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May 2018

Canal Park’s First Movie Night of 2018 – “Beauty and the Beast” June 9
May 18, 2018

Free Cleveland Orchestra concert at The Akron Children’s Museum
May 16, 2018

Akron Zoo welcomes male snow leopard
May 14, 2018

Akron Symphony Orchestra plans a season of hits in 2018-19
May 12, 2018

Meet innovative Northeast Ohio artists at the Akron Art Museum
May 12, 2018

Akron Zoo to celebrate Mother’s Day
May 10, 2018

Akron Symphony Orchestra Spring Gala supports education and musical excellence
May 7, 2018

Akron Art Museum brings the sounds of summer back to the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden with Downtown@Dusk’s 34th season
May 1, 2018

April 2018

The Love Akron Network’s 7th Annual awards breakfast celebrate contributions of women leaders
April 30, 2018

Verdi’s Requiem on May 5
April 23, 2018

Akron Zoo unveils first aerobic composter to be used at any zoo in world
April 23, 2018

Lock 3 releases 2018 summer concert and event schedule
April 20, 2018

Akron Children's Museum to hold first Earth Day celebration with “Earth Day Fun Fest”
April 18, 2018

Akron Zoo to host Earth Day celebration
April 13, 2018

Treat mom to an art experience at the Akron Art Museum’s Mother’s Day Open House
April 13, 2018

Finale of Tuesday Musical season featuring Brentano and flutist Marina Piccinini
April 13, 2018

Wandering Aesthetics presents Tell Tail (A folk tale theater adventure of four furry friends)
April 11, 2018

ASO to present Jazz Meets Symphony on April 14
April 9, 2018

Akron Zoo to host brand new event, A Wild Appetite
April 9, 2018

March 2018

Life in the 24: New photo exhibit captures passion, pride, hope, despair and the everyday in Akron's neighborhoods
March 31, 2018

MonsterPianos at E.J. Thomas Hall April 8 — The University of Akron School of Music
March 29, 2018

T-shirt wearers have chance to win two round-trip Spirit Airlines vouchers in “Wear Your 330 Shirt to Work Day” contest
March 27, 2018

Downtown Akron Partnership invites downtown green thumbs to adopt a planter
March 26, 2018

UA Steel Drum Band at E.J. Thomas Hall April 7 — The University of Akron School of Music
March 21, 2018

Free event at Akron Art Museum celebrates World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on Saturday, April 28
March 19, 2018

An Ohio premiere of the 2015 Olivier Award winner for Best New Play at Ohio Shakespeare
March 19, 2018


March 19, 2018

The Akron Symphony Orchestra presents Planet Earth on March 23
March 15, 2018

Akron PeaceMakers sponsor glow-in-the-dark egg hunt and pancake dinner on March 16
March 13, 2018

Akron Children's Museum Inclusion Awareness Event to be held on March 16
March 12, 2018

Akron Zoo offering popular ZooCamp summer program
March 9, 2018

Mayor Dan Horrigan announces $8 Million TIGER grant to city of Akron for Phase II of Downtown Promenade Project
March 9, 2018

Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes “Wear Your 330 Shirt to Work Day” on March 30
March 7, 2018

14th annual FRESH show draws regional works; winners announced
March 6, 2018

February 2018

‘Ducks 2018 promo calendar packed with 70 games of affordable, family fun
February 28, 2018

Akron Art Museum presents new work by Northeast Ohio artists
February 27, 2018

The Akron Youth Orchestras presents annual Side-by-Side Concert on March 11
February 27, 2018

Pritt Entertainment Group takes home eight ADDYs at the 2018 Akron-Canton ADDY Awards
February 26, 2018

Akron Art Museum to receive grant from National Endowment for the Arts for upcoming exhibition
February 21, 2018

Molière’s classic and uproarious comedy: SCAPIN at Ohio Shakespeare Festival
February 19, 2018

Pianist Andreas Haflinger playing 'the unplayable’ at EJ on March 8
February 15, 2018

RubberDucks single-game tickets on-sale February 19
February 12, 2018

Free admission to Akron Zoo on Presidents’ Day
February 9, 2018

Check out original works of art just like books at the Akron Art Library
February 5, 2018

January 2018

Mayor Dan Horrigan to deliver 2018 State of the City address February 28 at the John S. Knight Center
January 30, 2018

The Akron Symphony Orchestra welcomes Neos Dance Theatre and The University of Akron’s Dance Institute to the stage
January 29, 2018

Free book giveaway, hands-on activities at this year’s Family Reading Festival
January 25, 2018

Akron is chosen as pilot community to receive support and resources to help local small businesses expand online
January 23, 2018

Add your voice to the refugee experience through Traveling Stanzas at Summit Artspace
January 22, 2018

Akron/Summit CVB announces recipients of Partnerships in Motion: 2018 Destination Development Grant program
January 22, 2018

Akron Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Daniel Hege for Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 on Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.
January 8, 2018

Akron Zoo sets multiple attendance records for 2017
January 5, 2018

Opening party for Ed Emberley exhibition at the Akron Art Museum
January 5, 2018

First Night Akron 2018 audience estimated at 10,500 revelers
January 3, 2018

December 2017

Akron Zoo to offer special discounts on weekends in January
December 27, 2017

Akron Children’s Museum Names Executive Director
December 20, 2017

Volunteer opportunities remain for First Night Akron 2018
December 19, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration for families at Akron Art Museum
December 18, 2017

Impressive Kaleidscope show by local artists returns to Summit Artspace through Jan.6
December 11, 2017

Downtown Christmas Windows & Attractions Walking Tour to be held Dec. 16
December 8, 2017

Newly-established Bounce board begins search for CEO
December 8, 2017

Akron Symphony Orchestra invites you to celebrate the holiday season at Home for the Holidays with Helen Welch
December 7, 2017

Akron Zoo to host Trunk Show on Nov. 7
December 5, 2017

Pritt Entertainment Group named second fastest-growing Upstart company in NE Ohio at the Weatherhead 100 Awards
December 1, 2017

November 2017

Area art groups join forces for the 15th annual Kaleidoscope show opening Dec. 1 at Summit Artspace
November 28, 2017

Akron Zoo to host Snack with Santa event
November 28, 2017

First Night Akron unveils button art for 22nd annual New Year's Eve celebration
November 21, 2017


November 20, 2017

Northside Marketplace grand opening scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17
November 15, 2017

Vienna Boys Choir bringing holiday favorites to Akron on Nov. 29
November 14, 2017

Winterfest at Lock 3 begins Friday, November 24
November 13, 2017

Akron Art Museum renews commitment to community, reopening on Tuesdays
November 7, 2017

Akron Zoo celebrates veterans and voters
November 1, 2017

October 2017

Men's clothing store, hair salon and coffee shop newest businesses to call downtown Akron home
October 30, 2017

DAP's Community Outreach Program provides First Night Akron admission buttons to local social service organizations
October 30, 2017

Akron Art Museum and J.M. Smucker Company partner to broaden access to art
October 25, 2017

ASO to present Video Games Live on Oct. 28
October 25, 2017

Thanks, Betty! Touching exhibition to honor passionate art advocate Betty Taylor opens Oct. 20
October 20, 2017

Artist Rachel Sussman to fill cracks in Akron Art Museum floor with gold
October 20, 2017

Convention & Visitors Bureau captures Top Destination Award
October 19, 2017

Creole Cinderella by Neos bringing Dixieland dance Oct. 19 to Akron Civic
October 16, 2017

High Arts Festival results announced October 7
October 10, 2017

Akron Zoo to host Boo at the Zoo
October 10, 2017

Akron’s Lock 3 Raises Over $20,000 for Local Non-Profits
October 5, 2017

Akron Zoo to host Halloween Bash for final Brew at the Zoo of the year
October 3, 2017

September 2017

University of Akron student entrepreneurs create HungerPerks app
September 29, 2017

Knight Foundation announces major gift to Akron Art Museum to engage more people in art
September 29, 2017

Lock 3 Oktoberfest, Downtown Akron
September 27, 2017

ASO Die Meistersinger on October 6
September 26, 2017

A full slate of Artist Talks at the Akron Art Museum
September 19, 2017

Knight at the Museum featuring Kasumi
September 19, 2017

Yoga Studio Brings Fitness and Wellness to the Heart of Downtown Akron
September 14, 2017

New High Arts Festival kicks off on Sept. 15 with visual art, music and film entries
September 14, 2017

The Akron Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Christopher Wilkins opens 2017-18 season on Sept. 23
September 12, 2017

All That Glitters: This fall Akron Art Museum presents Alchemy: Transformations in Gold
September 6, 2017

August 2017

The Three Musketeers: An Adventure, with Music
August 31, 2017

Second annual School Readiness Summit Registration opens for Oct. 27 event
August 28, 2017

Pretend, improvise & devise this fall with Wandering Aesthetics
August 28, 2017

Prelude Party, Concert, Extraordinary Experiences celebrating Tuesday Musical 130th anniversary
August 23, 2017

Akron Zoo to host Wild for Wine event
August 21, 2017

Pokémon GO brings exploration to downtown Akron timed with University of Akron student orientation weekend
August 16, 2017

Faith and Family Night at Canal Park
August 8, 2017

Artists do the Talking in August, September at the Akron Art Museum
August 8, 2017

First Night Akron 2018 seeking proposals for button and poster art
August 1, 2017

July 2017

First Night Akron 2018 now accepting applications for performers
July 30, 2017

Akron Art Museum presents the sometimes weighty, sometimes lighthearted Heavy Metal
July 26, 2017

Akron Zoo to host 12th annual Summer Safari
July 24, 2017

Stories with the sheep
July 24, 2017

Teen Expo at Lock 3 will highlight 10th anniversary of Akron PeaceMakers with free games and live entertainment
July 21, 2017

“The Todd” from Scrubs VIP Meet & Greet Headlines Ducks Eight-Game Homestand
July 20, 2017

Akron Ale Fest returns to Trolley Barn on Aug. 12
July 17, 2017

Downtown Akron Partnership to improve Akron’s public spaces, increase city vibrancy with $1.5 million from Knight Fdn
July 12, 2017

Akron Zoo is the first zoo in Ohio, and second zoo in the nation, to be certified as sensory inclusive
July 10, 2017

Family Fun Day at Perkins Stone Mansion is July 15
July 9, 2017

June 2017

$7.5 Million funding award allows city to replace downtown State Street Bridge in connection with Main Street Promenade
June 29, 2017

High Arts Festival accepting entries through July 10
June 28, 2017

Pivotal Downtown Akron redevelopment project receives competitive State Historic Tax Credit award
June 28, 2017

RubberDucks owner/CEO Ken Babby named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award® 2017 winner
June 27, 2017

Electric Pete’s Bicycle Shop now open in Downtown Akron
June 23, 2017

Photographers' Art of Seeing fills Summit Artspace Gallery with new shows opening July 14
June 22, 2017

Crafty Mart Named Finalist for Artplace America’s 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund
June 16, 2017

Akron Yoga and Wellness open at new location in Downtown Akron
June 15, 2017

The Akron Zoo hosts celebration for dads
June 15, 2017

Celebrate the 12th National Dump the Pump Day with METRO Regional Transit Authority on June 15
June 7, 2017

Live, local music in abundance in downtown Akron this summer
June 7, 2017

Akron Zoo kicks off their Brew at the Zoo events on June 17 with new VIP ticket
June 2, 2017

May 2017

Downtown@Dusk bigger and better than ever in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden of the Akron Art Museum
May 31, 2017

RubberDucks Owner/CEO Ken Babby finalist for Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award® in Northeast Ohio
May 29, 2017

New exhibit set to open June 3 at the Akron Zoo
May 26, 2017

$5 ticket special for Saturday part of big Memorial weekend at Canal Park
May 25, 2017

John Brown House presents community forums this summer
May 24, 2017

Full Circle Storytelling: An open mic for community storytellers
May 22, 2017

Launch League to host 2nd annual regional startup conference
May 15, 2017

Neos Dance announces new dance-centric fringe festival coming to downtown Akron
May 15, 2017

Girls on the Run NEO hosts first 5k at InfoCision Stadium
May 9, 2017

Akron Zoo to celebrate Mother’s Day
May 8, 2017

Credit Cards Now Accepted at all City of Akron Parking Deck Locations
May 2, 2017

Grazing in the city: A day with the Perkins family and their flock
May 1, 2017

April 2017

UA’s Art Bomb Brigade sources student talent to generate colossal “Kaleidoscope” mural in the heart of Downtown Akron
April 28, 2017

E.J. Thomas Hall and the Akron Symphony Orchestra announces Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone™ in concert
April 26, 2017

Rascal Flatts concert to be Canal Park’s first
April 24, 2017

The Love Akron Network’s 6th Annual Awards Breakfast Will Focus on Civility
April 21, 2017

Lock 3 Amphitheatre in Downtown Akron releases 2017 summer concert and event schedule
April 17, 2017

Tuesday Musical launching Decompression Chamber in Akron’s Municipal Building
April 17, 2017

Pajama Jam Party: A launch party for our online auction ‘Taste of the Breadbox’
April 10, 2017

CREW Greater Akron plans City View Tour on Thursday, May 4
April 10, 2017

City to Host Public Meeting to Discuss Federal TIGER grant-funded Redesign of Main Street Corridor and Updates to State
April 10, 2017

Ohio Shakespeare Festival presents The Comedy of Errors
April 7, 2017

Akron native and YouTube Success Danny Volk returns home with New Series
April 4, 2017

Girls on the Run NEO to Host Inaugural Sneaker Soiree
April 3, 2017

Leadership Akron Now Accepting Applications for 2017-2018
April 3, 2017