Taste of Cleveland and Cleveland Air Show are the big draws of the weekend...

I hope some of you were able to attend last weekend's City Xpressionz before the rains came down. Click here for pictures of this year's festival, compliments of Heidi Cool. Special thanks to Marielena for the submission of this weekend's 2nd Annual "Salsa en Blanco".

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I hope many of you are getting the word out about this blog… it's now over 900 visitors through 4 weeks, with over 4500 hits. Read below for this week's events, including downtown's Dragon Boat Festival and a free showing of "The Brave One" starring Jodie Foster.

Events of the Week(end)

Cleveland Air Show
This annual Labor Day favorite at the Burke Lakefront Airport is a must see, if you have been in Cleveland for some time and have not yet gone. The Dealfinder has been 2 or 3 times and it has never failed to wow him. The annual highlight is usually the fleet of Blue Angels which closes the show each afternoon. Click here for all of the information on the schedules, ticket prices, and anything else you need regarding the Air Show. If you want to avoid the ticket cost, you can see it for FREE by driving to the neighborhood directly across I-90 from the airport, and sitting on the sloping lawn with hundreds more onlookers. You can access this area by heading north towards the lake to the area between E. 38th and E. 49th streets. Both E. 40th and E. 49th continue to that area from Chester.

Taste of Cleveland
This annual Cleveland food fanatic favorite returns to Tower City for the 12th time on Labor Day weekend with a succulent sampling of Cleveland's best food. Live entertainment (free with admission) will include Donny Osmond, Michael Stanley & the Resonators, Macy Gray, and The Romantics ("What I Like About You"). There will be lots of prizes and giveaways, as well as demonstrations, karaoke, and eating contests. Save $2 with a Giant Eagle advantage card, or buy one, get one admission free with coupon from Donato's. $2 discount coupon and full details are available here. FREE ADMISSION from 11 AM-5 PM on Friday.

Oktoberfest
The Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds host a full authentic German Oktoberfest with food, music, dancing, and of course, beer. Check out the Art Market, Vintage/Antique Car Show, German Dog Show, and more. Click here for a coupon off admission. The festival will run from Friday through Monday at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea. Click here for more details.

Friday
Great Lakes Oktoberfest
This festival begins at 4 PM Friday and runs through Saturday. While featuring Live music at Great Lakes Brewing company, a German-inspired menu will be served up by the restaurant with a “Keep the Stein” special, along with their traditional Oktoberfest brew. Click here for details. Reservations are not accepted for these days.

Carlos Jones
A Cleveland reggae pioneer performs in the Summer in the Courtyard series at the Cleveland Museum of Art this Friday at 5:30 PM. Enjoy the island-inspired grooves while you visit the museum! Click here for details.

Saturday
Larchmere Sidewalk Sale
Stroll on Larchmere Road in Shaker Heights and peruse the offerings of the last big sale of the season for the area. The biennial sale takes place on both the Saturday preceding Memorial Day as the one preceding Labor Day. Click here for details.

Dragon Boat Festival
This festival will feature dragon boats, the world's largest flat-water racing canoes, which are traditionally manned by 20 oarsmen and date back 3,000 years in China. The regatta will last 2 days through the flats and be accompanied by martial arts demos, acrobatics, and Asian cuisine. Be at the Nautica Complex for opening ceremonies at 11 AM and race action from noon-5 PM both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is FREE. Click here for details or call (440)808-2288. Sponsored by the Cleveland Rowing Foundation.

Sunday
'SALSA en BLANCO'
Come salsa to music played by the ' Cleveland Latin All Stars',
Sammy de Leon, Noel Quintana and Alexis from Grupo Fuego ... playing all of Hector Lavoe's songs!! SALSA en BLANCO will take place at Club Shadows, located at 1360 W. 9th Street (near the corner of W. 9th and St. Clair). Proper ID and all white attire required. Doors open at 9 PM. Click here for more details.

Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market
On Sunday at 10 AM, the Farmers Market hosts Pearl of the Orient as the chef and the Wallace Coleman Band as live entertainment. Live cooking demonstrations begin at 11 AM. The market features health education, entertainment, and cooking demonstrations every Sunday until Halloween. Kamm’s Corners is located at W. 168th and Lorain Avenue (in the lot behind Walgreens). Click here for details.

Dragon Boat Festival
This festival will feature dragon boats, the world's largest flat-water racing canoes, which are traditionally manned by 20 oarsmen and date back 3,000 years in China. The regatta will last 2 days through the flats and be accompanied by martial arts demos, acrobatics, and Asian cuisine. Be at the Nautica Complex for opening ceremonies at 11 AM and race action from noon-5 PM both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is FREE. Click here for details.

Monday
See featured events above.

Ongoing Events/Places previously featured

Muddling Mojitos 101- Learn to make mojitos on Fridays from 5-7 PM

Sparx Street Beats-street performances Thursdays and Fridays

Something Dada!-improv comedy Friday and Saturday nights a la "Whose Line is it Anyways?"

Chucklef*ck Comedy Night- Mondays at 8 in Lakewood at Bela Dubby, 13321 Madison Ave. Lakewood.

8/22/2007 -Blue Planet Cafe Grand Opening- the new Cleveland Museum of Natural History cafe.

8/22/2007 -Silk Nightclub-new nightclub features 5 specialty bars, huge dance floor, lounge areas, VIP bottle service, Video DJs and ability for private parties, with full access to Shooters on the Water.

8/22/2007 -Mapleside Farms-Local farm known for its apples

Dining Gems Around Town

Zocalo Mexican Grill and Tequileria
Imagine making your way down East Fourth Street, turning into a narrow, winding alleyway, ultimately arriving in a lively Mexican town square. This long-awaited addition to the E. 4th Street neighborhood will finally give the downtown area the Mexican hotspot it has been lacking. Originally set to open on Cinco de Mayo 2007, Zocalo will feature the ultimate experience as the first of its kind in the country, with tableside guacamole creation, tortillas freshly pressed in the dining area, fresh tortillas, a tequila bar with 85 different types of tequila in a cantina-style tequila tasting room, and seating for 180. The alley leading to the entrance will be converted to a Mexican-village type atmosphere. Opening September 6 at 8 PM! Most entrees will range from $8-16.

PREVIOUSLY FEATURED:

8/22/2007 - La Tortilla Feliz, Around the Corner Cafe
8/15/2007 - Original Pancake House, Cafe Limbo
8/8/2007 - Sokolowski's University Inn, India Garden
8/1/2007 – Tea House Noodles, Dish Global Deli, Wunderbar

Free Movie Screenings of the Week
Remember to sign up and show up early! (usually about 30-45 minutes before the show)

Click here for a chance to win tickets to a free showing of "The Brave One" starring Jodie Foster on September 10 at Richmond Town Square.

For the kids...

Barbie as "The Island Princess" free showing at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday September 8 at 12 and 2 PM - Sign up for tickets for your kids here.

Dealin' around the city


Get a FREE round of glow-in-the-dark mini-golf here!

Coming Soon
October 6 – Lake Erie Monsters

Many other things to do at the following page:
CoolCleveland

More things to win:
Cleveland.com (includes concert tickets, trip to Vegas, rounds of golf, Toronto Film Festival tickets and more)
Cleveland Scene (includes The Killers tickets, Cedar Point tickets, and more)
WOIO.com (includes 37” HD TV, Put-in-Bay ferry tickets)

Permanent deals/specials around the area worth a try

Click here for some of the city’s happy hour specials, brought to you by the Cleveland Scene...

PREVIOUSLY FEATURED:

8/22/2007 - Cleveland Indians College 360 ID Half-price Nights
Get Lower Reserved, Upper Box, Mezzanine, Bleachers and Upper Reserved tickets for half price - 8/27, 8/30, 9/18, all at 7:05 PM; Enter "STUDY" as promotional code or go to box office.
McNulty's Bier Markt - $3 Stella, Hoegaarden, Warsteiner, Brooklyn IPA, $2.50 Blue Moon/Labatt Blue, and $2.50 Long Islands. Free pizza from Pizza Pan is offered at happy hour on Fridays from 6-8 PM.
Momocho - half price margaritas and taquitos Tuesday-Friday 5-6:30.
Lolita’s - $5 food specials, $4 wines, $2 Sierra Nevadas, 5-6:30 and 9:30-close Tues-Th., 10-close on Fri-Sat, and 4-9 on Sun.

The Dealfinder is a Case grad student that is continuously exploring to "create" more of this city by the day.

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