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 2019, sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, returns to Downtown Lakewood for its 10th year on Saturday, July 13 from 4 to 10 p.m.

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 more than 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood each July.

Front Porch Lights is a fan favorite at the Lakewood Summer Meltdown. (Judie Vegh/OyVegh Photography)

This fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Marlowe and Arthur.  The Summer Meltdown is a “something for everyone” event, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a 5K race, 1 Mile Family Fun Run and Walk, 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 100+ businesses and nonprofit organizations, many of which offer interactive opportunities.  Activities range from the “Water Moose” sprinkler park to exercise demonstrations to a skateboard park.

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 Family Fun Run and Walk sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA and Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department afford participants a rare opportunity to partake in an evening race.

The Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden is always a popular spot. (Judie Vegh/OyVegh Photography)

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 will delight the crowd as dusk turns to nightfall in beautiful Downtown Lakewood.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown Schedule:
4-8 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 Family Fun Run and Walk sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA and Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department 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

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

Gold Medal and Beer Garden Sponsor:
First Federal Lakewood

Gold Medal Sponsors:
Beat Cycles
City of Lakewood

Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center 

1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsors:
Lakewood Family YMCA
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department

Silver Medal Sponsors:
Peace Racing
Universal Windows Direct

Bronze Medal Sponsors:
HomeAdvisor
Window Universe Cleveland