Release Date: April 17,2017
The city’s Lock 3 amphitheater, a beacon of downtown Akron, has hosted more than 2.5 million visitors since opening in 2003. The venue is proud to announce a 2017 summer season packed with 26 Friday and Saturday night concerts, four large festivals, 40 community fundraising events, plus blues and jazz, Live at Lock 4, Third Thursday and gospel events in neighboring Lock 4. Lock 3 opens its 2017 summer season with the first Rock the Lock concert, presented by WONE, on Friday, May 26 on the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Stage, featuring Straight On, Heart Tribute Band with Rachel Roberts.
WONE’s Friday Night Rock the Lock Concerts
National caliber rock and roll tribute bands have been the signature of Lock 3 on Friday nights during the summer. New tributes and old favorites will perform every Friday from May 26-July 7, then July 21-September 1. For details, visit lock3live.com.
Lock 3 Live! Summer Saturday Concerts
Saturday night concert highlights include national artist George Clinton for $10 admission on June 24, and Kool and the Gang for $15 on September 2. Tickets go on sale through the Civic Theatre Box Office April 21 and 28, respectively. National tribute artist The Luther Vandross Experience will perform on August 5. As part of the growing Rubber City Jazz Festival, Joey DeFrancesco will perform on August 26. For details, visit lock3live.com.
The City of Akron’s Rib, White and Blue Festival June 30–July 4
Lock 3 expands its gates to encompass South Main Street for Northeast Ohio’s largest 4th of July Rib Festival, featuring rib vendors from all over the United States competing for cash prizes and bragging rights. For decades, Akron has celebrated Independence Day with food, fireworks, and music. Admission is free. For details, visit lock3live.com.
The 67th Annual Italian-American Festival July 13–15
The three-day festival opens for lunch on Thursday and Friday and continues through Saturday night. Dozens of vendors of authentic Italian food will be on hand through the three-day event on South Main Street. Admission is free. For a complete list of events, visit it-am.org.
The Akron African Festival July 22–23
The 36th annual African American Festival & Parade Exhibition has attracted thousands to the Akron area over the years. It is the second oldest cultural festival in Ohio. Individuals have planned family reunions and homecomings around the dates and nationally known speakers and entertainment have participated. Local economic entrepreneurship has been facilitated through adults and youth vendors offering food, cultural artifacts, commercial services and youth activities. For a complete list of events, visit akronafricanculture.com.
National Hamburger Festival August 12–13
This year marks the 12th anniversary of the National Hamburger Festival. Hundreds of thousands of hamburger fans have enjoyed family fun, great entertainment and one of the largest assortments of hamburgers ever assembled in one place. Admission is $5. For details, visit hamburgerfestival.com.
Community Events Abound at Lock 3
Over $1 million has been raised for the charities which have used Lock 3 as a home base for fundraisers. Over 40 community events have been scheduled so far for Lock 3 in 2017.
Lock 4's Lock Bottom Blues & Jazz Club, Gospel Sundays and New Third Thursday
The City of Akron will continue to host local jazz concerts at the outdoor Lock Bottom Blues & Jazz Club every Wednesday. Gospel Sundays return for the fourth year, every other Sunday. In its second year is thirdThursday, occurring every 3rd Thursday from June-September, where you can enjoy after-work local entertainment, food trucks, games, drinks and more.
Admission is free to all Lock 4 events. The Lock 4 entrance is located on Bowery Street between Lock 3 and the Akron Civic Theatre. For a complete Lock 4 schedule, visit lock3live.com.
NEW THIS YEAR:
Music, Malts & Movie – Saturday, July 8
Free Admission. Tasting starts at 5:00 p.m. Outdoor movie starts at dusk. Join us for a night of Malternative Beer tasting, local music and a classic movie that everyone loves. Brought to you by Tramonte Distributing.
The Signal Tree Festival – Saturday, July 29
Free Admission. Lock 3 and The Devil Strip are partnering up to showcase the very best of Akron's past, present and future. Wash down your pizza, jo-jos and sauerkraut balls with some of the Blimp City's tastiest craft brews while you rock to incredible live, local music. A few local bands are reuniting, just for this event! Signal Tree will be a truly unique festival. For updates and details, visit signaltreefest.com.
Family Fun Festivities 2017 and Movie Night – Saturday, August 19
Free Admission. 3:00 p.m. – Outdoor movie starts at dusk. Enjoy kids’ inflatables, contests, entertainment and other events. Bring your chairs and blankets.
Sponsors and Foundation Underwriting Keep Concerts Free or at Deep Discounts
Lock 3 thanks our sponsors: Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Tramonte Distributing, Miller Light, Coca-Cola, Downtown Akron Partnership, Thirsty Dog Brewery, Glen Stephens Inc., The Knight Foundation, The University of Akron, WAKR, WONE, WQMX, Courtyard Marriot Downtown Akron and Metro PCS Mobile.
A complete schedule of all Lock 3 & 4 events currently scheduled is attached. Updated concert and event information will be posted as it becomes available at lock3live.com. For hi-res photos or to schedule interviews, contact Maria Nagel, Lock 3 Marketing Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330.441.2493.