The biggest block party in the city is poised to heat up Lakewood this summer once again. The Lakewood Summer Meltdown, sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, returns to Downtown Lakewood for its 15th year on Saturday, July 15 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 nearly 15,000 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 Arthur Avenues.  The Summer Meltdown features a 5K race sponsored by Cleveland Clinic, 1 Mile Family Fun Run and Walk sponsored by Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation and Education Department, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

Now is the time to secure your Meltdown 5k registration and start training! The price for the Meltdown 5K increases on the day of the event, so buy early and save. In the spirit of celebrating the 15th Summer Meltdown, the first 50 sign-ups will be discounted to $20 followed by a pre-sale rate of $30 and day-of $35. These races serve as a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive.

Families will love the street festival component, which features a variety of local small businesses and nonprofit organizations, many of which offer interactive opportunities.  Activities range from the “Water Moose” sprinkler park to fitness activities to a skateboard park.

Canned cocktails and beer sponsored by Lakewood brewery, Immigrant Son will be featured in the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden sponsored by First Federal Lakewood. Live music by alternative rock band Front Porch Lights on the Meltdown Stage sponsored by Cleveland Property Management will delight the crowd as dusk turns to nightfall in beautiful Downtown Lakewood.

For more details about the Lakewood Summer Meltdown, visit

The following sponsors generously support the Lakewood Summer Meltdown:

Title Sponsor:
Melt Bar and Grilled

Beer Garden & Gold Medal Sponsor:
First Federal Lakewood

Meltdown 5K Race Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic

Gold Medal:
City of Lakewood

Beer Sponsor:
Immigrant Son

1 Mile Family Fun Run and Walk Sponsors:
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation and Education Department

Water Moose Sponsor:
Healthy Lakewood Foundation

Beer Garden Table Sponsor:
Eric Lowrey Berkshire Hathaway

Beer Garden Stage Sponsor:
Cleveland Property Management

Silver Medal Sponsor:
Peace Racing
Lakewood Public Library