Downtown events, culture and entertainment pack the calendar with wide-ranging things to do and see. Whether you’re looking for a day of family fun or to catch a performance by your favorite band, Downtown Akron offers so many options. 

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Signature Events


Michael Carbonaro Live

Akron Civic Theatre
Friday, Jan. 13
7:30 p.m.

Michael Carbonaro has performed over five hundred comically perplexing and improbable feats of magic on his hit TV series, The Carbonaro Effect on truTV.  Now, Michael Carbonaro is taking his show on the road and, for a limited time, you can feel the effect of Michael Carbonaro… Live!


11th annual Chili Challenge

Lock 3
Friday, Jan. 20
11 a.m.

Akron fire and police compete against Arcadis, Hattie Larlham, Cleveland Clinic Akron General and city of Akron human resource dept. for the honors of best chili, people's choice and more. Just $10 for six 4-ounce samples and drink or $1.50 per 4-ounce sample.

All proceeds benefit Akron Childrens Hospital Burn Unit.