The health, well-being and safety of our community is of foremost importance to the business owners, institutions, organizations and employees who make up our family in downtown Akron. Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and following the recommendations of Governor DeWine and state of Ohio Public Health officials, most businesses and organizations have cancelled or postponed events, and closed their doors for the time being.

You can still support your favorite downtown businesses, either by shopping online, ordering carry-out or delivery, purchasing gift cards and / or making donations.

Please follow the recommendations of our public health officials with regard to social distance and proper health etiquette when entering any public spaces.


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. 

To submit an event, please use our online form (NOTE: your event must take place within DAP's 42-block Special Improvement District in downtown Akron).

We reserve the right to edit submissions for grammar, style and accuracy. Photos accompanying your event may also be submitted and must be sized 600x400 pixels.

For a listing of events, festivals, arts and culture events and more throughout Summit County, please visit

Signature Events

3rd Thursday is a monthly event highlighting arts, culture, cuisine and entertainment in downtown. During the pandemic, 3rd Thursday has been a virtual event.

Downtown Walking Tours

First and third Thursdays  | 12-12:45 p.m. (On hiatus during the pandemic)

Rediscover Main Street and hear the vision for downtown Akron.