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June 2024

Ohio Senate Approves $2.5M for Cascade Plaza
June 13, 2024

Akron200 Launches New Bicentennial Website
June 13, 2024

Akron Soul Train Present Exhibits by Katie Butler and Kayla Weinman
June 13, 2024

City of Akron to Discontinue the Akronite App
June 11, 2024

Downtown Akron Partnership Board of Directors Announces Search for President
June 7, 2024

Magistrate Lisa Bradley Joins the Akron Municipal Court
June 6, 2024

City of Akron to Host 10th Annual Blue Heron Homecoming Festival
June 6, 2024

May 2024

Summer Beautification Elements Return to Downtown Akron with New Rogers Garden
May 31, 2024

Akron ArtWalk: Literary Echoes on June 14th
May 29, 2024

Meet Artist Matt Miller at Summit Artspace Event on June 7
May 29, 2024

Downtown Akron to Hold Two-Day Juneteenth Celebration
May 28, 2024

Akron Municipal Court Awarded 2024 Akron Bar Association Diversity Award
May 23, 2024

Downtown Akron Partnership Announces 2024 Summer on the Plaza
May 17, 2024

City Of Akron, Akron Urban League, Bounce Innovation Hub, and Western Reserve Community Fund Partner To Support Small Businesses
May 14, 2024

State and Federal Communications, Inc. Releases 2023 CSR Annual Report 30th Anniversary Special Edition
May 14, 2024

"Savor the Scenic in Summit" Debuts at Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau's Annual Zenith Awards
May 13, 2024

City of Akron's Lock 3 Releases 2024 Summer Concert and Event Schedule
May 9, 2024

The University of Akron and Joffrey Ballet School Forge Innovative Academic Partnership for Dancers
May 9, 2024

City of Akron to Begin Installing Speed Tables and Solar Speed Signs Throughout the City
May 6, 2024

John Brown Open House & Legacy of Freedom Underground Railroad Experience
May 6, 2024

University of Akron Students Launch a ‘Zips Guide to Shopping Small & Local in Akron’ with Community Partner Downtown Akron Partnership
May 5, 2024

The Akron Public Art Commission Issues Call for Artists for Control Box Wrapping Designs
May 3, 2024

Solo Exhibition Persistence of Vision by Kasumi to Open at Summit Artspace This Summer
May 3, 2024

Progressive Community Initiatives Offers Mental & Behavioral Health Services in Downtown Akron
May 3, 2024

April 2024

Akron Soul Train Members’ Show with featured artist, Chen Peng, in the CapSOUL Gallery
April 25, 2024

You Are Cordially Invited: A Century of Wedding Dresses on display through July 27th
April 22, 2024

Inaugural Downtown Akron South Asian Celebration Coming April 28
April 18, 2024

Akron Children’s Museum Hosts: All Aboard the Akron Express
April 16, 2024

Akron Municipal Court Announces Off-Site Wedding Opportunities for May 2024
April 15, 2024

Summit Artspace Announces Recipients of 2024 Arts Alive Awards and Gala Event on Tuesday, May 14
April 11, 2024

Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches Fifth Annual Drip Drive
April 11, 2024

METRO RTA to Provide Free Fares on April 8 to Assist in Traffic Safety During Total Solar Eclipse
April 2, 2024

March 2024

Buckeye State Credit Union Opens New Main Street Office
March 27, 2024

Proactive grant to help with equitable downtown development
March 22, 2024

Spring Exhibitions Open at Summit Artspace on April 5
March 22, 2024

Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau Gears Up for 330 Shirt Day
March 18, 2024

City of Akron Announces Plans for Solar Eclipse
March 18, 2024

City of Akron Director of DEI Esther Thomas to Receive Honor during 34th Annual Harold K. Stubbs Awards Ceremony
March 18, 2024

Mayor Malik Announces Akron Selected For Bloomberg American Sustainable Cities
March 15, 2024

Akron Municipal Court Judge Nicole Walker, Court Staffer to Be Honored as “Women Of Distinction”
March 15, 2024

Melih Meric and Alyssa Lizzini at Akron Soul Train Gallery
March 15, 2024

Downtown Akron Sakura Festival Returns April 6, 2024
March 6, 2024

City of Akron, ADM Board, and Portage Path Behavioral Health Launch Summit County Outreach Team (SCOUT)
March 5, 2024

February 2024

County Executive Shapiro Named Executive of the Year by NSME
February 28, 2024

Akron ArtWalk: A Vision of Empowerment on March 8th
February 22, 2024

The Ohio Justice Bus Keeps Family Law Matters Rolling with Free Legal Aid to Those in Summit County
February 21, 2024

The Akron Municipal Court Invites Press and Public to Open House
February 20, 2024

RubberDucks Announce 2024 Promotional Schedule
February 12, 2024

Akron Municipal Court Judge David Hamilton, Cascade Locks Park Association Partner for Out-Of-This-World Couple Contest
February 12, 2024

Free Admission at Akron Zoo on Feb. 19
February 12, 2024

Ohio House Approves $2.5M for City of Akron
February 8, 2024

RubberDucks 2024 Single Game Tickets Are on Sale Now
February 8, 2024

Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches Eighth Annual Summit Brew Path
February 7, 2024

January 2024

Matthew B. Kurtz Rolls Out Prelude Exhibit Before Solar Eclipse Performance
January 29, 2024

Akron Municipal Court Announces Off-Site Wedding Opportunities for February And March 2024
January 29, 2024

Magistrate Joseph Mittica Joins the Akron Municipal Court
January 24, 2024

Judge Annalisa S. Williams Named 2024 Administrative/Presiding Judge for the Akron Municipal Court
January 23, 2024

Lunar New Year Celebration Returns to Downtown Akron February 18
January 18, 2024

Summit Artspace Seeks Nominations of Local Artists and Arts Advocates for 2024 Arts Alive Awards
January 17, 2024

Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces 2024 Destination Development Grant Recipients
January 16, 2024

Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau Prepares for Total Solar Eclipse in Summit County
January 12, 2024

Akron Zoo to Offer Free Admission on January 15
January 12, 2024

Downtown Akron Partnership Board of Directors Names Vice President and Interim President, Announces Search for President
January 11, 2024

Artist Sylvia Sykes Selected for BIPOC+ Exhibition at Summit Artspace
January 9, 2024

State and Federal Communications, Inc. Holds Ribbon-Cutting for New Office Space in Historic O’Neil’s Building
January 4, 2024

Akron Zoo to Launch New Pricing Structure
January 3, 2024

METRO RTA Announces New Legal and Government Affairs Officer Position, Welcomes Gert Wilms
January 3, 2024

Akron Bicentennial Commission Establishes Akron200 and Hires Executive Director
January 3, 2024

December 2023

Akron Children’s Museum Hosts Make Believe Midnight
December 27, 2023

METRO RTA to Offer Free Fares Saturday, January 6 for the City of Akron Mayor Ceremonial Swearing-In and Community Celebration
December 27, 2023

Akron Zoo Partners with Akron Public Schools Students on Composting
December 18, 2023

The Akron Municipal Court Launches Video Series to Help Court Users Gain Better Access to Justice
December 18, 2023

Akron Soul Train Unveils its 2024 Artists in Residence
December 18, 2023

Akron Civic Commons 2.0 Announces Major Gift for Lock 3 Park
December 18, 2023

Akron Soul Train Features Double Exhibition in Downtown Akron
December 11, 2023

Winter Exhibitions Open at Summit Artspace on January 12
December 8, 2023

Mayor Horrigan and Chief Mylett Announce Safe Place Program
December 6, 2023

City Of Akron Releases Innerbelt Report
December 4, 2023

November 2023

This Holiday Season, Shop Art! Visit Artists Sunday in Downtown Akron on November 26
November 21, 2023

Downtown Akron Partnership Brightens Main Street with Winter Lighting
November 17, 2023

City of Akron Earns A Perfect 100 On The Human Rights Campaign’s LGBTQ+ Municipal Equality Index
November 17, 2023

Eddies on Main Street Celebrates 30 Years of the Eddies Brand
November 7, 2023

METRO RTA to Continue 365-Days of Service
November 7, 2023

WinterBlast is Back at the City of Akron's Lock 3: Ohio's Most Popular Family-friendly Destination for Winter Fun
November 2, 2023

Mayor Horrigan Unveils New City Website
November 2, 2023

October 2023

METRO RTA to Provide Free Fares on Select Dates in November
October 25, 2023

The Akron Municipal Court and The Glendale Cemetery to Honor Veteran and Inventor Henry Pickett on Wednesday, November 1
October 23, 2023

Notice of Court Schedule and Address Changes
October 20, 2023

EarthQuaker Devices Presents: Essential Tremors
October 20, 2023

METRO RTA Invites You to Brews, Bites, & Bus Rapid Transit
October 20, 2023

Smells Like Snow Coffee Festival Returns to Downtown Akron
October 19, 2023

Akron’s The Nightlight Cinema Launches a Kickstarter Campaign to Raise Funds for a Major Renovation
October 12, 2023

Akron Soul Train Winter Exhibitions
October 12, 2023

Raising the Bar Program to Hold Inaugural Conference for High School Students
October 9, 2023

Burgess & Niple Relocates to Bowery District
October 3, 2023

Fall Exhibitions Open at Summit Artspace on October 6
October 3, 2023

September 2023

The City of Akron to Celebrate Trick or Treat on Saturday, October 28 from 5-7 PM
September 27, 2023

METRO RTA Awarded Three Ohio Public Transportation Association Awards
September 26, 2023

Akron Municipal Court Announces October Food Distribution Event for Those in Need
September 22, 2023

Downtown Akron Partnership Announces Second Annual Fall Fest
September 21, 2023

The Akron Municipal Court Receives Substantial Grant to Start Housing Program, Hire Staff
September 21, 2023

VANTAGE Aging Schedules Virtual Workshops for Older Adults, Expands Helping Older Job Seekers to Indiana
September 20, 2023

The Akron Municipal Court Announces October Wedding Opportunities Including Halloween Weddings
September 20, 2023

Fall Exhibitions Open at Summit Artspace on October 6
September 12, 2023

Akron ArtWalk: Rubber City Jazz Festival Edition on September 8th
September 1, 2023

August 2023

Focus Features’ MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 3 and Blu-Tique Micro-Wedding Venue to Host "FREE Weddings for A Day" on September 6th
August 28, 2023

Local Teen Becomes Youngest Female Eagle Scout in the Country
August 28, 2023

A Rhapsody of Arts And Music Await: Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival Partners With Akron Artwalk for an Unforgettable Evening
August 28, 2023

Support Akron Soul Train and Acquire a Unique Artwork from “Footprints”
August 28, 2023

The Third Annual Akron Latin Festival is Coming to Downtown Akron
August 17, 2023

City of Akron Hosting First Annual Akron City Festival Celebrating Akron’s Future Leaders on Sunday, Sept. 3
August 16, 2023

METRO RTA Revamps Routes, Debuts New Routes and Fare Capping in Next Phase of Reimagine METRO
August 15, 2023

Akron Municipal Court to Recognize Local Author’s Four Decades of Work in the Community
August 14, 2023

Akron Zoo’s Popular Wine Tasting is Aug. 12
August 3, 2023

Akron Soul Train Welcomes Pita Brooks as New Executive Director
August 2, 2023

Greater Akron Chamber Announces 30 for the Future Recipients for 2023
August 1, 2023

July 2023

Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation Selects Charles R. Parnell as Next Chairman
July 28, 2023

METRO RTA to Provide Free Fares on August 8, Special Election
July 21, 2023

Calling All Regional Artists: Apply to Akron Soul Train’s Artist Residency!
July 20, 2023

Downtown Akron Ambassadors Keep the Neighborhood Clean, Safe & Welcoming
July 20, 2023

Akron Soul Train Features Triple Exhibition in Downtown Akron
July 13, 2023

Changing Perceptions of Downtown Akron One Plant at a Time: Goodyear Volunteers
July 6, 2023

RubberDucks President and General Manager Jim Pfander selected to Leadership Akron’s Class 40
July 3, 2023

June 2023

Tequila ‘n Tigers Returns on July 8
June 22, 2023

Akron Symphony & EarthQuaker Devices Groundbreaking Collaboration Now Available for Streaming
June 22, 2023

Summer Exhibitions Open at Summit Artspace on July 7
June 16, 2023

Akron Zoo to Celebrate Multicultural Day
June 16, 2023

City of Akron Launches Weekly e-Newsletter
June 16, 2023

Akron Bicentennial Commission Unveils Logo for Akron’s 200th Anniversary
June 13, 2023

UNKNWN 3v3 Courtyard Classic Basketball Tournament and Akron Block Party Presented by Nike
June 9, 2023

City of Akron Announces Plans for Fourth of July Weekend
June 8, 2023

Songwriter Rachel Roberts Hosts Open Mic Night at Baxter’s Speakeasy
June 5, 2023

Downtown Akron Juneteenth Events Kick-Off Juneteenth Celebrations Across the City
June 1, 2023

May 2023

Akron Zoo celebrates Akron-Summit Age-Friendly Seal of Approval designation by BBB
May 26, 2023

Summit Artspace to Host 2023 Arts Alive Awards
May 25, 2023

The Nightlight to Show Documentary About John Lennon’s Assistant-turned-girlfriend, May Pang
May 22, 2023

Community Reception for The Roots of Rubber STEM Plaza Rejuvenation
May 18, 2023

Akron Symphony Releases World Premiere Recording of Julia Perry's Fragments
May 16, 2023

The Nightlight to Host a Free Documentary Film Screening about Boa Mistura, Madrid Mural Artists with Downtown Akron Connection
May 15, 2023

Akron ArtWalk on June 9th Explores Social Justice & the Arts
May 15, 2023

Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau hosts 20th Annual Zenith Awards Luncheon
May 12, 2023

City of Akron's Lock 3 Releases 2023 Summer Concert and Event Schedule
May 5, 2023

April 2023

Akron Zoo to host new family event
April 27, 2023

Akron Municipal Court Has Resumed In-Person Hearings
April 25, 2023

Mayor Horrigan to Host 7th Annual Health Equity Summit on May 17
April 25, 2023

Mayor Horrigan to Host 7th Annual Health Equity Summit on May 17
April 25, 2023

Crafty Mart’s Spring Fling Returns for Second Year
April 14, 2023

METRO RTA Board of Trustees Approve Reimagined Network, Allowing June 4 Roll-Out of System Redesign
April 5, 2023

March 2023

City of Akron to Resume Standard Parking Enforcement with Flowbird App Beginning Monday April 3
March 28, 2023

Downtown Akron Sakura Festival is Bigger, with More to Do This Year
March 28, 2023

Vantage Aging Welcomes Lisa Mansfield as Director of Development and Community Partnerships
March 27, 2023

Akron Municipal Court Administrative/Presiding Judge David Hamilton Selected for Leadership Ohio's 2023 Class
March 21, 2023

Akron Symphony Orchestra Announces 2023-2024 Concert Season
March 20, 2023

Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes “Wear Your 330 Shirt to Work Day” on March 30
March 15, 2023

Akron Zoo Summer Camp Registration Open
March 15, 2023

AMATS Presents the Future of Greater Akron Area Transportation
March 3, 2023

Your Art, Your Voice! at Akron ArtWalk on March 10th
March 2, 2023

METRO RTA’s Board of Trustees Swear in Christine Marshall as Newest Summit County Appointee
March 1, 2023

City of Akron Receives $960,000 Reconnecting Communities Pilot Grant
March 1, 2023

February 2023

METRO RTA to Host Final Public Hearing Regarding System Redesign
February 28, 2023

Akron RubberDucks Release 2023 Promotion Schedule
February 22, 2023

Summit Artspace Seeks Nominations for 2023 Arts Alive Awards through March 31
February 17, 2023

7th Annual Summit Brew Path Launches February 11, 2023
February 3, 2023

METRO RTA to Host Hiring Open House, “Come Drive with (B)us: The Sequel”
February 2, 2023

City to Extend Hours at Summit Lake Community Center to Serve as Warming Center on Friday Feb. 3
February 2, 2023

Downtown Akron Partnership seeks business owners and entrepreneurs for Start Downtown program
February 2, 2023

January 2023

Lunar New Year Celebration Returning to Downtown Akron
January 12, 2023

Summit County Recognized as a Dementia-Friendly Community
January 11, 2023

Akron Zoo to Celebrate MLK, Jr. Day
January 11, 2023

Akron Soul Train Gallery features artists Jennifer Whitten and Orlando Caraballo
January 10, 2023

New Chief Magistrate Announced
January 5, 2023

December 2022

Together, we can: Start Downtown Business Capital Talent Development Group Brings Opportunity to Underrepresented Youth and Adults
December 20, 2022

Akron Municipal Court Announces Wedding Venues for January, February and March 2023
December 16, 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

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

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

Raising the Bar Program Holds Second Session
November 10, 2022

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

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

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

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

October 2022

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

Raising the Bar Program Launches
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

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

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

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

Judge Stormer Receives Award for Excellence
September 20, 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