Summer Cultural Festivals promise Fun & Food

Get a culture fix at these great summer festivals happening during Archives 2015. This information comes from the list of Cleveland 2015 summer festivals recently published by the Plain Dealer:

117th Annual Little Italy Feast of the Assumption
Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 13-16
Mayfield and Murray Hill roads in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood
216-421-2995; littleitalycleveland.com

Instead of throwing gladiator games to appease the Romans, Caesar should’ve thrown a party – like Little Italy’s Feast of the Assumption. No bloodthirsty violence, just oodles of fun and food to keep the people happy. The feast is a party-hearty mix of religious observance, food fest, street carnival and arts fair. In other words, what a way to pasta the time away. It runs along Mayfield and Murray Hill roads in Cleveland, amid the galleries, boutiques and eateries, as well as Holy Rosary Church, 12021 Mayfield Road.

Latino Arts & Culture Celebration of Greater Cleveland & 47th Annual Puerto Rican Parade
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 and 16
Mall C in downtown Cleveland
216-961-2970; juliadeburgos.org

Is there a more spirited summer event than this colorful mix of Caribbean food, Latin art and music, and sweaty salsa dancing? The two-day soiree, presented by the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center, comes with carnival rides, international and local Latino performers – not to mention tropical vibes, meringue and plantains. It’s always a lively celebration, and this year’s location change to Mall C should only add to the vibe.

 

Romanian Festival
Friday through Sunday, Aug. 21-23
St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Church, 3256 Warren Road, Cleveland
216-941-5550; smroc.org

The oldest Romanian parish in America, founded in 1904, rolls out a virtual excursion to the Old Country. The three-day party comes with folk dancers, bands and church tours. Oh, and sink your teeth into a piece of mamaliga (a cheesy cornbread delicacy) and mineral water direct from Transylvania.

 

Egyptian Festival
Friday through Sunday, Aug. 21-23
St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, 2100 E. Pleasant Valley Road, Seven Hills
216-642-7692; stmarkclev.org

The Copts have maintained their identity, both there and here – despite difficult times for the persecuted minority in Egypt. The annual Egyptian Festival is a testament to that. The ethnic celebration bridges the Old and New Worlds and welcomes visitors to St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, a spiritual and cultural hub for the area’s Egyptian Christians. There are Egyptian delicacies, everything from grape leaves to an assortment of pastries. The fest also boasts music, a bazaar and informative tours of St. Mark that recount the early days of Christianity.

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To see more of what’s happening in the Cleveland summer festival scene, you might want to check out the full list from the Plain Dealer.