Much-Anticipated Festival to Celebrate Summertime in Downtown Lakewood
The biggest block party in the neighborhood is right around the corner. Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2017, sponsored by Melt Bar & Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, returns for its eighth year on Saturday, July 8 from 4 to 10 p.m. in Downtown Lakewood.
One of the region’s most anticipated street parties, the Summer Meltdown draws nearly 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood. 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. These include a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, bike raffle, street festival, beer garden, live music, food vendors, outdoor activities 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 by a street magician.
The ever-popular Meltdown 5K presented by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood draws hundreds of participants, as it offers a fast course, chip timing, t-shirts for participants, prizes for top finishers and a party at the finish line. 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.)
New this year is the Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle presented by Beat Cycles. This raffle offers contestants an opportunity to win one of two Charge Grater commuter bicycles courtesy of Beat Cycles valued collectively at $2,000+. Raffle tickets, priced at 1 for $10 or 3 for $25, will be available at the Summer Meltdown and can also be secured in advance online or by visiting Beat Cycles. (Click here for tickets.)
Local brews available in the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden presented by First Federal Lakewood will complement dining options from local restaurants and food trucks. Crowd-pleasing rock band Front Porch Lights returns to the stage to delight the crowd as dusk turns to nightfall in beautiful Downtown Lakewood.
Lakewood Summer Meltdown Schedule:
4-7:30 p.m. – Meltdown Street Festival
4:00 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. – Live music on the main stage by rock band Front Porch Lights
9:30 p.m. – Drawing held on the main stage for the Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle presented by Beat Cycles
For more information, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/Meltdown.
The Lakewood Summer Meltdown is generously supported by the following sponsors:
Melt Bar and Grilled
Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood
Beer Garden & Gold Medal Sponsor:
First Federal Lakewood
Gold Medal Sponsors:
City of Lakewood
Cuyahoga Community College
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation and Education Department
1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsor
Lakewood Family YMCA
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty
Beer Garden Stage Sponsor:
The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company
Silver Medal Sponsors:
Lakewood Urgent Care
West Side Skates
Bronze Medal Sponsors:
Ride + Workout
The Lakewood Citizen