Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018 to Heat Up City on July 14

Much-Anticipated Festival Returns to Downtown Lakewood; Schedule of Events Unveiled

The biggest block party in the neighborhood is poised to heat up Lakewood this summer once again.  Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018, sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, returns to Downtown Lakewood for its ninth year on Saturday, July 14 from 4 to 10 p.m.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown will make a splash on July 14. (The Lakewood Citizen)

The Summer Meltdown represents one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties.  A summertime celebration of our city’s vibrancy, this free community event draws nearly 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood each July.

This fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Marlowe and Mars.  The Summer Meltdown is a “something for everyone” event, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

Families will love the street festival component, which features vendor tents from 70+ businesses and nonprofits organizations, many of which offer interactive opportunities.  Activities range from the “Water Moose” sprinkler park to exercise demonstrations to a skateboard park.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood serves as the site of the Lakewood Summer Meltdown. (Cleveland Scene Magazine)

The ever-popular Meltdown 5K sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center serves as a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive.  This staple of the Summer Meltdown draws hundreds of participants annually, as it features a fast course, chip timing, a t-shirt for participants and prizes for top finishers.  Both this running event and the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA afford participants a rare opportunity to partake in an evening race.

Local brews available in the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden sponsored by First Federal Lakewood will complement dining options from vendors and food trucks.  Live music by crowd-pleasing alternative rock band Front Porch Lights on the Meltdown Stage sponsored by The Exchange will delight the crowd as dusk turns to nightfall in beautiful Downtown Lakewood.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown Schedule:
4-7:30 p.m. – Meltdown Street Festival
4 p.m. – Race-day registration begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle Avenues
5-10 p.m. – Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden sponsored by First Federal Lakewood
6 p.m. – 1 Mile Kids Fun Run sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle Avenues
7 p.m. – Meltdown 5K sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle Avenues
7 p.m. – Live music by alternative rock band Front Porch Lights on the Meltdown Stage sponsored by The Exchange

For more information regarding the Lakewood Summer Meltdown, including sponsorship and vendor applications, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/Meltdown.

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Melt Bar and Grilled

Platinum Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center

Gold Medal Sponsors:
Beat Cycles
City of Lakewood
The Exchange
First Federal Lakewood

Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center

1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsor:
Lakewood Family YMCA

Silver Medal Sponsors:
Jen Hearn Photography
Peace Racing
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department

Bronze Medal Sponsors:
The Lakewood Citizen
Tomorrow’s Leaders (The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern Ohio)
Window Universe