Front Porch Concert Series, Summer Meltdown, Spooky Pooch Parade, Chocolate Walk and Light Up Lakewood to Celebrate City’s Vibrancy

It’s shaping up to be another fun-filled year in our city.  LakewoodAlive announces its schedule of community events for 2018 – a collection of five events spanning 15 dates that will afford attendees plenty of opportunities to celebrate Lakewood’s vibrancy.

LakewoodAlive 2018 Schedule of Events

From top left: Front Porch Concert Series, Lakewood Summer Meltdown, Spooky Pooch Parade and Light Up Lakewood

The Front Porch Concert Series, Lakewood Summer Meltdown, Spooky Pooch Parade, Lakewood Chocolate Walk and Light Up Lakewood encompass a diverse slate of events that offers something for everyone.  Collectively, this quintet of LakewoodAlive events drew 40,000 attendees to Downtown Lakewood during 2017.

The event schedule kicks off on Friday, June 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. with the first of 11 performances comprising the 8th Annual Front Porch Concert Series sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James.  This popular summer series features a wide variety of free, live music on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library for 11 consecutive Friday evenings.  Each week showcases a different style of music while Lakewoodites and visitors enjoy an entertaining evening at an open-air venue.  Attendees are encouraged to bring family, friends, snacks, blankets and chairs.

Sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled, the 9th Annual Lakewood Summer Meltdown on Saturday, July 14, from 4 to 10 p.m. represents one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties, drawing 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 Avenues and includes the Meltdown 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series

The Front Porch Concert Series kicks off our 2018 event slate on June 22. (Alex Belisle Photography)

Dogs will rule the day on Saturday, October 20, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. during the 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade.  Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart, this canine-centric community event consists of a festival in Kauffman Park, a parade through Lakewood’s Downtown business district on Detroit Avenue and an awards presentation.  A favorite Halloween tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families, the Spooky Pooch Parade represents one of the only events of its kind in the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.

On Thursday evening, October 25, Downtown Lakewood will turn downright chocolatey, and even those with a discerning sweet tooth will go home happy.  The 10th Annual Lakewood Chocolate Walk is a delectable and decadent evening all about chocolate, with participants visiting a variety of shops and eateries serving as “Sweet Stops” that each provide a unique chocolate treat.  This fundraising event supports the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance and LakewoodAlive’s programming.

The spirit of the season will come to life with holiday cheer when the 12th Annual Light Up Lakewood sponsored by First Federal Lakewood takes place on Saturday, December 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. within the city’s seasonally-illuminated downtown district.  A signature event on LakewoodAlive’s calendar, this free, family-friendly festival along Detroit Avenue features a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, live music, ice carvings, hot chocolate, food trucks, children’s games and more.  Additional festive activities will take place throughout the day.

LakewoodAlive 2018 Schedule of Community Events
Event Date Location
Front Porch Concert Series June 22 – August 31 (Fridays) Lakewood Public Library
Lakewood Summer Meltdown July 14 Downtown Lakewood
Spooky Pooch Parade October 20 Kauffman Park
Lakewood Chocolate Walk October 25 Downtown Lakewood
Light Up Lakewood December 1 Downtown Lakewood

“On behalf of our entire organization, we’re thrilled to announce our schedule of community events for 2018,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “Our wide range of community events offers something for everyone, improving quality of life for our residents and staying true to our mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.”

For more information regarding LakewoodAlive’s calendar of community events for 2018, visit