What's New in Cleveland in 2021
Northeast Ohio Offers Premier Sports, Culture and Rock 'n' Roll Experiences
CLEVELAND(November 2020) As American travelers consider closer-to-home and clean-conscious destinations for weekend getaways or as part of a road trip, visitors to Cleveland can explore an array of new offerings in 2021. From a signature national sporting event to world-class arts and culture, the city welcomes visitors to experience a range of socially distance-friendly activities and outdoor experiences, including the state's only National Park.
A citywideCLEAN COMMITTEDprogram offers peace of mind for travelers, with more than 600 local businesses agreeing to enhanced safety and cleanliness practices. The practices were developed in partnership with the regions healthcare leaders, including Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals. Visitors can consult anonline directoryto view participating restaurants, attractions, hotels and other businesses that are dedicated to providing clean environments and employing safe practices.
NEW ATTRACTIONS, EXHIBITS AND EVENTS
SPORTS AND RECREATION
- NFLDraft:All eyes will be on Cleveland when the city hosts the86thNFL Draft, taking placeApril 29-May 1, 2021. As long as it is safe for all participants and spectators, the NFL Draft and the NFL Draft Experience, a free football festival where fans from all teams can enjoy interactive exhibits, autographs sessions and more, will return to an in-person event in 2021. NFL fans willexperience one of the countrys great football cities as well as a city thats defined by and known for its passionate residents, culture and rock n roll.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame EnshrinementFestival:Fans of the gridiron will descend upon Canton, OH a short drive from Cleveland for theProFootball Hall of Fame's Enshrinement Festival,scheduled for August 5-9, 2021. Fans can see and interact with their icons as more than 100 Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) return each year to be a part of the Enshrinement Week. This years event will feature a separate, rescheduled ceremony for theClass of 2020in addition to a newClass of 2021.
- Cleveland Museum ofArt:The museum provides both a dynamic digital experience and a safe physical space for visitors to engage firsthand with works of art. In addition to the Museum'sOpen Accessinitiative, which enables art lovers the ability to share, collaborate, remix, and reuse images of 30,000 public- domain artworks from the CMA's world-renowned collection, theHome is Where the Art Issuiteof digital tools providesmultiple ways to engage with works of art, includingspecial exhibits,a biweekly"Close Looking at a Distance"live conversation that examines a specific work of art and areverse image search toolthat uses Artificial Intelligence to match visitor's images to artworks from the Museums collection.
- Cleveland International FilmFestival:The 45thCleveland International Film Festival(CIFF), being held online April 7-20, will consist of hundreds of films, post-film conversations and QandA's with filmmakers and a slew of activities to make the online Festival a robust experience.
- KaramuHouse:The country's oldest African American producing theater created an ongoing series of original productions available for online streaming. The series,Freedom After Juneteenth, was developed as an artistic response to the recent murders of Black Americans through music, dance and spoken word. Each episode focuses on a specific topic, including the trauma caused by police brutality and the power of voting.
- The City is OurMuseum:LANDStudio developedThe City is Our Museuminitiative to shine a light on the artworks that exist throughout the city. Thefirst-released touris a loop through the neighborhoods of Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway and highlights the trails, parkland, murals, sculptures, tunnels and buildings that give these neighborhoods their unique character. Additional tours that can be experienced on a bike, on foot or even by car will be introduced throughout the year.
- The Rock Roll Hall of Fame
- 2021 Induction Ceremony:The 2021 Induction Ceremony is set to take place in November, bringing rock's greatest stars and biggest fans to Cleveland to celebrate. The Class of 2021 inductees will beannounced in early 2021.
- It's Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope Empowerment:The Rock Hall's newest exhibit,It's Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope Empowerment, showcases musical and visual artists that have created art as a response to unspeakable tragedy and to promote social justice. Artifacts include Aretha Franklin's Valentino dress worn during her first appearance at Radio City Music Hall, a jumpsuit worn by James Brown and Public Enemy's"Fight the Power"lyrics. Director of Curatorial Affairs Nwaka Onwusa explained,"we want to show what the power of rock'n'roll looks like in the face of segregation and racism. These artists have stood above all that and done it elegantly."Visitors can also experience the exhibit online with a virtual exhibit walk-through and an officialSpotify playlist.
- Class of 2020 Inductee Exhibit:The newest inducteesDepeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rexare featured inThe Class of 2020 exhibit. The gallery is filled with rare items, including custom guitars, iconic outfits and an installation recalling Nine Inch Nail's 1994 Woodstock performance.
- Play It Loud: Instruments of RockandRoll:After a premier at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,"Play It Loud"took residency at the Rock Roll Hall of Fame in November 2019. The exhibition follows rock music's monumental impact on society and culture through the instruments and sounds that defined its voice. Featuring more than 130 instruments from artists like Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and The Rolling Stones, the exhibition displays many instruments for the first time outside of a performance setting and celebrates the unique role instruments play in shaping the musical genre.
- Cleveland Orchestra:The Cleveland Orchestra, hailed as America's best by The New York Times, has recently brought back live performances to their home at Severance Hall. TheIn Focusconcert series is a new, original series of digital concerts that music-lovers around the world can stream on-demand across a variety of platforms throughAdella, the Orchestra's video streaming service. The digital streaming of concerts will continue throughout the winter and spring, affording fans the ability to enjoy the complete 2020-21 season's performances from home.
- Brite Winter:Theannual winter art and music festivalis extending beyond a one-day celebration and will fill the winter months with visual art, live music and connections both with virtual programming and at small outdoor settings throughout January, February and March.
Cleveland's culinary scene highlights the more than 100 diverse ethnicities found throughout the city. Recently opened eateries (many with take-out and delivery options) include:
- EDWINS Too (November2020):Building on the success of theEDWINS Leadership Restaurant Institution, which offers formerly incarcerated adults a comprehensive hospitality training program and a pathway to employment, founder Brandon Chrostowski has introducedEDWINS BakeryandEDWINSButcher Shop. The newest offering,EDWINS Too,will focus on fine-dining and prix-fixe menus developed with a monthly chef-in-residence that will work with the team to craft menus."Inthese less than ideal timeswe are doubling down on the EDWINS mission. This is our solution and our greater calling right now,"states Chrostowski.
- Bar Oni (October2020):Chef-owner Matthew Spinner replaced his fine-dining Japanese bistro in the Tremont neighborhood with a more casual, Japanese sports bar,Bar Oni. Beer, cider and cocktails are served with a menu the features skewers of grilled meat, tempura-fried vegetable sides and other Japanese pub specialties.
- Home Bistro (August2020):Cleveland native Chef Victor Morenz relocated his popular Chicago restaurantHome Bistroto Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood. The New American-style bistro features seasonal, ingredient-driven fare for dinner and weekend brunch.
- Citizen Pie Roman Caf (August2020):Known for his wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza atCitizen Pie,Chef Vytauras Sasnauskas openedCitizen Pie Roman Cafeon East 4thStreet, a popular entertainment destination in Downtown Cleveland. Roman Cafeis modeled after Rome-based eatery Bonci and specializes in light-as-a- cloud, Roman-style Pizza al Taglio. The Cafealso partnered with local coffee brewerSix ShooterCoffeeto provide a variety of espresso beverages, cold-brew coffee on tap and more.
- Betts (August2020):Located at the Kimpton Schofield Hotel,Bettsserves classic American dishes with an emphasis on freshness, quality and whole foods in a colorful, casual dining space. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, and a grab-and-go cooler offers fresh sandwiches, healthy snacks, craft beer and wine. Lucky guests will be seated at a table with a Bubbles Bell for on-demand sparkling wine service.
- Sixth City Sailor's Club(August 2020):The nautical-themed cocktail bar and restaurant,Sixth City Sailor's Club,brings a touch ofwhimsy to Downtown Cleveland's cocktail scene. The menu features alcoholic slushies, draft cocktails, and seafood classics like a lobster roll and poke bowls while an expansive courtyard patio, arcade games and billiards tables add to the fun.
- Summer House (March2020):Summer Houseoffers guests spectacular views of the lakefront and downtown skyline from a prime vantage spot on the Lake Erie shore. The bright and airy space features a seasonal-scratch kitchen with small plates and a Mediterranean twist on the classics.
- Half Moon Bakery (January2020):Empanadas steal the show atHalf Moon Bakery,which opened in January 2020 by husband-and- wife team Gerson Velasquez and Lyz Otero. Celebrating their Puerto Rican and Guatemalan heritage, Half Moon features three different styles of empanadas with numerous filling options as well as traditional Cuban and tripleta sandwiches. Flan cakes, specialty cupcakes and quesitos round out the bakery offerings.
SOCIALLY DISTANTandOUTDOOR EXPERIENCES
Cleveland offers a variety of activities that meet visitors'preferences for increased safety as they return to traveling. When seeking outdoor experiences and activities and spaces that allow for social distancing, travelers can consider the following.
- UrbanOutdoors:With Lake Erie in its front yard and a National Park in its backyard, visitors to Cleveland can easily access outdoor adventures. Perfect for hiking, biking, birding or simply relaxing,the 33,000-acreCuyahoga Valley National Parkis led by the mighty Cuyahoga River that snakes through a wilderness of verdant trees, valley landscapes and historic farms. Much of the history- richTowpath Trail,which follows the route of the legendary Ohio and Erie Canalway, also winds through the park. The sprawling and picturesqueCleveland Metroparksencircle the city of Cleveland with nearly 23,000 acres of greenspace in 18 reservation with numerous trails, waterways and lakefront settings for outdoorrecreation.
- IndoorGardens:Visitors looking for a quick escape to nature, especially during the winter months, can warm up at indoor gardens throughout the city.Cleveland Botanical Gardenis home to 10 acres of beautiful outdoor gardens and an 18,000-square-foot glasshouse featuring a Costa Rican rainforest full of lush plants, butterflies and birds, and the desert of Madagascar, where prickly plants and out-of-the-ordinary blooms and animals reside. Visitors can escape to an endless summer atRockefeller Park Greenhousewhich showcases global-inspired gardens, native Ohio plants and tropical exotics in thematic indoor and outdoor gardens.The RainForest at ClevelandMetroparks Zooshowcases more than 10,000 plants and over 600 animals from the jungles of Asia, Africa and the Americas. The two-acre, two-level habitat is one of the largest of its kind in the country and features bird species flying freely overhead, a 25-foot waterfall and a tropical rainstorm exhibit with thunder and lightning effects.
- ToursandPassports:To help visitors organize their plans and encourage self-guided exploration, new passports are available in theDestination Cleveland app.In addition to the popularCleveland BreweryPassport,new passport themes include urban outdoors, iconic sights, free in CLE and arts and culture. Local tour providers also help visitors get a lay of The Land with updated practices and offerings.Tours of Clevelandprovides guided walking tours with limited group sizes to help maintain social distance and requires participants to wear masks. The popular Downtown Highlights Walking Tour covers the history of Cleveland and its iconic buildings along with tales of Cleveland's most famous residents. SEE CLE offers two-hour guided tours of various historical, cultural and entertainment sites throughout the city that can be personalized to travelers interests and available time. With the new"Follow the Guide"option, visitors may drive their own vehicles while following a tour guide SUV and hearing a guided tour via cell phone.
- Create-Your-Own Night in theBookstore:Visible Voice Bookswelcomes groups of up to eight people to reserve a private shopping experience at the bookstore in the historic Tremont neighborhood. While enjoying exclusive browsing time, guests can also sample wine and dine on scratch-made pizza from the bookstore's downstairs'neighbor,Crust.
Over the next five years, Cleveland is slated to host some of the largest sporting, arts culture and rock'n'roll events. Heres a look at what's ahead.
- 2022 NBA All-StarGame:The National Basketball Association's top talent will head to Cleveland to compete in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. This is sure to be a star-studded February weekend as top names in sports, music and entertainment flock to The Land to see and be seen at the slam-dunk contest, celebrity game and rising stars competition.
- 2024NCAAWomen'sFinalFour:After hosting this Championship in 2007, Cleveland will again welcome the NCAA DI Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four in 2024 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
- 2024 SolarEclipse:It will be a blackout in Cleveland on April 8, 2024 as the city is in the direct path of the Total Solar Eclipse. Ohio will be one of just 13 states left in the dark as the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. The darkness will be longest in Northeast Ohio, for an estimated 3 minutes and 52 seconds.
ABOUT DESTINATION CLEVELAND:
Destination Cleveland is Cleveland's destination marketing and management organization. This private, non-profit organizations mission is to drive economic impact and stimulate community vitality for Greater Cleveland through leisure and business travel. Cleveland welcomes 19.2 million visitors annually. For more information, visitwww.thisiscleveland.com