Free, outdoor activities for all this summer in downtown Akron.

From Zumba to Taiji, live music, roller skating and more, Summer in Downtown features free events and activities for all ages and abilities. 

The events will have COVID-19 precautions in place for a physically distanced, socially connected, healthy downtown.

 

Downtown Fitness

All downtown fitness classes are free to attend and pre-registration is encouraged. See each class below for more information.

SUNDAYS

Line Dancing: Join JustUs Line Dance Crew from 4-5 p.m. every Sunday, June 6 - September 26 in Lock 3. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. Click here to register.

TUESDAYS

Yoga: Join Yoga Squared from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, June 1 - September 28 in Lock 3. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. Click here to register.

Thank Dog! Bootcamp: Join Thank Dog! Bootcamp for a bootcamp and dog obedience class from 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday, June 1 - September 28 in Lock 3. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. Click here to register.

WEDNESDAYS

Building a Workout Program and Nutrition 101: Join Coaches from Gotham Gym in downtown Akron, for a 45 minute workshop fromm 12-12:45 focused on how to build and design a workout program focused on routines, exercises and nutrition that will help you reach your goals and enhance your knowledge. If you are looking to properly fuel your workouts, build a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific goal, this class will help get you started. The workshop will be held on June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11 and August 25. Registration is not required.

Exercise Basics: Are you looking to get back into a fitness routine, or take your training to the next level? These fundamentals will help enhance your knowledge, performance and lead to better results. So come join Gotham Gym in this free, 45 minute class on Cascade Plaza from 12-12:45 on June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4 and August 18. Click here to register.

POUND®Join FitCamp for a FREE, hour-long POUND® class from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on June 30, July 28, August 18, and September 15 on Cascade Plaza. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. Click here to register.

THURSDAYS

Taiji (Tai Chi): Join Shifu Gary Harris from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Thursday, June 3 - September 30 on Cascade Plaza. This 24 Forms Yang Style Taiji class, also known as the Beijing or the Simplified form, can be played standing or while sitting in a chair and will include Qigong exercises as well. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. Click here to register.

Kickboxing: Join Black2Life Fitness Ministry for a kickboxing class from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday, June 3 - September 30 on Cascade Plaza. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. Click here to register.

Line Dancing: Join JustUs Line Dance Crew from 4-5 p.m. every Thursday, June 3 - September 30 on Cascade Plaza. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. Click here to register.

SATURDAYS

DrumFIT: Join FitCamp for a FREE, hour-long DrumFIT class from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on June 19, July 10, and September 11. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. Click here to register.

Zumba: Join instructor Christy Leenheer from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on June 5, June 12, July 3, Aug. 7, Aug. 21, Sep. 4 and Sep. 18. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. Click here to register. 

Better Nutrition 101: Join Coaches from Gotham Gym in downtown Akron, for a 45 minute workshop from 10:45-11:30 a.m. focused on the basics of nutrition and how to shop for it. If you are looking to properly fuel your workouts, or build a healthy lifestyle, this class is for you. The workshop will be held on June 12, July 10 and August 7. Registration is not required.

FamilyFIT: Bring the whole family and join Coaches from Gotham Gym in downtown Akron, for a free, hour long workout on Cascade Plaza from 10-11 a.m. on June 26, July 17, July 31 and August 14.. This is a great opportunity to  Introduce the family to a healthy lifestyle and join together in a fun and healthy activity! This program is built for all ages and abilities. Click here to register.

ArtSparks Pop-Up Dance Classes: Join ArtSparks for pop-up dance classes on Saturday, June 26, July 31 and August 14. Classes are geared towards elementary age children (aged 5-10) but all are welcome! ArtSparks welcomes and celebrates children of all abilities in these classes. Each 45 min class is taught by a lead dance teacher/choreographer, assistant dance teacher, and a musician. To register for a class, click here.

 

Roller Skating

All downtown roller skating events are free to attend. See each event below for more information.

SATURDAYS

Family Skate: Lace up your skates for Family Skate on Cascade Plaza. The first Saturday of every month from June through September will feature a DJ at Cascade Plaza with skates available to rent ($2/pair). A dance party on the inside of the "rink" with food and beverages available for purchase. Skating is on the concrete of Cascade Plaza. Click the link to learn more.

Skate Night with Phuture Boogie:  Lace up your skates for some old school roller skating action. On June 19, July 17, August 21 and September 18 join DJ group Phuture Boogie (Forrest Getemgump, Darrell Stout and Andre Leone) on Cascade Plaza. Skates will be available to rent for $2/pair and food and drinks will be available for purchase. If skating isn't your thing, join the dance party on the inside of the "rink." Skating is on the concrete of Cascade Plaza. Click the link to learn more.

 

Tours

Lunchtime Walking Tours: Take a lunctime walking tour the second Wednesday of each month to discover the beautiful new Main Street, public art, complete and upcoming development projects, downtown businesses and much more. Click here to register.

DORA Walking Tours: Grab a drink and tour the downtown Akron Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) on select Thursdays at 6 p.m. The tour will meet at Lockview, 207 S. Main St., at 6 p.m. Participants may purchase their favorite DORA beverage to enjoy while the tour explores the DORA area. Tour will end at The Barley House, 222 S. Main St. Click here to register.

Rediscover Downtown Akron Biking Tour: On select Wednesdays at noon, take a biking tour to discover the beautiful new Main Street, Towpath, public art, downtown businesses and much more. Need to borrow a bike? Reserve a Summit Bike Share bike by emailing info@downtownakron.com. Click here to register for the tour.

Downtown Scooter Tour: On select Thursdays at 6 p.m., jump on a scooter and discover the new Main Street Cycletrack, beautiful public spaces, public art, development projects, downtown businesses and much more. Click here to see a video on how to use the Spin scooters. Click here to register for the tour.

 

Live Music, Art and More

Busking in the Green: Visit the Northside Green every Saturday, May 22-September 25 from 6-7 p.m. for pop-up performances using the Earthquaker Devices Seismic Station. Click the Busking in the Green link for a full list of musicians.

Recess on Main: Get outside and take a break every Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Lawn games like corn hole, giant Connect 4, Jenga and more will be available to play on the sidewalk in front of Lock 3.

 

More coming soon!

 

Free Wi-Fi is available on Cascade Plaza powered by DSI.

 

Support for summer programming provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

Banner image by Shane Wynn