North Pole Adventure Train Ride, Cheese & Wine Festival, Vindys in Concert: Things to do in Greater Cleveland this weekend and beyond

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Resist if you wish, but winter holiday events creep into the calendar before the Thanksgiving turkey is even thawed. This week we have two such events. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has added November dates to its North Pole Adventure train. Meanwhile, the Akron Symphony Orchestra brightens up Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. If you’re not ready for winter, many non-seasonal events also promise entertainment.

North Pole Adventure

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad continues its beloved North Pole Adventure train ride with cookies and cocoa, a written letter to Santa and more. Rides are available from Akron Northside Station (7:00 PM – 8:45 PM) and Rockside Station (7:30 PM – 9:15 PM). Thanksgiving is excluded. Tickets cost between $45 and $92.

Until December 21

Rockside Station – 7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence

Akron Northside Station – 27 Ridge Street, Akron

Akron Symphony Orchestra: Ellington’s Nutcracker and the Ballad of the Brown King

Liven up the holidays with an exciting twist on a classic holiday favorite. The Akron Symphony Orchestra performs Duke Ellington’s version of five of Tchaikovsky’s most famous Nutcracker dances. Tickets for the show at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall are $20+.

7:30 p.m., November 12

92 North Main Street, Akron

Apollo’s Fire artistic director Jeannette Sorrell, seen here in a file photo, presided over a festive Bach program that drew many to attend their first live performance as COVID waned.

Apollo’s Fire features music inspired by thunderstorms and storms

The power of nature has inspired composers for centuries. Listen for inspiration as Jeannette Sorrell conducts Apollo’s Fire in a program of orchestral masterpieces themed ‘Thunderstorms and Tempests’. These will take place at various locations in northeast Ohio. Tickets are $23.

Thursday, November 10: First United Methodist Church, Akron. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 11: Presbyterian Church, Rocky River. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 12: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights. 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 13: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights. 4 p.m.

DANCECleveland brings postmodern dance to Playhouse Square

DANCECleveland brings the Stephen Petronio Company to Cleveland. The troupe takes the stage in Playhouse Square with a mixed repertoire program showcasing the choreographic talent of postmodern icon and artistic director Stephen Petronio. New music, visual arts and fashion meet in her dances. Tickets range from $25 to $65

Mimi Ohio Theater, 1511 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

7:30 p.m., November 12

Cleveland Cheese and Wine Festival

Try over 50 kinds of cheese and 40 different wines at the Cleveland Cheese & Wine Festival this weekend. The event takes place at Lago Custom Events on the East Side of the Apartments. Weather permitting, fire pits and outdoor tables will be available. Tickets $65.

1091 W. 10th Street, Cleveland

6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Nov. 11

Cleveland Restaurant Week is set to return for its annual November run.

Cleveland Restaurant Week continues through November 12.

Cleveland Restaurant Week

Cleveland Restaurant Week – which celebrates independent restaurants in northeast Ohio – continues through Saturday, November 12. More than 30 Cleveland Independents members offer three-course prix-fixe meals. Most will be $36.

Various locations

Until November 12

Related: Cleveland Restaurant Week is ready for its November run –

Dance the night away to salsa music

Dress up in neon clothes and body paint, then head to Music Box for a salsa dance party this weekend. People with the most creative and brilliant outfits will win prizes. Free salsa dance lessons start at 9 p.m. During the night, a DJ will spin the hottest Latin tunes. Tickets are $15 to $20.

1148 Main Avenue

9 p.m., November 12

Cavaliers vs. Clippers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley (4) dives the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Ashley Landis, AP

Cavaliers vs. Timberwolves

The Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Tickets cost between $20 and $350.

1 Center Court

6 p.m., November 13

“State of the Art: Constructs” from the Akron Museum of Art

The traveling exhibition “State of the Art: Constructs” opens from 7-9:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11 at the Akron Art Museum. The critically acclaimed exhibition will be at the museum from November 12 to February 26, 2023. The exhibition brings together a group of contemporary artists through various media, such as photography, mixed media, performance, sculpture, painting and textile arts. Free entry.

Until February 26

1 South High Street, Akron

Improv comedy: Tony Baker

Chicago native and comedian Tony Baker has been making people laugh for nearly a decade. He will be at the Improv this weekend. Tickets $37-$47

1148 Main Avenue

November 10 and 11

Walkabout Tremont, Second Friday

Gather your walking shoes and your sense of adventure for this month’s Walkabout Tremont. You’ll see the best of the neighborhood‘s creative and culinary offerings. Boutiques and galleries extend their hours and pop-up shops add to the experience.

5 to 9 p.m., Nov. 11


Tayler Harris Cats

Taylor Harris plays Grizabella in the national tour of “Cats”.


Part of the KeyBank Broadway series, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical returns to Playhouse Square with new sound design, new direction and new choreography. Tickets $20-100.

Connor Palace Theatre, 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Until November 20

Related: Returning for the first time in a decade, ‘Cats’ are set to create new memories in Playhouse Square

Exam: ‘Cats’ shows there’s beauty in the weird at Playhouse Square


Follow this classic and adorable adventure of a young girl who started out as an orphan before eventually finding a new home and family in New York City. Tickets are $14.

Independence Community Theater, 6652 Brecksville Rd., Independence

8 p.m., 4-5 Nov.

2 p.m., November 6; weekends until November 20

“Describe the Night”

Ensemble Theater presents a play by Rajiv Joseph set in Russia over 90 years tracing the stories of eight individuals bound by history, myth and conspiracy. Tickets from $15 to $32.

Notre Dame College Performing Arts Center, 4545 College Rd., South Euclid

7:30 p.m., Nov. 11-12 and 2 p.m., Nov. 13

Boxer Montana Love trains with undercards preparing for hometown fight against Aussie Steve Spark

Boxer Montana Love answers questions from the press in front of his promotional poster for his upcoming fight before training at the Revolution Fight and Fitness gym in Cleveland on Nov. 3, 2022. Love (18-0-1) headlines his hometown Cleveland for the first time as he collides with Australian puncher Steve Spark (15-2) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, November 12, 2022. John Kuntz,

Love vs. Spark

Montana Love of Cleveland will take on Aussie Steve Spark in a title fight on an eight-fight card as he defends his IBF North American Super-Lightweight title. Tickets start at $20.

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

5 p.m., November 12.

Related: For Montana Love, Cleveland Title Fight Caps Emotional Journey

The Vindys

From Youngstown, the Vindys have an enthusiastic fan base. Their work features a mix of pop, jazz and rock with soulful influences. They have been compared to Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones. They perform at the Music Box. Tickets $25-$35.

1148 Main Ave, Cleveland

November 10-11

Lucy Kaplanski

Singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky has eight critically acclaimed CDs. Two received the award for best pop album of the year from the Association for Independent Music. She will be at the Kent Stage on Saturday November 12th. Tickets cost between $25 and $35.

175 Main Street East, Kent

7 p.m., November 12

Death From Above 1979

The alternative rock duo from Toronto released their debut album, ‘You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine’, in 2004. They released their latest album, ‘Is 4 Lovers’, in 2021. They will perform at Beachland Ballroom on Friday, November 11.

15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland

8 p.m. November 11

The Legendary Pink Dots – Museum of Human Happiness Tour 2022

Formed in London in 1980, The Legendary Pink Dots are an Anglo-Dutch experimental rock band. They have core members but play with rotating musicians. They will be at the Grog Shop on Tuesday, November 15. Tickets cost between $20 and $25.

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights

8 p.m. November 15

“Are you that guy?” by comedian Trevor Wallace Tour

Comedian Trevor Wallace is all over the internet, with over a billion views on social media. Now he brings his show to the Agora. Tickets cost between $29.50 and $75.

5000 Euclid Avenue

7 p.m. November 13

“The big jump”

A simple “friendship game” between an American college basketball team and a Chinese team becomes much more than a game in this production at the Cleveland Play House’s Outcalt Theatre. The coaches rely a lot on the result. Characterized as a darkly comedic sports drama, the play tackles cultural and generational clashes.

1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

Until November 20

Tammy Pescatelli

Cleveland’s own Tammy Pescatelli is both a comedian and actress with plenty of credits to her name. More recently, she starred in “Blue Bloods”. She also appeared on the Showtime Comedy Special, “Women of a Certain Age 2.” She will perform at the Hanna Theater on Saturday, November 12.

1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

8 p.m. November 12

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