It is cold and snowy outside but that doesn’t deter the Cleveland area from being quite busy with indoor and outdoor events. The weather can’t deter Clevelanders from getting out and about and explore what the city has to offer from local restaurants to home improvement shows to sports events. Cleveland has it all during the winter months. Below are just a few of the great events to check out for February and the beginning of March in the Cleveland area.
Cleveland Downtown Restaurant Week
The winter is a great time to try new restaurants in your city. Post holidays is a slow time in the restaurant industry, so if you really wanted to try a new restaurant that normally is packed, you might be able to get in during the winter months. One of the best ways to try out new restaurants is during Cleveland’s Downtown Restaurant Week, running February 17th to 26th at a variety of downtown Cleveland establishments. Participating restaurants offer a special fixed price menus for dinner and lunches. The menus will feature chef selection and some of the restaurant favorites. The fixed price dinner menus usually have 3 courses from starters through the main dish and then a dessert with prices varying from $15 at lunch to $30 to $40 for dinner. Drinks are not included in the fixed price menu. The restaurant week has become very popular, so it is recommended to make reservations.
Cleveland Auto Show
One of the big events of every winter is the Cleveland Auto Show. The show takes place at the IX Center February 24th to March 5th. Every auto manufacturer display of their latest models, concept cars and much more. Attendees can check out the car inside and out. Certain dealers are offering indoor and outdoor ride and drive, where attendees can test out a certain make or car model. One of the most popular ride and drives is the Jeep ride and drive through an indoor obstacle course. The Auto Show will also have a classic car competition for local car owners who have pristine cars over 25 years old. There will be special events, such as meet and greets with The Cavs, Kevin Love and Cleveland Indian’s legend, Kenny Lofton. There are also activities for the entire family throughout the show floor.
Cleveland Golf Show
Attention golfers! The Cleveland Golf Show will be at the IX Center February 17th to 19th. The show will feature deals on golf clubs, equipment and accessories, interactive activities and attendee competitions. Guests can test the latest clubs before they buy or get some early season practice at the Manufacturer’s Demo Range. The range is stocked with clubs for men, women and juniors. There are a few competitions at the show where participants can earn a variety of prizes including a long drive championship, a hole-in-one championship and long putt challenge.
The Monster Jam monster truck show transforms the Q Arena to a monster truck extravaganza on February 18th and 19th. The Monster Jam tour features the best lineup of truck, speedsters and ATVs and drivers with more action, racing and exciting wheelies, donuts and freestyle competitions. The drivers battle for points for the Monster Jam World Finals later in the year.
Great Big Home and Garden Show
Another annual winter indoor show is the Great Big Home and Garden Show. This year, the show runs from February 3rd to 12th. The IX Center is transformed into gardens, showcases and more to get ideas for the spring and summer home improvement season. There are more than 600 exhibits with over 1,000 home improvement experts. Explore the 6,200 square-foot ultimate smart home and luxury lakefront living features with a boat and specialized cabins. The show will have 16 Blockbuster Movie themed gardens created by some of Northeast Ohio’s top landscapers. The Main Stage and Cooking Stage will feature home improvement celebrity appearances including Kortney Wilson of HGTV’s Master of Flip, Scott McGillivray of HGTV’s Income Property, Kathy Ireland and local chef, Stephanie Paganini. The Great Big Home and Garden Show gives attendees direct access to home improvement experts for practical advice free of charge for interior design, a remodeling review or a contractor briefs. There are also activities for the entire family including a KidZone and a Home Depot Kid’s Workshop.
Orchid Mania at Cleveland Botanical Gardens
After learning gardening tips at the Great Big Home Show, head to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens for Orchid Mania, the annual orchid show. The exhibit, which runs January 28th to March 5th, celebrates the world’s most exotic and beautiful flowers, the orchid. There are thousands of orchid flowers throughout the Botanical Gardens in every shape, size, scent and color. The Orchid Show is a great way to escape the cold during the winter months.
Winter Outdoor Activities
Clevelanders have been lucky enough to have a relatively mild winter this year (so far). This allows people to get outside and enjoy the many things to do outside in Cleveland. A fun winter event in Cleveland is the toboggan runs at the Strongsville Metropark. The chutes are the tallest and fastest chutes in Ohio with speeds up to 50 miles an hour as you head down 700-foot ice chutes. If you enjoy outside skating, then don’t miss the ice skating rink in Public Square in downtown Cleveland. The rink will be open until February 28th for people of all ages and ice skating skills. There are also many other activities taking place on Public Square with entertainment and family events.
There are many things to do in Lakewood during the winter months. Once of the best things is to check out the many restaurants, brew pubs and bars in the city. Winter is also a good time for organization fund raisers. Men’s Cuts is excited to be a sponsor of this year’s Lakewood Alive’s fundraiser, Lumberjack Bash. Men’s Cuts is the main sponsor of the Epic Beard contest. Spend your evening at a fun event helping a great local organization!