Summer Fun Guide: Get Your Fest Fix

Because the tall ships dock for five days only, here are more fun fests to get you through the summer
Little Italy June Art Walk/Venetian Carnival
June 4-6, Fri-Sat noon-late, Sun noon-5 p.m.; Free
Cleveland’s Little Italy Neighborhood, 440-382-5830,

Fun for – Mardi Gras revelers
Carnival’s a big deal in Italy, so it makes sense that our own Little Italy is adding the celebration to its art walk. Parade-goers get to make a mask, have their face painted and pose for pictures wearing Venetian carnival garb

North Coast Harbor Boating & Fishing Fest
June 5-6, Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Free
Voinovich Park, 800 E. Ninth St., Cleveland,

Northeast Ohio Polka Fest
June 12-13, noon-midnight; $6
5499 Lake Road, Geneva-on-the-Lake, 440-466-9300,

Wellington Cheese Heritage Festival
July 16-18, Fri 5-9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-6 p.m.; Free
Town Hall, South Main Street, Wellington, 440-647-3987,

Fun for – The people-watcher (or the amateur filmmaker)
Mid-July heat and humidity, clingy summer clothes and a contest to see who can wolf down the most macaroni and cheese? Oh, yeah. This has YouTube written all over it.

Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
July 23-25, Fri 4:30-11:30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Sun 1-10:30 p.m.; $10
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 164 Eastland Road, Berea, 216-251-1711,

Twins Days
Aug. 6-8, Sat 9 a.m.-dusk, Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Friday events for registered twins and families); $3
Twinsburg, 330-425-3652,

Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest
Sept. 3-6, Fri 5 p.m.-midnight, Sat-Sun noon-midnight, Mon noon-9 p.m.; $8
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 164 Eastland Road, Berea, 440-243-0090,

Taste of Cleveland
Sept. 3-6, Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-11 p.m., Mon noon-8 p.m.; $8
Time Warner Cable Amphitheater, 351 Canal Road, Cleveland, 440-247-2722,
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