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December 2022

RubberDucks Shad Gross Named Eastern League Clubhouse Manager of the Year
December 7, 2022

November 2022

Meditations: Explore Arts and Mental Health at Akron ArtWalk on December 9
November 30, 2022

Join The Nightlight on Sunday, December 4th, for an afternoon Happening with Christopher Felver
November 29, 2022

Akron Children's Museum Hosts 6th Annual Hands-On Holidays
November 29, 2022

Mayor Horrigan Announces $1M Awarded to 100 Small Businesses in Akron
November 23, 2022

METRO to Offer “Main Street Shuttle” Bus on November 26 and 27 in Support of Local Downtown Akron Businesses
November 22, 2022

Akron Zoo and Akron-Canton Airport Launch New Partnership
November 16, 2022

Take on a Chess Grandmaster in a Simultaneous Chess Match
November 15, 2022

Support Local Artists and #ShopArt the Sunday after Thanksgiving Downtown Akron venues include Summit Artspace, Crafty Mart, and more
November 10, 2022

Raising the Bar Program Holds Second Session
November 10, 2022

WinterBlast Returns To Akron For 19th Year Of Family Fun
November 7, 2022

Street Craftery: A Creative Space for Art, Crafting and Therapy for All Ages
November 2, 2022

Summit County Probate Court Hosting Two Concurrent Art Shows
November 2, 2022

October 2022

Raising the Bar Program Launches
October 27, 2022

Akron Bicentennial Commission Issues Request for Qualifications for Bicentennial Logo Design
October 27, 2022

Akron Municipal Court Welcomes Magistrate Brett Hammond to Staff Roster
October 26, 2022

Akron Municipal Court Judge Annalisa S. Williams Receives the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award
October 20, 2022

Akron/Summit CVB Captures Five Ohio Travel Association Ruby Awards
October 19, 2022

Lights, Music, Dancing and Art Planned for Downtown Akron Diwali Festival
October 17, 2022

Akron Children's Museum Hosts Hands-On Halloween
October 11, 2022

Trick or Treat, Local Music & Food, Free Showing of “Hocus Pocus” Coming to Downtown Akron During Fall Fest
October 5, 2022

September 2022

Local arts organization Curated Storefront and the North Hill CDC are teaming up to throw the pop-up galleries at Quaker Square a farewell party
September 27, 2022

Fall Exhibitions Open at Summit Artspace on Oct. 7
September 21, 2022

Akron Zoo’s Popular Brew at the Zoo: Halloween is Oct. 1
September 21, 2022

Akron Marathon Race Weekend Kicks Off with 20th Running of Kids Fun Run and FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay Events
September 20, 2022

Judge Stormer Receives Award for Excellence
September 20, 2022

Downtown Akron Partnership Wants to Know About Your Downtown Experience
September 20, 2022

Countdown to 20th Running of the Akron Marathon has begun in the City of Akron
September 15, 2022

Knight Foundation Commits $20 million to University of Akron for Arts Transformation
September 14, 2022

Akron Symphony Orchestra Opens Season with American Fanfare
September 14, 2022

Akron Civic Theatre’s Howard Parr to Receive Visitors Bureau Chairman’s Award
September 13, 2022

The Nightlight Prepares for Expansion.
September 9, 2022

BUFFALO WILD WINGS GO® - AKRON NOW OPEN
September 9, 2022

City Of Akron and Partners Launch Fall In Love with Downtown Akron Campaign
September 7, 2022

Akron Municipal Court Announces Offsite Wedding Venues, Themes for Remainder of 2022
September 7, 2022

Internationally-Acclaimed Ceramicist Eva Kwong to Present Artist Talk at Summit Artspace on Sept. 17
September 6, 2022

August 2022

Rubber City Jazz and Blues Festival to Host Event on the Akron Innerbelt
August 30, 2022

Akron Zoo Senior Event is Sept. 2
August 26, 2022

Summit Artspace Presents Akron ArtWalk on Sept. 9, Celebrating Arts and the Environment
August 26, 2022

Expanded DORA in Place for Akron Pride Festival This Weekend
August 23, 2022

City of Akron Welcomes Temporary Public Dance Floor Installation in Lock 4
August 17, 2022

METRO RTA to Offer Free Fares to All Passengers, Following Akron Urban League’s Community Champion Award
August 10, 2022

Five Lunch on Main Events Left This Summer
August 9, 2022

Downtown Akron Partnership Ambassador Services Available Seven Days a Week
August 3, 2022

July 2022

Help Needed for Isolated Seniors: Training available to become a Senior Visitor
July 27, 2022

Mental Health Matters Event Taking Place Friday, July 29, at Lock 3 Park
July 27, 2022

Help Needed for Isolated Seniors: Training available to become a Senior Visitor
July 27, 2022

Mental Health Matters Event Taking Place Friday, July 29 at Lock 3 Park
July 27, 2022

The City of Akron and Akron Parks Collaborative Announce 2022 Akron Parks Challenge Winners
July 25, 2022

Akron Comic-Con GeekFest will feature Author Ethan Avery
July 25, 2022

Spots Still Remain for Akron Municipal Court Wedding Opportunities, Including July Harry Potter Themed Weddings
July 21, 2022

Akron Zoo to Host Brand-New Event, Tequila ‘n Tigers
July 21, 2022

METRO RTA to Host “Come Drive with (B)us” Hiring Event
July 13, 2022

City of Akron Declares July 13 as City-Wide Day of Mourning for Jayland Walker
July 12, 2022

The Akron Municipal Courthouse Will Be Closed to the Public From July 11-16, 2022, Hearings Will Occur Virtually When Possible
July 11, 2022

Summit Choral Society announces the 2022-2023 Season “33 Classic.”
July 11, 2022

Jilly’s Music Room joins Independent Venue Week – #IVW22 for its fifth annual celebration in the United States
July 10, 2022

City of Akron Announces Incident Website Launching In The Coming Days
July 8, 2022

City of Akron Reimplements Downtown Curfew
July 7, 2022

Mayor Horrigan Lifts Curfew in Downtown Akron
July 6, 2022

Fireworks Have Been Canceled for Monday, July 4
July 4, 2022

June 2022

National Center for Choreography - Akron Receives $20,000 Grant from The National Endowment for the Arts for Summer/Fall 2022 Projects
June 30, 2022

City of Akron Cancels Rib, White, & Blue Festival
June 30, 2022

Summer Exhibitions Open at Summit Artspace on July 8
June 24, 2022

METRO RTA to Provide Bus Service on July 4th.
June 24, 2022

Ward 5 Councilwoman Tara Mosley is supporting small businesses with Flash Mobs and Buy events
June 23, 2022

Six-Time World Record Holder Dinesh Sunar to Attempt a 7th in Downtown Akron
June 22, 2022

Mayor Horrigan Extends Hours At Four Akron Community “Cooling Centers”
June 15, 2022

City of Akron Celebrates Juneteenth Independence Day
June 13, 2022

Curated Courthouse Unveils Permanent Art: A New Dawn Blooms
June 10, 2022

City of Akron Announces Plans for Fourth of July Weekend
June 9, 2022

METRO RTA Announces New Chief Culture Officer Position, Welcomes Tatia Harris on Board
June 9, 2022

Civic Mural Artist New Mural Reveal
June 8, 2022

BLU-Tique Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, opens in Akron Ohio’s Historic Arts District
June 8, 2022

Juneteenth Celebrations in West, East Akron and Lock 3
June 7, 2022

Downtown Akron Partnership Announces the Return of Roller Skating Events to Cascade Plaza
June 7, 2022

The Nightlight is Proudly Bringing Afrofuturist Sci-Fi Musical NEPTUNE FROST to Akron
June 6, 2022

Downtown@Dusk Summer Concert Series Returns for Its 38th Season
June 2, 2022

May 2022

Young at HeART: Explore Arts and Aging at Akron ArtWalk on June 10
May 31, 2022

Summit Artspace to Host 2022 Arts Alive Awards
May 25, 2022

Akron Art Museum Announces Updated Collection Exhibition
May 24, 2022

Downtown Akron Partnership Announces Summer on the Plaza
May 19, 2022

Akron Municipal Court Announces Food Distribution Event for Those In Need
May 18, 2022

DORA Would Cover Nearly 145 Acres in Downtown
May 18, 2022

Akron Art Museum Announces New Exhibition, Good Hope
May 12, 2022

Stay Cool, Ride METRO All Summer with Fare-Free Weekends
May 11, 2022

Akron Art Museum Hosts Centennial Wine Auction Gala
May 9, 2022

Crafty Mart Announces Launch Market to Showcase Local Creative Artisans
May 5, 2022

NCCAKRON Hosts Creative Administration Research Summit Convening
May 4, 2022

Downtown Akron Partnership announces six new businesses opening in downtown Akron
May 3, 2022

April 2022

The Akron Municipal Court Desires to Start New Housing Program as a Result of Success from Online Dispute Resolution Program
April 28, 2022

Alpha Foundation Awards Annual Grants
April 25, 2022

Akron Zoo Offering New Virtual Reality Experience
April 20, 2022

Akron Municipal Court Announces Summer Wedding Venues and Themes, Themes Include Harry Potter Weddings
April 19, 2022

Summit Artspace to Host “I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing” Book Launch
April 19, 2022

The City of Akron's Lock 3 Announces Summer 2022 Rock the Lock Concert Schedule
April 15, 2022

METRO Regional Transit Authority Received National Recognition for Safety and Security Efforts
April 12, 2022

Vince Gill Plays Akron on Summer Tour
April 12, 2022

3rd Annual – The Drip Drive: Greater Akron Coffee Experience Launches on April 18, 2022
April 12, 2022

6th Annual Summit Brew Path Launches April 7, 2022
April 1, 2022

Two Day Senior Summit to be Held May 13-14
April 1, 2022

March 2022

Local Organizations Honor Judge Annalisa S. Williams and Magistrate Jennifer D. Towell with Awards
March 31, 2022

Curated Storefront presents Artist Residency Program for I Promise School in partnership with Myers School of Art at University of Akron
March 29, 2022

Sakura Celebration Planned on the Towpath in Downtown
March 24, 2022

Mayor Horrigan Announces Chemstress Consultant Company as the Presenting Sponsor of the Akron Rubber Worker Statue
March 24, 2022

Akron Municipal Court Sets Star Wars Themed Weddings for Wednesday, May 4
March 23, 2022

Summit Artspace’s Spring Exhibitions Open April 8
March 22, 2022

Quaker Square Inn to Open in May for a Curated Storefront Art Party
March 22, 2022

With Support From Principal® Foundation And The Cities For Financial Empowerment Fund, Akron Announces New Small Business Boost Initiative
March 21, 2022

Summit Artspace Re-Launches Artist Entrepreneurship Institute
March 15, 2022

Akron Art Museum Announces New Exhibition, Reflections on Perceptions
March 15, 2022

The Akron Art Museum Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary in 2022
March 11, 2022

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Akron Saturday March 12
March 9, 2022

Akron Zoo to Partner with Akron Children’s Museum
March 9, 2022

Passion and Joy
March 8, 2022

Akron Zoo Offering On-site ZooCamp This Summer
March 2, 2022

February 2022

Curated Courthouse presents the Stow Arts Commission
February 28, 2022

Akron Symphony Orchestra Announces 22-23 Season Line-Up
February 24, 2022

The Nightlight Welcomes Back Oscar Nominated Shorts
February 23, 2022

Art Connects Us! at Akron ArtWalk on March 11
February 22, 2022

Summit Artspace Awarded OAC Arts Resilience Initiative Grant
February 18, 2022

METRO Regional Transit Authority Approves Contract with TWU.
February 16, 2022

New Akron Civic Theatre Deck to Be Named PNC Plaza
February 15, 2022

Akron Zoo to Offer Free Admission on Presidents’ Day
February 15, 2022

Akron Art Museum Board Appoints New Executive Director
February 15, 2022

EarthQuaker Partnership Shakes up the Symphony Experience
February 10, 2022

Summit County Probate Court and Community Support Services Display Art Through Curated Courthouse Show
February 1, 2022

Downtown Akron Partnership Launches the 6th Cohort of Start Downtown to Bring Small Business Downtown
February 1, 2022

January 2022

Lunar New Year Celebration Coming to Downtown Akron
January 31, 2022

Input Needed on METRO’s Reimagined Network
January 27, 2022

Artist Nick Lee Selected for Solo Exhibition at Summit Artspace
January 26, 2022

Akron Zoo to Offer Free Day
January 21, 2022

Akron BMX & Sports Alliance of Greater Akron Honored as 2020-2021 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism
January 14, 2022

Akron Zoo to Hold Naming Contest for White-Cheeked Gibbon Infant
January 12, 2022

Akron Municipal Court Judge Ron Cable Launches New Program, Celebrates Success of Current Endeavors
January 10, 2022

Akron Zoo Free on January 17
January 7, 2022

Akron Zoo Receives Largest Estate Gift in Zoo History
January 6, 2022

Akron Municipal Court and Jilly’s Music Room Offer Wedding Opportunity for Local Couples
January 6, 2022

Judge Ron Cable Named Akron Municipal Court’s Presiding Judge for 2022
January 4, 2022

A FRESH Start: Summit Artspace’s Winter Exhibitions Open Jan. 14
January 3, 2022

December 2021

Akron Symphony Reschedules Baroque Virtuosos and Gospel Meets Symphony Concerts
December 28, 2021

The Artists of Group Ten Hold Court in Courthouse Gallery
December 7, 2021

Akron Zoo Receives LEED Certification for New Areas
December 2, 2021

The Akron Municipal Court and the Hower House Museum Offer December Wedding Ceremony Opportunity
December 1, 2021

November 2021

Eddie’s On Main Street Celebrates One Year Birthday!
November 29, 2021

Celebrate Traditions at Akron ArtWalk on Dec. 10
November 22, 2021

WinterBlast Returns to the City of Akron's Lock 3: Ohio's Most Popular Family-Friendly Destination for Winter Fun
November 16, 2021

UA and Civic Theatre Advance AkronArts with New Partnership
November 11, 2021

Celebrate Artists Sunday with Crafty Mart and Summit Artspace on November 28
November 11, 2021

Summit County Probate Court to Host an Art Show with Summit DD with Summit Artspace
November 8, 2021

RubberDucks Announce the Return of 20 Days of Giving
November 8, 2021

METRO RTA Contract Negotiation Update: No Strike on November 4
November 4, 2021

Smells Like Snow Coffee Festival, GameFest and Akron Makes November 13 in Downtown Akron
November 4, 2021

METRO RTA Contract Negotiation Update
November 3, 2021

“The Masked Singer” Takes Off on a 50-City North American Tour
November 1, 2021

UA Dance Institute Localizes Beloved Classic as 'The Akron Nutcracker'
November 1, 2021

October 2021

Possible Service Disruptions for METRO RTA Riders
October 29, 2021

Akron Zoo to Offer Election Day and Veterans Day Discounts
October 27, 2021

Akron Municipal Court and Akron Civic Theatre Offer Halloween-Themed Weddings
October 27, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Honored to Represent Akron with Appointments to National and Local Boards
October 26, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Announces 34th Annual Welcome Santa Holiday Parade Taking Place November 27th
October 20, 2021

Harvest Mart Farmers Market this Weekend, Phantasy Fest Next Weekend in Downtown Akron
October 15, 2021

“Material Reckoning” Exhibit Opens at Emily Davis Gallery
October 14, 2021

Team USA Brings Home 8 medals from Salzburg, Austria at the 2021 World Martial Arts Championships
October 12, 2021

2021 Cohort of Scalerator NEO Graduates with 13 Companies
October 4, 2021

September 2021

Akron Symphony Orchestra Single Tickets on Sale October 1
September 30, 2021

The National Center for Choreography - Akron and The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration Announce the Fall 2021 Community Commissioning Residency
September 29, 2021

Akron Municipal Court and Akron Civic Theatre Offer Halloween-Themed Weddings
September 29, 2021

Akron Community Foundation Announces Nearly $2.6 Million in Grants
September 24, 2021

The City of Akron Honors Its Own Howard Hewett
September 24, 2021

Fall Exhibitions Open at Summit Artspace on October 8
September 24, 2021

TikTok Partnering with Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan to Host a Small Biz Block Party for Ohio Businesses
September 23, 2021

Akron/Summit CVB Receives Seven Star Awards
September 22, 2021

The Akron Children’s Museum Announces Reopening and new COVID-19 Safety Protocols
September 21, 2021

METRO RTA Releases the First Draft of New Bus Network
September 20, 2021

Countdown to Akron Marathon has Officially Begun for Runners and Spectators
September 17, 2021

Barry Bostwick to Host 45th The Rocky Horror Picture Show
September 13, 2021

Curated Courthouse Unveils Faces and Feelings
September 13, 2021

Akron Municipal Court to Offer Outdoor Weddings at Cascade Plaza in Downtown Akron
September 8, 2021

Summit Artspace’s Natalie Grieshammer Promoted to Director of Artist Resources
September 1, 2021

Next Brew at the Zoo is Sept. 4
September 1, 2021

August 2021

Akron Zoo Brings Back Popular Senior Event
August 27, 2021

Akron/Summit CVB Launches Phase 3 of Akron[RE]bound Campaign
August 26, 2021

Change in Ohio Law allows Name Conformity
August 23, 2021

Probate Court & Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s McDowell Cancer Center present Healing Expressions
August 11, 2021

Alpha Phi Awards $7,500 in Grants
August 11, 2021

Akron Symphony Closes Out Summer Concert Series on August 15
August 10, 2021

Akron Zoo’s Wild for Wine to take place on Aug. 14
August 10, 2021

Probate Court & Summit Metro Parks offer 3rd annual Promises in the Park: A FREE Outdoor Wedding Event
August 6, 2021

City of Akron Reinstitutes Mask Policy for Employees and Visitors in City Buildings
August 6, 2021

Leadership Akron Announces Next Class 10 Participants
August 5, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Announces Updates to Phase II of Main Street Corridor Project
August 3, 2021

Free Akron Symphony Orchestra Concert in Firestone Park
August 3, 2021

July 2021

GAR Foundation awards $380,700 in capital funding to nonprofit organizations
July 30, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Hosts National Night Out Against Crime on August 3
July 28, 2021

Tuesday Musical unveils 2021-22 Akron Concert Series
July 28, 2021

Akron City Council Welcomes Dr. Joan M. Williams as Council Chief of Staff
July 28, 2021

Development Fund of the Western Reserve Promotes New Executive Director
July 27, 2021

The East End and Akron Civic Theatre Announce Partnership to Operate and Program Goodyear Theater
July 27, 2021

Leadership Akron Announces Diversity On Board Class 6
July 27, 2021