University Circle takes it outside

Though its museums are often viewed as the perfect way to spend a winter afternoon, the city's cultural hub truly comes alive when warm weather returns. From family events to low-keymusical evenings, there are plenty of reasons to get to the Circle in the summer.

Parade the Circle is a feast for the senses.
If you've never attended Parade the Circle, claim a spot along Wade Oval and prepare to be impressed. There is plenty of music, food and exhibits by University Circle institutions during the daylong event, but it's the parade itself and its extravagant costumes, contraptions and human-powered floats that steal the show. June 9, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (activities run 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and theparade steps off at noon); free

The art museum caters to your ears too.
Your favorite musical flavor is probably on the schedule. From the rockabilly ofHaywire to the salsa of Sammy DeLeon, the Cleveland Museum of Art's "Summer in the Courtyard" concert series offers a relaxing start to your weekend.Grab dinner from the museum cafe and a drink at one of the bars set up in the courtyard. Fri 5 to 9 p.m., June 1-Aug. 31; free

The Cleveland Botanical Garden gets cooking.
A different chef visits each week to show off his or her culinary skills at the Botanical Garden's Geis Terrace. June 13-Aug. 22, 6 - 7 p.m.; free with admission.

Chalk becomes a viable art form.
As summer dwindles, you may hear your inner-child protesting, No, no, not yet! Ward off an inner-tantrum by taking part in this year's Chalk Festival. Sept.15 & 16, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; enjoy the art and music for free, participate for asmall fee.
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