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.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

Photo by The Lakewood Citizen

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.)

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

Photo by Alex Belisle/Faces of Lakewood

 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

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

Photo by Cleveland Scene

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

Title Sponsor:
Melt Bar and Grilled

Platinum Sponsor:

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

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

Photo by Alex Belisle/Faces of Lakewood

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 Sponsors:
Ride + Workout
2nd Sole
The Lakewood Citizen
Window Universe