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

Get ready to add some sizzle to your summer.  Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2017, sponsored by Melt Bar & Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, is back for its eighth year on Saturday, July 8 from 4 to 10 p.m. in Downtown Lakewood.

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown draws nearly 10,000 attendees each year. (Photo Credit: Lakewood Patch)

One of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties, the Summer Meltdown drew nearly 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood last year.  This “something for everyone” event and fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue between Marlowe and Elmwood, 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 free programs from 70+ businesses and nonprofits organizations, including numerous interactive opportunities.  Activities range from a sprinkler park to skateboarding to demonstrations of yoga and other exercises.

The ever-popular Meltdown 5K presented by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood draws hundreds of participants annually, as it features a fast course, chip timing, t-shirts for participants and prizes for top finishers.  Both this running event and the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run presented by Lakewood Family YMCA afford participants a rare opportunity to partake in an evening race.  (Click here to register for either race.) 

Local brews available in the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden presented by First Federal Lakewood will complement dining options from vendors and food trucks.  Fan favorite alternative rock band Front Porch Lights returns to the stage to delight the crowd as dusk turns to nightfall in beautiful Downtown Lakewood.

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Fan favorite band Front Porch Lights returns for Summer Meltdown 2017. (Photo Credit: Alex Belisle / Faces of Lakewood)

Lakewood Summer Meltdown Schedule:
4-7:30 p.m. – Meltdown Street Festival
4:00 p.m. – Race-day registration begins at the intersection of Detroit and St. Charles Avenues
5-10 p.m. – Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden presented by First Federal Lakewood
6:00 p.m. – 1 Mile Kids Fun Run presented by Lakewood Family YMCA begins at Belle Avenue
7:00 p.m. – Meltdown 5K presented by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood begins at Belle Avenue
7:00 p.m. – Alternative rock band Front Porch Lights performs on stage

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

Title Sponsor:
Melt Bar and Grilled

Platinum Sponsor:
PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company

Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood

Beer Garden & Gold Medal Sponsor:
First Federal Lakewood

Gold Medal Sponsors:
City of Lakewood
Beat Cycles
Cuyahoga Community College
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation and Education Department

1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsor:
Lakewood Family YMCA

Table Sponsor:
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty

Beer Garden Stage Sponsor:
The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company

Silver Medal Sponsors:
Cox Communications
Lakewood Urgent Care
Peace Racing
West Side Skates

Bronze Medal Sponsor:
Ride + Workout
2nd Sole
The Lakewood Citizen
Window Universe