Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial
» Visitors can "enlist" to re-enact the roles of 557 original crew members that sailed from Put-in-Bay to battle the British navy, or enjoy a tour of the U.S. brig Niagara. "This battle protected the borders of Ohio and secured its very existence," says David Zavagno, chairman of the bicentennial committee.
Put-in-Bay, 440-349-3210, battleoflakeerie-bicentennial.com
// Aug. 30 & 31
Abbey Road on the River
» This Beatles block party will host more than 12 tribute acts covering hits from throughout the band's career. "It's the best music in the world," says Gary Jacob of Abbey Road on the River. "People can relax, dance, and even bring their kids."
6001 Rockside Road, Independence, arotr.com
// Aug. 30-Sept. 2
» The event will feature a microbrew competition, wiener dog race and a Bavarian sausage and sauerkraut selection. "[It] isn't just about the beer," says marketing director David Toth. "We want to [educate] the community about the authentic culture of the festival."
164 Eastland Road, Berea, 440-348-0960, clevelandoktoberfest.com