortunate to be on a major flyway for the Monarch Butterfly. In spring they head north of us and in the fall return to the warmer climes of Mexico. This is a great chance to learn about these vibrant butterflies and their incredible bi-yearly journey. Included at the event will be caterpillars and butterflies, hikes, children’s activities and talks by local scientists and naturalists.
North Chagrin Nature Center is located off Buttermilk Falls Parkway, off the Sunset Lane entrance of North Chagrin Reservation, off SOM Center Road/Route 91in Mayfield Village. For more information and to register, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-473-3370.
Emerald Necklace Road Rally
Sunday, September 15
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
While at first glance this looks like a standard motorcycle road rally, it is in fact a thinly disguised way of introducing the fantastic views that can be found in the Cleveland Metroparks. Riders will be stopping at four scenic places in the Park District and all riders will be given a map pin-pointing other gems in the Emerald Necklace. There will also be a trivia contest.Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with all riders expected back by 5 p.m. Registration and $15 fee per person by September 10 ($20 per person on day of the event) are required. Fees include map, contest and picnic dinner. CanalWay Center is located on Whittlesey Way, off the E. 49th Street entrance to Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, between Grant Avenue and Canal Road in Cuyahoga Heights.For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 216-206-1000.
Great Lake Erie Boat Float
6700 Memorial Shoreway
Saturday, September 7
This event is brought to you by Cleveland Metroparks, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization. The rules are simple. Construct a boat from found recyclable items in whatever form or style you wish including rafts, traditional boat styles, swans, giant hamster wheel paddle boats…use your imagination, just as long as it floats. Cleveland City councilmen Matt Zone and Jay Westbrook will be on hand to judge the boats in four categories: Fastest Boat, Best Use of Recyclable Materials, Most Artistic Style and Li'l Sailors for children 12 years and younger. All participants must sign a liability waiver and wear a lifejacket to be in the water. Registration is required by August 30.
A beach cleanup, coordinated by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and Drink Local. Drink Tap., follows the awards ceremony. Spectators are welcome to watch the float (or sink).
Edgewater Beach is located at 6700 Memorial Shoreway, off of OH-2 in Lakefront Reservation in Cleveland.
For more information about the Boat Float, visit lakeerieboatfloat.org or contact Cathi Lehn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration & Music Festival
Rocky River Reservation
Sunday, September 15
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There is so much to do at this event that you will want to get there early and stay the entire day. Learn candle dipping, quill writing, apple cider making, storytelling while sampling fresh churned butter, apple butter and more. Lunch items are for sale at the site as well. There is also an entire day of music from folk to bluegrass to enjoy. Hike the pioneer trail to discover pioneer crafts plus an encampment.
Pioneer-costumed folks will also be on hand to share stories from this by-gone era, and you can visit the Dancing Tent to learn square and contra dancing, a form of folk dancing. The event is free and open to the public.
Frostville Museum is located off Cedar Point Road in Rocky River Reservation, between Valley Parkway and Columbia Road/Route 252 in North Olmsted. Free parking is available at Frostville Museum, Little Cedar Point Picnic Area, Rocky River Nature Center and Lagoon Picnic Area. Visitors are encouraged to bike over from the Lagoon Picnic Area.
For more information, call 440-734-6660 or visit clevelandmetroparks.com.
Meadows Picnic Area
Tour a Revolutionary War encampment and witness a pitched battle between the Rebels and the British regular army. See all types of crafts and food preparation as well as music in the pavilion. The event is free and open to the public.
The entrance to the Brecksville Reservation is on Route 82 just east of Brecksville Road. Follow the signs back to Meadows Picnic Area. Free Parking.