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Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2019

July 13 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thank you to everyone who made Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2019 a tremendous success!  We look forward to heating up Downtown Lakewood once again next summer on July 11, 2020.

10th Annual Summer Meltdown Celebrates Lakewood’s Vibrancy

July 17, 2019

View our Summer Meltdown Photo Album

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2019

The “Water Moose” sprinkler park always makes a splash.  (Judie Vegh/OyVegh Photography)

Every July, for one day each summer, a transformation takes place in Downtown Lakewood. Detroit Avenue shuts down and becomes an urban playground for families, friends, festival-goers, runners, beer enthusiast and music lovers alike to celebrate Lakewood’s liveliness.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2019 – sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive – attracted an estimated regional crowd of 12,000 to the heart of the city along Detroit Avenue on Saturday, July 13.  Attendees at the 10th annual installment of Lakewood’s summer street fest were not disappointed, as they enjoyed everything from street vendors to road races to a beer garden with live music.

The Summer Meltdown began at 4 p.m. with the street festival component, featuring vendor displays from more than 100 businesses and organizations.  Meanwhile, at the eastern end of the Summer Meltdown attendees enjoyed the skate park sponsored by West Side Skates and the ever-popular “Water Moose” sprinkler park.

Lakewood native Michael Gill constructed the initial version of his Water Moose sprinkler park nine years ago with assistance from Lakewood Hardware.  This web of sprinklers connected to a fire hydrant has developed into a fan favorite at the Summer Meltdown, inducing shrieks of laughter from wet, yet happy children.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2019

Runners start the Meltdown 5K during Summer Meltdown 2019.

The One Mile Family Fun Run and Walk – sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA and Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department – once again proved to be a highlight of the Summer Meltdown.  Nearly 100 children (some accompanied by parents) participated in this out-and-back race up Belle Avenue, with some high-fiving the crowd and others holding hands as they crossed the finish line.

The Meltdown 5K sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center saw hundreds of runners take off along a fast course through the neighborhoods east of Lakewood Park.  Runners endured the heat, caught glimpses of Lake Erie and, in some cases, set personal-best race times.  Mark Grogan and Heather Conger placed first among male and female participants, respectively.  Top-finishers from each division received their awards at the Race Results Tent sponsored by The Exchange.

Back for its third year, the Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle resulted in two lucky contestants winning Cannondale Quick bicycles courtesy of Beat Cycles.  The raffle winners were drawn on stage near the end of the festivities, culminating a raffle that began in mid-June through ticket sales online and at Beat Cycles.

Front Porch Light performs during Summer Meltdown 2019

Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood, the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden drew thousands of attendees to enjoy craft beer and cider.  Beer enthusiasts complemented their beverages with cuisine from food vendors and local restaurants.

Crowd-pleasing band Front Porch Lights capped the evening with an energized performance on the Meltdown Stage. Led by frontman Conor Standish, the band delighted the large crowd with a mix of rock, alternative, indie and cover songs.

LakewoodAlive thanks its sponsors, its volunteers, the City of Lakewood, the Lakewood Police and Fire Departments and all participants and attendees for making Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2019 a tremendous success.


Lakewood Summer Meltdown News:
July 17, 2019 – 10th Annual Summer Meltdown Celebrates Lakewood’s Vibrancy
July 5, 2019 –  5 Tips for Running the Meltdown 5K
June 27, 2019 – It’s About to Get Hot: Lakewood Summer Meltdown Returns July 13
June 21, 2019 – LakewoodAlive Announces 3rd Annual Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle with Beat Cycles
June 14, 2019 – 21 Reasons to be Excited for Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2019
May 22, 2019 – Meltdown 5K Features Fast Evening Race, Festival at Finish Line
May 8, 2019 – Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2019 to Heat Up City on July 13
April 24, 2019 – Melt Bar and Grilled Named Title Sponsor for Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2019
March 21, 2019 – Registration Now Open for 2019 Meltdown 5K, 1 Mile Family Fun Run and Walk


Title Sponsor

Melt Bar and Grilled Logo

Gold Medal and Beer Garden Sponsor

First Federal Lakewood

Gold Medal Sponsors

Beat Cycles Logo                      City of Lakewood Logo                   Cuyahoga Community College

Cleveland Property Management Group Logo                The Exchange Logo


Meltdown 5K Sponsor

Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center Logo


1 Mile Family Fun Run and Walk Sponsors

Lakewood Family YMCA             Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department


Table Sponsor

Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty

Silver Medal Sponsors

Bath Fitter Logo                       Blue Ridge Media Company                               The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company

Peace Racing                               Lakewood Public Library - Madison Branch

Universal Windows Direct Logo           thundertech Logo                     West Side Skates Logo


Bronze Medal Sponsors
Profile by Sanford
The Lakewood Citizen
Window Universe Cleveland



July 13
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Downtown Lakewood
14701 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107 United States