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December 2023

City Of Akron Releases Innerbelt Report
December 4, 2023

November 2023

University of Akron Students Launch a ‘Zips Guide to Shopping Small & Local in Akron’ with Community Partner Downtown Akron Partnership
November 22, 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

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

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

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

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

September 9, 2022

The Nightlight Prepares for Expansion.
September 9, 2022

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

City Of Akron and Partners Launch Fall In Love with Downtown Akron Campaign
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

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

Akron Zoo Senior Event is Sept. 2
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Exhibitions Open at Summit Artspace on July 8
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

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

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

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

Civic Mural Artist New Mural Reveal
June 8, 2022

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

Juneteenth Celebrations in West, East Akron and Lock 3
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

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

Akron Municipal Court Announces Food Distribution Event for Those In Need
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

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

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

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

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

Vince Gill Plays Akron on Summer Tour
April 12, 2022

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

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

6th Annual Summit Brew Path Launches April 7, 2022
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