Downtown News

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May 2020

Several Akron Municipal Court Departments to Continue Operating Remotely Through July 31
May 29, 2020

Akron Civic Theatre to offer Free LiveVirtually Master Class Edition
May 29, 2020

Akron Zoo to Hold Virtual Auction
May 29, 2020

METRO RTA Announces Service Updates Beginning June 8.
May 29, 2020

City of Akron Reveals Progress of Rubber Worker Statue Destined for Main Street Roundabout
May 28, 2020

Akron Zoo Receives Approval of Reopening Plan
May 28, 2020

City of Akron Offices Closed for Business on May 25 in Observance of Memorial Day
May 21, 2020

ArtsNow Announces Two Virtual Series to Connect Community Unable to Participate in Large Scale Activities
May 20, 2020

City of Akron Announces Alternate Programming for Summer 2020
May 20, 2020

Akron Zoo to Offer Virtual Programs
May 19, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Launches “Mow to Own” Program
May 18, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Announces Updates to City of Akron Recreation and Parks Programming
May 18, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Announces Changes to Safety and Streets Budget & Capital Budget
May 13, 2020

Akron Civil Rights Commission is Continuing to Accept Complaints of Discrimination During the “Stay Safe Ohio” Order
May 13, 2020

GAR teams up with Akron Institutions to Distribute Thousands of Masks to Community
May 12, 2020

Application Submitted for a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area along Main Street in Downtown Akron
May 12, 2020

Akron Zoo to Offer Meal Takeout and Shopping Opportunities
May 11, 2020

City of Akron to Standardize Curbside Charges to Sustain Recycling Program
May 11, 2020

Akron Zoo to Delay Opening of Wild Asia
May 7, 2020

Ohio Department of Health Recommends Water Supply Flushing for Reopening of Buildings Under Statewide COVID-19 Transition Plan
May 7, 2020

Start of RubberDucks’ Season Pushed to at Least June 15
May 5, 2020

Akron Zoo Volunteers to Create Masks for Local Community
May 1, 2020

Summit Metro Parks Update COVID-19 Response
May 1, 2020

Masks, Health Assessments Mandatory for Entry into Akron Municipal Court
May 1, 2020

April 2020

The City of Akron and Environmental Design Group Receive Outstanding Achievement Award for Aqueduct Street Green Improvements
April 30, 2020

Summit County Voters Approve Park Levy
April 29, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Outlines Transition Plan for City Operations under Governor DeWine’s Responsible RestartOhio Plan
April 29, 2020

Akron Waterways Renewed! Field Work Ongoing in North Hill Area of Akron
April 29, 2020

“Artifacts With Edie” Is Livestreaming from the Summit County Historical Society
April 24, 2020

Mayor Dan Horrigan Issues Statement Regarding President Miller’s Remarks “Redesigning the University of Akron”
April 24, 2020

A METRO RTA Bus Operator Tested Positive for COVID-19 on April 23, 2020.
April 23, 2020

Summit County Probate Court to Collect and Deliver Cards
April 22, 2020

City of Akron Announces Changes to Lock 3 and Recreation Programming
April 22, 2020

MASK-R-AID Call for Artists
April 20, 2020

Call for Artists: MASK-R-AID
April 17, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Will Continue Virtual Town Halls through April
April 16, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Modifies Procedures to Court Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic
April 16, 2020

Akron Children’s Museum Asks for Community Support with Postcards to Local Grocery Stores
April 16, 2020

City of Akron Workers Proactively Disinfecting City Buildings and Vehicles
April 14, 2020

Akron Waterways Renewed! Program Making Progress
April 14, 2020

THIRD Akron Parks Challenge POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
April 10, 2020

“Opening Day At Home” To Put New Spin On Ducks’ April 17 Home Opener
April 10, 2020

The City of Akron Reminds Residents Not to Flush “Flushable” Wipes
April 7, 2020

“At Home With The RubberDucks” Show Will Launch 640 WHLO As Team’s New Radio Home
April 7, 2020

City of Akron Extends Local Orders to Align with Extended State of Ohio Stay-at-Home Order
April 6, 2020

Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches Akron[RE]bound
April 6, 2020

Northeast Ohio Parks Urge Public’s Cooperation To Remain Open During COVID-19
April 3, 2020

METRO RTA to Reduce Bus Service Beginning April 6.
April 3, 2020

April 4 Artwalk at Summit Artspace Goes Virtual!
April 2, 2020

Akron City Council to Meet via Videoconference on Monday, April 6th at 7:00 PM
April 2, 2020

The Akron Symphony Orchestra Will Debut the ASO Radio Hour on April 3 at 7 p.m.
April 2, 2020

March 2020

RubberDucks Launch QuAkron Cares Program To Assist With Covid-19 Relief Efforts
March 31, 2020

Mayor Horrigan and County Executive Shapiro Remind residents that April 1 is Census Day
March 31, 2020

Summit County Creates COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program
March 30, 2020

City of Akron Extends Income Tax Filing Deadline to July 15
March 27, 2020

Highlighting the Akron Community During the COVID-19 Response
March 25, 2020

Engage with the Akron Zoo During Zoo Closure
March 24, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Urges Residents to Stay at Home Following State Order
March 23, 2020

Tuesday Musical names new executive director
March 23, 2020

Parks and Trails Designated Essential Activity, Will Remain Open During Stay-At-Home Order
March 23, 2020

METRO RTA encourages passengers to limit travel to life-necessary trips.
March 23, 2020

Akron Zoo to Close Through March 31, 2020
March 17, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Announces Measures to Protect City Workforce
March 17, 2020

METRO RTA announces free fares beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020
March 16, 2020

Closings Due to COVID-19: Statement from Mayor Daniel Horrigan
March 15, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Outlines Plan for March in Response to COVID-19 Threat
March 15, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Additional Event Cancellations
March 11, 2020

METRO RTA Announces Public Outreach for Strategic Planning Process.
March 5, 2020

Akron Zoo to offer ZooCamp summer program
March 4, 2020

Akron Children’s Museum Hosts 2nd Annual All Aboard the Akron Express Train Event
March 4, 2020

Downtown Akron Partnership Seeks Business Owners and Entrepreneurs for Start Downtown Program
March 3, 2020

February 2020

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit With special guest Hiss Golden Messenger
February 27, 2020

Women’s History Project “Woman of the Year Awards”
February 24, 2020

Akron Zoo to Host Inclusion Day
February 24, 2020

Akron Symphony Orchestra Announces Stand Beside Her Essay Contest
February 19, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Receives Grant Funding from Supreme Court of Ohio
February 18, 2020

Akron Zoo welcomes Speke’s gazelle calf
February 14, 2020

14th Annual Firefighters’ Chili Challenge - Friday at Lock 3
February 14, 2020

National Register of Historic Places Finds Summit Metro Parks Facilities Worthy of Inclusion
February 11, 2020

Downtown Businesses Show Customers Some Love on Galentine's and Valentine's Day
February 5, 2020

The BOX Gallery Solo Show Opening February 21
February 5, 2020

RubberDucks to Extend Safety Netting For 2020 Season
February 5, 2020

January 2020

Musica to host winter Flannel & Music Fest fundraiser for UA’s Art Bomb Brigade
January 31, 2020

“Great Streets Initiative” LED Streetlight Installation Event at University of Akron
January 31, 2020

Wandering Aesthetics Announces “The Velveteen Rabbit” a Youth Production
January 31, 2020

From D.C. subway to Akron: Joshua Bell and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in concert Feb. 25
January 30, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Releases 2020 Safety and Streets Budget Detailing $15.8 Million of Investments in Akron’s Police, Fire, and Streets
January 30, 2020

Akron Zoo to host job fair on Feb. 8-9
January 30, 2020

Clint Black Grammy Award winning Country Singer Akron Civic Theatre – April 2, 2020 – 8 PM
January 28, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Specialized Docket Receives Final Certification, New Name
January 22, 2020

The Development Finance Authority elects a new Board Member and Board Officers
January 22, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Announces Off-Site Weddings at Historic Venues to Mark Holidays in February, March
January 17, 2020

November 2019

Indulge Chocolates, sister company of Chill Artisan Ice Cream Co, now open in downtown Akron
November 25, 2019

Akron Children's Museum Hosts 4th Annual Hands-On Holidays
November 21, 2019

Winterblast at Lock 3, Northeast Ohio's Most Popular Family Friendly Destination for Winter Fun, Announces 2019 Schedule
November 19, 2019

Metisentry Acquires ScholarVets
November 14, 2019

Victim Assistance Program to Honor Victims of Homicide at Annual Angel Tree Ceremony
November 7, 2019

Drips is the 20th Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2019 Technology Fast 500™
November 7, 2019

October 2019

Artist Angela Washko to speak at Akron Art Museum
October 31, 2019

METRO Regional Transit Authority to offer free fares on Election Day and Veteran’s Day
October 29, 2019

Pritt Entertainment Group moving to historic Carlton building in downtown Akron
October 29, 2019

Akron Zoo event, Penguin Palooza, to return due to popular demand
October 25, 2019

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical live on stage soars to Akron Civic Theatre on Dec. 19
October 25, 2019

Educators can get ideas for game-ifying classrooms at Akron Art Museum workshop
October 25, 2019

Akron Zoo to host Ghost Tours
October 18, 2019

Enter Poe's Garden for the mysterious at Summit Artspace Oct. 18-Nov. 9
October 16, 2019

The Experience Barber & Beauty Shop now open in downtown Akron
October 15, 2019

Trick or Treat on South High Street for families at the Akron Art Museum
October 9, 2019

September 2019

METRO Regional Transit Authority encourages Summit County to take the bus during Try Transit Week.
September 30, 2019

Mint Hair Collective now open in downtown Akron
September 24, 2019

Artists of Rubber City teams up with Summit Artspace to offer art classes Sept. 22-Oct. 19
September 19, 2019

Akron's longest running comic book store under new ownership in downtown Akron
September 17, 2019

Canal Park Festival of Beers to feature Ohio-based breweries
September 16, 2019

Downtown Akron Partnership and NCCAkron present #Dance4Coffee
September 13, 2019

The Akron Symphony Orchestra present Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, on Sept. 21
September 11, 2019

Akron Chilren's Museum hosts Music Garden ribbon cutting ceremony
September 6, 2019

The BOX Gallery presents ArtPrize in the BOX
September 4, 2019

August 2019

Pints and Pies: craft beer and pizza festival comes to Akron
August 27, 2019

Akron Art Museum offers free admission to University of Akron students, faculty and staff
August 26, 2019

Canal Park to host Festival of Beers on Sept. 21
August 23, 2019

Akron Art Museum adds work by Jenny Holzer to its collection
August 15, 2019

Exchange Street to begin two-way traffic on Monday, Aug. 19
August 14, 2019

AIDS Memorial Quilt coming to Akron
August 12, 2019

Joel Fuhrman and Ocean Robbins to present keynote talks at Wayside Wellness Fair on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Akron Civic Theatre
August 12, 2019

METRO Regional Transit Authority to celebrate 50th birthday on August 14
August 7, 2019

Akron Zoo to host Summer Safari on Aug. 9
August 5, 2019

RubberDucks announce 2020 home schedule
August 5, 2019

July 2019

Akron Zoo to hold naming contest for snow leopard cub
July 18, 2019

Grocery Grabbers provides personal shopping services from downtown Akron location
July 18, 2019

Movie Night at Canal Park: “The Secret Life of Pets” on July 27
July 17, 2019

Area artists display self-portraits in new juried show opening July 19 at Summit Artspace
July 10, 2019

Next Brew at the Akron Zoo is July 20
July 9, 2019

June 2019

Artists of Rubber City presents Small Gems
June 27, 2019

Musk deer born at the Akron Zoo
June 24, 2019

Fairy tales get dark in Dread & Delight at the Akron Art Museum
June 20, 2019

Akron Children's Museum host summer camp programs
June 11, 2019

Snow leopard cub born at the Akron Zoo
June 5, 2019

RubberDucks partner with United Way of Summit County for “Fourth on the Field”
June 3, 2019

May 2019

Akron Art Museum joins institutions nationwide in the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums
May 23, 2019

Artists of Rubber City presents trio of ceramic artists in The BOX Gallery
May 22, 2019

Summit Artspace announces 2019 Arts Alive awards honorees and finalists
May 20, 2019

Boa Mistura lends perspective on Decade of STEM
May 14, 2019

Akron Art Museum marks the 35th season of Downtown@Dusk with local favorites in a beautiful garden space
May 10, 2019

Community institutions hosting "Just Review It" to celebrate Small Business Week
May 7, 2019

Join the Akron Art Museum in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Art Museum Day
May 6, 2019

It's time for lunch in downtown Akron
May 1, 2019

April 2019

Akron Zoo to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
April 29, 2019

Summit Artspace Welcome Gallery features photos by Dan Rowland, May 3-June 22
April 29, 2019

Society sets annual meeting for April 25; former Akron Beacon Journal editor Bruce Winges to speak
April 22, 2019

Lock 3 amphitheatre in downtown Akron releases 2019 summer concert and event schedule
April 16, 2019

Artist Nick Cave to Bring HEARD•AKRON to Life at the Akron Art Museum
April 12, 2019

Summit County Historical Society kicks off Akron History Hikes; YWCA Walk starts 10th season on April 23
April 12, 2019

Summit Artspace hosts traveling Cuyahoga River exhibit for 50th celebration, April 12-May 18
April 9, 2019

Suzie Graham to receive visitor's bureau chairman's award
April 8, 2019

NFL to honor Akron as one of its original towns during NFL100 centennial celebration
April 8, 2019

Summit County Executive launches economic development website; premieres promotional video
April 3, 2019

Summit County Historical Society properties reopen April 3, new exhibits set
April 1, 2019

March 2019

The Akron Art Museum celebrates creative early learning opportunities with BabyFest ‘19
March 28, 2019

Akron Civic Theatre to kick off public phase of capital campaign with free 90th anniversary celebration
March 26, 2019

Summit Artspace announces 2019 Arts Alive awards and fundraiser; nominations now open
March 25, 2019

David W. James named recipient of 2019 Lieberth Community Vision Award
March 21, 2019

Leadership Akron now accepting applications for 2019-2020 Signature Program
March 19, 2019

World premiere to highlight Tuesday Musical concert on March 28
March 15, 2019

Mayor Horrigan to host third Health Equity Summit March 19 at John S. Knight Center
March 13, 2019

Akron Zoo to offer St. Patrick’s Day celebration
March 8, 2019

Urban Corps is launched in downtown Akron
March 6, 2019

Akron Children's Museum hosts all aboard the Akron Express train event
March 5, 2019

February 2019

Pritt Entertainment Group takes home eight ADDYs at the 2019 Akron-Canton ADDY Awards
February 28, 2019

Akron Zoo receives $1.5 million gift for upcoming expansion
February 27, 2019

Independent book store now open in downtown Akron
February 22, 2019

Experience best of dance in Northeast Ohio at ‘Lose Your Marbles’ on March 1
February 12, 2019

Double Dare Live will play at Akron Civic Theatre
February 8, 2019

Leadership Akron accepting applications for Leadership Akron Community Leadership Institute this spring
February 6, 2019

New laser light event to be offered at Akron Zoo
February 1, 2019

The Akron Symphony Orchestra explores the mysteries of the sea with La Mer on Feb. 9
February 1, 2019

January 2019

METRO offers free fares for the remainder of the week due to expected arctic blast
January 28, 2019

Portage Path earns Medicaid approval to provide dual diagnosis services
January 23, 2019

Come downtown and say, “Hi”
January 18, 2019

Mayor Dan Horrigan to deliver 2019 State of the City address Feb. 20 at the John S. Knight Center
January 17, 2019

13th Annual Firefighters’ Chili Challenge - Friday at Lock 3
January 16, 2019

Akron Zoo offering free admission for MLK Day
January 11, 2019

Winter on the Boardwalk
January 10, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration for families at Akron Art Museum
January 8, 2019

Akron Zoo offers new winter event
January 3, 2019

December 2018

METRO RTA partners with the Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities to bring art show to RKPTC
December 17, 2018

Young powerhouses of chamber music in Akron concert Jan. 22
December 13, 2018

Kaleidoscope is an area holiday tradition
December 11, 2018

Akron Zoo to ring in 2019 with new event
December 11, 2018

John Cusack live on stage for a conversation and Q&A after a screening of High Fidelity
December 6, 2018

November 2018

Mid-century modern furniture store opens in downtown Akron
November 29, 2018

ASO to present Home for the Holidays on Dec. 7
November 28, 2018

Akron Children's Museum hosts Hands-On Holidays Spectacular
November 27, 2018

UA School of Music’s Jingle Jazz and Friends; Dec. 9 at E.J. Thomas Hall
November 26, 2018

Opening celebration of Winterfest at Lock 3 is Friday, Nov. 23
November 20, 2018

Restoration of Akron Civic Theatre will help build a more vibrant, connected downtown Akron with $5 million investment
November 16, 2018

Rising Star Center for the Arts opens in downtown Akron
November 14, 2018

City of Akron partners with Weston on CitiCenter redevelopment
November 14, 2018

Alyson Hannigan live on stage for a conversation and Q&A before screeing of 1999 hit film American Pie
November 12, 2018

Akron Zoo to host Wild Lights this holiday season
November 9, 2018

METRO RTA is offering free line-service rides on Veterans Day
November 6, 2018