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15 things to do in Greater Cleveland this weekend, May 7-9

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Looking for some fun ways to spend the next few days in Northeast Ohio?

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We’ve got a few ideas, including concerts, foodie events, Mother’s Day brunches and more.

Northeast Ohio Pierogi Party and Polish Marketplace

Ten food vendors will serve up fresh pierogi while polka bands perform at this year’s Northeast Ohio Pierogi Party and Polish Marketplace at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. The event, which is operating at 30% capacity due to the pandemic, will also offer shopping at its Polish marketplace, and a drive-up option for food orders. Pre-ordered tickets range from $10 to $12, and are required for the event. Tickets available online. 4-9 p.m. May 6-7; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 8 ;and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 9. 19201 E. Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights.

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Mother’s Day Brunch

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Sunday, May 9 marks Mother’s Day, and some families may be eager to go out and order brunch at their favorite restaurants. Reservations are required at many restaurants offering Mother’s Day brunches this year, particularly while trying to operate at lower capacities due to the pandemic. Check out’s Marc Bona has put together a guide to restaurants offering Mother’s Day specials this year.

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Bill Squire at Hilarities

Have your laughter be a part of a new comedy album. Co-host of “The Alan Cox Show” Bill Squire will record his newest comedy album at Hilarities this weekend, through a series of shows. Tickets $30-$90, for tables that seat two to six people.

2035 E. 4th St., Cleveland

May 7-9

Spilling Ink: A Lake Erie Ink fundraiser

Enjoy storytelling along with workshops about writing and comic books, at Lake Erie Ink’s “Spilling Ink” fundraiser. The virtual event fills the afternoon and evening hours on Saturday, with various workshops available to attend. Tickets $10-$500.

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May 8

Cleveland Public Theatre presents “...Or does it Explode?”

As a part of its spring season, Cleveland Public Theatre will bring back performances of some of its past plays, including a showing of “...Or Does it Explode?” on Friday night. The show was written and directed by John Dayo-Aliya, the Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow. The show explores issues surrounding race through stories about Akron men ages 16 to 35. It’ll stream live on CPT’s Facebook and YouTube pages, and is free to access.

7 p.m., May 7

Concerts at Music Box

Live music has returned to the Music Box, which will host three shows this weekend. E5C4P3, a Journey tribute band, will perform shows on Friday and Saturday nights, and on Sunday Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys will perform Patsy Cline covers for a Mother’s Day brunch event. The Sunday show offers an unlimited buffet for ticketholders, for $20 extra. Tickets $12-$18.

1148 Main Ave., Cleveland

7:30 p.m., May 7-8; noon, May 9

Charles Geil and his Ghost Band at Front Street Social

Front Street Social will host local group Charles Geil and his Ghost Band for a performance on Friday night. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. The bar and restaurant opened in September, filling in the former Bar 107 spot in downtown Berea.

107 Front St., Berea

7 p.m., May 7

Silver Hall Concert Series

This weekend, the Case Western Reserve University Department of Music will take over the virtual Silver Hall Concert series. The series, taped live at the Maltz Performing Arts Center, will showcase various university ensembles on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Free.

7:30 p.m., May 7 and May 8; 3 p.m., May 9

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad scenic rides

Book a ticket to see one of Northeast Ohio’s most stunning parks this weekend, from the perspective of a zooming train. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has resumed its scenic train rides this May, offering three-and-a-half hour rides through the park. Tickets $30-$70 for blocks of four to six people.

Boarding at Rockside Station (7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence), Peninsula Depot (1630 Mill St., Peninsula), Akron Northside Station (27 Ridge St., Akron)

Cleveland Orchestra “In Focus” virtual performance

Access a new “In Focus” performance from the Cleveland Orchestra, on the organization’s Adella platform. A new episode of the series, titled “Style & Craft,” will feature performances of Maurice Ravel’s “Sonatine” and Benjamin Britten’s “Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge.” The episode premieres at 7 p.m. on May 6, and in available to view on-demand afterward with an Adella subscription. Adella costs $34.99 per month.

New episode available at 7 p.m., May 6

Concerts at Winchester Music Tavern

The Winchester Music Tavern will host two local concerts this weekend. The venue has created a socially distanced floor plan for its music events. On Friday, Grav and Land of Panda will hit the stage. On Saturday, Dive Bombs, Who Saved Who and Band of Hosta will all perform. Tickets $7+.

12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood

7 p.m., May 7 and May 8

Head to the drive-in

This weekend, the Aut-O-Rama will run both of its screens for two separate showings of two movies: “Wrath of Man” and “The Unholy” on one screen, and “Mamma Mia!” and “Bad Moms” on the other screen. Tickets $5-$10 per person.

33395 Lorain Road, North Ridgeville

9 p.m., May 7-8

Farmers Markets

Stock up on fresh produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, condiments and other locally sourced food items at several farmers markets on the west, east and south sides of town.

-North Union Farmers Market at Crocker Park

177 Market St., Westlake

May 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

-North Union Farmers Markets at Shaker Square

13111 Shaker Square, Cleveland

May 8, 8 a.m.-noon

-Coit Road Farmers’ Market

15000 Woodworth Rd.

May 8, 8 a.m.

-Farmers Market of Medina County

Medina VFW Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Rd.

May 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Concerts at the Grog Shop

Two groups of local bands will perform at the Grog Shop on Friday and Saturday night for limited-capacity concerts. On Friday, Red Rose Panic, Blokhead Johnny and Raegan Gray will hit the stage and on Saturday, Mixed Feelings, Esther Fitz and Adriana Miller will perform. Tickets $20-$90 for tables that seat two to six people.

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights

8 p.m., May 7-8

Virtual movies

Tune in for movies at home, through both the Cleveland Cinemas’ Virtual Screening Room and the Cleveland Cinematheque’s Virtual Cinema. This week, view 2021 Oscar-nominated short films, along with movies like “Stray,” “8 Billion Angels,” “Another Round,” “A Tale of Springtime” and more. Tickets vary in price.

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