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10 things to do in Greater Cleveland this weekend, April 23-25

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 4/22/2021 Anne Nickoloff,

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Whether you’re looking to get out of the house or to tune in for virtual fun, there are plenty of things to do in Greater Cleveland this weekend.

Enjoy these artsy workshops, literary events and musical performances in the next few days:

Celebrate Indie Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day takes place on Saturday, April 24, and there are plenty of shops in Northeast Ohio where you can celebrate. Some bookstores, including Mac’s Backs, Appletree Books, Learned Owl and Loganberry Books, will offer in-store and online specials all day. Some virtual author readings are also available to attend from home.

Hoping to hit up Northeast Ohio’s literary scene? Check out our guide to local independent bookstores.

April 24

Ohioana Book Festival

More than 100 Ohio authors will host readings, panel discussions, conversations and kids activities during this year’s Ohioana Book Festival. The event, normally hosted in Columbus, has gone virtual for 2021 due to the pandemic — so it’s accessible anywhere, including in Northeast Ohio. This year, 37 of the festival’s writers are based in Northeast Ohio, including Eliese Colette Goldbach, David Giffels, Philip Metres, Thrity Umrigar and Brad Ricca. Free.

April 22-25

Read more about this year’s Ohioana Book Festival

48 Hour Virtual Music Fest

More than two full days of live streamed music will fill this weekend, courtesy of 48 Hour Virtual Music Festival. Tune in for performances by Tracy Marie, Ouster, Michael McFarland and many more. The fest also incorporates two virtual shows taped live at Silver Hall at the Maltz Performing Arts Center: Meg & The Magnetosphere (8 p.m., April 23) and a performance of Japanese drums and traditional Japanese music featuring Yume Daiko (3 p.m., April 25).

All performances are free to view, but donations are suggested.

6 p.m., April 23-11 p.m., April 25

Read more: 48 Hour Virtual Music Fest to celebrate one year of streamed events

Cleveland Print Room student showcase

This weekend, the Cleveland Print Room will debut its high school student photography showcase, featuring works created over the course of 16 weeks. The exhibition will be available to view online at the Cleveland Print Room’s website starting at 5 p.m. on April 23. Free.

Additionally, the arts organization will host two other events this weekend — a pinhole photography workshop from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday (tickets $30-$35, free for attendees under 21 years old) and a guided photo walk at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve at 1 p.m. on Sunday (free). Find more information about these two events at Cleveland Print Room’s Facebook page,

April 23-25

Ecoprinting class at Praxis Fiber Workshop

Learn how to dye fabrics using natural materials like leaves and flowers at Praxis Fiber Workshop’s weekend class about ecoprinting. Attendees will get to create their own scarves to bring home. Tickets $125.

15301 Waterloo Road, Cleveland

10 a.m.-4 p.m., April 24

Cats on Holiday at Sainato’s

Order a pizza and enjoy an outdoor concert by Cats on Holiday at Sainato’s at Rivergate on Saturday afternoon. The restaurant has expanded its back outdoor patio near Hart Crane Memorial Park to accommodate socially distanced viewers. Free.

1852 Columbus Road, Cleveland

3-6 p.m., April 24

“Songs of Hope” concert

A virtual benefit concert will raise money for Find Your Light Foundation, an organization that supports arts education programs in need. The show, sponsored by John Carroll University’s Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship, will feature Broadway performers Mark McVey, Annaleigh Ashford, Telly Leung and Solon native J.R. Heckman. Free to view, but donations encouraged at

7:30 p.m., April 24

Concerts at Winchester Music Tavern

The Winchester Music Tavern will host three different concerts this weekend. The venue has created a socially distanced floor plan for its music events.

On Friday, Fatback Mango and Camel Butter will hit the stage. On Saturday, rock bands Hollin Kings, Apostle Jones and Quick Mystery will all perform. On Sunday night, to wrap up the weekend, three bands — Jericho’s Blade, Skipping Stones and Sinners — will perform. Tickets to all three shows cost $10.

12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood

8 p.m., April 23; 7 p.m., April 24; 8 p.m., April 25

Comedy shows at Hilarities

Find some laughs at Hilarities this weekend. Three different comedy shows will take over the downtown Cleveland venue this weekend. From Thursday through Saturday, stand-up comedian Greg Hahn will perform five shows. Podcast host and standup comedian Matt Fulchiron will hit the stage on Saturday. On Sunday, Cleveland-based comedians John Bruton and Bill Squire will host their crowd-work show “Jokes On You.”

Tickets $20-$150, for tables that seat two to six people.

2035 E. 4th St., Cleveland

April 22-25

Head to the drive-in

This weekend, the Aut-O-Rama will use both of its screens for two separate showings of two movies. “Nobody” and “News of the World” can be viewed on one screen on Saturday, and “Mortal Kombat” and “Godzilla vs. Kong” will be on the other screen on Friday and Saturday. Tickets $5-$10 per person.

33395 Lorain Road, North Ridgeville

8:40 p.m., April 23-24

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